Some writers begin their careers by being plucked out of the New Yorker's slush pile. Or so we all think. It's never happened.
Instead, our publication histories begin in small literary journals, some university based, others independent, whose readerships are united only in their loyalty to our common enterprise. Once your work has found a home in one of them, it becomes progressively easier to publish in others. That's how portfolios get built. And while you're unlikely to see many of them at the Barnes and Noble, rest assured that they're read by editors and agents looking for new talent.
Here are a few. Check them out.
Alimentum Magazine - Avoid reading on an empty stomach.
apt - A poetic exploration of human relationships.
Arcadia - Spending time on the things that matter.
Blackbird - Singing in the dead of night "for the kind of writing we should all strive toward."
CALYX - Women writing unapologetically about women and women’s lives.
Carve - Named in honor of Raymond Carver, short story artist and master of the “minimalist” form.
Electric Literature - A magazine dedicated to great fiction and supporting other magazines.
Fairy Tale Review - Your favorites, reimagined.
Fiddleblack - Both a press and journal served on a single platter.
The First Line - Their first line, your story.
Fiction Fix - A true literary addiction.
Flash Fiction Online - Fiction so fast you may miss it.
Gettysburg Review - Over twenty years of great stories.
Glimmer Train - This top market is one every writer should know.
Greensboro Review - Down-to-earth, fun stories.
HYPERTEXT - A magazine looking to get the conversation started.
Jersey Devil Press - A stand-alone magazine that stretches the boundaries of science fiction.
Literary Orphans - A magazine looking to adopt some neat writers.
Lovecraft eZine - Channel your inner Lovecraft.
MAKE - A magazine so Chicagoan, it eats Italian beef.
Newport Magazine - A magazine with a soft spot for emerging authors.
New Pages - Not a magazine, but terrific index of magazines, contests, and publishers. Bookmark this page before proceeding.
Prick of the Spindle - A journal full of editors who want to work with you.
Requited Magazine - A journal that explores art as a creative exchange.
Specter Magazine - A magazine with a funky fresh beat.