The Five Best Literary Journals That Have Re-opened to Submissions This Month

Written by Emily Harstone | January 16, 2014

Every month journals open and close their reading periods. At the start of the year, several great journals re-opened their doors to submissions after taking a great deal of time off. The journals are listed in no particular order, it would be a great achievement to have work accepted by any of them.

1. LIT

LIT is published by the MFA program at the New School in New York. It has two print issues a year and is a beautiful publication. LIT is interested in unusual poems and prose. They are a very respected journal and they accept less than one percent of the work submitted to them every year. All contributions should be uploaded to their submission manager in a single document, beginning with a cover letter and short bio. They do not consider stories over 25 pages in length. To learn more visit their website at http://www.litmagazine.org/you/.

2. A-Minor

A-Minor is an unusual electronic literary journal that publishes poetry, short fiction, and mixed genre work. They have changed their format at various times over the years, but currently they are publishing issues on a quarterly basis. They are well respected for publishing unusual work, and they accept less than one percent of the work submitted to them. To learn more visit their website at http://aminormagazine.com/ .

3. The Threepenny Review

Last year we wrote a full review of the Threepenny Review that you can read here. They just re-opened to submissions at this time, and they are very much worth submitting to. They publish a wonderful mix of emerging and established writers. You can submit your work to them here: http://www.threepennyreview.com/

4. Gulf Stream

Gulf Steam has been publishing fiction, non-fiction, and poetry for over twenty years. They started out as a print publication but they are now electronic. The work they publish is diverse and comes from emerging and established authors. Gulf Stream accepts less than four percent of the work submitted to them. You can learn more about them here: http://gulfstreamlitmag.com/

5. Slice Magazine

We wrote a full review of Slice Magazine last year that you can read here. Slice is one of the most respected names in contemporary literature, and they accept poetry and fiction. They accept a very small percent of the work submitted to them, so try to submit to Slice before they close to submissions again. You can submit your work to them here: http://www.slicemagazine.org/submit-your-work/