Wondering which literary magazines out there will publish your writing and help you escape the hell of obscurity and gain a modicum of recognition? Then wonder no more, Good Readers, for Every Writer’s Resource has published a list of the Top 50 Literary Magazines.
Using about 20 points of criteria, including publication founding date, quality of work and past published authors, this list is (by their own admission) “better ranked than [their] previous list.” Of course, there’s no surprise in seeing mainstays such as The New Yorker and Harper’s here, but there are also quite a few lit mags and anthologies listed that may have otherwise gone overlooked.
Here are their top 10:
- New Yorker http://www.newyorker.com
The best of the best. We didn’t have any commercial magazines on our last list, but it was a shame to leave this literary magazine out. After lots of emails here it is one the oldest and the most honored magazine of all. Started in the 1920s and has a circulation of over a million readers. Online submissions: http://www.newyorker.com/contact/contactus
- Ploughshares http://www.pshares.org
Founded in 1971 Ploughshares is our best and highest ranked university non-commercial literary magazine. It is more honored by national anthologies than any other magazine except the New Yorker. It is an outstanding publication. Online submissions: http://www.pshares.org/submit/
- The Atlantic http://www.theatlantic.com Founded in 1857 and often honored by national anthologies. This is another outstanding commercial magazine with a very large circulation of about 400,000 readers. They do publish new writers from time to time. http://www.theatlantic.com/faq/Submissions by email.
- Harper’s Magazine http://www.harpers.org/
Founded in 1850 and always well honored. It is an outstanding commercial literary magazine with a circulation of 220,000 readers. Submissions by email at http://harpers.org/harpers/submissions
- Tin House http://www.tinhouse.com
Only started in 2005 but quickly became one of the best and best known literary magazines in the country. It has been honored by national anthologies more times than many literary magazine that have been publishing for over 100 years. No unsolicited Submission.
- Paris Review http://www.theparisreview.org/
The Paris Review started in 1953 and is one of the best known literary magazines in the world. It is always publishing great authors and great works. No online submissions: http://www.theparisreview.org/about/submissions
- New England Review http://www.nereview.com/
Started in 1978 and is one of the best known and best loved literary magazines in the country. It is outstanding. Online submission by payment: http://www.nereview.com/guidelines.html
- Georgia Review http://www.uga.edu/garev/
Started in 1947 and has won many awards. It is a great literary magazine that publishes great authors and great works. No online submissions: http://www.uga.edu/garev/guidelines.html
- Kenyon Review http://kenyonreview.org/ One of the best literary magazines in the country. You can always find great writers in its pages. Started in 1939. Submissions online: http://kenyonreview.org/krsubmit/submissions/
- Five Points http://www.fivepoints.gsu.edu/
Is published by Georgia State University and is in our top 10 of these 50 for being always in national anthologies and winning awards. Founded in 1996 still less than 20 years old but a great literary magazine. Online submissions: http://www.fivepoints.gsu.edu/submissions/