The Ultimate List of Literary Journals in the UK and US: Where to Submit Your Writing

The final stage in any writer’s checklist is simultaneously the most important one: selecting the right literary magazine to send your carefully crafted piece of prose to.

But choosing the right literary magazine for your work is crucial.

How do you find the one that matches your tone? Your style? Your quirky use of colons?

That’s what we’re going to discuss today.

Submitting to more than one literary magazine at once

A lot of literary magazines warn against carpet-bombing submissions, which is where you send your work to numerous literary magazines at with a catch-all email, sometimes not even bothering to blind copy them all.

Generally speaking, this is a terrible idea, because editors don’t need more reasons to consign your work to the slush pile… but that’s not to say you can’t submit to more than one magazine at a time.

You absolutely can and this is called simultaneous submissions.

Nearly all of the UK and US literary journals accepting poetry and prose recognise how difficult it is for an author to get published. Most simply ask for the courtesy of being informed if your work gets picked up somewhere else. I mean, we’re all going to submit our work to more than one place, but you’ve got to make them feel special, you know? Like they’re the only one.  

Literary magazines warn against carpet-bombing submissions, which is where you send your work to numerous journals with a catch-all email – but you can still submit to more than one journal at a time.

How to choose the right literary magazine for your story

But how to choose the right literary magazine for your story? This is the tricky part because if you’re selective about who you choose you’re more likely to get the tone match right. A lot of literary journals in their submissions section say something to the effect of:

Please familiarise yourself with previous editions and check that your work is a good match for this publication before submitting.

Which means they expect you to do some legwork before you blindly hit ‘send’ on your 6,000-word horror story to a flash fiction magazine that specialises in romance.

Chances are you probably subscribe to journals, or you might read other author’s works when the pop up in them. Or you might not. You might never read literary journals.

And that’s OK.

It’s going to make this step a little longer.  

Deciding which literary magazine to send your work to

Firstly, make a list of journals that accept your genre. I recommend starting with 10 because it’s a nice, manageable number. Then click through to their website and navigate to their submissions page and check that:

  • Submissions are open
  • They match your genre and sub-genre (e.g. crime fiction vs. all fiction)
  • If they are asking for submissions with a theme in mind, that your piece fits this theme (or might fit future ones?)
  • They match your word count
  • If they charge a fee

Once they’ve passed these tick boxes, check out their previous editions and navigate to two or three pieces in your genre. Are there similarities in the tone? Are there similarities in the meta-story? (e.g. they publish stories with an underlying inspirational message, or they publish stories that comment on the world at large). If you think your work could slide in quite easily between these two, then go ahead and proceed to step three:  

Read their submission guidelines as if they were your bible

As an author, rejections are common. And they suck.

Literary magazines get thousands of submissions, so you want to make sure yours doesn’t get struck off the pile for something administrative, like not including a cover letter, or not referencing an existing piece of content they’ve published that you enjoyed.

Once you’re confident you’ve adhered to all of their rules and quirks: hit send. Google Mail has a neat extension called Streak which means you can low-key stalk whether they have opened your email (not only does it show you if it’s been opened but when and occasionally where).

I’m not saying it helps with the terror of having submitted your work to them, but it definitely helps you feel less guilty when you restart this process two months later after having had no responses.  

The Ultimate List of UK and US Journals That Accept Submissions


I normally navigate between three or four bookmarks, collecting my list of publications together for each piece, and one day I was sitting there thinking ‘wouldn’t it be great if these were all on one page so I only had one bookmark to check?’

So I sat there and compiled them all into one list of all the literary journals I could find, just for you.

There are over 200 journals in this list and I’ve ordered them by the genre(s) they accept. I’ve included fee amounts where these were obvious, but I may have missed a couple, so please do double check in their submissions pages and let me know in the comments below if any have started adding fees into their submission requirements so I can keep this list up to date.

It will be expanded as we go along to make this the ultimate list of all journals you can submit your work to. Because life is hard enough for writers. Why not make it a bit easier?

I hope you enjoy my ultimate guide to literary magazines accepting submissions! Happy writing guys and most importantly, happy submitting. Please feel free to promote any content you manage to get published in the comments below so the writing community can support you with reads and shares.  

