A Submission Guide
to Little Magazines

(Literary Markets)

 

Original list provided by Edie Matthews
HTMLified and annotated by Richard Amyx, December, 2006
Last updated March 5, 2007

Please report errors in web content or dead or broken links to Richard Amyx.

Why this list is the way it is and how to use it. (Don't ignore this. Just read it.)

Text in quotes beneath a magazine's name is what the magazine has to say about itself.


What is a little magazine, and why are little magazines important to novice writers?

According to the Columbia Encyclopedia (Sixth Edition, 2001-05), "little magazine [is a] term used to designate certain magazines that have as their purpose the publication of art, literature, or social theory by comparatively little-known writers.

"Distinguishing Features and Pioneering Publications. Little magazines differ from the large commercial periodicals and major scholarly reviews by their emphasis on experimentation in writing, their perilous nonprofit operation, and their comparatively small audience of intellectuals. Prototypes of the 20th-century little magazine were The Dial (Boston, 1840–44), a transcendentalist review edited by Ralph Waldo Emerson and Margaret Fuller, and the English Savoy (1896), a manifesto in revolt against Victorian materialism."

Little magazines are where novice writers often earn their first publication credits. Follow this link to read a short history of little magazines.

[ Writing Index ]


AGNI
"The acclaimed literary magazine published at Boston University." Published in print twice yearly, spring and fall; other material published online.

Samples of published material available, mostly in back issues.

Detailed submission guidelines.


Alaska Quarterly Review
"A Literary Magazine of Consequence" published by the University of Alaska Anchorage. Both traditional and experimental writing accepted. Published in print twice yearly.

No samples of published material available.

Detailed submission guidelines,


The Antioch Review
Published quarterly by Antioch University. "The Antioch Review, founded in 1941, is one of the oldest, continuously publishing literary magazines in America. We publish fiction, essays, and poetry from both emerging as well as established authors. Authors published in our pages are consistently included in Best American anthologies and Pushcart Prizes."

Samples of published material available.

Detailed submission guidelines.


Artful Dodge
Published by the College of Wooster, Artful Dodge is "an Ohio-based literary magazine that publishes work with a strong sense of place, and is committed to publishing translations as well as work deeply imbedded in American aesthetics and experience." Publishes one double-issue each year.

Samples of published material available.

Detailed submission guidelines.

The detailed submission guidelines do not specify a time period for submission, nor do they give an address to which submissions should be sent. But you might try

Artful Dodge
Daniel Bourne, Editor
Department of English
The College of Wooster
Wooster, OH 44691


The Atlantic Monthly
The link is to the on-line edition of The Atlantic Monthly.

Snippets are available online; subscription is required to read entire articles.

Detailed submission guidelines.


Bamboo Ridge
Journal of Hawai'i literature and arts, published twice a year. "While special attention is given to literature that reflects an island sensibility, Bamboo Ridge is broad in scope and embraces a variety of work from writers across the nation.

Limited samples of published material available.

Detailed submission guidelines.


Bellingham Review
Published spring and fall by Western Washington University. "Literature of palpable quality: poems, stories, and essays so beguiling they invite us to touch their essence. The Bellingham Review hungers for a kind of writing that nudges the limits of form, or executes traditional forms exquisitely."

Submissions accepted from September 15 through February 1.

The website says "recent issues sample entries have been approved by the author for publication on this website." I didn't check them all, but I didn't find any links.

Detailed submission guidelines.


BOMB Magazine
"BOMB is a cultural quarterly with an active editorial board of 70 professionals in the performing and creative arts. "

Samples of published material available.

Submission guidelines: info@bombsite.com


Boulevard Magazine
"the magazine dedicated to publishing literature of the highest quality," published three times per year.

Samples of published material available.

Contest for emerging writers. (Submissions for current contest close December 15, 2006. Perhaps the contest is offered yearly?)

Detailed submission guidelines.


Bridge Magazine
"Bridge is a triannual publication, a hybrid of a journal and a magazine, as well as an event space at 119 North Peoria in Chicago." For a better description of what Bridge is, read its about page.

