Written by Emily Harstone November 22nd, 2021

30 Wonderful International Literary Journals

The bulk of the journals we review are based in North America, with a smattering in the UK. Although we sometimes seek out and include international journals, the bulk of the journals we’ve reviewed are in these two regions.

All of the journals in this list are not in either of these regions. They span the world, and are a great way to have your work published internationally, or perhaps in your home country.

Not all of them are currently open to submissions, but the majority are. Some of them we’ve reviewed before, most we have not.

Some of the journals have additional areas of focus or demographic limitations. If that is the case, we make it clear in our mini review.

This established poetry journal is based in Singapore. They have an astoundingly quick response time.

Moko Magazine
Moko is a non-profit journal that publishes fiction, poetry, visual arts, and nonfiction essays that reflect a Caribbean heritage or experience. They are only interested in submissions within that scope. They are based in the Virgin Islands.

Lolwe is an online magazine that publishes fiction, literary criticism, personal essays, photography, and poetry. They were founded in January 2020 and they are based out of Kenya. They publish work by Black (African, Caribbean, Diaspora) artists.

Mediterranean Poetry
A literary journal focusing on publishing poetry/prose inspired by the Mediterranean region in some way. The journal itself is based in Sweden.

New Contrast
New Contrast is focused mainly on publishing original work by South African writers. They are a print journal and have been around for over 60 years.

QLRS: Quarterly Literary Review Singapore
An electronic literary journal based in Singapore – “Our mission is to promote the literary arts in Singapore, to stimulate the feedback mechanisms in the literary scene, and to develop Singaporean writers to international standards.”

EgoPHobia [εγωφοβια]
A Romanian Journal focusing on literature and philosophy, that publishes some work in English. They accept submissions in English and Romanian.

Praxis Magazine
Praxis Magazine is based in Nigeria and is an online platform for artists and writers to commune, debate, and progress their craft respectively. They cover literary events across Africa, give voice to emerging writers and artists, and promote literature in indigenous languages, e.g. Yoruba, Hausa, Swahili, Naija Languej, etc.

Sub-Saharan Magazine
They are dedicated to publishing fiction, nonfiction, and poetry rooted in African cultures. Submissions are limited to Africans and those rooted in African culture. Sub-Saharan Magazine is based in Nigeria.

Amsterdam Quarterly
Founded in 2011, this online literary journal publishes poetry and prose and is based in the Netherlands.

Raising Mothers
Based in the Netherlands, Raising Mothers is a literary journal that only publishes work by women of color and non-binary parents of color.

Expanded Field
A biannual English-language journal for creative writing and image/text experimentation, based in the Netherlands.

Kyoto Journal
Kyoto Journal is a print journal that welcomes Asia-related articles, essays, reportage, personal observations, interviews, poetry, reviews, fiction, humor, and translation. They are based in Kyoto.

Sonic Boom
Sonic Boom seeks unsolicited poetry, fiction, and quality art submissions. They are based in India.

Plato’s Cave
Plato’s Caves invites poetry, fiction, reviews and articles on society, culture and politics from prospective contributors of all ages. They are based in India.

Agony Opera
They publish fiction, flash fiction, poetry, hybrid forms, and works in translation. They are based in India.

Panel Magazine
Their submissions are restricted to people who live and work in Central and Eastern Europe. They are based in Hungary.

White Enso
Based in Japan White Enso pays a small honorarium in yen for work including short fiction and creative non fiction that “encapsulate the Japan experience”.

BALLOONS Lit. Journal (BLJ)
BALLOONS Lit. Journal (BLJ) is an independent literary journal of poetry, fiction and art primarily for young readers from around 12 years onwards. They are based in Hong Kong.

Going Down Swinging
An established literary journal is based in Australia that is open to a wide variety of content.

The Kalahari Review
This weekly African literary magazine is based in Botswana. They are seeking work that explores modern Africa and Africans. They are open to work from the continent and from the Diaspora. They do not consider simultaneous submissions, and all submissions must follow their guidelines.

INNSÆI Journal
INNSÆI is an electronic literary journal published monthly. They are a platform for writers to spread the message of peace and humanity. They are based in India.

The Shallow Tales Review
An African journal established in 2019 by Nigerian writer, Nzube Nlebedim, they focus on publishing excellent literary work.

Wild Things
A digital zine based in Belgium that publishes a wide variety of work.

Jellyfish Review
A literary journal based in Indonesia that often reads around a theme which changes. Check their submission guidelines for details.


woolgathering is a new journal established in 2021 and based in the Philippines.  Their goal is to publish new and established writers from around the world. They publish art, prose, and poetry. They prefer the prose to be under 1,000 words in length. They have no stated length preference for poetry.

The Tiger Moth Review
The Tiger Moth Review is an independent journal of literature that engages with nature, culture, the environment and ecology. They publish non-English works, as well as their translated English counterparts, and prioritize Singaporean and Southeast Asian voices, but are open to submissions from everyone. They are based in Singapore.

A new literary magazine based in South Korea that is open to a wide variety of work including screenplays.

Third Lane

Third Lane is an independent bilingual (English and Bengali) digital magazine that was launched in March 2021. They are based in India.

OneBlackBoyLikeThat Review

A review, magazine and blog. They curate books, works of art and literary oeuvres from all over Africa, while being based in Nigeria.

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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