5 Paying Markets in October 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.

Another month has officially arrived! And it’s bringing us five paying markets in October 2020 that open for submissions.

There’s a bit of everything for everyone in these calls for publishing material, so let’s take a look.

Submit to These 5 Paying Markets in October 2020

These markets pay for fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. They’re a mix of literary and genre markets and are open for submissions in October.

Translunar Travelers Lounge

The editors of this speculative fiction magazine want fun stories. Their guidelines say:

“A fun story, at its core, is one that works on the premise that things aren’t all bad; that ultimately, good wins out. This doesn’t necessarily mean that your story has to be silly or lighthearted (though it certainly can be). Joy can be made all the more powerful when juxtaposed against tragedy. In the end, though, there should be hope, and we want stories that are truly fun for as many different kinds of people as possible.

Swashbuckling adventure, deadly intrigue, and gleeful romance are some of the most obvious examples of what we’re looking for, but we won’t say no to more subtle or complicated topics, as long as they fit under the wider “fun” umbrella.”

To find out more, click here.

  • Deadline: October 15, 2020
  • Length: Up to 5,000 words
  • Pay: $0.03 per word ($20 minimum)

SmokeLong Quarterly

This magazine publishes flash fiction, and they have a detailed submissions guideline under the “Info to Help Increase Your Chances of Publication” tab. You may also want to check out their essay, blog, book review guidelines, and Global Flash Series. SmokeLong Quarterly also accepts submissions by writers under 12 years, though these are unpaid. 

To find out more or submit, click here and here.

  • Deadline: Open now
  • Length: Up to 1,000 words
  • Pay: $50 for fiction

Room Magazine

Room Magazine is Canada’s oldest feminist literary journal, and they accept work by women (cisgender and transgender), transgender men, Two-Spirit and nonbinary people only. They are open to submissions of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and artwork.

To get the full details, click here.

  • Deadline: October 31, 2020
  • Length: Up to 3,500 words for fiction and nonfiction, up to five poems
  • Pay: C$50-150

One Story

One Story publishes literary fiction of any style and on any subject. Their guidelines say:

“We are looking for stories that leave readers feeling satisfied and are strong enough to stand alone.”

Regarding reprints, if a story has been published in print (not online) outside of North America, it will be considered. They publish one story per issue and accept translations.

You may also want to check out their One Teen Story writing contest for teenagers.  

To find out more, click here.

  • Deadline: November 14, 2020
  • Length: 3,000-8,000 words
  • Pay: $500

The Arkansas International

­­­­­This magazine publishes short stories, essays, poetry, graphic literature, and translations. After they hit their monthly free submissions cap, there is a submission fee.  

You can find the full details here.

  • Deadline: April 30, 2021
  • Length: Up to 8,000 words for prose, up to five poems
  • Pay: $20 per page, up to $250

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 paying markets in October 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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