PublicationFee?Genre / TypeDescription
The Scriblerus Arts Journal/Visual, Fiction, Multimedia, Poetry, MusicScriblerus is a literary arts journal that seeks to explore the human experience with honesty and authenticity. We look for work that is passionate, curious, and portrays the complexity of being human. The Scriblerus online journal is produced and supported by the Literary Production class at Greenville College.
Florida Review $3.00ChapbookThe Florida Review publishes exciting new work from around the world from writers both emerging and well known.
Crimewave Crime FictionPublishes fiction, artwork and reviews. One of the UK’s few magazines dedicated to crime fiction. TTA Press also publishes Interzone and Black Static.
Black & Blue Drama, Poetry, ProseThis eclectic magazine is looking for “drama, poetry, prose and other”. Its goal is to be a “fresh and vivid counterpoint to the conventional aspects of the literary world”. The editors are willing to give feedback on rejected submissions.
Octavius Magazine Drama, Short Stories, Poetry, Flash FictionThis literary magazine publishes short stories, drama, poetry and flash fiction written by students based in Scotland. It is open to any form or genre of writing.
Shimmer FantasyShimmer aspires to publish excellent fiction across lines of race, income, nationality, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, geography, and culture, and therefore encourages submissions of diverse stories from diverse authors. This includes, but is not limited to: people of color, LBGTQIA, women, the impoverished, the elderly, and those with disabilities. They are not interested in acquiring fiction that denigrates or perpetuates stereotypes of the above groups.
East Of The Web FictionPublishes fiction in all genres. One of the most widely-read online publications in the UK.
Firewords FictionA beautifully-illustrated literary magazine which aims to feature both powerful writing and bold design.
Fur-Lined Ghettos FictionA slim but exciting publication which features a wide range of genres and forms. An online sampler is available in addition to the printed issues.
Litro FictionPublishes fiction. Over 100000 copies are distributed for free around the UK each month.
Riptide FictionPublishes fiction. Seeks “short stories with an undercurrent”. Based in Exeter.
Savage Kick FictionPublishes fiction. Seeks writing that displays “misery, joy, psychosis, hope, isolation, disgust…”
Short Fiction FictionPublishes fiction. Published by University Of Plymouth Press. Also runs an annual short story competition.
Stimulus Respond FictionAn online magazine each issue of which revolved around a given theme or “stimulus”. The pieces featured in the magazine form a response to this starting point. Among the most recent stimuli have been “Post-Truth”, “Handmade” and “Toys”.
Thi Wurd FictionA fiction magazine based in Glasgow which aims to give an outlet to those who exist “outside the narrative”. The publisher also organises events.
Transect FictionA new magazine that aims to cut across human borders, eradicating boundaries between nations, ethnic/racial groups, languages and cultures.
Uprising Review FictionThe goal of The Uprising Review is to promote fantastic fiction regardless of genre and to promote free speech within the creative field. They feel that uncomfortable topics need to be explored, creative minds should not be hindered by restrictions, and free speech is an important step of the creative process. Their goal is not to offend, but to promote critical thought, expression, and unheard voices. Though there are countless avenues to share short stories, many of them restrict writers with the content they can send or who the writer is themselves.
Visionary Tongue FictionPublishes fiction and artwork. Established in 1995 by Storm Constantine. One of few regular British fantasy magazines.
White Review FictionThe White Review publishes material both online and in print, with a focus on fiction and poetry that is “artistically or educationally meritorious”. It also runs an annual competition.
Black Static Fiction, Artwork, ReviewsPublishes fiction, artwork and reviews with a focus on horror. Originally published as The Third Alternative. TTA Press also publishes Interzone and Crimewave.
Bellevue Literary Review $5.00Fiction, Creative Non Fiction, PoetryThe BLR seeks high-caliber, unpublished work, broadly and creatively related to our themes of health, healing, illness, the mind, and the body.
Carve Magazine $3.00Fiction, Creative Non Fiction, PoetryCarve Magazine stories have earned notable recognition from the Pushcart Prize and twice won 1st in the Million Writers Award.
Fiction International Fiction, Creative Non Fiction, PoetryFiction International is the only literary journal in the United States emphasizing formal innovation and social activism. Founded by Joe David Bellamy in 1973 at St. Lawrence University in New York, the journal was relocated to San Diego State University in 1982 and is edited by Harold Jaffe.
Fifth Wednesday Journal Fiction, Creative Non Fiction, PoetryFifth Wednesday Journal is a nonprofit, independent literary journal published twice a year in print. Their mission is to bring the finest fiction, poetry, essays, photography, interviews, and book reviews into your everyday life. We’re defining literature. In real context.
Gulf Coast $2.00Fiction, Creative Non Fiction, PoetryGulf Coast is committed to supporting the authors who publish in our journal. This support takes many forms, including offering editorial guidance, exposing new work to the widest possible audience, and providing competitive honorariums for that work. We believe this financial support is vital to maintaining a vibrant literary culture. To this end, Gulf Coast has instituted a small reading fee ($2.50) for regular submissions, 100% of which will go toward increasing the honorariums for the authors whose work we publish in the journal and on their website.
Indiana Review $3.00Fiction, Creative Non Fiction, Poetry 
Ruminate Fiction, Creative Non Fiction, PoetryRuminate receives over 5,000 general submissions and contest submissions each year. We can’t publish every story or poem, and we seek not to be a solution but rather a sign for all—a sign that points us toward hospitality, welcome, and care for one another’s stories.
Sonora Review $3.00Fiction, Creative Non Fiction, PoetrySonora Review is among the oldest student-run literary journals in the country, and has been devoted since its founding in 1980 to offering a venue for exciting new and emerging authors, as well as prominent southwestern writers and artists.
Southwest Review $2.00Fiction, Creative Non Fiction, PoetryThe Southwest Review is published quarterly at Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas by Southern Methodist University.
The Pinch $3.00Fiction, Creative Non Fiction, PoetryWe accept submissions between August 15th and March 15th. We strive to respond quickly to all submissions but due to our production schedule and the university’s winter break, responses to manuscripts submitted from late November through December are often delayed.
The Threepenny Review Fiction, Creative Non Fiction, PoetryAt present The Threepenny Review is paying $400 per story or article, $200 per poem or Table Talk piece. This payment buys first serial rights in our print and digital editions, and the copyright then reverts to the author immediately upon publication.
TriQuarterly Fiction, Creative Non Fiction, PoetryThank you for your interest in TriQuarterly, the literary journal of Northwestern University and the MA/MFA in Creative Writing Program. We welcome submissions in poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, video essay, short drama, and hybrid work from established as well as emerging writers. We are especially interested in work that embraces the world and continues, however subtly, the ongoing global conversation about culture and society that TriQuarterly pursued from its beginning in 1964. We also accept craft essays and interviews, which we publish throughout the year.
Waterstone Review $3.00Fiction, Creative Non Fiction, PoetryThe reading period is December-April. All submissions should be original, previously unpublished work. (This also excludes work published on any website, including author’s own site, from being submitted for consideration.)
Witness $2.00Fiction, Creative Non Fiction, PoetryWitness seeks original fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and photography that is innovative in its approach, broad-ranging in its concerns, and that dazzles us with its unique perspective. We often enjoy material that ventures into international terrain.
The Journal Fiction, Creative Non Fiction, Poetry, Essays, Author interviewsWe are interested in quality fiction, poetry, nonfiction, photo essays, author interviews, and reviews of new books of poetry and prose. We impose no restrictions on category or type of submission for fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. We only accept writing that has not been previously published, whether in print or online.
Third Coast Fiction, Creative Non Fiction, Poetry, Essays, DramaFounded in 1995 by graduate students of the Western Michigan University English department, Third Coast is one of the nation’s premier literary magazines—and one of only a handful of nationally distributed literary magazines to regularly include four genres; Third Coast consistently publishes excellent and often award-winning fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and drama.
Bellingham Review $3.00Fiction, Creative Non Fiction, Poetry, Flash Fiction, Author interviewsBellingham Review publishes literature of palpable quality, including poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and photography, in one Fall Online Edition and one Spring Print Edition, along with rolling content on our BH Review Blog. Established in 1977, Bellingham Review has earned a reputation for publishing established and emerging writers who successfully employ innovative form and content. Our contributors often go on to publish their own books and collections. Their work has recently appeared in Harper’s, Utne Reader, and Pushcart Prize Anthology.
Fourteen Hills $2.00Fiction, Creative Non Fiction, Poetry, Flash Fiction, Experimental or Cross-genre literatureSince its inception in 1994, Fourteen Hills: The SFSU Review has contributed to a vibrant literary tradition on the West Coast centered in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Shenandoah Fiction, Creative Non Fiction, Poetry, Flash Fiction, Interviews and ReviewsShenandoah is currently publishing two completely new online issues a year (with regular updates and supplements and a blog that never closes) and is open for submissions of previously unpublished work in the areas of poetry, short stories, short short stories, creative nonfiction, interviews and reviews.
Blue Mesa Review 0 -3Fiction, Creative Non Fiction, Poetry, Visual ArtBlue Mesa Review (BMR) is a literary magazine published by the creative writing department at the University of New Mexico.
