on Publishing … and Other Forms of Insanity:
If you write genre fiction, here are a dozen literary magazines that will pay for your work. Some also accept poetry and nonfiction. There are no submission fees.
Genre fiction is popular fiction that falls into a well-defined category, such as fantasy, romance, science fiction, horror, thrillers, westerns, mysteries, and so on. (Fiction that doesn’t fall into a neat category is “literary” fiction.) Frequently, literary magazines that accept genre fiction won’t accept literary fiction, and vice versa. (Agents also follow this rubric.) This does not imply that genre fiction is any less worthy as literature. Good writing isn’t limited to what is considered “literary.”