Best Literary Magazines For Creative Nonfiction Essay

  • 2 Elizabeths

    Reading Period: Jan 1 to Dec 31

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction

    Subgenres: Commercial Fiction, Feminist, Fiction, Flash Fiction, Historical, Humor, Literary Fiction, Love, Poetry, Prose Poetry

    We aim to publish a rich variety of short fiction and poetry, penned by both emerging and established writers. We tend to select work that reflects positivity and kindness, and while we publish several genres, we have a soft spot for both romance...

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  • 2River View

    Reading Period: Jan 1 to Dec 31

    Genre: Poetry

    We prefer poems with these qualities: image, subtlety, and point of view; a surface of worldly exactitude, as well as a depth of semantic ambiguity; and a voice that negotiates with its body of predecessors. Before submitting,...

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  • 3Elements Literary Review

    Reading Period: Jan 1 to Dec 31

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction

    3Elements Literary Review is a quarterly, online literary journal founded in Chicago in 2013, now based in Des Moines, IA. We publish fiction, nonfiction, poetry, art, and photography. Each issue begins with the posting of three elements, and...

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  • 5x5 Literary Magazine

    Reading Period: Jan 1 to Dec 31

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction

    5×5, which borrows its title from the concept of clear radio transmission, is an online literary magazine that aims to publish both established and emerging writers of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction that is of no more than 500 words in length....

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  • 32 Poems

    Reading Period: Jan 1 to Dec 31

    Genre: Poetry

    At 32 Poems our bias is for inventive language complicated by music, form, and feeling. As a rule we publish shorter work that can fit on a single page (32 lines or less), but we sometimes make exceptions to accommodate particularly exciting...

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  • 34THPARALLEL INDIE LITMAG DIGITAL & PRINT

    Reading Period: Jan 1 to Dec 31

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction

    Subgenres: Autobiography/Memoir, Experimental, Graphic/Illustrated, Literary Fiction, Love, Narrative Nonfiction, Pop Culture, Prose Poetry

    It's all about getting your story out there looking good. This mag’s fans can be your fans too!!
    Your nonfiction & fiction (as well as your straight-out journalism, essay, screenplay, greatest tweets etc), your poetry (...

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  • 50 Haikus

    Reading Period: Jan 1 to Dec 31

    Genre: Poetry

  • 95Notes

    Reading Period: Jan 1 to Dec 31

    Genre: Poetry, Creative Nonfiction, Fiction

    95Notes is a platform designed to showcase quality creative writing and artwork. 95Notes is an independent literary magazine started by Chicago State University writers to represent creative writers within their literary community.
    All...

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  • 100 Word Story

    Reading Period: Jan 1 to Dec 31

    Genre: Fiction

    Subgenres: Autobiography/Memoir, Experimental, Prose Poetry, Narrative Nonfiction

    The whole is a part and the part is a whole. The 100-word format forces the writer to question each word, to reckon with Flaubert’s mot juste in a way that even most flash fiction doesn’t. At the same time the brevity of the form allows the...

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  • 580 Split

    Reading Period: Oct 15 to Dec 15

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction

    TRANSCENDENCE. Beyond. Beyond the physical. Beyond normal. Beyond what’s believed possible. Beyond even our conception of reality. This is the work of the Artist. Ever striving to see the world from outside the world to stretch the bounds of what...

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  • 805 Lit + Art

    Reading Period: Aug 1 to Apr 30

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction

    805 publishes debut and emerging writers, poets, photographers, and artists in our quarterly, online journal. Enjoy our issues for free. We seek writing and art that is unexpected, striking, and moving.

  • 1966

    Reading Period: Aug 1 to May 1

    Genre: Creative Nonfiction

    Subgenres: Autobiography/Memoir, Graphic/Illustrated, Nature/Environmental, Narrative Nonfiction

    1966 is a literary magazine that celebrates research-driven creative nonfiction — prose that turns information into story and facts into art. We are published with the support of Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas and its English Department...

  • The 3288 Review

    Reading Period: Jan 1 to Dec 31

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction

    Subgenres: Autobiography/Memoir, Experimental, Feminist, LGBT, Historical, Humor, Formal, Nature/Environmental, Prose Poetry, Regional, Narrative Nonfiction, Literary Fiction, Journalism/Investigative Reporting, Translation

    The 3288 Review specifically focuses on writers and artists from (or associated with) West Michigan. This doesn’t mean we don’t accept submissions from the world at large; we consider submissions from anyone, and from anywhere.