Hunger Mountain $3.00Fiction, Creative Non Fiction, Poetry, YA, Children’sHunger Mountain is an annual print journal of the arts, housed at Vermont College of Fine Arts. We publish fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, visual art, young adult and children’s writing, and literary miscellany. Our print issue comes out annually in the spring.
A Public Space Fiction, Essay, Poetry, as well as Multigenre workA Public Space is an independent nonprofit publisher of an eponymous award-winning literary, arts, and culture magazine, and APS Books. Under the direction of founding editor Brigid Hughes since 2006, it has been our mission to seek out overlooked and unclassifiable work, and to publish writing from beyond established confines. Subscribe today, and join the conversation.
New Fairy Tales Fiction, Fantasy, PoetryPublishes fiction, poetry and artwork. Aims to publish new fairy tales, and is “passionate about good writing, beautiful illustrations, and sharing fantastic new work“.
Five Points $2.00Fiction, Flash Fiction, Non Fiction, Poetry, Literary Non FictionFive Points: A Journal of Literature and Art is published by Georgia State University two times per year.
Massachusetts Review $3.00Fiction, Flash Fiction, Non Fiction, Poetry, Novellas, TranslationsWe do accept unsolicited work during our reading period of October 1 through April 30. Articles and essays of breadth and depth are considered, as well as discussions of leading writers; of art, music, and drama; analyses of trends in literature, science, philosophy, and public affairs. For fiction submissions, we consider one short story (or up to three flash-fiction [1000 words or less] pieces) per submission, for a maximum of thirty pages or 8000 words. A poetry submission may consist of up to six poems. There are no restrictions for poem length, but generally our poems are less than 100 lines.
The Matador Review Fiction, Flash Fiction, Nonfiction, PoetryAlternative art and literature magazine The Matador Review seeks submissions year-round. They publish poetry, fiction, flash fiction, and creative non-fiction, inviting all unpublished literature written in the English language (and translations that are accompanied by the original text) as well as many forms of visual art. Their purpose is to promote “alternative work” from both art and literature, and to encourage the new-wave of respect for online publications. In each issue, they offer a selection of work from both emerging and established artists, as well as exclusive interviews and book reviews from creators who are, above all else, provocative. It is the distinction from what is conventional, and it advocates for a progressive attitude.
Liars’ League Fiction, Non FictionPublishes fiction and nonfiction. Accepted pieces are read by actors at a monthly live fiction night.
Oxford American $2.00Fiction, Non FictionThe Oxford American welcomes fiction and nonfiction submissions, as well as proposals for articles.
Redivider$3.00Fiction, Non Fiction, Graphic ArtRedivider seeks previously unpublished works from new, emerging, and established artists and writers. We welcome general submissions year-round; however, because our campus (and much of our staff) clears out over summer, we require a nominal $3 fee per submission May 15 through August 31, which goes towards maintaining the journal.
Ploughshares $3.00Fiction, Non Fiction, PoetryWe accept submissions to the journal from June 1, to January 15, at noon EST. We greatly prefer online submissions—some submission categories require it.
Post Road $3.00Fiction, Non Fiction, Short Plays, Poetry, MonologuesPost Road publishes twice yearly and accepts unsolicited poetry, fiction, nonfiction, short plays and monologues, and visual art submissions.
Boston Review Fiction, PoetryBoston Review is a political and literary forum—a public space for robust discussion of ideas and culture. Independent and nonprofit, animated by hope and committed to equality, we believe in the power of collective reasoning and imagination to create a more just world.
Ink, Sweat & Tears Fiction, PoetryPublishes fiction and poetry. Their website states that “Ink Sweat & Tears explores the borderline between poetry and prose in the digital age”.
Mslexia Fiction, PoetryPublishes fiction and poetry. Publishes only writers who are female, but contains useful articles and entertaining work that can be enjoyed by either gender.
Stand Fiction, PoetryPublishes fiction and poetry. Established in 1952 by Jon Silkin. Has editorial offices at Leeds University and Virginia Commonwealth University in the USA.
Brittle Star Fiction, Poetry, ArticlesPublishes fiction, poetry and articles. Back issues of Brittle Star can be found online on the Poetry Library website.
Auroras & Blossoms Fiction (short-stories), Poetry, Artwork, Six-word stories & moreAuroras & Blossoms is dedicated to promoting positive, uplifting, and inspirational art. They publish poetry / poetry-graphy, short stories, six-word stories, paintings, drawings, and photography from adults and 13-16 year-old writers via guardians / parents.
Dark Horizons Fiction, Poetry, ArtworkPublishes fiction, poetry and artwork. The magazine of the British Fantasy Society. Only available to members.
Fuselit Fiction, Poetry, ArtworkPublishes fiction, poetry and artwork. Each issue is themed around a “spur” word. Print issues are handmade in limited runs.
Jupiter Fiction, Poetry, ArtworkPublishes fiction, poetry and artwork with a focus on science fiction. Jupiter is available on Kindle. First published in 2003.
Monkey Kettle Fiction, Poetry, ArtworkPublishes fiction, poetry and artwork. Based in Milton Keynes. Also produces records and runs events in the area.
Volume Fiction, Poetry, ArtworkPublishes fiction, poetry and artwork. Creative magazine concerned with arts, music and fashion. Also publishes material online on the Volume blog.
Granta Fiction, Poetry, Artwork, Non FictionPublishes fiction, poetry, artwork and nonfiction. Long-established and well-read. Issues are generally based around a theme.
Ambit Fiction, Poetry, Artwork, ReviewsPublishes fiction, poetry, artwork and reviews. Ambit has been around for more than forty years. It combines illustration and artwork with prose and poetry.
Fortnightly Review Fiction, Poetry, Creative Non FictionA frequently-updated periodical featuring fiction, poetry and commentary which dates back to 1865, when it was founded by Anthony Trollope. It describes itself as “an editorial experiment”.
The Reader Fiction, Poetry, Creative Non FictionEstablished in 1997, The Reader features a mix of poetry, fiction , interviews, thought pieces, advice and research with a focus on shared reading as a therapeutic activity. Their goal is to make shared reading widely available across the UK.
Far Off Places Fiction, Poetry, DramaA Scottish magazine which publishes fiction, poetry, drama and illustration, as well as hosting occasional events. Describes itself as “a magazine of written whimsy”.
Losslit Fiction, Poetry, EssaysThis project attempts to explore the various influences of loss in literature, both by collating original fiction, poetry and essays, and by building a canon of important existing titles.
Georgia Review$3.00Fiction, Poetry, Essays, Book ReviewsThe Georgia Review seeks to create a lasting environment for literature by supporting writers at every stage of their careers. Committed to the art of editorial practice, the Review collaborates with authors of essays, stories, poems, and reviews in pursuit of works of enduring appeal that engage with the evolving concerns and interests of readers from around the world.
London Journal Of Fiction Fiction, Poetry, Literary EssaysThis online magazine is a new platform for writers of fiction, poetry and literary essays. It aims to foster new talent and good writing, regardless of style or genre.
New Orleans Review $3.00Fiction, Poetry, Non Fiction, Book ReviewsA journal of contemporary literature and culture, New Orleans Review is a publication of the Department of English at Loyola University New Orleans, and is partially funded by the Kendall Michelle Daigle Memorial Endowment for English.
Mid-American Review Fiction, Poetry, Non Fiction, Reviews, Translated WorksStories, poems, and essays will generally be returned or accepted within one to five months, depending on our publication schedule. MAR does accept and read submissions year round. We accept fiction, poetry, translations, and nonfiction (including personal essays, essays on writing, and short reviews)—There is NO reading fee for a regular submission, but our contests do require an entry fee.
Gloom Cupboard Fiction, Poetry, Non-Fiction, ReviewsPublishes fiction, poetry, non-fiction, artwork and reviews. International writers welcome.
3:Am Fiction, Poetry, ReviewsPublishes fiction, poetry and reviews. 3:AM Magazine publishes a wide variety of work. Its slogan is “Whatever it is, we’re against it”.
London Magazine Fiction, Poetry, ReviewsPublishes fiction, poetry and reviews. One of the oldest literary magazines in the UK, founded in 1732.
Neon Fiction, Poetry, ReviewsPublishes fiction, poetry and reviews. Included here for the sake of completeness. Neon maintains this list of literary magazines.
New Welsh Review Fiction, Poetry, ReviewsPublishes fiction, poetry, reviews and articles. New Welsh Review is concerned mainly with writing from Wales. Most feature articles are comissioned, but it is open to submissions of fiction and poetry.
Sein Und Werden Fiction, Poetry, ReviewsPublishes fiction, poetry, reviews and artwork. An experimental literary magazine that seeks to explore the concepts of Expressionism, Surrealism and Existentialism.
Stride Fiction, Poetry, ReviewsPublishes fiction, poetry and reviews. Regularly updated online magazine that publishes an eclectic range of material.
Under The Radar Fiction, Poetry, ReviewsThe flagship publication of Nine Arches Press, Under The Radar features fiction, poetry, reviews and articles. The magazine was founded in 2008, and the press began publishing chapbooks and pamphlets shortly thereafter.
Arete Fiction, Poetry, Reviews, ArticlesPublishes fiction, poetry, reviews and articles. An arts journal. Publishes lots of commentary, reportage and critical articles.
Interzone Fiction, ReviewsPublishes fiction, artwork and review. One of the largest sci-fi magazines in the UK. TTA Press also publishes Black Static and Crimewave.
Shots Fiction, ReviewsPublishes fiction and reviews. A crime and thriller ezine.
Wasafiri Fiction, ReviewsPublishes fiction and reviews. Wasafiri has a strong international focus, publishing work with a background in many different cultures.
404 Ink Fiction, Speculative FictionA new publication that aims to showcase incredible writing in an exciting and well-designed package. The publisher is funded by Creative Scotland, and has plans to bring out books as well as a literary magazine in the future.
