Written by S. Kalekar September 20th, 2021

27 Literary Magazines Publishing Hybrid Writing

Here are 27 magazines/outlets, and they publish a wide variety of hybrid or cross-genre work. They also accept work in other genres, like fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Some of them pay writers. Most, but not all, of them are open for submissions now.

Bending Genres
This magazine publishes flash fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry, and they like work in all categories that blends genres:
“We seek fiction that is experimental, gut-wrenching, terrifying, gorgeous, breakneck speed, delightful, memorable and secretive. We like blending genres, hybrid writing, blurred lines.” (Up to 1,000 words)
“We seek creative nonfiction that is experimental, gut-wrenching, terrifying, honest, breakneck speed, whooshing out, fabulous and secretive. We like blending genres, mixed and hybrid writing, blurred and creative lines crossed.” (Up to 1,500 words)
“We seek poetry that is unusual, experimental, terrifying, delightful, stunning, rare, deep, whooshes out, magnanimous and secretive.” (Up to 3 poems).
They also accept (solicited) microreviews and interviews. Details here and here.

Neon Hemlock Press: Speculative novellas
They will soon open a submission period for speculative fiction novellas (17,500-40,000 words). They want science fiction, fantasy, horror, supernatural, slipstream, and weird. Hybrid work or difficult to categorize novellas are also welcome. The novellas have to be standalone works, although they may be connected to other series or work. They are particularly interested in work that explores some element of queer experience, broadly speaking. The reading period for novellas is 2-16 October 2021. Details here (scroll down).
(Neon Hemlock Press also has other projects open now – Opulent Syntax, Irish speculative fiction, open until 31 October, pays $0.08/word; and We’re Here, queer speculative fiction reprints, open till 31 December 2021. The press also publishes Baffling Magazine.)
Apart from hybrid works, they accept submissions of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, reviews and essays, critical theory, articles, rituals, spells, visual art, music, video, photography, translations, collaborations, performances, and novellas for their blog. They will also publish their second issue in November 2021, titled ‘re-homing’, and any submissions for their blog will be first considered for their this issue. Length guidelines are: up to 5 poems or images; up to 10 pages of prose; videos under 20 minutes. Details here.

Gordon Square Review
They publish hybrid prose (up to 5,000 words for a single work, or up to three pieces of 1,000 words each or fewer), short stories, essays, nonfiction, and poetry. See the guidelines page for editorial mentorship opportunities. They are also open for a themed call till 10th October (Noir: Writing inspired by Odilon Redon) – see their Submittable page for more. Payment for prose is $25, and $10 for poetry. For general submissions, the deadline is 31 October 2021. Details here.

Biscuit Hill
They publish poetry – prose poetry, poetry comics, anything poetry, as well as hybrid forms. Send 3-6 poems. Details here.

Afternoon Visitor
They publish poetry, hybrid/nonfiction, visual poetry, and visual art. For hybrid/nonfiction, they say,lyric essay, cross-genre—just keep it under 3,000 words, in one document. … You may send up to three short pieces as long as the total word count does not exceed 5,000.” Please wait one month after receiving a response to your submission before sending additional work. Details here.

Bennington Review
This literary magazine aims to carve out a “distinctive space for innovative, intelligent, and moving fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, film writing and cross-genre work. In the spirit of poet Dean Young’s dictum that poets should be “making birds, not birdcages,” we are particularly taken with writing that is simultaneously graceful and reckless.” They publish fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and film writing essays – they will also consider pieces on television, video art, viral videos, Vines, or any of the other alternative forms that moving images might take. For fiction and nonfiction, they also accept self-contained excerpts from longer pieces. They publish translations, as well. Length guidelines are: up to 30 pages for prose; 3-5 poems; 10-20 pages for film (or TV) writing. Pay is $100-200 for prose, and $20/poem. Their next reading period is 1 November 2021 to 8 May 2022. Details here.

A) Glimpse) Of)
This is an Athens-based journal “which publishes works by contemporary writers and artists in order to generate new narratives for the now.” They publish online and in print, and also publish The Feministic Series, and Narratives In Progress. “Narratives In Progress feature hybrid works in which intersect, among others, feminism και queer identity …, theatre, mathematics, and formal languages …, meteorology, autobiography and poetry …, biography and journal …, the body and the rhizome …, appropriations of the lyric style, the fairy tale, and references to the New York School of Poetry … .” See guidelines for examples of each. Details here.

