14 Magazines Where You Can Submit Your Love-Themed Writing, Right in Time for the Season of Love: Valentine’s Day!

Have you been itching to write something about love? Looking for a place to submit your love piece? Well, here are 14 magazines you can submit your love-themed writing right in time for the season of love: valentine’s day!

Most of these magazines do focus on romantic love, but there are a few where they accept several types of love (such as romantic, queerplatonic, platonic, familial, topics, nature, etc.).

Now, same as my last magazine list, please, please, please read the entire guidelines for wherever you want to submit. They have those guidelines for a reason, and it’s to help them get through all the submissions with ease and in a timely manner. It makes everyone’s lives easier when the guidelines are followed. Plus, it shows that you’re really interested and invested in the publisher, and they’ll (hopefully) want to do the same for you.

As a side note, these publishers aren’t in any particular order since a lot of them have a variety of deadlines scattered throughout the year. If you’re searching for a deadline, just ctrl+f and search for open or closed to sort through them faster.

And that’s about it! Go out there and submit or write something about what you all love, and I wish everyone all the luck in the world!

Thanks for reading, and happy writing!

1. Miniskirt Magazine

Submissions are open-ish:

For the most part, there’s an open submission almost every month from (roughly) the 10th – 25th.

Some months have a specific theme, but for the most part, it’s love and romance.

If needed, please add trigger warnings to your submissions.

They’re looking for:

“miniskirt is a destination for love & romance. we want your flirtations, your short & sweet confections. we adore romcom, but if you’ve got something dramatic, send that our way too!”

“all love is equal here at miniskirt, so give us your queer devotions, your hetero hymns, your poems about poly life, your stories where being ace is celebrated”

“we want non-romantic love too! familial love, love for your fur-babies, self-love, love for your hobbies, your favorite childhood memory, the best vacation you’ve ever taken; tell a story about winter being the best season, give us an essay about how your favorite sports team (not the Patriots lol) got you through a rough patch, or a poem about blueberry pancakes.”

Any genre mashup is okay. Sad endings are okay, but they prefer happy ones.

Pay:

No pay, since they’re a new magazine, but they’re working towards it in the future.

They nominate your work for Pushcart, Best of the Net, & Best Small Fictions.

Categories:

Poetry: up to 5 poems, no more than 10 pages.

Short Fiction/Nonfiction: 1 piece up to 5,000 words.

Flash Fiction/Nonfiction: up to 3 pieces, no more than 1,250 words each.

Visual Art: a group of 4-10 pieces that work cohesively as a group.

“when it comes to visual art, mood is everything. send us figurative work or abstraction. we like it all: photography, painting, drawing, collage, printmaking, mixed media, digital design, even publication-quality photos of sculpture or installation. if it evokes luscious feelings, send it our way.”

2. Literally Stories

Submissions are open:

There’s no deadline or submission period I can find. So submit to your heart’s content!

They’re looking for:

“[Literally Stories] was created by writers for writers. It exists to showcase a wide spectrum of short story fiction from new and emerging writers to more seasoned authors.”

“We hope that you’ve taken the time to read some of the previously submitted work here on LS as that’ll give you the best indication as to whether your story is a good fit. It’s an eclectic mix in the archives but we don’t publish poetry, essays or travelogues and if you’re including hobbits they probably need to make us laugh. A lot.”

They accept: “Crime/Thriller/Mystery, Fantasy, General Fiction, Historical, Horror, Humour, Romance, [and] Science Fiction”

They also have a list of things that they’re less likely to publish. So please have a look and keep those in mind when submitting.

Pay:

No pay.

Categories:

short stories: 500 – 3000 words

3. Talk Vomit

Submissions are open:

Submissions are always open.

They’re looking for:

“You know that feeling when you have a lot to say about something and you just don’t know how to get it out but you know your words belong somewhere?”

“We want to be a home to those projects.”

