Yummy! Lit Mags Seeking Food & Drink Writing
By Becky Tuch
Hey writers, are you feeling hungry? So are we! Here are some lit mags that publish writing related to food and drink:
Since 2005 ALIMENTUM has been delighting readers with stories, essays, and poems that use food as a kind of muse to inspire memory, ideas, humor, joy, melancholy, triumph and reflection. The works are not just about what’s on your plate. They explore our deep personal connection to how we eat, what we eat, and the very primal part food plays in our lives.
GASTRONOMICA. Since 2001 we’ve been renewing the connection between sensual and intellectual nourishment by offering readers a taste of passionate inquiry through scholarship, humor, fiction, poetry, and exciting visual imagery. With its diverse voices and eclectic mix of articles, Gastronomica uses food as an important source of knowledge about different cultures and societies, provoking discussion and encouraging thoughtful reflection on the history, literature, representation, and cultural impact of food. The fact is, the more we know about food, the greater our pleasure in it. Welcome to our table!
GRAZE is a semi-annual literary magazine based in Chicago's Logan Square neighborhood that focuses on what's on the table as much as the folks sitting around it. We're interested in the stories that food tells about us—after all, our collective and individual human histories were nourished by the food that we made, smelled, ate, threw up, fucked up, and loved. Our audience will likely be people who are interested in reading about people—and people who are interested in reading about food. This isn't a Martha Stewart publication—there will be no recipes, no tablescapes, no restaurant reviews. We're not trying to commodify food; we're trying to look at the ways food is in the background or foreground of politics, human relationships, locations, events, and so on.
HOBART (ONLINE) features daily material, in line with what we have featured in the past (short fiction, craft based interviews, occasional ridiculousness) but also more (poetry, more interviews, more nonfiction, food & drink pieces, other ideas we may come up with later or you may even pitch us). See the submission manager for specific submission guidelines.
LUCKY PEACH is a quarterly journal of food and writing. Each issue focuses on a single theme, and explores that theme through essays, art, photography, and recipes. Send recipes, dirty jokes, and tall tales.
THE MONARCH REVIEW is a magazine created in the spirit of The Monarch Apartments: a Seattle home to generations of poets, writers, musicians, visual artists, pranksters, cranks and the curious. The publication aims to sustain the Monarch’s vibrant, vagabond culture by creating a forum for emerging and established artists and thinkers.
NICKEL STEAK. Music and flavors and tournaments and stories that we haven’t heard before, or stories that we have heard before, just told in a new way. Throw the fatty parts under the radiator while we’re not looking; the dog will eat them later.
PUNCHNEL'S is a general-interest web magazine written for a smart, discerning audience of adults around the world. We publish continually, with new material appearing every weekday. We don’t have a specific editorial focus. We buy what we like.
A SIX PACK OF STORIES. We are looking for short stories of all genres and lengths (though stories longer than 10,000 words will be a harder sell). Humorous, dramatic, dark, frightening - it's all on the table. The only hard criterion is that beer play an integral role in the story.
THE WRITER'S WORKSHOP REVIEW is an online literary magazine based in Seattle, Washington. We publish the best in creative nonfiction and fiction from established and emerging writers. We love strong narratives, compelling characters, vivid and precise language. Send us narrative nonfiction, personal essays, short stories, short shorts, as well as travel, food and wine and writing with a strong narrative element.
Becky Tuch is the founding editor of The Review Review.