Hottest, Newest Lit Mags (Begun in 2012 or 2013)
By Rachel Peterson
The heat of summer hasn't quite begun, but that doesn't mean you can't get a sample of what's hot in the literary world. These mags were all published in the past year. We’re talking about the cutting edge of the lit-sphere, folks! Everything in this list is divided into content: what the magazine publishes. The categories are Creative Nonfiction, Fiction, Fiction & Creative Nonfiction, Poetry, Poetry & Fiction, and, finally, the journals who publish all three.
Writers take note: new lit mags are a great way to break into the publishing world. Most of these journals are actively seeking submissions.
Just Creative Nonfiction:
1966 is a literary magazine that celebrates research-driven creative nonfiction — prose that turns information into story and facts into art. All submissions should be creative nonfiction that has a research component. This might be travel writing or science writing or writing about a phenomenon (think McPhee’s Oranges or Roach’s Spook). Or, it might be a personal essay that includes both personal rumination and information gathered through research (think, perhaps, of Dinty Moore’s “Son of Mr. Green Jeans” or Anthony Farrington’s “Kissing”). It might be immersion memoir or immersion journalism or literary journalism or…we’re pretty flexible. Surprise us. But please do not send us nonfiction without a research component or fiction.
Cohort: A Fiction Anthology is an annual anthology that will be published, printed, and bound by Field Tiger Press, a micro-press founded by two MFA students at the University of Alabama MFA program. Cohort aims to feature quality fiction from creative writing graduate students around the world (That means you, MA's, MFA's, and PhD's!), and to publish works of fiction that are intelligent, risky, fresh, and fantastic, from any writer who has got the guts to write it (no matter what your educational background does or does not include). We appreciate good writing. Plain and simple. In fact, we appreciate the sentiment behind good writing. Sure, we each have our own preferences, stories and books that lean toward the fabulist and fantastic, but we are really just interested in reading fiction that is intelligent, risky, and fresh. If you've got a story under 10,000 words--a novel excerpt, a short story, a series of flash fiction pieces that are related (at least in your mind)--then send it our way. You can find further details on how to submit on our Submittable page.
Emerald Bolts is an Ireland-based webzine. It was founded by the poet and novelist Anatoly Kudryavitsky in September 2012 as a platform for new Irish and international flash fiction. The editor’s taste is eclectic, and he aims to publish the best, most exciting flash fiction being written now. Emerald Bolts magazine is always interested in work by unpublished writers, as well as celebrated ones. The editor aims to keep the waiting time short, less than two months, and the accepted entries will be published within three months of acceptance, sometimes sooner. There is only one editor, though, and he has to look after a couple of other equally important literary webzines. So please bear with him!
The Longbox Project. Our prompt is simple: "Why is this comic important to you." As a memory project for comic geeks, our prompt is simply meant to help you see your collection as both an inspiration and point of departure. Participating is easy: flip through your longbox, pick a comic that evokes a strong memory for you, and answer our prompt in 600-1200 words. If your story captures us, we'll publish it. You can do this more than once. In fact ,we'd like you do that. For more info, check out our submission page. You will also need to provide a cover image—we want to see the comic that you're writing about. We don't need (or want) to see any of the pages inside, however. The image should be high quality, so please scan the cover or take a tightly cropped photo on your best camera. If you can find the cover image on-line, all the better. Save the image to your desktop and attach it to your story via our submit page.
Just Fiction & Creative Nonfiction:
Rum Punch Press is the brainchild of two lovers of literature who are truly excited to find quality writing that we love and share it with the world. From the sandy shores of our very own sunny land of letters, we eagerly await writerly dispatches from parts unknown. So thrill us, chill us, beguile us, make us beg for more. If we need a drink when it’s all over, even better. Currently, Rum Punch Press is taking rolling submissions. We accept fiction and nonfiction that is thoughtful, brave, and polished. We are looking for something with a punch (pun intended). Rum Punch Press is new journal featuring high-quality, original fiction and non-fiction from writers who, like us, enjoy a little pop in their culture. It is our belief that quality defies genre, and while we definitely lean toward literary material, our minds are open to anything with a special punch that grabs our attention and won’t let us go. We’ve sailed through many ports of the literary world and seen wondrous things—sea monsters and pirates and sirens among them—and are happy to drop anchor on an isle of our own. We like water salty, drinks frozen, and writing that transports us. Whether you’re a fellow writer or simply someone who loves a compelling tale, well told, we hope that you’ll join us for a literary adventure. Cheers!
