Literary Journals Associated With MFA Programs

by Staff

As an MFA student, helping to put out a literary magazine—whether you’re an editor, a reader, or a publicity volunteer—offers a valuable glimpse into the realm of professional publishing and another means of learning about your community of writers. If, as part of your graduate experience, you’re interested in contributing your time or writing to a school-sponsored journal, check out this listing of institutions whose MFA programs produce literary magazines. (Last updated: January 18, 2023)

American University, Washington, D.C.

Antioch University, Los Angeles
Lunch Ticket 

Arizona State University, Tempe
Hayden’s Ferry Review

Ashland University, Ohio
Black Fork Review

Ball State University, Indiana
River Teeth

Boise State University, Idaho
The Idaho Review

Boston University

Bowling Green State University, Ohio
Mid-American Review

Brigham Young University, Utah
Fourth Genre

Brooklyn College, CUNY
The Brooklyn Review

Butler University, Indianapolis

California Institute of the Arts, Santa Clarita

California State University, Long Beach

Chatham University, Pittsburgh
The Fourth River

City College of New York, CUNY

Colorado State University, Fort Collins

Colorado Review

Columbia College Chicago
Hotel Amerika

Columbia University School of the Arts, New York City
Columbia Journal

Cornell University, Ithaca

Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond
Jelly Bucket

Eastern Washington University, Spokane
Willow Springs

Emerson College, Boston

Fairfield University, Connecticut

Fairleigh Dickinson University,
Madison, New Jersey
The Literary Review

Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton

Florida International University, Miami
Gulf Stream Magazine

Florida State University, Tallahassee
The Southeast Review

Fresno State, California
The Normal School

George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia
So to Speak

Georgia College & State University,
Arts & Letters
Flannery O’Connor Review

Georgia State University, Atlanta
Five Points
New South

Goddard College, Plainfield, Vermont
and Port Townsend, Washington
Pitkin Review

Hamline University, St. Paul, Minnesota
Water-Stone Review

Hollins University, Roanoke, Virginia
Hollins Critic

Hunter College, CUNY
Olivetree Review

Indiana University, Bloomington
Indiana Review

Iowa State University, Ames

Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore
Hopkins Review

Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge
New Delta Review
Southern Review

Manhattanville College, Purchase, New York
Inkwell Journal

Minnesota State University, Mankato
Blue Earth Review

Mississippi University for Women, Columbus
Poetry South
Ponder Review

Mount St. Mary’s University, Los Angeles
The Rush

New Mexico State University, Las Cruces
Puerto del Sol 

The New School, New York City

New York University, New York City
Washington Square Review

Northeast Ohio Master of Fine Arts (NEOMFA)
Luna Negra
Penguin Review
Rubbertop Review
Whiskey Island Magazine

Northern Michigan University, Marquette
Passages North

Ohio State University, Columbus
The Journal

Oklahoma State University, Stillwater
Cimarron Review

Oregon State University, Corvallis
45th Parallel

Portland State University, Oregon
Portland Review

Randolph College, Lynchburg, Virginia

Roosevelt University, Chicago
Oyez Review

Rutgers University, Camden

St. Francis College
Unbound Brooklyn

San Diego State University
Fiction International
Poetry International

San Francisco State University
Fourteen Hills

San Jose State University
Reed Magazine

Seattle Pacific University

Southern Connecticut State University,
New Haven
Noctua Review

Southern Illinois University, Carbondale
Crab Orchard Review

Spalding University, Louisville
The Louisville Review

Stony Brook Southampton, SUNY
The Southampton Review

Syracuse University, New York
Salt Hill

Temple University, Philadelphia

Texas State University, San Marcos
Porter House Review

University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa
Black Warrior Review

University of Alaska, Fairbanks

University of Arizona, Tucson
Sonora Review

University of Baltimore
Passager Journal

University of California, Irvine

University of California, Riverside,
Palm Desert Center
The Coachella Review

University of Central Arkansas, Conway

University of Central Florida, Orlando
The Cypress Dome
The Florida Review

University of Florida, Gainesville

University of Houston, Texas
Gulf Coast

University of Idaho, Moscow

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Ninth Letter

University of Iowa, Iowa City
The Iowa Review

University of Massachusetts, Amherst
The Massachusetts Review

University of Massachusetts, Boston
Breakwater Review

University of Memphis
The Pinch

University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
Great River Review

University of Mississippi, Oxford
Yalobusha Review

University of Missouri, Columbia
Missouri Review

University of Missouri, Kansas City
New Letters

University of Missouri, Saint Louis
Natural Bridge

University of Montana, Missoula

University of Nebraska, Lincoln (PhD)
Prairie Schooner

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

University of New Hampshire, Durham

University of New Mexico, Albuquerque
Blue Mesa Review

University of New Orleans
Bayou Magazine

University of North Carolina, Greensboro
Greensboro Review

University of North Carolina, Wilmington

University of North Texas, Denton
American Literary Review

University of Notre Dame, Indiana
Notre Dame Review

University of Oregon, Eugene
Northwest Review

University of Pittsburgh

University of San Francisco
Invisible City

University of South Carolina, Columbia

University of Southern Maine (Stonecoast MFA), Portland
Stonecoast Review

University of South Florida, Tampa
Saw Palm

University of Texas, El Paso
Rio Grande Review

University of Texas, James A. Michener
Center for Writers, Austin
Bat City Review

University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, Edinburg and Brownsville

University of Utah, Salt Lake City
Quarterly West
Western Humanities Review

University of Virginia, Charlottesville

University of Wisconsin, Madison
Madison Review

Vanderbilt University, Nashville
Nashville Review

Vermont College of Fine Arts, Montpelier
Hunger Mountain

Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond

Virginia Tech, Blacksburg
New River

Washington University, St. Louis
The Spectacle

Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo
Third Coast

West Virginia University, Morgantown
Cheat River Review

Wichita State University, Kansas

Did we leave out a magazine from your MFA program? Send us an e-mail letting us know.


Prairie Schooner at University of Nebraska-Lincoln

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln's English Department offers a creative writing PhD; many of our students are involved with the Prairie Schooner literary journal and the Prairie Schooner Book Prize series. Prairie Schooner has had nearly 85 years of continuous publication, making it one of the nation's oldest and most influential literary journals. Follow us on Twitter @TheSchooner, and join our groups on Facebook, SheWrites, Fictionaut, etc.

from New Letters

The University of Missouri-Kansas City's M.F.A. Program in Creative Writing and Media Arts just started, in 2008/2009, but Poets and Writers should know about us -- the creative-writing tradition here goes back many decades and includes New Letters magazine, its national radio series, New Letters on the Air, and our book publisher, BkMk Press. All of that publishing and broadcasting work attracts students as interns and other trainees. See our "intern" page at We have trained and counseled many fine student writers and editors in the 30 or so years I have been at New Letters. -- Robert Stewart, editor, New Letters.


Thank you, Robert. We've added New Letters to our list.karenmillen

The McNeese Review

The McNeese Review has been around as a scholarly publication since 1948 and now publishes the best poetry, short fiction, literary nonfiction and interviews available. The journal is edited by faculty and students of the MFA in Creative Writing program at McNeese State University, proudly nestled in Cajun country in Southwest Louisiana.

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