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Seven Exciting New Literary Journals!

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The following is a list of 7 new literary journals. All of these journals have been around for less than six months.

In my experience, there are many reasons to seek publication in these journals. When a literary journal is new, the editors tend to be a lot more passionate. I have gotten handwritten thank you cards from editors of new publications, something that has never happened when my work was published by a more established journal.

Editors of new journals tend to be more generous with their time, energy, and enthusiasm. Plus, they are genuinely grateful that you trusted their new and untested journal with your work. Several of the journals that published my work in their first issue have gone on to permanently feature my poems on their website as their ‘sample poem’, so that other submitters get a feel for the kind of work they like to read.

New journals have recorded podcasts about my work. My work ended up getting promoted a lot more than if it had been accepted by an older, more established journal.

With a new journal, the odds that work will be nominated for a literary prize increase as well. I have been publishing in new journals for eight years and some of the journals that published my work when I was a new writer are now established and several now have a less than 1% acceptance rate. However, when I originally submitted, they were far less competitive.

During that eight-year period, a number of those new journals went under, which is one of the major pitfalls to submitting to new journals. The other major pitfall is that you don’t know what you are getting into, particularly if your work is published in the first issue. You can’t look at past issues, online and in print, because they have none. In a way it is stepping into the unknown. In my experience though, the risk is always worth it because the reward can be much greater

Below is a list of 7 literary journals that I very much like, that have been around for less than a year. The list is in no particular order.

Note: Not all of the journals are currently open to submissions, but most are.

Mura

They publish creative flash fiction, poetry, and visual art online. They are able to pay authors a token amount.

Deep Wild Journal

This literary journal is focused on publishing fiction and nonfiction about the back country, which they define as “away from paved roads, a day’s journey or more.” It is a print journal.

Defuncted

This isn’t a traditional literary journal, rather it is a collection of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction that was published in literary journals that is now defunct and so readers can no longer read your work online. To learn more about submissions go here.

Empty House Press

This beautiful new online literary journal is seeking submissions of poems, prose poems, flash fiction, nonfiction and hybrid work.

Halibut

Halibut is a new online literary journal seeking haiku, senryu, gendai, haibun, haiga, tanka, renku, and related forms, written in English.

Turnpike Magazine

They are focused on diverging from the norm in a positive and uplifting way. They are a beautiful online press that publishes poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction.

Whatever Keeps the Lights On

They are looking for poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction that focuses on the different and strange things people do to make the money to keep the lights on.


Emily Harstone is the pen name of an author whose work has been published internationally by a number of respected journals. She is a professional submissions adviser and spends much of her time researching manuscript publishers. She occasionally teaches a course on manuscript publishing. You can follow her on Facebook here.

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Fifteen Literary Journals that Respond Within a Month | Authors Publish

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Submitting to journals with a quick response time is one of the best ways to stay motivated, not in terms of writing, but in terms of submitting. After all, if you submit to a journal and don’t hear anything (for up to a year) it is hard to feel motivated about submitting elsewhere.

Yet journals with quick turn around times regularly accept and publish work before other journals even respond with an acceptance or rejection.

Here is a convenient list of 15 journals that almost always respond to work within a month. Not all are currently open to submissions, but most are. The list is in no particular order.

1. The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts

They are a non-profit publisher of compressed creative arts, such as micro-fiction, flash fiction, prose poetry, compressed poetry & visual arts, and whatever other forms compression might take. They respond within a week and they pay 50 dollars per accepted piece. Learn more here: http://matterpress.com/journal/

2. Thrush

Thrush is a highly respected poetry journal that responds to most submissions within four days. You can learn more by visiting their website here: http://www.thrushpoetryjournal.com/ 

3. The Airgonaut

A journal of surrealist, absurdist, and fabulist flash fiction that responds within a week. Learn more here: https://theairgonautblog.wordpress.com/

4. After the Pause

An online journal of poetry and flash fiction that regularly publishes excellent work. They respond within a week. Learn more here: https://afterthepause.com/

5. Typehouse Literary Magazine

This Portland-based print and online literary journal publishes fiction and poetry. They respond within a week. Learn more here: http://typehousemagazine.com/

6. The Threepenny Review

The Threepenny Review is a highly revered and paying market that responds within a week – what more can you ask for? They publish poems, short fiction, and non-fiction. Learn more here: http://www.threepennyreview.com/

7. Radar Poetry

A wonderful electronic poetry journal that responds within two weeks to submissions. Learn more here: http://www.radarpoetry.com/