Brevity Flash FictionBrevity publishes well-known and emerging writers working in the extremely brief (750 words or less) essay form. They have featured work from two Pulitzer prize finalists, many NEA fellows, Pushcart winners, Best American authors, and writers from India, Egypt, Ireland, Spain, Malaysia, Qatar, and Japan. They have also featured numerous previously unpublished authors, and take a special joy in helping to launch a new literary career. Over the past year Brevity has averaged 10,000 unique visitors per month.
Every Day Fiction Flash FictionEvery Day Fiction is looking for very short (flash) fiction, of up to 1000 words. There’s no such thing as too short — if you can do the job in 50 words, have at it! — but their readers prefer pieces that tell or at least hint at a complete story (some sort of action or tension rising to a moment of climax, and at least a clue toward a resolution, though it doesn’t have to be all spelled out).
Flash Fiction Online Flash FictionEvery month, Flash Fiction Online is proud to publish what they think is some of the ‘best darn flash fiction’ (500 to 1000 words) there is. Each issue includes three original stories by both new and seasoned authors. Although many of their staff have a fondness for the speculative, they enjoy and select fiction in any genre.
Short Fiction Break Flash FictionShort Fiction Break is an innovative online literary journal founded in May of 2014 by people who love reading and writing fiction. They recognize that your time is precious and try to keep stories shorter than 2000 words. They publish three to five stories a week
Smokelong Quarterly Flash FictionSmokelong Quarterly publishes flash fiction that is 1000 words or less. Submissions are open 365 days a year. mokeLong stories have been recognized by the Pushcart Prize, Best of the Web, Best Small Fictions, and Wigleaf Top 50. They have also been anthologized in places such as Norton’s Flash Fiction International and Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader: Flush Fiction.
Vestal Review Flash FictionVestal Review is the oldest magazine dedicated exclusively to flash fiction. It has been published continuously since March 2000. Vestal Review is a semi-annual perfect-bound print magazine with a Web presence, devoted to what is considered an underrepresented type of fiction: flash (or short-short) stories. A good flash, replete with a cohesive plot, rich language and enticing imagery, is perhaps the hardest type of fiction to write. A good flash is so condensed that it borderlines poetry. A good flash engages your mind not only for the short duration of its read, but for a long time after.
Wigleaf Flash FictionWe’re open during the final week of each academic month, with the exception of December. So: the final weeks of August, September, October, November, January, February, March and April
Word Riot Flash FictionWord Riot publishes the forceful voices of up-and-coming writers and poets. They like edgy. challenging, unique voices. Each month they provide readers with book reviews, author interviews, and, most importantly, writing from some of the best and brightest making waves on the literary scene.
Peeking Cat Poetry Fusion Fiction, Flash FictionThis magazine publishes “a fusion of poetry and flash fiction written by people from all walks of life”. It believes that poetry should be accessible and a part of everyday life.
Ghastling Horror, Thriller, SpeculativeThis print magazine describes itself as a “Book Of Ghosts & Ghouls”. With a focus on horror and the uncanny, it seeks to publish short stories that dip into darkness. They also arrange writing workshops and a twice-yearly spooky newsletter for subscribers.
Dawntreader Litarary FictionThis fifty-two-page perfect bound literary publicaton has an international readership, and gives readers the “opportunity to let the imagination run free”. Produced by Indigo Dreams, who also administer a number of other literary magazines and chapbooks.
Tears In The Fence Litearay FictionAn international magazine which publishes a variety of contemporary writers. It provides critical reviews of recent books, anthologies and pamphlets and essays on a diversity of significant modern and contemporary English and American poets.
Orbis Liteary FictionAn entirely free magazine that aims to “create a print movement that is interesting and relevant, and encourage the growth of London’s talented, fertile, literary underbelly”. Publishes fiction, articles and columns.
Valve Liteary Fiction, Experimental FictionA literary journal dedicated to publishing new and experimental work. “Valve will always be a platform for poetry and fiction that doesn’t fit the mould“.
404 Ink Literary404 Ink is a new, alternative, independent publisher of a literary magazine based in the UK.
AGNI LiteraryAGNI publishes poetry, short fiction, and essays. Writers whose work has appeared in the magazine include Derek Walcott, Louise Glück, David Foster Wallace, Seamus Heaney, Jhumpa Lahiri, Ha Jin, Olga Broumas, Tom Sleigh, Jill McCorkle, Thomas Sayers Ellis, Gail Mazur, Noam Chomsky, Ilan Stavans, and Rosanna Warren. AGNI regularly features emerging writers and “among readers around the world . . . is known for publishing important new writers early in their careers, many of them translated into English for the first time” (PEN American Center). Most of what we publish is unsolicited.
Beneath Ceaseless Skies LiteraryBeneath Ceaseless Skies publishes “literary adventure fantasy”: stories with a secondary-world setting and some traditional or classic fantasy feel, but written with a literary approach. They want stories set in what Tolkien called a “secondary world”: some other world that is different from our own primary world in some way. It could be different in terms of zoology (non-human creatures), ecology (climate), or physical laws (the presence of magic). It could be set on Earth but an Earth different from our primary world in terms of time (the historical past) or history (alternate history). It could have a “pre-tech” level of technology, or steampunk technology, or magic as technology, or anything else that’s not advanced or modern technology. However, the setting should contain some element that is in some way fantastical.
Black Warrior Review$3.00LiteraryEstablished in 1974 by graduate students in the MFA Program in Creative Writing at the University of Alabama, Black Warrior Review publishes poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and art by Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winners alongside up-and-coming writers
Boulevard$3.00LiteraryBoulevard publishes the finest in fiction, poetry, and non-fiction. While they frequently publish writers with previous credits, they are very interested in less experienced or unpublished writers with exceptional promise. If you have practiced your craft and your work is the best it can be, send it to Boulevard.
Camera Obscura Literary$1000 award for the best work of literary fiction, as determined by the editors, that appears in each issue of the literary journal. All stories accepted for publication are eligible. A short story, novella, or exceptional piece of flash fiction all stand an equal chance for this award based on the merit of the work.
Crazy Horse$3.00LiteraryCrazyhorse welcomes general submissions of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry from September 1st through May 31st, with the exception of the month of January, during which they only accept entries for their annual Prizes in Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry, and the month of July, during which we only accept entries for Crazyshorts!, their annual short-short fiction contest.
Glimmer Train$15.00LiteraryOne of the most respected short-story journals in print, Glimmer Train continues to actively champion emerging writers. The magazine is represented in recent editions of the Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses, New Stories from the Midwest, The PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories, New Stories from the South, Best of the West, New Stories from the Southwest, and Best American Short Stories.
Granta LiteraryGranta only publishes original material, i.e. first-ever publication. They do not run pieces that have already appeared on the web or elsewhere in print. There is no set maximum length or minimum length, though most of their submissions are between 3,000-6,000 words.
Inkitt LiteraryInkitt is the world’s first reader-powered book publisher, offering an online community for talented authors and book lovers. Write captivating stories, read enchanting novels, and we’ll publish the books you love the most based on crowd wisdom.
McSweeney’s Quarterly LiteraryThe team at McSweeney’s publishes both fiction and nonfiction. There are no rules. They are not concerned about writing degrees or past publications, so don’t be daunted if you don’t have an MFA or much in the way of previously published work.
Nunum LiteraryNUNUM publishes quarterly and is currently reading for its next issue. They are looking for both flash fiction and visual art and while they do charge a small submission fee, you also get paid for your work. Check them out and see if what you got going on jives with the vibes you get from them.
One Story LiteraryOne Story is devoted to the development and support of emerging writers. They have published over 180 different authors, many at the beginning of their careers. One Story mentors writers, helping them navigate the publishing world, and promoting their books through email blasts, on our web site and social networks, in a quarterly printed insert in the magazine, and at their annual Literary Debutante Ball.
Prague Review LiteraryThe Prague Review publishes poetry, fiction, essays, and book reviews.
The Sun Magazine LiterarySun Magazine publishes essays, interviews, fiction, and poetry. They tend to favor personal writing, but also looks for provocative pieces on political and cultural issues. They are open to just about anything.
Tin House LiteraryAccepts unsolicited submissions September 1 2015 through February 28 2016. The summer and winter issues are not themed. Each submission is considered for all upcoming issues regardless of theme.
Virginia Quarterly LiteraryPoetry, short fiction, nonfiction. Virgina Quarterly has a long history of publishing accomplished and award-winning authors, but they also seek and support emerging writers.
Willow Springs$3.00LiteraryWillow Springs pays contributors $100 per published longform prose piece, $40 for short-shorts (you may submit up to three stories each under 750 words per submission), and $20 per published poem (up to 6 can be included per submission). There is a $3 reading fee for all submissions.
Zoetrope: All-Story LiteraryZeotrope considers unsolicited submissions of short stories and one-act plays no longer than 7,000 words. Simultaneous submissions are accepted, and first serial rights and a one-year film option are required.
A3 Review Literary FictionThe A3 Review is a literary magazine that folds out like a map, and publishes writing under 150 words. Published pieces are selected by means of a monthly competition.
