Exquisite Corpse is 3rd on our list of Top Online Literary Magazines. The site started in 1983 as print journal founded and edited by poet legend Andrei Codrescu. The Corpse moved from print to online in 1999. At the time print magazines were still turning their noses way up at online publishing. Those of you who followed online publishing might remember this is the time Salon.com was just starting to gain a wide readership and gave the entire magazine and newspaper industry pause. For hardcore literary writers finding the Exquisite Corpse listed among those journals published solely online. It was a great academic journal. This wasn’t the Mississippi Review sticking its toe in the waters of online publishing. This was a full out plunge into the future.
Why is this a big deal? Literary fiction writers and poets do tend to be trailblazers. They many times will take writing in all different directions. They will risk form and content even style at times, but they will not throw away good writing for nothing. Well established poets want at least recognition, and fiction writers, if you can believe it, want money! Not many start-up publications on the web could afford to pay, and it took a magazine like the Corpse and Codrescu the help change the mind set of writers and universities. The publication always publishes great works, and simply it has done a lot for online literary publications.