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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
Collision Literary Magazine

Founded in 2001, Collision Literary Magazine is a student-run publication that accepts poetry, creative non-fiction prose, literary criticism, art and photography by undergraduate students. Our goal is to represent a variety of young voices emerging from the contemporary body, as well as to extend the dialogue by providing constructive feedback to those writers we are unable to publish at the time. Additionally, the top three submissions in poetry and non-fiction prose are awarded cash prizes.

Poetry, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Sep 1 - Feb 1
Web
Print
Contributor copies only
Autobiography/Memoir, Experimental, Graphic/Illustrated, Micro-poetry, Narrative Nonfiction, Nature/Environmental, Prose Poetry
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 We do not publish genre fiction nor do we subscribe to a particular literary philosophy or school of poetry or fiction.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
Yes Yes Aug 1 - Apr 30
E-publication
Print
Cash
Autobiography/Memoir, Literary Fiction, Narrative Nonfiction
Columbia Journal
Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes
Web
Print
Contributor copies only
Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art

Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art is an annual publication that features the very best in poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and art. We were founded in 1977 and continue to be one of the few national literary journals entirely edited, designed, and produced by students. You’ll find that our minds are open, our interests diverse.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Sep 1 - May 1
Print
Contributor copies only
The Columbia Review

The Columbia Review is the oldest collegiate literary magazine in the country. Since its inception, it has published eight Pulitzer Prize winners, and a winner of the Nobel Prize. The Review publishes twice a year and is available for free on Columbia's campus and on the magazine’s website. Unlike other campus magazines, The Columbia Review does not specialize in the work of any particular gender, ethnic group, or university division. We accept and publish submissions from writers and artists not affiliated with Columbia University.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Sep 2 - Apr 15
Web
Print
Common Ground Review

We look for poems with strong imagery and interesting ideas that unfold or explode or explore new and unexpected places in 61 lines or less. We like publishing new poets or new work from more established poets. Please note: though we don't charge a reading fee for regular submissions, we do have a contest entry fee for the Spring/Summer Poetry contest.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Print
Contributor copies only
The Commonline Journal

The Commonline Journal publishes accessible literature, critisism and art apropos the common line. Originally titled the "The Commonline Project," The Commonline Journal was developed in 2007 as an exploratory personal journal. Our central project is to approach the problems of the commons through expository writing, describe and produce catastrophe-- a trap set in hope that some reality might stumble into it.

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

The Common is a print and digital literary journal published biannually, in the fall and spring. Inspired by the role of the town common, a public gathering place for the display and exchange of ideas, The Common seeks to deepen our individual and collective sense of place through bold, engaging literature and art. Issues of The Common include short stories, essays, poems, and images that embody a strong sense of place.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Mar 1 - Jun 1
Web
E-publication
Print
Audio
Video
Cash
Formal, Graphic/Illustrated, Historical, Literary Fiction, Narrative Nonfiction, Nature/Environmental, Prose Poetry, Regional, Translation
Communion

Communion is not affiliated with any literary school or movement. We simply publish what moves us. Emotionally. Intellectually. While the magazine is not thematic as such, we lean toward work that in some way reflects the concept of communion – with others, self, the world at large etc.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Web
Autobiography/Memoir, Flash Fiction, Prose Poetry
Concho River Review

Begun in 1986 by novelist and short-story writer Dr. Terry Dalrymple, Concho River Review has national reach but regional focus, with most authors hailing from or writing about Texas, the Southwest, and the broader South. CRR prides itself on publishing some of the the region’s finest short fiction, non-fiction and poetry, submitted by both emerging and established authors.

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

concīs (aka concis) is an online and e-pub journal devoted to brevity: the concise (naturally), succinct, pithy, condensed, laconic, crisp, compressed and compendious. It’s simple in approach and simple in design…but not simple-minded. Genre—if you believe in such labels—is unimportant: poems, prose poems, flash fictions, micro-essays, reviews in miniature, sudden fictions, haiku, tanka, American Sentences, insights, epigrams, the unclassifiable…they’re all good.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Web
E-publication
Cash
Flash Fiction, Micro-poetry, Prose Poetry
Conclave: A Journal of Character

Conclave is an annual print journal that focuses on character-driven writing in short stories, flash fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and prose poems; we also print black and white photographs, and excerpts from plays: monologues, scenes, single acts, or one-act plays.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Apr 1 - Jul 1
Conduit

Conduit is a biannual literary journal that is at once direct, playful, inventive, irreverent, and darkly beautiful. Despite common sense and the laws of economics, Conduit has been thwarting good taste, progress, and consensus for over ten years.

