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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
The Asian American Literary Review

The Asian American Literary Review is a space for those who consider the designation "Asian American" a fruitful starting point for artistic vision and community. In showcasing the work of established and emerging writers, the journal aims to incubate dialogues and, just as importantly, open those dialogues to regional, national, and international audiences of all constituencies. Published biannually, AALR features fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, translations, comic art, interviews, and book reviews.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Jun 1 - Aug 31
Web
E-publication
Print
Contributor copies only
Autobiography/Memoir, Cross-genre, Experimental, Feminist, Graphic/Illustrated, LGBT, Literary Fiction, Narrative Nonfiction, Political, Prose Poetry, Regional, Religious/Spiritual, Serialized Fiction, Translation, War
Assisi: An Online Journal of Arts & Letters

Assisi offers an eclectic mix of essays (both academic and personal), fiction and poetry. We also publish photographs, drawings and other art works. Depending upon when you submit your work, it may take up to eight months for us to respond.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Web
No payment
Autobiography/Memoir, Experimental, Formal, Literary Fiction, Narrative Nonfiction, Prose Poetry
Asymptote

We welcome submissions of translated poetry, fiction, nonfiction and drama; certain types of original English-language nonfiction, including literary and critical writing; interviews as well as visual art. Our annual English-language Fiction Feature is released every April and our annual English-language Poetry Feature every October. You can find the calls (and other submission guidelines) here: http://asymptotejournal.com/submit.php Follow us on Facebook here: http://facebook.com/asymptotejournal Twitter: http://twitter.com/asymptotejrnl

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Web
No payment
Autobiography/Memoir, Cross-genre, Experimental, Graphic/Illustrated, Literary Fiction, Narrative Nonfiction
At Length

At Length is a venue for ambitious, in-depth writing, music, photography, and art that are open to possibilities shorter forms preclude. As a print-friendly online magazine, we create ways for readers, listeners, and viewers to interact with noteworthy long work.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes
Web
No payment
The Atlas Review

We are interested in vetting unsolicited submissions anonymously. We solicit a few writers per reading period, and it is through this energy of known and unknown from which The Atlas Review thrives. We publish twice a year in a beautiful print journal. Please visit our website for more details.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Sep 15 - Nov 15
Print
Contributor copies only
Atticus Review

Atticus Review is a weekly online journal that publishes stories, poems, mixed media, 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, Pop Culture, Prose Poetry
Avatar Review

We publish poetry, short fiction, essays, visual art and prose poems. We look first for the finely crafted piece and believe in Pound’s dictum, “Fundamental accuracy of statement is the sole morality of writing.” We’re open to all forms, but have a bias toward clear, concise, understandable work that communicates, surprises or disturbs-writing that bears witness to the world we live in.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Oct 1 - Dec 31
Web
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.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Web
Cash
Bacopa Literary Review

Bacopa is an annual international print journal published by the Writers Alliance of Gainesville. We respond to unusual perspectives, passionate voices, inventive and compelling work. Surprise us with your ingenuity.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Apr 1 - Jun 30
Print
Cash
Autobiography/Memoir, Experimental, Literary Fiction, Micro-poetry, Narrative Nonfiction, Prose Poetry
A Bad Penny Review

A Bad Penny Review publishes poetry and prose--with a particular interest in forms that exist somewhere between: the visual, the conceptual, the haptic, new media, intermedia, the varying forms and non-forms of the innovative/experimental/transgressive. It is published twice a year online and once a year as a physical object. Submissions for poetry and prose are open during March, April, September, and October. Intermedia, hybrid, or visual work is accepted all year round.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Mar 1 - Oct 31
Web
Print
Contributor copies only
Cross-genre, Experimental, Graphic/Illustrated
Badlands Literary Journal

