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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
Jet Fuel Review

Jet Fuel Review is a student-run literary magazine geared towards publishing a diverse array of writing voices and styles. The Jet Fuel Review is, above all, looking for quality in writing. Take care in sending us what you think is the best of your work, whether it be in poetry, fiction, nonfiction, or artwork. Please refer to the submission guidelines page for more information on length of submissions and more.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Aug 1 - Oct 15
Web
Flash Fiction, Literary Fiction, Narrative Nonfiction, Prose Poetry
jmww

jmww is an online quarterly accepting fiction, nonfiction, poetry, book reviews, and essays. We publish Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall issues in early January, April, July, and October, or thereabouts.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Sep 1 - Jun 1
Web
Print
No payment
Journal of Compressed Creative Arts

Matter Press is a community-based, non-profit 501(c)(3) literary press that publishes an online literary journal (The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts), manages an annual short fiction and poetry chapbook contest, and supports a regular reading series. Matter Press offers internships to graduate MFA and Publishing students as submission readers, literary editors, and publication designers. Matter Press focuses on supporting emerging and established authors working with condensed forms of fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, and visual arts.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Apr 15 - Aug 30
Web
Cash
Flash Fiction, Literary Fiction, Prose Poetry
The Journal

Established in 1972, The Journal is the nationally distributed, prize-winning literary journal of The Ohio State University. We publish the highest quality fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and reviews by both emerging and established authors.

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

From the first issue onward, jubilat has aimed to publish not only the best in contemporary American poetry, but to place it alongside a varied selection of reprints, found pieces, lyric prose, art, and interviews with poets and other artists. Rather than section off these varieties of work, the magazine creates a dialogue that showcases the beauty and strangeness of the ordinary, and how experiments with language and image speak in a compelling way about who we are.

Poetry Yes Yes Sep 1 - Apr 1
Web
Print
Audio
Video
Cash
Kalyani Magazine

Kalyani Magazine is a community focused around a semi-annual literary publication featuring diverse writing styles from women of color. Each issue explores one theme, word, or concept that impacts women in diverse ways. We specifically welcome submissions from previously unpublished authors. Our goal is to be an accessible literary magazine which encourages all women of color to view themselves as writers, readers, and supports each other on this path.

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

We publish an annual eclectic mix of fiction, essays, interviews, articles, poetry, and art from around the world. We seek exceptional written and visual creations from established and emerging voices.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Dec 15 - Mar 15
E-publication
Print
Cash
Cross-genre, Experimental, Flash Fiction, Graphic/Illustrated, Humor, Literary Fiction, Micro-poetry, Narrative Nonfiction, Prose Poetry
Kartika Review

Kartika Review serves the Asian Pacific Islander American (APIA) community and those involved with Diasporic Asian and Pacific Islander-inspired literature. We scout for compelling APIA creative writing and artwork to present to the public at large. Ultimately, Kartika strives to create a literary forum that caters to and celebrates the wordsmiths of the Asian Diaspora.

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

Attention to craft is crucial but we are open to all forms/genres of poetry and prose that is believable and thought-provoking, that makes new the expected conventions. We have published work from the U.S., Canada, Ireland, France, Haiti, etc. and are especially happy to publish work by West Virginian and Appalachian writers. Reading Periods are: Nov. 1 - Jan. 31 and May 1 - July 31

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
No Yes May 1 - Jul 31
Print
Contributor copies only
Keyhole

We publish what we like. There are no guidelines. Shorter things are preferable, but it’s not a requirement.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Web
E-publication
Print
No payment
Commercial Fiction, Experimental, Flash Fiction, Humor, Literary Fiction, Pop Culture, Prose Poetry
Kindred

We lean towards strong narrative, humor, exquisite language, a balance of the stunning and the raw, revelation, delicacy, depth, possibility, larger than life characters, unique settings, seeing into the life of things, the full and the empty, the deep power of joy, witty banter, and the triumph of kindness.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Print
Contributor copies only
Autobiography/Memoir, Literary Fiction, Micro-poetry, Narrative Nonfiction, Prose Poetry
Knockout Literary Magazine

We love the hell out of poetry. All different types. From pantoums to prose poems. We also publish about a 50/50 mix of GLBT and straight writers.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Web
Print
Cross-genre, Experimental, Feminist, Flash Fiction, Formal, Graphic/Illustrated, Humor, LGBT, Literary Fiction, Micro-poetry, Narrative Nonfiction, Prose Poetry, Translation, War
Kudzu House Quarterly

Here at the Kudzu Review we look for savvy, sharp, well-polished literature that captures life in a post-natural world. We publish work, bi-annually, that is outstanding, and motivated by concerns with human’s place in the world. 

