12 Publications Currently Open for Submissions

From One Story to Isele, submit your work to these magazines.
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2022 is moving with real pace. We’re in the middle of May and writers have been working. We’ve compiled this list of magazines that are currently open for submission. All are free to submit to, and a number of them pay as well. You should check them out. 

One Story 

This American magazine accepts stories between 3,000 and 8,000 words. They are “looking for stories that leave readers feeling satisfied and are strong enough to stand alone.” It pays $500 and 25 contributor copies for First Serial North American rights. All rights will revert to the author following publication.

Submit here.


This magazine is currently accepting submissions for their fourth print edition. There’s no strict theme for the issue, they only want the “most compelling ideas and creations.” They pay $350 for creative nonfiction, $50 per poem and $200 for each story.

Submit here.


Founded in 2021 by the novelist Ukamaka Olisakwe, Isele has published established and emerging African writers, including Chika Unigwe, Romeo Oriogun, Itiola Jones, Uchechukwu Peter Umezurike, and Logan February. It pays contributors a modest token.

Submit here.

The Collidescope

This experimental magazine wants work that “ensorcell us with your language, with your brain-bubbling phrases, make us question whether we are awake or dreaming. . . stimulate both our intellect and our emotions. Sparse language can be just as evocative as bedizened language, it all depends on that arcane combination of words, but we prefer the latter.”

Submit here.

Prairie Fire 

This Canadian magazine was founded over 40 years ago, and has consistently published work that is a “fresh, vibrant mix of fiction, poetry and creative non-fiction.” They pay contributors upon publication.

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Submit here.

The Coachella Review 

Submissions for their Summer issue will open in June. The magazine publishes work “that is vibrant, thoughtful, and precise. . . whether your work is innovative or traditional, we strive to celebrate writing that holds readers in awe.”

Submit here.

The Cortland Review 

This magazine, founded in 1997, publishes poetry, translation and book reviews. It has published work by reputable writers like Nobel laureate Louise Gluck and Thomas Lux. 

Submit here.

The Lascaux Review 

This magazine publishes “accessible” work which “venerates the language and speaks to the human condition.” They believe that “literature is meant to be heard as well as read” and that “storytelling began around campfires.” They offer varied payments for accepted works.

Submit here.

Pallette Poetry  

This magazine is open year-round. They encourage emerging poets to submit, as well as underrepresented voices. They say: “Send us only your best. We’re extremely selective.” They pay $50 for accepted poems.

Submit here.

The Dark

This magazine publishes work that deviates from conventional storytelling. They’re mostly a niche magazine for Horror and Dark Fantasy. Writers are however warned to “understand that despite the name ‘The Dark’ is not a market for graphic, violent horror.” For world rights, they pay 6 cents/word for original fiction up to 6,000 words on publication.

Submit here.

Cobalt Review 

This magazine publishes the work of a new writer every Wednesday. Their preference is for “work that exhibits well executed writing, writing so amazing that it makes even the mundane interesting.” 

Submit here.

Native Skin

This magazine is “directly devoted to advancing equality by celebrating a noted point of exclusion—skin. We celebrate all kinds of diversity, from ethnic and cultural differences to sexual orientation and neurodivergence.”

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Submit here.

Emmanuel Esomnofu
Emmanuel Esomnofu is a staff writer at Open Country Mag. He is a culture journalist and has written extensively on Nigerian music and on several moving parts of popular culture. His writing appears online in Native Mag, Okay Africa, Kalahari Review, Praxis Magazine, and elsewhere. He was published in print in The Muse, the oldest student journal in West Africa. In December 2020, he worked on "Fuji: A Opera" as a copywriter, creating informative and exciting stories from Fuji's rich history.

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