5 literary journals that pay for poetry

Paying poetry markets may be dwindling, but plenty still exist if you know where to find them. Here are five publications that pay poets.

Literary journals that pay for poetry


Strange Horizons

Strange Horizons seeks “high-quality literary, SF/F, speculative, and slipstream poetry;” in fact, the journals’ editors say they don’t see enough unique sci-fi poetry. Submissions are open all year for a maximum of six poems. 

Payment: $40/poem

Submission fee: $0

Notable quote from the submission guidelines: “We want poems that understand “literary” doesn’t equal “boring,” poems that know how to write strange without being senseless, and poems that balance inventiveness with traditional structures. We like mischievous poems, pensive poems, and everything in between.”