  • A-Minor Magazine

    Reading Period: Jan 1 to Dec 31

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction

    Subgenres: Cross-genre, Experimental, Flash Fiction, Prose Poetry, Literary Fiction

    Flash Fiction, Poetry, Mixed-Genre Works, Art/Text and Artwork. Tastes lean toward surreal, experimental, ambivalent, darkly lyrical and wildly imaginative. The magazine was a weekly publication from May 2010 to Feb 2013. Check out our archives...

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  • The A3 Review

    Reading Period: Jan 1 to Dec 31

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction

    Subgenres: Autobiography/Memoir, Commercial Fiction, Cross-genre, Erotica, Experimental, Feminist, Flash Fiction, Graphic/Illustrated, Humor, LGBT, Literary Fiction, Love, Micro-poetry, Narrative Nonfiction, Nature/Environmental, Prose Poetry

    The A3 Review is a literary magazine that behaves like a map, made by the folks who make Writing Maps. Prose and poetry pieces are written with a 150-word limit in response to a themed monthly writing contest. Twelve winners are published in the...

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  • AADOREE

    Reading Period: Jan 1 to Dec 31

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction

    Subgenres: Cross-genre, Experimental, Feminist, Flash Fiction, LGBT, Literary Fiction, Prose Poetry

    AADOREE (pronounced the same as “adore”) is a tiny online/print literary journal edited by JD Scott and Alia Tsang. AADOREE aims to publish those voices who are pushing boundaries of writing with an emphasis on interdisciplinary work, formal...

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  • aaduna

    Reading Period: Jan 1 to Dec 31

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction

    Subgenres: Cross-genre

    To identify new and emerging writers and visual artists who have a particular focus on re-defining the landscape of their artform. Artists of color and those others who are traditionally underrepresented in the field are...

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  • Aberration Labyrinth

    Reading Period: Jan 1 to Dec 31

    Genre: Poetry

    Subgenres: Autobiography/Memoir, Cross-genre, Feminist, Humor, Love, Micro-poetry, Political, Pop Culture

    This is a publication that plans to blur the lines of traditional poetry. Too many publications have a narrow definition of what poetry is or what it should be. We don't. In fact, we treasure poetry that strays from the path. We want raw,...

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  • Able Muse

    Reading Period: Jan 1 to Dec 31

    Genre: Poetry, Creative Nonfiction, Fiction

    Able Muse predominantly publishes metrical poetry complemented by art and photography, fiction and non-fiction including essays, book reviews and interviews with a focus on metrical and formal poetry. We also welcome exceptional free verse. We...

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  • About Place Journal

    Reading Period: Jan 1 to Dec 31

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction

    About Place Journal is the literary publication of the Black Earth Institute. Black. BEI is dedicated to art serving the causes of spirit, earth and society. Issues are guest edited by fellows of the Institute. Themes (titles of issues)are chosen...

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  • Abramelin

    Reading Period: Jan 1 to Dec 31

    Genre: Poetry

    We are a poetry journal, focusing on the highest quality literary poetry. Abramelin has been publishing since the summer of 2006. Many of the best small press writers have graced our pages. I have changed the format from one or two issues a year...

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  • The Acentos Review

    Reading Period: Jan 1 to Dec 31

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction

    Subgenres: Autobiography/Memoir, Cross-genre, Experimental

    The Acentos Review publishes poetry, fiction, memoir, interviews, translations and artwork by emerging and established Latin@ writers four times a year. We welcome submissions in English, Spanish, Spanglish, Portuguese, and indigenous languages....

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  • Acorn: a Journal of Contemporary Haiku

    Reading Period: Jan 1 to Mar 1

    Genre: Poetry

    Subgenres: Micro-poetry

    Acorn is a biannual journal dedicated to publishing the best of contemporary English-language haiku. In particular, it showcases the individual poem and the ability of haiku to reveal the extraordinary moments found in everyday life.

  • Adanna

    Reading Period: Jan 1 to Dec 31

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction

    Subgenres: Feminist

    Adanna, a name of Nigerian origin, pronounced a-DAN-a, is defined as “her father’s daughter.” Women over the centuries have been defined by men in politics, through marriage, and most importantly, by the men who fathered them. Women are still...