“Whether you offer a short story you wrote about an anthropomorphized coffee maker falling in love in outer space, or that piece of prose poetry you’ve been working on about how your Amazon Prime orders increase significantly when you’re feeling depressed, or the zine you’re making about how the world seems like it’s on fire, we want to hear from you and help you share your story. Consider this a space to talk about your growth, your mental health, or a place for that bizarre piece of short fiction you think deserves to find a home.”

Pay:

Personal Essays: $25

Poems, Playlists, and Art: $5

Categories:

Non-Fiction: under 4,500 words

Fiction: under 2,000 words

Poetry: No word/line count.

“As a general rule, we publish limited traditional poetry. We do, however, always consider prose poetry.”

Ideas for recurring columns are also accepted.

4. Mysterical-E

Submissions are open:

There’s no deadline or submission period that I could find. So submit to your heart’s content!

They’re looking for:

“So, what kind of work are we searching for? The mystery field has expanded. According to the December 2004 MWA letter: ‘Now it is time to recognize that the field has broadened and diversified… We are all over the map – from darkest noir to softest cozy; from-just-the-facts-ma’am to fantasy and science fiction; from historical romance to futuristic techno-thriller.'”

“This newly defined mystery story is our priority. We’re interested in mysteries of all kinds: softboiled, hardboiled, not boiled at all; cozies and thrillers; the traditional P.I. as well as unorthodox finders, amateur sleuths, police detectives, new age detectives, magical Private Investigators, you name it. Cross-genre tales are most welcome. Historicals also have a place here. Alternate realities, alternate history, tales with a supernatural or speculative fiction touch are stories we enjoy. As long as your story contains a crime or a mystery or both, we will consider it.”

Pay:

No pay, but they’re considering it for the future.

Categories:

Fiction:

Drabble: 1 – 100 words

Flash: up to 500 words

Short-Short: 501 – 1000 words

Short Story: 1001 – 7500 words

Long Short Story: 7501 – 15000 words

Novella: 15001 – 40000 words

Longer Works: more than 40001 words

“NOTE: Both Novellas over 25,000 words and Longer Works (more than 40,001 words) are likely to be split with parts appearing in successive issues”

Nonfiction: interviews, articles, reviews, and columns.

5. Black Fox Literary Magazine

Submissions are open:

They have two free submission periods:

“Summer Issue Submission Period: March 1, 2022—May 31, 2022.”

“Winter Issue Submission Period: September 1, 2022—November 30, 2022.”

If the free submission option is unavailable, they’ve reached their submission limit for the month.

Accepted Year-Round Submissions:

“Submission with Donation ($5, $4, or $3)”

“Submission with Expedited Response of 4 Weeks” ($6)

“Submission with Expedited Response of 2 Weeks” ($10)

“Submission with Feedback (Fiction Only)” ($49)

“Art”

“Blog Posts”

They’re looking for:

“We accept work based on merit and not based on genre. We enjoy receiving submissions from under-represented genres such as: YA, romance, flash fiction, mystery, etc.”

“We’re looking for personal essays and other creative nonfiction.”

“We’re always looking for contributors for the Black Fox blog. We are particularly interested in articles on the craft of writing, book reviews, book news, and publishing news. If it’s writing, book, or publishing related, then this is the place for it.”

“We are looking for artwork to feature on the covers of our issues. . . . Review previous issues to get a feel for our tastes.”

Pay:

No contributor pay, but first place winners can earn $200 in their writing contest. There is a $12 fee to enter.

Categories:

Fiction: less than 5,000 words

Creative Nonfiction: less than 5,000 words

Poetry: Only send 3 poems, and “please keep in mind that our issue pages are 6×9. For this reason, poems with particularly long lines often don’t work well.”

Blog posts: less than 5,000 words, and they want “articles on the craft of writing, book reviews, book news, and publishing news.”

Cover Art: Send no more than 5 pieces in one document. “Review previous issues to get a feel for our tastes. Send your best artwork, including drawings, photographs, etc. . . .”

6. The Lascaux Review

Submissions are open:

“Submissions are read year round. Accepted pieces are published on a rolling basis.”

They do have a couple of contests with deadlines, though.

Poetry Contest: March 31st, 2022

Flash Fiction Contest: June 30th, 2022

There is a $15 fee to enter the contests.

