5 Paying Literary Markets in November 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.

Can you tell that it’s the start of the month? I can. It feels like I just did this. Regardless, here we go again. I have found five paying literary markets in November 2020 for you to give a try.

Please don’t forget to check out each publisher thoroughly before you submit to them. I want to see you get published, and the best way to do that is to make sure your work is a good fit, so do your research.

5 Paying Literary Markets in November 2020

These five paying literary markets in November 2020 accept fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. This mix contains both literary and genre markets.


This magazine of dark fiction publishes short stories and flash fiction. They want work that is dark, literary — creepy, weird, and unsettling. Their guidelines say:

“No specific sub-genres or themes, just good stories. For inspiration, we suggest The Twilight Zone, The Outer Limits.”

And the first volume of their stories, of course.

They do not want stories about vampires, zombies, werewolves, serial killers, hitmen, or excessive gore or sex. Lamplight does accept reprints. They can only take 300 submissions monthly during their reading period.

You can find the full details here.

  • Deadline: November 15, 2020
  • Length: Up to 7,000 words
  • Pay: $0.03 per word; up to $150.
LampLight is a paying literary market in November 2020

Deep Magic

They want clean fantasy and science fiction stories, and they won’t publish anything with graphic violence, mature sexual themes, or profanity. Deep Magic also accepts reprints. To find out more, click here.

Deadline: November 30, 2020 (see Twitter)
Length: 1,000 to 40,000 words
Pay: $0.08 per word, capped at $599.92 for stories longer than 7,499 words.

The Fiddlehead

This Canadian magazine is open to writing and translations into English worldwide and various styles, including experimental genres. They read short fiction, novel excerpts, creative nonfiction, and poetry. The deadline is for Submittable submissions only – mailed submissions are accepted year-round.

You can get the full details here.

  • Deadline: November 30, 2020 (for Submittable only – see above)
  • Length: Up to 6,000 words for fiction or creative nonfiction; up to six poems
  • Pay: C$60 per page; C$200 for cover artwork
The Fiddlehead is a paying literary market in November 2020

Hiraeth Publishing: parABnormal Magazine

This magazine accepts work about the paranormal. This includes ghosts, specters, haunts, various whisperers, and so forth. It also contains shapeshifters and creatures from folklore, but not creatures like vampires, werewolves, and zombies.

Shapeshifters, for this magazine, refer to the spiritual shift, not the physical. Think of the Native American shaman. The magazine wants the paranormal activity centered around the human, not the creature.

Hiraeth publishes fiction, nonfiction (including reviews), poetry, and artwork. They also accept reprints. To find out more, click here.

  • Deadline: November 30, 2020
  • Length: 3,000 to 5,000 words for fiction; one to 15 lines for poetry; 1,500-5,000 words for articles and reviews
  • Pay: $25 for fiction, $20 for articles, $7 for reviews, $6 per poem

The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts

This magazine publishes “fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, mixed media, visual arts, and even kitchen sinks, if they are compressed in some way.” They also have a section called Topical Tuesdays, where they accept work on topical issues.

They’re looking for works by writers who have not previously published with them for the current reading period. You can find the full details here.

  • Deadline: December 15, 2020
  • Length: General submissions — 600 words for prose (including prose poems), one poem of 20 lines or 75 words; Topical Tuesdays submissions — 1,000 words for prose or a poem of 30 lines
  • Pay: $50
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Good luck to all of you who choose to submit. I’ve got my fingers crossed for you.

And if you are accepted, please let me know! I’d love to read your work and pass it along to a friend.

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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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