Lit Mags

Distinguished Literary Magazines

Read 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.

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AGNI

transformative, fresh, dynamic

Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction
ES: Yes
SS: Yes
Reading Period: September 1 – May 31
Fee: $0
Founded: 1972

Alaska Quarterly Review

powerful, imaginative, contemporary

Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Drama, Nonfiction
ES: No
SS: Yes
Reading Period: August 15 – May 15
Fee: $0
Founded: 1982

Antioch Review

intellectual, distinguished, independent

Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction
ES: No
SS: Yes
Reading Period: September 1 – May 31
Fee: $0
Founded: 1941

Baltimore Review

powerful, fresh, universal

Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction, Video
ES: Yes
SS: Yes
Reading Period: August 1 – November 30; February 1 – May 31
Fee: $0
Founded: 1996

Bellevue Literary Review

empathetic, thoughtful, fresh

Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction
ES: Yes
SS: Yes
Reading Period: September 1 – June 30
Fee: $5
Founded: 2000

Bennington Review

innovative, immersive, playful

Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction, Film Writing
ES: Yes
SS: Yes
Reading Period: November 1 – May 15
Fee: $0
Founded: 1966

Black Warrior Review

risky, playful, inclusive

Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction, Art
ES: Yes
SS: Yes
Reading Period: December 1 – March 1; June 1 – September 1
Fee: $3
Founded: 1974

Boston Review

independent, political, discerning

Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction
ES: Yes
SS: Yes
Reading Period: September 15 – June 15
Fee: $0
Founded: 1975

Boulevard Magazine

definitive, original, diverse

Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction
ES: Yes
SS: Yes
Reading Period: October 1 – May 1
Fee: $3
Founded: 1985

Carolina Quarterly

contemporary, diverse, fresh

Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction
ES: Yes
SS: Yes
Reading Period: January 1 – December 31
Fee: $2.50
Founded: 1948

Cimarron Review

modern, crisp, insightful

Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction, Art
ES: Yes
SS: Yes
Reading Period: January 1 – December 31
Fee: $0
Founded: 1967

Cincinnati Review

energetic, exploratory, versatile

Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction, Art
ES: Yes
SS: Yes
Reading Period: September 1 – March 1
Fee: $0
Founded: 2003

Colorado Review

original, crisp, contemporary

Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction
ES: Yes
SS: Yes
Reading Period: August 1 – April 30
Fee: $3
Founded: 1956

Common

vibrant, inclusive, powerful

Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction
ES: Yes
SS: Yes
Reading Period: March 1 – June 1; September 1 – December 1
Fee: $3
Founded: 2011

Crazyhorse

visionary, influential, respected

Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction
ES: Yes
SS: Yes
Reading Period: February 1 – December 31
Fee: $3
Founded: 1960

Georgia Review

diverse, cross-disciplinary, intellectual

Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction, Art
ES: Yes
SS: Yes
Reading Period: August 15 – May 15
Fee: $3
Founded: 1947

Gettysburg Review

eclectic, off-beat, thoughtful

Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction, Art
ES: Yes
SS: Yes
Reading Period: September 1 – May 31
Fee: $3
Founded: 1988

Granta

global, urgent, groundbreaking

Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction
ES: Yes
SS: Yes
Reading Period: January 21 – February 21; April 28 – May 28
Fee: $4
Founded: 1979

Guernica

incisive, political, rigorous

Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction, Multimedia
ES: Yes
SS: Yes
Reading Period:
Fee: $0
Founded: 2004

Gulf Coast

progressive, vibrant, diverse

Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction
ES: Yes
SS: Yes
Reading Period: September 1 – March 1
Fee: $2.50
Founded: 1986

Hudson Review

wide-ranging, intellectual, vigorous

Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction
ES: No
SS: No
Reading Period: Poetry: April 1 – June 30; Fiction: September 1 – November 30; Nonfiction: January 1 – March 31
Fee: $0
Founded: 1948

Idaho Review

evocative, expansive, sharp

Genres: Fiction, Poetry
ES: Yes
SS:
Reading Period: September 15 – March 1
Fee:
Founded: 1997

Indiana Review

expansive, fresh, powerful

Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction, Art
ES: Yes
SS: Yes
Reading Period: February 1 – March 1
Fee: $3
Founded: 1976

Iowa Review

contemporary, intellectual, renowned

Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction
ES: Yes
SS: Yes
Reading Period: September 1 – November 30
Fee: $4
Founded: 1970

Kenyon Review

innovative, timeless, diverse

Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction, Drama
ES: Yes
SS: Yes
Reading Period: September 15 – November 1
Fee:
Founded: 1939

