Literary Magazines

Distinguished Literary Magazines for College & Adult Work

Literary Magazines Opportunities for PublishingRead sample issues of literary magazines before submitting your work. Acquaint yourself with their style and preferences. When budgets allow, subscribe to the magazines you love most. Reading periods and guidelines are subject to change. Check websites for updates.

ES= Accepts Electronic Submissions

SS = Accepts Simultaneous Submissions        

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AGNI: We look for the honest voice, the idiosyncratic signature, experimental where necessary but not willfully so. Writing that grows from a vision, a perspective, and a passion will interest us, regardless of structure or approach.

Poetry,
Fiction, CreativeNonfiction
Yes Yes Sep 1 – May 31

Alaska Quarterly Review: AQR publishes fiction, short plays, poetry, photo essays, and literary non-fiction in traditional and experimental styles. Although AQR publishes established writers, most of our content comes from unsolicited submissions and the editors are committed to publishing new and emerging writers.

Poetry,
Fiction,
Creative Nonfiction
No Yes Aug 15 – May 15

American Poetry Review: Broad range of poetry, translations, criticism, reviews, interviews, and columns.

Poetry No No Jan 1 – Dec 31

Antioch Review: The Antioch Review, founded in 1941, is one of the oldest, continuously publishing literary magazines in America, publishing fiction, essays, and poetry from both emerging as well as established authors. Our authors are consistently included in Best American anthologies & Pushcart.

Poetry,
Fiction,
Creative Nonfiction
No No Sep 2 – May 31

BOMB Magazine: Written, edited and produced by industry professionals and funded by those interested in the arts. Publishes writing which is unconventional and contains an edge, whether it be in style or subject matter.

Poetry,
Fiction,
Creative Nonfiction
No Yes Jan 1 – Dec 31

Boulevard: We believe that creative and critical work should be presented in a magazine in a variegated yet coherent and balanced way. We seek writing that both stimulates our minds and touches our hearts.

Poetry,
Fiction,
Creative Nonfiction
No Yes Oct 2 – Apr 30

Cimarron Review: For more than forty years, Cimarron Review has published some of the finest poetry, fiction, and nonfiction by established and emerging writers.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction No Yes Jan 1 – Dec 31

The Cincinnati Review: Established in September 2003, The Cincinnati Review draws together within its pages the finest creative and critical work from across the country. We provide a venue for writers of any background, at any point in their literary careers, to showcase their best writing.

Poetry,
Fiction,
Creative Nonfiction
No Yes Sep 1 – May 31

Glimmer Train Stories: We have a special focus on the new or lightly published writer, offering the Short Story Award for New Writers four times a year. We welcome work from the very short story (under 3,000 words) to our Fiction Open (up to 20,000 words).

Fiction Yes Yes Jan 1 – Dec 31

Hudson Review: Founded in 1947, The Hudson Review is a quarterly magazine of literature and the arts published in New York City.

Poetry,
Fiction,
Creative Nonfiction
No No Poetry: 4/1- 6/30; Fiction: 9/1 -11/30;
Nonfiction: 1/1 – 3/31

Indiana Review: Indiana Review is a non-profit literary magazine dedicated to showcasing the talents of emerging and established writers. Our mission is to offer the highest quality writing within a wide aesthetic.

Poetry,
Fiction,
Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Aug 1 – Dec 31

The Iowa Review: We select most of our content from the several thousand unsolicited manuscripts that arrive each year from throughout the country and abroad. We take our mission to be nudging along American literature, to be local but not provincial, to be experimental but not without love for our literary traditions. Although you may find writers already familiar to you in most of our issues, you will surely find others who are not. Discovering a new and compelling writer, one we’d never heard of before but whose writing comes through to us–that still seems the magic of our work.

Poetry,
Creative Nonfiction,
Fiction
No Yes Sep 1 – Dec 1

Kenyon Review: KRO is a space for more timely work, and work that is perhaps more experimental in nature. Our basic editorial principle, however, is unwavering—we’re looking to publish the best work we can find.

Poetry,
Fiction,
Creative Nonfiction
Yes No Sept 15 – Jan 15

Michigan Quarterly Review: MQR publishes essays, memoirs, interviews, fiction, poetry, and book reviews, including an annual theme issue, for an intellectual, but not necessarily academic, readership.

Poetry,
Fiction,
Creative Nonfiction
No No Jan 1 – Dec 31

The Missouri Review: Since 1978, The Missouri Review has held a reputation for finding and publishing the very best writers first. We are based at the University of Missouri and publish four issues each year. Each issue contains new fiction, poetry and essays. We also run author interviews and found-text features where we print never before published works such as a short story by William Faulkner or one of Tennessee Williams’ plays. Our annual contest is the Editors’ Prize, which awards $5000 and publication in each category for a group of poems, short story, and essay.