Samples of published material available.

Detailed submission guidelines.


Callaloo
"Callaloo, the premier African Diaspora literary journal, publishes original works by, and critical studies of, black writers worldwide." Published quarterly by The Johns Hopkins University Press.

Publishes essays, interviews, short fiction, poetry, and drama.

Excerpts of published material available.

Detailed submission guidelines.


The Chattahoochee Review

"The Chattahoochee Review is a nationally recognized literary magazine sponsored by Georgia Perimeter College. Our purpose, a tradition begun twenty-seven years ago, is to publish original writing of literary merit." Published quarterly.

Samples of published material available.

For detailed submission guidelines, click submissions link on the main page.


Chelsea Literary Journal
" Unaffiliated with any institution, Chelsea has been publishing new, established, and soon-to-be-established voices in literature since 1958. Eclectic... lively... with an emphasis on translations, art, and cross-cultural exchange, Chelsea is one of the best 'little magazines,' mixing unsolicited work with occasional special features and guest edited portfolios." Published twice a year, in June and December.

No samples of published material available.

Detailed submission guidelines.


Chicago Review
Literary magazine of the University of Chicago, published three times a year.

Samples of published material available.

Detailed submission guidelines.


Colorado Review
Literary magazine of Colorado State University. "Colorado Review’s only commitment is to the publication of serious poetry, fiction, and non-fiction. We do not publish genre fiction nor do we subscribe to a particular literary philosophy or school of poetry or fiction."

Samples of published material available.

Detailed submission guidelines are on the site but are not linkable.


Conjunctions
"The web forum of innovative writing," published in the spring and fall of each year by Bard College.

Samples of published material available.

Detailed submission guidelines are on the site but are not linkable.


Creative Non-Fiction Journal

"The journal devoted exclusively to the creative nonfiction genre. . . . Creative Nonfiction is the first and the largest literary magazine to publish on a regular basis, high quality nonfiction prose (memoir, literary journalism, personal essay) exclusively."

Samples of published material available.

Detailed submission guidelines.


Denver Quarterly
Literary magazine of the University of Denver

Accepts submissions (fiction, essays, interviews, reviews, and poetry) September 15 through May 15.

Only samples of reviews available.

Detailed submission guidelines.


Descant
"Now in its third decade, Descant is a quarterly journal publishing new and established contemporary writers and visual artists from Canada and around the world."

Descant is currently accepting submissions of original, unpublished poetry, fiction, nonfiction, essays, art and photography for general and themed issues:

Fashion — Fall, 2007
Iran — Winter, 2007

Excerpts of published material available.

Detailed submission guidelines.


Elle

The international fashion magazine.

The website is an adjunct to the printed magazine, and contains no submission guidelines or other information about the magazine per se.

Editor: Robbie Myers
Hachette Filipachi Media U.S., Inc.
1633 Broadway 44th Floor
New York, New York 10019
Tel. (212) 767-5800
Fax. (212) 489-4211


Epoch
The literary magazine of Cornell University, published three times per year. "Epoch publishes fiction, poetry, essays, graphic art, and on occasion, cartoons and screenplays. We do not publish literary criticism or book reviews."

Unsolicited submissions are accepted from September 15 to April 15.

No samples of published material available, no table of contents, no back issues, no nothing on the website that gives a flavor of the magazine.

Detailed submission guidelines.


Esquire

"Esquire is special because it's a magazine for men. Not a fashion magazine for men, not a health magazine for men, not a money magazine for men. It is not any of these things; it is all of them. It is, and has been for nearly seventy years, a magazine about the interests, the curiosity, the passions, of men."

Samples of published material available.

Submission guidelines are not on the website.


