The March/April 2014 issue’s roundup of literary journals that accept genre short stories is divided by category, from children’s to mystery to science fiction. In this bonus sidebar online, we offer up four markets that accept work in multiple genres (romance, historical and more).
“Brilliant Corners [is] the only national journal to focus on jazz-related literature.”
FOUNDED: 1996. CIRCULATION: 1,200. PUBLISHES: Biannually. Reading period: Sept. 1–May 15. SEEKING: Fiction (condensed novels, ethnic/multicultural, literary, mainstream, contemporary romance), creative nonfiction, and poetry (all styles)—as long as it relates to jazz music. PAYMENT: Varies. HOW TO SUBMIT: Send one ms, cover letter and SASE to: Brilliant Corners, Lycoming College, 700 College Place, Williamsport, PA 17701. DETAILED GUIDELINES:lycoming.edu/brilliantcorners/submission.aspx.
The First Line
“The First Line is an exercise in creativity for writers and a chance for readers to see how many different directions we can take when we start from the same place.”
FOUNDED: 1999. CIRCULATION: 2,500. PUBLISHES: Quarterly. SEEKING: Fiction (all genres). Stories must start with the first line provided by the journal; see website for first lines of upcoming issues. PAYMENT: $25–50 per story. HOW TO SUBMIT: Send one story as a Microsoft Word or Word Perfect attachment to email@example.com, or mail to: The First Line,P.O. Box 250382, Plano, TX 75025-0382. DETAILED GUIDELINES:thefirstline.com/submission.htm.
“Ocean magazine is a nature magazine focused on the ocean and its interconnectedness with everything in our earthly life.”
FOUNDED: 2004. CIRCULATION: 40,000. PUBLISHES: Quarterly. SEEKING: Fiction (adventure, fantasy, historical, romance), nonfiction (essays, personal experience) and poetry (avant-garde, free verse, haiku, light verse, traditional)—as long as it relates to the ocean. PAYMENT: $75–150 for fiction; $75–250 for nonfiction; $25–75 for poems. HOW TO SUBMIT: Send one ms to firstname.lastname@example.org. DETAILED GUIDELINES:oceanmagazine.org/submissions.aspx.
“Vestal Review is the oldest magazine dedicated exclusively to flash fiction.”
FOUNDED: 2000. CIRCULATION: 1,500. PUBLISHES: Semiannually. Reading periods: February–May, and August–November. SEEKING: Flash fiction (up to 500 words; all genres accepted, except children’s, “syrupy” romance and hard sci-fi). PAYMENT: $.03–.10 per word; stories “of great merit” receive a flat rate up to $25. HOW TO SUBMIT: Send one story, with a cover letter, via the online submission manager at vestalreview.submittable.com/submit. DETAILED GUIDELINES:vestalreview.net/Guidelines41.html.