Kenning Journal publishes 4 times a year. We want your page poetry & spoken word. We want your art. We want you to talk to us! We want you to get involved. To comment. To send us emails when you get excited about things we publish. We want you to know what a kenning is. A kenning is a compound word that (can) have a metaphorical meaning. Rune caller is a kenning for wizard; ring-rich is a generous person; whale-road is the sea. Kenning wants your page poems & your spoken word poems. We want you to surprise us. We want poems that are funny, ferocious, beautiful, passionate, idiosyncratic. We want all forms, styles, and subjects as long as they make for good poems. We want your emotions, politics, bawdiness, and religious work. We don’t want your sentimental goop, your hate speech, your porn. We don’t want you to preach. We prefer form without formality. We prefer clarity to obscurity. We also prefer the complex to the simplistic (which is not the same thing as simple—but you already know that, yes?). We want you to move us! Most importantly, don’t bore us.
Parody. Whether your humor is high- low- or medium-brow, subtle or direct, we are looking for your poetry. We are certainly very fond of true parodies of famous (or non-famous) poems, but we will also consider your haiku, limericks, or any other bits and pieces that will fit on our pages. If you are unsure of what makes a parody, consult the wisdom of wikipedia. Some of our heroes (other than Weird Al Yankovic, our hero of heroes) include Ogden Nash, Shel Silverstein, E.E. Cummings, Garrison Keillor, Oscar Wilde, Dr. Seuss, They Might be Giants, and Tim Minchin. Whether your words are meant to be read from the page or sung out loud, if they make us laugh, they belong in our pages!
Just Poetry & Fiction:
Chagrin River Review is an online journal of fiction and poetry. The editors are faculty at Lakeland Community College, half an hour east of Cleveland, Ohio. This is a biannual literary magazine publishing new fiction and poetry in the Fall and Spring. The inaugural issue was released Fall 2012. Chagrin River Review is named after the Chagrin River, which flows into Lake Erie in the Northeast corner of Ohio. Not only do we publish work with Ohio connections, but any poetry and stories featuring original and powerful writing. We publish writers at all levels, emerging and established. RR not only publishes work with Ohio connections, but any poetry or stories featuring original and powerful writing. We publish writers at all levels, emerging and established.
All-Inclusive: Poetry, Fiction, & Creative Nonfiction:
O-Dark-Thirty is the literary journal of the Veterans Writing Project. Launched in May of 2012, it is a platform and hub for writing among veterans and members of the military community. The core of our work is The Report. It’s where the majority of our writing will live and will feature fiction, non-fiction, and poetry that is only lightly edited by our editors. Our quarterly literary journal is called The Review. Our editors choose from among your submissions the pieces that best suit our theme or that really stand out. We’ll also have a profile or interview with writers and teachers of consequence. Sometime soon, you’ll start to see links to our podcasts. These will include readings by our seminar participants and other friends, interviews, discussions, and more. So thanks for joining us. We hope you’ll come back regularly to check on us and to read the works. We also hope you’ll tell your friends to drop in. If you’re interested in writing for us, check out our submissions page.
ARDOR was founded as a non-profit online literary magazine in September 2012 and published its first issue in January 2013. Joe Hessert, Founding Editor of ARDOR, is a native of Maine and has his MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop. Joe has worked as the Assistant Fiction Editor at the Iowa Review and has editing experience at several newspapers and magazines. Most recently ,Joe has been an undergraduate English and writing instructor in Maine. We recommend taking a look at a recent issue of ARDOR for the best sense of what we're looking for, but in general terms, we seek writing that turns some small gears inside the reader's heart—writing that makes readers look at the world and at themselves in a way they couldn't without having read what you've written. Of course, original, inspired sentences (and paragraphs, and pages) are wonderful. We enjoy humor and wit and elements of the fantastic, but if pressed to choose what is most important to us —the heft of meaningful writing is something that we hope to find and showcase in ARDOR.
