10 Literary Journals Open to Other Art Forms

Written by Emily Harstone

Most literary journals publish poetry and fiction. Many also publish creative non-fiction, essays, reviews, and visual art (largely paintings, drawings, and photography). Most do not publish anything else.

However, all of the journals linked to here are interested in a variety of mediums. Some want you to submit your songs, others your short videos. These are great places to submit to if you are a writer and a singer (for example). They are also worth sharing with your non-writer friends. Do you know a great director of short films? Perhaps this list would benefit them. Most people outside of the literary community do not know about these publication options, so spread the word.

The list is in no particular order. Keep in mind that not all of these journals are open to submissions at all times.

Black Elephant
A new literary journal that is open to most forms of writing as well as spoken word, photography, and short films (anything under 10 minutes in length.

Ink Brick
Ink Brick is a beautiful print journal of comics poetry. Yes you read that right. They publish comics that are poems, or poems that are comics. Either way they are great.

Carte Blanche
This Canadian literary journal accepts submissions in the all the normal categories as well as photography, photo essays,comics (up to 30 pages in length), and audio (which can involve words, or not).

Booth publishes fiction, poetry, non-fiction, lists, and comics.

The Iowa Review
An established literary journal that publishes poetry, fiction, non-fiction, visual art, and also graphic novels. They do charge for most online submissions unless you are a subscriber, but postal submissions are free (which is why we are including them, reluctantly in this list).

They publish stories, reviews of anything (including people), and most visual art (except photographs) including comics.

Going Down Swinging
An Australian print and electronic journal that publishes poetry, short stories, and also comics. They also regularly publish audio CDs.


Belletrist is an online and print journal produced by the students at Bellevue College. They are looking for poetry, fiction, nonfiction, playwriting, graphic literature, and art that wants to get noticed.


An online publisher of fiction, poetry, nonfiction, photo essays, and reviews covers just about everything. Eclectic and inclusive, they aim to connect like minds of all varieties

Bottlecap Blog

Besides fiction and poetry, Bottlecap Blog also seeks multimedia literary submissions, including, but not limited to: comics, films, and works of visual art.