Badlands aims to provide a forum for the best in contemporary poetry, fiction, drama, creative nonfiction, visual art, and imaginative intersections of these genres. Badlands possesses an eclectic appetite; send us rhymed quatrains or free verse, dirty realism or mondo fiction, and forms not yet named.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Apr 30
Print
Contributor copies only
Autobiography/Memoir, Cross-genre, Experimental, Feminist, Flash Fiction, Formal, Graphic/Illustrated, Historical, Humor, Journalism/Investigative Reporting, LGBT, Literary Fiction, Love, Micro-poetry, Narrative Nonfiction, Nature/Environmental
The Baltimore Review

The mission of The Baltimore Review is to showcase Baltimore as a literary hub of diverse writing and promote the work of emerging and established writers.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Aug 1 - Nov 30
Web
E-publication
Print
Cash
The Bangalore Review

The world of literature holds no boundaries and we at The Bangalore Review are committed to publishing exemplary writing from all over. We publish literary fiction and non-fiction, reviews, poetry, art and photographic essays. If you happen to be in love with life and think that your words can generate a vision, send us a shout – we’ll probably like your work.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Web
E-publication
Video
No payment
Flash Fiction, Graphic/Illustrated, Historical, Literary Fiction, Pop Culture, Prose Poetry, Regional, Translation
Bare Fiction Magazine

We want our readers to discover genre-defying boldness from exciting writers in poetry, fiction and plays, literary review, interviews and commentary. To that end, we need prose, poetry and play texts that instantly grab our minds and take us on extraordinary literary journeys. We want you to make peoples eyes open wider and their minds race with excitement as they feast on your words.

Poetry, Fiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Web
E-publication
Print
Contributor copies only
Barking Sycamores

Barking Sycamores is a literary journal whose mission is to publish poetry, short fiction (1,000 words or less), creative non-fiction (beginning Issue 8), hybrid genre work, and artwork by neurodivergent writers. We also seek to add positively to the public discussion about neurodivergence as a whole in the form of essays on literature and the interrelationship between neurodivergence and the creative process.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes No Jan 1 - Dec 31
Web
No payment
Autobiography/Memoir, Cross-genre, Experimental, Feminist, Flash Fiction, LGBT, Literary Fiction, Micro-poetry, Narrative Nonfiction
Barnstorm Journal

Barnstorm is an online literary magazine sponsored by the MFA Program in Creative Writing at the University of New Hampshire.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Sep 1 - May 1
Web
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
Bateau

BATEAU subscribes to no trend but serves to represent a wide cross-section of contemporary writing. For this reason, readers will most probably love and hate at least something in each issue. To us, this means Bateau is eclectic, open-ended and not mired in a particular strain. Each issue is an art piece: letterpress covers, great design, attention to detail. We consider the company your work keeps. We are also an environmentally conscious publisher.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Feb 1 - May 1
Print
Contributor copies only
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. Bayou holds two contests, The James Knudsen Prize for Fiction and the Kay Murphy Prize for Poetry, open October 1st through January 1st. Prize is $1,000. All entries considered for publication.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Sep 1 - Jun 1
Print
Contributor copies only
Flash Fiction, Literary Fiction, Narrative Nonfiction, Prose Poetry
Beatdom

Founded in 2007, Beatdom is dedicated to the study of the Beat Generation. We publish one issue annually with a pre-designated topic. All submissions must related this topic to the Beat Generation.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes No Jan 1 - Dec 31
Web
E-publication
Print
Cash
Historical, Narrative Nonfiction
Beautiful Losers

The Beautiful Losers are the people that live at the margins. The ones that dare to try, to live, to sing. The ones that aren’t afraid of failure, that pursue the beauty of it all. The ones that aren’t rebels, special, normal, alternative, crazy, underdogs, established; the only thing that they want is to find, once again, that perfect moment. This is a place where real literature happens; think of it as a double shot on the rocks, in a world of whiskey neats.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Web
E-publication
Experimental, Flash Fiction, Literary Fiction, Pop Culture, Prose Poetry
Belle Rêve Literary Journal

Belle Reve Literary Journal is a southern literary experience. We are an online publication. We release new works weekly. We strive to capture everything that makes the South and its residents unique through the best contemporary literature we can find.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Web
E-publication
Belleville Park Pages

