Literary Journals

Bear Deluxe Magazine

Bear Deluxe Magazine

“The Bear Deluxe Magazine is a semiannual publication looking at place-based themes through a magazine format of journalism, creative nonfiction, essays, interviews, poetry, fiction and reviews.” Welcomes new writers. 50% freelance. Circ. 44K. Biannually. Pays on publication. Publishes ms within three months of acceptance. Buys first rights and online rights for one year. Accepts some reprints. Responds within three months.

Pays: $0.15/word. Or $75-$400 for fiction and nonfiction. $40 per poem.

PRISM international, Creative Writing Program

PRISM international, Creative Writing Program

“PRISM international is a quarterly magazine out of Vancouver, British Columbia, whose mandate is to publish the best in contemporary writing and translation from Canada and around the world. Writing from PRISM has been featured in Best American Stories, Best American Essays and The Journey Prize Stories, amongst other noted publications.” Welcomes new writers. Circ. 1K. Quarterly. Pays right before or right after publication. Publishes ms 1-6 months after acceptance. Buys First N.A. rights. No reprints. Responds within 1-6 months.

Pays $40 per page of poetry, $30 per page of prose.

Downstate Story

Downstate Story

“Downstate Story Inc. is an Illinois not-for-profit corporation founded in 1992 to publish Downstate Story, an independent, annual, literary magazine.” 100% freelance. Welcomes new writers. Annual. Publishes ms 6 months after acceptance. Buys first rights. No reprints. Responds in the fall.

Pays: $50/article, up to 2,000 words.

The Antioch Review

The Antioch Review

“The Antioch Review, founded in 1941, is one of the oldest, continuously publishing literary magazines in America. We publish fiction, essays, and poetry from both emerging as well as established authors. Authors published in our pages are consistently included in Best American anthologies and Pushcart prizes. Finalist for National Magazine Award for essays in 2009 and 2011 and for fiction in 2010. We continue to serve our readers and our authors and to encourage others to publish the “best words in the best order.” Welcomes new writers. Circ. 3K. Quarterly. Pays on publication. Publishes ms within six months. Buys all rights. Responds in 4-6 months. Sample copy available for sale online. Individual subscription $40, $60 Canada. Guidelines online.

Pays $20 per published page. “We don’t publish pieces longer than 8000 words.”

Black Warrior Review

Black Warrior Review

100% freelance. “Established in 1974 by graduate students in the University of Alabama MFA Program in Creative Writing, Black Warrior Review publishes fiction, nonfiction, poetry, comics, and art twice a year. Contributors include Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winners alongside emerging writers. Work appearing in BWR has been reprinted in the Pushcart Prize series, Best American Short Stories, Best American Poetry, PEN/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize, New Stories from the South, and other anthologies. The journal received a Whiting Literary Magazine Prize in 2019.” Welcomes new writers. Guidelines online.

$50-$500/article, depending on length

THEMA

THEMA

“THEMA is a theme-generated journal of short stories, poetry, art and photography, each issue a stand-alone anthology based on a unique theme. The journal is designed to provide a stimulating forum for established and emerging literary artists, to serve as source material and inspiration for teachers of creative writing, and to provide readers with a unique collection of creative work.”

Pays $10-$25.00.

Boulevard Magazine

Boulevard Magazine

“Boulevard’s mission is to publish the finest in contemporary fiction and poetry as well as definitive essays on the arts and culture, and to publish a diversity of writers who exhibit an original sensibility. It is our conviction that creative and critical work should be presented in a variegated yet coherent ensemble—as a boulevard, which contains in one place the best a community has to offer.” Biannual. Pays on publication. Publishes ms 4-8 months after acceptance. Buys First N.A. rights. No reprints.

Pays $100-$300 for prose; $25-$250 for poetry.

The Malahat Review

The Malahat Review

“The Malahat Review, established in 1967, is among Canada’s leading literary journals. Published quarterly, it features contemporary Canadian and international works of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction as well as reviews of recently published Canadian poetry, fiction, and literary nonfiction. On occasion, it also publishes interviews, essays, and issues on a single theme or author, such as Indigenous Perspectives (No. 197), The Victoria Issue (No. 200), and Queer Perspectives (No. 205).”

Pays $65 CAD/published page, includes two copies of the issue as well as a one year print subscription

Leading Edge

Leading Edge

“Leading Edge magazine publishes short stories, poetry, and essays that relate to science fiction, fantasy, and horror. We also contract for short-term blogs and art. The magazine was started in 1981 by a team of students from Brigham Young University and continues to be run by a team of dedicated volunteers. Leading Edge is a great place for both first-time and well-established authors.” Biannual. Pays on publication. Publishes ms 4-5 months after acceptance. Buys First N.A. rights, for six months. No reprints. Responds within one week.

Pays $10-$50.

The First Line

The First Line

“The purpose of The First Line is to jump start the imagination-to help writers break through the block that is the blank page. Each issue contains short stories that stem from a common first line; it also provides a forum for discussing favorite first lines in literature. The First Line is an exercise in creativity for writers and a chance for readers to see how many different directions we can take when we start from the same place.” 95% freelance. Welcomes new writers.

Pays $25-$50/stories of 300-5000 words; $25 for essays of 400-800 words; $5-$10 for poetry.

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