Here’s a list of literary magazines I plan to send my short stories! You might find some good opportunities here. This list is somewhat a work in progress, so feel free to suggest any additions I could make!
Famous for its openness towards previously unpublished writers, Glimmer Train is the place for your quiet, character-focused, richly worded stories that don’t need a demanding plot to hook readers. Find out about their contests here. I also outline what I believe makes a good Glimmer Train submission here.
Entry Cost: $2.00
Word Count: Depends on the contest
Based in South Carolina, this magazine welcomes general submissions throughout the year. For a magazine that has published its fair share of famous authors, it remains quite open towards anyone who has the talent to write. Submit here.
Entry Cost: $3.00
Payment: $20.00 per page, $200.00 maximum
Word Count: 2,500-8,000
Stories From Them I Like: “Guiltless Pleasures,” by Aaron Hamburger
Profane magazine has, as a name suggests, a fascination with the forbidden. They’ll accept anything that’s considered “good” writing, or writing that sticks with them. If I need a quick Palahniuk fix, here’s the place I go. Submit here.
Entry Cost: $10.00
Payment: $1,000.00, publication in issue, and blurb from contest judge.
Word Count: Fewer than 7,500 words total
Stories From Them I Like: “Sad for Who I Am,” by Devin Murphy