9 Literary Journals that Publish Longer Fiction

Written by Emily Harstone | October 16, 2017

Most literary journals are only interested in publishing short stories that are up to 3,000 words in length. So it can be harder for someone who wrote a longer short story to place it in a good home, unless they are publishing a collection of short stories.

The following literary journals are all open to publishing longer short stories, although the specific lengths the journals are looking for does vary. So if you have written one or several short stories exceeding 3,000 words in length, here are some good options for you.

Some of these publishers open and close to submissions, so if one of the literary journals you are most interested in submitting to is not currently accepting submissions, make sure to monitor their website. The journals are listed in no particular order.

1. The Long Story

This is the only literary journal in North America devoted exclusively to publishing long stories. The stories they are looking to publish are between 8,000 and 20,000 words in length. They publish one print issue a year, and are open to electronic submissions. They are open to most genres. To learn more, visit their website here: http://www.longstorylitmag.com/longstorylitmag/LongStory.html

2. Conjunctions

This print literary journal is based in the USA. If you live in the USA you must submit by mail, if you live outside of the USA you can submit via email. They accept longer work according to dutorope but on their website do not go into the details regarding word limitations. To learn more visit their website here: http://www.conjunctions.com/about/submissions/

3. The Conium Review

The Conium Review publishes fiction of all lengths, from flash fiction (which must be shorter than 1,000 words) to novellas (that start at 15,000 words and can go up to 40,000). They are an annual print journal; although they have an online compendium, it has different requirements. Contributors receive copies of the issue their work appears in. To learn more, read their submission guidelines here: http://coniumreview.com/submission-guidelines/

4. The Seatttle Review

They only publish long work. They won’t even consider prose that is less than 40 (double spaced) pages in length, which is unusual. They also like longer poems and linked poems. If you would like to learn more or submit your work, visit their website here: http://www.theseattlereview.org/read-me/

5. The Collagist

The Collagist is a respected online literary journal that is published by Dzanc Books. They are open to publishing novellas up to 8,000 words in length. To lean more about their submission process, visit their guidelines here: https://thecollagist.submittable.com/submit

6. Dodging the Rain 

Dodging the Rain is a new blogazine publishing all genres of literature and artwork. Helmed in Galway, Ireland, Dodging the Rain is founded and edited by a multinational group of graduate students based at the National University of Ireland: Galway’s Masters in Writing Programme and the university’s? Creative Process Masters of the Arts. They are open to longer submissions, and writers interested in submitting longer work may query the editors to pitch the piece. Dodging the Rain accepts submissions via email, but not online or by post. Submissions should include a brief bio about the artist and the work being submitted in the body of the email. If you would like to learn more or submit to Dodging the Rain, please visit their website at https://dodgingtherain.wordpress.com/submissions/

7. A Public Space

A Public Space publishes fiction, essays, poetry, as well as multi-genre work. They accept novellas and novel excerpts. No word or page limit is mentioned. They try to respond to all submissions within four months, although they mention that it is often a little longer than that. Their full submission guidelines are here: https://apublicspacedemo.submittable.com/submit

8. failbetter.com

Although not the most auspicious name failbetter.com is a very competitive literary journal that publishes poetry and fiction. They publish short fiction as well as novellas although they don’t list any word limits. Their full submission guidelines are here: http://failbetter.com/node/add/article.

9. Alaska Quarterly Review (AQR)

AQR 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. They accept short stories and novel excerpts up to 50 pages in length.  Their full submission guidelines are available here: https://aqreview.org/writers-guidelines/