In my previous post I covered online journals, in this one I want to turn to print-based literary journals.
The following discussion will disregard magazines like The New Yorker, Esquire, Playboy, Harper’s, and The Atlantic, as these are transnational and commercial magazines with high circulations. Instead, I will examine journals that often have a circulation of a couple of thousand and are non or low profit. My personal criteria, which of course is subjective, included prestige, time-in-operation, inclusion in the Best American series, Pushcarts, and the calibre and accomplishments of the writers included within their pages.
The Top Ten
1. The Paris Review
4. Virginia Quarterly Review
5. Georgia Review
6. Sewanee Review
7. One Story
8. Prairie Schooner
Other fine journals that just missed out on the top ten include Glimmer Train, Tin House, Five Points, American Short Fiction, The Gettysburg Review, Colorado Review, A Public Space, North American Review, and The Kenyon Review.
These five journals I rate highly in terms of the writing and the breath of content and style on display.
1. Mid-American Review
2. Cimarron Review
3. Florida Review
4. Beloit Fiction Journal
5. Ninth Letter
Lastly, to even out the playing field, I have a few journals that accept students’ work only.
1. Susquehanna Review (UG)
2. Touchstone (UG/G)
3. Red Clay Review (G)
4. Zaum (UG/G)
5. Prairie Margins (UG)
6. Outrageous Fortune (UG)
7. Aubade (students and the community)
Note: ex-student journals now open to everyone include: Penguin Review, Emerson Review, and Eclipse. Also, the Southampton Review seems to accept “mostly” student work.
6 responses to “Best Literary Journals”
So much for the square magazines.
How about a list of the hip ones?
Hi George, thanks for the comment.
I will try to come up with a list in a future post. Perhaps journals like Noon, NY Tyrant, The Believer, Evergreen Review, Chiron Review etc.
I welcome any suggestions you have.
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