Literary Journals

The Hollins Critic

The Hollins Critic

“Literary journal with a lead essay on the work of a contemporary writer; poetry; and book reviews.” 100% freelance. Welcomes new writers. Pays on publication. Publishes ms within one year. Buys first serial rights. Responds 2-3 months. Guidelines online.

Pays $25/poem

Contrary

Contrary

“Contrary® was founded in 2003 at the University of Chicago by alumni of Chicago’s Master of Arts Program in the Humanities. It was quickly embraced and has been abundantly nourished by graduates of the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA in Writing program. It now operates independently and without a thought of profit on the South Side of Chicago and publishes writers from throughout the world. It publishes poetry, fiction, lyrical commentary, creative non-fiction, and especially works that blur the edges of those categories.” 100% freelance. Welcomes new writers. Quarterly. Pays on receipt of invoice. Publishes ms one month after acceptance. Buys all rights: “1) worldwide rights to publish in any or all versions of Contrary and other Contrary-affiliated media, including domestic and foreign, whether in the English language or translated into a foreign language, including any successor, similar or replacement versions thereof; 2) exclusive worldwide rights for a period of 90 days from the date of Contrary’s first publication of the work; 3. non-exclusive perpetual rights to republish, store, syndicate or distribute the work or portions of the work in any language and in any country, and 4) the right to use your name and likeness in a fair and dignified manner and to publish information about you in connection with the advertising and promotion of Contrary and of the Work. 5) When exclusive rights expire after three months, the author is free to seek republication elsewhere, but Contrary must be credited in all subsequent publications. 6) All rights granted by this agreement are granted in perpetuity and applicable in all media including, but not limited to, all electronic media, internet, wireless or mobile platforms whether now known or hereafter created.” No reprints. Responds in less than 90 days.

Pays $20 per author, per issue.

The Baltimore Review

The Baltimore Review

“The mission of The Baltimore Review, founded in 1996, is to showcase Baltimore as a literary hub of diverse writing, and promote the work of emerging and established writers from the Baltimore area, from across the U.S., and beyond. The BR publishes poetry, short stories, and creative nonfiction, and also sponsors two themed contests each year. We do not charge any fees for non-contest submissions.” Welcomes new writers. Quarterly. Pays upon publication. Buys first rights. No reprints. Responds within four months. Sample copies online. Guidelines online at https://baltimorereview.org/index.php/submit.

Pays $40 for regular (non-contest) submissions

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.

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.

WILLOW SPRINGS

WILLOW SPRINGS

“100% freelance. “Literary magazine.” Welcomes new writers. Bi-annual. Pays on publication. Publishes ms in issue available after acceptance. Buys first N.A. serial rights. No reprints. Responds up to 6 months. Guidelines online”

SEQUESTRUM

SEQUESTRUM Phone: Fax: Website: https://www.sequestrum.org Guidelines: https://www.sequestrum.org/submissions.%20 Editor: R.M. Cooper, Managing Editor; Katherine Ivory, Fiction/Nonfiction Editor; Hoot Uhl, Poetry Editor Email address: About The Publication: Current Needs: “Fiction, nonfiction, poetry, visual arts.” Pays $10-$20 per general acceptance; $200 for contests.” Word limits: 12,000 words for prose; 40 lines for poetry. Submit complete ms with cover […]