Updated: May 24, 2020
1. The Mark Literary Review
The Mark is an online magazine that's always open for submissions! We never charge a fee to submit your work. We're down to read anything! There isn't a specific theme you need to adhere to, but we are most interested in reading creative writing that tears your heart out. Send in your best poetry or short stories and we'll get back to you within two weeks (sometimes sooner). We do not accept previously published work, but we do accept simultaneous submissions. Check out our submission guidelines here.
2. The Forge Literary Magazine
The Forge Literary Magazine publishes one prose piece per week selected by a rotating cast of editors. They accept unsolicited submissions via Submittable and prefer stories below 3,000 words. They also pay $60 per piece upon publication. They open for free submissions on the first day of each month. After their submission quota is filled, they remain open but ask that pieces be accompanied by tip-jar donations. They also hold fee-free flash fiction/nonfiction contests in September every year. Here is a link to their website.
3. Silk + Smoke
Silk + Smoke is a magazine based in Scotland that curates diverse short fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. The editors also accept video or audio files of your work being read or performed. Their favorite genres are literary fiction, nature writing, fantasy, folklore, horror, absurdism, and science fiction. Submissions for their second issue will be open until May 31st. Here is a link to their website. You can find their Facebook page here and their Twitter here.