Belle Reve Literary Journal is a weekly updated online literary experience with a regional focus. In addition, periodic issues will be published throughout the year. We strive to capture everything that makes the South and its residents unique through the best contemporary literature we can find. The term “Belle Reve” is borrowed from Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire.' Belle Reve, which means beautiful dream in French, is the name of Blanche and Stella’s plantation home. In the play, the home is symbolic of lost hopes and a reminder of the dying southern tradition. Belle Reve's dream is to revive southern tradition by mixing the old with the new to create an authentic experience of southern life, past and present. We are currently accepting submissions for poetry, flash fiction, short stories, creative non-fiction, and art. We are also interested in excerpts of longer works that can stand alone. New and established writers are welcome to submit.
BLACKBERRY: a magazine aims to be a premier literary magazine featuring black women writers and artists. Its goal is to expose readers to the diversity of the black woman’s experience and strengthen the black female voice in both the mainstream and independent markets. Exceptional literature by black women did not stop with Maya Angelou and Toni Morrison. We hope to illuminate the new generations and reach back to those whose words may have been ignored. We are published 4 times a year on the first of March, June, September, and December. Each issue contains poetry, fiction, non-fiction, art, and photography by well-established and new voices. In the future, the website will contain excerpts from each issue, as well as fresh material from contributors, occasional spoken word features and author interviews.
Blue Lyra Review. A new literary journal of poetry, nonfiction, fiction, translations, and artistic images! We are particularly interested in Jewish writers and other minorities as well as nature themes but we are open to just about everything and everyone. (Please no horror, erotic, or something offensive!) We want poetry, essays, fiction, translations, and art. We accept submissions through Submittable from Jan 01 – Oct 15th only. We only consider unpublished work which means no online reprints from magazine, blogs, or other formats. We accept simultaneous submissions. We do not accept anything pornographic or something that may be offensive (use your judgment).
Blue Mesa Review is the literary journal of UNM’s Creative Writing MFA program, publishing internationally emerging and established creative voices. We are excited to continue our re-designed online journal with Issue 27, and want to celebrate the work of an artistic community as well. Artwork will be presented alongside written work in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Blue Mesa Review accepts previously unpublished work in Fiction (up to 6,000 words), Non-Fiction (up to 6,000 words), Poetry (3-5 poems), Book Reviews, Interviews, Graphic Novels, and Cover Art. With a rotating Editorial Board, each of our magazines is fresh and unique. In general, we are seeking strong voices and lively, compelling narrative with a fine eye for craft. We look forward to reading your best work! Selected artists will receive an online bio and blog post. Images will remain online for the duration of the issue. This is a great opportunity to create visibility for your work and reach a new audience.
Bodega releases digital issues on the first Monday of every month, featuring poetry, prose, and quarterly interviews by established and emerging writers. We’re here to give you a handful of essential pieces you can digest in one sitting. We are currently accepting submissions. And if you love that chicken timer as much as we do, you can get one of your very own...Anywho, send us your poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction: We accept simultaneous submissions and will always reach out before publishing your work, so there's no need to notify us if you're accepted elsewhere (congrats!). Please paste a brief cover letter into the body of your email and attach your writing as a .doc file. Make sure you send your submission to the appropriate editor.
Cleaver Magazine. Cleave is a Janus verb, meaning both to stick tight and to fall away. A cleaver is the most broad-edged and brutally efficient kitchen knife, designed to be swung like a hammer for the most effective channel of force. Cleaver Magazine was established in 2013 by Karen Rile and Lauren Rile Smith to share cutting-edge art and literary work from a mix of established and emerging voices. Cleaver publishes poetry, short stories, essays, dramatic monologues, flash prose (300 words or less), and visual art. Cleaver publishes reviews of poetry and literary fiction, with attention to small presses. For more information, contact our review editors or use our contact form. We are a quarterly journal. Look for issues in March, June, September, and December.
The College Review is an online publication that focuses on bringing new and fresh writers into the spotlight, with a special emphasis on those currently in college. Established in March of 2013, The College Review seeks to highlight issues of characters and conflict in interesting and thought-provoking ways. It is our mission to always provide the highest quality writing to readers and to bring unknown writers into the spotlight.T he College Review centers on discovering fresh talent in the writing world. Any kinds of stories are accepted, but they must have some sort of literary quality. Innovative and creative ideas are always accepted and encouraged, but The College Review remains focused on characters in conflict. For more information, head over to the "About Us" section of the website. If you're looking to submit, the "Submissions and Guidelines" area is the place for you. Be sure to like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and check back here for more news and information!
