Written by Emily Harstone

15 Literary Journals with Fast Response Times

It is good to start out by submitting your work to literary journals that have fast response times. It is rewarding to hear back from journals within a month, rather than a year later, when you have forgotten all about them.

Submitting to journals with fast response times helps keep you motivated.

All of these journals respond to submissions within a month. The response time data is based on information from Duotrope and The (Submission) Grinder.


A publisher of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry that responds within a week.

The American Poetry Journal

They publish only poetry and respond to all submissions within a month.

McSweeney’s Internet Tendency

This fictional humor website, which leans towards all things literary, responds to submissions within a week.

Moon Park Review

They publish flash fiction, prose poems, and hybrid forms and respond within two weeks.


Softblow, an online poetry journal, responds to most submissions in less than three days.


This literary journal publishes science fiction and fantasy short stories and responds to most submissions within a week. They also pay.

The Penn Review

The Penn Review publishes original poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and visual artwork, and responds to most submissions within three days.

Radar Poetry

Radar Poetry is a wonderful electronic poetry journal that responds within two weeks to submissions.

Red Eft Review

This electronic literary journal focuses on publishing accessible poems. Their turnaround time is a couple of days.

The Jellyfish Review

They publish flash fiction online and respond within a week.

Eunoia Review

The Eunoia Review describes themselves as a publisher of “beautiful thinking”. They respond in three days or less.

Ghost Parachute

This flash fiction publisher responds to all submissions within a week.

The New Verse News

The New Verse News presents politically progressive poetry on current events and topical issues. Because of the nature of what they publish, they have fast response times and then generally publish work within a few days of accepting it.


This electronic publisher of poetry responds within a week.


Thrush is a highly respected poetry journal that responds to most submissions within 10 days.



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