Last updated: June 17, 2021.
The following list consists of magazines big and small, long-established and recently founded, yet all of them looking for great writing. All the magazines and journals are listed in alphabetical order.
If you’d like to suggest a publication that should be included on this list or suggest an edit, e-mail us at: contact [at] nonconformist-mag.com
Others boast of their big lists of literary publications, but only we can offer you our Big, Big List of Literary Magazines and Literary Journals.
On your mark. Get set. Submit!
Let’s start, not so humbly, with ourselves:
The Nonconformist Magazine
The Nonconformist is a literary magazine dedicated to publishing fiction, poetry, experimental fiction and poetry, book reviews, literary criticism, and various culture-related articles. We believe in reconfiguring the world using pens, typewriters, and word processors. At The Nonconformist, we aim to create, encourage, and support a community of both emerging and established writers who will find their long-sought literary home here.
AGNI is a literary magazine housed at Boston University and known “among readers around the world,” as the writers group PEN put it, “for publishing important new writers early in their careers, many of them translated into English for the first time.” The print magazine appears twice yearly, in late April and late October.
The Alaska Quarterly Review
Alaska Quarterly Review is a literary journal devoted to contemporary literary art, publishing fiction, short plays, poetry, photo essays, and literary non-fiction in traditional and experimental styles. It is published by the University of Alaska Anchorage in partnership with the Center for the Narrative and Lyric Arts. The editors encourage new and emerging writers, while continuing to publish award winning and established writers.
American Literary Review
Since 1990, the American Literary Review has been published through the Department of English at the University of North Texas. From the journal’s inception, we have made a point of publishing poetry, fiction, and nonfiction by writers at all stages of their careers.
American Short Fiction
Issued triannually, American Short Fiction publishes work by emerging and established voices: stories that dive into the wreck, that stretch the reader between recognition and surprise, that conjure a particular world with delicate expertise—stories that take a different way home.
Angie’s Diary is a general-interest publication offering inspiring essays and short stories. This includes satire, social issues, humor, but also analysis and commentary on politics, news, psychology, philosophy, culture, and the arts. Apart from being a powerful marketing tool for authors and publishers, Angie’s Diary is a launchpad for new writing talent. Its literary signature and humorous take on contemporary issues inspire our loyal readers, as well as our expanding community of talented copywriters and essayists.
The Antioch Review
The Antioch Review, a small independent literary magazine founded in 1941 in a small town in the cornfields of Ohio, is one of the oldest, continuously publishing literary magazines in America. Publishing essays, fiction, and poetry from promising and prominent authors, the Antioch Review has an international readership and reputation of publishing the “best words in the best order” for over 75 years.
Since 1857, The Atlantic has been challenging assumptions and pursuing truth. As we reflect on our past and look toward the future — in a world where ideologically narrow or simple answers are less adequate, and can even be more destructive, than ever — we decided to put to words a handful of ideas we thought represented authentic guiding commitments for us and to our audience.
Atticus Review is a daily online journal that publishes fiction, poems, and creative nonfiction, as well as graphic art, mixed media, music essays, and, on occasion, blog posts, interviews, and non-traditional book reviews. The writing in Atticus Review is unashamed, unadorned, and unafraid.
The Aurora Journal
The Aurora Journal publishes exceptional poetry and prose. Inspired by the Aurora Borealis, we look for writing that is surreal, ethereal, and mystical. We are seeking writing that explores the dangerous limits of surrealism. Regardless of age, experience, or any other defining factor, the Journal considers all writers.
Banter Magazine is an indie outlet focusing on iconoclasts, rebels, public intellectuals, artists, creative thinkers of all types, and the cultural happenings of the universe.
The Banyan Review
The Banyan Review is an online, international journal promoting poetry, art, and the natural world. We publish four issues annually, and our “intervals” section features poets, artists, thinkers, and essayist between published issues. A print anthology of selected work is published every other year.
Barren Magazine is a literary publication that features fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and photography for hard truths, long stares, and gritty lenses. We revel in the shadow-spaces that make up the human condition, and aim to find antitheses to that which defines us: light in darkness; beauty in ugliness; peace in disarray. We invite you to explore it with us.
