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Connect your poems, stories, essays, and reviews to the right audiences by researching over eight hundred literary magazines in our database. Here, you’ll find editorial policies, submission guidelines, contact information—everything you need to direct your work to the publications most amenable to your vision.

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Journal Genres Published Accepts Electronic Submissions? Accepts Simultaneous Submissions? Reading Period Format
A-Minor Magazine

Flash Fiction, Poetry, Mixed-Genre Works, Art/Text and Artwork. Tastes lean toward surreal, experimental, ambivalent, darkly lyrical and wildly imaginative. The magazine was a weekly publication from May 2010 to Feb 2013. Check out our archives on our website.

Poetry, Fiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
E-publication
No payment
Cross-genre, Experimental, Flash Fiction, Literary Fiction, Prose Poetry
Alaska Quarterly Review

Alaska Quarterly Review (AQR) publishes fiction, short plays, poetry, photo essays, and literary non-fiction in traditional and experimental styles. Although AQR publishes established writers, most of our content comes from unsolicited submissions and the editors are committed to publishing new and emerging writers.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
No Yes Aug 15 - May 15
Print
Contributor copies only
Autobiography/Memoir, Cross-genre, Flash Fiction, Literary Fiction, Narrative Nonfiction, Prose Poetry
American Athenaeum

American Athenaeum is a cultural magazine that features fiction, poetry, essays, opinion, author book reviews, and other literary contributions. Each journal explores the world of words like a patron explores a museum—by offering a view of the past, right up until the present. We consider this journal to be a museum of artistic endeavors, filled with cultural appreciation and stories that not only teach, but demonstrate the frailty of the human condition.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Print
Contributor copies only
Cross-genre, Experimental, Feminist, Flash Fiction, Healing/Health, Historical, LGBT, Literary Fiction, Nature/Environmental, Political, Religious/Spiritual, War
Anobium

Literary publishing, multimedia arts, psychonautics; Anobium strives to give writers a place to send their writing ‒ experimental and hybrid writing generally pishaw’d by the Academic scene (which has somehow gotten its tendrils stuck around the many boughs of Literature per se) ‒ get it read, and possibly get it published. Simple.

Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Web
Print
Contributor copies only
Cross-genre, Experimental, Flash Fiction, Humor, Journalism/Investigative Reporting, Literary Fiction, Narrative Nonfiction, Pop Culture, Prose Poetry
Anomalous Press

Anomalous Press launched in March of 2011 as a non-profit press dedicated to the diffusion of writing in the forms it can take. Its backbone is an editorial collective from different backgrounds and geographies that keep an eye out for compelling projects that, in any number of ways, challenge expectations of what writing and reading should be.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Nov 1 - Dec 1
Web
E-publication
Audio
Video
No payment
Autobiography/Memoir, Cross-genre, Experimental, Feminist, Flash Fiction, Graphic/Illustrated, LGBT, Literary Fiction, Love, Micro-poetry, Narrative Nonfiction, Nature/Environmental, Political, Pop Culture, Prose Poetry, Serialized Fiction, Translation, War
Apeiron Review

We want something real, something beautiful, something ugly, or something that sings to the far reaches of our being. Make us laugh or make us cry, but we want something visceral. Free verse poems are generally favored over those that rhyme. Experimentation is encouraged.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes
E-publication
No payment
Flash Fiction, Literary Fiction, Micro-poetry, Narrative Nonfiction, Prose Poetry
Apocrypha and Abstractions

All fiction genres are acceptable to us, but we prefer literary minded stories that are dark and psychological, firmly grounded in the surreal, and that make a statement in the abstract. We publish Flash Fiction of 500 words or fewer.

Fiction Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Web
E-publication
No payment
Experimental, Flash Fiction
Apple Valley Review

The Apple Valley Review is an online literary journal. It is published twice annually, once in spring and once in fall. Each issue features a collection of poetry, short fiction, and essays. Our goal is to support and promote both emerging and established writers.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes No Jan 1 - Dec 31
Web
Autobiography/Memoir, Cross-genre, Experimental, Feminist, Flash Fiction, Humor, LGBT, Literary Fiction, Prose Poetry, Regional, Translation
apt

apt is a literary journal featuring challenging writing that combines the cerebral and the visceral. In 2011, we moved to a hybrid print/online format. Additionally, our website is updated frequently with short fiction, poetry, reviews, and interviews.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Web
Print
Contributor copies only
Cross-genre, Experimental, Flash Fiction, Graphic/Illustrated, Literary Fiction, Narrative Nonfiction, Prose Poetry
Aries: Journal of Art and Literature