Beloit Fiction Journal $3.00Literary FictionThe Beloit Fiction Journal publishes the best in contemporary short fiction. Traditional and experimental narratives find a home in our pages. We publish new writers alongside established writers. Our fiction-only format allows us to consider very long as well as very short stories. We occasionally publish excerpts.
Bunbury Magazine Literary FictionAn arts magazine with a strong bias towards creative writing. Each issue has a theme. Although the magazine has no official website, you can follow it on Facebook and Twitter.
Compass Literary FictionThis online magazine comes out of North West England but is in no way restricted to that region. The tastes of the editors don’t adhere to a particular school and they aim to publish a range of quality poetries. The site also features news, reviews and articles.
Confluence Literary FictionA creative writing magazine produced by live lit organisation Wordsmithery, based in Kent. Aims to publish an equal quantity of works from the Medway Delta and from the world beyond.
Here Comes Everyone Literary FictionA Coventry-based magazine with an international readership. Each issue of Here Comes Everyone has a different theme, and the magazine aims to be accessible and supportive to both published and unpublished writers.
Lager Literary FictionAn online magazine which aims to provide useful feedback for the creators it features. When submitting work writers are asked to provide a comment on one existing piece from the magazine – these comments are then passed onto the relevant author.
Lunar Poetry Literary FictionA young but strong publication. The editors also publish a readable and enthusiastic blog, and put together podcasts and London-based launch events.
Mississippi Review $16.00Literary FictionMississippi Review publishes two issues a year, a prize issue and a second issue built around solicited work often on specific topics. Occasionally we will put out a call for work on a special topic, but in general we only accept unsolicited work through our contest, which you can submit to online or through the post.
Misty Review Literary FictionA magazine with a focus on “identifying breathtakingly beautiful words”. This new magazine is open to online submissions as well as applications from potential editors.
New Walk Literary FictionFrom October 2017 this international print journal of art, writing and review will be replaced by a series of pamphlets, available by subscription. During its run the magazine featured poets such as Andrew Motion and Alice Oswald.
Open Mouse Literary FictionOriginally developed as part of the Poetry Scotland site, The Open Mouse is now an independent online publication which features poems by writers from anywhere in the world.
StoryQuarterly $5.00Literary FictionWe are interested in literary fiction, including short stories, short shorts, and novel excerpts up to 6,250 words in length, and creative nonfiction. We select work on the basis of style, craft, freshness, and vision.
Tribe Literary FictionA multi-disciplinary arts magazine run by international media charity Tribe. Describes itself as “interested in the art of creativity, not the creativity of art“.
Scrittura Literary Fiction, PoetryAn online literary magazine founded in 2015 that aims to provide a home for exciting writers from across the world. Scritturapublishes prose, poetry and dramatic scripts.
Ninth Letter Literary Fiction, Poetry, EssaysNinth Letter is published semi-annually at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. We are interested in prose and poetry that experiment with form, narrative, and nontraditional subject matter, as well as more traditional literary work. To make life easier for everyone, including yourself, please adhere to the following guidelines when submitting your work to Ninth Letter:
Cherry Tree Literary JournalCherry Tree are writers who value and publish well-crafted short stories, poems, and creative nonfiction essays that are not afraid to make us care. They want work that braves to be, that dares to be. They encourage well-informed work where the form understands its relationship with the content. Cherry Tree wants pieces that seem wise, that are unafraid to confront topics that matter, and that speak with urgency, that beg for an ear to listen. They want to read vividly-drawn characters who challenge and enlarge our sympathy.
Eventus Magazine Literary TravelEventus is a literary travel magazine that explores the positive influences of people and place. Through a series of creative works, their global collective of adventurers write about pivotal moments, engage with inspiring individuals and seek out the unusual.
The Woven Tale Press Literary TravelThe Woven Tale Press, a fine arts and literary magazine, monthly exhibits the literary, artful, and innovative. The WTP mission is to grow Web traffic to noteworthy writers, photographers, and artists, both emerging and established. Contributors are credited with interactive URLs back to their sites. By growing this Web traffic, WTP also aspires to garner the interest of galleries and literary agents who may turn to its pages seeking new talents. Their monthly magazine has featured multiple Pushcart Prize nominees, poet laureates, and internationally acclaimed artists.
Amper & Sand Publishing Literary, MysteryAmber & Sand welcomes online submissions of short fiction (5,000 – 8,000 words) and novellas (under 70,000 words). They are interested in stories set in London or that have a transatlantic connection. Feminist and queer perspectives are particularly favoured.
The Letters Page Litereay FictionProduced by the School of English at the University of Nottingham, this journal publishes correspondence-themed writing, with the letter as its main form.
Doppelgänger Magical Realism, Realism, FictionThis magazine publishes three pieces of magical realist fiction and three pieces of realist fiction in each issue, with the goal of creating an interesting juxtaposition of genres. New and established writers are equally welcome.
Battery Pack MicrofictionOur own palm-sized anthology of microfiction, distributed for free alongside Neon Literary Magazine and in a smattering of independent bookshops around the UK. Each yearly edition features six stories, none more than seventy words in length.
ZiN Daily Multiple genresZiN Daily is the living document and online creative laboratory of ZVONA i NARI in Istria, Croatia, where literature happens every day. ZiN Daily is specifically looking for boundary- and border-crossing work that illuminates underexplored connections as we build a common platform for mutual solidarity and exchange. We seek visual arts, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry in English, Croatian, Serbian, Bosnian, Montenegrin, French, German, and Italian. Translations are strongly encouraged. We look forward to hearing from you!
Baltimore Review Poems, Short Stories, Fiction, Creative Non FictionThe mission of The Baltimore Review is to showcase Baltimore as a literary hub of diverse writing and promote the work of emerging and established writers.
Calyx 3 – 5Poems, Short Stories, Fiction, Creative Non FictionCALYX, A Journal of Art and Literature by Women, accepts submissions of poetry, short fiction, visual art, essays, reviews, and interviews annually from October 1 – December 31. We are always open for submissions of art and book reviews.
Copper Nickel Poems, Short Stories, Fiction, Creative Non FictionCopper Nickel, the national literary journal housed at the University of Colorado Denver, is published twice a year, in March and September. Each issue includes poetry, fiction, essays, and “translation folios,” which feature translated work introduced by the translator(s).
New England Review $3.00Poems, Short Stories, Fiction, Creative Non FictionWe welcome fiction, poetry, nonfiction, drama, translation, creative writing for the web site (NER Digital), cover art, and art for our website. For translations, please confirm that translation rights are available. We only accept writing that has not been published previously, whether in print or on the web. Please send only one submission at a time per genre.
Allegro Poetry PoetryThis online magazine publishes four issues each year, two of which are for general poetry and two of which follow a set theme. The editor is Sally Long.
Amaryllis PoetryThe poetry blog of Poetry Swindon. Publishes new material twice a week, every Monday and Thursday. Open to submissions from writers anywhere in the world.
And Other Poems PoetryThe aim of this online literary magazine is to give readership to poems which would not otherwise be available: out of print or unavailable poems, poems published in print but not online, competition poems, and unpublished poems.
Anima Poetry PoetrySeeks to publish “contemporary poems which dare to look beyond the materialist paradigm of mainstream western culture”. A new magazine, currently seeking submissions for its first edition.
Antiphon PoetryThis long-running online poetry magazine is dedicated to publishing the best in contemporary poetry, as well as reviews of books and pamphlets and articles about all aspects of poetry.
Atavic Poetry PoetryAn online magazine which specialises in traditional and fixed-verse poetry, as well as poetry in translations, articles and essays. They welcome reviews of UK poetry events.
Butcher’S Dog PoetryA new biannual poetry magazine, founded in the North East of England by seven poets who each won a Northern Promise Award from New Writing North in 2010 or 2011.
Cannon’S Mouth PoetryThe Cannon’s Mouth is the quarterly journal of Cannon Poets. It aims to stimulate interest and encourage the participation of members and the wider community in the writing of poetry and its presentation to the public.
High Window PoetryThis online magazine publishes work in English by new and established poets from The UK and around the world. Alongside a lively and eclectic mix of poetry, each new issue contains an editorial, a literary essay, a selection of poems in translation, poetry reviews and occasional features.
Iota PoetryThis long-standing poetry magazine has recently relaunched and now also publishes fiction, art, essays, articles and other pieces alongside poetry.
Magma PoetryA long-running poetry magazine. Each issue of Magma is compiled by a different editor, and adhered to a different theme.
Obsessed With Pipework PoetryA quarterly magazine founded in 1997, and prouduced by Flarestack Poets. The magazine aims to “surprise and delight”. Although it has a limited web presence, back issues can be browsed on the website of The Poetry Library.
Picaroon Poetry PoetryA web journal which publishes unthemed and eclectic poetry. The editor is seeking “rogue” poets, but has a fairly open definition of that term. Picaroon Poetry also occasionally publishes chapbooks.
Pleiades PoetryOur open reading period is during the months of July (for the summer issue) and December (for the winter issue) only.
Poetry London PoetryPublishes poetry and reviews. Publishes contemporary poets alongside new voices. Runs a competition and regular readings.
