5 Magazines Currently Accepting Submissions

You can submit to AGNI, Gutter, The Malahat Review, The Journal, and Wildness.
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AGNI 79; 2014.

AGNI 79; 2014.

We are halfway into the second month of the year already, and there are literary magazines that want to read the prose and poetry pieces you have finished polishing, that are sitting on your laptop collecting e-dust. I have curated a list of magazines that are currently open. They are all free to submit to; three of them will pay you if you get in.

Please kindly shoot your shot.


Up until 31 May, AGNI, the award-winning, Boston University-published magazine, will accept submissions. They want fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.

Six of the magazine’s contributors have received the Nobel Prize in Literature. Other prominent ones: Jhumpa Lahiri, E. C. Osondu, Sarah Ladipo Manyika. AGNI pays.

Visit here.

The Malahat Review

Founded in 1967, this Canadian magazine is published quarterly. Each issue includes work by emerging and established writers. The Nigerian poets Nome Emeka Patrick, Ugonna-Ora Owoh, and Michael Akuchie are some of its contributors.

The Malahat Review is currently open for submissions of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. The magazine pays.

To submit, visit here.


Gutter is interested in well-written, boundary-breaking work. A print magazine, past contributors include Aminatta Forna, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o, and Jakky Bankong-Obi.

Up until 15 March 2021, they are open for submissions. They pay a flat rate and contributor copies.

Visit here to submit.

The Journal

The Journal has been around for five decades, presenting works by new voices, championing works by marginalized writers. They have published work by Hussain Ahmed, K-Ming Chang, and Kaveh Akbar. They send beautiful contributor copies.

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They are currently accepting fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry submissions.

Visit here to submit.


Wildness has published the Nigerian poets Omotara James, Logan February, and Inua Ellams.

Wildness is always open for fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry submissions. (The magazine has a quick turnaround time.)

Yes. Shoot your shot: here.

May Luck be on your side.

Ernest Ogunyemi
Ernest O. Ògúnyẹmí is a staff writer at Open Country Mag. His works have recently appeared/are forthcoming in AGNI, Joyland, No Tokens, Olongo Africa, The Dark, Fiyah, Agbowó, Southern Humanities Review, Minnesota Review, McNeese Review, Down River Road, and West Trade Review. He is the curator of The Fire That Is Dreamed of: The Young African Poets Anthology.
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