Aries is a nonprofit journal of art and literature published annually by Southeastern Community College. Since 1969, Aries has showcased finely crafted works from North Carolina artists and writers. Also, can download our eText edition of the print journal for free right here: 2014-2015: http://issuu.com/allisonparker8/docs/ariesbooklet2014issu Spring 2013: http://issuu.com/allisonparker8/docs/aries2013?mode=mobile

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes May 1 - Oct 31
Web
E-publication
Print
No payment
Autobiography/Memoir, Experimental, Feminist, Flash Fiction, Graphic/Illustrated, Humor, LGBT, Literary Fiction, Narrative Nonfiction, Nature/Environmental, Pop Culture, Prose Poetry
Arroyo Literary Review

Arroyo Literary Review is a print-based publication produced annually by students and alumni of California State University, East Bay. Each issue reflects the creative diversity found in the San Francisco Bay Area literary scene, while bringing together material from an international array of poets, writers, and artists.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
No Yes Dec 1 - May 31
Web
E-publication
Print
Contributor copies only
Commercial Fiction, Experimental, Flash Fiction, Literary Fiction, Narrative Nonfiction, Prose Poetry, Regional, Translation
Atticus Review

Atticus Review is a weekly online journal that publishes stories, poems, electric literature, and other genre-busting words of wisdom and interactive whimsy. We are focused on creating an immersive reading experience and geared to rise above the noise of the marketplace; foster communication; build a micro-community of curious minds; create an inviting space for readers and writers to mingle; change the public’s perception of reading as a static activity; turn the platform of digital publishing into an interactive trampoline; and redefine the role of literature.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Web
E-publication
Audio
Video
No payment
Cross-genre, Experimental, Flash Fiction, Humor, Literary Fiction, Micro-poetry, Narrative Nonfiction, Prose Poetry
The Bacon Review

A monthly review of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and intellectual life, we started The Bacon Review because we care deeply about high-quality literature. We are also aware that the commercial publishing industry is facing difficult times, and consequently, it’s often the case that good writing is not published and authors not promoted. It’s our goal to make excellent work available for free. We also believe that writing should be about more than just publishing. We are interested in our authors as people; we want to know what inspires and motivates our contributors to write.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes
Web
No payment
Autobiography/Memoir, Cross-genre, Experimental, Flash Fiction, Formal, Historical, Humor, Journalism/Investigative Reporting, Literary Fiction, Narrative Nonfiction, Nature/Environmental, Pop Culture, Prose Poetry, Regional, Religious/Spiritual, Translation, War
The Bangalore Review

As book-lovers from childhood, the editors grew up loving the written word, both contemporary as well as classic, and depended upon them for our intellectual nourishment. We owe the society we grew up in for the books we read and the knowledge we earned. Our purpose in launching The Bangalore Review is to give back, in our own way, to society what it lent us.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Web
E-publication
Video
No payment
Flash Fiction, Graphic/Illustrated, Literary Fiction, Regional
Bartleby Snopes

BartlebySnopes is an online literary magazine with several goals in mind. We want to publish the best new fiction we can find. We want to give the many writers out there an opportunity to publish their best work. We want to inspire you to create great works of fiction. We publish eight stories per month, and we always respond within two weeks. Writers may request feedback with their submissions. Bartleby Snopes also publishes Flash Novels in print and e-book format. Our Dialogue Contest is a popular summer writing contest that awards over $500 annually.

Fiction Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Web
E-publication
Print
Contributor copies only
Experimental, Flash Fiction, Literary Fiction
Bayou Magazine

Bayou Magazine publishes short fiction, nonfiction, and poetry from established, award-winning authors as well as emerging writers. Bayou is especially interested in discovering and showcasing fresh literary voices. The journal awards yearly contests in both fiction and poetry.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Sep 1 - Jun 1
Print
Contributor copies only
Flash Fiction, Literary Fiction, Narrative Nonfiction, Prose Poetry
BEORH QUARTERLY : The Uncanny. The Odd.

This highly-read Speculative Fiction magazine publishes only Fabulism and Atmospheric Horror in story or poetic prose form.

