Literary Journal Reading Periods (General Submissions)

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Literary Journal Reading Periods (General Submissions)

Writing isn't just about writing—it's about submitting your work far and wide, increasing your chances of landing those essential publication credits. We know that navigating the expanses of the literary industry can be daunting, and we want to help! This list of top-rated literary journals (in no particular order) is a great place to start! Do you know of a journal to add? Contact hmaimaris[at]tetheredbyletters[dot]com with all the details!


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F(r)iction

F(r)iction

F(r)iction is different. The brainchild of a ragtag team of editors, artists, and writers, F(r)iction is the best of everything we’ve ever loved. F(r)iction is experimental. F(r)iction is strange. F(r)iction pokes the soft spots, touches nerves most would rather remain protected. F(r)iction is secrets and truths and most importantly—stories. F(r)iction is weird, in every respect. Printed triannually and distributed around the world, F(r)iction publishes short fiction, flash fiction, poetry, and nonfiction, in addition to a selection of graphic stories.

Unsolicited Submissions: yes

Reading Period: All year (print and online)

Conjunctions

Conjunctions

Bard College’s literary, biannual, book-length journal Conjunctions publishes innovative fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction by emerging voices and contemporary masters. For over three decades, Conjunctions has challenged accepted forms and styles, with equal emphasis on groundbreaking experimentation and rigorous quality. The print and e-book anthologies generally collect pieces that form a conversation around a central theme—obsession, doppelgängers, black comedy, new-wave fabulism, novellas, works in progress, Caribbean writing, and so on.

Unsolicited Submissions: yes

Reading Period: All year (print and online)

One Story

One Story

One Story is an award-winning, 501(c)(3) not-for-profit literary publisher committed to supporting the art form of the short story and the authors who write them—through One Story, One Teen Story, education, community, and mentorship. One Story is devoted to the development and support of emerging writers. It has published over 250 authors in One Story and One Teen Story, many at the beginning of their careers. Since 2002, One Story has published over 200 writers, and is now one of the largest circulating literary magazines in the country, with over 15,000 readers.

Unsolicited Submissions: yes

Reading Period: September 1–May 1

Ploughshares

Ploughshares

Ploughshares is best known for its print literary journal, but it also publishes the digital-first Ploughshares Solos series and annual print Solos Omnibus anthology, as well as the Ploughshares Blog and Newsletter. Published three times per year, the journal features fiction, nonfiction, and poetry as well as a Look2 essay, an essay series that seeks to publish pieces about underappreciated or overlooked writers. Two out of three issues per year are guest-edited by a prominent writer who explores different literary circles; the Winter issue of each year is staff-edited.

Unsolicited Submissions: yes

Reading Period: June 1–January 15 (print)

A Public Space

A Public Space

A Public Space is an independent magazine of literature and culture. It was founded in 2006. A Public Space seeks work that is brave and unexpected. They are interested in writing that uncovers the extraordinary in the everyday, provides a rare glimpse, exposes an unexpected truth, or puts forth a daring hypothesis. There are no boundaries or stipulations with the exception of requiring authenticity, curiosity, and an honest voice.

Unsolicited Submissions: yes

Reading Period: September 15–April 15 (print)

The Kenyon Review

The Kenyon Review

Kenyon Review began in 1939 in Gambier, Ohio affiliated with Kenyon College. With a bold new design, the Kenyon Review has transformed itself from one of America’s most important literary magazines, publishing groundbreaking work by both Nobel Prize–winning authors and daring new voices, to a fresh, exciting, and timely multi-platform publication, reaching out to a diverse audience.

Unsolicited Submissions: yes

Reading Period: September 15–November 1 (can change on yearly basis) (print)

Tin House

Tin House

Tin House offers an artful and irreverent array of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and interviews as well as columns on food and drink, out-of-print and underappreciated books, and a literary crossword puzzle. Perhaps most indicative of the magazine’s mission to stake out new territory and showcase not only established, prize-winning authors is its commitment that every issue include the work of an undiscovered fiction writer and poet.

