A Cavalcade of Lit Mags

Writing Lifers: In the comments section of this post, please post your four lit mags. Provide a URL address for each magazine, indicate which category you believe each magazine fits into, and then provide the following basic info:

  • Editor(s) name, including genre editors (if applicable)
  • Does the publication read submissions year-round or is there a specific reading period?
  • Does the publication accept simultaneous submissions?
  • Does the publication accept on-line submissions?
  • Are there any unusual submission guidelines/requirements?
  • In your opinion, what makes this venue worth considering?

    Don’t forget, two good places to find this information are newpages.com and Poets & WritersTools for Writers” page.

    And, last but not least, here’s an example of what I’m looking for:


    Red Mountain Review

    URL: http://redmountainpress.wordpress.com/

  • T.J. Beitelman, Editor; Jim Murphy and Mary Kaiser, Poetry Editors.
  • Reads January 1 through April 15 each year. 
  • Accepts simultaneous submissions. 
  • Does not accept on-line submissions.
  • RMR accepts submissions to its annual poetry chapbook contest and doesn’t charge an entry fee. $500 and publication to the winner.
  • The chapbook contest is a good opportunity and it’s free. A good mix of “emerging and established” writers in the magazine itself. The quality of the writing is pretty high but an unpublished writer stands a chance of placing work here. 
  • 9 thoughts on “A Cavalcade of Lit Mags

    1. Liz Brody February 22, 2010 / 10:06 pm

      Okay, so I messed up horrifically(SP?) on the first post, I’ll try this again.

      For meat-n-potatoes, I think I’ll actually keep what I had beofre (Appalachia), even though the chances of any of us getting published in it are slim because you know, it’s a Blue Ridge region specific publication meaning stories, poetry, and non fiction are supposed to be about the Blue Ridge.

      But my gate keeper is Poetry. I think that has and exclimation mark, but I don’t like typing those. Someone esle is bound to have posted that. But if they haven’t, then…

      Maybe Poetry is more of a meat-n-potatoes. If that’s the case, then Black Warrior Review is my gate keeper.
      Et voila.

      As far as slicks go, I think I’ll stick with Yoga Journal. That sounds ridiculous, I know, but they actually have poetry, short stories, and creative essays in there and by well known authors in the hippie world (Shiva Rae, Sean Corne, you know…curly headed folk that live in Southern California). Because the blog monster ate my last post, I’ll explain.
      My mother is a yoga teacher and leaves these things all over the place. I read them sometimes. Their not super shiny because that isn’t eco-friendly, but apparently Madonna reads this thing, so I guess that makes it a famous publication.

      And a zine. I’ll go with the online zine, McSweeney’s.

    2. Lin February 22, 2010 / 10:15 pm

      Birmingham Arts Journal
      Editor: Jim Reed
      Reading period: Year round, I think.
      Accepts simultaneous submissions: No
      Accepts online submissions: Yes
      Unusual submission requirements: Fiction and nonfiction, up to 1,000 words. Excerpts and quotes of fewer than 1,000 words from longer works are published, too. Poetry: All types ¬ up to 50 lines. Shorter works preferred. Include a biography of 50 words or less in 3rd person.
      What makes it worth considering: It’s local, so I think they know us. And the quality of writing is good.

      Louisville Review
      Editor: Sena Jeter Naslund
      Reading Period: Year-round
      Accepts simultaneous submissions: Yes
      Accepts online submissions: Yes, but not for Children’s Corner
      Unusual submission requirements: None that I can find, I don’t think.
      What makes it worth considering: I looked through the Children’s Corner and I’m practically sure that at least one of us can make it in. So there’s the lack of competition. Also, the Louisville Review is pretty prestigious.

