20 Approachable Literary Journals

Written by Emily Harstone

If you are just starting to submit your work to literary journals, or perhaps you just want to avoid rejection, this list is for you.

All of the literary journals in this list accept around half of what is submitted to them. So the odds of your work being accepted just went up.

These are not the most prestigious journals; publication in them, in all likelihood, will not change your writing life in any way, but they are not a bad place to start if you are new to submitting your writing.

Make sure to read the guidelines before submitting to know if your work fits. Just because they are approachable, doesn’t mean that they will accept angry poetry when they only publish nature poetry!

Not all literary journals in this list are currently open to submissions, but most are. It is also important to note that this information is subject to change. Sometimes a journal that was once easy to get into no longer is, so if you are seeing this list long after it was published, please keep that in mind. The list is in no particular order.

All of the information used to ascertain if the market is approachable or not was found through research done at the websites Duotrope and The (Submission) Grinder.

 

The Plum Tree Tavern

They only publish poetry about nature and ecology. They publish a little under half of the work they receive.

Scarlet Leaf Review

They publish a wide variety of poetry and prose, including genre work. They accept about 60% of what they receive.

50-Word Stories

As their name suggests, they publish only 50-word stories. They read submissions every month between the 1st and the 15th. They publish around 50% of what is submitted to them.

Anti-Heroin Chic

Anti-Heroin Chic publishes poetry, fiction and nonfiction. They accept under 50% of submissions.

Page & Spine

Page & Spine is an online literary journal that focuses on publishing the work of emerging authors. They accept poems, limericks, micro flash fiction (under 150 words), flash fiction (up to 1,000 words), short stories, articles, essays, and poems. They accept approximately half of the work they receive. They pay.

Literary Yard

Literary Yard is an e-journal that aims at widening literary horizons. They publish well over half of what they receive.

Ekphrastic Review

An Ekphrastic work is writing or art about another work of art. The Ekphrastic Review publishes fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. They accept a little under half of what they receive.

What Rough Beast

They publish a poem a day by a different poet exploring and responding to the US’ political reality.

365 Tomorrows

They publish one piece of flash fiction in the science fiction or speculative fiction genre, every day. They accept well over 50% of submissions.

Ariel Chart

They publish poetry and short fiction.

Nine Muses Poetry

A publisher of poetry based in the UK. They publish about half of the submissions they receive.

Adelaide Magazine

They publish over half of what they receive. They are a print and electronic journal that publishes short stories, reviews, poetry, creative non fiction, translation, and interviews.

Potato Soup

An online journal that publishes flash fiction and short stories. They have an over 50 percent acceptance rate.

Otoliths

An online journal of visual poetry, poetry, short fiction, essays, and art, they accept over half of what is submitted to them.

Children, Churches, and Daddies

They bill themselves as “The UN-religious, NON-family oriented literary and art magazine”. They have a 50% acceptance rate. They publish poetry, prose, and art work online.

Academy of the Heart and Mind

Their mission is to help emerging writers. They accept over 60% of what is submitted. They publish poetry, art, prose, and creative non-fiction online.

Writing in a Women’s Voice

An online poetry journal that publishes over 50% of what is submitted to them. They do not respond if they are not interested.

Down in the Dirt

Down in the Dirt publishes fiction and poetry. They have an acceptance rate of 70%.

The Magnolia Review

They publish poetry, non-fiction, and other work. They accept under half of what is submitted to them.

 

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