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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 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. Send us your best stuff. Show us how it does under pressure. We pride ourselves in being advocates of the writing we publish.

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
BOMB Magazine

Written, edited and produced by industry professionals and funded by those interested in the arts. Publishes writing which is unconventional and contains an edge, whether it be in style or subject matter.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Bombay Gin

Started in 1974, Bombay Gin is the literary journal of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics—co-founded by Allen Ginsberg and Anne Waldman—at Naropa University. Edited by program faculty and students, Bombay Gin publishes innovative poetry, prose, and hybrid texts as well as art, translations and interviews. Emerging from the “Outrider” or left-hand lineage, which operates outside the cultural mainstream, Bombay Gin honors a heritage of powerful scholarship and counter-poetics through the publication of work that challenges the boundaries of language, form, and genre.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Feb 1 - Aug 15
Print
Contributor copies only
Cross-genre, Experimental, Literary Fiction, Prose Poetry, Translation
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 Aug 15 - Jan 15
Print
Contributor copies only
Born Magazine

Born is an all-volunteer project that brings together writers, artists, and others from diverse fields to create multimedia artworks that explore the art of storytelling on the Web. Born was inspired by the creative process and nurtured through collaboration between various forms of literature, media, and emerging technologies.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes No Jan 1 - Dec 31
bosque (the magazine)

Now in its fourth year, bosque is committed to bringing quality fiction to print. We welcome submissions from previously unpublished as well as published writers.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Jul 1 - Aug 1
Print
Contributor copies only
Boston Review

Boston Review is a nonpartisan magazine of ideas: animated by hope, committed to equality and reason, convinced that the imagination eludes political categories.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Sep 15 - Jun 15
Web
Print
Boulevard

We believe that creative and critical work should be presented in a magazine in a variegated yet coherent and balanced way. We seek writihg that both stimulates our minds and touches our hearts.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Oct 2 - Apr 30
Print
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
Box of Jars

Box of Jars is a collection of words, music, art, and ideas. A space that promotes Auden's notion that poetry is 'memorable speech.' We could extend the idea to say that music is memorable sound, and painting is memorable imagery, and so forth. The three basic tenets we want to uphold are: sincerity, integrity, illumination. The work should be deeply felt and deeply considered; the form of each piece should be purposeful; the experience of each piece should linger.

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

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Web
E-publication
Print
Cash
Autobiography/Memoir, Literary Fiction, Narrative Nonfiction
Breakwater Review

We are a breakwater. We are both the literal space between ocean and shore and the virtual space between reader and writer. We want to read about other places like us: those liminal spaces in life.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Sep 1 - Dec 1
Web
Brink Magazine

Brink Magazine was founded in 2007 to bring good literature and art to light. What are we looking for? Simply put, writing and images that evoke an emotional response. We accept poetry, short stories, photography, and visual art.

Poetry, Fiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
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 1 - 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

Seeking poetry and prose that is evocative, riveting, and not too esoteric. The goal of Broadsided Press is to put literature and art on streets around the world. We publish monthly, original, high-quality collaborations between writers and visual artists as letter-size posters. These are distributed free of charge as pdfs for anyone to download and print. Volunteers called “vectors” post them in their own communities. Broadsided uses technology to revitalize an age-old art form, encourage grassroots public-arts activism, and create new spaces in our communities for literature and art.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Sep 15 - May 15
Web
No payment
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
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
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.

Fiction Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Web
E-publication
Cash
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
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
Cadillac Cicatrix

Cadillac Cicatrix publishes and promotes innovative emerging and established writers and artists on a semiannual basis with a special focus for each issue. Follow us: on Twitter.com/caddymag + on Facebook/caddymag + on Paper.li/caddymag

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Aug 15
Web
No payment
The Cafe Irreal

We publish a kind of fantastic fiction infrequently published in English. This fiction, which we would describe as irreal, rejects the tendency to portray people and places realistically and the need for a full resolution to the story; instead, it shows us a reality constantly being undermined.

Fiction Yes No Jan 1 - Dec 31
cahoodaloodaling

As a collaborative publication, we want our community’s best work on each given prompt. This may be a subject, a form, a style, etc. We strongly encourage collaborations, and have an annual In Cahoots contest. We publish both individuals and collaborations in our bi-monthly issues.

