20 Literary Journals for New Writers

Written by S. Kalekar | May 22, 2017

These literary magazines publish work by new and upcoming writers. Some publish work along with established writers, including Pulitzer Prize winners, and are placed in award anthologies and nominated for various prizes. Although these magazines publish work by new writers, some may be extremely competitive to get into, as they also publish work by established and prize-winning authors.

These magazines accept work in a variety of genres – fiction, non-fiction, screenwriting and poetry, and for various demographics of writers, from writers in grades K-12 to those over 50, to poets living in Washington, DC and writers in Southeast Asia. The magazines have various reading periods, and many are open now for submission.

The Louisville Review

They publish established voices with new ones. Fiction, poetry, non-fiction and drama submissions are accepted year-round. They also accept poetry from students in grades K-12.
Response time: 3-6 months
Word count: Up to five poems; no word limit for other genres, but they prefer shorter submissions.
Details here.

805 Lit

They publish debut and emerging poets and writers, and accept submissions from Manatee County and the rest of the world. They accept fiction or flash fiction, creative non-fiction and poetry. Response time:  Unspecified
Word count: 2,500 for fiction or creative non-fiction, unspecified for poetry
Details here.

Aaduna

The magazine accepts fiction, non-fiction and poetry. They welcome work by emerging writers, specially people of color. They ask for submissions to be snail-mailed and emailed, though writers can ask for the postal mail waiver.
Response time: Unspecified
Word count: Unspecified for prose, up to five poems
Details here.

Popshot

This British literary magazine publishes fiction and poetry by new writers around the globe. Issues are themed.
Response time: Unspecified
Word count: Unspecified
Details here.

The Adirondack Review

They publish poetry, fiction, translation, essays, interviews and reviews.
Response time: Unspecified
Word count: 2-5 poems, unspecified for others.
Details here.

Black Heart Magazine

They publish short-form modern literature, including pulp and literary fiction, and poetry. They do not like epic or rhyming poetry. They have a thrice-yearly publishing cycle but accept submissions year round for various themed issues, and publish work from up-and-coming and established writers. They also publish digital anthologies, and nominate pieces for Best of the Net and Pushcart Prize. The deadline for their upcoming theme, Summer’s End, is 30 June.

Response time: All responses by the first of the month of publication
Word count: 2,500 for fiction, up to 3 poems
Details here.
Alaska Quarterly Review

They publish fiction, short plays, poetry, and literary non-fiction in the traditional and experimental styles, and do not want light verse. They publish new and emerging writers alongside established and award-winning writers. Only hard copy submissions.
Response time: 6-16 weeks
Word count: Up to 50 pages of prose and up to 20 pages of poetry
Details here.

Passager Journal

They are dedicated to writers over 50 years. They publish one Open Issue (poetry, memoir/personal essays and short fiction) and one Poetry Contest Issue per year. They prefer hard copy submissions, but also take entries via Submittable.
Response time: Unspecified
Word count: Up to five poems (40 lines max) or 4,000 words of prose
Details here.

Albion Review

This journal is published annually and accepts work by undergraduate writers. They want short fiction, poetry and essays.
Response time: Unspecified
Word count: Up to 15 pages for fiction and non-fiction, up to 500 words for flash fiction, up to 5 poems
Details here.

Glass Mountain

Any undergraduate, or emerging artist is eligible to submit work. They accept fiction, creative non-fiction, reviews and poetry, and prefer contemporary poetry that is lyrical with narrative tendency. They do not accept literary criticism.
Response time:  8 months
Word count: Up to 15 pages of fiction or creative non-fiction, up to Details here.

Anak Sastra

They publish short fiction, creative non-fiction and poetry from Southeast Asian writers or tourists to/expatriates from the region. The countries are Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei, Singapore, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Myanmar, Timor-Leste and the Philippines.
Response time: Unspecified
Word count: No specific word count
Details here.

Beautiful Losers

They publish poetry, fiction and non-fiction weekly by new and established writers. No simultaneous submissions.
Response time: 2-3 months
Word count: Up to 5,000 words for fiction and non-fiction, up to 4 poems
Details here.

Able Muse

They accept poetry and poetry translations, fiction, non-fiction, essays, book reviews and interviews, with focus on metrical poetry. They accept submissions through the year.

Response time:  Unspecified
Word count: 1-5 poems, 4,000 words for prose
Details here.

Beloit Fiction Journal

They publish literary short fiction on any theme, both traditional and experimental. They accept short and fairly long stories, and publish work by new and established writers. Online submissions are charged, mailed submissions are free.
Response time: Unspecified
Word count: Up to 60 pages
Details here.

Beltway Poetry Quarterly

This award-winning journal showcases work of poets from Washington, DC and surrounding mid-Atlantic region (Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and Delaware). They have published Pulitzer Prize winners alongside poets who have never been published.
Response time: Unspecified
Word count: Unspecified
Details here.

Black Fox Literary Magazine

They publish fiction, poetry, non-fiction and blog posts by new and established writers. They specially welcome fiction from under-represented genres and styles.
Response time: Up to 6 months
Word count: Up to 5,000 words for fiction and non-fiction, up to 5 poems
Details here.

One Story

They publish one story – literary fiction – per issue. They pay $500 and 25 contributor copies. They are reading submissions until 31 May.
Response time: 3 months
Word count: 3,000-8,000 words
Details here.

One Teen Story

They publish 4 stories a year by authors aged 13-19. They are open until 31 May for the One Teen Story Contest; they want literary, sci-fi-, horror, fantasy and love stories. Winner gets $500 and 25 contributor copies, and there is no fee to submit. Honorable mentions will be chosen in three categories: 13-15, 16-17 and 18-19. For general submissions, they want all genres of YA fiction by teens about the teenager experience. Selected stories get $500 and 25 contributor copies.
Response time:  6 months
Word count: 1,500-4,000 for the contest, 2,000-4,000 for general submissions
Details here.

River Teeth: A Journal of Nonfiction Narrative

They want submissions of creative non-fiction, including narrative reportage, essays and memoirs, and critical essays. Submissions for flash non-fiction, Beautiful Things, are accepted year-round.
Response time: 3-6 months
Word count: Up to 250 words for Beautiful Things, unspecified for others.
Details here.

Valparasio Poetry Review

They publish new, emerging and well-known poets. They publish poems, book reviews, author interviews and essays about poetry or poetics. Works published in this magazine have received honours or been chosen for inclusion in award anthologies.
Response time: Two months
Word count: Up to five poems; unspecified for prose
Details here.