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Literary Magazines

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.

Journal Genres Published Accepts Electronic Submissions? Accepts Simultaneous Submissions? Reading Period Format
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. Regionalism with a voice. Something with political intentions or just there to entertain. Thought-out. Thrilling. Intelligent.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Web
Print
Contributor copies only
Autobiography/Memoir, Cross-genre, Feminist, Flash Fiction, Humor, LGBT, Literary Fiction, Narrative Nonfiction, Political, 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
Cash
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
The Boiler Journal

The Boiler began in 2011 by a group of writers at Sarah Lawrence College. We publish poetry, fiction, and nonfiction on a quarterly basis. We read year-round.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Web
No payment
Autobiography/Memoir, Experimental, Flash Fiction, Formal, Literary Fiction, Micro-poetry, Narrative Nonfiction, Nature/Environmental, Prose Poetry, Regional
Booth

Established in 2009, Booth publishes two print issues a year, usually in winter and summer. We invite submissions of art, poetry, prose, lists, and literary comics. The editors welcome submissions by both emerging voices and established writers.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Sep 1 - Mar 31
Web
Print
Contributor copies only
Autobiography/Memoir, Cross-genre, Flash Fiction, Graphic/Illustrated, Literary Fiction, Narrative Nonfiction, Pop Culture, Prose Poetry
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
Web
Cash
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
Web
Audio
Cash
Flash Fiction
Broad River Review

We publish fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. We also encourage visual artists to submit for possible cover art. In addition, we sponsor two contests, the Rash Awards, with $500 first prizes in fiction and poetry.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Aug 15 - Nov 15
Print
Contributor copies only
Autobiography/Memoir, Flash Fiction, Literary Fiction, Narrative Nonfiction, Regional
Broad!

Broad! is an online semiannual that publishes exclusively women (e.g. female-bodied or female-identified) writers, artists and photographers. We welcome both emerging and published writers.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Apr 1
Web
E-publication
Autobiography/Memoir, Cross-genre, Experimental, Feminist, Flash Fiction, Graphic/Illustrated, LGBT, Literary Fiction, Narrative Nonfiction, Political, Prose Poetry
Broadsided Press

Broadsided Press publishes original, high-quality collaborations between writers and visual artists and gets them onto streets around the world. Broadsided modernizes the centuries-old tradition of the broadside and harnesses the invigorating spirit of guerilla art. Subscription to Broadsided is free. The publications are designed to be downloaded and printed on regular, letter-sized paper. “Vectors” around the world take the collaborations and post them in their communities: on notice boards, telephone poles, office doors…. anywhere people might encounter them as they go about their days.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Sep 15 - May 15
Web
Print
No payment
Flash Fiction
Brooklyn Quarterly

TBQ publishes literary fiction both in our themed quarterly issues and on our blog. Fiction pieces should have a sensibility that there is an outside world that affects the characters and their surroundings. Please send one piece at a time, double-spaced, max 4,000 words with a short hello and bio.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Web
Autobiography/Memoir, Flash Fiction, Graphic/Illustrated, Literary Fiction, Narrative Nonfiction, Prose Poetry, Translation
Brooklyn Review

The Brooklyn Review is published annually by Brooklyn College of the City University of New York. Begun almost 30 years ago by John Ashbery, The Brooklyn Review has been overseen throughout its history by esteemed writers such as L.S. Asekoff, Amy Hempel, Josh Henkin, and Jonathan Baumbach. While traditionally having published only poetry, short fiction, plays, and visual art, The Brooklyn Review is expanding to include multimedia works as well as interviews with working writers and artists.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
No Yes Sep 1 - Nov 15
E-publication
Print
Audio
Video
Contributor copies only
Experimental, Feminist, Flash Fiction, Formal, Graphic/Illustrated, LGBT, Literary Fiction, Micro-poetry, Narrative Nonfiction, Pop Culture, Prose Poetry, Regional, Translation
The Brooklyner