They’re looking for:

“Writing of literary quality venerates the language and speaks to the human condition. We make no effort to define these terms—we know it when we see it. The definition doesn’t exclude genre fiction: a story about love between two shape-shifting police detectives can take place on Titan as long as it venerates the language and speaks to the human condition. Accessible literature is poetry and prose that can be understood and appreciated without an interpreter.”

Pay:

Payment varies, but they have writing contests for a $1,000 prize for the winner.

Categories:

Poetry: Up to 5 poems at a time.

“Poetry should be formatted conventionally, without “sculptural” elements that can’t be detected by an audience during a public reading. We understand there is call for experiments in form and content, but they’re not for us.”

Prose: “Prose pieces may be any length, but efficient writing is favored.”

Nonfiction:

“Creative nonfiction may include memoirs, chronicles, personal essays, humorous perspectives, literary journalism—anything the author has witnessed, experienced, learned, or discovered. Creative nonfiction should be written in a nonacademic style.”

Art: “Artists wishing to show us their work should email a link to their online gallery to lascauxreview at gmail dot com.”

7. CommuterLit

Submissions are open:

There’s no deadline or submission period that I could find. So submit to your heart’s content!

There’s no fee for general submissions, but there are fees for editorial critiques.

They’re looking for:

“Our focus is on works of fiction or poetry that can be enjoyed during a 20- to 30-minute public-transit commute to work. And because we know your taste in reading material is varied and sophisticated, we plan to surprise you by selecting samples of not only literary fiction, but sci fi, fantasy, horror, mystery, thriller, romance and experimental combinations thereof.”

Pay:

No pay.

Categories:

Short Stories: 500 – 4,000 words

Memoir: 500 – 4,000 words

Novel Excerpts: 500 – 4,000 words

Poetry: One poem (or series of poems) that are 500 – 4,000 words

8. Literary Mama

Submissions are open:

“We are open for submission year round.”

They’re looking for:

“Literary Mama features writing by both established and emerging writers about the complexities of motherhood. We believe in a wide-ranging understanding of motherhood as experienced through multiple lenses and bodies. We seek top-notch fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction from self-identified mothers. We also publish book reviews, profiles of mother writers and artists, guest blog posts, and original photography to complement our content.”

“We are especially looking to hear from traditionally underrepresented writers such as those who identify as BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and from other diverse backgrounds.”

“Submissions by anyone who identifies as a mother, including those hoping to conceive and those who have lost a child. We also occasionally publish work by fathers.”

Pay:

No pay.

Categories:

Each category has its own page of guidelines. Please make sure to look at the specific guidelines you need to submit your piece.

Blog Submissions: no word count.

Book Review: 800 – 1,500 words.

Column Proposal: No word count, but this department isn’t currently taking submissions.

Creative Nonfiction: 500 – 2,500 words

Fiction: Up to 5,000 words

Literary Reflections: 1,500 – 3,500 words

Photography: Up to 3 photographs.

Poetry: Up to 2 poems, no word count, and any form.

Profile & Interview: 750 – 2,500 words

9. Diet Milk

Submissions are closed:

Submissions will open from December 1st, 2022 – January 8th, 2023

They’re looking for:

“Diet Milk Magazine is a biannual literary magazine devoted to Gothic prose, poetry, and art. Neatly genred or genre-bending, classically styled or modern, we want your prettiest, most pungent dread.”

“Give us withering romance, creatures that lurk and lure, families to be feared and houses that haunt; give us isolation and creeping, oppressive unwellness. Quietly thrill, terrify, and leave us wanting more.”

Please use trigger warnings as necessary when submitting.

Pay:

$15 per peom

$0.01 per word for short stories ($40 minimum)

$50 per art piece

All paid via PayPal.

Categories:

Poetry: Up to 3 poems, no line count.

Prose: only 1 short story, up to 7,000 words.

Art: Up to 2 pieces, any type of visual art.

10. PULP Literature

Submissions are closed:

“Short fiction submissions are closed for 2021 and will reopen in 2022.”

