We’re #10 on EveryWriter’sResource.com’s list of top 50 literary magazines

by Megan Sexton  ·  May 03, 2011

Every Writer’s Resource: Top 50 Literary Magazines

Here’s a selection from the list:

Our criteria for this list has changed and we feel the literary magazines on this list are much better ranked than our previous list. It’s always hard to build this list, but we looked about close to 20 data points in coming up with this list. The most important criteria we used this time was date of founding, number of national anthologies publications (and we looked at a lot of them), and the quality of work of and names of passed greats published in the magazines.

  1. New Yorker http://www.newyorker.com
  • The best of the best. We didn’t have any commercial magazines on our last list, but it was a shame to leave this literary magazine out. After lots of emails here it is one the oldest and the most honored magazine of all. Started in the 1920s and has a circulation of over a million readers. Online submissionshttp://www.newyorker.com/contact/contactus
  1. Ploughshares http://www.pshares.org
  • Founded in 1971 Ploughshares is our best and highest ranked university non-commercial literary magazine. It is more honored by national anthologies than any other magazine except the New Yorker. It is an outstanding publication. Online submissionshttp://www.pshares.org/submit/
  1. The Atlantic http://www.theatlantic.com
  • Founded in 1857 and often honored by national anthologies. This is another outstanding commercial magazine with a very large circulation of about 400,000 readers. They do publish new writers from time to time. http://www.theatlantic.com/faq/Submissions by email.
  1. Harper’s Magazine http://www.harpers.org/
  • Founded in 1850 and always well honored. It is an outstanding commercial literary magazine with a circulation of 220,000 readers. Submissions by email athttp://harpers.org/harpers/submissions
  1. Tin House http://www.tinhouse.com
  • Started in 1998 but quickly became one of the best and best known literary magazines in the country. It has been honored by national anthologies more times than many literary magazine that have been publishing for over 100 years.
  1. Paris Review http://www.theparisreview.org/
  1. New England Review http://www.nereview.com/
  1. Georgia Review http://www.uga.edu/garev/
  1. Kenyon Review http://kenyonreview.org/
  1. Five Points https://www.fivepoints.gsu.edu/
  • Is published by Georgia State university and is in our top 10 of these 50 for being always in national anthologies and winning awards. Founded in 1996 still less than 20 years old but a great literary magazine. Online submissions: https://www.fivepoints.gsu.edu/submissions/