3 Recently Updated Literary Journals

Earlier this year, I launched this Market Spotlight feature which spotlights a certain segment of the market that we list in the Writer’s Market books and on WritersMarket.com. This time around, let’s look at some recently updated listings for literary journals.


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Recently Updated Literary Journals

Literary journals are a treasure trove of excellent fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. While many publish each genre, there are also many that focus in on just one genre. The top literary journals pay very good rates, but the majority of literary journals are more likely to offer nominal payments or pay in contributor copies or bylines.

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AGNI is published twice per year, offering first-rate poems, essays, translations, and stories. The editors say, “We do not publish journalism or academic work.” The magazine focuses on literary work and pays $20 per page, up to $300, plus 2 contributor and 4 gift copies. Potential writers should submit complete manuscript.

Antioch Review is a quarterly magazine for general, literary, and academic audience. The editors say, “We get far more poetry than we can possibly accept, and the competition is keen. Here, where form and content are so inseparable and reaction is so personal, it is difficult to state requirements or limitations.” The magazine pays $20 per printed page, plus 2 contributor copies. Potential writers should submit complete manuscript.

Contrary is a quarterly magazine that publishes fiction, poetry, and literary commentary, and prefers work that combines the virtues of all those categories. The editors say, “Beautiful writing catches our eye first. If we realize we’re in the presence of unanticipated meaning, that’s what clinches the deal.” The magazine pays $20-60 for fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Potential writers should submit complete manuscript via website.


Robert Lee Brewer is Senior Content Editor of the Writer’s Digest Writing Community, which includes editing Writer’s Market and Poet’s Market, blogging at Poetic Asides and the Writer’s Market blog, judging contests, scheduling online writing conferences, and so much more.

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