Pøst PoetryThe purpose of this online journal is to seek new poetic tools to represent contemporary society, which is characterized by globalization (suppression of geographical borders, blending of languages) and plurality (fluidity in any and every form, fragmentation of identities). Pøst wants to read poems of all kinds (free verse, narrative, experimental, fragmentary, usw.), in English, in French, in Frenglish, short poems, long poems, lyrical poems or mechanical poems or lyrico-mechanical poems, urban poems, poems that taste like soil, poems that mix the old and the new.
Prole PoetryProle is a print magazine that publishes high-quality, accessible poetry and prose. It aims to challenge, engage and entertain – but never exclude. The publisher, Prole Books, also produces chapbooks.
Quarterday Review PoetryThis magazine aims to publish outstanding poetry in multiple formats on the four traditional Celtic quarter days: Imbolc(February), Beltane (May), Lughnasagh (August) and Samhain (November).
Reach Poetry PoetryThis magazine has now been published for more than a decade, with a stunning two hundred issues in its archives. Features poetry. Produced by Indigo Dreams, who also administer a number of other literary magazines and chapbooks.
Rialto PoetryPublishes poetry. Publishes established poets alongside emerging voices. Established in 1984.
Rockland PoetryThis magazine takes the form of a wax-sealed scroll of new poetry and prose, distributed freely around London every fortnight.
Sarasvati PoetryEach successful contributor to this print magazine has three or four pages dedicated to their work – be that poetry or prose. Produced by Indigo Dreams, who also administer a number of other literary magazines and chapbooks.
Thief PoetryA micropublication produced by the international media charity Tribe, dedicated to poetry, haiku and very short fiction.
Three Drops From A Cauldron PoetryAn online journal for poetry, flash fiction, or any hybrid of the two with a focus on myth, legend, folklore, fable and fairytale. The name of the journal comes from a legend about the legendary Welsh sorceress Cerridwen.
Whatscene PoetryA free print publication focussed on life in East London and beyond. Publishes poetry online on its Facebook page, and may possibly feature it in print in the future.
Frogmore Papers Poetry , Fiction, ArtworkPublishes fiction, poetry and artwork. Frogmore Press also publishes several other titles and runs a poetry competition.
Dreamcatcher Poetry, Artwork and ReviewsPublishes fiction, poetry, artwork and reviews. Dream Catcher also runs various workshops and events in the East Midlands.
Little Star Poetry, FictionThe editor personally reads every submission received by Little Star and they encourage postal submissions rather than electronic submissions.
Moth Poetry, FictionThe Moth was launched at the Flat Lake Festival in June 2010 and is now winner of a DAA Arts Award. This Irish magazine publishes poetry, fiction and pictures from artists in Ireland and abroad.
Wildness Poetry, FictionSeeks to publish poetry, prose, art and photography. A brand new journal, currently seeking submissions for the first edition.
West Branch Poetry, Fiction, Essays, ReviewsPayment is awarded for accepted works in the amount of $50 per submission of poetry, $10/page of printed prose with a maximum payment of $100, and .$.05/word of online prose with a maximum payment of $100. Additionally, we provide each contributor with two copies of the issue in which his/her work appears and a one-year subscription to West Branch.
Arts and Letters $3.00Poetry, Fiction, Flash Fiction, Creative Non FictionArts & Letters is a national literary journal at Georgia College, operating out of the MFA program in Milledgeville, Georgia. One of the premier journals of the Southeast, Arts & Letters attracts young, fresh voices as well as well established writers
Cincinnati Review Poetry, Fiction, Flash Fiction, Creative Non FictionSince its inception in 2003, The Cincinnati Review has published many promising new and emerging writers as well as Pulitzer Prize winners and Guggenheim and MacArthur fellows.
Bare Fiction Poetry, Fiction, Non FictionDespite the name this magazine publishes poetry, theatre and other forms of writing along with fiction. See the website for event listings and details of a planned competition.
Blackbird Poetry, Fiction, Non FictionBlackbird: an online journal of literature and the arts was founded in 2002 by the Department of English at Virginia Commonwealth University and New Virginia Review, Inc. The journal is currently published by the VCU Department of English; Cofounder Mary Flinn, former director of New Virginia Review, continues as one of the journal’s senior editors.
Cimarron Review Poetry, Fiction, Non FictionOne of the oldest quarterlies in the nation, Cimarron Review publishes work by writers at all stages of their careers, including Pulitzer prize winners, writers appearing in the Best American Series and the Pushcart anthologies, and winners of national book contests.
Colorado Review $3.00Poetry, Fiction, Non FictionLaunched in 1956 (with the first issue featuring work by Langston Hughes, William Carlos Williams, E. E. Cummings, Henry Miller, Bertolt Brecht, and Mark van Doren), Colorado Review is a national literary journal featuring contemporary fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and book reviews. Each issue is approximately 200 pages. Published three times a year, CR has a circulation of approximately 1,100, is carried by university and public libraries across the country, and is distributed by Kent News to independent bookstores. The journal receives over 9,000 manuscript submissions each academic year.
Cutbank Poetry, Fiction, Non FictionCutBank has been around forty-plus years as Montana’s foremost literary magazine, founded in 1973 by the Creative Writing program at the University of Montana and helmed initially by favorite literary son William Kittredge.
Ecotone $3.00Poetry, Fiction, Non FictionEcotone’s mission is to publish and promote the best place-based work being written today. Founded at the University of North Carolina Wilmington in 2005, the award-winning magazine features writing and art that reimagine place, and our authors interpret this charge expansively.
Faultline Poetry, Fiction, Non FictionFirst published in 1992 by founding editor Alyn Warren, Faultline is UC Irvine’s Pushcart prize-winning journal. Housed in UC Irvine’s Department of English and produced by the graduate students of the Programs in Writing, Faultline features the work of emerging and established writers from the U.S. and abroad. The journal publishes new poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, translations, and art in an annual spring issue.
Image Poetry, Fiction, Non FictionImage welcomes unsolicited submissions and consider all submissions carefully. All the work they publish reflects what they see as a sustained engagement with one of the western faiths—Judaism, Christianity, or Islam. That engagement can include unease, grappling, or ambivalence as well as orthodoxy; the approach can be indirect or allusive, but for a piece to be a fit for Image or Good Letters, some connection to faith must be there.
Iowa Review $4.00Poetry, Fiction, Non FictionThe Iowa Review looks for the best poetry, fiction, and nonfiction being written today and is often pleased to introduce new writers. Non-contest manuscripts are welcome during the fall semester only: September, October, and November.
Missouri Review $3.00Poetry, Fiction, Non FictionThe editors invite submissions of poetry, fiction and nonfiction of general interest (no literary criticism). Please clearly mark the outer envelope as fiction, poetry or essay. Do not mix genres in the same submission. Payment rate is $40 per printed page. All prose manuscripts should be double-spaced.
Narrative $23.00Poetry, Fiction, Non FictionNarrative welcomes submissions of previously unpublished manuscripts of all lengths, ranging from short short stories to complete book-length works for serialization. Narrative regularly publishes fiction, poetry, and nonfiction, including stories, novels, novel excerpts, novellas, personal essays, humor, sketches, memoirs, literary biographies, commentary, reportage, interviews, and features of interest to readers who take pleasure in storytelling and imaginative prose.
North American Review Poetry, Fiction, Non FictionThe North American Review is the oldest literary magazine in America (founded in 1815) and one of the most respected. We are interested in high-quality poetry, fiction, and nonfiction on any subject; however, we are especially interested in work that addresses contemporary North American concerns and issues, particularly with the environment, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and class.
Western Humanities Review $2.00Poetry, Fiction, Non FictionWestern Humanities Review accepts unsolicited submissions of original poetry, fiction, nonfiction, hybrid work, audio/visual work, and essays year round. We recommend reading an issue or two before you submit your work—subscribe today or browse some samples online.
Sky Island Journal Poetry, Flash Fiction, Creative NonfictionBorn in the southern reaches of Arizona and New Mexico, Sky Island is an independent online literary journal with an international reach. We are dedicated to discovering, curating, and publishing the finest original poetry, flash fiction, and creative nonfiction. Your best writing deserves an audience, and it is our singular mission to provide our readers with a powerful, focused, advertising-free literary experience that transports them: one that challenges them intellectually and moves them emotionally.
Columbia Review Poetry, Flash Fiction, Short FictionThe Columbia Review 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. They accept and publish submissions from writers and artists not affiliated with Columbia University.
Acumen Poetry, ReviewsPublishes poetry and reviews. Acumen is long-established and well read.
Agenda Poetry, ReviewsPublishes poetry and reviews. Agenda was founded in 1959 by Ezra Pound and William Cookson. It publishes regular anthology issues and occasional special issues that focus on just one poet.
Envoi Poetry, Reviews, ArticlesPublishes poetry, reviews and articles. Established for more than fifty years. Cinammon Press also publishes anthologies and runs several competitions.
Foxglove Poetry, Short FictionThis online journal aims to be a haven for poetry and short fiction, featuring work that “thrills, comforts and stimulates”.
Riggwelter Poetry, Short Fiction, Speculative FictionA journal of creative arts founded by Amy Kinsman in 2017. It releases an issue once a month, and is open to submissions of poetry, short fiction, visual art and experimental media.
Wordhaus RomanceSend Wordhous your sagas of passion, your daring tales of suspense, chronicles of strange creatures from other dimensions, but keep them under 2,500 words. Wordhaus is not currently able to pay contributors for submissions. However, they do promote their weekly releases on Twitter and Facebook.