8. Bop Dead City

This publisher of short fiction, poetry, and flash fiction responds to most submissions within a week. Learn more here: https://bopdeadcity.com/

9. Turtle Island Quarterly

Turtle Island Quarterly is an electronic journal interested in publishing non-fiction and poetry about the natural world. They respond to submissions within a month. Learn more here: http://fourdirectionpoetry.wix.com/turtleisland

10. The Dark Magazine

The Dark Magazine publishes only dark science fiction, fantasy, or horror short stories. They try to respond to submissions within two days. To learn more visit their website here: thedarkmagazine.com

11. Alfie Dog

Alfie Dog is a British literary journal that responds to submissions of prose and poetry within a week. Learn more here: http://alfiedog.com/

12. Softblow

This online poetry journal responds to most submissions in less than three days. Learn more here: http://www.softblow.org/

13. Hermeneutic Chaos Journal

The editor Shinjini Bhattacharjee writes some of the nicest rejection letters possible, they are a wonderful journal that publishes fiction and poetry, and they respond to most submissions within three days. You can learn more here: http://www.hermeneuticchaosjournal.com/

14. Metaphorosis

This literary journal publishes science fiction and fantasy short stories and responds to most submissions within a week. They also pay. Learn more here: http://magazine.metaphorosis.com/

15. Eunoia Review

This online literary journal publishes a wide range of writing including essays, fiction, poetry, and novelettes. They respond within a week. They accept about 1/4th of the work submitted to them. Learn more here: https://eunoiareview.wordpress.com/

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78 Poetry Manuscript Publishers Who Do Not Charge Reading Fees

Written by Emily Harstone

Most traditional poetry manuscript publishers charge their readers a fee to submit. You can read about why that is the case here. This article focuses on a number of poetry manuscript publishers who do not charge submission fees to writers, which is good news for poets.

This is the longest and most accurate list of poetry manuscript publishers who do not charge fees for online or postal submissions. A number of the publishers on this list have at least one free reading period a year, where they will consider all the manuscripts submitted to them. Some of the publishers are open all the time. Some have a limited window that is only a month or two long.

Not all of the publishers are currently open to submissions. A few of them have geographic or other limitations, but the majority are open to authors of any nationality and background.

The list is in no particular order. If you know of another publisher who belongs on this list, or if you find an error or an update for this list, please email support@authorspublish.com.

Unlike other lists and reviews on Authors Publish, I do not do full background checks or complete reviews on all the publishers. That is partially because the task would be overwhelming in terms of time and also because most poetry presses are small and it is hard to find out that much about them. I did eliminate any press that had glaring red flags, but please research any of the presses on the list you are considering submitting to.

I try to update and add to this list once a year.