Black Fox Literary Magazine
Black Fox Literary Magazine was founded by Racquel Henry, Pamela Harris, and Marquita Hockaday. The three writers met during an MFA program at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison, New Jersey. Here at Black Fox, we publish both established and new writers. We welcome all fiction, but we especially like fiction from under-represented genres and styles.
Black Heart Magazine
Black Heart Magazine is an independent online literary magazine, transmitting tenacious text around the world at the speed of wifi. Since 2004, our site has been combating clichés and skipping straight to supercharged stories with a simple catchphrase: we heart art.
Black Warrior Review
BWR publishes fiction, nonfiction, poetry, comics, and art twice a year. Contributors include Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winners alongside emerging writers. Work appearing in BWR has been reprinted in the Pushcart Prize series, Best American Short Stories, Best American Poetry, PEN/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize, New Stories from the South, and other anthologies.
The Blake-Jones Review
Our mission is to showcase emerging talent and experienced writers. We primarily accept Canadian work and love to showcase Toronto talent, but we will consider quality work from any author, anywhere.
The Blue Collar Review
The Blue Collar Review is a quarterly journal of poetry and prose published by Partisan Press. Our mission is to expand and promote a progressive working class vision of culture that inspires us and that moves us forward as a class.
Boulevard was founded in 1984 in New York City and incorporated in 1985 as a nonprofit by writer Richard Burgin. By its third issue in 1987, Boulevard had attained national bookstore distribution, which continues into the present.
The Carolina Quarterly
The Carolina Quarterly publishes a variety of poetry, fiction, essays, reviews, and artwork twice a year and is distributed to readers locally and to individual subscribers, public and university libraries, and bookstores in the United States and worldwide. The Carolina Quarterly has been publishing established and emergent writers for 65 years.
The Chicago Quarterly Review
The Chicago Quarterly Review is a nonprofit, independent literary journal publishing short stories, poems, translations and essays by both emerging and established writers since 1994. We’re proud to have had work from our pages chosen for Best American Short Stories, Best American Essays, the O. Henry Prize Stories and the Pushcart Prize Anthology as we continue our mission to stimulate, entertain, and inspire.
Since 1946, Chicago Review has published a range of contemporary poetry, fiction, and criticism. Each year typically includes two single issues and a double issue with a special feature section.
The Cincinnati Review
Since its inception in 2003, The Cincinnati Review has published many promising new and emerging writers as well as Pulitzer Prize winners and Guggenheim and MacArthur fellows. Poetry and prose from our pages have been selected to appear in the annual anthologies Best American Poetry, Best American Essays, New Stories from the South, Best American Short Stories, Best American Fantasy, Best American Mystery Stories, New Stories from the Midwest, and Best Creative Nonfiction.
The Collagist published its first issue in August 2009 under the editorship of founding editor Matt Bell. New issues are published once every two months on the 15th. Work first published in The Collagist has been featured in Best American Poetry, the Pushcart Prize anthology, Best New Poets, Best of the Net, Best Small Fictions, the Wigleaf top 50, and by Longform and other publications.
The Center for Literary Publishing dynamically partners with writers to bring exceptionally written and published fiction, poetry, and nonfiction to readers through a variety of platforms — notably, Colorado Review and CLP books. Training and cultivating the publishing professionals of tomorrow, the CLP invites graduate student interns to participate in every aspect of the publication process.
The Common is a literary organization whose mission is to deepen our individual and collective sense of place. We publish works that embody particular times and places — literature and art powerful enough to reach from there to here — and feature new and underrepresented voices from around the world.
The Common Tongue Magazine
The Common Tongue Magazine is a dark fantasy & dark speculative fiction online magazine that publishes anthologies of masterfully told fantasy short stories set in fascinating and extremely perilous fantasy worlds. It publishes work from authors of many backgrounds and cultures, promotes underrepresented authors in fiction, publishes work of writers whose voices give better understanding of cultures, human interconnectivity, and social issues in the world, while offering services based on merit and literacy excellence.
Bard College’s literary journal Conjunctions publishes innovative fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction by emerging voices and contemporary masters. For over three decades, Conjunctions has challenged accepted forms and styles, with equal emphasis on groundbreaking experimentation and rigorous quality.