Albedo One Sci-FiBased in Ireland, this magazine is “Europe’s westernmost outpost” of science fiction writing. It publishes at least one Irish writer per issue, as well as work from writers around the world. They also publish reviews and interviews, and run the annual Aeon competition.
Analog Science Fiction and Fact Sci-FiStories in which some aspect of future science or technology is so integral to the plot that, if that aspect were removed, the story would collapse. Try to picture Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein without the science and you’ll see what I mean. No story! The science can be physical, sociological, psychological. The technology can be anything from electronic engineering to biogenetic engineering. But the stories must be strong and realistic, with believable people (who needn’t be human) doing believable things–no matter how fantastic the background might be.
Apex Magazine Sci-FiApex Magazine is an online prose and poetry magazine of science fiction, fantasy, horror, and mash-ups of all three. Works full of marrow and passion, stories that are twisted, strange, and beautiful. Creations where secret places and dreams are put on display.
Asimov’s Science Fiction Sci-FiAsimov’s Science Fiction magazine is an established market for science fiction stories. Asimov’s pays 8-10 cents per word for short stories up to 7,500 words, and 8 cents for each word over 7,500. They seldom buy stories shorter than 1,000 words or longer than 20,000 words, and they don’t serialize novels. Pays $1 a line for poetry, which should not exceed 40 lines. Asimov’s will consider material submitted by any writer, previously published or not. They have bought some of our their best stories from people who have never sold a story before.
Clarksworld Sci-FiClarkesworld Magazine is a Hugo and World Fantasy Award-winning science fiction and fantasy magazine that publishes short stories, interviews, articles and audio fiction. Issues are published monthly and available on their website, for purchase in ebook format, and via electronic subscription. All original fiction is also published in a trade paperback series from Wyrm Publishing.
Daily Science Fiction Sci-FiDaily Science Fiction is a professional publication of science fiction, fantasy, slipstream, and more. If you’d like to submit your original stories or artwork for publication, it is the place for you.
Fantasy & Science Fiction Magazine Sci-FiFantasy & Science Fiction Magazine are looking for stories that will appeal to science fiction and fantasy readers. The SF element may be slight, but it should be present. They prefer character-oriented stories and receive a lot of fantasy fiction, but never enough science fiction or humor. They publish fiction up to 25,000 words in length.
Lightspeed Sci-FiLightspeed is seeking original science fiction and fantasy stories. All types of science fiction and fantasy are welcome. No subject should be considered off-limits, and they encourage writers to take chances with their fiction and push the envelope. Lightspeed does not accept simultaneous submissions or multiple submissions. You may submit one science fiction story and one fantasy story once every seven days.
Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show Sci-FiOrson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show is looking for stories of any length in the genres of science fiction and fantasy. Within these genres, they like to see well-developed milieus and believable, engaging characters. They also look for clear, unaffected writing. Asimov, Niven, Tolkien, Yolen, and Hobb are more likely to be our literary exemplars than James Joyce. They pay 6 cents a word.
Shoreline Of Infinity Sci-FiThis science fiction magazine wants stories that explore the uncertain future of the world, and play around with both big and little ideas.
Strange Horizons Sci-Fi, Speculative Fiction, Non-FictionStrange Horizons is a magazine of and about speculative fiction and related nonfiction. Speculative fiction includes science fiction, fantasy, horror, slipstream, and all other flavors of fantastika. Work published in Strange Horizons has been shortlisted for or won Hugo, Nebula, Rhysling, Theodore Sturgeon, James Tiptree Jr., and World Fantasy Awards.
American Short Fiction $3.00Short FictionAmerican Short Fiction has published, and continues to seek, short fiction by some of the finest writers working in contemporary literature, whether they are established or new or lesser-known authors. In addition to its triannual print magazine, American Short Fiction also publishes stories (under 2000 words) online.
Fiction Desk Short FictionThe Fiction Desk publishes a regular anthology series dedicated to new short fiction, as well as running a number of other literary projects.
One Throne  Short FictionOne Throne showcases the foremost in writing, which includes all genres and spans all styles. They are open to submissions of previously unpublished short fiction and creative nonfiction (up to 7,500 words), flash (under 1,000 words), and poetry.
Bandit Fiction Short Fiction, Non FictionA digital magazine that aims to be welcoming to new authors, and non-discriminatory in its approach. The editors are seeking to publish short fiction and non-fiction. They offer feedback on most submissions, and are keen to hear from Creative Writing students and writers currently in education.
Cake Short Fiction, PoetryBased in the English Literature and Creative Writing department at Lancaster University this magazine was set up by students in 2009. It features short fiction and poetry from anywhere in the world. Each issue is named after a different kind of cake.
Interpreter’S House Short Fiction, PoetryA long-established literary magazine, which has now been published for more than thirty years. Features short fiction and poetry. Also runs a yearly poetry competition with a top prize of £500.
Lighthouse Short Fiction, Poetry“We look to publish the best short fiction and poetry emerging from the UK writing scene.” This journal is run by Gatehouse Press (a publishing company based in Suffolk).
Passages North $3.00Short Fiction, Poetry, Creative Non FictionPassages North, the annual literary journal sponsored by Northern Michigan University, has published short fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction since 1979.
Prairie Schooner Short Fiction, Poetry, Creative Non FictionPrairie Schooner publishes short stories, poems, imaginative essays of general interest, and reviews of current books of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction.
Harvard Review $3.00Short Fiction, Poetry, Essays, Book ReviewsHarvard Review publishes short fiction, poetry, essays, and book reviews. Writers at all stages of their careers are invited to apply.
Hopkins Review Short Fiction, Poetry, Memoirs, EssaysThe Hopkins Review (New Series) is a literary quarterly published by the Johns Hopkins University Press for the Writing Seminars of the Johns Hopkins University. The original Hopkins Review was published by The Writing Seminars from 1947 to 1953. The Review (New Series) publishes short fiction, poetry, memoirs, essays on literature, film, the visual arts, music, and dance, as well as original photographs and reproductions of visual art, and reviews of books, performances, and exhibits.
Kenyon Review Short Fiction, Poetry, Plays, Excerpts from Longer WorksAll submissions are considered for both the Kenyon Review and KROnline. The two are aesthetically distinct spaces. The Kenyon Review urges their submitters to read and become familiar with both.
A Restricted View From Under The Hedge Short StoriesThis magazine from Hedgehog Press has, in its own words, “quite catholic tastes” and is looking to publish “work from every dusty corner of the broadest of churches.” The somewhat-unwieldy title is sometimes shortened to Arfur for simplicity.
Fictive Dream Short StoriesAn online magazine dedicated to the short story, built around the belief that powerful writing ensures that readers never slip out of the fictional world or dream that a writer creates. Open to submission from emerging and established writers.
Storgy Short StoriesAn online magazine dedicated to the literary short story. Built around a core group of dedicated writers, Storgy also accepts submissions and runs an annual competition.
The Red Line Short StoriesA magazine based around a bi-monthly short story competition with a fifty pound cash prize. The overall winner is selected from a shortlist by a different group of judges each time.
Nottingham Review Short Stories, Flash FictionA new British digital literary journal, publishing original short stories and flash fiction from around the world.
Popshot Short Stories, Flash Fiction, PoetryA fully-illustrated literary magazine that publishes short stories, flash fiction, and poetry from the literary new blood.
Idaho Review $3.00Short stories, poetryThe Idaho Review considers polished short stories and poetry for annual publication.
Structo Short stories, Poetry, Essays, InterviewsThis magazine publishes short stories, poetry, essays and interviews, and often features slipstream fiction and poetry in translation. Recent interviewees include Ursula K Le Guin and Margaret Atwood.
Fiction Short Story, Novella, NoveletteFiction is a literary magazine founded in 1972 by Mark Jay Mirsky, Donald Barthelme, Jane Delynn, and Max Frisch.
Abyss and Apex Speculative FictionSlipstream, YA, hypertext fiction, dark fantasy, science fiction puzzle stories, magical realism, hard science fiction, soft science fiction, science fantasy, urban fantasy, military science fiction, ghost stories, space opera, cyberpunk, steampunk . . . there is very little they will not look at, although they have a severe allergy to zombies, elves, retold fairy tales, sports, westerns, vampires, and gratuitous sex and violence. Abyss and Apex have no subject/topic preference, beyond a requirement that the work have a speculative element. They are happy to read stories that don’t quite seem to fit elsewhere.
Ideomancer Speculative FictionIdeomancer publishes speculative fiction and poetry that explores the edges of ideas; stories that subvert, refute and push the limits. They look for unique pieces from authors willing to explore non-traditional narratives and take chances with tone, structure and execution, balance ideas and character, emotion and ruthlessness. They are especially interested in non-traditional formats, hyperfiction, and work that explores the boundaries not just of its situation but of the internet-as-page.
Long Exposure Speculative FictionLong Exposure Magazine is dedicated to new voices, new ideas, and to seeing the world in different and innovative ways. This project aims to explore both the textual and the visual, bringing to light their dialogues and creative possibilities.
The Common $2.00Stories, Essays, PoemsWe seek stories, essays, poems, and dispatches that embody a strong sense of place: pieces in which the setting is crucial to character, narrative, mood, and language. We receive many submissions about traveling in foreign countries and discourage writers from submitting conventional travelogues in which narrators report on experiences abroad without reflecting on larger themes.