Poetry,
Creative Nonfiction,
Fiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 – Dec 31

New England Review: NER publishes quality fiction, poetry, and nonfiction that is both challenging and inviting to the general reader. The selections present a broad spectrum of viewpoints and genres, including traditional and experimental fiction and poetry, translations, criticism, & reviews.

Poetry,
Creative Nonfiction,
Fiction
No Yes Sep 1 – May 31

New Letters: We seek many kinds of writing; regardless of subject, style, or genre; our overriding concern is literary excellence.

Poetry, Fiction,
Creative Nonfiction
No Yes Oct 1 – May 1

The New Yorker: What is important to us is that the story succeed on its own terms. If the writer’s goal is be linguistically inventive, she or he must pull that off; if the goal is to have an emotional impact, that must come through in some powerful way. The styles and approaches can be different as long as they’re effective.

Poetry, Fiction Yes Yes Jan 1 – Dec 31

Nimrod International Journal: For over 50 years, Nimrod’s mission has been the discovery and support of new writing. The journal seeks new, unheralded writers, as well as established authors with new work that has not found a home within the establishment.

Poetry,
Fiction,
Creative Nonfiction
No Yes Jan 1 – Nov 30

North American Review: Published five times each year, the NAR is well-known for its early discovery of young, talented fiction writers and poets. But it also publishes creative nonfiction, with emphasis on increasing concerns about environmental and ecological matters, multiculturalism, and exigent issues of gender and class.

Poetry,
Fiction,
Creative Nonfiction
No No Jan 1 – Dec 31

Paris Review: We strongly suggest to all who submit that they read the most recent issues of The Paris Review to acquaint themselves with material the magazine has published.

Poetry,
Fiction,
Creative Nonfiction
No Yes Jan 1 – Dec 31

Ploughshares: Ploughshares, a journal of new writing, is guest-edited serially by prominent writers who explore different and personal visions, aesthetics, and literary circles. 50% of each issue is directly solicited by the guest editor, and the remaining 50% is selected from unsolicited manuscripts.

Poetry,
Creative Nonfiction,
Fiction
Yes Yes Jun 1 – Jan 15

Post Road: POST ROAD seeks to publish up and coming writers along with more established names. As we don’t have an editor in chief, we publish a wide range of styles, from realist to experimental and everything in between.

Poetry,
Fiction,
Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 – Dec 31

Prairie Schooner: After more than 80 years of continuous publication, we still seek new work from established, mid-career, and beginning prose writers and poets.

Poetry,
Creative Nonfiction,
Fiction
No No Sep 1 – May 1

The Sewanee Review: The Sewanee Review is America’s oldest continuously published quarterly. Only erudite work representing depth of knowledge and skill of expression is published here – high quality fiction, poetry, essays, and reviews.

Poetry,
Fiction,
Creative Nonfiction
No No Sep 1 – Jun 1

StoryQuarterly: Founded in 1975, Story Quarterly has been publishing emerging and established writers for over 30 years. Through its new affiliation with Rutgers University, Story Quarterly will continue to publish an annual print edition, the first one to appear through Rutgers–Camden in the summer of 2009 and will continue as an online presence that will showcase new work year-round.

Fiction,
Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 – Dec 31

The Sun: We tend to favor personal writing, but we’re also looking for thoughtful, well-written essays on political, cultural, and philosophical themes. Please, no journalistic features, academic works, or opinion pieces. Other than that, we’re open to just about anything. Surprise us; we often don’t know what we’ll like until we read it.

Poetry,
Fiction,
Creative Nonfiction
No Yes Jan 1 – Dec 31

Third Coast: Third Coast is one of the nation’s premier literary magazines—and one of only a handful of nationally distributed literary magazines to regularly include four genres. Third Coast consistently publishes excellent, and often award-winning, fiction, poetry, non-fiction and drama. In the past year, two published stories and one poem have been chosen to appear in the O Henry Award Series, The Pushcart Prize Series, and Best of the West: New Stories from the Wide Side of the Missouri.

Poetry,
Fiction,
Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Aug 1 – May 1

Triquarterly: We especially are interested in work that embraces the world and continues, however subtly, the ongoing global conversation about culture and society that TriQuarterly pursued from its beginning in 1964.

Fiction, Creative nonfiction, Poetry, Short Drama, and Hybrid work. Yes Yes Oct 1- July 15

Virginia Quarterly Review: VQR seeks work that is conscious of language without being self-conscious, that pulls readers in with drama and emotional risk, rather than holding them at arm’s length with gimmickry and tricks. We value writing that uses intensely focused language to affect the way that readers see the world.

Poetry,
Fiction,
Creative Nonfiction
Yes No Sep 1 – Jun 30

 

National Public Radio Three-Minute Fiction Contest: (18 and over) Our contest has a simple premise: Listeners send in original short stories that can be read in three minutes or less (600 word max). Guidelines change for each round. Check website for upcoming Round 6 contest. http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=13095922.

 

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