Crazyhorse has been publishing the best emerging and established writers for over fifty years. From January 1 to January 31, Crazyhorse accepts entries for the Crazyhorse Fiction Prize, the Crazyhorse Nonfiction Prize, and the Lynda Hull Memorial Poetry Prize.
diaCRITICS is an online journal that showcases art, literature, and stories from writers, artists, and culture-makers of the Vietnamese and Southeast Asian diaspora, on and from all shores. Its founding editor and publisher is Viet Thanh Nguyen.
Dogwood: A Journal of Poetry and Prose
Dogwood: A Journal of Poetry and Prose is an annual national literary journal seeking works from writers during its fall reading period each year. We publish fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction of both contest winners and other writers in May of each year.
Driftwood Press is a bi-annual literary magazine founded in Tampa, FL in 2013. While our focus is on fiction, poetry, photography, graphic narrative, and interviews, we’re also open to experimental and hybrid forms.
Eastern Iowa Review
Eastern Iowa Review was established in 2014 as an offshoot of Port Yonder Press. At Eastern Iowa Review, we’ve also published a substantial number of authors who’ve been recognized for their outstanding accomplishments in the writing realm through various awards and distinctions not in association with EIR, such as several Pushcart Prize winners.
Ecotone’s mission is to publish and promote the best place-based work being written today. It is a place of danger or opportunity, a testing ground. The magazine explores the ecotones between landscapes, literary genres, scientific and artistic disciplines, modes of thought.
Entropy is a website featuring literary and related non-literary content. We like to think of ourselves as more than just a magazine or a website, but also as a community space. We seek to create a space where writers can engage with other writers, can participate in a literary community, where thinkers can collaborate and share both literary and non-literary ideas, and where writers can feel safe and included. We especially strive to support marginalized voices and identities through publishing, offering resources, and community building.
The Festival Review
The Festival Review exists to publish and promote the brightest new writers working today. From fiction to non-fiction, poetry or translation, interviews and reviews, we seek authors whose work is smart, clever, and above all a good story.
Fictive Dream is the online magazine dedicated to the short story. Powerful writing ensures that readers never slip out of the fictional world or dream that a writer creates. This is the sort of writing we’re looking to promote here at Fictive Dream. If you write fiction with a contemporary feel that gives an insight into the human condition, then we’d like to hear from you.
Since the publication of its inaugural issue in 1996, Five Points has become one of this country’s best literary magazines. Published three times a year by the Georgia State University Department of English, each issue features poetry, fiction, essays, and interviews with the most compelling writers working today.
F(r)iction, Brink’s triannual literary journal, is at the heart of our mission to increase literacy rates and engagement with storytelling that pushes the boundaries of convention. Drawing together the best works from our education programs and submissions, we pull more than 50% of the content in each issue from our slush pile, working closely with authors to hone their work and arm them with the skills to succeed in the publishing industry.
The Georgia Review
The Georgia Review seeks to create a lasting environment for literature by supporting writers at every stage of their careers. Committed to the art of editorial practice, the Review collaborates with authors of essays, stories, poems, and reviews in pursuit of works of enduring appeal that engage with the evolving concerns and interests of readers from around the world.
The Gettysburg Review
The Gettysburg Review, published by Gettysburg College, is recognized as one of the country’s premier literary journals. We have very eclectic tastes, but are highly selective, publishing only one percent of manuscripts submitted to us annually.
From Nobel laureates to debut novelists, international translations to investigative journalism, each themed issue of Granta turns the attention of the world’s best writers on to one aspect of the way we live now. Granta does not have a political or literary manifesto, but it does have a belief in the power and urgency of the story and its supreme ability to describe, illuminate and make real.
The Greensboro Review
Publishing the best fiction and poetry — regardless of theme, subject, or style. With each new issue, our editors focus their time and energy on the stories and poems within the covers, all the while following a “plain and dignified” design that reaches back to the 1966 inaugural Greensboro Review.
Harper’s Magazine, the oldest general-interest monthly in America, explores the issues that drive our national conversation, through long-form narrative journalism and essays, and such celebrated features as the iconic Harper’s Index. With its emphasis on fine writing and original thought Harper’s provides readers with a unique perspective on politics, society, the environment, and culture.