Fence
"As we begin our ninth year of publication, the need to reaffirm our initial mission statement rings ever louder: redefine the terms of accessibility. Given our imagined community (to recall Benedict Anderson) of readers, poets, writers, critics, and editors, I cannot help but ask: who will take the census? and who are the cartographers drawing lines on the maps? Who will curate the museums of literature? And if we are all complicit in the cultural Ideological Apparatus (to use gross Althusserian concepts), why would we not question the reproduction of the relations of production? Why should we not question how literature is distributed/disseminated? Why should we not question how a journal should look? or act? or represent itself in the market? And what of content? of the constraints of labels and schools and movements . . ." (From the "Editor's Note" accompanying the Winter/Spring 2006 edition.)

Samples of published material available.

As of December 4, 2006 Fence is not considering submissions, and suggests checking back at the website for updates.


Field

"Field, a twice-yearly journal, aims to publish the very best of contemporary poetry and poetics." Literary magazine of Oberlin College.

Samples of published material available.

Detailed submission guidelines.


Five Points
"Five Points is a literary journal dedicated to publishing quality fiction, poetry, essays, photographs, artwork, and interviews. We place no limitations on style or content. Our only criterion is excellence. If your writing has an original voice, substance, and significance, send it to us. We will publish distinctive, intelligent writing that has something to say and says it in a way that captures and maintains our attention." Published three times a year by Georgia State University's Department of English and Creative Writing Program.

Samples of published material available. (A number of the links through webdelsol.com are broken; some do work.)

Detailed submission guidelines.


Fourth Genre

Published biannually by the Michigan State University Press, Fourth Genre is a literary journal that explores the boundaries of contemporary creative/literary nonfiction. We welcome personal essays-including nature, environmental, and travel essays-memoirs, personal critical essays, and literary journalism of up to 8000 words.

Samples of published work may be available. None were as of December 4, 2006, but essays in the current issue were available for purchase at a cost of $5.00 each.

Detailed submission guidelines.


Fugue
The University of Idaho's literary journal.

Samples of published material available (in past issues).

Detailed submission guidelines.


Georgia Review
Literary magazine of the University of Georgia, published quarterly.

Samples of published material available.

Detailed submission guidelines.


Gettysburg Review
The literary journal of Gettysburg College, published quarterly. "The main criterion for selection is quality, but the best way to determine what might be accepted by The Gettysburg Review is to read what has already been published."

Limited samples of published material available.

Detailed submission guidelines.


Glimmer Train
"What we really wanted to do was to publish great short fiction by both familiar voices and fresh new ones—fiction we would personally look forward to reading. The stories would be more than well-written, they would be emotionally meaningful, would affect us and our view of the world, enlarge our perspectives on it." Published quarterly.

Samples of published material available, sort of. Very limited excerpts.

Writing guidelines, which will lead you to on-line submissions. Be sure to read the writing guidelines first. They contain a lot of information.


GQ

GQ is a slick men's monthly.

The on-line version of GQ is an adjunct to the print version, and, while it contains some of the GQ content, it has no submission information.


Grand Street
Grand Street ceased publication in the fall of 2004.


Granta
Granta magazine publishes new writing—fiction, personal history, reportage and inquiring journalism—four times a year. It also publishes documentary photography. Every issue contains at least 256 pages in paperback book format; special issues, such as those on India, London and (most recently) Australia, can be up to 100 pages more. (See about for more information. Granta has an interesting history.)

Samples of published material available.

Detailed submission guidelines.


Harper's Magazine
Harpers.org is the website of Harper's Magazine, an American journal of literature, politics, culture, and the arts published continuously from 1850.

Lots of samples of published articles, essays, and reviews; I didn't see any fiction on a quick look.

Detailed submission guidelines. Harper's considers only unsolicited fiction. All other materials (articles, poetry) require a query.


Harvard Review
Harvard Review is the literary journal of Harvard University. Harvard Review publishes poetry, fiction, essays, drama, graphics, and reviews. It is published twice yearly, in spring and fall, by Houghton Library of the Harvard College Library.

Samples of published material available.

Detailed submission guidelines.