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

Our interest is in bringing readers the very best in contemporary creative writing. Please visit our website to learn more.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
E-publication
Print
Contributor copies only
Calliope

Calliope is the official publication of the Writers' Special Interest Group (SIG) of American Mensa, Ltd. It is published four times a year with a circulation that spans six countries and nearly every state in the USA. Calliope is essentially a writer’s workshop by mail, providing a forum where writers can exchange ideas, learn more about their craft, and see their work in print. New writers are always welcome. Membership in Mensa is not required to subscribe or to submit works for publication. We accept Poetry and Nonfiction submissions all year, and Fiction on an irregular basis.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Web
Print
Contributor copies only
CALYX, A Journal of Art and Literature by Women

CALYX Journal publishes fine art & literature, art, and book reviews by developing and emerging women authors and artists. CALYX is committed to publishing authors from diverse backgrounds. CALYX Journal is known for discovering many now well-known authors first or early in their careers.

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

Fiction Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Web
Print
Cash
Literary Fiction
Canary

Canary is a magazine of poetry, fiction, and essays, which address the environmental crisis with its heartbreaking loss of habitat and species. We are based on the premise that the literary arts can provide an understanding that humans are part of an integrated system.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Web
No payment
Nature/Environmental
Canteen

Canteen magazine admires what writers and artists do, and we want insight into how and why it’s done. We publish fiction, poetry, and essays that examine the creative processes of writers, artists, chefs, wine critics, and even a CIA agent. 

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Carnival Literary Magazine

Send us your work that is a little off, a little awkward. We want your strange. We want it well-written. We want your pieces that wouldn’t be at home in a more traditional literary magazine.

Poetry, Fiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Web
No payment
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
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
Web
Cash
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
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
Catamaran Literary Reader

West Coast themes, writers and artists from everywhere.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Print
Cash
Nature/Environmental
The Caterpillar Chronicles

The Caterpillar Chronicles is a fledgling nonprofit literary and arts magazine born in the liminal realm between text and image. Our magazine hopes to kindle experimental exercises in creative writing based on images. Each issue will propose first lines and images as starting points for texts of many forms, lengths, colours and complexions. We're also open to various other means of artistic expression such as photographs, paintings, drawings, collages, comics, videos, mixed media, etc. We value many-sidedness and embrace all forms of creative expression.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Web
E-publication
No payment
Autobiography/Memoir, Cross-genre, Experimental, Graphic/Illustrated, Literary Fiction, Narrative Nonfiction, Pop Culture, Prose Poetry
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
Cha: An Asian Literary Journal

CHA: An Asian Literary Journal is the first Hong Kong-based online literary quarterly journal dedicated to publishing quality poetry, short stories, creative non-fiction, drama, and reviews written in English, as well as photography and art. It has a strong focus on Asian-themed creative work or work done by Asian writers and artists. It also publishes established and emerging writers/artists from around the world.

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

We look for Fiction, Poetry and Creative Nonfiction that is well-crafted and lively, has an intelligent sense of form and language, assumes a degree of risk, and has consequence beyond the world of its speakers or narrators.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Print
Chagrin River Review

Chagrin River Review is an online journal of fiction and poetry. We publish writers at all levels, emerging and established.  

Poetry, Fiction
Yes Yes
Web
E-publication
No payment
The Chapbook

Wide open. We accept both traditional and experimental work. We prefer literature that takes risks.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
No Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Web
E-publication
Print
Contributor copies only
The Chariton Review

The Chariton Review showcases work that exhibits a strong sense of the craft and conventions of poetry, fiction, and essays. It includes literature that demonstrates an active familiarity with contemporary innovations and conversations in literary writing and exhibits mindfulness of various rich traditions.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
No Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Print
Contributor copies only
Translation
The Chattahoochee Review

Atlanta's oldest literary magazine publishing the fiction, poetry, essays, and writing we can find. We appeal to the educated general public for our readership and over the years have expanded our focus to include both international readers and writers. 

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Chautauqua

The editors actively solicit writing that expresses the values of Chautauqua Institution broadly construed: a sense of inquiry into questions of personal, social, political, spiritual, and aesthetic importance, regardless of genre.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Feb 15 - Apr 15
Contributor copies only
Chicago Literati

Founded by Abigail Sheaffer in November 2012, Chicago Literati aims to bring together novice and veteran writers not only in Chicago, but all over the world.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Web
No payment
Chicago Quarterly Review

The Chicago Quarterly Review is a nonprofit, independent literary journal publishing fiction, poetry, essays and translations from writers around the world. We hope to stimulate, entertain, and inspire.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Sep 1 - Jun 1
Print
Contributor copies only
Translation
Cimarron Review

One of the oldest quarterlies in the nation, Cimarron Review publishes work by writers at all stages of their careers, including Pulitzer prize winners, writers appearing in the Best American Series and the Pushcart anthologies, and winners of national book contests.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Print
Contributor copies only
Literary Fiction
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