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  • Adelaide Literary Magazine

    Reading Period: Jan 1 to Dec 31

    Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction

    Subgenres: Translation

    We seek to publish outstanding literary fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, and to promote the writers we publish, helping authors reach a wider literary audience.

  • In September we shared 13 Publication Opportunities for Emerging Writers. This post got a great response and so here, by popular demand, are 25 more literary journals and magazines that welcome submissions from new and emerging writers.

    Alaska Quarterly Review
    Alaska Quarterly Review is a literary journal devoted to contemporary literary art, publishing fiction, short plays, poetry, photo essays, and literary non-fiction in traditional and experimental styles. The editors encourage new and emerging writers, while continuing to publish award winning and established writers as well.

    The Allegheny Review
    The Allegheny Review only accepts submissions from currently enrolled undergraduate students.  Now entering its 31st year of publication, it is one of America’s few nationwide literary magazines dedicated exclusively to undergraduate works of poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction and artwork. Submissions for the 2014 issue close on 15 December.

    A&U Magazine
    As a national, non-profit HIV/AIDS magazine, A&U is interested in publishing original literature, art, opinion, and reportage relating in any way to the AIDS pandemic. They encourage all topics related to HIV/AIDS, including international perspectives, personal accounts, historical perspectives, and personal responses to HIV-related art or artists. They also welcome English translations of work that is unpublished or previously published in a language other than English. New writers are highlighted through an ‘Emerging Voices’ section.

    Blue Monday Review
    Blue Monday Review is a brand new online literary magazine. They are currently seeking any and all forms of writing and art for their inaugural issue. Prose can be up to 8000 words and poets can submit up to 6 poems. Blue Monday Review will consider previously published work.

    Boston Review
    With its fiction currently edited by Junot Diaz, Boston Review is a prestigious and popular literary magazine. Non-fiction submissions should be under 5000 words and fiction up to 4000 words is considered. The reading period is between 15 September and 15 June. Boston Review also runs an annual short story contest.

    CHA: An Asian Literary Journal
    CHA is the first Hong Kong-based online literary quarterly journal dedicated to publishing quality poetry, short stories, creative non-fiction, drama, and reviews written in English, as well as photography and art. It has a strong focus on Asian-themed creative work or work done by Asian writers and artists. It also publishes emerging writers around the world. Fiction and creative non-fiction pieces can be be up to 5000 words long; poems should be no more than 60 lines.

    Cleaver Magazine
    Philadelphia-based Cleaver Magazine publishes cutting-edge art and literary work from a mix of established and emerging voices. They publish poetry, short stories, essays, flash prose, and visual art on a quarterly basis. They also publish new book reviews weekly.

    Creative Nonfiction
    Creative Nonfiction draws heavily from unsolicited submissions. The editors believe that ‘providing a platform for emerging writers and helping them find readers is an essential role of literary magazines’. A typical issue of CNF contains at least one essay by a previously unpublished writer. General submissions are read year round.

    Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine
    Launched in 1941 Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine is a monthly digest size fiction magazine specialising in crime fiction, particularly detective fiction. Unsolicited submissions are welcome through their online submissions manager. Writers who have not been previously been published will have their work considered their ‘Department of First Stories’.

    The Fiction Desk
    The Fiction Desk publishes a quarterly anthology of new short fiction. Each volume contains around ten short stories from new and upcoming writers. Stories can be from 2,000 to 11,000 words, and should be submitted through their online form. The majority of the stories they publish are unsolicited. The Fiction Desk is based in the United Kingdom but submissions are accepted from authors around the world.

    Harper’s Magazine
    Harper’s Magazine is the oldest general-interest monthly in America. While it is extremely competitive, Harper’s does accept unsolicited submissions of fiction and non-fiction. Fiction manuscripts and non-fiction queries should only be submitted via mail.

    Harvard Review
    Harvard Review publishes short fiction, poetry, essays, drama, and book reviews. Writers at all stages of their careers are invited to apply; however, the editors warn they can only publish a very small fraction of the material the receive. The reading period runs from 1 September to 31 May.

    The Humber Literary Review 
    Toronto’s Humber Literary Review is a new literary and arts magazine established by the English Department of Humber College. They accept submissions of fiction, non-fiction, essays, poetry, and artwork from prominent and emerging voices. The editors are particularly looking for work that is provocative, inspiring, entertaining, and exciting.

