Written by Emily Harstone November 9th, 2020

7 Exciting New Literary Journals

In the last 6 months the following journals opened their metaphorical doors for the first time.

A number of magazines on this particular list have specific focuses and areas of interest.

It is great to submit to new journals as the editors tend to have more energy and enthusiasm. They also tend to be more open to new authors or authors with only a small list of past publications. Of course new journals don’t yet have a reputation, one way or the other, so there is some risk attached to it. However, in my experience the risk is worth it because the reward can be great.

Not all of these journals are currently open to submissions, but the majority are.

For all of the journals it is important to figure out if your work fits before submitting. Please do not mass submit to the list. Read the journals’ guidelines, and if they have previous issues read those. Then, if the fit is good, please submit.

Life in the Time

This online literary journal focuses on publishing poetry, stories, non-fiction, art, videos, and audio from the COVID-19/pandemic era. As someone who finds it hard to write about anything else right now, and has noticed that most literary journals are reluctant to publish COVID era work, I think this project is off to a great start.

Bee House Journal

They published their first electronic issue this summer, and it is visually beautiful and contains a number of wonderful poems. They publish once per season and only focus on visual art and poetry.

Dreaming in Fiction

They accept short stories and flash fiction from any genre, including cross genre work. Their upper limit is 3,000 words. They publish once a week.

Moment Poetry

Each of the poems is printed in a limited run of 100 numbered prints and signed by the author. The print is inserted in a cover sleeve (the size of a 7-inch vinyl) and it features a short quote from the poem in the author’s handwriting and an original artwork to accompany it. It’s easy to get a feel for what they publish by looking at the two previous projects. Their submission guidelines are short and at the bottom of the page here.

Boneyard Soup

They publish horror and dark fantasy fiction as well as nonfiction curated under the title Cabinet of Curiosities. They are a new digital journal, and have already successfully run a Kickstarter. They pay.

Skeleton Beetle

A new online literary journal based out of Ontario and New Jersey. They publish a wide range of intriguing writing.


They publish fiction and creative nonfiction in the Young Adult genre. They accept work up to 6,000 words, and they pay. Our full review is here.

Emily Harstone is the author of many popular books, including The Authors Publish Guide to Manuscript SubmissionsSubmit, Publish, Repeat, and The 2020 Guide to Manuscript Publishers.

She regularly teaches three acclaimed courses on writing and publishing at The Writer’s Workshop at Authors Publish.

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