      The Portland Review
      Editor: Chris Cottrell
      Reading Period: Sept 1 – March 1
      Accepts simultaneous submissions: Yes
      Accepts online submissions: Yes
      Unusual submission requirements: Submissions sent via email should be sent as an attachment in rich-text format or as doc. Docx files will not be accepted. The type of submission (Poetry, Prose, Review) should be indicated in the subject line. The body of the email should have a normal cover letter with adequate contact information in the signature field.
      What makes it worth considering: It seems like a pretty decent magazine. The level of work is high. There might not be as big of a chance getting in, but it doesn’t seem impossible, and its reputation looks sound.

      The Gettysburg Review [I kind of favor the Review names, y’know?]
      More of a Gatekeeper but also pretty Meaty/Potato-y
      Editor: Peter Stitt
      Reading Period: 9/1-5/31
      Simultaneous submissions: Yes
      Email submissions: No
      Unusual submission requirements: Should you decide to do simultaneous submissions, indicate in your cover letter that your manuscript is under concurrent consideration, and notify them immediately if said work is accepted elsewhere.
      What makes it worth considering: A lot of its selections have been published in anthologies. And I read a poem on their site and it really wasn’t that good. Good chance, and it also offers payment. Payment is upon publication: $2.50 per line for poetry and $30 per printed page for prose. Published authors also receive a copy of the issue containing their work and a one-year subscription.

    3. nicola February 22, 2010 / 10:34 pm


      Alaska Quarterly Review: http://www.uaa.alaska.edu/aqr/
      Editor: Ronald Spatz
      Reading Period: August 15-May15
      Simultaneous Submissions: Yes, if noted in cover letter
      Online Submissions: No.
      Guidelines: Accepts Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction, Drama, Photoessays. “Please include the following contact information in your cover letter and/or on your manuscript: mailing address, phone number, and email address if available. All manuscripts must be typed and accompanied by a self-addressed, stamped envelope (SASE). Unless a SASE is enclosed with your submission, you will not hear from us unless we are interested in publishing your manuscript. We try to reply within 6 to 16 weeks.”
      Worth Considering?: Published prestigious poets such as Billy Collins. Seems a little elitist, despite their modest production value.

      Black Warrior Review: http://www.bwr.ua.edu
      Editor: Kate Lorenz
      Fiction: Christopher Hellwig
      Nonfiction: Laurence Ross
      Poetry: M. Ann Hull
      Reading Period: All Year
      Simultaneous Submissions: Yes
      Online Submissions: No
      Guidelines: “We do NOT accept unsolicited e-mail submissions. We read submissions year-round, though our response time is slower in the summer. The average response time for submissions is between 2 and 4 months. If you have not received a response after 4 months (excepting the summer), send a query and SASE through the mail, or email us at blackwarriorreview@gmail.com, and we’ll check on the status of your submission. Black Warrior Review is also seeking creative nonfiction that experiments, plays, and throws the occasional snowball in our faces. We call for essays that offer up a new perspective, an unvoiced thought, an overlooked association—and we hope that you will send us pieces that not only challenge us with their content, but also with their form. We prize the lyric and the language driven, both the sparsely stated and the indulgently ruminative. Unsolicited manuscripts will not be returned unless accompanied by a self-addressed, stamped envelope (SASE) and proper postage. Please do not mix genres in the same envelope. We encourage you to read Black Warrior Review before submitting. Sample issues are available for $10; one-year subscriptions for $16. Simultaneous submissions are fine, if noted (please notify us immediately if the work is accepted somewhere else).”
      Worth Considering?: Yes. Its local and is interested in off of the wall material. Its open to submissions from new writers yet has the prestige of a few well to do writers.

      You Must Be This Tall To Ride: http://www.youmustbethistalltoride.net
      Editor: BJ Hollars
      Reading Period: All Year
      Simultaneous Submissions: Yes
      Online Submission: Yes
      Guidelines: “We strongly prefer submissions under 3000 words. Please only submit one story or essay at a time or 1-3 poems. We encourage simultaneous submissions, but we ask that you please note this in your cover letter and notify us immediately upon acceptance elsewhere. Submissions should be sent as word attachments.”
      Worth Considering?: Yes. It is published three quarterly and is concerned with “coming of age” literature. It is fairly low budget and hasn’t published any notable writers. It is local and has a low circulation.