Unsolicited Submissions: yes

Reading Period: March and September (print and online)

The Southern Review

The Southern Review

The Southern Review is one of the nation’s premier literary journals. Hailed by Time as “superior to any other journal in the English language,” The Southern Review has made literary history since their founding in 1935. They publish a diverse array of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry by the country’s—and the world’s—most respected contemporary writers.

Unsolicited Submissions: yes

Reading Period: September 1–December 1 (print)

Zoetrope: All Story

Zoetrope: All Story

Zoetrope: All-Story, is a quarterly magazine devoted to the best new short fiction and one-act plays. It has received every major story award, including the National Magazine Award for Fiction, while publishing today’s most promising and significant writers. Along with new stories, each edition of the magazine presents a Classic Reprint—a previously published short story that inspired a great film—to illustrate the narrative relationship between the art forms. It is also an art magazine, as the editors invite a different contemporary artist to illustrate and design each issue.

Unsolicited Submissions: yes

Reading Period: January 1–August 31/September (print and online)

The Paris Review

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. Decade after decade, the Review has introduced the important writers of the day. Adrienne Rich was first published in its pages, as were Philip Roth, V. S. Naipaul, T. Coraghessan Boyle, Mona Simpson, Edward P. Jones, and Rick Moody. In addition to the focus on original creative work, the founding editors found another alternative to criticism—letting the authors talk about their work themselves.

Unsolicited Submissions: yes

Reading Period: All year, by mail. Maximum: four submissions per year (print and online)

Virginia Quarterly Review

Virginia Quarterly Review

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. VQR has thus made good its purpose of becoming a national publication of popularity and prestige, of independence and integrity.

Unsolicited Submissions: yes

Reading Period: July 1–31 (print and online)

Ecotone

Ecotone

Founded at the University of North Carolina Wilmington in 2005, this award-winning magazine features writing and art that reimagine place, and our authors interpret this charge expansively. An ecotone is a transition zone between two adjacent ecological communities, containing the characteristic species of each. It is therefore a place of danger or opportunity, a testing ground. The magazine explores the ecotones between landscapes, literary genres, scientific and artistic disciplines, modes of thought.

Unsolicited Submissions: yes

Reading Period: August 15–October 1 / December 15–February 1 (changes on yearly basis) (print)

Glimmer Train

Glimmer Train

This handsome tri-annual journal, run by two sisters, continues to actively champion emerging writers. Forty percent of all the stories presented in the last year were their authors’ first stories accepted for print publication. They know how much goes into writing a story you care about, and it is their great pleasure to read your work.

Unsolicited Submissions: yes

Reading Period: March/April, July/August (print)

AGNI

AGNI

AGNI see literature and the arts as part of a broad, ongoing cultural conversation that every society needs to remain vibrant and alive. Their writers and artists hold a mirror up to nature, mankind, the world; they courageously reflect their age, for better or worse; and their work provokes perceptions and thoughts that help us understand and respond to our age. Another important aspect of AGNI’s editorial history and vision is its abiding interest in the important cultural questions that concern us all, both domestically and internationally.

Unsolicited Submissions: yes

Reading Period: September 1–May 31 (print and online)

Crazyhorse

Crazyhorse

Founded by the poet Tom McGrath in Los Angeles in 1960, Crazyhorse continues to be one of the finest, most influential literary journals published today. Past contributors include such renowned authors as John Updike, Raymond Carver, Jorie Graham, John Ashbery, Robert Bly, Ha Jin, W. P. Kinsella, Richard Wilbur, James Wright, Carolyn Forché, Charles Simic, Charles Wright, Billy Collins, Galway Kinnell, James Tate, and Franz Wright.

Unsolicited Submissions: yes

Reading Period: September 1–May 31

Granta

Granta

From Nobel laureates to debut novelists, international translations to investigative journalism, each themed issue of Granta turns the attention of the world’s best writers on to one aspect of the way we live now. Granta does not have a political or literary manifesto, but it does have a belief in the power and urgency of the story and its supreme ability to describe, illuminate and make real.

