Month: July 2018

40 literary journals that pay

Bio: Emily Harstone is the pen name of an author whose work has been published internationally by a number of respected journals. She is a professional submissions adviser. You can follow her on Facebook here:

As someone who makes their living writing about writing and publishing, I can attest to how truthful Auden’s quote is. It is hard making a living as a writer, but it is even harder making a living as a poet or an author of short fiction.

Many literary journals do not pay their writers. This is because most are projects of passion, are not for profit, or are run by an individual or a small group of people who love to write and read, but do not necessarily have a lot of money. Many of these journals are run by schools with underfunded English departments. I would say that over 75% of literary journals do not pay their writers. I have no problem with that, but it is nice to be paid occasionally.

For your reading pleasure are 40 literary journals that do pay. They may not be the most prestigious journals (although some of them are), and not all are open to submissions right now, but most are. All of them to​ pay their authors. Some pay well and others pay a token amount.

1. The Threepenny Review

We have reviewed this literary journal before​ so you can learn more of the details by reading that review here. The Threepenny Review is one of the most respected print journals out there and they also pay their writers $200 per poem or $400 per short story. You can visit their website here. They are primarily interested in short stories and poems.

2-5. Escape Artists (Escape Pod, PseudoPod, Cast of Wonders, PodCastle)

Escape Artists is the publishing group that publishes all of its stories in audio and text formats. They are know for their genre podcasts and have a large following. Each publication has a separate focus. For example Cast of Wonders focuses on a young adult audience whereas Escape Pod only publishes Sci-Fi. The various publications pay $100 for full-length reprints and more for original works.

6. Banshee

Banshee, a print literary journal from Ireland, is accepts submissions of poetry, fiction, flash fiction, and creative non-fiction. All authors published in the journal will receive payment, as well as a copy of the magazine. Read our full review here.

7. Frontier

Frontier Poetry accepts submissions year-round. They accept work from both new and emerging poets who have not published more than one full-length collection of poetry. Authors of any number of chapbooks and story collections may submit. Frontier pays poets $50 for each published poem, up to $150. To learn more, read our full review here.

8. Clarksworld

Clarkesworld Magazine is a Hugo and World Fantasy Award-winning science fiction and fantasy magazine that publishes short stories, interviews, articles and audio fiction on a monthly basis. They pay very well. Read our full review here.

9. The Rush

The Rush is a new online literary magazine produced by the students of Mount Saint Mary’s University in Los Angeles. They pay writers, and are seeking poetry, fiction, non-fiction, visual art, and photography in all forms and styles. They hope to publish high-velocity work that captures the rush of human experience. Any topic is fair game, but they don’t accept work about graphic or gratuitous violence or sex. Read our full review here.

10. The Malahat Review

The Malahat Review is an established and respected print magazine based out of Canada. They purchase first world serial rights and, upon acceptance, pay $40 CAD per published page, plus a one-year subscription. Copyright reverts to the author upon publication. To learn more, visit their website here.

11. Copper Nickle

Copper Nickle publishes poetry, short stories, and essays. They pay a different rate (usually around 30 dollars per page) per issue and they offer two contributor copies per author. They also have two editor prizes of 500$, one for poetry, the other for prose, that they award to authors each issue. Learn more here.

12. Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine

This paying and competitive magazine publishes short stories and novellas in the mystery genre. To learn more, read their submission guidelines here.

13. Breath and Shadows

They publish only authors who have disabilities, although they define that term broadly. The pay scale is $20 for poetry, and $30 for fiction and non-fiction. To learn more, visit their website here.

14. Contrary Magazine

Contrary Magazine publishes short stories, flash fiction, essays, and poetry. They pay $20 per author per issue — the length of the piece does not factor into the payment. To learn more, visit their website here.

15. Workers Write!

They focus on publishing working class literature. They want to collect the stories and poems about jobs that define who we are as individuals and communities. They pay between $5 and $50, depending on the ​length and rights. To learn more or to submit, visit their website here.

16. Occult Detective Quarterly

Occult Detective Quarterly is devoted to those intrepid investigators who investigate the weird, exotic and bizarre. They publish fiction and nonfiction and they pay. You can learn more here.

17. Upstreet

A respected literary journal. They offer between $50 and $250 for short stories or essays, they do not list poetry rates. If your work is accepted, you will also receive a contributor copy. Learn more here.

