LGBTQ+ Literary Magazines

Celebrate Pride Month by supporting literary magazines created by and for queer writers. Please note: these magazines do not require subject matter to be queer themed, but ask that only authors who identify as LGBTQ+ submit.

Foglifter

Based in the Bay Area, Foglifter publishes a biannual literary journal, chapbooks, and anthologies, with an emphasis on featuring queer authors who are multi-marginalized. Submit 3–5 poems, up to 7,500 words of prose, or up to 20 pages of cross-genre work or drama. Reading periods: March 1–May 1; September 1–November 1.

Gertrude

Gertrude is the longest consecutively published queer literary journal. Submit up to 5 poems or up to 3,000 words of prose. Submissions accepted year round.

Lavender Review

Lavender Review is a free online magazine that publishes poetry and art by, about, and for lesbians. Submit 3–6 poems. Submissions accepted year round.

peculiar

Founded in Provo, Utah, peculiar “began as a way to recognize the creative talents of the often-overlooked queer community within Utah’s unique culture.” The journal now accepts work from queer writers and artists from anywhere in the world. Submit 1–6 poems or prose up to 3,500 words. Reading period closes June 27.

Plenitude Magazine

Plenitude is Canada’s only queer literary magazine. BIPOC and trans writers are especially encouraged to submit. Submissions are currently open only to Canadian authors. Submit up to 5 poems, up to 5,000 words of prose, or query the editors for reviews/articles. Reading period: May 1–October 1.

Raspa Magazine

Founded in Austin, Texas, Raspa is a yearly magazine devoted to showcasing queer Latinx authors. Submit 3–8 poems or 1,500–3,000 words of prose. Reading period: February 15–August 15.

Serendipity

Edited by the Black Lesbian Literary Collective, Serendipity publishes work by queer writers of color, particularly Black and Indigenous lesbian, trans, and nonbinary authors. Submit up to 3 poems or prose up to 5,000 words. Reading period closes August 31.

Stellium

Stellium centers work by Black queer and trans writers. The magazine also accepts writing and art by other QTPOC. Submit up to 3 prose poems, fiction up to 6,000 words, or creative nonfiction up to 3,000 words. Some issues are themed; see website for current theme. Reading period opens in July.

The Offing—Call for Submissions

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The Offing, an online literary magazine, is open for submissions in several categories, including fiction, science writing, humor, culture essays, and more. Fiction closes July 16, 2020. There is currently no fee to submit. The magazine “actively seeks out and supports work by and about those often marginalized in literary spaces, including Black and Indigenous people, and people of color; trans people, cis women, agender, gender non-conforming, genderqueer, two-spirit, and non-binary people; intersex people; LGBQA (lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, asexual/aromantic) people; people with disabilities; and especially people living at the intersections of these identities.”

Philadelphia Stories – Marguerite McGlinn Prize for Fiction

Deadline: June 15, 2019

Entry: via Submittable; $15 fee

Prize: $2500 and publication

Judge: Susan Muaddi Darraj

Guidelines:

  • Previously unpublished works of fiction up to 8,000 words. Please note, “published” includes any work published in print or online, including online magazines, blogs, public social media sites, etc.
  • Multiple submissions will be accepted for the contest only. Simultaneous submissions are also accepted; however, you must notify immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.
  • Only authors currently residing in the United States are eligible.
  • Submissions will only be accepted via Submittable. Please email contest@philadelphiastories.org if you are having any trouble with your submission.

Ploughshares – Reading Period Opening Soon

Reading Period: June 1 – January 15, 2019

Entry: via online submission manager or by mail; $3 fee

Guidelines:

Simultaneous vs. Multiple Submissions

  • Ploughshares does not consider multiple submissions. Do not send a second submission until you have heard about the first. Simultaneous submissions to other journals are fine as long as they are identified as such and they are withdrawn immediately upon acceptance elsewhere.
  • If you are working on submissions with an agent, or are an agent submitting work on behalf of an author, please read the note on simultaneous submissions with an agent.

Cover Letters

  • You are encouraged to include a short cover letter with your submission. It should reference:
    • Major publications and awards
    • Any association or past correspondence with a guest or staff editor
    • Past publication in Ploughshares
  • Please note that cover letters are to be included as the first page of your submission document. There are no additional comment boxes for adding a cover letter.

Manuscripts

  • Typed, double-spaced (poetry may be single-spaced) pages.
  • Numbered pages.
  • If in hard copy, submit with text on one side of the page.
  • Fiction and nonfiction: Less than 6,000 words. Excerpts of longer works are welcome if self-contained. Significantly longer work (7,500–20,000 words) can be submitted to the Ploughshares Solos series.
  • Poetry: Submit 1-5 pages at a time with each poem beginning on a new page.
  • Translations are welcome if permission has been granted.
  • Unsolicited book reviews and criticism are not considered.
  • Queries to the Look2 Critical Essay series are welcome (see guidelines here).

Black Warrior Review: General Submissions

Black Warrior Review

Deadline: March 1, 2019

Entry: via Submittable; $3 fee

Submission Guidelines:

Fiction:

  • 5,000-7,000 words
  • One piece at a time

Flash Fiction:

  • <1,000 words
  • Up to three pieces in a single document

Nonfiction:

  • <7,000 words
  • No academic articles

Poetry:

  • Up to five poems in a single document
  • No more than 10 pages total
  • Write the title or abbreviated title of each poem, separated by commas, in the “Submissions Title” field

Graphic Writing:

  • Submit in .jpg, .tiff, or .pdf format
  • Published in grayscale

Translation:

  • Completed, self-sufficient works only
  • Max 10 pages
  • Work that has already been published in its original language is highly preferred