Unsolicited Submissions: yes

Reading Period: Poetry: October 3–November 3 / Fiction: January 16–February 16 / Nonfiction: April 24–May 24 (print and online)

Guernica

Guernica

Guernica is an award-winning magazine of ideas, art, poetry, and fiction published twice monthly. Guernica Daily, the magazine’s blog, is updated every weekday. Guernica contributors come from dozens of countries and write in nearly as many languages. They include acclaimed writers like Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Bei Dao, J. Malcolm Garcia, Mark Dowie, Lis Harris, Jonathan Steele, George Szirtes, Adonis, Victoria Redel, Norman Solomon, Richard Howard, Julian Rios, Edith Grossman, Sasha Polakow-Suransky, Tom Engelhardt, Tariq Ali…

Unsolicited Submissions: yes

Reading Period: All year (online)

McSweeney’s

McSweeney’s

McSweeney’s began in 1998 as a literary journal that published only works rejected by other magazines. That rule was soon abandoned, and since then McSweeney’s has attracted work from some of the finest writers in the country. Each issue of the quarterly is completely redesigned. There have been hardcovers and paperbacks, an issue with two spines, an issue with a magnetic binding, an issue that looked like a bundle of junk mail, and an issue that looked like a sweaty human head.

Unsolicited Submissions: yes

Reading Period: Currently closed (Oct. 2016)

Noon

Noon

Rachel Syme of The New York Times described the magazine as “a beautiful annual that remains staunchly avant-garde in its commitment to work that is oblique, enigmatic and impossible to ignore…stories that leave a flashbulb’s glow behind the eyes even as they resist sense.”

Unsolicited Submissions: yes

Reading Period: Mail, all year (print and online)

Threepenny Review

Threepenny Review

Founded in 1980 and published in Berkeley, California, Threepenny Review publishes poetry, fiction, criticism, and memoirs. The appeal of the magazine lies partly in its offbeat combinations of the tried-and-true with the deeply unexpected.

Unsolicited Submissions: yes

Reading Period: January 1–June 30 (online)

The Atlantic

The Atlantic

From editor C. Micael Curtis: “We hoped for a balance between well-known writers and beginning writers, and I think we have that. It was a matter of finding work that we thought was interesting and unusual and would be read with satisfaction by the kind of reader who cares about Atlantic fiction.” The magazine was founded in 1857 in Boston, Massachusetts and it publishes well-known writers and new writers. It is one of the oldest and most respected journals that publishes fiction alongside political, social, and economic articles.

Unsolicited Submissions: yes

Reading Period: All year by email with pitch in body of email (print and online)

The Georgia Review

The Georgia Review

The Georgia Review makes thoughtful choices about writing, art, typography, and design that come that together in a beautiful physical object that captures some of the best of contemporary culture and is itself an artistic creation—tangible, vital, and lasting. Founded at the University of Georgia in 1947 and published there ever since, The Georgia Review has become one of America’s most highly regarded journals of arts and letters. Each quarterly issue offers a diverse, thoughtfully orchestrated gathering of short stories, general-interest essays, poems, reviews, and visual art.

Unsolicited Submissions: yes

Reading Period: August 16–May 14 (print and online)

The Gettysburg Review

The Gettysburg Review

The Gettysburg Review, published by Gettysburg College, is recognized as one of the country’s premier literary journals. Their most important criterion is high literary quality; they look for writers who can shape language in thoughtful, surprising, and beautiful ways and who have something unique to say, whatever the subject matter or aesthetic approach. They have very eclectic tastes, but are highly selective, publishing only two percent of manuscripts submitted to them annually.

Unsolicited Submissions: yes

Reading Period: September 1–May 31

The Sun

The Sun

The Sun is an independent, ad-free magazine that for more than forty years has used words and photographs to evoke the splendor and heartache of being human. Each monthly issue celebrates life, but not in a way that ignores its complexity. The personal essays, short stories, interviews, poetry, and photographs that appear in The Sun’s pages explore the challenges we face and the moments when we rise to meet them.

