14 Great Print Literary Magazines Publishing Fiction, Nonfiction, & Poetry
by Writing Workshops Staff
A year ago
We've curated a list of 14 great print literary magazines that publish across genres and many of them will pay for your work. So, polish your manuscript and submit it to one of these great publications (and, if you're looking for a class in fiction, poetry, nonfiction, or screenwriting, we've got you covered):
Brick is an international literary journal published twice a year out of Toronto. With a focus on literary non-fiction, the magazine prizes the personal voice and celebrates life, art, and the written word with the most invigorating and challenging essays, interviews, translations, memoirs, belles lettres, and unusual musings they can get our hands on. Learn more here.
Bull City Press: Inch
Inch has one reading period per year: March 15—April 15. They're looking for your small collections—a minimum of three stories or essays, or a constellation of poems, between 10-16 pages in length. Learn more here.
Cream City Review
Cream City Review is Milwaukee’s leading literary journal devoted to publishing memorable and energetic pieces that push the boundaries of writing. Continually seeking to explore the relationship between form and content, Cream City Review features fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, visual art, reviews of contemporary literature and author interviews. Published biannually, Cream City Review is a volunteer-based, non-profit journal which has attracted readers and submissions from around the world. They receive approximately 4,000 submissions each year from emerging and established writers. Learn more here.
Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine
Launched in 1941, Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine is credited with setting the standard for the modern crime and mystery short story. The magazine has been cited as “the finest periodical of its kind” by The Readers Encyclopedia of American Literature and as “the best mystery magazine in the world, bar none” by author Stephen King. EQMM has received more than 100 awards, including more than 20 Edgars from the Mystery Writers of America, and more than 40 Nobel, Pulitzer, and National Book Award winners have appeared in its pages, including William Faulkner and frequent current contributor Joyce Carol Oates. Details here.
Infinite Worlds and Infinite Horror magazines
Founded in 2018, Infinite Worlds is one of the world’s best science fiction magazines. Progressive and inclusive with a mind for science and reason and a semi-retro punk/metal aesthetic, Infinite Worlds fancies itself the ultimate cult collector’s item. Each issue is 60+ full-color, ad-free pages of original stories, mind-blowing art, cutting-edge comics, and exclusive interviews! Learn more here.
London Review of Books
The London Review of Books is Europe’s leading magazine of culture and ideas. Published twice a month, it provides a space for some of the world’s best writers to explore a wide variety of subjects in exhilarating detail – from art and politics to science and technology via history and philosophy, not to mention fiction and poetry. In the age of the long read, the LRB remains the pre-eminent exponent of the intellectual essay, admired around the world for its fearlessness, its range and its elegance. Learn more here.
One Story is an award-winning, 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. Learn more here.
Prairie Schooner, a national literary quarterly published with the support of the English Department at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the University of Nebraska Press, is home to the best fiction, poetry, essays, and reviews being published today by beginning, mid-career, and established writers. Learn more here.
The editors of Pulp Literature are looking for a great story. They say, "We love genre. Science Fiction, Fantasy, Mystery, History, Thriller or Chiller: we read it all, as long as it’s well written. We love literary fiction. Beautiful prose, soul-searching themes, and powerful and complex character development are all part of the stories we like. We believe that genre fiction IS literary. Our goal is to publish writing that breaks out of the bookshelf boundaries, defies genre, surprises, and delights." Learn more here.
Split Lip Magazine
The editors of Split Lit are obsessed with new voices. They say, "We’re a literary journal that’s totally bonkers-in-love with voice-driven writing, pop culture, and the kind of honesty that gets you right in the kidneys. We love stories and poetry and art because they’re our insides turned out for everyone to see: the darkness and the confetti in equal measure." Learn more here.
The Atlantic is interested in great nonfiction, fiction, and poetry. Learn more here.
The Threepenny Review
The Threepenny Review is an American literary magazine founded in 1980. It is published in Berkeley, California, by founding editor Wendy Lesser. Maintaining a quarterly schedule, it offers fiction, memoirs, poetry, essays and criticism to a readership of 10,000. Learn more here.
Weird Horror Magazine
Guess what: they publish weird horror. Learn more here.
West Branch is an American literary magazine based at Bucknell University and published by the Stadler Center for Poetry. It was established in 1977 and publishes poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and literary criticism. The editor-in-chief is G.C. Waldrep, also an editor of the Kenyon Review. Learn more here.