The Hudson Review
"Founded in 1947, The Hudson Review is a quarterly magazine of literature and the arts published in New York City. . . . Since its beginning, the magazine has dealt with the area where literature bears on the intellectual life of the time and on diverse aspects of American culture. It has no university affiliation and is not committed to any narrow academic aim or to any particular political perspective." Published quarterly.

Samples of published material available.

Detailed submission guidelines.


Indiana Review
Indiana Review is the literary journal of Indiana University. "Now in its twenty-eighth year of publication, 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." Published semiannually in May and November.

One poem in the current issue can be read; links to past issues are all broken as of December 5, 2006.

Detailed submission guidelines.


Literary Imagination
Literary Imagination
is "The triquarterly review of the Association of Literary Scholars and Critics that explores the complexity and power of the literary process, ancient to modern, through essays, articles, translations, poetry, fiction, and more." Published through Boston University.

Selections from the current issue are promised, but not there as of December 5, 2006.

Detailed submission guidelines.


The Louisville Review
A literary journal housed at Spalding University, in Louisville, Kentucky. "The goal of the magazine continues to be to import the best writing to local readers, to juxtapose the work of established writers with new writers, and to export the best local writers to a national readership. Each poem and story submitted to TLR is judged entirely on its own merit whether the author is already nationally known or previously unpublished."

No samples of published material available.

Detailed submission guidelines.


lyric

"Described as an 'elegantly produced magazine that has discovered a whole new young audience,' lyric presents poetry by Americans and translations of both little-known and celebrated poets from around the world." Published twice yearly.

No samples of published material available.

Detailed submission guidelines.


Malahat Review

"The Malahat Review, established in 1967, is Canada’s leading literary journal. Published quarterly, it features Canadian and international poetry and fiction as well as reviews of new books by Canadian writers."

No samples of published material available.

Detailed submission guidelines.


Manoa
"Launched in 1989, Manoa strives to bring the literature of Asia and the Pacific to the United States and to bring American writing to Asian and Pacific readers." Published twice yearly.

Brief excerpts of published material available

Detailed submission guidelines. Manoa is not considering unsolicited work as of December 5, 2006.


McSweeney's
"TIMOTHY MCSWEENEY'S INTERNET TENDENCY IS AN OFFSHOOT OF TIMOTHY MCSWEENEY'S QUARTERLY CONCERN, A JOURNAL CREATED BY NERVOUS PEOPLE IN RELATIVE OBSCURITY, AND PUBLISHED FOUR TIMES A YEAR."

Copious samples of published material available.

Detailed submission guidelines (for the quarterly). Just go to the main page and scroll down for links to submission guidelines for the internet tendency and other things.


Michigan Quarterly Review
"Michigan Quarterly Review, founded in 1962, is the University of Michigan's flagship journal, publishing each season a collection of essays, interviews, memoirs, fiction, poetry, and book reviews. . . . 'Contemporary' is the keyword in MQR's operating procedure. We seek and publish manuscripts that demonstrate an alert sense of living in the present historical moment.

Samples of published material available in back issues.

Detailed submission guidelines.


Missouri Review
The literary journal of the University of Missouri. "The Missouri Review, founded in 1978, is one of the most highly-regarded literary magazines in the United States and for the past twenty-five years we've upheld a reputation for finding and publishing the very best writers first."

Extremely limited samples of published material in the form of images of printed pages.

Detailed submission guidelines (paper).
Online submissions.
Contest information.


Mizna
A journal of Arab-American literature.

Excerpts of published material available.

Detailed submission guidelines.


Nebraska Review

TNR is currently in hiatus and will most likely be reestablished within the next year. (Email correspondence with Anna Monardo, Associate Professor and Chair, Writer's Workshop,
University of Nebraska at Omaha, December 7, 2006.)


The New Criterion
"The New Criterion, founded in 1982 by the art critic Hilton Kramer and the pianist and music critic Samuel Lipman, is a monthly review of the arts and intellectual life. Written with great verve, clarity, and wit, The New Criterion has emerged as America’s foremost voice of critical dissent in culture and the arts. A staunch defender of the values of high culture, The New Criterion is also an articulate scourge of artistic mediocrity and intellectual mendacity wherever they are found: in the universities, the art galleries, the media, the concert halls, the theater, and elsewhere. Published monthly from September through June."