Poetry, Fiction
No No Jan 1 - Dec 31
Web
Print
Contributor copies only
Prose Poetry
Confrontation

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

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
No Yes Aug 16 - Apr 15
Web
Print
Cash
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!

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
No No Jan 1 - Dec 31
Web
E-publication
Print
Cash
Autobiography/Memoir, Cross-genre, Experimental, Flash Fiction, Literary Fiction, Narrative Nonfiction, Prose Poetry
Contra Equus Niveus

“CONTRA EQUUS NIVEUS” (“Against the White Horse”) is a poetic attempt to advance our sight beyond the imaginative blockade of what the prophet Ezekiel and the poet Blake called the “Covering Cherub,” through publishing compositions that act against the imposing egoism and phenomenological limitations of our fallen world. As an attempt to defeat that age-old conqueror, we consider the first Horseman of the Apocalypse riding gloriously into the empire he has both built himself and was sent to destroy.

Poetry Yes Yes
Print
Contributor copies only
Experimental, Prose Poetry, Religious/Spiritual
Contraposition Magazine

Contraposition seeks to depart from the traditional elitism of the literary world. We would like to recognize the inherent value of all creativity, not just that which is established or follows a particular norm. We act as a platform for new and experienced creators alike, and enjoy finding gems from all walks of life. Our current body of publication can be viewed at Contrapositionmagazine.com And our previous printed editions can be viewed at http://www.lulu.com/shop/search.ep?keyWords=contraposition&categoryId=10...

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Web
Print
Audio
Video
No payment
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
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Web
Cash
Experimental, Feminist, Flash Fiction, Literary Fiction, Narrative Nonfiction, Nature/Environmental, Prose Poetry
Copper Nickel

Copper Nickel aspires toward diversity and eclecticism, printing work that appeals to us regardless of aesthetic affiliation—and we’re particularly (though by no means exclusively) interested in work that considers sociohiostorical context. We also feature two to four translation folios in each issue, such that work from other national literatures enters into conversation with that of our own.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Aug 1 - May 1
Print
Contributor copies only
Translation
Cordite Poetry Review

Cordite Poetry Review is a quarterly Australian journal of poetry and its criticism. International authors are most welcome. Each issue is themed (broadly), so please be sure to look at our submissions page. Cordite Scholarly is a fully refereed section of the journal, dedicated to research.

Poetry Yes No Jan 1 - Dec 31
Web
Audio
Video
Cash
Experimental, Flash Fiction, Formal, Graphic/Illustrated, LGBT, Micro-poetry, Nature/Environmental, Political, Pop Culture, Prose Poetry, Translation
The Corner Club Press

Where Poetry and Fiction Converge

Poetry, Creative Nonfiction, Fiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
E-publication
No payment
Flash Fiction
The Cortland Review

The Cortland Review is an online magazine publishing both established and emerging writers from the print and online worlds. Using audio paired with text to complete the link between reader and writer, TCR provides regular and feature issues with poems and short fiction selected by staff as well as illustrious guest editors.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes No Oct 1 - Jun 30
The Cossack Review

We publish new fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction, with an emphasis on writing that is rich and revealing. We especially look for smart pieces that uncover new truths and emotions.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Web
E-publication
Print
Contributor copies only
Cross-genre, Flash Fiction, Literary Fiction, Prose Poetry, Translation
Counterexample Poetics

The focus of Counterexample Poetics is on International displays of poetry, art, and photography which reside within the interpretational realms of philosophical, experimental, post-postmodern, esoteric, and the avant-garde. Reviews of poetic works will also be accepted.

Poetry Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Web
Experimental
Cowboy Poetry Press

Cowboys and cowgirls, heifers, madams, rustlers, train robbers, drifters, grifters, and thieves: Dust off those boots and get out of the out house and back to the rustic life—because we want all western-related material published or unpublished on fellow like e-zines (no personal blogs or site work accepted; you must remove it before submitting, and please give us credit as first-time publisher when you do post on personal sites).

