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