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15 Literary Magazines for New & Unpublished Writers

Literary Magazines for New and Unpublished Writers 2016

Our previous lists of magazines that welcome submissions from new and previously unpublished writers (see here and here) have both received a huge amount of positive feedback. So, by popular demand, here are 15 more literary magazines that are happy to hear from writers who may not have had their work published before.

Before you rush to start sending your latest story to every magazine on the list, Eva Langston from Carve Magazine has some excellent advice to help you avoid the mistakes writers most commonly make when submitting their work for publication. Also, check out this step-by-step guide to submitting your work from the editorial team at Neon.

1. The City Quill
is a new literary magazine exclusively for previously unpublished writers (they won’t hold school newspapers or personal blogs against you but you shouldn’t submit your work to The City Quill if you ever had a journal, anthology or magazine). Fiction writers may submit up to two stories of 2500 words each, and non-fiction and poetry are also accepted. You don’t need to pay a submission fee but, for a small charge, you can have your work read and critiqued by a City Quill editor within two weeks.

2. Spry
is a literary journal that features undiscovered writers, as well as the work of more established voices. The editors, two recent graduates of the MFA program at Fairfield University, seek work that is concise, experimental, hybrid, or flashy and all submissions are read blind. Submissions for issue eight are currently open.

3. The Stinging Fly
was established in 1997 with the aim of giving new and emerging writers an opportunity to get their work out into the world. The Stinging Flying publishes new, previously unpublished work by Irish and international writers and it has a particular interest in promoting the short story. Each issue also includes a mix of poetry, book reviews and essays, alongside occasional author interviews and novel extracts.

4. The Broken City
is based in Toronto and is published twice a year. The magazine is primarily a venue for new writers that welcomes submissions of poetry, fiction, essays, comics, illustrations, photography and music/book reviews. Submissions for the winter issue are scheduled to open in mid-July and run until November.

5. Headland
is a New Zealand-based international literary journal of short fiction & creative non-fiction. It aims to give a voice to aspiring writers, alongside established authors, offering a platform for first-time publication and acting as a springboard for writers to explore and develop their potential, and showcase their early career works. Headland welcomes overseas submissions and seeks to publish an international story in each issue.

6.Verity La
is an online creative arts journal publishing short fiction, poetry, cultural comment, photomedia, reviews and interviews. Its mission is to publish as many new writers as possible: “even if you don’t yet have a publishing track-record we’re eager to hear from you.” There are no words limits and Verity La is also happy to hear from writers who would like to volunteer to read submissions.

7. Wasafiri
is Britain’s premier magazine for international contemporary writing. Published quarterly, it aims to promote work by both new and established voices from across the globe. Articles, essays, fiction and interviews should be less than 6000 words.

8. Green Mountains Review
based at Johnson State College in Vermont, is an award-winning literary magazine publishing poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, literary essays, interviews, and book reviews by promising newcomers as well experience writers. Green Mountains Review is open to submissions year round. All work submitted will be considered both for the annual print issue and for GMR Online.

9. The Hudson Review
publishes fiction, poetry, essays, book reviews; criticism of literature, art, theatre, dance, film, and music; and articles on contemporary cultural developments. Founded in 1948, the magazine serves as a major forum for the work of new writers and for the exploration of new developments in literature and the arts. It has a distinguished record of publishing little-known or undiscovered writers, many of whom have become major literary figures.

10.The MacGuffin
is a 160 page perfect-bound collection of poetry, short fiction, creative non-fiction, and visual art published three times a year by Schoolcraft College. Established in 1984, it aims to give a voice to deserving newer writers, by publishing their work alongside those of well-known writers. Fiction and creative non-fiction submissions may be up to 5000 words.

11. Sycamore Review
is Purdue University’s internationally acclaimed literary journal. SR publishes poetry, fiction, and non-fiction, as well as interviews, book reviews and art. It strives to publish the best writing by new and established writers and also to provide an online forum for lively literary discussion. Unsolicited submissions are accepted between 1 September and 31 March each year.

12. Glass Mountain Review
(not be confused with Green Mountains Review listed above) considers submissions from undergraduate and emerging artists provided they have not attended an MFA or creative writing PhD program. The editors will consider fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, art and “everything in between” and submissions are accepted year round.

13. The Daphne Review
publishes the work of young writers aged 14 to 18. All forms of original writing will be considered and submissions are welcomed from around the globe. The Daphne Review is accepting work for its Fall 2016 and Winter 2017 editions.

14. Antic
is an online literary magazine of new writing in fiction, nonfiction, poetry and criticism, featuring the works of new, emerging and established Australian writers, as well as a smattering of international ones. Submissions are currently being accepted for Antic’s second issue and all contributors are paid a small fee for their work.

15. Willow Springs
is produced within the Inland Northwest Center for Writers at Eastern Washington University. It publishes work by unknown and up and coming writers, and by U.S. Poet Laureates and Pulitzer Prize winners. Willow Springs accepts poetry submissions between September 1 and May 31, fiction between September 1 and April 30, and nonfiction all year-round.