The Brooklyner was founded to exhibit new narrative, from both emerging and established writers. We publish fiction, nonfiction, poetry, art, reviews, interviews, sketches and translations. Also, audio and video. We're mediatelling.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Web
E-publication
Print
Audio
Video
Autobiography/Memoir, Flash Fiction, Graphic/Illustrated, Literary Fiction, Micro-poetry, Narrative Nonfiction, Regional
burner_logo.jpgBurner Magazine

Burner is that girl. She's witty, pretty, and doesn't dumb herself down. By day, she's a kindergarten teacher and by night, dances gogo. Inspired by fellow revolutionaries from John Lennon to Virginia Woolf, she's a muse and amusing, compelling and never complacent. The Burner girl gets hot and bothered by the Marquis de Lafayette, aspires to redefine the zeitgeist like Nietzsche, and provokes thought like Margaret Atwood.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Web
E-publication
No payment
Cross-genre, Experimental, Feminist, Flash Fiction, Graphic/Illustrated, Humor, LGBT, Literary Fiction, Love, Micro-poetry, Narrative Nonfiction, Political, Pop Culture, Prose Poetry
Burningword Literary Journal

Burningword Literary Journal (ISSN 2161-8992 print / ISSN 2157-7366 online) is a quarterly publication focusing on emerging writers of poetry, short fiction, and short nonfiction.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Web
E-publication
Print
No payment
Cross-genre, Flash Fiction, Prose Poetry
Cactus Heart

Cactus Heart is a metaphor for how we believe literature and art should be: the perfect combination of sharp and tender. We seek work that shocks and wounds and delights, that carries joy and terror and mystery.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
E-publication
Print
Contributor copies only
Experimental, Feminist, Flash Fiction, LGBT, Literary Fiction, Narrative Nonfiction, Nature/Environmental, Translation
Carolina Quarterly

The Carolina Quarterly has been publishing the work of established and emergent writers for 65 years. Works from the past two volumes have recieved Honorable Mentions in Best American Short Stories, Best American Essays, and Best American Non-Required Reading.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Web
Print
Contributor copies only
Autobiography/Memoir, Experimental, Flash Fiction, Formal, Literary Fiction, Narrative Nonfiction, Prose Poetry, 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
Web
E-publication
Print
Cash
Experimental, Flash Fiction, LGBT, Literary Fiction
The Cat's Meow for Writers & Readers Magazine

To publish the poetry, short stories, haikus, flash fiction, and essays of new and established writers for my reading audience (10,000+ subscribers so far). Plus, bring helpful nonfiction articles to my readers and links to purchase authors' books in my Off The Press! section.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Web
E-publication
Contributor copies only
Autobiography/Memoir, Commercial Fiction, Flash Fiction, Healing/Health, Historical, Humor, Journalism/Investigative Reporting, LGBT, Literary Fiction, Love, Micro-poetry, Narrative Nonfiction, Nature/Environmental
Cease, Cows

At Cease, Cows we want to explore the contemporary, the strange, the big questions. 

Poetry, Fiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Web
Flash Fiction, Prose Poetry
City Lit Rag

City Lit Rag seeks the most innovative and surprising poetry, fiction and non-fiction from emerging and established writers. We serve not only our readers, but the larger community of writers and readers by showcasing our zine via readings at At the Inkwell reading series at KGB as well as our author interview series.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Web
No payment
Autobiography/Memoir, Feminist, Flash Fiction, Historical, Humor, LGBT, Literary Fiction, Love, Narrative Nonfiction
A Clean, Well-Lighted Place

The guiding aesthetic is cleanliness; we look for each work to display in its own way precision of thought and meticulous crafting of sound and language.

Poetry, Fiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Web
E-publication
Print
Contributor copies only
Cross-genre, Flash Fiction, Prose Poetry, Translation
Cleaver Magazine

Cleaver shares cutting-edge art and literary work from a mix of established and emerging voices. We publish poetry, short stories, essays, flash prose, graphic narratives, and visual art on a quarterly basis. We publish new book reviews weekly and occasional craft essays.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Web
Autobiography/Memoir, Experimental, Flash Fiction, Graphic/Illustrated, Literary Fiction, Micro-poetry, Narrative Nonfiction, Translation
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