We have deadlines for a reason. They motivate us and push us to realize our dreams. And for most publishers, deadlines are a way to keep control of their workload. Today, we’re going to be looking at five literary markets that will briefly open up in June.
These publishers primarily accept fiction, but a couple accept poetry and nonfiction as well.
The Five Literary Markets
Before submitting, please check out everyone’s submission windows. They may have changed with the developments of COVID-19.
Here are the five literary markets that are opening this month:
Cosmic Roots and Eldritch Shores
Cosmic Roots and Eldritch Shores is a speculative fiction magazine that publishes fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and artwork. They publish science fiction, fantasy, myth, legend, fairy tales, and eldritch, in written, podcast, video, and/or graphic story form.
You should check out their guidelines for the hard sells, and the kind of stories they won’t accept. You should check out their hard sales guidelines and the kinds of stories they won’t accept. They also accept reprints of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, and have changed their submission schedule from quarterly to once a month. You can get the full details here.
- Reading period: June 1- 2, 2020
- Length: Anywhere from 1,000 words and up for fiction (shorter works favored); unspecified for others
- Pay: $0.06/word for fiction, $0.02-0.06/word for nonfiction, $1/line for poetry up to 40 lines (lower for longer poems)
Enchanted Conversation: A Fairy Tale Magazine
Enchanted Conversation is a fairytale-themed magazine that publishes one story and two nonfiction pieces every month. Their fiction theme for the year is Angels, and the nonfiction can be on any fairy tale-related theme.
The fiction guidelines say:
Angels may figure big or small in your story, and other otherworldly figures like fairies may be substituted, but, overall, the entire fiction year will feature winged entities, with angels preferred, but not essential. So don’t send me a story without an otherworldly winged entity in it.
Classic fairy tale elements should be present, and writers are encouraged to either retell a classic tale or craft a new fairy tale from scratch. Happy endings are preferred, but not required.
The editors do ask that you don’t send them any science fiction, dystopian, erotica, high fantasy, excessive world building, time-travel, futuristic, space travel, western, love triangles, or children’s stories.
For nonfiction, writers can explore any aspect of fairy tale culture. Scattering several links to outside sources throughout the essay is a good idea.
Submission windows are open for 72 hours at the beginning of every month (EST), starting June 1, 2020. You can find out more here.
- Reading period: June 1-3, 2020 (for July 2020)
- Length: 1,200-2,500 words for fiction; 900-1,200 words for nonfiction
- Pay: $100 for fiction; $50 for nonfiction
Prairie Fire: Living in a House on Fire
Prairie Fire is a Canadian literary magazine that accepts fiction, creative nonfiction, essays, and poetry from writers in Canada and elsewhere. They are currently reading work on the ‘Living in a House of Fire’ themed issue (and unlike other calls in this list, this one is open now and will close early in June).
Their guidelines say:
Many of us have experienced grief, anxiety, and despair around the various outcomes of climate change–fire season, melting glaciers, declining bee populations, droughts, species collapse. Most recently, our ways of being in the world have been radically challenged by the COVID-19 global pandemic, the cause of which could be linked to how industrialized farming has contributed to changing our disease ecology. So, how do we, as citizens of this planet, live in a house on fire?
Prairie Fire invites submissions of fiction, creative nonfiction essays, and poetry that explore the topic of living in our current time of tremendous uncertainty. We believe that taking on the task of articulating the affective consequences of climate change will help countless others as they find their own language for inevitable loss.
In addition to the themed-submissions, Prairie Fire is also reading un-themed work, which must be submitted by June 30, 2020. You can find the themed call details here, their general submission guidelines here, and their contributor rates here.
- Deadlines: June 5, 2020, for themed and June 30, 2020, for un-themed
- Length: Up to 5,000 words for prose or up to three poems for themed issue; up to 10,000 words or up to six poems for general
- Pay: C$0.10 per word, capped at C$250 for fiction, C$50 to C$250 for other prose, and C$40 per poem.
Scum is an Australian magazine that publishes feminist-friendly fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. They accept work from the first to seventh of every month. You can check out their submission guidelines here.
- Reading period: June 1-7, 2020
- Length: Up to 2,000 words for prose, up to 50 lines for poetry (max three poems)
- Pay: AU$60
Night Shift Radio: The Storyteller Series
The Night Shift Radio podcast features The Storyteller Series, which publishes two stories each month.
One story will receive the Full Cast Audiobook treatment; that author will receive $50 for audio rights and non-exclusive print rights. The second piece will be featured in their mid-month print only piece. The press pays the author $25.
Night Shift Radio publishes fiction, nonfiction, memoir – anything that reads with tension and excitement. They read work between the 21 and 28 of each month. You can find the episode details here and their submission guidelines here.
- Reading period: 21-28 June 2020
- Length: 7,000-10,000 words
- Pay: $25, $50 (see guidelines)
Out of these literary markets, I am the most familiar with Prairie Fire. They’ve published poems from some of my university professors and classmates. All of which had great experiences.
I recommend checking the magazine out whether you submit or not. They’ve got some great stories and content.
To all of you who do submit, good luck! And don’t forget to let me know if you get accepted in the comments.
Stay safe, everyone!
Until next time!