Conversations Across Borders publishes a monthly literary magazine, presents writing workshops, hosts readings, and brings writers together across our internal and external borders. We believe that reading, writing, and conversation help us see the world through the eyes of others and share our viewpoints with others. These conversations help us understand our shared relationship with one another. We develop the ability to make culturally, environmentally, and socially formed decisions toward a sustainable future. Our vision is a world of increased mutual understanding and connection across borders of all kinds. Our mission is to bring writers together across borders through workshops, literary publishing, readings, gatherings, and the ongoing practice of financially supporting the next generation of writers. Submissions of poems, essays, stories, or cross-genre work are accepted year-round. We are not looking for any sort of theme, focus, or particular intentions within the work, we’re “just” looking for high-quality writing.
The Cossack Review is a literary journal featuring poetry, short fiction, essays, and more. We publish in print and online, three times a year. Our mission is to print writing from authors both new and established, with the single and solitary goal of bringing exceptional pieces of poetry, fiction, and essay writing to light. We nominate for the Pushcart Prize and promote our contributors. We're fond of imagery, rich meaning, and deep psychological and emotional understanding. We publish writing that's proud, independent, capable, and complicated. The Cossack Review accepts electronic submissions of new work on a rolling basis. Work submitted will be considered for upcoming and future issues of the review.
Cowboy Poetry Press. Cowboys and cowgirls, heifers, madame’s, rustlers, train robbers, drifters, grifters, and thieves; dust off those boots and get out of the out house and back to the rustic life—because we want all western related material published or unpublished on fellow like ezines (no personal blogs or site work accepted; you must remove it before submitting, and please give us credit for first time publisher when you do post on personal sites). We’ll take dream like trail rides, dark and edgy confrontations, like raw milk squeezed right out of the tit. Don’t try to out ride us with your southern flavored material. We drink our coffee black. No cream or sugar in this barn. Food and shotguns will be allowed through the door. Drinks are on the house! We’ll also take modern and traditional bush verse, Native American, and any other bygone era style relating to a western theme…New writers are encouraged to submit. Essays and other will be considered for months in between publishing of poetry, prose, flash fiction, artwork, and photography. Send your best work.
Garbonzo Literary Journal. A bean. The garbanzo bean...found throughout the world in nearly every culture’s cooking, and a staple of the vegan diet...is an amazingly diverse bean capable of being bread flour, one thousand flavors of hummus, is full of protein, can look (depending on one’s perspective) like a heart or a mooning buttocks, and is one of the elder crops of humankind. As such, it is the perfect mascot for a literary magazine. We are calling out to all who have placed word on page (and even those who still carry all their works in the mind). Stories of up to one thousand one hundred and seventy two words, poems of up to forty-three lines, micro-fiction, macro-faction, limericks, villanelles, cinquains, couplets, couplings, creative non-fiction, non-creative fictions...and whatever form your moving, thoughtful, memorable tale wishes to take (which means disregard the rules, punkrock style).
Halcyon. Submit Poetry up to 30 lines, POV 3rd. Now accepting 1st person pov if told in the perspective of an inanimate object or animal (i.e., boat, flower, pier, caterpillar). Describe how the object or animal feels as it experiences the season! This should instil a sense of well being and inspiration. Light or deep, it should be something that makes readers want to dwell on what they read, and then reread the poem. It should be a symphony of words and sounds. I prefer punctuated poems and those where the first words are NOT all capitalized. For Short Stories, submit up to three pages, POV 3rd. Now accepting 1st person pov if told in the perspective of an inaminate object or animal (i.e., boat, flower, pier, caterpillar). However, the story must include an event that happens to the object. Describe how the object or animal feels as it experiences the season and how characters that learn about themselves and others, who sees the glass half full, etc. The end of the story should make a difference in the lives of others. Also, submit Recipes and Non-fiction Articles that provide ways for the reader to relax, make a difference in someone's life, inspire creativity, or discover scenic locations for vacations. Also, send up to five quotes that meet our needs (including attribution).
