Ever since The Beatles and the British Invasion, artists have dreamt of breaking America. We can’t guarantee you’ll become the literary equivalent of the next Adele or One Direction, but here’s a start: twenty of the best American journals, in print and online, for you to submit to. Some are open all year round; others have limited reading periods, and some pay very well! Get reading, get clicking, and get submitting – good luck.
AGNI: currently closed for submissions, opens again in September. Publishes poetry, short fiction, and essays. Send no more than one story, one essay, or five poems at a time.
The American Poetry Review: dedicated to reaching a worldwide audience with a diverse array of the best contemporary poetry and literary prose. Send no more than five poems per submission. They strive to respond to all submissions within six months. Submission fee of $3.00, via Submittable.
The Cincinnati Review: submissions reopen on August 15th 2017, until March 15th 2018. Payment is $25/page for prose, and $30/page for poetry. For poetry, submit up to six poems or a total of ten manuscript pages at a time; fiction submissions should be no more than forty double-spaced pages; literary nonfiction usually less than twenty double-spaced pages.
The Common: seeks stories, essays, poems, and dispatches that embody a strong sense of place: pieces in which the setting is crucial to character, narrative, mood, and language. Reading periods are March 1 – June, and September 1 – December 1.
Conduit: seeks poetry and prose “that demonstrates originality, intelligence, courage, irreverence, and humanity”. Postal submissions only. Please send 3-5 poems or 1 prose piece (up to 3500 words). Reporting time is 9 weeks to 9 months.
FIELD: reads poetry from August through April, and usually send replies within two months. Please send between 2 and 6 poems. Pays contributors at the rate of $15 per page.
Green Mountains Review: open to submissions year round. All work submitted will be considered both for their annual print issue and for GMR Online. Publishes poetry, essays, fiction, interviews, book reviews, and art. Also looking for work that pushes these boundaries and are open to audio and video submissions.
The Iowa Review: open to poetry, fiction and non-fiction. Submissions read during September, October, and November only. Submit via post or Submittable, $4 fee to submit online. The page limit for prose is 25 pages and for poetry is 8 pages, Pay $1.50 per line for poetry ($40 minimum) and $0.08 per word for prose ($100 minimum).
The Kenyon Review: accepting submissions from September 15th through November 1st. They consider short fiction and essays (up to 7,500 words), poetry (up to 6 poems; please format and submit as a single document), plays (up to 30 pages), excerpts (up to 30 pages) from larger works, and translations of poetry and short prose.
The Literary Review: publishes the best new fiction, poetry, and prose from a broad community of international writers and translators. Submissions are currently closed, but will open again in the autumn.
The New English Review: accepts new submissions from September 1 through May 31. Open to short stories, short shorts, novellas, novel excerpts (if they can stand alone), and translations. The word limit is 20,000. For poetry, please send no more than six poems. Payment is $20 per page, plus two copies of the issue in which the work appears and a one-year subscription.
New Ohio Review: open to literary submissions in any genre. Submission periods are September 15th to December 15th and January 15th to April 15th. Typically take anywhere from 2-4 months to respond to submissions.
The Paris Review: accepts postal submissions only. Please submit no more than one short story, one nonfiction manuscript, or six poems at a time.
Ploughshares Journal: accepts submissions to the journal from June 1, to January 15, 2018. Fiction and nonfiction: Less than 6,000 words. Poetry: Submit 1-5 pages at a time. $3 service fee for online submissions. Payment is $45/printed page, two contributor copies of the issue, and a one-year subscription.
Poetry Magazine: open all year round to original works written in the English language as well as translations of poetry into English. Payment is made on publication at the rate of $10 per line (with a minimum payment of $300), and $150 per page of prose. Submission must be made through their Submittable page, and they aim to respond within seven months.
Prairie Schooner: publishes short stories, poems, imaginative essays of general interest, and reviews of current books of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Submissions from September 1st to May 1st of each year. For poetry, send a selection of 5-7 poems contained within a single document. For fiction, essays, and reviews, send only one selection at a time.. Please allow 3-4 months for a reply.
The Southern Review: open to fiction, poetry, and essays, including creative nonfiction and literary essays. Fiction and nonfiction are read September 1 through December, poetry read September 1 through March 1. Payment is $25 per printed page with a maximum payment of $200, plus two copies of the issue in which the work appears and a one-year subscription.
Southwest Review: open to poetry (up to six poems), fiction (up to 8000 words) and nonfiction articles (preferred length: 3,500 to 7,000 words). There is no fee for submissions sent by mail. Online submissions require a $2.00 administrative fee. Submissions not accepted during the summer months of June, July, and August.
The Threepenny Review: Pays $400 per story or article, $200 per poem or Table Talk piece. Response time for submissions can range from two days to two months. Please do not submit more than a single story or article, or more than five poems. Articles should be about 1200 to 2500 words, Table Talk items 1000 words or less, stories and memoirs 4000 words or less, and poetry 100 lines or less.
The Virginia Quarterly Review: open to poetry (all types and length), short fiction (2,000–8,000 words) and nonfiction (3,500–9,000 words). Pays $200 per poem, up to 4 poems; for a suite of 5 or more poems, usually pay $1,000. For short fiction, we generally pay $1,000 and above. For other prose, such as personal essays and literary criticism, generally pay $1,000 and above, at approximately 25 cents per word, depending on length.