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 Payment Subgenre
Journal City Lit Rag

City Lit Rag seeks the most innovative and surprising poetry, fiction and non-fiction from emerging and established writers. We serve not only our readers, but the larger community of writers and readers by showcasing our zine via readings at At the Inkwell reading series at KGB as well as our author interview series.

Genres Published
Poetry
Fiction
Creative Nonfiction
Accepts Electronic Submissions? Yes Accepts Simultaneous Submissions? Yes Reading Period Jan 1 - Dec 31 Format Web Payment No payment Subgenre Autobiography/Memoir, Feminist, Flash Fiction, Historical, Humor, LGBT, Literary Fiction, Love, Narrative Nonfiction
Journal Clapboard House

Clapboard House publishes the finest stories and poetry written by established and emerging writers, including undergraduates. Dorothy Allison, acclaimed author of BASTARD OUT OF CAROLINA, recently judged our undergraduate short story contest. Included in Steve Almond’s 2008 BEST OF THE WEB, Clapboard House plans a best of the house print anthology for 2010. Whether we are considering the work of an award-winning, much published writer or the first submission of a fledgling writer, our expectation and only requirement of both is excellence.

Genres Published
Poetry
Fiction
Creative Nonfiction
Accepts Electronic Submissions? Yes Accepts Simultaneous Submissions? Yes Reading Period Jan 1 - Apr 18 Format
E-publication
Print
Payment Subgenre
Journal Clarion

As editors, feel strongly that one of the primary purposes of running a literary journal is to support the work of writers just starting their career.

Genres Published
Poetry
Fiction
Creative Nonfiction
Accepts Electronic Submissions? Yes Accepts Simultaneous Submissions? Yes Reading Period Jan 1 - Dec 31 Format
Web
E-publication
Print
Payment Contributor copies only Subgenre Historical, Journalism/Investigative Reporting, Translation
Journal Cleaver Magazine

Cleaver shares cutting-edge art and literary work from a mix of established and emerging voices. We publish poetry, short stories, essays, flash prose, and visual art on a quarterly basis. We publish new book reviews weekly.

Genres Published
Poetry
Fiction
Creative Nonfiction
Accepts Electronic Submissions? Yes Accepts Simultaneous Submissions? Yes Reading Period Jan 1 - Dec 31 Format Web Payment Subgenre Autobiography/Memoir, Flash Fiction, Graphic/Illustrated, Literary Fiction, Micro-poetry, Narrative Nonfiction, Pop Culture, Translation
Journal A Clean, Well-Lighted Place

The guiding aesthetic is cleanliness; we look for each work to display in its own way precision of thought and meticulous crafting of sound and language.

Genres Published
Poetry
Fiction
Accepts Electronic Submissions? Yes Accepts Simultaneous Submissions? Yes Reading Period Jan 1 - Dec 31 Format
Web
E-publication
Print
Payment Contributor copies only Subgenre Cross-genre, Flash Fiction, Prose Poetry, Translation
Journal Clockwise Cat

Clockwise Cat is a progressive literary webzine that features poetry, polemics/satire, and appraisals (reviews). Clockwise Cat prefers to receive poems that are in some way akin to the Symbolist, Dadaist, Surrealist, Beat, spoken word, and experimental genres. However, we will regard all well-crafted submissions that brashly flout conventions.

Genres Published
Poetry
Creative Nonfiction
Accepts Electronic Submissions? Yes Accepts Simultaneous Submissions? No Reading Period Jan 1 - Dec 31 Format Web Payment No payment Subgenre Experimental, Micro-poetry, Narrative Nonfiction, Political, Pop Culture, Prose Poetry, War
Journal Clover, A Literary Rag

Clover comes from the Independent Writers' Studio--our purpose is to engage, express, and share the written word the very best way possible.

Genres Published
Poetry
Fiction
Creative Nonfiction
Accepts Electronic Submissions? Yes Accepts Simultaneous Submissions? Yes Reading Period Jan 1 - Dec 31 Format Print Payment Contributor copies only Subgenre
Journal Cobalt Review

Cobalt is a quarterly literary magazine published online. We also publish an annual print issue, and will be rolling out an all-baseball issue in July 2013. Each issue will feature fiction, non-fiction and poetry of the highest caliber, as well as interviews with some of the most influential writers in the literary community. We seek to publish quality creative work and promote the literary arts, as well as those who celebrate them.

Genres Published
Poetry
Fiction
Creative Nonfiction
Accepts Electronic Submissions? Yes Accepts Simultaneous Submissions? Yes Reading Period Jan 1 - Dec 31 Format
Web
Print
Payment Contributor copies only Subgenre Autobiography/Memoir, Cross-genre, Experimental, Flash Fiction, Formal, Graphic/Illustrated, Historical, Humor, LGBT, Literary Fiction, Love, Micro-poetry, Narrative Nonfiction, Political, Pop Culture, Prose Poetry, Serialized Fiction, War
Journal Coe Review

Our staff of entirely undergraduate readers and editors selects from the hundreds of submissions we receive each semester for our semiannual issues. We strive to increase the accessibility of all forms of poetry and fiction, including flash fiction, prose poetry, and all other experimental forms, and move beyond the superficial bounds often set around published writing with respect to length, topic, form, and style. To delve into a unique and refreshing mind through one's written words is each of our reader's passion.