      Virginia Quarterly Review: http://www.vqronline.org
      Editor: Ted Genoways
      Reading Period: September 1-June 30th
      Simultaneous Submissions: No
      Online Submissions: Yes
      Guidelines: “We only consider unpublished work. Submissions are limited to one prose piece and three poems every six months. Due to the large number of submissions we receive, we have to place a limit on submission of new work until 6 months after your last submission (regardless of whether we’ve made a decision on your most recently submitted work). If a work is still under review, you may withdraw it and submit new work, up to the limits already mentioned. Our reading period is from September 1 through May 31. Any submissions received between 6/1 through 8/31 will be returned without being reviewed. We prefer no simultaneous submissions, please. If work you have submitted to us is accepted elsewhere, please notify us immediately. Eighty percent of submissions are reviewed within three months, but due to the large number we receive, 20% of responses are delayed for longer than three months. Please be patient with us; we receive between one and two thousand submissions each month and have a small staff. Responses will be provided by e-mail. Please upload only one work per file — even batches of poetry should be submitted one poem per file. FPayment & Copyright: For poetry, we pay $5/line, with a minimum payment of $200 per poem. For prose, we pay approximately 20¢/word). Work that is published only on our website is paid at a lower rate. Our standard publishing agreement asks for the following rights in exchange: first North American print rights; nonexclusive online rights; and a few other limited rights. Copyright is retained by the author at all times and authors are free to resell the work, though we do ask for a 90-day exclusive from our first publication of the work.”
      Worth Considering: Yes, even though it would be difficult to get into to, there is still a chance. This magazine has been around since the 20’s. It pays 5$ by the line and an average of 200$ for a poem.

    4. Emma February 23, 2010 / 4:26 am

      editors: Russel Scott Valentino [editor] Lynne Nugent [managing editor] Nick Twemlow [poetry editor]
      reading period: September – November
      simultaneous submissions: yes
      on-line submissions: no
      unusual guidelines: two submissions a year
      why this is worth considering: The Iowa Review is a gate keeper, it’s standing in front of the pearly gates. Somewhere. This is one of the ones that it’s EXTREMELY HIGHLY VERY unlikely that we will get accepted, at this point in time, but if we do, we’ll probably want to go around introducing ourselves as “Hi I was published in The Iowa Review my name is Emma Roberts.”

      – – – – – – – – – –

      meat & potatoes
      editors: David Housley, Mike Ingram, Joe Killiany, Aaron Pease [fiction] Gwydion Suilebhan [poetry]
      reading period: year-round
      simultaneous submissions: “yes, please”
      on-line submissions: yes
      unusual guidelines: One fiction piece at a time, up to five poems.
      why this is worth considering: it looks very well marketed, and it seems like it would be a moderate level of competition. It likes things with spunk, and some of us can do that.

      – – – – – – – – – –

      meat & potatoes
      editors: Leigh Ann Henion [editor-in-chief] Betty Miller Conway [managing editor]
      reading period: August – May
      simultaneous submissions: yes
      on-line submissions: no
      unusual guidelines: one submission a year
      why this is worth considering: the Cold Mountain Review, while somewhat stuffy, is very credible. It’s run by a college, so that’s always a plus for us.

      – – – – – – – – – –

      editors: Jeffrey Gustavson [editor] William Schaumberg [managing editor] Martin Edmunds [poetry editor]
      reading period: September – June
      simultaneous submissions: yes
      on-line submissions: yes
      unusual guidelines: no
      why this is worth considering: Epiphany is a sophisticated-looking new-ish zine. The competition level looks okay, and it seems like it would be a good fit for us.

    5. Brookes Fountain February 23, 2010 / 6:10 am

      Carve Magazine
      I consider to be a Gatekeeper


      Matthew Limpede, Editor
      Simultaneous submissions: yes
      Email submissions: yes, electronic submissions
      Reading period: year-round
      Payment: yes
      They portray themselves to be very prestigious. Submissions are free, though there is prize money.