Contributors to Harvard Review have included such literary giants as Seamus Heaney, Sonia Sanchez, and David Foster Wallace. Writing from Harvard Review is regularly selected for Best American Poetry, Best American Essays, Best American Short Stories, Best American Mystery Stories, Best American Science and Nature Writing, Best American Travel Writing, PEN America Best Debut Short Stories, The O. Henry Prize Stories, Best New Poets, and The Pushcart Prize Anthology.
Headcanon Magazine is a literary & art journal started in 2019 as a response to the lack of legitimate spaces providing recognition, & opportunities for publication to artists creating art inspired by various books & comics & films & music & etc. We accept & curate creations ranging across fan-fiction, art-works, & social commentaries & reviews on comics/films/books/etc.
The Hellebore Press
The Hellebore Press is an indie publishing house that cultivates the work of writers, poets and artists. We prioritize writing from underrepresented communities, who are often overlooked in the literary and creative world.
High Desert Journal
High Desert Journal is an online literary and visual art magazine dedicated to further understanding the people, places, and issues of the interior West. HDJ’s content helps define its region in literary and artistic terms and represents a collection of work that charts the changes of a distinctive, unique region. We accept work from residents of the region working with any theme, and from anyone living outside the region creating work with high desert themes and elements.
Honey & Lime
Honey & Lime is a space for everything that makes us human: the love and joys, the hurt and heart-sinking failures. The forever ache of grief, the rage, the downward spirals. And anything and everything in between. We want to see the art you create to get through this life, those little home remedies that make it all a little easier to swallow.
The Hudson Review
Founded in 1948, The Hudson Review is a quarterly magazine of literature and the arts published in New York City. The magazine serves as a major forum for the work of new writers and for the exploration of new developments in literature and the arts. The Hudson Review publishes fiction, poetry, essays, book reviews; criticism of literature, art, theatre, dance, film, and music; and articles on contemporary cultural developments.
The Ice Lolly Review
The Ice Lolly Review is a non-profit online magazine. Our purpose is to provide young writing enthusiasts everywhere with a platform and a spotlight to recognize creative and powerful pieces. We accept pieces from writers ages 12-26 and take pride in our three-day response rate. We accept submissions in different languages, and we also nominate pieces for “Best of the Net” because we believe writers deserve as much recognition as possible.
The Idaho Review
Our mission is to publish strong, evocative work that belongs to the collective, vast community of writers. As we move forward we intend to broaden our reach. We hope to include writers of different identities — in terms of race, ethnicity, sexuality, gender, ability, language, religion, class, age, education, and region — so that our journal is a representation of the voices present in today’s literary community.
The Incandescent Review
The Incandescent Review is an entirely non-profit, teen-run literary magazine, and our team hails from across the globe: from San Jose to Shanghai, from Atlanta to Athens. Our purpose is to create a platform for teens and young adults to express their opinions and emotional response to world issues in the form of poetry, prose, visual art, and more.
The Iowa Review
Founded in 1970 and edited by faculty, students, and staff from the renowned writing and literature programs at the University of Iowa, The Iowa Review takes advantage of this rich environment for literary collaboration to create a worldwide conversation among those who read and write contemporary literature.
Juke Joint Magazine
Juke Joint publishes unconventional Southern (and non-Southern) poetry. Send us your lyrical, your narrative, your found, your erased, your not-quite-sure-it’s-a-poem poem(s).
The Kenyon Review
Building on a tradition of excellence dating back to 1939, the Kenyon Review has evolved from a distinguished literary magazine to a pre-eminent arts organization. Today, KR is devoted to nurturing, publishing, and celebrating the best in contemporary writing. We’re expanding the community of diverse readers and writers, across the globe, at every stage of their lives.
Kissing Dynamite Poetry
Twelve poems each month — Kissing Dynamite curates compact issues that honor the thematic threads presented by contributing poets. Our goal is to present multiple facets of a theme/topic/issue to break the narrative of “the single story.”
La Piccioletta Barca
Our piccioletta barca, or ‘little boat’, aims to embark upon a journey without a destination; a platform from which we can explore interests and passions from a diverse group of disciplines. Ranging from music to art, philosophy, and literature, we have attempted to delve into the intricacies of thought, without allowing content or form to constrain us.
