Submitting to magazines that are just starting out can be a great way to get published. Here are five that are actively seeking work. All accept simultaneous submissions and have the option to submit free of charge. A couple will even pay you if your work is accepted.
Chestnut Review – This US-based litmag is seeking poetry and fiction and creative nonfiction (up to 5000 words) for their inaugural issue. They accept 230 free submissions per month and after that charge $5. Payment is $100 per piece plus a copy of their annual anthology. Submit by 30 June. If they haven’t given you an answer within 30 days, they promise to refund your submission fee (if you paid one).
Word of Mouth Magazine – Word of Mouth accepts work on a rolling basis for online publication, but for their first print issue they’re looking for poems and short fiction and essays (up to 1500 words) on the theme of Nostalgia. Submit by 1 July, 2019. They ask for 3 weeks to make a decision.
Poetry Birmingham – This UK-based journal is actively looking for international submissions. You can send in up to 5 poems or they will also accept hybrid pieces of up to 500 words. Submit by 30 June, 2019 to be considered for their first issue. They ask for 2 months to make a decision.
Dirty Girls Magazine – is looking for stories and poems that “reflect the messy experiences of life and find the beauty in adversity” for their second issue. They welcome authors of all genders, sexual persuasions, cultures and colours. Send in your poems (up to 3), flash fiction (up to 3) and short stories and creative nonfiction (up to 3000 words). They pay $10 per piece. Allow at least 2 months for a decision.
Nightingale & Sparrow – accepts poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction for print and online publication. They’re currently looking for work on the theme of Heat for their third issue. Deadline: 30 June, 2019. Allow two weeks after submissions close for a response.