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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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A&U Magazine

We encourage all topics related to HIV/AIDS, including international perspectives, personal accounts, historical perspectives, and personal responses to HIV-related art or artists. We also welcome English translations of work that is unpublished or previously published in a language other than English. See our Submissions page for further information.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
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Autobiography/Memoir, Healing/Health, Literary Fiction, Political, Translation
AGNI

We see literature and the arts as part of a broad, ongoing cultural conversation that every society needs to remain vibrant and alive. We look for the honest voice, the idiosyncratic signature, experimental where necessary but not willfully so. Writing that grows from a vision, a perspective, and a passion will interest us, regardless of structure or approach.

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Autobiography/Memoir, Cross-genre, Literary Fiction, Narrative Nonfiction, Prose Poetry
Annalemma_8_Cover.jpgAnnalemma Magazine

Annalemma Magazine is a literary and arts journal printed biannually and updated weekly online. Founded in 2007 with the expressed mission of engaging as many people as possible in the life-changing experience of telling good stories, Annalemma’s print issues are a lavish celebration of colorful artwork and photography that accompany short stories and essays from writers of all ages, nationalities, disciplines and echelons of the publishing world.

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Antioch Review

The Antioch Review, founded in 1941, is one of the oldest, continuously publishing literary magazines in America, publishing fiction, essays, and poetry from both emerging as well as established authors. Our authors are consistently included in Best American anthologies & Pushcart.

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Narrative Nonfiction
Arcadia

Arcadia has published eclectic art and literature in Oklahoma City since 2009. We publish in a one-of-a-kind quarterly format that features both magazine issues and stand-alone poetry and fiction chapbooks. We seek and publish the best, no matter what form that comes in: short story, poem, painting, photograph, stand-up comedy routine, album, short film, mockumentary, epic poem about the Dukes of Hazzard, we don't care. We want to see it, read it, hear it, and love it.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
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Arts & Letters

Arts & Letters is a literary magazine based at Georgia College, and we accept the best things we come across. We nominate for the Pushcart Prize, Best New Poets, Best American Short Stories, Best American Essays, and Best American Nonrequired Reading.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
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The Axe Factory

The Axe Factory is a quarterly online literary journal that publishes contemporary poetry, prose, and visual art in any 2D medium. Each issue of "The Axe Factory" is curated like a gallery exhibition--drawing together pieces in various styles and media that complement and offset each other. We do not predetermine the "theme" but rather arrive at a collection over time. Each year the magazine chooses an artist to showcase; he/she will work with the editorial staff to create four covers for four issues.

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BEORH QUARTERLY : The Uncanny. The Odd.

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

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Commercial Fiction, Cross-genre, Experimental, Flash Fiction, Formal, Historical, Humor, Literary Fiction, Love, Prose Poetry, Religious/Spiritual
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
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Cross-genre, Flash Fiction, Literary Fiction
Black Warrior Review

Founded in 1974, Black Warrior Review publishes contemporary fiction, poetry, and nonfiction by award-winning writers alongside work by new and emerging voices. Each issue also features art, comics, and a poetry chapbook solicited by the editors.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
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Blank Fiction Magazine

Blank Fiction is aimed at publishing intelligent and thought-provoking genre fiction. Each quarterly issue will call for a different genre or type of fiction to be submitted, and four of the best and brightest of those submissions will be selected to grace our Blank pages. Issues will be published in the Apple Newsstand and as a PDF.

Fiction Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
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Border Crossing

Founded in 2011, Border Crossing is a literary and arts journal published by the Lake Superior State University Creative Writing Program. Uniquely situated on the border of the United States and Canada, we're committed to publishing the best work submitted by emerging and established writers on both sides of the border and abroad. We're especially interested in writing that crosses boundaries in genre or geography, and voices that aren't often heard in mainstream publications.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Sep 15 - Feb 1
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Cross-genre, Experimental, Flash Fiction, Graphic/Illustrated, Literary Fiction, Prose Poetry, Translation
Bound Off: Literary Audio Magazine

Bound Off is an Iowa-based independent literary magazine. Our mission is to merge the oral tradition of storytelling with new technology to create a digital audio magazine.