Little Stone Journal
We’re a newborn E-zine focusing on poetry, essays and book reviews. We aim to showcase high quality work from new and established writers regardless of age, ethnicity and gender. We’d love to grow into print.
The London Magazine
The London Magazine is England’s oldest literary periodical, with a history stretching back to 1732. Today — reinvigorated for a new century — the Magazine’s essence remains unchanged: it is a home for the best writing and an indispensable feature on the British literary landscape.
The Lumiere Review
The Lumiere Review is a literary magazine dedicated to shining the light on all voices through poetry, prose, and art. We are intrigued by the inextinguishable sparks of truth and connection, the effervescent meddling of narrative, and the luminous creations that expand on perceptions of genre, language, and form.
The Massachusetts Review
The Massachusetts Review, a literary magazine, promotes social justice and equality, along with great art. Committed to aesthetic excellence as well as public engagement, MR publishes literature and art that provokes debate, inspires action, and expands our understanding of the world around us.
McSweeney’s exists to champion ambitious and inspired new writing, and to challenge conventional expectations about where it’s found, how it looks, and who participates. We’re here to discover things we love, help them find their most resplendent form, and imagine new ways to bring them to you, Dennis. (If you are not Dennis, kindly ignore the aforementioned.)
Michigan Quarterly Review
Michigan Quarterly Review is an interdisciplinary and international literary journal, combining distinctive voices in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, as well as works in translation. Our work extends online as well, where we publish cultural commentary alongside reviews and interviews with writers, artists, and cultural figures around the world.
Milk Candy Review
Milk Candy Review is a journal of flash fiction that publishes one story a week on Thursdays. We will also offer two-question interviews from participating writers the Monday after their story is published!
The Missouri Review
The Missouri Review, founded in 1978, is one of the most highly-regarded literary magazines in the United States and for the past four decades we’ve upheld a reputation for finding and publishing the very best writers first. We are based at the University of Missouri and publish four issues each year.
Moss is a literary journal of writing from the Pacific Northwest. Published annually, Moss is dedicated to exploring the intersection of place and creative expression, while exposing the region’s outstanding writers to a broad audience of readers, critics, and publishers.
A hybrid cross between a literary magazine and twitter — a twitterary magazine. A picnic of literary snacks and twitterary bric-a-brac.
Narrative is dedicated to advancing literature in the digital age by supporting the finest writing talent and encouraging reading across generations, in schools, and around the globe. Our digital library of new literature by celebrated authors and by the best new and emerging writers is available for free.
New England Review
By publishing and promoting new fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and translations that are both challenging and inviting, New England Review encourages artistic exchange and thought-provoking innovation in the literary arts. Our quarterly journal, regular live events, podcast, and active website offer readers and writers a variety of ways to engage with a diverse range of new writing.
New Ohio Review
New Ohio Review is a national literary journal produced by Ohio University’s Creative Writing Program. Now in its tenth year, NOR has been the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts grant and support from the Ohio Arts Council. Work from its pages consistently appears in the Best American series and the annual Pushcart anthology.
The New Southern Fugitives
Biweekly, we offer subscribers fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and visual art that challenges our comfortable perspective of the South. We strive to promote diversity, reach a broad audience, and cultivate the new Southern voice of the New Millennium.
The New Territory
As a magazine built by narrative journalists, creative artists, and provocative thinkers of America’s heartland, we’re the voice of the Midwest. We try to capture the region’s essence even though we know it can’t be contained. Our coverage border is expansive and flexible, allowing great work to seep into the Territory, and leaving space for reporting on issues upstream or nearby that affect life in our core.
The New Yorker
The New Yorker is considered by many to be the most influential magazine in the world, renowned for its in-depth reporting, political and cultural commentary, fiction, poetry, and humor. In print and online, The New Yorker stands apart for its commitment to truth and accuracy, for the quality of its prose, and for its insistence on exciting and moving every reader.
Since its founding in 1956 at The University of Tulsa, Nimrod International Journal of Prose and Poetry’s mission has been the discovery, development, and promotion of new writing. Nimrod is published twice a year and features the best new poetry, short fiction, and creative nonfiction.
Ninth Letter is a collaborative arts and literary project produced by the Creative Writing Program and School of Art & Design at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Edited and designed by faculty and students as part of the core curricula of both programs, the journal’s mission is to present original literary writing of exceptional quality, illuminated by cutting-edge graphic design.