      Carpe Articulum Literary Review
      I consider to be $lick


      Simultaneous submissions: yes
      Email submissions: yes
      Reading period: year-round
      Payment: $10,000 total awards granted annually + 2 copies printed
      Their review comes out just as if it were a popular magazine. They’ve had a history of people such as Bradbury and George Lucas and Jodi Picoult.

      Southern Humanities Review
      I consider to be Zine


      Co-editors: Dan Latimer ; Chantel Acevedo
      Simultaneous submissions: no
      Email submissions: no
      Reading period: year-round
      Payment: copies
      They don’t offer money and no copy. Auburn is a prestigious college and so name could, in a way, get out there. And is local.

      Beloit Poetry Journal
      I consider to be Meat-N-Potatoes


      John Rosenwald and Lee Sharkey, Editors
      Simultaneous submissions: no
      Email submissions: international submissions only
      Reading period: year-round
      Payment: copies
      This is another local. They have had Williams Carlos Williams on their listing over fifty years ago. They give away free copy.

    6. amber holloway February 23, 2010 / 7:00 am


      elephant zine
      editor: kids at chicago univeristy
      reading period: year-round, from what i can tell
      simultaneous submissions: no
      online submissions: yes, preferrably
      unusual sumbmission stuff: they like collaborations
      why worth the effort: they have a good writing program, don’t they? aren’t they coveted or something? anyway, it looks really cool.

      PMS poemmemoirstory
      editor: honestly? good question, but i’m guessing from all the looking around i did, it’s some female in the english department at uab.
      reading period: january 1- march 31st
      simultaneous submissions: yes
      online submissions: no
      unusual sumbmission stuff: i think they like the ladies.
      why worth the effort: they’re local, published by the university of alabama at birmingham.

      new south
      editor: james may
      prose: dionne irving, peter fontaine
      poetry: james thomas miller
      reading period: year-round
      simultaneous submissions: yes
      online submissions: yes for international submissions, ask otherwise
      unusual sumbmission stuff: n\a
      why worth the effort: honeslty, they sound like a serious magazine that isn’t going to judge where you’re from, which interests me. also, they have a nice cover and they don’t sound too stuck up.

      black warrior review
      editor: kate lorenz
      fiction: christopher hellwig
      nonfiction: laurence ross
      poetry: m. ann hull
      reading period: year-round
      simultaneous submissions: yes
      online submissions: no
      unusual sumbmission stuff: n\a
      why worth the effort: alabama-based, each issue features a chapbook from a nationally known poet

    7. Tyler February 23, 2010 / 10:30 pm

      Right Hand Pointing (Online)
      Editor (Poetry and Art)—Dale Wisely
      Editor (Fiction)—F. John Sharp
      Reading period—Year round
      online submissions accepted, simultaneous submissions accepted
      Guidelines: poetry of sixteen lines or less/poetry of seventy-five words or less

      Left Hand Waving (Online)
      Editors—Dale Wisely, F. John Sharp, Howie Good
      Reading period—Year round
      online submissions accepted, simultaneous submissions accepted
      Guidelines: same as Right Hand Pointing, but only accepts fiction of five hundred words or less, first person and trueish

      Meat and Potatoes
      The Shine Journal
      Editor—Pamela Tyree Griffin
      Reading period—Year round
      online submissions accepted, simultaneous submissions accepted

      The Georgia Review
      Editor—Stephen Corey
      Reading Period—August 15 – May 15
      Online submissions not accepted, simultaneous submissions not accepted
      Guidelines: Not too picky, no translations or excerpts

      The Oxford American
      Editor—Carol Ann Fitzgerald
      Reading Period—All year
      Online submissions not accepted, simultaneous submissions accepted
      Guidelines: “We do not publish pornography, society gossip, or poems about cats

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