Contrary doesn’t charge fees for submissions, but they do pay contributors. Per their site, 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.”
They also provide detailed information on what they are looking for on the submission page for each genre and even provide the name of the editor so you can successfully create a cover page without guessing to whom you should address it.
For example, for poetry, “We believe poetry is contrary by nature, always defying, always tonguing the tang of novelty. We look especially for plurality of meaning, for dual reverberation of beauty and concern. Contrary’s poetry in particular often mimics the effects of fiction or commentary. We find ourselves enamored of prose poems because they are naturally contrary toward form –…
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