Louisville Review

fresh, inclusive, contemporary

Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction, Drama
ES: Yes
SS: Yes
Reading Period: January 1 – December 31
Fee: $0
Founded: 1976

Massachusetts Reviewd

diverse, progressive, intellectual

Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction
ES: Yes
SS: Yes
Reading Period: October 1 – April 30
Fee: $3
Founded: 1959

Michigan Quarterly Review

cross-disciplinary, expansive, relevant

Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction
ES: Yes
SS: Yes
Reading Period: January 15 – April 15; August 1 – November 30
Fee: $3
Founded: 1962

Mid-American Review

inclusive, contemporary, evocative

Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction
ES: Yes
SS: Yes
Reading Period: January 1 – December 31
Fee: $0
Founded: 1980

Missouri Review

sharp, contemporary, sophisticated

Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction
ES: Yes
SS: Yes
Reading Period: January 1 – December 31
Fee: $3.50
Founded: 1978

Narrative

Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction
ES: Yes
SS: Yes
Reading Period: January 1 – December 31
Fee: $26
Founded:

New England Review

innovative, expansive, thought-provoking

Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction, Drama, Art
ES: Yes
SS: Yes
Reading Period: September 1 – November 30; March 1 – May 31
Fee: $2-3
Founded: 1978

New Yorker

influential, provocative, renowned

Genres: Fiction, Poetry
ES: Yes
SS: Yes
Reading Period: January 1 – December 31
Fee: $0
Founded: 1925

Nimrod

original, off-beat, inclusive

Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction
ES: Yes
SS: Yes
Reading Period: January 1 – November 30
Fee: $3
Founded: 1956

Ninth Letter

Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction
ES: Yes
SS: Yes
Reading Period: September 1 – February 28
Fee: $0
Founded: 2004

North American Review

cogent, vigorous, historic

Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction, Art
ES: Yes
SS: Yes
Reading Period: January 1 – December 31
Fee: $3
Founded: 1815

One Story

innovative, inclusive, respected

Genres: Fiction
ES:
SS: Yes
Reading Period: January 15 – May 31; September 3 – November 14
Fee: $0
Founded: 2002

Paris Review

timeless, international, respected

Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction
ES: No
SS: Yes
Reading Period: January 1 – December 31
Fee: $0
Founded: 1953

Ploughshares

visionary, thoughtful, wide-ranging

Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction
ES: Yes
SS: Yes
Reading Period: June 1 – January 15
Fee: $3
Founded: 1971

Post Road Magazine

expansive, exploratory, eclectic

Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction, Drama, Art
ES: Yes
SS: Yes
Reading Period: October 1 – November 30; March 1 – April 30
Fee: $0
Founded: 1999

Prairie Schooner

original, independent, fresh

Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction
ES: Yes
SS: No
Reading Period: September 1 – May 1
Fee: $0
Founded: 1926

Sewanee Review

timeless, sophisticated, eclectic

Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction
ES: Yes
SS: Yes
Reading Period: September 1 – May 31
Fee: $3
Founded: 1892

Sonora Review

eclectic, inclusive, fresh

Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction
ES: Yes
SS: Yes
Reading Period: January 18 – March 15
Fee: $3-5
Founded: 1980

Southern Review

engaging, relevant, diverse

Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction
ES: Yes
SS: Yes
Reading Period: September 1 – December 1
Fee: $0
Founded: 1935

Story Quarterly

fresh, contemporary, visionary

Genres: Fiction, Nonfiction
ES: Yes
SS: Yes
Reading Period: November 1 – December 1
Fee: $0
Founded: 1975

Sun

personal, celebratory, idealistic

Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction
ES: Yes
SS: No
Reading Period: January 1 – December 31
Fee: $0
Founded: 1974

Third Coast

expansive, fresh, cross-disciplinary

Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction, Drama
ES: Yes
SS: Yes
Reading Period:
Fee: $0
Founded: 1995

Threepenny Review

reflective, off-beat, original

Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction
ES: Yes
SS: No
Reading Period: January 1 – June 30
Fee: $0
Founded: 1980

TriQuarterly

exploratory, contemporary, relevant

Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction
ES: Yes
SS: Yes
Reading Period: October 1 – December 31; March 1 – May 31
Fee: $2
Founded: 1964

Virginia Quarterly Review

independent, eclectic, urgent

Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction
ES: Yes
SS: Yes
Reading Period: July 1 – July 31
Fee: $0
Founded: 1925

ZYZZYVA

vibrant, groundbreaking, contemporary

Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction, Art
ES: No
SS: Yes
Reading Period: January 7 – May 31; September 1 – November 19
Fee: $0
Founded: 1985