22 Literary Journals that Accept Reprints

Written by Emily Harstone

Publishing your work is wonderful. Even though my work has been published hundreds of times, I still get excited every time a new publication containing my work gets released.

However, once you have published a short story or a poem, most literary journals are not interested in publishing it again. After all, it has already been published elsewhere. That is fine because most manuscript publishers want poems and short stories that have been published before. It gives your work more credibility.

Still, the more a poem or short story is published, the more exposure it gets. A number of my poems have been published three times. This is because I often will submit to journals that accept reprints. I particularly like to do this if my poem was initially published in print. Print journals are not read as often and it is harder to share your work in them with others.

The following 22 literary journals accept reprints. The list is in no particular order. Not all of these journals are open to submissions at this time, but most are.

1. After the Pause

An established online publisher of poetry and non-fiction.

2. The Bark
This magazine about dogs pays their writers.

3. Easy Street
Easy Street publishes flash, fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, reviews, interviews, editorial columns, news, and opinion pieces (Perspectives) on relevant topics.

4. Bewildering Stories
This very approachable journal publishes all genres of writing. They do prefer to publish reprints only of hard to find elsewhere work (such as print only).

5. Digital Fiction Publishing Corp.
This is not a literary journal, rather it is an ongoing science fiction, fantasy, and horror anthology series. They publish a lot of reprints.

6. Luna Station Quarterly
They publish speculative fiction written by women.

7. The Breakroom Stories
The Breakroom Stories is an audio journal that publishes two pieces of fiction each month. They specialize in strange tales and weird storytelling.

8. Neon
This wonderful print and e-journal based out of the UK has been featured by us before, and for good reason. They publish great short stories and poems.

9. Slick Lit Magazine
This is an approachable publisher of a wide variety of genres.

10. Avatar Review
Avatar Review is an electronic journal that publishes poetry and fiction. They have a fairly high acceptance rate.

11. The Stray Branch
This is an electronic journal that is open to submissions of genre work. They publish fiction and poetry and have a rather high acceptance state.

12. Haggard and Halloo
Haggard and Halloo is an online and print journal that accepts poems and short stories, including reprints.

13. Glint
Glint Literary Journal, a publication of the Department of English at Fayetteville State University, celebrates innovation in style and voice. They welcome submissions in poetry, short fiction, creative nonfiction, and visual art from persons of diverse cultures, nationalities, and religions.

14. Califragile

Califragile is a “portrait of turning, questioning, stretching, stepping up. Our name is a nod to our bioregion here in Northern California. But the fragile faultline we explore is planetwide and in each person.” They publish only poetry and not all of the poetry they publish interacts directly with the focus of their journal. If you do not here from them in 30 days, assume rejection.

15. The Legandary

The Legandary is an online journal that publishes a wide range of writing. They are open to previously published submissions as long as the author has the rights to the work.

16. Geist

Geist is a Canadian literary journal and all submissions must be made by authors who have some connection to Canada. Their findings section focuses on reprinting excerpts from published work and works-in-progress. They do not accept reprints outside of this.

17. Hedgerow: A Journal of Small Poems

They are open to publishing poems that have previously been published on social media. They are not interested in reprinting work that has been published in other journals.

18. DNA Magazine

This beautiful UK-based magazine is open to republishing work as long as it was not published in the last 12 months and the author has the rights to the piece.

19. Ginosko Literary Journal

They publish short fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, social justice, and literary insights.

20. The Lake

This is an online poetry journal. They are open to previously published poems as long as the author retains copyright and that they were published at least one year prior to submitting.

21.  Nice Cage

Nice Cage is a literary journal open to a variety of work. They are open to previously published work as long as the original publisher allows it.

22. Defuncted

This isn’t a traditional literary journal, rather it is a collection of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction that was published in literary journals that is now defunct and so readers can no longer read your work online.


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