Written by Emily Harstone

13 Literary Journals Open to Other Art Forms

Most literary journals publish poetry and fiction. Many also publish creative nonfiction, essays, reviews, and visual art (largely paintings, drawings, and photography). Most do not publish anything else.

However, all of the journals linked to here are interested in a variety of mediums. Some want you to submit your songs, others your short videos. These are great places to submit to if you are a writer and a singer (for example). They are also worth sharing with your non-writer friends. Do you know a great director of short films? Perhaps this list would benefit them. Most people outside of the literary community do not know about these publication options, so spread the word.

The list is in no particular order. Keep in mind that not all of these journals are open to submissions at all times.

Abstract is seeking poetry, flash fiction (1,000 words or fewer), and creative nonfiction (essays and memoirs). They are also interested in multimedia submissions with audio and video content. And, they accept queries concerning academic articles, book reviews, craft essays, gallery reviews, art reviews, music reviews, collaborations, and interviews. They will consider submissions in any style or genre.

Ink Brick

Ink Brick is a beautiful print journal of comics poetry. Yes, you read that right. They publish comics that are poems, or poems that are comics. Either way, they are great.

Carte Blanche
This Canadian literary journal accepts submissions in the all the normal categories as well as photography, photo essays, comics (up to 30 pages in length), and audio (which can involve words, or not). They pay.

Booth publishes fiction, poetry, nonfiction, lists, and comics.

This is an established literary journal that publishes poetry, fiction, nonfiction, art, reviews, and comics. They pay their authors.

They publish stories, reviews of anything (including people), and most visual art (except photographs), including comics.

Going Down Swinging
This Australian print and electronic journal publishes poetry, short stories, and also comics. They also regularly publish audio content.

Mookychick is an online publisher of fiction, poetry, nonfiction, photo essays, and reviews that cover just about everything. Eclectic and inclusive, they aim to connect like minds of all varieties.

Bottlecap Blog
Besides fiction and poetry, Bottlecap Blog also seeks multimedia literary submissions, including, but not limited to, comics, films, and works of visual art.

Belletrist is an online and print journal produced by the students at Bellevue College. They are looking for poetry, fiction, nonfiction, playwriting, graphic literature, and art that wants to get noticed.

1001 Journal
1001 Journal is an annual print project produced by the students in the Certificate Program at the Independent Publishing Resource Center in Portland, Oregon. This handsomely designed, handmade journal houses poetry, prose, and comics.

The Cincinnati Review
In print since 2003, The Cincinnati Review is a well-established journal publishing fiction, nonfiction, poetry, reviews, translations, dramas, artwork, and micro writing.

Open: Journal of Arts & Letters
A new online platform for aesthetic endeavors, Open: Journal of Arts & Letters features a broad range of fine arts: fiction, nonfiction, poetry, book reviews, mixed literary media, screen writing, playwriting, digital arts, sculpture, pottery, printmaking, painting, photography, ceramics, and textiles, as well as interviews with writers, artists, musicians, and performance artists. It is important to note that at the start of each month, all submissions are fee free, and when each category hits 100 submissions (which happens sooner in some categories than others), that category switches over to paid submissions.





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