10 Literary Journals Open to Other Art Forms

Written by Emily Harstone | August 1, 2016

Most literary journals publish poetry and fiction. Many also publish creative non-fiction, essays, reviews, and visual art (largely paintings, drawings, and photography). Most do not publish anything else.

However, all of the journals linked to here are interested in a variety of mediums. Some want you to submit your songs, others your short videos. These are great places to submit to if you are a writer and a singer (for example). They are also worth sharing with your non-writer friends. Do you know a great director of short films? Perhaps this list would benefit them. Most people outside of the literary community do not know about these publication options, so spread the word.

The list is in no particular order. Keep in mind that not all of these journals are open to submissions at all times.

Black Elephant
A new literary journal that is open to most forms of writing as well as spoken word, photography, and short films (anything under 10 minutes in length. You can learn more on their website here.

Ink Brick
Ink Brick is a beautiful print journal of comics poetry. Yes you read that right. They publish comics that are poems, or poems that are comics. Either way they are great. Learn more here.

Carte Blanche
This Canadian literary journal accepts submissions in the all the normal categories as well as photography, comics (up to 30 pages in length), and audio (which can involve words, or not). Learn more here.

Door Is A Jar
An emerging online and print magazine founded in 2015, Door is a Jar publishes poetry, fiction, nonfiction, drama, and art. You can learn more about them in our review here.

Booth publishes fiction, poetry, non-fiction, lists, and comics. To learn more visit their website here.

The Iowa Review
An established literary journal that publishes poetry, fiction, non-fiction, visual art, and also graphic novels. They do charge for most online submissions unless you are a subscriber, but postal submissions are free (which is why we are including them, reluctantly in this list). You can visit their submission guidelines here.

They publish stories, reviews of anything (including people), and most visual art (except photographs) including comics. To learn more you can visit their website here.

Zoetrope All Story
They publish short stories and one-act plays no longer than 7,000 words. They are published by the Coppola family. You can learn more or submit here.

Eleven Eleven
Along with the usual suspects Eleven Eleven also publishes drama, usually two pieces per print issue. Learn more here.

Going Down Swinging
An Australian print and electronic journal that publishes poetry, short stories, and also comics. They also regularly publish audio CDs. To learn more, go here.