I’m still working from my edited copy of the public Google doc Journals That Pay FOR POEMS. I’m still spending a HUGE amount of time scrolling through my archives of HUNDREDS of poems I have written over the past FIFTEEN years. It’s an arduous process at times filled with a lot of NOPE in respect to the poems I go through and whether or not they are worthy to submit. In spite of all that, I am very satisfied with my progress and consistency in maintaining this challenge I have set for myself. Today’s submission is to Contrary.
From their about page:
Contrary® was founded in 2003 at the University of Chicago by students and alumni of Chicago’s Master of Arts Program in the Humanities. It was quickly embraced and has been abundantly nourished by graduates of the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA in Writing program. It now operates independently and without a thought of profit on the South Side of Chicago and publishes writers from throughout the world.
From their submissions page
Payment – For original commentary, fiction, and poetry, Contrary Magazine pays $20 per author per issue, regardless of the number of works or nature of the submission. Reviews and Contrary Blog posts are usually unpaid. The author must email us an invoice within six months of acceptance for the payment to be processed. If no invoice is received within six months of acceptance, author forfeits payment, but all rights remain in force. Upon receipt of invoice, payments will be made through Paypal.
Simultaneous submissions – We accept simultaneous submissions, but you must inform us when submissions are simultaneous, and you must withdraw your submission immediately if the work is accepted elsewhere (you may resubmit any parts of your submission that remain unpublished). A submission constitutes an agreement to publish in Contrary under the guidelines on this page. Accepted works go into production immediately and may not be withdrawn under any circumstances.
Our deadline, response, and publication cycle – Contrary receives submissions throughout the year and publishes four issues per year, with the change of seasons. In Spring our deadline is March 1, and the issue appears on or about April 1. Following that cycle, our deadline for Summer is June 1, Autumn is Sept. 1, Winter is Dec. 1. We begin each issue from scratch, with completely new submissions. If your submission is accepted, you will hear from us. If not, you can always verify that it was not accepted by viewing the issue for which you submitted. We do not send rejection letters.
Here is another one that I had a time finding work to fit the theme. I hope my poems are “contrary” enough. Crossing my fingers!
Are you submitting your work to journals and magazines? What has your experience been so far? I would love to hear from you in the comments!