10 Literary Journals that Pay Their Writers
Many literary journals do not pay their writers. This is because many are passion projects, they are not for profit, and they are run by a person or a small group of people who love to write and read but do not necessarily have a lot of money. Many of these journals are run by schools with underfunded English departments. I would say that over 75% of journals do not pay their writers. I have no problem with that.
I focus on getting my work published by literary journals that have good reputations or do a good job of supporting their authors in other ways. Most print journals may not pay their authors in money but most do pay their authors with a copy or two of the issue they are in. This is payment enough for me.
My brother-in-law once teased me about this, saying that I should at least try and get paid for my work, so for one month I submitted only to journals that paid money, not copies or issues. I ended up making about $200 in the month of October. He laughed at how small this amount was and how many journals it had come from. I told my friend who was an editor at the time at Poets & Writers about it, and she was very impressed. She offered to pay me to write an article about it. I never ended up writing the article
Below for your reading pleasure are 10 literary journals that pay. They may not be the most prestigious journals, they are not all open to submissions right now, but all of them do pay their authors.
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