“*Note: occasionally the inbox fills up and the submissions form will be temporarily closed, even during an ‘open’ period. Wait a week or two and try again.”

Short fiction is currently closed; but poetry, graphic novels, and illustrations are open.

They also have a variety of contests open throughout the year. Keep in mind that the contests have entry fees.

Give their contests page a look.

They’re looking for:

“We love genre. Science Fiction, Fantasy, Mystery, History, Thriller or Chiller: we read it all, as long as it’s well written.”

“We love literary fiction. Beautiful prose, soul-searching themes, and powerful and complex character development are all part of the stories we like.”

“We believe that genre fiction IS literary. Our goal is to publish writing that breaks out of the bookshelf boundaries, defies genre, surprises, and delights.”

“Because our title says ‘Pulp’ Literature, some authors assume we want guns and blood. The pulp in our title refers to cheap pulp paper of dimestore novels and digests of the past. We want our magazine to include a balance of all genres, including fantasy, romance, mystery, literary, etc.”

Pay:

$0.05 – $0.08 per word for short stories up to 7000 words.

$0.03 – $0.06 per word between 7000 and 10000 words.

$0.02 – $0.04 per word for works over 10000 words.

$25 – $50 for poetry and interior illustrations

$25 to $75 per page of sequential art (graphic novels and cartoons) and illustrations

“We accept a limited number of reprints at rates up to 50% of first publication rates.”

Categories:

While there’s no hard word count for anything, they prefer short stories under 5,000 words.

They do accept novellas of 15-20,000 words, but that’s less likely to be accepted.

If your work is longer than 10,000 words, please only send the first 10,000 words.

“. . . visual art (black and white for interiors, colour for covers) up to 50 pages in length.”

“We do not publish non-fiction, memoir, or young adult and children’s stories.”

They accept:

Short Stories

Poetry

Graphic Novels

Comics

Illustrations

11. From the Farther Trees

Submissions are closed:

“Submissions currently closed! Our publication schedule has been delayed. The next submissions window will be sometime in Spring 2022.”

Please add necessary trigger warnings in the cover letter.

No reading fee.

They also have two recurring anthologies with separate guidelines that you should check out!

Queer Blades has “LGBTQIA+ stories set in adventure fantasy worlds, particularly stories of queer romance.”

And The Mesozoic Reader has “We feature only tales of prehistory and its denizens, whether we see humans traveling to the past, ancient creatures brought to the present, or strange tales that mingle the two.”

They’re looking for:

“From the Farther Trees is a bimonthly electronic magazine of fantasy fiction. We are open to original stories and poetry from all subgenres of fantasy, ranging from fairy tales to science fantasy, weird westerns to romantic fantasy, epic fantasy to urban fantasy, swords & sorcery to quiet character studies, and everything in between. Regardless of setting, stories should be centered on character and emotion (though the occasional thrilling adventure is welcome).”

Pay:

$10 via Venmo, PayPal, or by mail.

Categories:

Prose: between 1,000 – 15,000 words

Poetry: up to 100 lines

12. Mythulu

Submissions are open:

There are several themed open submissions throughout the year.

The current themes and deadlines are:

Maps & Biomes – March 16th, 2022

WILDLY ORIGINAL Fairy Tales & Myths – June 17, 2022

Symbiosis – October 2nd, 2022

They’re looking for:

Again, since they have different themes, look at the guidelines for each theme.

Maps & Biomes:

“Innovative settings are the foundation for new genres. Why do readers care about maps and what makes a map legendary?”

“On the business side, how do you make your map earn an ROI? And most of all, what makes a world good enough to spawn a new genre?”

“Submit short stories that feature wildly original biomes or bizarre weather. Show us settings fundamentally at war with character needs.”

WILDLY ORIGINAL Fairy Tales & Myths:

“Capture an adulthood dilemma so universal it transcends culture and time—then explain it so a child can understand.”

“Any era. Any world. Any hero or antihero.”

“Focus on the hardest-earned lessons of your life. The things you WISH someone had explained to you earlier, and wrap that wisdom in a package “younger you” would have adored.”

