Sharing the Love: Editors Recommend Their Favorite Lit Mags
As an editor for The Review Review, and lover of everything literature, it is a pleasure to work so closely with literary journals and have a front seat view of this ever-expanding landscape. I am continually impressed with the production and design of many publications and am always seeking new outlets to frequent. One of my favorite things about this community of writers and editors is our willingness to give each other pats on the back and high fives for work well done. And so, I spoke to a few editors across the field to find out whom they might like to throw a shout-out to
– Matt Broderick, TRR Reviews Editor
Other than your own, which literary journals are on your radar?
JT Lachausse, Editor-in-Chief/Founder, The Matador Review:
I think Gamut Magazine is on a lot of people's minds right now. They are a new magazine, expected to launch on January 1st of next year (2017), although they already have samples up on their website. Like us, they're from Chicago, and they've gotten a lot of attention and support so far, especially on their successful Kickstarter. Bat City Review's twelfth issue is phenomenal, Tahoma Literary Review 's seventh issue features several writers from our premier issue, and I think everyone is still interested in seeing if/how Antioch Review will recover from the highly scorned publication of Daniel Harris' "The Sacred Androgen: The Transgender Debate." I will always have Adirondack Review on my radar, not only because I've interned with them, but also because I grew up with them (circa 2000) and their work.
Joe Ponepinto, Publisher and Fiction Editor, Tahoma Literary Review:
I follow quite a few publications both to see what they're doing with regard to literature, as well as for their business practices in these changing times for journals. Among the more established journals that I always find impressive are The Cincinnati Review, both for their content and their spectacular covers; McSweeney's, which has some of the most challenging and entertaining literature; and Witness, for their emphasis on social issues. Some others that I think are doing great work are Story Houston, Fiction Southeast, and The Common. I also follow a variety of English language journals based in foreign countries. Among my favorites there are Sand (Germany), Buenos Aires Review (Argentina), and The Lifted Brow (Australia).
Toni Graham, Editor, Cimarron Review:
Kenyon Review, and many others.
Zafar Anjum, Founder, Kitaab International:
I don't track literary journals other than those that have always inspired me: The Paris Review, Granta, The London Review of Books, LARB, The New York Review of Books. Besides these, I regularly check out the literary section in The New Yorker, The Guardian (UK), and the New York Times. In India, I used to check out the literary pages of Tehelka.com and The Outlook. Now, Google brings me all the literary news and views that I need to read.
Kim Winternheimer, Founding Editor, The Masters Review:
I am very impressed with Territory a new journal with themed issues surrounding maps and other strange objects. Their first online issue includes work from the wonderful Ramona Ausubel and their second issue (just released) includes work from the emerging talent Emily Temple. Great work all around! I'm also a big fan of A Strange Object a publisher out of Austin, who does flawless work and supports story collections. I'm a bit of a fan girl, actually, and tell everyone I know about them. Their online publication "Covered With Fur" is a beautiful weekly that champions fiction and creative nonfiction.
Kris Baker Dersch, Producer/Editor, No Extra Words:
Philip Elliot, Editor-in-Chief, Into the Void:
Fellow Irish journal, Banshee, is a biannual print publication in a very simple, novel-like format full of great writing. Ink in Thirds is a lot of fun; brimming with well-placed short poems and prose among photography, there's always something unusual, and they publish issues often. Spinebind is Australian-based and showcases some great emerging writers and is beautifully put together. Love everything about Yellow Chair Review; it's a great place to find cutting poetry that gives you that kick-to-the-chest feeling and they're great to their writers and offer all kinds of opportunities. Neon from the U.K. is something special, excellently-crafted stories and beautiful prose inside always, often surreal and strange.
Adam Morgan, Editor-in-Chief, Chicago Review of Books:
Chicago has an embarrassment of riches when it comes to literary magazines. The grand dame is Chicago Review, published by the University of Chicago since 1946, once of the most storied and respected publications in the country. Read through their back issues and you'll essentially have a self-taught degree in the humanities. The two other university-based magazines I never miss are Northwestern's TriQuarterly (whose art and interviews are fantastic) and Roosevelt's Oyez Review (which always has great fiction).
Then there are the independents. Another Chicago Magazine publishes a lot of local writers and MFA students, as does Chicago Quarterly Review. And we're actually launching our own online literary magazine of place-based writing next month, Arcturus.
Zach Yontz, Fiction Editor, Gigantic Sequins:
Lit journals on my radar:
N+1 (is this still or ever was a lit journal? I've just subscribed for so long. I am old.)
We hope that these responses put a few more journals on your radar too. Can you think of any that we should know about, that weren’t given mention?