We realize that everyone has different criteria, ranging from the number of times a story published in one has been featured in the Best American Short Stories to the number of years that they’ve been publishing (not to mention the quality of the content).
Based on our research, we were able to choose a variety of the best literary magazines for both readers and writers alike.
We know that the list could be much longer than 10, but this is the best place for you to start.
Once you’re familiar with these, then you dive further into the literary magazine and journal world. You certainly aren’t lacking choices!
The New Yorker has been one of the most honored literary magazines since it first debuted in the mid 1920’s, so, respectfully, we also consider it one of the best literary magazines for both readers and experienced writers.
On its pages, you will find a mixture of book reviews, commentary on pop culture, art, and political cartoons. Rightfully so, the short stories and essays are very much focused on the NYC lifestyle, but this doesn’t present a problem. New York is so appealing and intriguing that the magazine easily attracts to both national and international readers alike!
Reading it is a pleasure and having your writing featured in it is an honor.
Bookmarks is a popular magazine whose staff dedicates their time to reading book reviews so that you don’t have to yourself!
What they read is summarized and then printed in the magazine, so what you get is a handy guide of opinions from the top newspapers and magazines that look at fiction, non-fiction and children’s books.
It is an original idea and one that has had much success since they first published back in 2002. They use each issue to discuss two noteworthy authors and give you details about their lives and their most important works. They also choose a topic each issue and feature a panel of experts who weigh in on which are the best books on that topic.
A wonderful resource for readers and something that will provide plenty of insight into the publishing world for emerging writers.