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Eight New and Emerging Literary Journals

By Alex J. Coyne

There’s no lack of literary journals when you’re a writer who has work to submit, but writers sometimes forget to look beyond the already-established journals. There are even more literary journals that have just sprung up, or have only been in existence for a few years so far – these unexplored journals can be a goldmine for writers looking for new markets.

Here are some of the top new and emerging literary journals to check out – or see our previous articles on 10 Terrific New Literary Journals and 8 Wonderful New Literary Journals for more suggestions.

Not all of these markets are currently open to submissions.

Banshee Lit

If the name didn’t give you a clue, Banshee Lit is an Irish-based literary journal with a special love for any thematic essays, flash fiction or poetry. For essays, they’re looking for stories between 1,500 to 5,000 words; flash fiction under 1,000 words and poetry at 40 lines or less. They pay “a small fee” and two contributor’s issues for published contributions, but guidelines don’t list the amount. They are open for submissions to Issue #10 from 1-31 October.


Timeworn is planning their first issue for October 2019, and they’re closed for fiction submissions but open for book reviews and essays. Their guidelines describe what they’re looking for as “historical fiction from the fringe” – and further down, the guidelines note that the fringe they speak of is circa 1996.

They look to publish previously unpublished fiction under 5,000 words, and note that they accept one submission for consideration per author. Payment for accepted work is $25 and a contributor’s copy. They also accept book reviews and essays, and pay is 1 cent/word.


Glintmoon is a poetry-focused literary journal. They haven’t been around for long, but they’re already several issues in and look like they’ll stick around for many more issues to come. Submissions are accepted year-round, and guidelines list that they’re looking for any poetry that’s both “diverse” and “innovative.” Guidelines note that they’re looking for poetry 10 lines or less, and they’ll pay $5 per poem they accept.

Rinky Dink Press

Rinky Dink Press was founded in 2016, and is a literary journal that focuses mostly on what they call “micropoetry” – or any poetry that measure less than 40 words. Guidelines ask for 5-6 poems that focus on their chosen theme – check their guidelines before submitting to double-check their theme for the issue. The guidelines don’t mention payment terms, if any.


Crossways Magazine first launched in 2018, and they’re a literary journal looking for either fiction or poetry. Their reading period is open year-round, and they also accept poetry submissions. If you live in Ireland, they’re also looking for book reviewers – and you can submit your resume to them directly if you’re interested in applying for the spot. Non-paying market.


THINK was brought to life in 2008, which seems like long ago, but really isn’t when you consider how long some literary journals out there have been around. Submissions are accepted through their Submittable platform. They publish poetry, fiction, reviews and essays – although guidelines don’t mention a specific length for submissions. Non-paying market that sends out contributor’s copies of the magazine – and if you have a book to be reviewed, THINK does this, too.

Dirty Paws Poetry Review

Dirty Paws Poetry Review was founded in 2017, and they’ve made it to their second issue. They focus on poetry, and according to their guidelines, they want “poetry unafraid of facing the truth and unashamed of having hope.” Four poems per submission are allowed, including a third-person bio they ask to be sent with it – and if you don’t hear back within a period of 3 months, their guidelines ask that you query again. Payment information isn’t mentioned.

The Green Light Journal

The Green Light Journal was founded in 2017, with issues published once a year and submissions open throughout the whole year. They’re seeking fiction (or flash) with a limit of 5,000 words, and they also accept poetry submissions either up to five poems, or totalling 20 pages. Guidelines don’t mention payment. Check their submissions page to find their deadline for the next issue. They ask that writers only submit twice for the same yearly issue.

About the Author: Alex J. Coyne is a journalist, writer and bridge player. His contributions have been published in markets like People Magazine, Funds for Writers, and Great Bridge.



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