18. The Sun

A wonderful, advertisement-free magazine. They pay from $300 to $2,000 for fiction, essays, and interviews, and $100 to $250 for poetry. They also give contributors a complimentary one-year subscription to The Sun. Learn more here.


A literary journal that pays $25 for short stories and $10 for flash fiction and poetry. To learn more, visit their website here.

20. Qu

Qu, the literary journal of Queens University, pays $100 per prose piece and $50 per poem. To learn more visit their website here.

21. Poetry

Poetry Magazine was founded in Chicago by Harriet Monroe in 1912. The magazine established a reputation early on by publishing many important poems of T.S. Eliot, Ezra Pound, Marianne Moore, Wallace Stevens, William Carlos Williams, and many others. They pay a minimum of $300 per poem. You can visit their website here.

22. Spark

Spark: A Creative Anthology offers contributors 2¢ per word or $20 per work for unpublished writing. They publish poetry and short stories. Visit their website here.

23. AGNI

This is a respected and established journal. They are published by Boston University. Pay is reportedly 1-4.9¢ per word for fiction and $5-$50 for poetry. You can visit their website here.

24. Bennington Review

Bennington Review has recently been re-founded. They publish two print issues a year and they pay their writers. Prose writers receive up to $200, poetry writers are paid $20 per poem. To learn more, visit their website here.

25. Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine

Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine is one of the better-paying markets there is out there, for science fiction content. They predominantly favor character-oriented short stories and poetry, and pay up to $1,000 for fiction. You can visit their website here.

26-29. Cricket Media’s Literary Journals
Their flagship publication, billed as “The New Yorker for Kids,” publishes poetry and fiction aimed at 9-14-year-olds. Read our full review here. However, they also have other magazines called Babybug (for children 6 months to 3 years), Ladybug (3-6 years), and Spider (6-9 years). You can see their submission guidelines here. They pay well.


CŌNFINGŌ MAGAZINE publishes new short fiction, poetry and art from around the world. The journal is a beautiful print-only magazine. They pay 20 pounds to all contributors. Learn more here.

31. One Story

One Story publishes one short story every three weeks. They have a print and e-versions of the story that they publish. Often, the published story is accompanied by an interview with the author of the story. They pay $500 per story. To learn more, read our review here.

32. The New Yorker

It would be strange if such a list did not mention The New Yorker, which is legendary for how well it pays its writers, among other things. The New Yorker does not release the exact amount they pay on their website, although they pay very well. It is more a popular magazine than a literary journal, and publication in the New Yorker can greatly help one’s reputation as a writer. Often it leads to book deals and many other publications. Of course, because of this, it is very hard to get a piece accepted by the New Yorker. Many famous authors still try for years. It is easy to submit online, and a wonderful opportunity. To learn more, read their submission guidelines here.

33. The Wanderer

The Wanderer is an online poetry journal, launched in April 2016 as a weekly feature in Harlot Magazine. Now, as Harlot has evolved into a monthly e-zine, The Wanderer has also evolved into a new online magazine, distinct from Harlot. They pay $25 per poem. Read our review here.

34. The Forge

They pay $50 for non-fiction and fiction. Learn more at their website here.

35. Grain Magazine

Published four times per year, Grain Magazine is an internationally acclaimed literary journal that publishes engaging, surprising, eclectic, and challenging writing and art by Canadian and international writers and artists. They pay a minimum of $50 and a maximum of $250. Learn more here.

36. The Paris Review

This very respected print journal only accepts submissions via the post and they do not disclose the amount they pay, only say that they do. To learn more visit their website here.

37. Analog

A respected science fiction journal that publishes everything from short stories to novellas. They pay well. Read their full submission guidelines here.

38. Trigger Warning

Trigger Warning is an online zine of pulpy short fiction published with pictures. They aim to capture the feel of the cheap rag digests of the 70’s and 80’s with two-tone illustrations. They’re looking for science fiction, horror, fantasy, and noir, or anything else that would fit in on The Twilight Zone. Read our full review here.

39. Cherry Tree

Cherry Tree publishes insightful, meaningful literature in all forms and styles. They accept work by both emerging and established authors, and publish writers from around the world. Cherry Tree offers $20 to all contributors as well as two copies of the magazine they appear in. Visit their website here.

40. Blackbird

Blackbird is one of the oldest and most respected online poetry journals. They offer payment although they do not state how much. Visit their website here.


