Written by Emily Harstone July 8th, 2024

26 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.

Most, but not all, of them are open for submissions now.

Poets Respond – Rattle
As part of this series Rattle publishes a poem “written within the last week about a public event that occurred within the last week.” They respond to all submissions within two days and the poem is published online.

They focus on publishing fiction, nonfiction, and poems that are “brief, humorous and engaging, with the emphasis on wit, word play, absurdity and inspired nonsense.” They respond to submissions within two days.

The Dark Magazine
An electronic magazine that publishes dark fantasy and horror short stories. They respond within four days.

The Shore
An online poetry journal that responds to submissions within two weeks.

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 tries to respond to all submissions within two weeks.

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 respond within three weeks.

Radar Poetry
Radar Poetry is a wonderful electronic poetry journal that responds within three weeks to submissions. They have a cap for free submissions.

Flash Frog
A new fast-responding flash journal that pays.

Milk Candy Review
An ePublisher of beautifully weird flash fiction up to 750 words in length.

Fusion Fragment
They publish science fiction and literary fiction with science fiction elements. They allow some reprints. They respond within a week.

SmokeLong Quarterly
An established publisher of flash fiction that responds to most submissions within two weeks.

A poetry journal that strives to respond to submissions within a week. Please wait at least two months before submitting again.

Radon Journal
Radon welcomes short story and poetry submissions containing elements of anarchism, transhumanism, dystopia, and/or science fiction. They pay all contributors and try to respond to all submissions within two to four weeks.

The official journal of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Poetry Association, responds to most submissions within two weeks.

Neologism Poetry
This literary journal publishes a wide range of creative poetics. Do not submit again within the same month unless explicitly instructed to do so.

Third Wednesday Magazine
They publish short fiction and poetry and try to respond to most submissions within a week.

The Inflectionist Review
The editors particularly like shorter poems, but they accept longer poems as well. They respond within a month.

Pithead Chapel
An online journal that publishes fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. They have a monthly submission cap and try to respond within three weeks.

Intrepidus Ink
They respond within a week but are looking for very specific stories, ones that “explore intrepid culture: our stories feature four elements in every story: danger, struggle, emotion, and OVERCOMING.” They have specific submission guidelines that you must follow.

FlashFlood is National Flash Fiction Day’s curated online journal. They only have one reading period a year. They respond to all submissions within two days.

trampset publishes fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, and they try to respond to all submissions within two weeks.

The Penn Review
This established literary journal responds to most submissions within three weeks

A respected journal that mostly publishes poetry, they respond to most submissions within a month.

Scapegoat Review
They publish poetry, flash fiction, and visual art and respond to most submissions in two weeks.

Bright Flash Literary Review
They publish flash fiction, as well as fiction and memoir up to 1,500 words in length. They respond to most submissions within a week.

Emily Harstone is the author of many popular books, including The Authors Publish Guide to Manuscript SubmissionsSubmit, Publish, Repeat, and The 2024 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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