Fiction Yes Yes Sep 1 - May 31
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Flash Fiction
Brain, Child

Through essays, poetry, fiction and feature stories our writers provide their unique perspectives on being mothers. We aim to be down-to-earth, literary, commonsensical, funny, poignant, honest, respectful, irreverent, relevant and intelligent. We like to cover traditional and not-so-traditional parenting subjects; our writers are willing to address the big questions. Each issue of Brain, Child is packed with personal essays, in-depth features, a debate, a parody, fiction, and words from you: our community, our readers.

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Autobiography/Memoir, Literary Fiction, Narrative Nonfiction
Buffalo Almanack

Buffalo Almanack considers fiction of all styles and genres. We neither discriminate against the traditional nor the experimental, neither the “literary” nor the fantastic. Our interest in domestic micro-fiction is as great as our interest in space-travel novellas and we’ll always save a seat for the remarkable and unexpected.

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Camera Obscura Journal

Showcasing the work of both established and emerging artists, Camera Obscura Journal is a full-color volume of contemporary literature and photography, intended to be read and enjoyed, as well as displayed. The writing and photography is selected on the individual merit of each piece, creating an organic collaboration of art forms.

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Literary Fiction
carte blanche

carte blanche is the online venue for narratives of all forms. Published three times annually, we accept unsolicited, previously unpublished works of poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, translation, comics, photography and audio submissions. We accept work from late November to March 1st.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Nov 1 - Mar 1
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Graphic/Illustrated, Translation
Carve Magazine

Carve seeks to publish outstanding literary fiction and to promote the writers we publish, helping both new, emerging, and established authors reach a wider literary audience. This is achieved through sharing their stories across a variety of publication mediums: online, print, e-readers, and more.

Fiction Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
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Experimental, Flash Fiction, LGBT, Literary Fiction
Catamaran Literary Reader

West Coast themes, writers and artists from everywhere.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
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Nature/Environmental
Colorado Review

Colorado Review's only commitment is to the publication of serious poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. We do not publish genre fiction nor do we subscribe to a particular literary philosophy or school of poetry or fiction. We are determinedly eclectic and intend to stay that way. Note that we read nonfiction year-round.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
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Autobiography/Memoir, Literary Fiction, Narrative Nonfiction
Confrontation

Literary material of high quality in various forms and genres. We are eclectic.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
No Yes Aug 16 - Apr 15
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Conjunctions

Conjunctions publishes innovative contemporary fiction, poetry, drama, art, and essays by established and emerging writers in America and abroad, providing a forum for the now over 1000 contributors whose work challenges accepted forms and modes of expression and experiments with language and thought. Read dangerously!

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Autobiography/Memoir, Cross-genre, Experimental, Flash Fiction, Literary Fiction, Narrative Nonfiction, Prose Poetry
Contrary

Contrary is a quarterly literary journal that publishes commentary, fiction, and poetry and especially specimens that defy those categories. Founded at the University of Chicago in 2003, it operates independently on the South Side of Chicago and publishes writers from throughout the world.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
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Experimental, Feminist, Flash Fiction, Literary Fiction, Narrative Nonfiction, Nature/Environmental, Prose Poetry
Conversations Across Borders

Strong, captivating writing.

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Crazyhorse

Crazyhorse has been publishing the best established & emerging writers for over 50 years. We accept general submissions from Sept. 1 to May 31. For guidelines, visit our website. From Jan. 1 to Jan. 31, we hold the Crazyhorse Prizes. Make your entry online. The winning story, poem, & essay receive $2K & publication. From July 1 to July 31, we accept entries for Crazyshorts! our annual short-short fiction contest. Submit 1-3 short shorts of up to 500 words each online. Winner receives $1K & publication. 3 runners-up will be announced.

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Cross-genre, Flash Fiction, Literary Fiction, Narrative Nonfiction, Prose Poetry, Translation
The Cupboard

We publish works of prose and prose collections between 5,000 and 10,000 words.

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The Doctor T. J. Eckleburg Review

The Doctor T. J. Eckleburg Review is a literary and arts journal housed at The Johns Hopkins University, M.A. in Writing Program. Our aesthetic is eclectic, literary mainstream to experimental. We appreciate fusion aesthetics including magical realist, surrealist, metarealist and realist works with an offbeat spin. We value character-focused storytelling and language and welcome both edge and mainstream with punch aesthetics. We like humor that explores the gritty realities of world and human experiences.