Corvid Queen Magazine
Corvid Queen Magazine, from Sword & Kettle Press, publishes fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, “pieces that are in-between”, and hybrid or multimedia works – original feminist tales, feminist retellings of traditional tales, and personal essays related to traditional tales, pieces based on or related to fairy tales, folklore, myths, legends, and pop culture. For this round they are specially interested in non-Western retellings, stories about gorgons, hybrid or multimedia pieces, personal essays, and classic fairy tale romances. Pay is $5. The deadline is 30 September 2021. Details here.

So to Speak
This is an intersectional feminist literary journal, and they seek work from writers of various identities and backgrounds – see their mission statement for more. Blog submissions are open year-round, in which they publish poetry, essay, and short stories. “However, we want to see more work that bends form and genre, work that extends outside of the personal essay or the traditional poem, and work that is visually stimulating. Hybrid works, reviews, interviews, and visual art are welcomed submissions. We also would love to see more multimedia, like videos and podcasts, on the So to Speak Blog.” Send hybrid submissions of up to 10 pages. They publish online and in print. Blog submissions are fee-free for all writers and are open year-round. Details here (general guidelines), here (blog submissions) and here (all genres, including submissions for 2022 contest issue – fee-free submissions for Indigenous and Black writers, deadline 14 November 2021).

They accept fiction, poetry, nonfiction (memoir, travelogues, and criticism that engages with culture, science, philosophy, and public affairs, hybrid genres), translations, and visual arts, as well as Kazakh submissions. “While we are particularly interested in works that engage with Central Asia and the post-Soviet sphere, we also welcome submissions that frame a conversation between multicultural, multilingual, and multidisciplinary perspectives.” For hybrid/experimental works they say, “We welcome experimental works and works that blend boundaries between genres, art forms, and languages. Please submit your work to the category you think it fits best.” Submissions can be in English or Russian. Details here.

This is a student-run journal of the Cabrini University. They publish fiction, creative nonfiction (including hybrid memoir), poetry, art, and photography on themed and unthemed topics. The current theme is ‘emotional transitioning’ – “Either through short stories, poems, letters, or non-fiction pieces, we want to read about the good, bad and the indifferent when what is inside you meets the outside world. Or when what is outside meets what is inside. Or some other way of emotional transitioning in our complex world.
Some things to consider: mental health, body Image, isolation, life in the age of internet, jobs, and relationships.” The deadline is 1 December 2021. Details here.

Club Plum
Apart from hybrid works (send up to three pieces), they publish flash fiction, prose poetry, and art. For hybrid their guidelines say, “Prose poetry is itself a hybrid genre, but sometimes a piece may be harder to classify still; a piece may dip in and out of prose and poetry.” They are reading work for their annual Literary Horror Issue, work that is beautifully morbid, darkly surreal, unsettling, creepy; all approaches are welcome. The deadline is 8 October 2021 (extended – see their Tweet). Details here.

Their website says, “We are here for work that confounds taxonomy and welcome experimentation with form and genre. We are also open to speculative elements in work so long as they are done with artistic intent. While we seek work that deals with the dirt and grit of real life, we do not accept any work that promotes bigotry and harm against marginalized groups … We do encourage writing that engages with trauma in a thoughtful, sensitive manner but ask that you provide trigger warnings”. They publish nonfiction/hybrid works, fiction, poetry, and pay $25 to one work in each genre, in each issue. Their next reading period is October-November 2021. Details here.

The Offing
The Offing publishes fiction, nonfiction, poetry, translations, and cross-genre work. Their website says they publish work “that challenges, experiments, provokes — work that pushes literary and artistic forms and conventions.” Not all sections are open for submissions. The magazine pays $25-100. Details here.

Storm Cellar
This quarterly journal is rooted in the American Midwest and the tagline says it is ‘a literary journal of safety and danger’. Their guidelines say, “We want your prose, poems, chimeras, and ideas penned on envelopes in buses and train cars. The magazine aims to publish amazing work by new and established writers and artists, present a range of styles and approaches, and be as un-boring as it can. If you write one thing to be read while waiting for the all-clear to sound, send it here.” They publish fiction, poetry, art/images/graphics, and hybrid work. For hybrid works, send up to 15 pages and pick a home genre. They pay $10, and read work year round – writers can send up to four submissions a year. Details here and here.

beestung considers poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, hybrids, and art, by creators who fall under the non-binary umbrella or who are two-spirit. Multilingual work and work in translation is welcome. Pay is $20. Details here.