  1. A-Minor Press
    A-Minor Press was founded in December 2012. They are a small press that primarily publishes poetry. To learn more, or submit visit their website here.
  2. 8th House Publishing
    8th House Publishing is a newer publisher based out of Montreal and New York. They publish poetry, novels with a literary bent, and nonfiction. You can get a better idea of the poetry they have previously published here. You can read our full review of them here.
  3. Platypus Publishing
    This is a new UK-based publisher of poetry and prose. You can read our full review of them here.
  4. Measure Press
    Measure Press is a small press that publishes poetry, criticism, and poetry instruction as well as a semi-annual literary journal that focuses exclusively on publishing formal poetry. You can read our full review of them here.
  5. Arte Público Press
    Arte Público Press, affiliated with the University of Houston, specializes in publishing contemporary novels, short stories, poetry, and drama based on U.S. Hispanic (Cuban American, Mexican American, Puerto Rican, and others) cultural issues and themes. To learn more, visit their website here.
  6. solid objects
    solid objects is a publisher of fiction, poetry, drama, and nonfiction based out of New York. You can read our full review here.
  7. Wiseblood
    Wiseblood is a Christian publisher that is deeply influenced by Flannery O’Connor’s work. They publish poetry and other work that has literary merit. You can read our full review here.
  8. Breakaway Books
    Breakaway Books publishes literary and thoughtful writing on sports — fiction, poetry, and essays on the athletic experience. To learn more or submit, visit their website here.
  9. Anansi Press
    This is an established Canadian press that also published nonfiction and literary fiction. However they are only open to submissions from Canadian citizens, although they do occasionally make exceptions.  You can learn more here.
  10. Another Sky
    This is an unusual publisher that gives away digital versions of their texts for free. To learn more or to submit, visit their website here.
  11. BlazeVOX
    They publish poetry and experimental literature. Learn more at their website here.
  12. Blood Axe
    This is a British publisher of poetry manuscripts. They expect poets to have been previously published in literary journals. Learn more at their website here. Unfortunately they cannot currently accept unsolicited manuscripts from North American poets.
  13. Zoo Cakes
    A small publisher of poetry, there website is a tumblr but a number of their books have been reviewed by respected literary journals. You can learn more on their website here.
  14. Carcanet
    A UK-based publisher of poetry. To learn more about their submission guidelines, visit their website here.
  15. Colbalt 
    A literary journal and press that is looking for poetry manuscripts. Learn more at their website.
  16. Counterpath Press 
    A small not-for-profit publisher of poetry manuscripts that requires writers to query first. To learn more, visit their submission guidelines here.
  17. Deerbrook Editions
    An independent literary press publishing noteworthy or emerging authors in well-designed trade editions. They are open to submissions from August to January. You can read their submission guidelines here.
  18. Ekstasis Editions
    A Canadian publisher of poetry manuscripts. They have been around for 30 years. To read their submission guidelines, go here.
  19. Hiraeth Press
    They publish between 2-4 books of nonfiction or poetry a year. To learn more, visit their submission manager here.
  20. Harbor Mountain Press
    A non-profit poetry press based in Vermont, they prefer queries before submissions. To learn more, visit their website here.
  21. Lapwing Publications
    A small publisher of poetry based out of Belfast. You can learn more here.
  22. Doubleback Books (Sundress Publishing)
    Doubleback Books is an imprint of Sundress Publishing, that reprints books from small independent presses that have closed. They host one open reading period a year generally. Sundress Publishing as a whole has an open reading period for books that have never been previously published, and you can either pay a $13 submission fee or buy a book or broadside instead. So they are not fee free, but you get something out of it. You can learn morehere.
  23. Mongrel Empire
    They are particularly interested in cross-genre and multi-disciplinary work. They appear to be closed to submissions but not to queries. To learn more about them and to submit, visit their website here.
  24. New Binary Press
    To learn more about them and to read their submission guidelines, go here.
  25. Winter Goose Publishing
    They are open to a wide variety of genres, including poetry. They ask that you only submit 15 poems from the manuscript initially. To learn more, go here.
  26. Coach House Books
    Coach House Books publishes innovative poetry, literary fiction, drama and select nonfiction by Canadian authors only. You can learn more here.
  27. Northwestern University Press
    A university press open to unsolicited poetry manuscript submissions. Learn more here.
  28. Pinyon Publishing
    Pinyon Publishing is a small company located in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains. Learn more at their website here.
  29. Salmon Poetry
    This Irish poetry press asks that you query first. Learn more about them here.
  30. Nine Arches Press
    A small poetry publisher. To learn more, visit their website here.
  31. Skylight Press
    A British press with great covers. Learn more about what they accept here.
  32. Unicorn Press
    A California-based poetry publisher. Learn more here.
  33. Black Mountain Press
    A small publisher open to poetry and a number of other literary works. They charge a small fee for submittable submissions, but sending through the post is free. Learn more here.
  34. Canarium Books
    They are an independent press dedicated to publishing poetry by established and emerging authors from the US and abroad. Learn more here.
  35. Ninebark Press
    They are committed to publishing literature that crosses boundaries of genre, culture, and aesthetic. Visit their website here.
  36. Faber & Faber
    This respected British publisher is only open to unsolicited submissions of poetry. Learn more here.
  37. Kaya Press
    They only publish work by Asian and Pacific Islander diasporic writers in the US. To learn more, visit their website here.
  38. McSweeny’s