Fiction Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Web
E-publication
Cash
Commercial Fiction, Cross-genre, Experimental, Flash Fiction, Formal, Historical, Humor, Literary Fiction, Love, Prose Poetry, Religious/Spiritual
the Bicycle Review

The Bicycle Review is a print and electronic journal of contemporary literature and art. Our contributors range from the very well known to first time publications from new writers and artists. Anything is considered...

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Web
Print
Cross-genre, Experimental, Flash Fiction, Humor, Literary Fiction, Serialized Fiction
Black Denim Lit

Black Denim Lit welcomes thoughtful writers, new and established. We are looking for fiction up to 7,500 words that has unique and lasting artistic merit. We may consider novelettes on a case by case basis. Why "Black Denim"...? In work clothes, black denim is a less pretentious than khaki and more understated than blue jeans. This typifies the tone of writing style that appeals to us: grounded, approachable and unassuming. Don't get us wrong--bring the grit, complexity, humor and strength. Our tastes consider that "lasting artistic merit" can emerge from almost anywhere.

Fiction Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Web
E-publication
Print
Cash
Cross-genre, Flash Fiction, Literary Fiction
Black Heart Magazine

Our objective can be summarized in 4 words: Reading. Writing. Literary rebellion. In brief, we publish fiction that breaks the rules. Join us, if you dare.

Poetry, Fiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 1
Web
E-publication
No payment
Commercial Fiction, Cross-genre, Experimental, Flash Fiction, Humor, Literary Fiction, Micro-poetry, Pop Culture, Prose Poetry
BlazeVOX

BlazeVOX is a haven for undervalued writers to convene with readers worldwide, delivering the contemporary through books-in-hand and ebooks-in-a-minute. Articles of submission depend on many criteria, but overall items submitted must conform to one ethereal trait, your work must not suck. This put plainly, bad art should be punished; we will not promote it. However, all submissions will be reviewed and the author will receive feedback. We are human too. Please send your work.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Web
E-publication
Print
Audio
Video
No payment
Autobiography/Memoir, Cross-genre, Experimental, Feminist, Flash Fiction, Humor, LGBT, Literary Fiction, Micro-poetry, Narrative Nonfiction, Nature/Environmental, Pop Culture, Prose Poetry, Regional, Translation, War
Blotterature Literary Magazine

Blotterature's mission is to merge the creative academia with the underground, as there is value in both sides of the spectrum. We seek the nontraditional mixed with craft, detail, and process. Well-developed with an edge. Experimental but not aimless. Something with political intentions or just there to entertain. Thought-out. Thrilling. Intelligent.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Web
No payment
Autobiography/Memoir, Cross-genre, Feminist, Flash Fiction, Humor, LGBT, Literary Fiction, Micro-poetry, Prose Poetry, Regional
Blue Lake Review

We are a web-based literary magazine looking for the best in fiction and poetry, literature that moves readers and makes us want to keep reading. FICTION: We are looking for literary, not genre, fiction. POETRY: We are looking for poetry of all types, on all topics.

Poetry, Fiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Web
No payment
Flash Fiction, Literary Fiction
Blue Lyra Review

Blue Lyra Review aims to bring together the voices of writers and artists from a diverse array of backgrounds, paying special homage to Jewish writers and other communities that are historically underrepresented in literary magazines but we do NOT exclude anyone or any quality writing. We accept poems (long & short & prose), artistic images, nonfiction and translations, which you can submit through Submittable. Fiction is by invitation only.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Sep 30
Web
Print
Contributor copies only
Flash Fiction, Prose Poetry, Translation
Blunderbuss Magazine

We are Blunderbuss Magazine, a web magazine of arts, culture, and politics, an ordnance of fire and improvisation. What ties together these essays, stories, poems, photographs, comics, and other bits of aesthetic shrapnel is a common attitude of visceral humanism. We aim for earnest noise. We want to splash in the mud of lived experience, to battle for a radical empathy, and to provide a megaphone to howling assertions of human subjectivity.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Web
Autobiography/Memoir, Cross-genre, Experimental, Feminist, Flash Fiction, Graphic/Illustrated, Historical, Humor, Journalism/Investigative Reporting, LGBT, Literary Fiction, Micro-poetry, Narrative Nonfiction, Political, Pop Culture, Prose Poetry, Regional, Serialized Fiction, Translation
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