Alberta Sequeira
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Books to Give a Man for Christmas



Christmas is a great day to give back to your dad. Here are 12 books to give any man in your life, brother, son, uncle or anyone special for any occasion. Buy Early!
Wild at Heart by John Eldredge


I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and have provided counseling for hundreds of fathers. Most of the men I have counseled don’t particularly like to read but I can name a handful of men, fathers, that couldn’t put this book down. The book has a lot of references, stories, analogies, and metaphors from nature and the outdoors.

This book addresses deep issues of men to help them recover their masculine heart. The book addresses wounds that have been caused by our own father and brings healing to those areas so that we can be the father and positive male model to our children. It moves men from passivity into reclaiming passion and taking action to serve, love, and protect the ones we love. The book gets at the heart of the matter and inspires change.

It is particularly aimed at Christian men so it would be a good book for Christian fathers.

Want to read more reviews of this book or buy it? Check out the link below:

Contributor: Casey Lee from Rooted Hearts Counseling LLC
The Boy Crisis by Warren Farrell PhD


As the founder of a non–profit organization dedicated to the healthy development of young men, *The Boy Crisis, *written by Drs. Warren Farrell and John Gray serve​ as a valuable resource for our mentors to better understand the issues that teen boys are experiencing. And, as a parent educator who teaches parents how to raise happy and responsible teen sons, I use *The Boy Crisis* as the main textbook because its filled with solutions that help parents have much better relationships with their sons.

I strongly recommend this book to any parent, mentor, therapist or sports coach so that they have the facts and solutions they need to be more effective in loving, coaching and supporting young men.

Want to read more reviews of this book or buy it? Check out the link below:

Contributor: Liz Dowling from Dowling & Dennis PR

Why a Daughter Needs a Dad by Gregory Lang


This book is a fantastic little coffee table or bedside table book. It is filled with sweet sentiments about why a daughter needs a dad in her life, all of the things dad have the honor of teaching their daughters, and just how valuable that relationship is between a dad and his daughter. It is a sweet reminder of all the reasons (100 in total) men are so important in a daughter’s life.

One of the reasons listed is; A daughter needs a dad to help her take risks that will build her with confidence. My father was my hero and he embodied this book. He kept it on his nightstand up until he passed away. I would highly recommend!

Want to read more reviews of this book or buy it? Check out the link below:

Contributor: Susan Youngsteadt from Momma Suz

The True Heart of a Man by Hanalei Vierra


I wrote this book that gives adult men a 7-step “road map” to get out of an antiquated definition of masculinity that has brainwashed them to mistrust their emotional experiences and toward a healthier, more mature version of masculine identity that is needed in a 21st-century world.

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Contributor: Hanalei Vierra from Hanalei Vierra
A World War II Flight Surgeon’s Story by S. Carlisle May


This book that I wrote is a true account of a Flight Surgeon’s experience working to keep pilots flying from Africa to Normandy to central Germany. The book is derived from personal interviews, letters home and pictures which include the historic meeting between Gens. Clark, Patton and Eisenhower and the visit from President Roosevelt. It also offers insight into medicine at that time.

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Contributor: Susan Carlisle May from Author Susan May
A Spiritual Renewal: A Journey to Medjugorje by Alberta Sequeira

Spiritual Renewal Cover

It might sound too spiritual and girly for men but this book is a heartfelt, moving memoir of the author’s father and her journey to find inner peace and renewal of life. It’s a story about her life with her father, Brigadier General, Albert L. Gramm. She shows how we can wait too long to learn about the lives of the men and women in the service after coming home from wars or life in general.

Brigadier, Albert L. Gramm, died on November 19, 1990, from cancer. It was then that Alberta realized while she stayed at his bedside during his illness that she never took the time to get to know this great man or his life fighting during WWII fighting in some of the famous battles; Metz, Lorraine, and The Battle of the Bulge. He had been one of the commanding officers of the 26th Yankee Division. He was about to take those achievements with him.

His devotion to saying the rosary every day while he faced his enemies during the war stayed with him on the return home. He had promised The Blessed Mother that if she got him home safely to his family, he would say the blessed prayer until his death.

It’s at this time, when Mr. Gramm struggled to say his rosary in his deathbed and losing concentration on it, that Alberta turns back to her faith. She learns the rosary and understand’s each decade is about the life of Mary and Jesus. She realized after fifteen years away from the Church that she not only needed God back in her life but wanted Him.

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Contributor: Alberta Sequeira Blog