10 New and Exciting Journals

Written by Emily Harstone | October 12, 2015

In the last 6 months the following journals opened their metaphorical doors for the first time. It is great to submit to new journals as the editors tend to have more energy and enthusiasm. They also tend to be more open to new authors or authors with only a small list of past publications. Of course new journals don’t yet have a reputation, one way or the other, so there is some risk attached to it. However, in my experience the risk is worth it because the reward can be great.

Not all of these journals are currently open to submissions, but the majority are.

The Indianola Review
The Indianola Review is a print literary journal that publishes prose and poetry. They pay their writers. They have yet to publish their first issue but they are open to writing that is difficult to categorize. To learn more visit their website here.

Poems2G0
Not a literary journal in the traditional sense of the word, Poems2Go is a grant funded project inspired by an idea Kay Ryan introduced. Poems2GO offers poetry to take with you, tuck in your pocket, your wallet, or to share. It is easy to submit to them and they accept reprints. To learn more visit their website here.

MUSH/MUM
A beautiful electronic literary journal that focuses on publishing. They publish fiction, poetry, non-fiction, art, and hybrid work. To learn more visit their website here.

1:1000
An unusual literary journal that publishes 1000 word stories based on one image. First you pick a picture from their gallery, you claim it with a comment and then you submit a story to match. If you have a story that already matches one of their images that is fine, or you can write a whole new story. To learn more visit their website here.

Thin Noon
Thin Noon is a beautiful student-run journal based at Brown and RISD in Providence, Rhode Island. They have been publishing work online since June 2015 and this fall they will put together their first printed issue. To learn more visit their website here.

Thirteen Ways
An electronic literary journal that publishes new issues quarterly, thirteen ways publishes a wide variety of prose and poetry. The first issue is out now and the journal appears to be off to a good start. To learn more visit their website here.

The Indigo Review
The Indigo Review is open to poetry, non-fiction, and fiction submissions. All work must be under 2000 words in length and must include the theme of “self”, although they encourage you to experiment with that theme. To learn more visit their website here. (Editor’s note: at the time of publishing this article, their website appears to be down. Time will tell if they come back up.)

Metaphorosis
Metaphorosis is a new literary journal that publishes speculative fiction, science fiction, and fantasy. They already have a story up on their website that should help you know what kind of work they are looking for. They pay their authors. To learn more visit their website here.

Leopordskins & Limes
An electronic English language journal published by a group of writers based out of Berlin Germany. The journal pairs works and images. To learn more visit their website here.

Intrinsick
An electronic literary journal that leads towards the funny and also the weird. They only publish fiction. To learn more visit their website here.