    Started by the writer Dave Eggers, McSweeny’s is a well known and established publisher transitioning into becoming a non-profit. To learn more, visit their website here.
  39. Able Muse
    A small publisher that publishes a wide variety of work. Learn more here.
  40. Black Ocean Press
    They generally consider manuscripts only for a limited period. Visit their website here.
  41. Damaged Goods Press
    They publish poetry by queer and trans identified people. They accept chapbooks and full length manuscripts on a rolling basis. Learn more here.
  42. Acre Books
    Acre Books is an imprint of The Cincinnati Review. They focus on publishing literary fiction and poetry. They are interested in novels and short story collections. They are not accepting submissions of full manuscripts. They ask that authors query first. Read our review here.
  43. BatCat Press 
    A literary press that considers work in the winter. Learn more here.
  44. Tinderbox Editions 
    This poetry press has at least one short fee free period every year. Usually in December for poetry. Learn more here.
  45. Lummox Press
    A small publisher of literature. They publish manuscripts and chapbooks. You can learn more here.
  46. Persea Books
    A respected literary publisher open to queries. Read our review here.
  47. Astrophil Press
    A small press based out of the University of South Dakota. They have at least one open reading period a year. Learn more here.
  48. Brick Road
    They publish full length poetry manuscripts. Learn more here.
  49. Coffee House Press
    This respected independent publisher is open to poetry manuscript submissions. Learn more here.
  50. Tarpaulin Sky
    They are open to poetry manuscripts every year for a period of time. Visit their website here.
  51. Pavilion Poetry
    Part of the University of Liverpool Press, they are committed to publishing the best in contemporary poetry. Learn more here.
  52. Milkweed Editions
    This respected non-profit publisher only considers manuscripts during yearly open reading periods. Although they are closed to submissions for 2018, they plan to reopen next year. Learn more here.
  53. Mansfield Press
    This small Canadian press is only open to submissions by Canadian authors. To learn more, visit their website here.
  54. Wundor Editions
    Wundor Editions is a UK-based publisher that accepts poetry, fiction, and photography. Read our full review here.
  55. Arktoi Books
    This press only publishes work by lesbian authors. To learn more, visit their website here.
  56. Wake Forest University Press
    This small poetry press only publishes the work of Irish poets. To learn more, visit their website here.
  57. Prolific Press
    Accepts full-length poetry, fiction, and nonfiction manuscripts. Learn more here.
  58. Seven Stories Press 
    This established independent publisher is open to poetry submissions. You can learn more here.
  59. Phoenicia Publishing
    They accept unsolicited manuscript submissions during reading periods, but only after receiving and responding to a query letter from the poet. Learn more here.
  60. Apogee Press
    They print beautiful books by a wide variety of new and established poets. You can learn more here.
  61. A…P Press
    This small press also runs a literary journal. To learn more, go here.
  62. Steel Toe Books
    There is no reading fee although they ask (but don’t demand) that all submitters purchase a book directly from their website. To learn more, visit their website here.
  63. BookLand Press
    This Canadian press is only open to submissions from Canadians. They publish fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and Indigenous literature. Learn more here.
  64. Holy Cow Press
    This small press has been around for over forty years. They publish poetry and a variety of other genres. To learn more, go here.
  65. Whisky Tit
    Whisky is a small press that publishes a variety of quirky literary work. They have just started to publish poetry. They are open to submissions year round. To learn more, go here.
  66. Grayson Books
    Grayson Books only publishes a few books a year,  they find some through contests (a fee is involved) and others through general submissions. To learn more, go here.
  67. City Lights
    The famous publisher of many beat poets, City Lights is based out of San Fransisco and they accept unsolicited poetry manuscript proposals. You can learn more here.
  68. Inside the Castle
    This small press is always open to unsolicited submissions. You can learn more here.
  69. Four Way Books
    This established publisher has a number of open reading periods and contests each year, however only one is open to fee-free submissions, and it is only open to authors living in the five boroughs of New York City. You can learn more here.
  70. Plan B Press
    This small press is open to submissions for full length books and chapbooks. Authors must have published less than three books previously. To learn more, go here.
  71. Keyhole Books
    This small press publishes short work online as well as book- length manuscripts. To learn more, visit their website.
  72. Salò Press
    An independent micro publisher focusing on poetry & fictions of an experimental / weird / surreal nature. To learn more, go here.
  73. ECW Press
    They are only open to fiction and poetry books submitted by Canadians; there are no citizenship restrictions on writers submitting nonfiction. Learn more here.
  74. Disorder Press
    This small press is looking for unapologetic writing. Learn more here.
  75. Vegetarian Alcoholic Press
    They are seeking manuscripts longer than 50 pages. Learn more here.
  76. Unknown Press
    A small press run out of apartments in New Jersey and New York City. Learn more here.
  77. University of Saint Katherine Press
    They publish poetry, essays, and short fiction, as well as academic books in the humanities and social sciences, science, technology, medicine, and education. They are open to submissions in all of these categories. All of the books they publish reflect on Christianity in some way. Read our full review here.
  78. Cormorant Books
    They publish poetry books by Canadian authors only. Learn more here.

Bio: Emily Harstone is the pen name of an author whose work has been published internationally by a number of respected journals. She is a professional submissions adviser. You can follow her on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/emilyharstone/

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