Literary Journals

The Prairie Journal

The Prairie Journal

“Arts, literary, cultural small press journal.” 100% freelance. Welcomes new writers. Circ. 750. Semi-annual. Pays on publication. Publishes ms 2-4 months after acceptance. Buys First NA Serial Rights. Responds within 2 months.

Pays $20 – $200

Pays $20-$200 for 500-2000 words.

The Cincinnati Review

The Cincinnati Review

“The Cincinnati Review is a literary magazine published biannually out of the University of Cincinnati. Prose and poetry from our pages has appeared in anthologies including Best American Poetry, Best American Short Stories, Best American Essays, and others.” 100% Freelance. Welcomes new writers. Pays on publication. Publishes ms 3-6 months after acceptance. Guidelines online.

Pays: $30/page for poetry, $25/page for prose.

Bear Deluxe Magazine

Bear Deluxe Magazine

“The Bear Deluxe Magazine is a semiannual publication looking at place-based themes through a magazine format of journalism, creative nonfiction, essays, interviews, poetry, fiction and reviews.” Welcomes new writers. 50% freelance. Circ. 44K. Biannually. Pays on publication. Publishes ms within three months of acceptance. Buys first rights and online rights for one year. Accepts some reprints. Responds within three months.

Pays $0.15/word. Or $75-$400 for fiction and nonfiction, $40 per poem.” Submit query by mail.

THEMA

THEMA

“THEMA is a theme-generated journal of short stories, poetry, art and photography, each issue a stand-alone anthology based on a unique theme. The journal is designed to provide a stimulating forum for established and emerging literary artists, to serve as source material and inspiration for teachers of creative writing, and to provide readers with a unique collection of creative work.”

Pays $10-$25.00.

BUTTON, New England’s Tiniest Magazine of Poetry

BUTTON, New England’s Tiniest Magazine of Poetry

“Button comes out once a year or so, and Button contributors have also published in venues like the New Yorker, the Atlantic Monthly, Paris Review, The New York Times, Washington Post, and Harpers, as well as publishing plenty of books. Writers include David Barber, Sven Birkerts, Mary Campbell, Romayne Dawnay, Rodney Dennis, Diana Der-Hovanessian, Brendan Galvin (National Book Award finalist!), Andrew Lear, Ralph Lombreglia, Stephen McCauley, Lawrence Millman, John Hanson Mitchell, Jean Monahan, Amanda Powell, Stephen Sandy and Wayne Wilson. Button publishes sheet music (inspired by the example of Godey’s Ladies Book around the mid-19th century). Major label, and smaller label musicians whose compositions have appeared include: They Might Be Giants, Combustible Edison, Roger Miller (of Mission of Burma), Birdsongs of the Mesozoic, Jen Trynin, Malcolm Travis (who played with Bob Mould of Husker Du).” 20-40% freelance. Annual (to the best of our ability, and the quality of work we receive). Pays on publication. Period between acceptance and publication varies. Buys first N.A. Serial rights. No reprints. Responds 1-5 months.

Pays small honorarium.

The Puritan

“The Puritan began in 2007 as an independently funded print journal dedicated to publishing fiction, essays, and interviews in Ottawa, Ontario, and was sold in bookstores across the city. In its early years, The Puritan was Ottawa’s only quarterly prose journal. After a brief hiatus, the magazine returned to publishing, now in the form of an online magazine run from Toronto. Since expanding its mandate to include poetry and reviews, The Puritan now seeks to publish the best in all forms of writing.” Welcomes new writers. Quarterly. Pays on publication. Publishes ms 1-3 months after acceptance. Buys First rights. No reprints. Responds in 1-4 months.

Pays $150 for fiction, $25 per poem, $200 for essays, $100 for interviews and $100 for reviews.

Freefall Magazine

Freefall Magazine

“FreeFall encourages the voices of new, emerging, and established Canadian writers while providing a platform to be proud of for their quality work.” 100% freelance. Welcomes new writers. Buys first rights for 3 months. No reprints. Responds within 3-6 months.

Pays $10 per page for fiction/non-fiction and $25 for poems.” 4000 word maximum.

Neon Literary Magazine

Neon Literary Magazine

“Neon Books is a UK-based independent publisher, producing a small-number of carefully-selected chapbooks, pamphlets and other ephemera each year. We lean towards literary and slipstream writing, with a preference for the magical realist and the extremely odd. Everything we publish is about something. We think that most art should be. We work with authors from anywhere in the world. Our most recent publication, Fears For the Near Future, is a highly-academic index of imagined future anxieties. Our catalogue also includes the award-winning novella The Mesmerist’s Daughter by Heidi James, The Naming Of Cancer (a fourteen-poem chapbook by Scottish Book Trust Award-winning poet Tracey S Rosenberg), and A Week With Beijing by prolific author and academic Meg Eden. We also produce a number of free pamphlets.”

Pays £8 – £12 per creator per issue.

The Massachusetts Review

The Massachusetts Review

“The Massachusetts Review, a literary magazine, promotes social justice and equality, along with great art. Committed to aesthetic excellence as well as public engagement, MR publishes literature and art that provokes debate, inspires action, and expands our understanding of the world around us.” Circ. 1600. Quarterly. Pays on publication. Publishes ms within 12 months of acceptance. Buys First N.A. rights. No reprints. Responds within six months. Subscription $35/year U.S.; $55/year International. Guidelines online at https://massreview.org/submission-guidelines/general-guidelines.

Workers Write

Workers Write

“Since our first anthology, Workers
Write! has become an important voice in working class literature. We are collecting the stories and poems about jobs that define who we are as individuals and communities.” Welcomes new writers. Circ. 500. Annual. Pays on acceptance. Publishes ms 6-9 months after acceptance. Buys FNAS Rights. Accepts reprints. Responds within one week.

Pays flat fee of $25-$50/story up to 5,000 words (no minimum); $5-$20/poem.

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