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Web
E-publication
Print
No payment
Nature/Environmental
Kugelmass: A Journal of Literary Humor

Kugelmass publishes the best literary humor out there. We like work that is funny, but we're also believers that funny can be sad and poignant and gritty and whimsical. We like when funny gets dark or ambiguously inappropriate. We like our funny to jerk us from a daze and dangle something extraordinary in our faces, something that was there all along, but we couldn't see it.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Print
Contributor copies only
Autobiography/Memoir, Cross-genre, Experimental, Feminist, Graphic/Illustrated, Humor, Literary Fiction, Narrative Nonfiction, Nature/Environmental, Political, Pop Culture, Prose Poetry
Kweli Journal

Kweli celebrates cultural kinships and the role of the literary imagination. In our shared space, you will come to know the lived experience of people of color. Our memories are wrapped inside the music of the Muscogee, the blues songs of the South, the clipped patois of the Caribbean. In English and Spanish, Zulu and Tagalog, a useful past is lying down next to an ailing present. Listen. Grow. Lift. Kweli Journal is a quarterly literary publication.  We seek high quality literary work that is beautiful, sustaining, and profound.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Sep 1 - Mar 1
E-publication
Cash
Autobiography/Memoir, Flash Fiction, Literary Fiction, Narrative Nonfiction, Prose Poetry
lcrw_25_cover-1.gifLady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet

Fiction that falls in the cracks between genres.

Poetry, Fiction
No No Jan 1 - Dec 31
Lake Effect

Lake Effect seeks to publish literary fiction and nonfiction and poetry of the highest quality by established and new and emerging writers from across the country and, in translation, from around the world, and to give that work an attractive venue.  Appearances of our work in The Best American Short Stories, Best American Essays, and Pushcart Prize anthologies attests to our success in finding some of the best work in the country to publish.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
No Yes
Print
Contributor copies only
Lalitamba

Lalitamba is a contemporary journal of international writings for liberation. From page to page, you’ll find the writings of saints, wanderers, prison inmates, and award-winning novelists. These are the mystics of our time. They challenge us to live and to love without hesitation. Lalitamba was inspired by a pilgrimage through India. In early 2004, we traveled from village to village, seeking to alleviate the suffering of poverty, illness, and plain loss of hope. The name Lalitamba comes from a devotional song. It means Divine Mother.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
No Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Print
Contributor copies only
Autobiography/Memoir, Experimental, Literary Fiction, Translation
Lantern Review

LANTERN REVIEW aims to provide a virtual space in which to showcase Asian American poetry and to engage with issues relevant to its production and dissemination. We seek to publish expertly crafted work in a variety of forms and aesthetics, including traditional and experimental pieces, hybrid forms, multimedia work, and new translations. We welcome pieces from anglophone writers of all ethnic backgrounds whose work interests itself in critical questions relevant to the Asian diaspora in North America, as well as work created collaboratively in a community context.

Poetry Yes Yes Jul 4 - Aug 1
Web
E-publication
No payment
Cross-genre, Experimental, Feminist, Formal, LGBT, Political, Prose Poetry, Translation, War
The Lascaux Review

The Lascaux Review provides a showcase for emerging and established writers and artists. The Review conducts annual contests in flash fiction, short fiction, and poetry.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Web
Autobiography/Memoir, Commercial Fiction, Cross-genre, Experimental, Feminist, Flash Fiction, Humor, LGBT, Literary Fiction, Micro-poetry, Narrative Nonfiction, Political, Pop Culture, Prose Poetry, Translation
Lavender Review

Lavender Review is an international, biannual (June & December) e-zine dedicated to poetry and art by, about, and for lesbians.

Poetry Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Web
No payment
LGBT
The LBJ: Avian Life, Literary Arts

The LBJ, published semiannually, is dedicated to creative writing and birds. Its title is drawn from the term “little brown job” or “lbj,” used by birders, at once dismissively and affectionately, when struggling to identify a sparrow-like individual in the field. The LBJ, also known as the literary bird journal, celebrates these non-nondescripts and other avians in contemporary literature. The journal publishes creative nonfiction, fiction, poetry, narrative scholarship, literary journalism, and book reviews.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Aug 15 - Apr 15
The Ledge Magazine

The Ledge is currently closed to new submissions at this time.