“DO NOT SUBMIT ‘REIMAGINED’ FAIRY TALES!
We are seeking UTTERLY UNIQUE shorts in the poetic STYLE of myths and fairy tales.”

Symbiosis:

“Submit co-authored stories in any genre.”

“Also looking for non-fiction commentary and experiences with co-created projects.”

“Co-authoring is rising in popularity, both as a way to satiate the ravenous demand of readers more quickly, and to leverage team imaginative advantages. We’re curious about the pros and cons of this strategy.”

“Naturally, we also host a Devil’s Advocate column to whoever provides the best cautionary advice regarding cooperative labor.”

Pay:

Nonfiction: $0.08 per word

Creative Works: $0.04 per word, $75 max for short stories.

They also have a contributor-exclusive affiliate program.

Categories:

Short Stories: 500 – 2,800 words

Nonfiction Articles: 200 – 1,200 words

Cartoons & Graphic Panels

13. SERIAL Magazine

Submissions are closed:

They’re currently backed up on submissions and are working through them. But even if they’re not currently taking submissions, you can check back.

They typically allow 100 free submissions a month before there’s a submission fee.
If you wanna avoid the submission fee, wait until the beginning of the month before submitting.

You can also pay extra for “expedited review or detailed feedback” if you’re interested.

They’re looking for:

“We seek exciting stories that our readers will speed through. Our main goal is always to entice our readers to pick up the next issue of SERIAL. We accept all genres, however we specialize in genre fiction like action-adventure, science-fiction, mystery, fantasy, horror, thriller, romance, and westerns. While ‘exciting’, ‘entertaining,’ and ‘fun’ are the main qualifications for a SERIAL story, we also appreciate stories that manage to communicate a positive message as well. We want stories that make readers feel good…even if they’re a little dramatic, crazy or suspenseful.”

“The reading level for your story can be whatever you see fit, however the content of your story must be suitable for young adult audiences. We will not accept submissions that have explicit sex scenes or use known racial or LGBTQIA+ slurs. If your sci-fi or fantasy story is an allegory for issues surrounding these minority groups though and you’ve made up your own unique slurs, then send it in and we’ll see if it’s a good fit!”

Pay:

$0.004 per word

Artwork is paid based on pages

You also get a free copy of the magazine.

If you’re receiving royalties, you get those every 15th of the month. Royalties are based on your contribution to the publication.

Categories:

Short Stories: 500-10,000 words

Novellas, Novels, Serialized Fiction: 7,500 – 10,000 words per chapter/installment.

Illustrations and Comics

“We also accept black and white illustrations and comics that fit within our genres. We have a preference for the aesthetic of vintage pulp fiction magazines.”

14. Translunar Travelers Lounge

Submissions are closed:

They have two general open periods for anyone to submit, and two limited open periods for people of color.

Limited Demographic Submission Window:

  • March 15 – March 21, 2022
  • September 15 – September 21, 2022

General Submission Window:

  • March 22 – April 15, 2022
  • September 22 – October 15, 2022

They’re looking for:

“Your story must contain speculative elements: that means science fiction or fantasy.”

“Broadly defined, the type of fiction we are looking for is “fun”. Yes, that descriptor is highly subjective, and ultimately it comes down to the personal preferences of the editors. However, here are a few road signs to get you started on the path into our hearts.”

“A fun story, at its core, is one that works on the premise that things aren’t all bad; that ultimately, good wins out. This doesn’t necessarily mean that your story has to be silly or lighthearted (though it certainly can be). Joy can be made all the more powerful when juxtaposed against tragedy. In the end, though, there should be hope, and we want stories that are truly fun for as many different kinds of people as possible.”

“Swashbuckling adventure, deadly intrigue, and gleeful romance are some of the most obvious examples of what we’re looking for, but we won’t say no to more subtle or complicated topics, as long as they fit under the wider “fun” umbrella.”

Pay:

$0.03 per word with a $20 minimum.

Categories:

Prose: up to 5,000 words

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