5 Paying Literary Magazines to Submit to in March 2023
These magazines pay for fiction, nonfiction, and poetry; they are a mix of literary and genre magazines. Not all of them are open through the month.
Fantasy is an award-winning fantasy and dark fantasy magazine, open for general submissions (i.e. submissions from all writers) for the first week of March. They’re open to submissions from BIPOC writers through 2023. All dates are subject to change.
Reading period: 1-7 March 2023 for general submissions; BIPOC submissions open through 2023
Length: Up to 7,500 words for fiction, up to 6 poems
Pay: $0.08/word for fiction, $40/poem
(Also, Fusion Fragment will open for science fiction and SF-tinged literary fiction during 24th-31st March; send stories of 2,000-15,000 words; pay is 3.5 Canadian cents per word, up to CAD300. The submission portal will open during the reading period.
And MetaStellar will be open for flash fiction submissions through March; they accept other genres too, though there is no payment for those.)
Masks Literary Magazine
They publish fiction, nonfiction, graphic stories, poetry, art, and photography. They may close early if the submission cap is reached. U.S. contributors will receive a complimentary copy of their print issue; international contributors will receive a PDF. They also accept reprints.
Deadline: 31 March 2023, or until filled
Length: Up to 2 poems; up to 3,000 words for prose
Pay: $25 for prose and art ($100 for featured artist), $20/poem
(There are a few other magazines that have submission caps in March, including Split Lip Magazine, which will accept fiction, nonfiction, poetry, interviews, reviews, and art. They want literary, mainstream, or experimental writing, but no genre fiction. Their upcoming fee-free submissions periods are March, May, August, September, and November; there is a submission cap, so free submissions might close early. Pay is $25-75. Details here.
— And The Paris Review will open for prose submissions in March. They usually have a submission cap for online submissions, which they hit early on; check during the submission window whether they will accept postal submissions; details here.
— Shenandoah will open for poetry submissions on 1st March, and will close when their submission cap is reached; at the time of writing, other genres were open too; they pay $100/poem, $100 per 1,000 words for prose, and $50 per page of comic, up to $500. Details here and here.)
West Branch is affiliated with Bucknell University. They accept fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and translations.
Deadline: 1 April 2023
Length: Up to 6 poems; up to 30 pages for prose
Pay: $50 for poetry and $0.05/word for prose, up to $100
Undertow Press: Weird Horror Magazine
This magazine publishes weird horror; as for all magazines, please read some back issues to see if your work is a good fit (click on Weird Horror Mag issue tabs on this page). They’ll read submissions for the magazine during March.
Reading period: 1-31 March 2023
Length: 500-6,000 words
Gallery of Curiosities
They want retropunk fiction for their podcast. “That means steampunk, dieselpunk, dreadpunk, bronzepunk, dark fantasy, the Odd, and others that haven’t even been invented yet punk … but not atompunk.” They also accept reprints.
Deadline: 15 April 2023
Length: Up to 7,500 words