How to Find Literary Journals

Written by Emily Harstone

At Authors Publish, we review a literary journal every week and regularly release new themed calls for submissions and linked literary journal lists. However, if you submit a lot (and you should), you need to find more literary journals on a regular basis.

The following sites are great places to find literary journals. This list is organized alphabetically and is not in order of personal preference. One of the sites mentioned charges a fee, but the rest are free, and even that site has limited use without paying the fee.

Creative Writers Opportunities List

Creative Writers Opportunities List is a Yahoo! group that regularly posts new calls for journal submissions, new calls for anthology submissions, as well as contest information, and teaching positions. You can either subscribe to the emails or regularly check the website for postings.


Duotrope is a comprehensive listing of literary journals and magazines that has a submission tracker and information about submission times and acceptance rates. Unfortunately, they now charge users $5 a month or $50 a year.


Entropy has a very good monthly list of who is open for submissions (although it is far from error free). They also mention if a journal charges to submit or not.

Poets & Writers

Their listings are easy to navigate, but they are not very comprehensive and more importantly, do not make it clear if a journal charges writers a reading fee to submit. I do like their in-depth search feature, which allows you to search by paying markets, percentage of unsolicited submissions published, and circulation, among other things.

New Pages

A website devoted to information about literary journals. They have a lot of good information, but they can be hard to navigate and are not always up-front about submission fees. They are one of the best sites to find calls for anthology submissions.

The Review Review

A site that reviews literary journals. They have reviewed hundreds of literary journals, largely from a reader’s standpoint. They have a good search function that makes it easy to eliminate journals that charge fees.

The (Submission) Grinder

The free alternative to Duotrope. The feedback is not at the same level and the organization leaves something to be desired, but they are free.

Bio: Emily Harstone is the pen name of an author whose work has been published internationally by a number of respected journals. She is a professional submissions adviser. You can follow her on Facebook here:



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