Unsolicited Submissions: yes

Reading Period: Mail, all year (print)

New England Review

New England Review

By publishing new fiction, poetry, and nonfiction that is both challenging and inviting, New England Review encourages artistic exchange and thought-provoking innovation, providing publishing opportunities for writers at all stages in their careers. The selection of writings in each issue presents a broad spectrum of viewpoints and genres, including traditional and experimental fiction, long and short poems, translations, criticism, letters from abroad, reviews in arts and literature, and rediscoveries.

Unsolicited Submissions: yes

Reading Period: September 1–May 31 (may be subject to change due to size of volume) (print and online)

Tahoma Literary Review

Tahoma Literary Review

Tahoma Lit Review is a triannual journal published from a "professional writer's perspective," with a focus on fair compensation and publishing extraordinary works of literature. The journal has won several awards, including Best Small Fictions and Best American Poetry. Additionally, TLR's editors are open to pieces that challenge their expectations, and TLR offers the option to receive editorial feedback on submissions.

Unsolicited Submissions: yes

Reading Period: Submit online (print and online)

The Dark Magazine

The Dark Magazine

Founded by managing editor Sean Wallace, The Dark Magazine regularly publishes horror and dark fantasy fiction. Authors published in this magazine have gone on to be included in anthologies and, most recently (2017), Locus' Recommended Reading Lists.

Unsolicited Submissions: yes

Reading Period: All year (online)

Gamut

Gamut

Gamut is an online magazine with a focus on publishing neo-noir, speculative, and dark fiction, as well as non-fiction, poetry, and flash fiction. With editor-in-chief Richard Thomas at the helm, this magazine aims to publish content on a near-daily basis. And all genres are welcome--so long as they have a literary bent.

Unsolicited Submissions: yes

Reading Period: All year (online)

Shimmer

Shimmer

Shimmer, founded by Beth Wodzinski and first produced in October 2005, publishes speculative fiction of a wide variety with a preference for contemporary fantasy and stories with a strong emotional core (and well-defined/believable characters, of course).

Unsolicited Submissions: yes

Reading Period: All year (print and online)

Jelly Bucket

Jelly Bucket

Jelly Bucket was founded in 2009 by Bluegrass Writers Studio, under the Creative Writing Program of Eastern Kentucky University. The journal welcomes all genres and seek to promote both established and new writers.

Unsolicited Submissions: yes

Reading Period: One submission per genre per reading period (print)

Argot

Argot

Argot Magazine, new to the literary scene, places primary focus on the feminine narrative and its intersections of class, gender, and race. Through storytelling and discussions of current events, this journal seeks to explored marginalized experiences and create a safe space for up-and-coming authors.

Unsolicited Submissions: yes

Reading Period: All year (print and online)

Necessary Fiction

Necessary Fiction

Necessary Fiction is an online publication seeking fiction written with literary precision. They also publish interviews, book reviews, and essays.

Unsolicited Submissions: yes

Reading Period: All year (online)

Little Star Journal

Little Star Journal

Little Star Journal, established in 2009 by Ann Kjellberg and Melissa Green, publishes literary prose and poetry.

Unsolicited Submissions: yes

Reading Period: All year (print)

Little Fiction

Little Fiction

Founded in 2011 by Troy Palmer, Little Fiction|Big Truths publishes (mainly) literary fiction and non-fiction on a monthly basis, with a focus on putting the work in front of as many people as possible. Little Fiction also produces themed anthologies, and works with writers throughout the editing process.

Unsolicited Submissions: yes

Reading Period: All year (print and online)

Catapult Story

Catapult Story

Founded in 2015, Catapult is a tri-fold organization, offering writing classes led by authors and industry professionals, an online magazine, and book-length fiction and non-fiction published through its independent publishing channels. Catapult's online magazine caters to community among writers, with goals to benefit emerging and established writers alike, by contributing to and sharing in their success.

