Written by Emily Harstone

17 Literary Journals Focused on Limited Demographics

This list focuses on a wide variety of journals that are seeking specific kinds of writers, including older writers, Italian Americans, veterans and their families, women writers, and Southern writers. Some of these limitations are geographic, some are not. Some publications have stricter guidelines than others.

Not all are currently open to submissions but most are. If you know of another journal that belongs on this list send us a link, at support@authorspublish.com

If you are a younger writer, we have a list of specialized publications here. If you are a member of an underrepresented community, our most recent monthly round-up of those opportunities is here.

Passager Journal
This journal was founded in 1990 to focus on publishing writing by authors who are 50 and older. Since 2005 they’ve also published books (although they are only interested in working with authors who were previously published in the journal). The journal is accepting submissions on Ancestral or Generational Trauma until 15 September 2022.

Boomer Lit
Technically open to submissions from writers of all ages, they describe themselves as having a “home base in the Boomer generation.”

Hags on Fire
A biannual literary zine focused on women’s embodied experiences of perimenopause, menopause, and croning. They will go on hiatus after this final issue, and the submission deadline is 15 November 2022.

Grand Dame
Publishing women writers of every age, particularly memoir, and work that could be categorized as women’s fiction/genre.

Bloom
A literary site devoted to highlighting, profiling, reviewing, and interviewing authors whose first major work was published when they were age 40 or older, and they recently started accepting poetry and fiction submissions from authors who first publish or publish in a new genre after 40.

VIA: Voices in an Italian Amaricana
A semiannual print journal that publishes creative and scholarly work pertaining to Italy and its diasporas.

Susurrus
An online literary arts magazine for artists from the American South.

Up North Lit
A web-based literary journal seeking to showcase the very best creative work of emerging and established writers and artists in the Midwest, including from high school students.

Kikwetu: A Journal of East African Literature
An annual online literary journal that publishes both new and established writers from East Africa and beyond in English and Swahili. They’re open for a flash fiction contest, the prize is $150 and the deadline is 31 August 2022.

Nawr
A magazine supporting Welsh and Wales-based writers and artists. They specialize in art, literature and philosophy.

Survivor Lit
They only publish work by survivors of sexual assault.

Gyroscope Review
This literary journal publishes an annual “crone power” issue in the fall.

Military Experience and the Arts
MEA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose primary mission is to work with veterans and their families to publish short stories, essays, poems, and artwork in their bi-annual publication, As You Were: The Military Review, periodic editions of Blue Nostalgia: The Journal of Post-Traumatic Growth, and others.

The Wrath-Bearing Tree
Established by combat veterans and maintained by a diverse board of veterans, military spouses, and writers compelled by themes of social justice and human resilience, The Wrath-Bearing Tree publishes essays, reviews, fiction, and poetry on military, economic, and social violence written by those who have experienced military, economic, and social violence or their consequences.

Consequence Forum
A paying journal that publishes work addressing the human consequences and reality of war and geopolitical violence.

Quartet Journal
A journal that publishes poetry by women over the age of 50.


Emily Harstone is the author of many popular books, including The Authors Publish Guide to Manuscript SubmissionsSubmit, Publish, Repeat, and The 2021 Guide to Manuscript Publishers.

She regularly teaches three acclaimed courses on writing and publishing at The Writer’s Workshop at Authors Publish. You can follow her on Facebook here.

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