9 Literary Magazines That Accept Submissions

9 Literary Magazines That Accept Submissions

1. NY Literary Magazine

NY Literary Magazine is accepting short story submissions. There is no genre restriction, and writers may submit up to five stories. The only restrictions they have is that the word count should be 2,000 words or less. There is no reading fee, and they accept submissions all year! 


2. The New Yorker

The New Yorker is currently accepting fiction submissions to their magazine. There are no regulations within that, and all they ask that writers send their stories via email or postal mail. They too have no reading fee and accept submissions all year.


3. Tin House

Right now, there is no open call for submission, but Tin House has upcoming themes that they are currently reading for. The first is for Fall 2017. The theme is “True Crime.” For Winter, there is no theme, and then for Spring, they are asking for submissions that relate to the theme of “Candy.” They ask for one short story that is under 10,000 per writer. There is no reading fee. They do accept submissions all year, but they have themes throughout the year for which there are date restrictions. 


4. Virginia Quarterly Report

VQR is looking for both short fiction and nonfiction submissions. For fiction, they ask that it be between 2,000-8,000 words, and they specify that they usually aren’t interested in genre fiction, like romance or fantasy. For nonfiction, they have a word count between 3,500-8,00 and they note that they rarely publish memoirs or things that deal within the self. There is no reading fee. Writers must submit between July 1st and July 31st. 


5. Threepenny Review

Threepenny Review accepts all kinds of submissions. They ask that stories and memoirs be 4,000 words or less. They note in their guidelines that each essay submitted to them must be able to reach a national audience. They do not accept emailed submissions, only mailed ones or submissions that go through their online system. There is no reading fee, and writers must submission period is January 1st through June 30th.


6. McSweeney’s

McSweeney’s publishes both fiction and nonfiction submissions. There are no rules, and they ask to check out their Quarterly to see the kinds of work they are interested in. There are no length restrictions, no subject restrictions. There is no reading fee and they accept submissions all year long.


7. Boulevard

Boulevard accepts fiction and nonfiction, and the actively encourage less experienced writers to submit. They accept multiple submissions but require a month between submitting work. They ask pieces to be 8.000 words or less, and they do have some restrictions on fiction genres. If you submit online there is a $3 fee, otherwise, it is free. The submission period is October 1st to May 1st. 


8. Zoetrope: All-Story

All-Story is looking for short stories that are 7,000 words or less. There is no restriction on content, but they do ask that before submitting writers check out their publication to make sure that the content aligns with what All-Story publishes. They only accept mailed-in submissions, and it's free all year round. 

9. Black Warrior Review

BWR reads general fiction and nonfiction. For fiction, they want works that are no longer than 7,000 words. They also accept flash fiction that is under 1,000 words. They ask for no more than 3 flash fiction pieces in one submission. For nonfiction, they also ask that the word count is under 7,000. There is a $3 reading fee, and they have two submission periods. The first is from December 1st to March 1st. The second is from June 1st to September 1st. 

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