Our goal is to make writing affordable and frequent while connecting writing from around the world. The Pages are sold in 10 countries in shops such as Shakespeare & Co. (Paris), Foyles (London) Powell's (Portland, OR) and City Lights (San Francisco, CA)

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
E-publication
Print
Video
Contributor copies only
Experimental, Flash Fiction, Literary Fiction, Narrative Nonfiction, Political, Prose Poetry
Bellevue Literary Review

Bellevue Literary Review is a unique literary magazine that examines human existence through the prism of health and healing, illness and disease. We invite submissions of previously unpublished works of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry that touch upon these themes.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Sep 1 - Jun 30
Print
Bellingham Review

Literature of palpable quality: poems, stories, and essays so beguiling they invite us to touch their essence. The Bellingham Review hungers for a kind of writing that nudges the limits of form, or executes traditional forms exquisitely.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Sep 15 - Dec 1
E-publication
Print
Contributor copies only
Cross-genre
Beloit Fiction Journal

We are always interested in new writers as well as established writers in the field of contemporary fiction.

Fiction Yes Yes Aug 1 - Dec 1
Print
Contributor copies only
Bennington Review

Bennington Review is published twice a year in print form, Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter. We aim to stake out a distinctive space for innovative, intelligent, and moving fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, film writing, and cross-genre work. In the spirit of poet Dean Young’s dictum that poets should be “making birds, not birdcages,” we are particularly taken with writing that is simultaneously graceful and reckless.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Aug 15 - May 15
Print
Cash
Berkeley Fiction Review

BFR is an entirely undergraduate student-run publication. We seek out innovative fiction that plays with form and content as well as traditionally constructed stories with fresh voice and original ideas. We run a yearly Sudden Fiction contest for stories under 1,000 words. Also follow us on social media for contests, quotes and quips! Twitter: @BerkeleyFiction Tumblr: @BerkeleyFictionReview

Fiction Yes Yes Aug 15 - May 15
Print
Better than Starbucks

poetry and short fiction of interest to a thinking person

Poetry, Fiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Web
No payment
Cross-genre, Formal, Literary Fiction, Micro-poetry, Translation
Big Lucks

Founded in 2009, Big Lucks publishes earnest, honest poetry and prose through a variety of online mediums.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Web
Big Muddy: Journal of the Mississippi River Valley

Although we encourage topics related to the Mississippi River Valley, no direct relationship is required. We are also dedicated to reviewing books from independent, university, and small presses, but not self-published titles.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Print
Contributor copies only
Experimental, Historical, Journalism/Investigative Reporting, Literary Fiction, Nature/Environmental, Pop Culture
The Bitchin' Kitsch

The Bitchin’ Kitsch is a zine for artists, poets, prose writers, or anyone else who has something to say. it exists for the purpose of open creativity.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Web
E-publication
Print
No payment
The Bitter Oleander

We are looking for poems that vault us to a new level of understanding an individual's true perception, and not one that falls under the customs of a dictated language which only obeys the known, the understood and the repetitive. Be imaginative, not fantastical which is never the same.

Poetry, Fiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Black Candies: Gross and Unlikeable women-only issue

Black Candies is a literary journal of literary horror and darkness. Here at Black Candies, we’re always striving to create a better platform for women writers, who are often underrepresented in horror, genre, and speculative outlets. We want to create a space where they not only have a voice, but be as gross, dark and unlikeable as they want. Which is why 2016’s issue of Black Candies is themed: “Gross and Unlikeable.” Submissions are open to women-identified only.

