In September we shared 13 Publication Opportunities for Emerging Writers. This post got a great response and so here, by popular demand, are 25 more literary journals and magazines that welcome submissions from new and emerging writers.
Alaska Quarterly Review
Alaska Quarterly Review is a literary journal devoted to contemporary literary art, publishing fiction, short plays, poetry, photo essays, and literary non-fiction in traditional and experimental styles. The editors encourage new and emerging writers, while continuing to publish award winning and established writers as well.
The Allegheny Review
The Allegheny Review only accepts submissions from currently enrolled undergraduate students. Now entering its 31st year of publication, it is one of America’s few nationwide literary magazines dedicated exclusively to undergraduate works of poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction and artwork. Submissions for the 2014 issue close on 15 December.
As a national, non-profit HIV/AIDS magazine, A&U is interested in publishing original literature, art, opinion, and reportage relating in any way to the AIDS pandemic. They encourage all topics related to HIV/AIDS, including international perspectives, personal accounts, historical perspectives, and personal responses to HIV-related art or artists. They also welcome English translations of work that is unpublished or previously published in a language other than English. New writers are highlighted through an ‘Emerging Voices’ section.
Blue Monday Review
Blue Monday Review is a brand new online literary magazine. They are currently seeking any and all forms of writing and art for their inaugural issue. Prose can be up to 8000 words and poets can submit up to 6 poems. Blue Monday Review will consider previously published work.
With its fiction currently edited by Junot Diaz, Boston Review is a prestigious and popular literary magazine. Non-fiction submissions should be under 5000 words and fiction up to 4000 words is considered. The reading period is between 15 September and 15 June. Boston Review also runs an annual short story contest.
CHA: An Asian Literary Journal
CHA is the first Hong Kong-based online literary quarterly journal dedicated to publishing quality poetry, short stories, creative non-fiction, drama, and reviews written in English, as well as photography and art. It has a strong focus on Asian-themed creative work or work done by Asian writers and artists. It also publishes emerging writers around the world. Fiction and creative non-fiction pieces can be be up to 5000 words long; poems should be no more than 60 lines.
Philadelphia-based Cleaver Magazine publishes cutting-edge art and literary work from a mix of established and emerging voices. They publish poetry, short stories, essays, flash prose, and visual art on a quarterly basis. They also publish new book reviews weekly.
Creative Nonfiction draws heavily from unsolicited submissions. The editors believe that ‘providing a platform for emerging writers and helping them find readers is an essential role of literary magazines’. A typical issue of CNF contains at least one essay by a previously unpublished writer. General submissions are read year round.
Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine
Launched in 1941 Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine is a monthly digest size fiction magazine specialising in crime fiction, particularly detective fiction. Unsolicited submissions are welcome through their online submissions manager. Writers who have not been previously been published will have their work considered their ‘Department of First Stories’.
The Fiction Desk
The Fiction Desk publishes a quarterly anthology of new short fiction. Each volume contains around ten short stories from new and upcoming writers. Stories can be from 2,000 to 11,000 words, and should be submitted through their online form. The majority of the stories they publish are unsolicited. The Fiction Desk is based in the United Kingdom but submissions are accepted from authors around the world.
Harper’s Magazine is the oldest general-interest monthly in America. While it is extremely competitive, Harper’s does accept unsolicited submissions of fiction and non-fiction. Fiction manuscripts and non-fiction queries should only be submitted via mail.
Harvard Review publishes short fiction, poetry, essays, drama, and book reviews. Writers at all stages of their careers are invited to apply; however, the editors warn they can only publish a very small fraction of the material the receive. The reading period runs from 1 September to 31 May.
The Humber Literary Review
Toronto’s Humber Literary Review is a new literary and arts magazine established by the English Department of Humber College. They accept submissions of fiction, non-fiction, essays, poetry, and artwork from prominent and emerging voices. The editors are particularly looking for work that is provocative, inspiring, entertaining, and exciting.