The Higgs Weldon is an online comedy literary magazine founded by Robin Higgins and Paige Weldon in January of 2013. It updates Monday through Friday and features everything from short stories to opinion articles to cartoons to lists of things featured on itself. We hope you like it! All written submissions should be about 1,000 words or fewer. Submit Opinion pieces, Fiction, Non-fiction, Miscellaneous section, Cartoons, and/or Short jokes (one liners). In need of inspiration? You can also submit to the Monthly Writing Prompt, Obituaries for Fictional Character, Anonymous Questions For Our Love Advice Column 'Daddy Knows Best,' and/or the Caption Contest.
Kalyani Magazine is a community focused around a semi-annual literary publication featuring diverse writing styles from women of color. Each issue explores one theme, word, or concept that impacts women in diverse ways. We specifically welcome submissions from previously unpublished authors. Our goal is to be an accessible literary magazine which encourages all women of color to view themselves as writers, readers, and supports each other on this path. Who is eligible: Women of Colour, anyone who self-identifies as a woman the majority of the time and who self-identifies as a person of colour (e.g. Asian heritage, Hispanic, African).
Kindred features work by fresh voices with a passion and talent for story. We want to publish work that is consistent with the way we feel life should be: connected, natural, simple. Kindred has neither literary nor political manifesto. We simply believe in the importance of living a life worth telling. Kindred seeks: prose, poetry, hybrid-prose, and visual stories that bring people together. We also welcome profiles of people and places that inspire the raconteur in you. We lean towards strong narrative, humor, exquisite language, a balance of the stunning and the raw, revelation, delicacy, depth, possibility, larger than life characters, unique settings, seeing into the life of things, the full and the empty, the deep power of joy, witty banter, and the triumph of kindness. The size of Kindred means we are selective in what we choose to publish. Shorter works generally fit better but we have included longer pieces of prose and long poems because the writing excited and delighted us. Surprise us!
The Literary Yard is an e-journal that aims at building up a repository of quality, critical articles, poems, short fiction, literary essays and reviews. The effort is to bring focus on the books, literature, and literary writing. The e-journal seeks to offer a constructive platform for book-lovers, readers, writers, and creative artists. Our effort is to tender platform to budding and struggling authors from all over the world. OCS is the founder and owner of the e-journal who seeks to promote the literary arts such as poetry, fiction, drama, novels, and essays, etc. in India, especially with a mix of folk culture.
The Lost Country. Though the group’s true origins lie much earlier, The Exiles were formally established in June 2012 as a literary club in the tradition of the Inklings of Oxford and the Fugitives of Vanderbilt University. They meet regularly to share and critique each other’s writing, discuss literary and aesthetic theory in general, and enjoy a pint among friends. Chiefly composed of former members of the defunct College of Saint Thomas More in Fort Worth, Texas, they owe their common identity, purpose, and ideas to the legacy of that institution and its Founders. The literary journal, called The Lost Country, considers original and previously unpublished poetry, fiction (short stories and excerpts), critical essays, translations, and book reviews.
The METRIC is an online literary publishing project. We aim to promote literary interestingness on the web at a grassroots level. METRIC’s origins are sprung from smaller e-zines. Having emancipated ourselves from these roots, we now dream of a magazine which allows for the critical freedom of anonymity,whilst maintaining the satisfaction of individual authorship. We endorse no one identity. We are friends of places that promote freedom of information, in that we believe that there is a need for nodes of literary catalysis on the web. We share stories before we share names and histories, trying to escape their boundaries with narrative. Here, information flows freely, and intelligence can ensue. Where else is thinking born, if not in free space? Where else can literature thrive, if not outside of the economy of attention that dominates our shared culture these days? The METRIC editors understand themselves as moderators, plucking strands of clouds – and organising them, so that readers can read as readers, not as part of a mob. We are one of many projects, and yet, like any other good project, we have a unique footprint which we try to create in our editions of new online literature. The Metric is looking for short fiction of any length (within reason), and any subject as well as poetry. Submit non-fiction, articles, or essays. The Metric always welcomes works of non-fiction regarding literature and related philosophy. We are also currently interested in writing regarding anonymous identities and global politics. Submit the bizarre, surreal, perverse, peculiar, witty, jovial and droll oddities -- anything, really.
