December Magazine

Paying Market: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction, Visual Arts

I attended AWP 2019 — a writer’s conference. It had an expo that was literally packed full of booths full of small presses seeking submissions for writers.
I thought the best way to share the information I picked up might be to write a little information about each opportunity and collect them here in The Every Day Novelist publication. Each publication or workshop will get its own post and I’ll collect them here.
Be sure to follow The Every Day Novelist to learn when I add a new resource.
This database is a passion project. It would help me out a lot if you’d let me know that you’re interested in the resources with a comment or a clap. Thank you!

December is a literary magazine that publishes poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, and visual art. They also host annual prose and poetry contests.

They charge a $2.50 submission fee for poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, and visual arts, which is waived for subscribers.

They accept submissions between October 1 and May 1. Submissions outside the submission window will not be read.

Submission guidelines can be found here:

The list of writers who were first published in december, since it’s inception in 1958 includes:
• 5 U.S. Poets Laureate
• 6 Pulitzer Prize winners
• 8 National Book Award winners
• 3 National Book Critics Circle Award winners
• 6 state poets laureate
• 9 Guggenheim fellows
• 10 NEA fellows
• 3 Poet’s Prize winners
• 5 O. Henry Award winners (totaling 10 awards)
• 2 Pen/Faulkner Award winners
• 3 Pushcart Prize winners
• 5 selections in Best American Short Stories

It’s always a good idea to check out past issues of a market you want to submit to.

The Curt Johnson Prose Contest offers a $1500 first place and a $500 honorable mention prize for fiction and non-fiction, with publication for both. Submission fee is $20.

The Jeff Marks Poetry Contest offers a $1500 first place and a $500 honorable mention prize, with publication for both. Submission fee is $20.

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