Excerpts of published material available in back issues.

Submission guidelines appear not to be available on the website. You can contact the editors by postal mail

The New Criterion
900 Broadway
Suite 602
New York, New York 10003

or by email.


New England Review
A literary journal published quarterly by Middlebury College (Vermont).

Samples of published material available

Detailed submission guidelines.


New Letters

The literary journal of the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

No samples of published material available.

Detailed submission guidelines.


New Orleans Review

New Orleans Review, an international journal of contemporary poetry, fiction, nonfiction, art, photography, film, and book reviews is published twice yearly by Loyola University in New Orleans.

Limited samples of published material available.

Detailed submission guidelines.


The New Yorker
From Wikipedia: The New Yorker is an American magazine that publishes reportage, criticism, essays, cartoons, poetry and fiction. Originally a weekly, the magazine is now published 47 times per year with five (usually more expansive) issues covering two-week spans.

Although its reviews and events listings often focus on the cultural life of New York City, The New Yorker has a wide audience outside of New York. It is well known for its commentaries on popular culture and eccentric Americana; its attention to modern fiction by the inclusion of short stories and literary reviews; its rigorous fact checking and copyediting; its journalism about world politics and social issues; and its famous, single-panel cartoons sprinkled throughout each issue.

Samples of published material available.

Detailed submission guidelines.


North America Review

Published six times a year by the University of Northern Iowa, "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."

The website is virtually devoid of information about the publication itself. It shows only two covers; there are no tables of contents or samples of published material.

Detailed submission guidelines. (The page is, on December 5, 2006, empty. Perhaps they'll fill it in by and by. But there is contact information.)


Novel: A Forum on Fiction

"Novel is interested in articles on the following topics: theory of the novel, narratives of race and ethnicity, the novel in an international context, the novel and the history of sexuality, the novel and mass visuality, the novel's place in cultural studies, agency in or of the novel." Published three times a year.

No samples of published material available directly. For more information, see JSTOR.

General and submission information.


Ontario Review

Ontario Review publishes original fiction, poetry, personal essays, drama, photographs, graphics, and interviews with prominent contemporary authors.

Excerpts of published material available.

Detailed submission guidelines.


Orchid: A Literary Review
"Orchid: A Literary Review celebrates stories and the art of storytelling. We publish two issues per year with fiction and interviews on the craft of fiction."

Brief excerpts of published material available.

Detailed submission guidelines.

2007 contest information.


Orion

"Orion explores an emerging alternative world view. Informed by a growing ecological awareness and the need for cultural change, it is a forum for thoughtful and creative ideas and practical examples of how we might live justly, wisely, and artfully on Earth. . . . Orion also includes powerful visual images that blur the boundaries between the human and the natural, and challenge us to see our world from new perspectives." Published six times a year by The Orion Society and the Myrin Institute.

Samples of published material available.

Detailed submission guidelines.


Oxford American

Writing and art from or about the South, published quarterly.

Excerpts of published material available.

Detailed submission guidelines.


Palo Alto Review

"The only community college journal in the United States."

Samples of published material available.

No submission guidelines provided. Query Ellen Shull only.


The Paris Review

"The Paris Review hopes to emphasize creative work—fiction and poetry—not to the exclusion of criticism, but with the aim in mind of merely removing criticism from the dominating place it holds in most literary magazines and putting it pretty much where it belongs, i.e., somewhere near the back of the book."

Excerpts of published material available.

Detailed submission guidelines.


The Pinch
The Literary Journal for the University of Memphis (was River City).

Limited samples of published material available (in current issue only).

Detailed submission guidelines.

Contests.


Ploughshares
"Ploughshares is a literary print journal, publishing poetry and fiction and occasionally personal essays/memoirs. Hosted by Emerson College; published three times yearly.

Samples of published material available.

Detailed submission guidelines.


Post Road

"Post Road is an innovative, award-winning literary magazine publishing the best fiction, poetry, essays and criticism, work in translation, and author recommendations by writers." Published twice yearly.

Samples of published material available.

Detailed submission guidelines.


PRISM international
"PRISM international is a quarterly magazine out of Vancouver, British Columbia, whose mandate is to publish the best in contemporary writing and translation from Canada and around the world."

Samples of published material available (full poems, fiction excerpts).

Detailed submission guidelines.

2007 contests.


The Southern Review

"The Southern Review publishes fiction, poetry, critical essays, interviews, book reviews, and excerpts from novels in progress, with emphasis on contemporary literature in the United States and abroad, and with special interest in southern culture and history." Published quarterly at Louisiana State University.

Samples of published material available.

Detailed submission information (in pdf files).


SOUTHWEST REVIEW

"Begun in 1915 and located on the campus of Southern Methodist University, SWR is the third oldest, continuously published literary quarterly in the United States. We try to discover works by new writers and publish them beside those of more established authors."

Samples of published material available.

Detailed submission guidelines.


StoryQuarterly

"StoryQuarterly is an annual magazine devoted to the short story. We publish contemporary American and international literature of high quality, in a full range of styles and forms—writing that stands up over time."

Samples of published material available.

Detailed submission guidelines.


Studies in the Literary Imagination
Studies in the Literary Imagination is a biannual scholarly journal focusing on special topics in literature and enjoys a worldwide audience with contributing editors and authors considered the leaders in their fields. SLI is published under the auspices of the Department of English at Georgia State University in Atlanta.

Sample published article available.

Detailed submission guidelines. As a special topics journal, Studies in the Literary Imagination does not accept unsolicited articles for publication.


Sycamore Review
"Sycamore Review is Purdue University's internationally acclaimed literary magazine, affiliated with Purdue's College of Liberal Arts and the Department of English." Published twice yearly.

Samples of published material available.

Detailed submission guidelines.


Terra Incognita

"Terra Incognita Bilingual Cultural Association is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to foster cultural exchange and greater understanding among the variety of communities in which English and/or Spanish are spoken. . . . I publishes an annual print journal in English and Spanish, along with an online journal. For each issue, we present poetry, fiction and non-fiction, as well as art and photography."

Samples of published material available.

Detailed submission guidelines.


Third Coast
"Third Coast, one of the nation's premier university-based literary magazines, is published twice annually by the Department of English at Western Michigan University."

Samples of published material available.

Detailed submission guidelines.

2007 contests.


Thought Magazine
"Thought magazine is a new literary magazine which promotes writing and is published twice a year in September and May."

Samples of published material on line.

Detailed submission guidelines (not considering contributions as of December 6, 2006).

[Thought's website, though nicely done, is hosted on a Geocities freebie site, and the editor uses a Yahoo email address.]


The Threepenny Review
"The Threepenny Review is a quarterly review of the arts and society. . . . Each issue contains new poetry, short fiction, personal memoirs, and essays on books, film, theater, dance, music, architecture, visual arts, television, and politics."

Samples of published material available.

Detailed submission guidelines.


TriQuarterly
"TriQuarterly is a not-for-profit national literary magazine published three times a year at Northwestern University that features fiction, poetry, literary essays, and graphic art."

No samples of published material available.

Detailed submission guidelines.


Virginia Quarterly Review
"The award-winning 80-year-old national journal of literature and discussion. . . . From its inception in prohibition, through depression and war, in prosperity and peace, the Virginia Quarterly Review has been a haven—and home—for the best essayists, fiction writers, and poets, seeking contributors from every section of the United States and abroad. It has not limited itself to any special field. No topic has been alien: literary, public affairs, the arts, history, the economy. If it could be approached through essay or discussion, poetry or prose, VQR has covered it."

Samples of published material available.

Detailed submission guidelines.


Western Humanities Review

Western Humanities Review continues to seek fresh and original works of fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction and literary scholarship. Published by the University of Utah.