Nat. Brut. "We're really into the new literary journal, Nat. Brut, but lit journal may be a misnomer—this is more like someone's exceptionally designed and well-curated collection of interesting works of art." — McSweeney's. Nat. Brut is currently accepting submissions of poetry, fiction, essays, interviews, reviews, short screenplays/theater scripts, and creative nonfiction/literary journalism. The best way to figure out what we're looking for is to read one of our issues. To electronically send us written submissions, click here. Please include all material you would like to have considered in one submission. We are also accepting visual art, short films, and audio content. Follow Nat. Brut on Twitter and Tumblr.
Newtown Literary is a new semi-annual literary journal published in electronic and paper formats. We look for fiction, creative nonfiction, essays, and poetry that go beyond entertainment and storytelling. The pieces we include for publication have struck us on a deep level. Pieces that juxtapose humor with grief, tell untold love stories, and replace cliché with innovation are examples of works that will find a home in Newtown Literary. Newtown, the journal’s namesake, was one of the original towns incorporated into the New York City borough of Queens in 1898. Newtown Literary is dedicated to writers from and writing about Queens, NY and allocates half the journal to these writers and their work. But this is not our exclusive focus, as we recognize that Queens is just as much a state of mind as it is a geographic boundary. The diversity of Queens is our inspiration and we hope to fill the journal with diverse stories, experiences, and voices. To read more about Newtown, Queens, visit the Newtown Historical Society.
Red Savina Review. What ended up being selected, and I don’t think I can fully explain this, were the stories that questioned how humans self-identify. When it all boiled down: the selections—fiction, creative nonfiction and poetry—published in the inaugural issue of Red Savina Review shared one common trait: authenticity. How does one judge authenticity in the literary arts? Intuition. And, if Heidegger was correct in his assumption that language is the house of Being, intuition, not logic, is the impetus of art and authenticity. Before we can come to either, it seems, we must purge those definitions attached to us like artificial appendages in public school, through mass media, in the university. The purpose of Red Savina Review is to record the writer’s struggle to wrest themselves from the bizarre marketplace of modernity in the quest to claim authenticity and thereby take a stand on Being. The work featured in the inaugural release, in my mind, is the beginning of what I hope to be a lengthy adventure is my sincere hope that you will join in that voyage by reading the e-zine and submitting literary works that will lend the Fall 2013 edition the stamp of authenticity and depth of thought.
Revolver. Are you interested in sharing your work with us? If so, select the appropriate category below, and submit your work to our editors. We don't divide Revolver into traditional genre categories—poetry, fiction, essay, etc.—so don't worry if you don't see a category that seems immediately right for your work. If your piece is fewer than 1,000 words, submit in the Short Range category; if it's over 1,000 words, submit in the Long Range category. If you're sending us your visual art, please use the Short Range category (which will accept jpeg, tiff, png, and gif formats). If you want an idea of what we publish, browse our site and order a copy of our first print edition OBLIVIONS. If you're on Facebook, please "like" our page (www.facebook.com/RevolverReaders/) to keep up with everything we're doing, including upcoming writing contests, Revolver events, and general chicanery.
Streetlight Magazine seeks to illuminate the far corners of human experience. Send us writing and art that is fully committed, uncompromising, and unafraid to rattle to the cage. Streetlight is an online, non-profit magazine dedicated to publishing new and noteworthy works of poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and art. The magazine began life as an annual print publication featuring works from central Virginia writers and artists. In 2012, the magazine moved to an online only presence, expanded to quarterly publication and began to accept submissions from across the nation and abroad. We are especially interested in the discovery of fresh new voices and talents, but always happy to hear from seasoned writers and artists too.
Toast Point Press. New food-based magazine Toast Point Press (Canada) seeks submissions for its inaugural issue (June 2013). Looking for short fiction and prose (2500 words max.), poetry, drawings, and photography. Prefers the witty, thoughtful, unique, and engaging. If you have work abut any and all of the food related arts; poetry, photography, short stories, video, original artworks, quotes, etc, then send it.
