The Five Best Literary Journals Re-Opening This Month

Written by Emily Harstone | February 6, 2014

In February many journals are opening their doors to submissions. Some of these journals have only been closed for a month, others have been closed for over six months. February’s list of five journals includes two of my favorite literary journals.

1. A Cappella Zoo

A Cappella Zoo is a journal of magic realism that publishes fiction, poetry, drama, and art. They are interested in altered realities, the exploration of place, perspective, and genre.  They will be closing on the 28th of February, so your window of opportunity to submit to them is a small one. They publish two issues a year, both issues are available in print or in an electronic format.

They are well respected, well reviewed, and established. They accept less than 3% of the work submitted to them. They respond to most submissions within a month and a half. They publish some of the best and most imaginative writing out there, which is why they are one of my favorite journals. Every writer receives a contributor copy. Each issue one of the chosen writers will be awarded an additional prize of twenty five dollars. It is easy to submit via their submission manager. To learn more please visit their website at http://www.acappellazoo.com/home2.

2. The Sugar House Review

The Sugar House Review is a print journal based out of Salt Lake City. They only publish poetry and they publish two issues a year. They accept around 5% of the work submitted to them. However, they take a little over six months to respond to each submission, so be prepared to be patient.

They expect poems to be submitted in packets of five poems or less. They do not accept reprints but they are fine with simultaneous submissions. To learn more visit their submission guidelines here: http://www.sugarhousereview.com/submit.html

3. The Moth

The Moth is a beautiful print journal based out of Ireland. They have published a lot of work by Ireland’s most famous authors. Even though they are based out of Ireland they accept work by authors world-wide and they ship your contributor copy for free no matter where you live. They are well respected and established.

The Moth publishes short stories and poetry. They accept submissions via email or post and take about four months to respond. They currently accept less than 1% of the submissions they receive. The Moth is another one of my favorite journals because the work they publish is unusual and creative, it often really makes you think. To learn more visit their website at: http://www.themothmagazine.com/a1-page.asp?ID=1972&page=15

4. The Baltimore Review

The Baltimore Review is an established and respected publication that releases four electronic issues a year and one print issue. They publish essays, narrative non fiction, short stories, flash fiction, and poetry. They take a little under 3 months to respond to submissions and they accept only a small percentage of what is submitted to them.

To learn more about what they are looking for you should read a few of the works they have published on their website. If you want to know about their submission guidelines you can visit them online here: http://baltimorereview.org/index.php/submit

5. The Found Poetry Review

The Found Poetry Review is an usual journal that publishes two print issues of poetry a year. They do not publish any original work. They only publish ‘found’ poetry, and other forms that incorporate elements of existing texts written by others. Because of this they actually publish a lot of unique and exciting work. They manage to have an acceptance rate of almost 20%.  They are also involved in a lot of other interesting projects such as the Pulitzer re-mix, a challenge where each day in April a poet creates a new poem from the same Pulitzer prize winning book.

Because of the specifics involved in this journal and because of their detailed guidelines it is a good idea to thoroughly review their guidelines: http://www.foundpoetryreview.com/submission-guidelines/