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The 7 Best Magazines to Kick-Start Your Writing Career

Feeling inspired? Get submitting to these journals.

Last Sunday, September 17th, countless authors, publishers, poets, and publications descended upon Brooklyn Heights for the annual Brooklyn Book Festival, featuring stalls, discussion panels, and readings.

 

Brooklyn Book Festival

Brooklyn Book Festival / Image Via Brownstoner

 

It can seem overwhelming when you consider (or see with your own eyes) the sheer number of both writers trying to get their start, and of journals and magazines looking for submissions. We want to make it a little easier, so we've rounded up some of the best literary journals present at the festival and where you can find them. Even if you're less about writing and more about reading, all of these journal publish both online and in hardcopy. They all feature amazing new writing from around the world!

 

1. Slice

 

Hailed as 'beautiful, compelling, irresistible' by Pulitzer Prize winner Junot Diaz, this stunning publication features fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. Diaz added 'Slice will knock you right out. In the best way possible.' The submission window opens again October 1st. 

 

2. Tin House 

 

Many amazing writers have had their work appear in Tin House, including Dorothy Allison, Stephen King, Miranda July, Richard Ford, Alice Munro, Pablo Neruda, Sharon Olds, Donna Tartt...the list goes on and on...and on. But don't let that deter you! You too could be among the greats. Tin House often runs themed issues and are accepting submissions now for their beautiful online and print journal under the theme 'Candy.'

 

3. A Public Space 

 

A Public Space is an independent magazine of literature and culture founded in 2006. They partner with Grey Wolf Press to publish books by contributers and are accepting submissions from October 15th to April 15th. They publish both online and in glorious hardcopy.

 

4. American Short Fiction

 

One of the most respected fiction journals in the USA, ASF aims to publish 'work by emerging and established voices: stories that dive into the wreck, that stretch the reader between recognition and surprise, that conjure a particular world with delicate expertise—stories that take a different way home.' They publish triannually, and are open for submissions all year round.

 

5. Belladonna

 

Belladonna is a feminist avant-garde collective founded in 1999. Since then, they have published over 300 female writers with the aim of promoting writing by women. Join their mailing list for news of their next submission window!

 

6. Black Sun Lit 

 

Black Sun Lit are looking out for the little guy, aiming  to introduce, promote, and support both emerging and experienced authors whose work has little representation—or minimal exposure—in a reading world largely governed by commercial publishing.

 

7. Electric Literature

 

Electric Literature’s website states their mission is "to expand the influence of literature in popular culture by fostering lively and innovative literary conversations and making exceptional writing accessible to new audiences." Electric Literature is "interested in [non-fiction] pieces that examine the intersection of the literary experience and other creative endeavors: film, fine art, music, video games, science, tech, architecture, etc."