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Autobiography/Memoir, Cross-genre, Experimental, Feminist, Flash Fiction, Formal, Humor, Literary Fiction, Narrative Nonfiction, Pop Culture, Prose Poetry, Translation
Driftwood Press

John Updike once said, "Creativity is merely a plus name for regular activity. Any activity becomes creative when the doer cares about doing it right, or better." At Driftwood Press, we are actively searching for artists who care about doing it right, or better. Driftwood Press is a quarterly literary magazine founded in Tampa, FL in 2013. We strive to provide our readers with the highest quality content. This includes fiction, poetry, photography, graphic narrative, literary criticism, and interviews.

Poetry, Fiction
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Ecotone: Reimagining Place

Each issue of Ecotone brings together the literary and scientific, the personal and biological, the urban and rural. Much of the writing we publish addresses the idea of place—overlapping habitats both real and aesthetic. We aim to bridge the gap between science and culture, to break out of the pen of the purely literary and wander freely among the disciplines.

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Electric Literature's Recommended Reading

Recommended Reading, a magazine by Electric Literature, publishes one story a week, each chosen by today’s best authors or editors. Each issue includes an editor’s note written by that week’s partner, introducing you to the work and their mission. In this age of distraction, we’re uncovering writing that’s worth slowing down and spending some time with. And in doing so, we’re giving great writers, literary magazines, and independent presses the recognition (and readership) they deserve.

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Literary Fiction
Emrys Journal
Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
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Every Day Fiction

Every Day Fiction is an online magazine that specializes in bringing you fine fiction in bite-sized doses. Every day, we publish a new flash fiction story (1000 words or fewer), perfect for your coffee break, your commute, or whenever you have a few minutes for yourself.

Fiction Yes No Jan 1 - Dec 31
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Falling Star Magazine

Falling Star Magazine is a print quarterly featuring short fiction, poetry and art of all mediums. Founded in Winter 2000, Falling Star presents work from the world's emerging writers and established literary voices; recent contributors hail from Michigan and Poland, L.A. and the U.K. Our issues regularly circulate in the bookstores and art havens of Los Angeles, the San Fernando Valley, Ventura, and other national markets.

Poetry, Fiction
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The Fiction Desk Anthology Series

The Fiction Desk publishes a range of short stories from new and emerging authors, with a focus on strong plots and characters. We're based in the UK, but we accept submissions from authors around the world.

Fiction Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
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Commercial Fiction, Cross-genre, Flash Fiction, Literary Fiction
The Fiddlehead

The Fiddlehead, Atlantic Canada’s international literary journal, is open to good writing in English from all over the world, looking always for freshness and surprise. Our editors are always happy to see new unsolicited works in fiction and poetry and are dedicated to discovering and promoting new writers. The Fiddlehead represents the Atlantic Canada’s lively cultural and literary diversity; and places the best of new and established Canadian writing in an international context.

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Literary Fiction
The First Line

The purpose of The First Line is to jump start the imagination-to help writers break through the block that is the blank page. Each issue contains short stories that stem from a common first line; it also provides a forum for discussing favorite first lines in literature. The First Line is an exercise in creativity for writers and a chance for readers to see how many different directions we can take when we start from the same place.

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Flyleaf Journal

We strive to publish stories that are engaging and thought-provoking. We want to read stories that will linger in our minds long after we've put it down. We publish stories from both emerging writers and acclaimed authors.

Fiction Yes Yes Oct 1 - Jul 31
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Found Press Quarterly

Found Press is a digital short-story publisher. Our titles are available for purchase through Kobo, Kindle, and our website. Every three months we release a handful of stories in Found Press Quarterly. Unlike traditional short-writing collections, FPQ features pieces that are produced, promoted, and—most notably—sold as stand-alone works. We strongly feel that short-story writers deserve as much recognition as authors of full-length books, and our unique publishing model gives us the freedom to help our authors reach as broad an audience as possible.

Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
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Fugue

Fugue is a journal of new literature edited by graduate students within the University of Idaho’s English and Creative Writing Programs. Fugue publishes fiction, nonfiction, poetry and experiment pieces. We look for writing that incorporates new ideas, themes, and structures. Fugue awards cash prizes and publication for prose and poetry in our annual spring contest. Past judges include Mark Doty, BH Fairchild, Jo Ann Beard, Ilya Kaminsky, Patricia Hampl, and Tony Hoagland.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
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Autobiography/Memoir, Commercial Fiction, Cross-genre, Experimental, Flash Fiction, Formal, Historical, Humor, Literary Fiction, Narrative Nonfiction, Pop Culture, Prose Poetry
Geist

Geist is a magazine of ideas and culture made in Canada with a strong literary focus and a sense of humour. The Geist tone is intelligent, plain-talking, inclusive and offbeat. Each issue represents a convergence of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, photography, art, reviews, little-known facts of interest, cartography, and the legendary Geist crossword puzzle.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
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The Georgia Review

THE GEORGIA REVIEW seeks memorable and distinctive poems, short stories, and essays, whether from Pulitzer Prize winners or previously unpublished writers. Thesis-oriented interdisciplinary essays are especially welcome. Occasional special features on topics or individual writers.

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Cross-genre
The Gettysburg Review

Our interests are varied and our tastes eclectic. Our base requirement is that submissions be ambitious, intelligent, and deftly crafted.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
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Autobiography/Memoir, Cross-genre, Experimental, Flash Fiction, Formal, Historical, Humor, Literary Fiction, Micro-poetry, Narrative Nonfiction, Nature/Environmental, Pop Culture, Prose Poetry, Regional, Serialized Fiction, Translation
Glimmer Train Stories

We have a special focus on emerging writers, holding the Short Story Award for New Writers four times a year. In a recent Best American Short Stories, of the top "100 distinguished short stories," six appeared in Glimmer Train Stories, second only to the New Yorker. We are pleased to say that, of those six, two were those authors' first stories accepted for publication. Every year we pay writers over $50,000, nearly a third of that going to new writers.

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Literary Fiction
Grain Magazine

Grain Magazine, a literary quarterly, publishes engaging, eclectic, and challenging writing and art by Canadian and international writers and artists. Published by the Saskatchewan Writers Guild, Grain has earned national and international recognition for its distinctive content.

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Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts

Gulf Coast publishes fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and critical art writing as well as reviews and interviews by both emerging and established writers. Each issue features two full-color art sections.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
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Hanging Loose

Hanging Loose is dedicated to publishing new writers and older writers whose work deserves a larger audience. The first issue of Hanging Loose Magazine was published in 1966, and in 1968 it introduced a regular section devoted to work by talented high school writers.

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harlequin creature

harlequin creature is a journal sure to be unconventional in today’s overwhelmingly digital age, and, at the same time, very much in touch with a nostalgia for an earlier era, when the factories of pittsburgh and detroit were still bumpin’ and steel was in. with a circle of friends that spans from los angeles to ann arbor to new york, every single journal is hand typed on high quality paper. each copy is then hand bound, and a limited number include artwork by a featured artist.​

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Headmaster

Headmaster, the biannual art magazine for man-lovers, is published twice a year in an edition of 1,000. All work in Headmaster is assigned by the editors. While primarily a visual magazine, each issue of Headmaster features the work of 1-3 fiction and non-fiction writers. Headmaster publishes roughly five text-based pieces per year. Work published in the first four issues of Headmaster include erotica, film criticism, travel writing, literary fiction and memoir. The editors of Headmaster are open to other forms of writing as well, although poetry isn't really our thing. Sorry, poets.

Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
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Autobiography/Memoir, Cross-genre, Erotica, Experimental, Flash Fiction, LGBT, Literary Fiction, Narrative Nonfiction
HOOT

HOOT is a magazine on postcards! We publish stand-alone, zestful nuggets of fewer than 150 words, with art to match. The idea is that current, quality literature can be shareable and accessible.

