Literary Journals

Autofocus: Now Seeking Submissions

Autofocus publishes autobiographical writing. They launched in 2020 as an online journal and podcast, and in 2022 they also become a small press, Autofocus Books. Autofocus Lit Mag is published on a rolling basis. They post new content online frequently, averaging about 12 to 15 new published pieces each month. The lit mag is attractively…

Hedge Apple Halloween Contest: Now Seeking Submissions

Hedge Apple is a literary annual published by Hagerstown Community College in Maryland.  Students and faculty work together to produce the journal, which is published both online and in print. Some issues are themed, and past themes include: “The Wilderness/The City,” “Personal Identity,” and “Paradigm Shift.”  You can read the journal online to get a…

Random Sample: Now Seeking Submissions

Random Sample is an online journal of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. They’re looking for quality writing that expresses the human experience in a unique and accessible way. They want, “work that is decidedly and unabashedly human.” To get a sense of what they publish, you can read the journal online. Random Sample has been published…

Defenestration: Now Seeking Submissions

Defenestration is an online magazine of humorous fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Launched in 2003, it’s a well-established publication. They showcase a wide range of humor, from slapstick to satire, in every form and style. To get a sense of what they publish, you can read the magazine online. Defenestration is published three times a year,…

Crescendo Magazine: Now Seeking Submissions

Crescendo Magazine is an online publisher of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and inter-genre writing. They aim to create a community for authors, both emerging and established, especially those who don’t fit within traditional publishing markets. Crescendo Magazine wants to be, “a literary magazine that amplifies unique voices.” The magazine was founded in 2011 by members of…

Transient: Now Seeking Submissions

Transient is a brand new online journal of poetry and artwork exploring, “the fleeting nature of beauty in our world—and how this impermanence can be simultaneously tragic and gorgeous.” They’re looking for writing that explores the liminal, paradoxical space created by duality: love and loss, darkness and light, joy and sorrow. Transient plans to publish…

Wayward Literature: Now Seeking Submissions

Wayward Literature is a brand new online magazine publishing poetry, fiction, and flash fiction. “It’s our belief that, much like the definition of ‘wayward,’ literature does not follow one set rule or path,” the editors say. In keeping with this idea, they hope to publish a wide variety writing in all styles, and to push…

The Paterson Literary Review: Now Seeking Submissions

The Paterson Literary Review, in print since 1979, is an established and respected publisher of poetry, fiction, and memoir. The journal has retained a single editor, Maria Mazziotta Gillan, throughout its entire publishing history of over forty years. Throughout those years, the journal has published many iconic authors such as Allen Ginsberg, Phillip Levine, Galway…

The Momentist: Now Seeking Submissions

The Momentist is a new online journal publishing both translated and original-language poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. They also publish interviews, literary criticism, artwork, and art criticism. They feature both emerging and established authors. You can read the first two issues of the journal online to get a sense of their style. Both digital editions are…

Querencia: Now Seeking Submissions

Querencia is a small independent publisher of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and hybrid writing. They aim to showcase writing that has been overlooked by other publishers, especially writing that has been ignored for speaking too loudly. “We want to create a safe space for writers and artists to share their stories,” the editors say. They publish…

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