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Web
Print
Contributor copies only
Humor
Crab Creek Review

Celebrating over twenty-five years of publishing, Crab Creek Review is dedicated to introducing you to the best writing from the Pacific Northwest and beyond. We publish both national and international writers in the genres of poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction. Crab Creek Review is a perfect-bound print literary journal publishing established poets and writers as well as emerging writers.  

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Oct 5 - Dec 15
Print
Contributor copies only
Crab Fat Magazine

Crab Fat wants experimental, hybrid, awkward, queer, punk, and feminist work.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Web
E-publication
Print
No payment
Autobiography/Memoir, Cross-genre, Experimental, Feminist, Flash Fiction, LGBT, Literary Fiction, Micro-poetry, Narrative Nonfiction, Prose Poetry, Regional
Crack the Spine

Crack the Spine loves the written word. Some might say we're in love with the written word. But that's just a silly rumor. We seek to publish diverse and sharp literary works, including flash fiction, micro-fiction, poetry, short stories, personal essays, and book reviews. We don't care if it's four words or four thousand words, if it's charged with artistry, we want to publish it. Given the choice, we will always select madness over method.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Web
E-publication
Print
No payment
Experimental, Flash Fiction, Literary Fiction, Micro-poetry, Narrative Nonfiction, Prose Poetry
Crashtest

Crashtest is an biannual online magazine founded and run by the creative writing students at the Fine Arts Center, a public arts high school in Greenville, South Carolina, so that students in high schools all over the country will have a place to publish work that tests limits, asks questions, rejects the easy answers, risks obliteration, believes in failure, is suspicious of scripted success.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Web
Crazyhorse

Crazyhorse has been publishing the best established & emerging writers for over 50 years. General submissions accepted from Sept. 1 to May 31. For guidelines, visit our site. 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.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Sep 1 - May 31
Print
Cash
Cross-genre, Flash Fiction, Literary Fiction, Narrative Nonfiction, Prose Poetry, Translation
cream city review

We are devoted to publishing memorable and energetic fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. We also feature reviews of contemporary literature and criticism, as well as author interviews, artwork, and comics. CCR seeks to publish not only a broad range of writings, but a broad range of writers with diverse backgrounds as well. Both beginning and well-established writers are welcome.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Aug 1 - Apr 1
Print
Contributor copies only
Autobiography/Memoir, Cross-genre, Experimental, Feminist, Flash Fiction, Graphic/Illustrated, Humor, LGBT, Literary Fiction, Love, Micro-poetry, Narrative Nonfiction, Nature/Environmental, Political, Pop Culture, Prose Poetry, Regional, Religious/Spiritual, War
The Cresset

The Cresset, a journal of commentary on literature, the arts, and public affairs, explores ideas and trends in contemporary culture from a perspective grounded in the Lutheran tradition of scholarship, freedom, and faith while informed by the wisdom of the broader Christian community. We publish 4-6 poems per issue.

Poetry Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Web
Print
Cash
Religious/Spiritual
Cross Review

We seek to publish poems primarily by poets from New Jersey and New York, seeking to create a cross-Hudson community. We do accept contributions from poets from outside these two states if the poet can articulate a connection to either NJ or NY.

Poetry Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Web
CURA: A Literary Magazine of Art and Action

CURA: A Literary Magazine of Art and Action is a multi-media magazine based at Fordham University committed to integrating the arts and social justice.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Oct 15 - Mar 15
Web
E-publication
Autobiography/Memoir, Cross-genre, Experimental, Flash Fiction, Literary Fiction, Narrative Nonfiction, Prose Poetry, Translation
Curbside Splendor Publishing

We publish fiction, creative non-fiction, and poetry that celebrate art, urban life, and extraordinary voices

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes No Jan 1 - Dec 31
Web
E-publication
Print
Contributor copies only
Literary Fiction
CutBank

We publish two issues a year of compelling poetry, fiction, and literary nonfiction by established writers and new voices alike. We're global in scope, but with a regional bias.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Sep 15 - Feb 1
Web
Print
Contributor copies only
CUTTHROAT, A JOURNAL OF THE ARTS

We have no regional, gender or cultural biases. Puveyors of fresh, original and meaningful work, we promote excellent literary fiction and poetry. We are also open to short book reviews of short story and poetry collections, especially from small presses.

Poetry, Fiction
No Yes Jul 15 - Oct 15
damselfly press

damselfly press seeks to promote exceptional writing by women. We welcome work from female writers of all experiences. We accept fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. We are interested in work that is honest and explores human nature. We think there is truth even in fiction.