The Normal School
The Normal School is a bi-annual print and online journal featuring nonfiction, fiction, poetry, criticism, journalism, author interviews, and multi-media texts. We also actively seek to publish and promote work by historically under-represented and marginalized voices.
North American Review
Founded in Boston in 1815, the North American Review is the oldest and one of the most culturally significant literary magazines in the United States. Contributors include important nineteenth-century American writers and thinkers.
Oh Reader is a magazine about reading, for and by readers. It looks deep into the art of reading — why we do it, how it affects us, who we are when we read, and how we’re all connected through words. Expect insightful stories, hilarious observations, fascinating interviews and a lot of word-nerdery. We publish four times a year, in print and online, so you can read any time. The first edition lands in September 2020.
Okay Donkey Magazine
Our donkey likes to read the odd, the off-kilter, and the just plain weird. If it has animals in it, even better. The donkey likes to read about animals. The donkey likes things that are funny, things that are sad, and things that are both funny and sad at the same time. The donkey especially loves to read the experimental, surreal, and genre-bending.
Orca publishes short stories, flash fiction, and nonfiction. We are a literary journal and we believe in the literary style of writing. We are open to almost any topic, as long as it’s written in a literary style. We have a special love for speculative topics. Orca is currently published three times a year, in March, July (our Literary-Speculative issue), and November.
The Oxford American is a nonprofit, quarterly literary magazine dedicated to featuring the best in Southern writing while documenting the complexity and vitality of the American South.
The Paris Review
The Paris Review is an English-language literary magazine based in New York City. As its name suggests it was founded in Paris in 1953, for “the good writers and good poets, the non-drumbeaters and non-axe grinders. So long as they’re good.”
The Phare is a UK-based literary magazine which remains true to its name (Phare is an old English word for a lighthouse), shines a light on exceptional writing and photography from around the world. We like reading words that hold a mirror up to ourselves — something that reflects the truth of being human over the oceans of uncertainty.
Ploughshares has published quality literature since 1971. Our award-winning literary journal is published four times a year; our lively literary blog publishes new writing daily. Since 1989, we have been based at Emerson College in downtown Boston.
Poetry Express Newsletter
Poetry Express Newsletter is the online publication of Survivors Poetry and Music, a charity dedicated to furthering creative endeavour by and for sufferers from Mental distress. It includes a featured visual artist, poetry, some prose passages, book and music reviews, and general articles related in the broadest sense to Mental Health issues. It appears roughly quarterly.
All submissions should be directed to the Editor, David Russell.
The Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry magazine, is an independent literary organization committed to a vigorous presence for poetry in our culture. It exists to discover and celebrate the best poetry and to place it before the largest possible audience.
Founded in 1956, Portland Review publishes prose, poetry, art, and translations reflecting a wide spectrum of aesthetic styles and voices. Produced by the graduate students in Portland State University’s English Department, Portland Review is proud to publish both established and emerging writers. We currently publish one themed print issue annually in addition to online content.
Prairie Schooner is published in cooperation with the University of Nebraska Press and the Creative Writing Program of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln English Department and is endowed by the Glenna Luschei Endowed Editorship and Fund for Excellence at Prairie Schooner.
A Public Space
A Public Space is an independent nonprofit publisher of an eponymous award-winning literary, arts, and culture magazine, and A Public Space Books. Under the direction of founding editor Brigid Hughes since 2006, it has been our mission to seek out overlooked and unclassifiable work, and to publish writing from beyond established confines.
Quip Literary Review
Offbeat and off-kilter, quip publishes stories that move to their own rhythm. We like fresh voices, weird worlds, and themes that stretch the fabric of traditional literary fiction.
Ravens In The Attic
Ravens In The Attic is a paying literary magazine focusing on Gothic natures and elements of literature: from the classic tropes of a wife hidden in the attic or wind-beaten moors, to new twenty-first century interpretations. We’re looking for your mystery, your spooky, your haunted houses.
The Rupture published its first issue (as The Collagist) in August 2009 under the editorship of founding editor Matt Bell. Work first published in The Rupture has been featured in Best American Poetry, the Pushcart Prize anthology, Best New Poets, Best of the Net, Best Small Fictions, the Wigleaf top 50, and by Longform and other publications.
