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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
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
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

Each issue of The Ledge is perfect-bound with a full-color cover and features a wide and eclectic range of works by poets and writers of all backgrounds and persuasions. We firmly believe that superior work appeals to a wider audience than most literary journals endeavor to reach, and consider The Ledge Poetry & Fiction Magazine a truly democratic publication in that regard. The Ledge also sponsors annual poetry and fiction awards competitions and an annual poetry chapbook competition.

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 Apr 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
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 Aug 15 - Nov 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
SMALL_LOGO.jpgMad Hatters' Review

Collaborative, edgy, experimental, provocative, playful, lyrical, jazzy, maximalist. We publish poetry, fictions, whatnots, collages, mini-movies, cartoons, columns, dramas, art galleries, music, recitations.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Jan 1
MadHat Lit

We’re particularly interested in risky, thematically broad (i.e., saying something about the world and its creatures), psychologically and philosophically sophisticated works. Humor, satire, irony, magical realism and surrealism are welcome. We look for originality, surprise, intellectual and emotional strength, lyricism and rhythm. We love writers who stretch their imaginations to the limits and challenge conventional notions of reality and style; we care little for categories. We also adore collaborative ventures, between/among writers, visual artists, and composers.

Poetry, Fiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Web
No payment
Cross-genre, Experimental, Flash Fiction, Prose Poetry
The Main Street Rag

We prefer poetry that is alive with the poet's own experiences, fiction that is character driven, often quirky

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

Malahat is one of Canada's most acclaimed literary magazines, publishing poetry and fiction by emerging and established writers from around the world. Malahat is a multiple National Magazine Award, Western Magazine Award, and Journey, O. Henry, and Pushcart Prize recipient.

Poetry, Fiction
No No Jan 1 - Dec 31
Mandala Journal

Mandala is a word which means 'circle' in Sanskrit. Mandala is a circle which holds the universe. Mandala is a journal of art and literature published each spring by the University of Georgia's Institute for African American Studies. We publish art, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. We are a platform for explorations of race, gender, culture, and identity, and for a wide range of voices and experiences, and to that end, we publish all kinds - students and professors, dilettantes and old hands, Pushcart Prize winners and schoolkids, from our hometown of Athens, GA, and points beyond.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Nov 3 - Feb 3
Web
Autobiography/Memoir, Cross-genre, Experimental, Feminist, LGBT, Literary Fiction, Nature/Environmental, Political, Pop Culture
Manoa: A Pacific Journal

Excellent international literature, with focus on Asia/the Pacific/the Americas; often in new translations. Thematic.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Web
Print
Cash
Autobiography/Memoir, Literary Fiction, Narrative Nonfiction, Nature/Environmental, Prose Poetry
Manor House Quarterly

It is our purpose to establish a platform where mixed genres and forms can be woven together within a beautiful publication. Specifically, we seek the confluence of contemporary artifacts across many artful expressions. Each of our issues are themed, which provides contributing artists a new depth for their work as it is placed within the arch of a comprehensive idea. The conversation is ongoing and our contributors as well as our readers are invited into this co-evolving process.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Web
E-publication
Print
Contributor copies only
Cross-genre
Map Literary
Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes
Web
Print
Marco Polo Arts Mag

Original, literary/ mainstream fiction, flash fiction, poetry, poetry and narrative nonfiction. We seek exceptional work.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Web
E-publication
Audio
Video
No payment
Mascara Literary Review

Mascara Literary Review is an online journal particularly interested in the work of contemporary Asian, Australian and Indigenous writers. We publish poetry, short fiction and essays from and about Asia.

Poetry, Fiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Mason's Road

As a literary journal with an educational twist, Mason’s Road aims to focus each issue on a particular element of the writing craft.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Feb 1 - Apr 1
Web
E-publication
Audio
Video
No payment
Autobiography/Memoir, Cross-genre, Experimental, Feminist, Formal, Graphic/Illustrated, Historical, Humor, Journalism/Investigative Reporting, Literary Fiction, Love, Narrative Nonfiction, Nature/Environmental, Political, Pop Culture, Prose Poetry, Regional, Religious/Spiritual, War
The Massachusetts Review

The Massachusetts Review is an independent quarterly journal of literature, the arts, and public affairs. MR has deep local roots but an international scope, with subscribers and contributors spread across the globe.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Oct 1 - May 1
Matter: A Journal of Political Poetry and Commentary

Matter is a monthly online journal of political poetry and commentary established with the intention of breaking down structural antimonies between labor and capital, and aesthetics and politics. In this “post-everything” (including history, identity, and narrative) age, critical and creative employment of language as a tool for (re)signification is crucial to avoid becoming, or remaining, passive – and silent – witnesses to spectacle culture, technocracy, and the corporate state.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Web
E-publication
Audio
Video
The Meadowland Review

The Meadowland Review is an online literary journal comprised of a small group of writers and editors who share a commitment to providing a public space for thoughtful and original material. We welcome and encourage both emerging and established writers of short fiction and poetry.

Poetry, Fiction
Yes Yes Apr 1 - Jun 1
Web
E-publication
No payment
Flash Fiction
Measure: A Review of Formal Poetry

We are looking for excellent metrical poetry. Also looking for innovative uses/subjects for meter.

Poetry Yes No Jan 1 - Dec 31
Print
Audio
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The Medulla Review

The Medulla Review is a literary journal that caters to experimental and surreal writing, a place in the hindbrain where breathing, swallowing, and circulation are done through words, a venue for those who believe in creating reality.

Poetry, Fiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Web
Print
Contributor copies only
Cross-genre, Experimental, Flash Fiction, Literary Fiction, War
Memorious: A Journal of New Verse and Fiction

We publish poetry and fiction by emerging and established writers. We also collaborate with the Chicago Organization SIngers On New Ground for an annual art song contest, in which a guest composer selects a poem to set. The winning work is performed in Chicago, and a studio recording is published in the magazine. Memorious was founded in 2004 by Robert Arnold, Brian Green, and Rebecca Morgan Frank. Site design by Brian Green. Memorious is a member of the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses.

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