Unsolicited Submissions: yes

Reading Period: All year (online)

Bottlecap Press

Bottlecap Press

Bottlecap Press, founded in 2014, is a multi-purpose publisher and online platform specializing in shorter fiction and poetry, which feature on their blog, and chapbooks and novellas available for purchase in their online store. Bottlecap's literary focus is on "emphasizing the alarmingly, frustratingly, artistically human."

Unsolicited Submissions: yes

Reading Period: All year (print and online)

LitMag

LitMag

LitMag seeks to elevate the established, emerging, and unknown writer both in print and online exclusive additions. They accept fiction, nonfiction and poetry, with no submission fee and pay for all published pieces.

Unsolicited Submissions: yes

Reading Period: Regular submissions from Sept 1 to Aug 15 (print and online)

Apex

Apex

Apex is an online magazine featuring original fiction that fits the genre of science fiction, fantasy, and/or horror "where secret places and dreams are put on display." The magazine also features a mix of original and reprinted nonfiction, interviews and poetry. The magazine has received several Hugo nominations, and fiction published therein was also nominated for a Nebula award.

Unsolicited Submissions: yes

Reading Period: No unsolicited poetry (online)

Split Lip Magazine

Split Lip Magazine

Since its inception in the summer of 2012, Split Lip Magazine has specialized in publishing experimental and original literary poetry, fiction, and nonfiction that push boundaries, take risks, and challenge what may be considered comfortable or expected.

Unsolicited Submissions: yes

Reading Period: FREE submissions in December, February, April, June, August, and October; Tip Jar submissions only during the months of January, March, May, July, and September (online)

Chicago Quarterly Review

Chicago Quarterly Review

The Chicago Quarterly Review, founded in 1995 by Syed Afzal Haider, publishes short stories, flash fiction, and poetry from new, emerging, and established authors.

Unsolicited Submissions: yes

Reading Period: All year (print)

Literary Orphans

Literary Orphans

Literary Orphans publishes non-fiction, poetry, and fiction of all lengths that capture the mood of an era long gone. The magazine's online platform pairs with its nostalgic tone to produce a dual-consciousness, synonymous with an analog life lived in a digital age.

Unsolicited Submissions: yes

Reading Period: All year (online)

Epiphany

Epiphany

Epiphany, founded in 2001, aims to showcase fiction, poetry, non-fiction, and graphic literature that speaks to the boundless potential of literature.

Unsolicited Submissions: yes

Reading Period: Regular submissions from June 1 to August 1 (print and online)

Consequence Magazine

Consequence Magazine

Consequence is an independent non-profit literary magazine publishing poetry, nonfiction, fiction, interviews, etc. with a focus on the culture of war and its impact and consequences through a wide-reaching international lens. The magazine's special anniversary issue will focus on women (and those identifying as women) writers who write about the culture and consequences of war.

Unsolicited Submissions: yes

Reading Period: Regular submissions from March 1 to September 1 (print and online)

Lumina

Lumina

Lumina, established in 2000, is a student-run literary journal associated with the MFA program at Sarah Lawrence College. With a focus on work that showcases "bold, beautiful, and new interpretations" of humanity, this magazine strives to live up to its mission statement and core values with each issue. The theme for this submission period is "What is Resistance?" and pieces submitted may range from the personal to political (and everything in between/not included) as they aim to address this question.

Unsolicited Submissions: yes

Reading Period: Open to submissions until November 5 (print and online)

Clarkesworld

Clarkesworld

Clarkesworld is a multiple-award winning magazine publishing science fiction, fantasy, and horror that is well-written and strikes at the hearts of readers in both text and audio formats. The magazine has won several awards, including the Hugo Award (several times), and fiction published here has been nominated for/won awards including the Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy Awards, among several others.

Unsolicited Submissions: yes

Reading Period: All year (print and online)

Strange Horizons

Strange Horizons

Strange Horizons, founded by editor Mary Anne Mohanraj and launched in 2000, publishes a mix of speculative (among other genres) fiction and poetry with emphasis on work from marginalized perspectives that present a nuanced and sincere narrative. Pieces published in this magazine have gone on to be nominated for awards, with several being selected for reprinting in anthologies. The magazine itself was also selected as a finalist for the Hugo Awards every year from 2013-2017.