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Autobiography/Memoir, Cross-genre, Experimental, Flash Fiction, Formal, Graphic/Illustrated, Literary Fiction, Micro-poetry, Narrative Nonfiction, Prose Poetry, Translation
Indiana Review

Indiana Review is a nonprofit literary magazine dedicated to showcasing the talents of emerging and established writers. Our mission is to offer the highest quality writing within a wide aesthetic.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Sep 1 - Mar 10
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Inwood Indiana

All forms of literature under 5000 words. Themed items based on the website characters (see: InwoodIndiana.com) are given preference.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
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The Iowa Review

We select most of our content from the several thousand unsolicited manuscripts that arrive each year from throughout the country and abroad. We take our mission to be nudging along American literature, to be local but not provincial, to be experimental but not without love for our literary traditions. Although you may find writers already familiar to you in most of our issues, you will surely find others who are not. Discovering a new and compelling writer, one we'd never heard of before but whose writing comes through to us--that still seems the magic of our work.

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Journal of Compressed Creative Arts

Matter Press is a community-based, non-profit 501(c)(3) literary press that publishes an online literary journal (The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts), manages an annual short fiction and poetry chapbook contest, and supports a regular reading series. Matter Press offers internships to graduate MFA and Publishing students as submission readers, literary editors, and publication designers. Matter Press focuses on supporting emerging and established authors working with condensed forms of fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, and visual arts.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Apr 15 - Aug 30
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Flash Fiction, Literary Fiction, Prose Poetry
Kansas City Voices

We publish an annual eclectic mix of fiction, essays, interviews, articles, poetry, and art from around the world. We seek exceptional written and visual creations from established and emerging voices.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Dec 15 - Mar 15
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Cross-genre, Experimental, Flash Fiction, Graphic/Illustrated, Humor, Literary Fiction, Micro-poetry, Narrative Nonfiction, Prose Poetry
Kweli Journal

Kweli celebrates cultural kinships and the role of the literary imagination. In our shared space, you will come to know the lived experience of people of color. Our memories are wrapped inside the music of the Muscogee, the blues songs of the South, the clipped patois of the Caribbean. In English and Spanish, Zulu and Tagalog, a useful past is lying down next to an ailing present. Listen. Grow. Lift. Kweli Journal is a quarterly literary publication.  We seek high quality literary work that is beautiful, sustaining, and profound.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
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Autobiography/Memoir, Flash Fiction, Literary Fiction, Narrative Nonfiction, Prose Poetry
The Letters Page

The Letters Page literary journal is published by the University of Nottingham School of English, and edited by writer in residence, Professor Jon McGregor. We’re interested in exploring what letter writing means to people - and has meant since writing was invented - in their literary cultures and their personal lives. We’ll be publishing essays, memoir, fiction, travelogue, reportage, poetry, criticism, interviews… any creative form of writing, so long as it comes to us framed as a letter.

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Autobiography/Memoir, Commercial Fiction, Cross-genre, Experimental, Feminist, Flash Fiction, Formal, Graphic/Illustrated, Healing/Health, Historical, Humor, Journalism/Investigative Reporting, LGBT, Literary Fiction, Love, Narrative Nonfiction, Nature/Environmental, Political, Pop Culture, Prose Poetry, Regional, Religious/Spiritual, Serialized Fiction, Translation, War
Literary Laundry

We believe that literature should strive to re-conceptualize the world and render with nuance its complexities. Literary work must evolve the poignancy with which the reader experiences life. Unfortunately, much contemporary literature, galvanized by the perverted specter of “make it new,” has prioritized novelty over potency. At best, such literature conveys an attitude in place of the intellectual wonder that underlies meaningful writing. We regard this trend as a problem and have created Literary Laundry in order to fix it.

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Manoa: A Pacific Journal

Excellent international literature, with focus on Asia/the Pacific/the Americas; often in new translations. Thematic.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
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Autobiography/Memoir, Literary Fiction, Narrative Nonfiction, Nature/Environmental, Prose Poetry
The Masters Review

The Masters Review exclusively publishes new and emerging writers. Submission categories for MFA students and writers who have not yet published novels.

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Minerva Rising

Minerva Rising is an independent literary journal celebrating the creativity and wisdom in every woman. We publish thought-provoking fiction, non-fiction, photography, poetry and essays by women writers and artists. Minerva Rising has grown out of a love of literature and the knowledge that when women come together, we flourish. Just as the Goddess Minerva represented creativity, wisdom, medicine, commerce, arts and education, our journal provides the opportunity for and the evidence of that bounty.

