Our criteria for this list has changed and
we feel the literary magazines on this list are much better ranked than our
previous list. It's always hard to build this list, but we looked about
close to 20 data points in coming up with this list. The most important
criteria we used this time was date of founding, number of national
anthologies publications (and we looked at a lot of them), and the quality
of work of and names of passed greats published in the magazines.
The purpose of this list is to help writers
find a place to publish their writing that will get them some recognition.
We feel when a magazine is published over a long period of time and is
recognized nationally we feel it gives the authors more opportunity for
exposure. Also these magazines tend to have a very good name in literary
circles. We know that many will not agree fully, and some will feel we’ve
left a good or great publication off the list. That’s okay. The best thing
to do is go to our
message boardsand post your opinion under our top 50 boards and make a case for adding
it to this list.
This list also includes BOLD
type where literary magazines take online submissions. We feel this is an
important step for a magazine to take. We feel that by taking submissions
online magazines are opening themselves up to many more voices and have a
better opportunity to find new talent that we want to read. To this end, we
have a suggestion. Go down this list and pick out a literary magazine that
takes online submissions. Go to their site and submit your work. Also while
you are there buy a subscription. Support those who support writers.
The best of the best. We didn't have any
commercial magazines on our last list, but it was a shame to leave this
literary magazine out. After lots of emails here it is one the oldest
and the most honored magazine of all. Started in the 1920s and has a
circulation of over a million readers. Online submissions:
Founded in 1971 Ploughshares is our best
and highest ranked university non-commercial literary magazine. It is
more honored by national anthologies than any other magazine except the
New Yorker. It is an outstanding publication. Online submissions:
Founded in 1857 and often honored by
national anthologies. This is another outstanding commercial magazine
with a very large circulation of about 400,000 readers. They do publish
new writers from time to time.
http://www.theatlantic.com/faq/Submissions by email.
Started in 1998 but quickly became
one of the best and best known literary magazines in the country. It has
been honored by national anthologies more times than many literary
magazine that have been publishing for over 100 years.
Is published by Georgia State university
and is in our top 10 of these 50 for being always in national
anthologies and winning awards. Founded in 1996 still less than 20 years
old but a great literary magazine. Online submissions: