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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
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
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 Jan 15 - 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
bedfellows magazine

​bedfellows is a thematic, philadelphia-based literary magazine that seeks to catalog contemporary discussions of desire & intimacy, with a particular focus on underrepresented & marginalized voices. we publish work that we feel subverts (or confronts) the stigmas that are often attached to sex-focused writing.

Poetry Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Web
Print
Contributor copies only
Cross-genre, Erotica, Experimental, Feminist, Humor, LGBT, Love, Micro-poetry, Pop Culture, Prose Poetry, Regional
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