Santa Monica Review
Founded by Jim Krusoe in 1988, Santa Monica Review is a nationally distributed literary arts journal sponsored by Santa Monica College. The journal is published twice yearly, in Fall and Spring. The Review currently features literary fiction and nonfiction, though in past years also included poetry.
The Sewanee Review
Founded in 1892 by the teacher and critic William Peterfield Trent, the Sewanee Review is America’s oldest continuously published literary quarterly. “Whatever the new literature turns out to be,” wrote editor Allen Tate in 1944, “it will be the privilege of the Sewanee Review to print its share of it, to comment on it, and to try to understand it.” The mission remains unchanged.
The editors believe that reading through the perspective of another person, persona, or character is one of the ways we practice empathy, expand our understanding of the world, and experience new levels of awareness. We’re excited to consider short stories, essays, excerpts of novels in progress, poems, comics, and translations of all the above. For more information, see our submission guidelines.
Sonora Review is among the oldest student-run literary journals in the country, and has been devoted since its founding in 1980 to offering a venue for exciting new and emerging authors, as well as prominent southwestern writers and artists.
SORTES is stories, poems, songs, and illustrations to help while away the wintery June nights. It’s an oddball grabbag or artsy activity box for grownups, without theme or scene, a mixtape of distraction and refreshment.
The Southampton Review
The Southampton Review has been publishing compelling writing and art since 2007. Our goal in putting TSR together is to create a literary journal filled with debut, emerging, and established authors; a literary journal that is inclusive of marginalized voices; a literary journal in which our readers will find themselves represented.
Southern Humanities Review
Southern Humanities Review is the literary quarterly housed in the Department of English at Auburn University. Founded in 1967, SHR publishes fiction, poetry, and essays.
The Southern Review
The Southern Review is one of the nation’s premier literary journals. Hailed by Time as “superior to any other journal in the English language,” we have made literary history since our founding in 1935.
Founded in 1915 and housed on the campus of Southern Methodist University, Southwest Review is the third-longest-running literary quarterly in the United States. The magazine is also known for eyeing talent before it becomes widely recognized.
Spellbinder is a quarterly literary and art magazine based in Durham which celebrates emerging poets, fiction and nonfiction writers and visual artists from all backgrounds around the world. The magazine was established with the intention of capturing experimentalism, originality and innovation as it arises in the artistic and literary worlds.
STORGY seeks to publish and promote exceptional literary fiction whilst providing authors with the opportunity to reach a wider literary audience. We take pride in discovering new and emerging talent, whilst also celebrating the work of established writers.
The Sun is an independent, ad-free magazine that for more than forty years has used words and photographs to evoke the splendor and heartache of being human. Each monthly issue celebrates life, but not in a way that ignores its complexity. The personal essays, short stories, interviews, poetry, and photographs that appear in The Sun’s pages explore the challenges we face and the moments when we rise to meet them.
Taco Bell Quarterly
Taco Bell Quarterly is a literary magazine for the Taco Bell arts and letters. We’re a reaction against everything. The gatekeepers. The taste-makers. The hipsters. Health food. Artists Who Wear Cute Scarves. Wendy’s. We think great writing can be about Taco Bell. We think trash can be beautiful.
The Temz Review
The /tƐmz/ Review is a literary journal based in London, Ontario that publishes fiction, poetry, and reviews. We publish 4 issues per year (Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter), and we focus on publishing work from a diverse range of emerging and established voices. Our goal is to reflect a wide variety of editorial perspectives and publish an eclectic mix of writing.
Thimble Literary Magazine
We are a quarterly online journal that aims for a print feel. We publish in March, June, September, and December. We seek poetry, visual art, and short-stories.
Starting in 2010 Thrice Fiction Magazine published work from six continents. In that time well over 500 writers and artists have graced our pages. Many of these, we are proud to say, were being published for the first time anywhere. We always kept our eyes open for new voices and visions, while being honored to include established writers and artists in the mix.
The Threepenny Review
The Threepenny Review is a quarterly review of the arts and society. Each issue contains new poetry, short fiction, personal memoirs, and essays on books, film, theater, dance, music, architecture, visual arts, television, and politics.