This is a journal for LGBTQ+ contributors. They are especially interested in cross-genre, intersectional, marginal, and transgressive work. They want fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, drama, and hybrid works; for hybrid submissions, send work up to 20 pages. Details here.

They publish short fiction/prose (including flash), and poetry (send 3-5 poems) – prose poetry, found poetry and hybrid form welcome. The magazine is associated with A-Minor Press. Details here.

Deep Overstock
They’re reading on the ‘Shakespeare’ theme. The magazine publishes “fiction, poetry, comics, art, images, medical reports, plays, essays, philosophies, sculptures, sounds, mushroom dataset analyses, magic spells, fairy tales, folklore, riddles, jokes, horoscopes, death-predictions, and more. Surprise us!” They have a strong commitment and focus on those in the book industry, but they do accept work from writers and artists who work in any field. Send up to 3,000 words for prose, or up to 7 poems. They’re reading on the current theme until 30 November 2021. Details here.

The Gravity of the Thing
They publish prose – fiction (including micros) and creative nonfiction, including genre-bending works, poetry, including prose poems and multimedia works,  and work for Baring the Device column (about defamiliarized writing). They are reading submissions for a print anthology, ‘Stranged Writing: A Literary Taxonomy’, a print and online publication that explores defamiliarization in either content, form, or practice; length is 6-3,000 words (see guidelines), pay is $5-40, and the deadline is 30 November 2021. Details here.

Barzakh Magazine
This is a multi-genre journal with an internationalist stance. They are affiliated with SUNY Albany’s English Department. They want original art, poetry, and short prose (fiction, nonfiction, essays, translation, criticism, reviews) submissions for publication in the new Barzakh newsletter. For multigenre/hybrid/digital work, send one single submission up to 5 works. Details here.

Their website says, the magazine derives its name “from the subconscious and concealed. Liminal refers to the threshold of transition between two stages, but subliminal is what is below that threshold, unbeknownst to us. … we’re interested in the subtle messages hiding in plain sight, and we’re dedicated to exploring the intricacies of our everyday realities and uncovering the beauty behind them.” They accept all forms and styles, including but not limited to poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, photography, art, and mixed media – send up to 3,000 words for prose, or up to 5 poems. Hybrid forms, such as prose poetry, are welcome and appreciated. Details here.

F I V E S: A Companion to Denver Quarterly
This is a digital journal for innovative creative and critical work, released on a rolling basis throughout the year. They want “interdisciplinary and cross-genre work not typically publishable in print form. Send us your audioscapes, visual work, short films, digitally inclined prose, poetry, and criticism, and artistic experiments of all types”. Submissions are open year-round. Details here.

Border Crossing
This is an online literary and arts journal published by students and faculty of the Lake Superior State University Creative Writing Program. They publish fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. They are especially interested in writing that crosses boundaries in genre or geography, and voices that aren’t often heard in mainstream publications. Send prose of up to 5,000 words, or 3-5 poems. Their next submission period is 15 October 2021 to 12 January 2022; they have a monthly submission cap. Details here.

They want new and innovative works of literary arts across all mediums and genres. They publish fiction, nonfiction (including collaborative essays – see guidelines), poetry, cross-genre work, visual art, music, digital, multimedia, and interactive art. For cross-genre, they want “Original work that blurs the lines of genre and form, whether text only or incorporating images and other multimedia elements.” While Air/Light is based in Los Angeles and approaches the literary arts from a Southern California perspective, they want to read and publish work by everyone from everywhere. Details here.

No Niin
They’re interested in writing that is lively, rigorous, and engaged with current ideas and debates on contemporary art and culture. They’re specially interested in publishing the texts written or works done by art students during their studies. They publish works in a variety of forms: text from different genres, video, photography, podcasts, comics and hybrids of all kinds. They accept outlines, works in progress, and already complete works. Take a look at their online issues to see what kind of work they publish. Length guidelines are: up to 2,500 words for fiction; 1-2 pages for poetry; varies for others. Pay is €150-250 for fiction writing (short story, a short play or short script); €100-200 for poems; €150-350 for essays, articles, exhibition reviews, manifestos, letters; €150-300 for interviews; they also pay for memes, illustrations, comics, photos, videos, podcasts, and playlists. They are open through the year. Details here.

Bio: S. Kalekar is the pseudonym of a regular contributor to this magazine. She is the author of 182 Short Fiction Publishers. She can be reached here.




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