    The Iowa Review
    The Iowa Review publishes short stories, flash fiction, graphic novels, self-contained novel excerpts, and plays; poetry of all kinds; and all manner of creative nonfiction, including personal essays, lyric essays, memoirs, and literary journalism. They look for the best writing available and are often pleased to introduce new writers. Entries for The Iowa Review Awards, given in fiction, poetry, and literary non-fiction, are accepted during January.

    The Lifted Brow
    The Lifted Brow is a magazine from Australia and the world, printed bimonthly with a digital edition produced fortnightly. The magazine has a particular focus on originality, humour and experimentation. They accept submissions of fiction, essays, art, comics. They are also looking for columnists.

    The Louisville Review
    The Louisville Review was founded in 1976 and has proud tradition of fostering the development of new writers. Submissions of previously unpublished manuscripts are invited. The Louisville Review also accepts submissions of previously unpublished poetry from students in grades K to 12. They seek writing that looks for fresh ways to recreate scenes and feelings.

    MadHat
    MadHat (Mad Hatters’ Review) seeks to foster the work of writers and poets.They are particularly interested in risky, thematically broad, psychologically and philosophically sophisticated works. MadHat is open to authors of all creeds and distinctions, from the emerging to the distinguished.

    The Malahat Review
    The Malahat Review is one of Canada’s most acclaimed literary magazines. They publish poetry, short fiction, and creative nonfiction by new and established writers from Canada and abroad as well as reviews of Canadian books. Unsolicited submissions of short fiction may range in length from 1,200 to 8,000 words. According to their website, Malahat often receives stories with potential that nevertheless require further refinement. Occasionally it will ‘tentatively accept’ a story of particular promise. With the author’s agreement, a fiction board member will work closely with him or her to revise the story in order to evolve to final publishable form.

    Narrative Magazine
    Narrative Magazine welcomes submissions of previously unpublished manuscripts of all lengths, ranging from short short stories to complete book-length works for serialisation. Narrative Magazine regularly publishes fiction, poetry, and non-fiction, including stories, novels, novel excerpts, novellas, personal essays, humour, sketches, memoirs, literary biographies, commentary, reportage, interviews, and features of interest to readers who take pleasure in storytelling and imaginative prose. In addition to submissions for issues of Narrative Magazine itself, writers are also encouraged to submit their work for their Story of the Week, literary contests, and Readers’ Narratives.

    The Paris Review
    The Paris Review is one of the world’s most respected literary magazines. Again, publication is highly competitive but submissions are accepted from new writers. All submissions must be in English and previously unpublished. Writers may submit no more than one short story, one non-fiction manuscript, or six poems at a time. The editors strongly suggest to all who submit that they read the most recent issues of The Paris Review to acquaint themselves with material the magazine has published.

    Prairie Schooner
    Established in 1926, Prairie Schooner’s intention is to publish the best writing available, both from beginning and established writers. Prairie Schooner publishes short stories, poems, interviews, imaginative essays of general interest, and reviews of current books of poetry and fiction.

    The Sun
    The Sun is an independent magazine that publishes personal essays, short stories, interviews, poetry and photographs. Writing from The Sun has won the Pushcart Prize, been published in Best American Short Stories and Best American Essays, and been broadcast on National Public Radio. Submissions from both emerging and established writers are encouraged.

    Tin House
    Tin House magazine has published the likes of Sherman Alexie, Aimee Bender, Lydia Davis, Seamus Heaney, Rick Moody and Francine Prose. It also considers itself to be a ‘jumping-off point’ for unpublished writers and anyone taking risks, pushing form and language. They accept submissions between 4 September and 31 May and the summer and winter issues are not themed. Submissions for the Summer 2014 issue close on 15 January.

    The Write Room
    Online journal The Write Room publishes quality works of fiction, non-fiction, memoir, and poetry from new and established writers. They are also interested in reviews, interviews, and articles of interest to writers. They do not publish pieces that have previously been published, either online or in print.

    Zoetrope: All-Story
    In 1997, Francis Ford Coppola launched Zoetrope: All-Story, a quarterly magazine devoted to the best new short fiction and one-act plays. Be warned, All-Story receives around 12,000 submissions each year but they remain committed to publishing new, promising writers. They also run an annual short fiction contest.

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