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The Missouri Review

Since 1978, The Missouri Review has held 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. Each issue contains new fiction, poetry and essays. We also run author interviews and found-text features where we print never before published works such as a short story by William Faulkner or one of Tennessee Williams' plays. Our annual contest is the Editors' Prize, which awards $5000 and publication in each category for a group of poems, a short story, and an essay.

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Mosaic Literary Magazine

Mosaic is a website and triannual print magazine that explores the literary arts of the African Diaspora. Mosaic features a unique blend of essays, profiles, and reviews.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
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Autobiography/Memoir, Commercial Fiction, Cross-genre, Historical, Humor, Literary Fiction
Narrative Magazine

Narrative regularly publishes poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, including stories, novels, novellas, personal essays, humor, sketches, memoirs, literary biographies, commentary, reportage, interviews, and features of interest to readers who take pleasure in storytelling and imaginative prose.

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Neon Literary Magazine

We seek work that is beautiful, shocking, intense and memorable. Darker pieces are generally favoured over humorous ones--as are free verse poems over those that rhyme. Genre work is welcome, experimentation is encouraged. There are no limits on form or wordcount.

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Cross-genre, Experimental, Flash Fiction, Literary Fiction, Micro-poetry, Prose Poetry
New England Review

NER publishes quality fiction, poetry, and nonfiction that is both challenging and inviting to the general reader. The selections present a broad spectrum of viewpoints and genres, including traditional and experimental fiction and poetry, translations in all genres, criticism, and essays.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
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Literary Fiction, Narrative Nonfiction, Translation
The New Guard

We host writing contests in Fiction and Poetry and welcome international submissions. We juxtapose tradition with experiment, the up-and-comer with the established writer and create a new dialogue. **The Writer's Hotel is the editorial arm of TNG. The Writer's Hotel hosts Master Classes in Fiction, Nonfiction and Poetry in NYC. Next event is June 10-16, 2015. www.newguardreview.com/#tabTHEWRITERSHOTEL TNG & The Writer's Hotel are writers for writers' sake.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Feb 6 - Jul 14
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Cross-genre, Experimental, Flash Fiction, Humor, LGBT, Literary Fiction, Nature/Environmental, Political, Pop Culture, Prose Poetry, Regional, War
New Millennium Writings

NMW's mission is to "promote vibrant imagery, word-craft and pure story-telling talent” by emerging writers. We have launched careers by awarding more than $100,000 to promote writers of fiction, poetry, nonfiction and short-short fiction. Winners of our twice-annual prizes in four categories are showcased alongside profiles and interviews of famous writers.

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Flash Fiction
New Ohio Review

We publish work that addresses the purpose and mystery of being, in any shape or form. We appreciate humor, if it's got depth. We appreciate experimental work, if it's not gimmicky. What we look for is a voice that is genuine, speaking with some degree of lucidity and intelligence about something that feels urgently felt.

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New Writing Scotland

New Writing Scotland publishes works by writers resident in Scotland or Scots by birth, upbringing or inclination. All forms of writing are invited: autobiography and memoirs; creative responses to events and experiences; drama; graphic artwork (monochrome only); poetry; political and cultural commentary and satire; screenplays; short fiction; travel writing or any other creative prose may be submitted. The work must be neither previously published nor accepted for publication and may be in any of the languages of Scotland.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
No No May 1 - Sep 30
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Ninth Letter
Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Sep 1 - Feb 28
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North American Review

Published five times each year, the NAR is well-known for its early discovery of young, talented fiction writers and poets. But it also publishes creative nonfiction, with emphasis on increasing concerns about environmental and ecological matters, multiculturalism, and exigent issues of gender and class.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes No Jan 1 - Dec 31
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Northwind

Our focus is on originality, offbeat stories, provocative twists, memorable characters, and writing that's both lyrical and unsentimental.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes
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Autobiography/Memoir, Commercial Fiction, Cross-genre, Experimental, Feminist, Humor, Literary Fiction, Narrative Nonfiction
Overtime

Overtime, a series of one-story chapbooks, was created to showcase some of the stories we receive that are a little too long for our Workers Write! series, but are worthy of publication.

