5 Paying Literary Markets in September 2020

***Please note, there has been an uptick in publishers that are not accepting unagented submissions. Too many presses and publishers are getting mass submissions that do not fit their catalogs. DO NOT submit your work if it doesn't fit the publisher's guidelines.

As a new month starts, many publishers are opening their doors to writers for publishing material. And I’ve come across this list of paying literary markets in September 2020.

Also, if you’re looking for a challenge, these themed submission calls are open this month.

5 Literary Markets in September 2020 to Pursue

Here are five literary markets in September 2020 for you to pursue. These literary magazines pay for fiction, nonfiction, and poetry and mix genre and literary outlets. Not all of them are open throughout the month.

Broken Pencil

Broken Pencil is a Canadian publication of zine culture and independent arts. They are currently open for fiction submissions via Submittable. They sometimes accept pitches for nonfiction, but they do not publish poetry. You can find their submission guidelines here.

  • Deadline: September 15, 2020, for fiction
  • Length: Up to 3,000 words for fiction
  • Pay: C$50-$100 for fiction

The Puritan

This Canadian literary magazine publishes fiction, nonfiction – interviews, essays and reviews – and poetry from all over the world. The magazine reads for its four issues year-round and is currently reading for its fall edition. You can find the full submission details here.

  • Deadline: September 25, 2020
  • Length: Up to 10,000 words for fiction, up to four poems; various for nonfiction (see guidelines)
  • Pay: C$200 per essay; C$150 for fiction; C$100 per interview or review; C$25 per poem (or page, capped at C$80)


PodCastle is a fantasy magazine that publishes stories in an audio format and online. They are open to all fantasy genres and sub-genres. Fantastical or non-real content should be meaningful to the tale, though. You can check out their publishing schedule here, their guidelines here, and the submission portal here.

  • Deadline: September 30, 2020
  • Length: Up to 6,000 words
  • Pay: $0.08/word; $20-100 for reprints

Underland Arcana

Underland Arcana publishes its magazine four times a year. Their guidelines say:

“[We want] short fiction that veers into the numinous, the esoteric, the supernatural, and the weird. We like these stories to be mildly speculative, fantastic, mysterious, and/or horrific (if you prefer genre tags). We’re not terribly keen on stories that splash through gore, but we don’t mind the grotesque. We prefer character-driven pieces, but will pause and admire works that are exceptionally experimental in tone, style, and presentation.”

They also offer royalties if they publish your work outside of their website, such as in an ebook or anthology. You can find the full details here.

  • Deadline: October 1, 2020
  • Length: Up to 5,000 words
  • Pay: $0.01 per word for work published on the website

St Anthony Messenger

This is a Catholic monthly magazine. Apart from articles, they also accept fiction and poetry. Their guidelines say:

“Stories that sound more like essays or monologues with no dialogue or interaction on the part of the characters will not succeed. Dialogue should move the story forward and sound real—the way people speak in real life.”

For features, they want pitches, not unsolicited submissions. The magazine also accepts submissions on a rolling basis. You can find the full submission details here.

  • Deadline: Rolling
  • Length: 2,000 to 2,500 words for fiction; up to 2,000 words for features; up to 20 lines for poetry
  • Pay: $0.20 per word for prose, $2 per line for poetry
St. Anthony Messenger is a paying literary market in September 2020

Good luck to all of you who choose to submit. I’ve got my fingers crossed for you.

And if you are accepted at any of these five literary markets in September 2020, please let me know! I’d love to read your work and pass it along to a friend.

Stay safe, everyone.

Until next time.



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Danielle Adams

Danielle Adams

Danielle Adams is a writer and editor for a local marketing agency. She has formerly worked as a writer for the Investing News Network and as an editor for Whetstone, a bi-annually published literary magazine. Aside from writing, Danielle has an unabiding love for all marine life and the outdoors. She loves taking long hikes with her husband and cooking delicious meals in the kitchen.


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