Samples of published material available.

Detailed submission guidelines.


Witness

"Witness blends the features of a literary and an issue-oriented magazine to highlight the role of the modern writer as witness to his or her times. Each issue includes essays, fiction, memoirs, poetry and art. Witness publishes one issue each year devoted to a special subject of wide social concern." Published by Oakland Community College, Farmington Hills, Michigan.

Samples of published material available.

Detailed submission information.

[Witness has two websites. The one linked above is hosted on the Oakland Community College website, and appears to refer to a print issue. Witness on line is hosted through webdelsol.com and appears to be one issue behind the print version. However, the submission guidelines appear at the online site. It looks like Witness needs to get its act all the way together. —RA 12/6/06]


The Yale Review
The literary journal of Yale University, published quarterly.

No samples of published material available. (The guidelines says that a sample issue is available at the publisher's website, but the link was broken on December 6, 2006.)

Detailed submission guidelines.


Zoetrope: All-Story
Zoetrope was founded by Francis Ford Coppola, and publishes short fiction quarterly. [Zoetrope publishes high-quality fiction. I have a memory of its saying that it wanted short stories in traditional form (i.e., no experimental writing), but I can't find that caution on the website. —RA December 6, 2006]

Samples of published material available.

Detailed submission guidelines.

Annual short fiction contest.


ZYZZYVA
The journal of west coast writers and artists. " Little magazines played a key role in the triumph of early modernism. They were emblematic of the new, hotbeds of radical experiment. That was then. ... Now we confront a culture obsessed with big numbers. Big-time magazines have all but given up on fiction & poetry. ... ZYZZYVA attacks the new smugness by asserting classical values: the possibilities of individual vision; the enduring magic of words; the delight of variety; absolute freedom from commercial constraint."

Samples of published material available.

Detailed submission guidelines. (Note: open only to writers and artists living in Alaska, Washington, Oregon, California, or Hawaii.)


Why this list is the way it is and how to use it.

I wish I understood the precise provenance of this list. It's something like this: it was originally compiled as a graduate class project. The criterion for a magazine's being on it is that the magazine has published at least one story that was awarded a Pushcart Prize. In other words, the magazine demonstrates sound editorial judgment.

When Edie first gave me the list to help me find possible markets for a short story I'd written, it was a Word document. I immediately hit the web to start checking the magazines to see which might be appropriate. Then I thought, "If I was really smart, I'd record all these links so I don't have to repeat the search process in case I want to do this again." And then I thought, "Why not tidy it up a bit and make it available to other writing students?"

After looking at the websites for several magazines, I distilled the information necessary to make a decision whether or not to submit down to three essential items.

  1. A brief description of the kind of material the magazine publishes. Most of the publications on this list accept fiction, poetry, reviews, and literary criticism. Some publish only fiction, some only poetry, some only nonfiction, and some only scholarly discussions of aspects of writing. Descriptions in quotes are taken directly from the publication's website—what the magazine has to say about itself.
  2. Virtually all publications everywhere suggest that the best way for potential contributors to know whether their material is appropriate for the the magazine is to get a copy of it and read what's been published there. Happily, most of the publications on this list have samples of content on their websites. Alas, some do not.
  3. Precise submission guidelines. In this respect, you have to follow the rules.

While I was compiling the information in this list I thought I might save you a little time by offering my opinion of some of the publications. To me, a few—one in particular—seemed laughably pretentious; some seemed deadly dull; some rock-solid and prestigious; some like they were having a lot of fun doing what they were doing; and a few like they were lamentably flaky. After a bit of reflection, though, I decided that your opinions about the markets you were submitting to were more appropriate to your quest than were mine, and remained silent. Except in a couple of cases where I thought it prudent to offer caution.

I know that there are lots of lists of resources for writers out there on the web, but I don't think I've seen one that provides the essential information that this one does.

Finally, I do hope it makes your job of finding markets for your writing a little easier.

—Richard Amyx, December, 2006

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