Unshod Quills seeks submissions of poetry, photography, and video poetry based on themes assigned by the editors. Adherence to our themes is totally open to the interpretation of the artist or writer, but each submission must be linked by the contributor to one of the themes. Past contributors have included Tammy Stoner, W.M. Butler, Catherine Platt, Helen Vitoria, Stephen Caratzas, Mike Meraz, Meg Tuite, Kevin Sampsell, Sean H. Doyle, Jamie Iredell, Zachary Schomburg, Riley Michael Parker, Gregory Crosby, Timothy Gager, Naoko Fujimoto, Chloe Caldwell, Renee Reynolds, Ginger wRong Chen, Emily Kendall Frey, Dayvid Jann Figler, Mary Ann Sullivan, Penina Finger, James H. Duncan, Eva Steil, John “Sugahtank” Roubanis, Bjorn Wahlstrom, A. Molotkov, Jamie Gusman, Jeff Pike, Jason Mashak, Cooper Lee Bombardier, and too many additional fine artists and authors to name. We pride ourselves in publication of both emerging and established artists and writers. Please submit.
Vine Leaves. "Vignette" is a word that originally meant "something that may be written on a vine-leaf." It’s a snapshot in words. It differs from flash fiction or a short story in that its aim does not lie within the realms of traditional structure or plot. The vignette focuses on one element, mood, character, setting, or object. It's descriptive, excellent for character or theme exploration and wordplay. Through a vignette, you create an atmosphere. A vignette can be written in a variety of forms. We’re looking for: prose, poetry, or script. The genres we’re the most interested in are: literary, mainstream, speculative, and slipstream. We will, however, accept all genres except erotica. Write something brilliant and woo us into publishing it! The visual snapshot: Artwork or photography will be considered for the cover and/or interior of each issue. Send us a piece of work you believe represents a slice of life and briefly describe why. Reviews of short fiction and/or poetry for our blog, preferably published by a small press. See guidelines for more information.
The Write Wing. We’re a pretty easy going gang here at The Write Wing. We want your works to be published just as much as you do. So, together, let’s make it happen! Below is a list of guidelines organized by type: art, fiction, flash fiction, or poetry. They’re quite easy to follow, and don’t require too much critical thinking. TO ALL SUBMITTING: if you are submitting in multiple categories, please send the material in a separate email. If you can make us laugh (in a good way), you’re golden. We do not “reject” people. If your piece is not accepted, it is simply because it does not fit our “voice.” We encourage you to pass the knowledge of this site on to your friends!
The Yeah Write Review is a unique literary magazine that is released 4 times per year. Each issue contains writing advice articles and a corresponding piece that showcases the topic of that article. Each article also has a unique “Two Cents” hyperlink at the ends that links to a discussion board where readers can discuss the topic of the article. We usually ask for stories that correspond with the topics of our advice articles. These topics are announced before creative (fiction, nonfiction, and poetry) submissions open. For example, in Issue 02, we had articles about mental disorders, short poetry, and memoir, so we published a story with a character who had a mental disorder, several short poems, and a memoir. However, you may also submit a piece that does not correspond to a topic. These un-categorized pieces are considered for an editor’s choice feature.
Zest Literary Journal. Two ladies, one from Boston and one from Glasgow, get together in a creative writing class in Glasgow and . . .’ Sound a bit like the beginning of a bad joke? Maybe, but it’s not! It’s actually the beginning of a new literary online journal. This is how Zest came into being. We have since put our hearts into creating a space that is meant to be warm and inviting to readers and authors alike. Our aim is always to respect, listen to, care for, and be amazed by all the authors, artists, and readers we have the pleasure of interacting with. We are most interested in writing that puts us in awe, makes us envious, that makes us laugh, cry, and rage; that is comforting and familiar, that is risky and dangerous. Welcome to our small corner of the literary journal world where we hope you will be refreshed, inspired, and energized to read, write, and create! We accept material from the following genres: Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Poetry, Flash Fiction/Creative Nonfiction, Micro Fiction/Creative Nonfiction, and Art/Photography.
Born in Bloody Harlan, Kentucky, Rachel teaches college near Springfield, Ohio. Her academic adventures have led to an MFA in Poetry and MA in Religion. She also has had the good fortune to travel widely and participate in service work both in the US and abroad. A poem from manuscript is featured in Literary Imagination. More poems can be found in Arsenic Lobster, Midwestern Gothic, and The Los Angeles Review. “Elegy of the Gun,” published by LAR, was just nominated for Best New Poets.