Poetry, Fiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
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The Oxford American

The Oxford American is dedicated to featuring the very best in Southern writing while documenting the complexity and vitality of the American South.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
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PALABRA A Magazine of Chicano & Latino Literary Art

PALABRA's focus is on writing by Chicano & Latino writers that stretches the boundaries of language and literary convention.

Poetry, Fiction
No Yes Sep 1 - Apr 30
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Cross-genre, Experimental, Flash Fiction, Literary Fiction, Prose Poetry
The Pedestal Magazine

As editors of The Pedestal Magazine, we intend to support both established and burgeoning writers. We are committed to promoting diversity and celebrating the voice of the individual.

Poetry, Fiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
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Phantom Drift: A Journal of New Fabulism

Phantom Drift is one of the few literary journals in the United States focused on fabulist writing. We aim to nurture the literature of fabulism, the fantastic, and the surreal by publishing an appealing, top-quality perfectbound literary journal featuring only the best of fiction and poetry from the U.S. and abroad. Our support for writers takes the form of not only providing a showcase for their works, but offering payment, a practice that both assures us the best of writers' work and supports literature as a whole.

Poetry, Fiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Mar 31
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Cross-genre, Literary Fiction, Prose Poetry
Ploughshares

Ploughshares is a journal of new writing, and two out of three issues per year are guest-edited by prominent writers who explore different personal visions, aesthetics, and literary circles, with each year's Winter issue staff-edited. 50% of each issue is directly solicited by the guest editor, and the remaining 50% is selected from unsolicited manuscripts. Ploughshares Solos, a series launched in 2012, digitally publishes long stories and novella length work as standalone singles. The series is staff edited. See submission guidelines for details.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Jun 1 - Jan 15
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Autobiography/Memoir, Flash Fiction, Literary Fiction, Narrative Nonfiction, Prose Poetry, Translation
Post Road

POST ROAD seeks to publish up and coming writers along with more established names. We publish a wide range of styles, from realist to experimental and everything in between.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes
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Autobiography/Memoir, Commercial Fiction, Cross-genre, Experimental, Flash Fiction, Literary Fiction, Micro-poetry, Narrative Nonfiction, Prose Poetry, Serialized Fiction, Translation
Printers Row Journal

At the center of Printers Row Journal, our premium weekly supplement, is a handsomely produced short story pamphlet. The Tribune showcases winners of our Nelson Algren Short Story competition but aims to build on that tradition by spotlighting even more top-quality new work. While we love stories from the Midwest, our goal is to honor glorious stories regardless of setting.

Fiction Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
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PRISM international
Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
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Prism Review

Published by the University of La Verne, PRISM REVIEW is an annual journal of well-crafted contemporary poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction from established and emerging writers. Alongside its literary works, PRISM REVIEW also publishes interviews with relevant authors and reviews of contemporary works, giving readers the chance to peer through a variety of lenses at the present and future worlds of literature.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
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Literary Fiction
Punchnel's

Punchnel’s is a general-interest web magazine written for a smart, discerning audience of adults around the world. We publish continually, with new material appearing every weekday. We don’t have a specific editorial focus. We buy what we like.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
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The Puritan

The Puritan is an online, quarterly publication based in Toronto, Ontario committed to publishing the best in new fiction, poetry, interviews, and reviews. The Puritan seeks, above all, a pioneering literature. Work featured here may push toward the symbolic frontier, challenging limitations and forging into previously unexplored aesthetic territory. But it may also revisit and revitalize traditional forms. The Puritan embraces work wherever it lands on the conceptual spectrum, so long as it is original, intelligent, and engaging.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
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The Rag

Our mission is to seek out powerful new literary voices and bring them to light. We see electronic publishing as an opportunity to turn back time to an era of affordable distribution and open competition, and it allows us to reach a broader audience and inject new life into the literary market.

Fiction Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
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Literary Fiction
Raleigh Review

Raleigh Review is a national non-profit magazine of poetry, short fiction (including flash), and art. We believe that great literature inspires empathy by allowing us to see the world through the eyes of our neighbors, whether across the street or across the globe. Our mission is to foster the creation and availability of accessible yet provocative contemporary literature. We look for work that is emotionally and intellectually complex without being unnecessarily “difficult.”