Poetry, Fiction
No Yes
Print
Contributor copies only
Literary Fiction
Levantine Review

We welcome articles, reviews, op-eds, poetry, fiction, art, photography, essays and interviews that reflect our mission of broadening perspectives on the Middle East and North Africa in the media and the public eye, and promoting peace through a focus on the arts and culture—on creative and intellectual work that broadens the discourse between “east” and “west.” While, generally speaking, the Levantine Review addresses the Arab/Muslim world both in the MENA and diaspora, we also include the many minority cultures that are part of the region.

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

To assure our readers we are being responsible editors and to increase the transparency of our editorial process as a whole, each poem published by LEVELER will be accompanied by a brief note on our selection entitled levelheaded. Here we will look at what a poem conveys and how.

Poetry Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Web
No payment
Lexicon Polaroid

Lexicon Polaroid sews visual art & poetry together by the threads of personal interpretation. Mutability of language versus the comprehension readers, a cross between diction and depiction. We publish poems alongside their visual interpretations. The poets don’t know the artists who interpret their poems, artists don’t even know the names of the poets. The poem becomes fodder for visual creation. Some interpretations stray far from the intention of the poem, some illustrations stay true. LP is an experiment with elliptical tendencies of poetry and the art that it can inspire.

Poetry Yes Yes Aug 31 - Oct 31
Web
Print
Video
Contributor copies only
Experimental, Graphic/Illustrated, Micro-poetry, Prose Poetry
Life As An [insert label here]

Founded in 2011, Life As An [insert label here] is open to submissions of types of  all types of writing.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Web
No payment
Lifelines: A Dartmouth Literary Journal

Lifelines is a literary journal sposored by Dartmouth Medical School. Content in the journal includes short stories, essays, plays and interviews. The editorial review staff are comprised of Dartmouth faculty and alum, physicians and medical school students. We are a literary and art journal committed to exploring the intersection of creativity and the experience of medicine, death and art.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes No Jan 1 - Dec 31
Print
Contributor copies only
Healing/Health, Literary Fiction
The Light Ekphrastic

The Light Ekphrastic seeks artists and writers interested in collaboration resulting in the creation of new works inspired by the old. Those chosen will be paired with another artist (a poet with a painter, for instance), and each will create a new piece based on their partner’s previous work. The old and new works will be presented together on TLE.

Poetry, Fiction
Yes No Jan 1 - Dec 31
E-publication
No payment
Line Zero

Line Zero is an emerging, independent print journal dedicated to writing and the arts. Unlike any other publication of its kind, Line Zero features the hybrid content of a traditional literary journal and a collection of editorial essays on art, writing, music, publishing, photography, creative writing reference, book and tech reviews, and art events.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Print
No payment
Autobiography/Memoir, Humor, Literary Fiction, Narrative Nonfiction, Pop Culture
The Liner

The Liner is an epistolary magazine. We accept works of fiction or real correspondences (letters/postcards/journals/emails/ etc.). We are especially interested in works involving humor.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes May 1 - Dec 31
Print
Contributor copies only
Humor
Lines + Stars

Lines + Stars began as a means of establishing a new creative forum in Washington, D.C., a city that all-too-often coasts solely on its more mechanistic pursuits. While many of our contributors hail from the D.C. area, we've also expanded our writer-base to include national and international voices.

Poetry Yes No Jan 1 - Dec 31
Web
E-publication
Print
Cross-genre, Experimental, Formal, Love, Micro-poetry, Nature/Environmental, Prose Poetry, Regional, Religious/Spiritual, War
LIT

LIT is the literary journal of The New School’s Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Program - Promoting contemporary writing by influential poets and authors of today and tomorrow.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
No Yes Sep 1 - May 1
Print
Contributor copies only
Literal Latte

Caffeinating minds for eighteen years. Stimulating careers for writers; great literature for readers. First ten years gave away 30,000 copies free in New York coffeehouses. Now free online to all.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
No Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Web
Literary Juice

Literary Juice is dedicated to publishing both established and budding writers. We are open to all genres of fiction (fantasy, romance, mystery, &c); however, we do not publish content pornographic in nature.