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

Dappled Things is a Catholic literary magazine, and this raises the question of what Catholic literature is in the first place. Rather than give you a pat answer, we invite you as a contributor to help us explore that question. We especially value work that creatively engages Christianity’s rich tradition in art, thought, and practice, that is unflinchingly honest, that innovates in the light of tradition, and, in the words of J.F. Powers, has “one foot in this world and one in the next.”

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

First published in 2008, DASH publishes poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, micro literary criticism, hybrid texts, and artwork by authors and artists of all levels of experience, from first-time submitters through well-published creators. While the works themselves cover a diverse range of topics, themes, and styles, successful DASH submissions are brief, concentrated expressions of creativity, with an emphasis on brevity.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Mar 1
Print
Contributor copies only
Day One

Day One is looking for: · Original short fiction from debut and emerging writers (who have never before published a full-length novel or story collection). Up to 20,000 words · Poetry from emerging poets We offer competitive payment terms and there is no fee to submit.

Poetry, Fiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
E-publication
Cash
Dead King Magazine

We prioritise & showcase the work of writers who have experienced or continue to experience precariousness.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Web
E-publication
No payment
The Deadly Writers Patrol

The Deadly Writers Patrol (DWP) has published stories by and about veterans for over a decade. DWP is rooted in our belief that writing can reflect the deepest corners of our psyches, and can offer a vehicle to express the reality of war, survival, and healing.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Web
Print
Cross-genre, Healing/Health, War
december

Since 1958, december has been committed to distributing the work of emerging writers and artists and celebrating more seasoned voices through a semi-annual nonprofit literary magazine featuring fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and visual art.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes No Apr 1 - Dec 15
Print
Cash
Autobiography/Memoir, Cross-genre, Flash Fiction, Narrative Nonfiction, Translation
decomP

decomP (ISSN: 1947-0436) is an online literary magazine that is published monthly. We have existed since April 2004, and were originally called Decomposition Magazine. We publish prose, poetry, art, and solicited book reviews. Our e-mail address is decomp.magazine@gmail.com (no submissions to this address).

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Web
Audio
Video
No payment
Autobiography/Memoir, Experimental, Flash Fiction, Humor, Literary Fiction, Micro-poetry, Prose Poetry
Deep South Magazine

Deep South Magazine is committed to being a forum for Southern writers and showcasing Southern literature and accepts submissions of original fiction, nonfiction and poetry. The Deep South has a rich history in literature thanks to writers like Eudora Welty, Tennessee Williams and more recently Joshilyn Jackson and David Armand. We aim to help the next generation of Southern writers find their voice.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Sep 1 - Feb 28
Web
E-publication
No payment
Regional
rip-sun1.gifDel Sol Review

Del Sol Review seeks to publish unsolicited work in the categories of poetry, prose poetry, creative non-fiction, short stories, and flash fiction. All forms and styles are considered. Please note that editors prefer fiction and cnf containing unique and interesting subject matter.

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

The Delmarva Review publishes literary short fiction, creative nonfiction and poetry annually in print and electronic editions. Both are available worldwide via online major booksellers. We welcome new literary work in English from all writers. Our standards are for memorable, compelling prose and poetry exhibiting skillful expression. Work should connect with readers on more than one level.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Nov 1 - Mar 31
E-publication
Print
Contributor copies only
Cross-genre, Flash Fiction, Literary Fiction, Prose Poetry
Deluge (Radioactive Moat Press)

Radioactive Moat Press began in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It is a nonprofit literary arts organization featuring a bi-annually published electronic journal and a press that specializes in print and electronic chapbooks. Its inaugural publication, Radioactive Moat, was founded in 2009 and concluded in the spring of 2013. In September of 2013, Radioactive Moat was succeeded by new online bi-annual publication called Deluge.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
E-publication
No payment
Translation
The Destroyer

The Destroyer is a biannual online publication of text, art, and cultural commentary. We seek poetry, prose, texts with no determinate genre, video, audio, short films, and new media. We believe in an infinite universe, not in limited real estate.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Web
Audio
Video
No payment
Cross-genre, Experimental, Feminist, Flash Fiction, Graphic/Illustrated, Humor, Journalism/Investigative Reporting, LGBT, Literary Fiction, Micro-poetry, Narrative Nonfiction, Nature/Environmental, Political, Pop Culture, Prose Poetry, Translation
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