Poetry, Fiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Oct 31
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Rawboned

Distilled. Succinct. Terse. Cut the fat–give us the marrow of your story. Rawboned publishes nonfiction shorts, flash fiction, poetry, and hybrids up to 750 words. Unsolicited submissions are rolling for the monthly online magazine. Biannual contests for 500 word essays and flash fiction.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
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Autobiography/Memoir, Cross-genre, Experimental, Flash Fiction, Micro-poetry, Narrative Nonfiction, Prose Poetry
Read Short Fiction

Read Short Fiction is a hatchery for the rebirth of the short story in the everyday reading world. We are amassing for readers a wealth of wonderful stories to entertain and inspire, because life's too short to read boring fiction.

Fiction Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
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Commercial Fiction, Cross-genre, Literary Fiction
Reverie: Midwest African American Literature

Literary works by African American writers with ties to the American Midwest.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes No Jan 1 - Dec 15
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River Styx

As a multicultural journal of poetry, prose and art, River Styx publishes works of both new and established artists significant for their originality, energy and deft of craft. The high quality of its form and content have made it a leader among literary magazines for more than 37 years. We publish poetry, short fiction, essays, drawings and photographs. If your work is the best that it can be and you deem it fits with the established style and content of our magazine, please send it to River Styx.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
No Yes May 1 - Nov 30
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A River & Sound Review

We at A River & Sound Review are proud to publish an online literary journal that features the best in poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and humor.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Feb 1 - May 31
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Humor, Translation
Room Magazine

Room is a space where women can speak, connect, and showcase their creativity. Each quarter we publish original, thought-provoking works that reflect women's strength, sensuality, vulnerability, and wit.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
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ROSEBUD MAGAZINE

To supply an eclectic, quality, national venue for new and underappreciated writers of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
No Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
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The Rusty Toque

We strive to publish diverse, innovative literary writing, reviews, and visual art from Canada and around the world. We welcome submissions from both new and established writers.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
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Experimental, Literary Fiction
Safety Pin Review

Wearable, guerilla fiction of under 30 words. Each issue is hand-painted onto a cloth back patch, which is then safety-pinned to an operative and worn for a week.

Poetry, Fiction
Yes No Jan 1 - Dec 31
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Experimental, Flash Fiction, Graphic/Illustrated, Literary Fiction, Micro-poetry, Prose Poetry
Sequestrum

Sequestrum publishes new, emerging, and internationally-acclaimed writers of short fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and cross-genre. Averaging a new publication every two weeks, we pair all works with a unique visual component with the goal of fostering and exposing our writers to a large literary audience. We seek innovative contemporary literature with an honest voice which grows from a vision and passion for craft.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
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Autobiography/Memoir, Cross-genre, Experimental, Flash Fiction, Formal, Graphic/Illustrated, Humor, LGBT, Literary Fiction, Micro-poetry, Narrative Nonfiction, Nature/Environmental, Pop Culture, Prose Poetry, Regional, Religious/Spiritual, Serialized Fiction, War
SHARKPACK Poetry Review Annual

Linguistically and thoughtfully, it is the eldritch, the pithy, the electric, the gnostic, the visceral, the well-wrought, the purposefully experimental, and the expansive that are of interest to us. Irony is not of special interest. Popular currency is not of special interest. Cliché and expletives are usually anathema. We prefer the hard-fought and sincere to the ‘sexy’ and ‘edgy.’

Poetry, Fiction
Yes Yes Nov 15 - Mar 15
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Cross-genre, Experimental, Flash Fiction, Formal, LGBT
Slice

Slice, a Brooklyn-based nonprofit print magazine, is the brainchild of two book editors with a firsthand view of how difficult it is for new authors to have their voices heard. We aim to spark a dialogue between emerging and established writers. In each issue, a specific cultural theme becomes the catalyst for short stories, articles, interviews, and poems from renowned writers and lesser known voices alike. We're looking for anyone with a fresh voice and a compelling story to share--basically any work that really knocks our socks off.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Jun 1 - Aug 1
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Literary Fiction, Narrative Nonfiction
Soundings Review

Open to different styles and voices, Soundings Review is passionate about accessibility and depth, stories that make an impression on the first read, and with subsequent readings continue to elicit thought and understanding.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Apr 1 - Jun 30
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Southern Indiana Review
Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Sep 1 - Apr 30
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