Genres Published
Poetry
Fiction
Accepts Electronic Submissions? Yes Accepts Simultaneous Submissions? Yes Reading Period Jun 1 - Mar 18 Format
Web
Print
Payment Subgenre
Journal The Coffin Factory

The Coffin Factory serves as a nexus between readers, writers, and the book publishing industry. Our mission is to provide great literature and art to people who love books, including those who do not usually read literary magazines. We believe that quality literature and art are essential for the existence of an intelligent society. In order to perpetuate an intellectually engaged culture, The Coffin Factory publishes phenomenal fiction, essays, and art three times a year.

Genres Published
Poetry
Fiction
Creative Nonfiction
Accepts Electronic Submissions? Yes Accepts Simultaneous Submissions? Yes Reading Period Jan 1 - Dec 31 Format Print Payment Subgenre Commercial Fiction, Cross-genre, Experimental, Flash Fiction, Formal, Graphic/Illustrated, Literary Fiction, Narrative Nonfiction, Prose Poetry, Regional, Translation
Journal The Collagist

The Collagist is a monthly journal published the 15th of each month since August 2009. Each issue contains short fiction, poetry, essays, book reviews, and one or more excerpts from novels forthcoming from (mostly) independent presses.

Genres Published
Poetry
Fiction
Creative Nonfiction
Accepts Electronic Submissions? Yes Accepts Simultaneous Submissions? Yes Reading Period Jan 1 - Dec 31 Format
Web
E-publication
Audio
Payment No payment Subgenre Cross-genre, Experimental, Flash Fiction, Literary Fiction
Journal Collision Literary Magazine

Founded in 2001, Collision Literary Magazine is a student-run publication that accepts poetry, creative non-fiction prose, literary criticism, art and photography by undergraduate students. Our goal is to represent a variety of young voices emerging from the contemporary body, as well as to extend the dialogue by providing constructive feedback to those writers we are unable to publish at the time. Additionally, the top three submissions in poetry and non-fiction prose are awarded cash prizes.

Genres Published
Poetry
Creative Nonfiction
Accepts Electronic Submissions? Yes Accepts Simultaneous Submissions? Yes Reading Period Sep 1 - Feb 1 Format
Web
Print
Payment Contributor copies only Subgenre Autobiography/Memoir, Experimental, Graphic/Illustrated, Micro-poetry, Narrative Nonfiction, Nature/Environmental, Prose Poetry
Journal Colorado Review

Colorado Review's only commitment is to the publication of serious poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. We do not publish genre fiction nor do we subscribe to a particular literary philosophy or school of poetry or fiction. We are determinedly eclectic and intend to stay that way. Note that we read nonfiction year-round.

Genres Published
Poetry
Fiction
Creative Nonfiction
Accepts Electronic Submissions? Yes Accepts Simultaneous Submissions? Yes Reading Period Aug 1 - Apr 30 Format
E-publication
Print
Payment Cash Subgenre Autobiography/Memoir, Literary Fiction, Narrative Nonfiction
Journal Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art

Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art is an annual publication that features the very best in poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and art. We were founded in 1977 and continue to be one of the few national literary journals entirely edited, designed, and produced by students. You’ll find that our minds are open, our interests diverse.

Genres Published
Poetry
Fiction
Creative Nonfiction
Accepts Electronic Submissions? Yes Accepts Simultaneous Submissions? Yes Reading Period Sep 1 - May 1 Format Print Payment Contributor copies only Subgenre
Journal The Columbia Review

The Columbia Review is the old collegiate literary magazine in the country. Since its inception, it has published Pulitzer Prize winners, and a winner of the Nobel Prize. It is published twice a year and is available free on the Columbia campus and on the magazine’s website. Unlike other campus magazines, The Columbia Review does not specialize in the work of any particular gender, ethnic group, or university division. We accept and publish submissions from writers and artists not affiliated with Columbia University.

Genres Published
Poetry
Fiction
Creative Nonfiction
Accepts Electronic Submissions? Yes Accepts Simultaneous Submissions? Yes Reading Period Sep 2 - Apr 15 Format
Web
Print
Payment Contributor copies only Subgenre
Journal Common Ground Review

We look for poems with strong imagery and interesting ideas that unfold or explode or explore new and unexpected places in 61 lines or less. We like publishing new poets or new work from more established poets. Please note: though we don't charge a reading fee for regular submissions, we do have a contest entry fee for the Spring/Summer Poetry contest.