The Iowa Review
The Iowa Review publishes short stories, flash fiction, graphic novels, self-contained novel excerpts, and plays; poetry of all kinds; and all manner of creative nonfiction, including personal essays, lyric essays, memoirs, and literary journalism. They look for the best writing available and are often pleased to introduce new writers. Entries for The Iowa Review Awards, given in fiction, poetry, and literary non-fiction, are accepted during January.
The Lifted Brow
The Lifted Brow is a magazine from Australia and the world, printed bimonthly with a digital edition produced fortnightly. The magazine has a particular focus on originality, humour and experimentation. They accept submissions of fiction, essays, art, comics. They are also looking for columnists.
The Louisville Review
The Louisville Review was founded in 1976 and has proud tradition of fostering the development of new writers. Submissions of previously unpublished manuscripts are invited. The Louisville Review also accepts submissions of previously unpublished poetry from students in grades K to 12. They seek writing that looks for fresh ways to recreate scenes and feelings.
MadHat (Mad Hatters’ Review) seeks to foster the work of writers and poets.They are particularly interested in risky, thematically broad, psychologically and philosophically sophisticated works. MadHat is open to authors of all creeds and distinctions, from the emerging to the distinguished.
The Malahat Review
The Malahat Review is one of Canada’s most acclaimed literary magazines. They publish poetry, short fiction, and creative nonfiction by new and established writers from Canada and abroad as well as reviews of Canadian books. Unsolicited submissions of short fiction may range in length from 1,200 to 8,000 words. According to their website, Malahat often receives stories with potential that nevertheless require further refinement. Occasionally it will ‘tentatively accept’ a story of particular promise. With the author’s agreement, a fiction board member will work closely with him or her to revise the story in order to evolve to final publishable form.
Narrative Magazine welcomes submissions of previously unpublished manuscripts of all lengths, ranging from short short stories to complete book-length works for serialisation. Narrative Magazine regularly publishes fiction, poetry, and non-fiction, including stories, novels, novel excerpts, novellas, personal essays, humour, sketches, memoirs, literary biographies, commentary, reportage, interviews, and features of interest to readers who take pleasure in storytelling and imaginative prose. In addition to submissions for issues of Narrative Magazine itself, writers are also encouraged to submit their work for their Story of the Week, literary contests, and Readers’ Narratives.
The Paris Review
The Paris Review is one of the world’s most respected literary magazines. Again, publication is highly competitive but submissions are accepted from new writers. All submissions must be in English and previously unpublished. Writers may submit no more than one short story, one non-fiction manuscript, or six poems at a time. The editors strongly suggest to all who submit that they read the most recent issues of The Paris Review to acquaint themselves with material the magazine has published.
Established in 1926, Prairie Schooner’s intention is to publish the best writing available, both from beginning and established writers. Prairie Schooner publishes short stories, poems, interviews, imaginative essays of general interest, and reviews of current books of poetry and fiction.
The Sun is an independent magazine that publishes personal essays, short stories, interviews, poetry and photographs. Writing from The Sun has won the Pushcart Prize, been published in Best American Short Stories and Best American Essays, and been broadcast on National Public Radio. Submissions from both emerging and established writers are encouraged.
Tin House magazine has published the likes of Sherman Alexie, Aimee Bender, Lydia Davis, Seamus Heaney, Rick Moody and Francine Prose. It also considers itself to be a ‘jumping-off point’ for unpublished writers and anyone taking risks, pushing form and language. They accept submissions between 4 September and 31 May and the summer and winter issues are not themed. Submissions for the Summer 2014 issue close on 15 January.
The Write Room
Online journal The Write Room publishes quality works of fiction, non-fiction, memoir, and poetry from new and established writers. They are also interested in reviews, interviews, and articles of interest to writers. They do not publish pieces that have previously been published, either online or in print.
In 1997, Francis Ford Coppola launched Zoetrope: All-Story, a quarterly magazine devoted to the best new short fiction and one-act plays. Be warned, All-Story receives around 12,000 submissions each year but they remain committed to publishing new, promising writers. They also run an annual short fiction contest.