Unsolicited Submissions: yes

Reading Period: All year (online)

The Adroit Journal

The Adroit Journal

Founded in 2010, The Adroit Journal is a quarterly journal publishing poetry, prose, and art with an eye for work that is authentic, artful, and raw. This journal has been featured in and/or acknowledged by Pushcart Prizes, Best New Poetry, and Teen Vogue among other publications. Adroit boasts an array of talent within its pages, including work by Fatimah Asghar and Danez Smith.

Unsolicited Submissions: yes

Reading Period: Open to submissions until August 15 (online)

Glass: A Journal of Poetry

Glass: A Journal of Poetry

Glass: A Journal of Poetry was founded in 2008 by Holly Burnside and Anthony Frame, and publishes poetry that "enacts the artistic and creative precision of glass." Glass now publishes poetry on a monthly basis, and interviews and reviews on a rolling basis, with a focus on uplifting the voices of new and emerging, as well as established poets.

Unsolicited Submissions: yes

Reading Period: All year apart from during March & April (online)

Fireside Magazine

Fireside Magazine

Fireside Fiction Compnay got its start with the help of founder Brian White and a successful 2012 Kickstarter campaign, and has since published fiction of every known (and even undefined) genre on its online platform. Stories that "go somewhere" or have a unique perspective have a good chance of finding a home in this magazine.

Unsolicited Submissions: yes

Reading Period: Open for one week periods in 2017: September 17-23 & November 5-11 (online)

Penn Review

Penn Review

Founded in 1966, this undergraduate-run journal has been a constant presence at the University of Pennsylvania. Penn Review publishes poetry, non-fiction, fiction and visual art.

Unsolicited Submissions: yes

Reading Period: All year (print and online)

Hypertrophic Literary

Hypertrophic Literary

Hypertrophic Literary, operating under the umbrella of Hypertrophic Press, is a quarterly literary magazine publishing fiction, poetry, and non-fiction. Works of all genres are accepted (although they tend to accept work that falls into the "literary" category), as are previously published pieces, so long as the work makes the reader "feel something: elation, fear, desperation – whatever."

Unsolicited Submissions: yes

Reading Period: All year (online)

BULL

BULL

BULL, founded in 2009 by Jarrett Haley, is an online and print magazine "dedicated to examining and discussing modern masculinity" in all its forms and from an array of perspectives, and accepts submissions of flash and short fiction (and essays) from all genders, orientations, and creeds.

Unsolicited Submissions: yes

Reading Period: All year (print and online)

Liminality

Liminality

Liminality is an online magazine featuring speculative poetry that defies articulation. Editors Shira Lipkin and Mattie Joiner have set their sights on publishing poetry that captures a sense of transition, of potential and the unknown, even the unknowable. New, emerging, and established voices from all walks are welcome.

Unsolicited Submissions: yes

Reading Period: Open to Submissions April 1 – May 31, July 1 – August 31, and October 1 – November 30 (online)

Third Point Press

Third Point Press

Third Point Press is a platform for local and international voices on the search for "emerging voices and refreshing ideas" that may or may not fit into a clearly defined box. Founded in Pennsylvania and from a sense of community, this online magazine publishes poetry and fiction that takes risks and authors who aren't afraid to experiment with new styles, forms, voices, etc.

Unsolicited Submissions: yes

Reading Period: January 1-March 31, June 1-July 31, September 1-November 30 (online)

The Masters Review

The Masters Review

The Masters Review is committed to promoting new and emerging writers, and takes special care to aid in cultivating any talents that cross their paths, even connecting them with established professionals through their seasonal workshop program. While the more targeted submission periods and contests do not overlap, their general submissions (titled, New Voices) are open year-round, and writers can request editorial feedback on their work for an added fee.

Unsolicited Submissions: yes

Reading Period: All year (print and online)

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