Genres Published
Poetry
Fiction
Creative Nonfiction
Accepts Electronic Submissions? Yes Accepts Simultaneous Submissions? Yes Reading Period Jan 1 - Dec 31 Format Print Payment Contributor copies only Subgenre
Journal The Commonline Journal

The Commonline Journal publishes accessible literature, critisism and art apropos the common line. Originally titled the "The Commonline Project," The Commonline Journal was developed in 2007 as an exploratory personal journal. Our central project is to approach the problems of the commons through expository writing, describe and produce catastrophe-- a trap set in hope that some reality might stumble into it.

Genres Published
Poetry
Creative Nonfiction
Fiction
Accepts Electronic Submissions? Yes Accepts Simultaneous Submissions? Yes Reading Period Jan 1 - Dec 31 Format Web Payment No payment Subgenre
Journal Concho River Review

Begun in 1987 by novelist and short-story writer Dr. Terry Dalrymple, Concho River Review has national reach but regional focus, with most authors hailing from or writing about Texas, the Southwest, and the broader South. CRR prides itself on publishing some of the the region’s finest short fiction, non-fiction and poetry, submitted by both emerging and established authors.

Genres Published
Poetry
Fiction
Creative Nonfiction
Accepts Electronic Submissions? Yes Accepts Simultaneous Submissions? Yes Reading Period Jan 1 - Dec 31 Format Print Payment Contributor copies only Subgenre
Journal Conclave: A Journal of Character

Conclave is an annual print journal that focuses on character-driven writing in short stories, flash fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and prose poems; we also print black and white photographs, and excerpts from plays: monologues, scenes, single acts, or one-act plays.

Genres Published
Poetry
Fiction
Creative Nonfiction
Accepts Electronic Submissions? Yes Accepts Simultaneous Submissions? Yes Reading Period Apr 1 - Jul 1 Format Payment Subgenre
Journal Conduit

Conduit is a biannual literary journal that is at once direct, playful, inventive, irreverent, and darkly beautiful. Despite common sense and the laws of economics, Conduit has been thwarting good taste, progress, and consensus for over ten years.

Genres Published
Poetry
Fiction
Accepts Electronic Submissions? No Accepts Simultaneous Submissions? No Reading Period Jan 1 - Dec 31 Format
Web
Print
Payment Contributor copies only Subgenre
Journal Confrontation

Literary material of high quality in various forms and genres. We are eclectic.

Genres Published
Poetry
Fiction
Creative Nonfiction
Accepts Electronic Submissions? No Accepts Simultaneous Submissions? Yes Reading Period Aug 16 - May 15 Format
Web
Print
Payment Cash Subgenre
Journal Conjunctions

Conjunctions publishes innovative contemporary fiction, poetry, drama, art, and essays by established and emerging writers in America and abroad, providing a forum for the now over 1000 contributors whose work challenges accepted forms and modes of expression and experiments with language and thought. Read dangerously!

Genres Published
Poetry
Fiction
Creative Nonfiction
Accepts Electronic Submissions? No Accepts Simultaneous Submissions? No Reading Period Jan 1 - Dec 31 Format
Web
E-publication
Print
Payment Cash Subgenre Autobiography/Memoir, Cross-genre, Experimental, Flash Fiction, Literary Fiction, Narrative Nonfiction, Prose Poetry
Journal Contraposition Magazine

Contraposition seeks to depart from the traditional elitism of the literary world. We would like to recognize the inherent value of all creativity, not just that which is established or follows a particular norm. We act as a platform for new and experienced creators alike, and enjoy finding gems from all walks of life. Our current body of publication can be viewed at Contrapositionmagazine.com And our previous printed editions can be viewed at http://www.lulu.com/shop/search.ep?keyWords=contraposition&categoryId=10...

Genres Published
Poetry
Fiction
Creative Nonfiction
Accepts Electronic Submissions? Yes Accepts Simultaneous Submissions? Yes Reading Period Jan 1 - Dec 31 Format
Web
Print
Audio
Video
Payment No payment Subgenre
Journal Contrary

Contrary is a quarterly literary journal that publishes commentary, fiction, and poetry and especially specimens that defy those categories. Founded at the University of Chicago in 2003, it operates independently on the South Side of Chicago and publishes writers from throughout the world.

Genres Published
Poetry
Fiction
Creative Nonfiction
Accepts Electronic Submissions? Yes Accepts Simultaneous Submissions? Yes Reading Period Jan 1 - Dec 31 Format Web Payment Cash Subgenre Experimental, Feminist, Flash Fiction, Literary Fiction, Narrative Nonfiction, Nature/Environmental, Prose Poetry
Journal Conversations Across Borders

Strong, captivating writing.

Genres Published
Poetry
Fiction
Creative Nonfiction
Accepts Electronic Submissions? Yes Accepts Simultaneous Submissions? Yes Reading Period Format
Web
E-publication
Payment Cash Subgenre

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