Timeworn is a literary journal based in Buffalo, NY, focusing on historical fiction, which is an undervalued genre and often overlooked for its wide margins spanning all time, all eras.
Tint Journal is an online literary publication dedicated to ESL or non-native English creative writing. Read ESL fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, as well as essays, interviews, and reviews related to ESL writing for free on our website. Visit our submission guidelines page for the next open call and follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
Tiny Molecules is quarterly online literary journal. We love flash, we love experimental, we love saying something big in a small space. We are every part of you written down. Tell us how to be human.
TriQuarterly is the literary magazine of Northwestern University. It is edited by students in the Litowitz MFA+MA Graduate Creative Writing Program and the MA in Creative Writing in the School of Professional Studies.
Turnpike is a literary and art magazine that focuses on positive themes and under-represented voices. Our mission is to provide positive content, to create a space for all voices, and to hopefully brighten a few days.
upstreet, based in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts, is an award-winning annual literary anthology containing the best new fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction available.
VAINE is a quarterly magazine made for and by emerging artists and writers. Our aim is to bring together emerging artists and writers from all over the world in one place in order to showcase their talents to an audience, and give them some of the much needed exposure and recognition their work deserves.
Virginia Quarterly Review
For three quarters of a century, VQR’s primary mission has been to sustain and strengthen Jefferson’s bulwark, long describing itself as “A National Journal of Literature and Discussion.” VQR has thus made good its purpose of becoming a national publication of popularity and prestige, of independence and integrity.
A science fiction magazine where writers, designers and researchers of the past and present come together to explore the future. Visions blends essays and short stories from both masters of the genre and newcomers to paint a provocative landscape of the future that anyone can enjoy and reflect on.
The Vitni Review
Our intention is to publish writing that pushes against convention, which challenges, subverts, or skillfully manipulates tradition, and which serves to advance the understanding of human culture and experience via interesting metaphors, exciting diction, and engaging content. Good writing has always done this, but we believe this is true now more than ever before.
Vox Populi, founded in April 2014, is a community of writers, artists, teachers and activists who share a vision of what American life is and what it could be. Vox Populi provides a forum for the discussion of poetry, nature, and politics. We believe that the only way for society to change is for people’s voices to be heard. The subject of this dialogue is power — who has it, how is it used, and to what purpose. We welcome your participation.
Witness blends the features of a literary and an issue-oriented magazine to highlight the role of the modern writer as witness to their times. The magazine now publishes one special print issue and one general online issue each year and increasingly seeks out work that contextualizes the American experience by highlighting issues of global concern.
The Words Alike Literary Journal
The Words Alike Literary Journal is a biannual [every two years] journal featuring flash fiction, poetry and art. The Words Alike aim to encourage new and aspiring writers to write as much as they can and put themselves out there. Our team itself is made of new, aspiring and/or young writers.
The Yale Review
The Yale Review traces its history back to 1819, when a group of Yale faculty members started a quarterly journal then known as The Christian Spectator. With independence and boldness, with a concern for issues and ideas, with a respect for the mind’s capacity to be surprised by speculation and delighted by elegance, The Yale Review proudly continues into its third century.
Yellow Arrow Publishing
Yellow Arrow Publishing supports and inspires writers identifying as women through publication and access to the literary arts. This project is based in Baltimore with a focus on literary events and publishing local writers.
ZiN Daily is an international literary magazine that strives for truthfulness, authenticity, and understanding as well as it encourages and emphasizes the role that literature and other arts have in society, the world, and the lives of individuals. We view literature and art as testaments of anguish and catalysts for progress. ZiN Daily accepts prose, poetry, essays, reviews, excerpts, translations, interviews, art and photography.
Founded by Francis Ford Coppola in 1997, Zoetrope: All-Story is a quarterly print magazine of short fiction, one-act plays, and essays on film. Among the most celebrated literary periodicals in the world, it has won every major story award, including four National Magazine Awards for Fiction, along with a number of design commendations.
Every issue is a vibrant mix of established talents and new voices, providing an elegantly curated overview of contemporary arts and letters with a distinctly San Francisco perspective.
All the magazines and journals are listed in alphabetical order; their descriptions come from their websites or social media profiles, and we do not own those descriptions.
Photo by rawpixel.com from Pexels