Fiction Yes Yes Oct 31 - Apr 30
Print
Contributor copies only
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
Cash
Cross-genre, Flash Fiction, Literary Fiction
Black Elephant

We invite poetry, fiction, essay, and other art forms by new, emerging, and established literary and visual artists. We appreciate anything that transcends expectation and re-imagines the forms we may be accustomed to. We wish to explore, through your contributions, the newly forged path and the shifted boundary.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Web
Print
Audio
Cash
Experimental, Humor, Prose Poetry
Black Fox Literary Magazine

The aim of Black Fox is to publish both established and new writers. We welcome all fiction, but we especially like fiction from under-represented genres and styles, including YA. We are also interested in creative nonfiction, poetry, black and white photography and art.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Sep 5 - Nov 28
Web
E-publication
Print
No payment
Commercial Fiction, Cross-genre, Experimental, Feminist, Flash Fiction, Historical, Humor, LGBT, Literary Fiction, Love, Micro-poetry, Narrative Nonfiction
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.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
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
Black Scat Review

Black Scat Review is an international magazine of the arts, featuring innovative fiction, art, interviews, and works in translation.

Fiction Yes No Jan 1 - Dec 31
E-publication
Print
Contributor copies only
Erotica, Experimental, Literary Fiction, Translation
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
Yes Yes Dec 1 - Mar 1
Web
Print
Cash
BLACKBERRY: a magazine

BLACKBERRY: a magazine aims to be a premier literary magazine featuring black women writers and artists. Its goal is to expose readers to the diversity of the black woman’s experience and strengthen the black female voice in both the mainstream and independent markets. We hope to illuminate the new generations and reach back to those whose words may have been ignored.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Web
E-publication
Print
No payment
Blackbird: an online journal of literature and the arts

While it is true that excellence can be differently defined and construed, our primary definition will be this: Beyond simple obvious criteria such as “well written in a variety of technical senses,” and “original in terms of subject and style,” excellent writing challenges traditions in profound ways, and is radical insofar as it is aware of its own origins in tradition and seeks to expand the boundaries of the realm of discourse of which it is a part.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Nov 1 - Apr 15
Web
E-publication
Print
Audio
Video
The Black Herald

The Black Herald is an international bilingual (English-French & other languages) literary magazine, based in Paris & London. Edited by Blandine Longre & Paul Stubbs, the magazine’s aim is to publish original world writers not necessarily linked in any way by ‘theme’ or ‘style’. Writing that we deem can withstand the test of time and resist popularization–the dangers of instant literature for instant consumption. Writing capable of escaping the vacuum of the epoch. Read an interview with editor Paul Stubbs in Bookslut http://www.bookslut.com/features/2012_10_019467.php

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes No Nov 15 - Feb 15
Print
Contributor copies only
Literary Fiction, Narrative Nonfiction, Prose Poetry, Translation
Blank Spaces

Our mission is to celebrate and champion the work of Canadian creatives, bringing exposure and support to both new and established writers.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
E-publication
Print
Contributor copies only
Autobiography/Memoir, Literary Fiction, Narrative Nonfiction
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
Blood and Thunder: Musings on the Art of Medicine

Blood and Thunder: Musings on the Art of Medicine is the student-run literary journal of the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. We publish health care-related short stories, poems, and artwork annually.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Feb 1 - May 15
Print
Healing/Health
BLOOM

EDITORIAL POLICYBLOOM does not discriminate against the imagination. Gardeners must identify as Queer (LGBT), but the flora of their labor need not serve any pre-conceived notion of beauty. Peonies, sweet williams, ragweed, and gladiolas--every shade & shape of blossom--are all welcome. Let the garden grow.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes
Print
Contributor copies only
LGBT
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
The Blue Pencil Online

The Blue Pencil Online is edited and produced by the students in the Writing & Publishing Program at Walnut Hill School for the Arts, in Natick, Massachusetts. The magazine seeks to publish the best of literary work in English by young writers (12–18) around the world.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Oct 1 - May 1
The Blue Hour

The blue hour is the period of twilight each morning and evening where we move from day to night. There is neither full daylight nor complete darkness. This time is considered special because of its unique quality of light.The purpose of this magazine is to provide a place where artists and writers can gather, read and see each other’s work and allow their work to be found by others. It is also a place where we can publish valuable art and put it out into the world. There are very few things greater than finding new talent.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Web
Print
No payment
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