LitMag: $1,000 for Short Stories & $250 for Poetry

LitMag, a new magazine of creative writing, is currently seeking submissions of nonfiction, fiction, and poetry. They pay $1,000 for fiction and nonfiction and $250 for poetry.

They made a splash when they intially launched, by offering high pay and explicitly not charging submission fees, as has become a common practice among the more “prestigious” literary journals.

Marc Berley, the editor, wrote in an essay in Publishers Weekly:

“There’s something ugly about the fees when the acceptance rates are so low. Duotrope, a writer’s resource, lists the top 25 most challenging literary magazines as accepting between 0.09% and 0.65% of the submissions they receive—just a few out of every thousand. Pretty tall odds. Then consider the fact that it often takes six months or more for the short, impersonal form rejection to come, and it might come at 2 a.m. on a holiday. Sometimes the rejection never comes at all. Then the writer asks: I paid my $3, and they can’t even give me the dignity of a low-tier rejection?”

He deserves commendation for making such a clear stand against the practice of charging writers money for the chance at publication.

According to their website, they want to publish “Work that moves and amazes us. We are drawn to big minds, large hearts, sharp pens.”

Writer’s can browse their online magazine, for samples of poetry, nonfiction, and fiction that they have previously published.

The deadline to submit is August 15th.

To learn more, read their submission guidelines.


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