10 Replies to “The Ultimate List of Literary Journals in the UK and US: Where to Submit Your Writing”

    1. You’re welcome! I needed it as much as anyone I think 😂 I keep scrabbling together the same four or five websites and I am, inherently, too lazy for that…

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  1. Submitters need to know not only the type of literature – but submission periods – payment – and submission methods. .


    1. Hi Ken! Totally agree – but this list is for giving people a narrower starting point to them go and do some research! It took a while to compile and often submission periods and costs change so I would rather not publish information that’d go out of date quickly, which might be unhelpful


  2. Hello Sophie!

    Fantastic list, thank you!

    I was wondering if you would be interested in adding Auroras & Blossoms to it.

    Launched in 2019, Auroras & Blossoms is dedicated to promoting positive, uplifting, and inspirational art; and giving artists of all levels a platform where they can showcase their work and build their publishing credits. We publish poetry / poetry-graphy, short stories, six-word stories, paintings, drawings, and photography.

    We accept poetry from adults and 13-16 year-old writers via guardians / parents. We are also a family friendly platform and want no swear words, dirty words, politics or erotica.


    Thank you for your time!


  3. Hi! I was wondering if you could add my new online mag ‘urban desolation’ to your list? We are a non profit magazine based in the UK and are always open to submissions of any short stories, poetry ect.
    link –


    1. Hi Ben! Sure thing – I’ll edit that this weekend for you!


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