One of my assignments this semester was to find literary magazines that I would hypothetically like to submit my poetry to.I say hypothetically because my poetry is ballz and I wouldn't willingly subject anyone to it. However, I thought some of you might like to see the magazines/journals that I found and why I liked them. All of the following literary magazines are open to submissions of poetry and were found using NewPages.com list server.
Basalt appears to be a more traditional literary magazine both in their mission statement and submission guidelines. They accept postal and online submissions, but no submissions via email and are willing to accept simultaneous submissions as long as the submitter notifies them. They pay in copies, as is typical, but they also hold contests so that opportunity to win something beyond that is possible. A literary magazine such as this would be a wonderful place to send a work that is more serious in nature.
The Southeast Review is Florida State University’s literary magazine, established in 1979. It has multiple opportunities both as a straight submission for publication and through their contests. They also accept simultaneous submissions, which not all do so it gives a writer a greater chance at their work being accepted. They publish everything from literary fiction and creative nonfiction to poetry and art. This coupled with the fact that it’s run by MFA students makes it a desirable choice for submitting as an unpublished writer. Their focus and intentions of being a valuable resource for writers through their magazine and online presence is also very much desirable for an unpublished writer.
The Missouri Review was founded in 1978 and has a laundry list of accolades for its writers. Many of the works they have published have gone on to win prestigious national prizes. They accept both email submissions and simultaneous submissions year-round. They have the a high payment at $40 per page in addition to two copies of the issue with the writer’s work in it. They have a fantastic blend of established and new writers and poets. If someone’s work was published in this journal it would be a great honor and exposure for the aspiring writer and poet. They also have a witty editorial voice that would be fun to work with.
Gargoyle Magazine just looks fun and slightly out there in comparison to so many of the other literary magazines. They were founded in 1976 and accept simultaneous submissions and email submissions. They have an eclectic assortment of work that they publish and they seem to ride the line between academic and off the wall. Their focus seems to be whatever catches their eye. This can be a great advantage for a writer as the majority of literary magazines like to hold to a theme for each issue putting a limit on what can really be sent in. While they have a rather small opening for submissions it is definitely worth the effort.
The New South literary magazine is another that is very open to all genres and subjects. They accept simultaneous submissions year-round, and pay in the form of copies. As it is a literary magazine that is run by the graduate students of Georgia State University’s New South Workshop, they are on the lookout for all forms of poetry and writing. They are open to unique writing styles just as much as traditional. Their focus is on quality and what catches their eye. Their focus being on work that is thought provoking and inspiring.
Hill, Denise, Foor, Nicole, McIlvenna, Kirsten, & Zemsta, Holly. NewPages. Casey Hill, 1999- 2013. Web. 12 February 2013.