Poetry, Fiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Web
No payment
Experimental, Flash Fiction, Literary Fiction
Literary Laundry

We believe that literature should strive to re-conceptualize the world and render with nuance its complexities. Literary work must evolve the poignancy with which the reader experiences life. Unfortunately, much contemporary literature, galvanized by the perverted specter of “make it new,” has prioritized novelty over potency. At best, such literature conveys an attitude in place of the intellectual wonder that underlies meaningful writing. We regard this trend as a problem and have created Literary Laundry in order to fix it.

Poetry, Fiction
Yes No Nov 1 - Mar 31
Web
Cash
The Literary Bohemian

Featuring top-notch travel-inspired poetry, postcard prose and travelogue, we make timely connections to Elsewhere. Also on offer: worldwide writer-friendly accommodations and links. Our writers have been featured in Best of the Web, and American Life in Poetry.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Web
Cross-genre, Experimental, Flash Fiction, Formal, Narrative Nonfiction, Nature/Environmental, Prose Poetry, Regional
The Literary Review

Publishers of contemporary fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. We publish works in translation.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Sep 1 - Jan 31
Little Patuxent Review

Little Patuxent Review is a biannual print journal and online blog featuring writers and artists from the Mid-Atlantic region and beyond.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Aug 1 - Nov 1
Print
Contributor copies only
Literary Fiction, Narrative Nonfiction
Loaded Bicycle

Loaded Bicycle publishes excellent poetry, translation, and art. Because we love it.

Poetry Yes Yes Jun 1 - Aug 15
Web
E-publication
No payment
Cross-genre, Experimental, Feminist, Flash Fiction, Formal, Graphic/Illustrated, Historical, Humor, Micro-poetry, Nature/Environmental, Political, Prose Poetry, Translation
The London Magazine
Poetry, Fiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
E-publication
Print
Lone Star Legacy: Poetry, Prose, and History in Texas

Lone Star Legacy: Poetry, Prose, and History in Texas details the struggles, existence, and triumphs of trailblazing men and women who have contributed to African-American History throughout Texas.

Poetry, Creative Nonfiction
Yes No Jan 1 - Aug 30
E-publication
Print
Contributor copies only
Autobiography/Memoir, Historical, Prose Poetry
Looseleaf Tea

Looseleaf Tea is a nonprofit online literature and arts journal dedicated to the vociferation of culture-driven art. We produce a quarterly review that displays work from emerging and established artists in fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and visual art.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Web
E-publication
Print
Los Angeles Review

The Los Angeles Review, established in 2003, is the voice of Los 
Angeles, and the voice of the nation. Perhaps from this place 
something can emerge that speaks to the writer or singer or dancer or 
wild person in all of us, something disturbing, something alive, 
something of the possibility of what it could be to be human in the 
21st century.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Feb 1 - Apr 30
Print
Contributor copies only
Lost Coast Review

Lost Coast Review is a quarterly intellectual review which includes short stories, book reviews, film reviews, poetry and commentary.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Web
E-publication
Print
Contributor copies only
The Louisville Review

The goal of the magazine continues to be to import the best writing to local readers, to juxtapose the work of established writers with new writers, and to export the best local writers to a national readership. Each poem and story submitted toTLR is judged entirely on its own merit whether the author is already nationally known or previously unpublished.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Print
Contributor copies only
Cross-genre
Lowestoft Chronicle

Lowestoft Chronicle is an online literary magazine published quarterly, accepting fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. Preference is given to humorous submissions with an emphasis on travel. An anthology of the best work is published annually.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Web
Print
No payment
Autobiography/Memoir, Commercial Fiction, Flash Fiction, Humor, Literary Fiction, Narrative Nonfiction, Prose Poetry
LUMINA

LUMINA, established in 2000, is the annual print publication of the Sarah Lawrence College graduate writing program. Every year, Lumina is greeted by a new editorial staff; as a result we are not tied to any style or subject matter. Instead, we seek the new, exciting and rule-breaking work from writers both established and emerging.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Jul 1 - Oct 1
Web
Print
Contributor copies only
Cross-genre, Experimental, Graphic/Illustrated, Literary Fiction
Lunch Ticket

Literary magazine of the Creative Writing MFA Program at Antioch University Los Angeles

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

The MacGuffin is an international publication based out of Schoolcraft College in Livonia, MI. Published three times a year, we strive to usher in the best poetry, fiction, and artwork that we receive to the literary community.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Print
Contributor copies only
Commercial Fiction, Flash Fiction, Graphic/Illustrated, Literary Fiction, Micro-poetry, Narrative Nonfiction, Pop Culture, Translation
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