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12 Excellent Literary Journals That Pay

by Writing Workshops Staff

2 years ago

12 Excellent Literary Journals That Pay

by Writing Workshops Staff

2 years ago

Find 12 excellent literary journals below that pay for your work. Polish your manuscript and submit it to one of these great publications (and, if you're looking for a class in fiction, poetry, nonfiction, or screenwriting, we've got you covered):

Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine

From Hugo and Nebula Awards to World Fantasy Awards, Theodore Sturgeon Awards, Homer Awards, and the prestigious Locus Award for Best Magazine of the Year, Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine continues to receive unprecedented recognition for its stories, authors, and editors. Learn more here.


Clarkesworld Magazine is a Hugo, World Fantasy, and British Fantasy Award-winning science fiction and fantasy magazine that publishes short stories, interviews, articles and audio fiction. Issues are published monthly and available on our website, for purchase in ebook format, and via electronic subscription.  Learn more here.

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. Learn more here and read a story published by our former student, S. Koji Callaghan, in Vol. 49.1; Fall, 2021.

Nashville Review

From expansive to minimalist, narrative to lyric, epiphanic to subtle: if it’s a moving work of art, Nashville Review wants it. Learn more here.

One Story

One Story seeks literary fiction and they accept stories between 3,000 and 8,000 words (of any style and on any subject as long as they are good). Learn more here.


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. Learn more here.


Salamander, which is published biannually, features poetry, fiction, and nonfictionLearn more here.

Short Story Magazine

Short Story Magazine wants to revive the art of the short story, support artists, and produce something wonderful. Learn more here.

The Paris Review

The Paris Review accepts unsolicited submissions of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for the print quarterly via Submittable during the months of March and September. Learn more here.

The Sun

The Sun is a reader-supported ad-free magazine. They’ve been described in many ways: celebratory, fierce, unflinching, thoughtful, truthful, dark, darkly funny, tender. They boast over 70,000 engaged Sun readers. Learn more here.

The Virginia Quarterly Review

This established literary journal publishes poetry and prose and they pay very well. Learn more here.


Edited by our very own Flash Fiction Mentor Tommy Dean, Uncharted is a new journal that publishes  crime, mystery, science fiction, fantasy, horror, and thriller short stories. Learn more here.

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