It can be intimidating sending out your writing for the first time (or even the 10th time), so this month we decided to focus on literary journals and online magazines that are extra friendly to new and unpublished writers. Some will even pay you! In order to make our list, journals also had to accept flash fiction, short stories, poetry and creative nonfiction; charge no fees; accept simultaneous submissions; and respond with a yea or a nay within a reasonable timeframe. We also made an effort to pick journals that haven’t appeared on one of our previous lists so make sure to check our other suggestions of great places to submit.
1. Crack the Spine doesn’t care if your work is funny or sad as long as it makes them react. Solid writing, that’s what they’re after. They welcome stories of between 100 and 5000 words, nonfiction of up to 3000 words, and poetry (no stated limits for length or number of poems). You can generally expect a response in under 30 days.
2. New Reader Magazine just launched last year and they pride themselves on their international scope. Submit a minimum of 3 poems, fiction over 500 words and nonfiction over 1500 words. There is no maximum word limit! They’re also willing to publish excerpts from longer unpublished pieces. And they’ll pay you! They ask for around 3 months to respond but generally get back within 2.
3. FLAPPERHOUSE is looking for the 4 Ss: surreal, shadowy, sensual, and/or satirical. They accept flash and short fiction (up to 5000 words), creative nonfiction (up to 2500 words) and poetry (up to 1000 words). They will pay you for your work and send you a free copy of the magazine. They ask for 3 months before querying but they usually respond within a month.
4. Longleaf Review is interested in work that “encapsulates all it means to be human, with a particular interest in outsider perspectives”. Send in your flash fiction (300 to 1000 words), stories (1500 to 3000 words), creative nonfiction (less than 500 words or between 1500–3000) and poetry (1 to 5 poems) at the beginning of each month. Their submissions close once they reach their monthly quota. They ask for up to 6 months to make a decision but they often respond within a month.
5. Literary Orphans wants to give your work a loving home. Their taste is wide-ranging–everything from David Sedaris to Hemingway, but they favour pieces with purpose, drive, daring. Send in your stories (up to 2000 words), your nonfiction (up to 5000 words) or your poetry (3 pieces). They generally respond in under 2 months.