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It can be hard to find the small literary outlets among the sea that is made up of big magazines, journals, and publishing presses, especially if all you have to go on is a search engine. And so the hunt for new magazines, literary ventures, and small but jeweled presses goes on. Often the most passionate editors are still waiting to be found in their constant mission to find writers who care about their writing and community.
Searches on Google often do not turn up more beyond the bigger names and, as a new writer, perhaps the big names are not what you are looking for. You are looking to find smaller places where you can build up connections, meet new people, familiarize yourself with the submission process, and refine your writing skills before sending your work to bigger presses and magazines.
That said, please keep in mind you can and still should submit your work to places you might feel are ‘out of your league’. If you write a piece you feel strongly about and are convinced it is a good fit for the place you are sending it to, do it!
I love growing, blossoming, and booming literary journals, magazines, and presses alike. All these outlets form a space where community, no matter its size, is being nurtured between poets and writers and are a great place to find poets, artists, editors, and writers to learn from as well as make new friends and connections.
Size does not matter. I love being introduced to a small community as much as I love touching base with a large one. However, as it most often is, all the small steps lead up to the big one and this is why I find it more confidence-building and good practice to find a home in small communities while/during looking to join bigger ones.
In my experience, the best way to find new literary journals, magazines, and presses is to know other writers. The MK Blog Directory is a free blog marketing tool I recently came across. Created by Mohamad Al Karbi with the aim of supporting and connecting writers and bloggers in many niches, the Directory is a new networking tool where you can meet like-minded writers. Add your own blog/website to round out the selection and spend some time exploring the collection of writers the Directory has already documented!
If you know me, most likely you know most of the places I share my poetry/prose/fiction at. This is one of the reasons I delight in sharing publication news on Nin Chronicles; it is an opportunity for new eyes to find a home for their writing. By connecting with other writers, you can start to explore the literary outlets they love too.
To find established and humming, though not necessarily huge, online journals as well as emerging ventures you should also:
- Put yourself out there. Having a blog or website of your own where you share your writing is an immense help. It tells people two things: “You write. You care about writing.” In addition, it also gives people a chance to experience your writing, style, and voice.
- Network. Read the blogs and websites of poets. Most poets love to share where their latest piece has been published at! Follow the links and see if you find something you love. In the process, you will find fellow and new poets and writers as passionate as you are about finding the right place for their words. More eyes are better than one and, if you build up a relationship by reading and commenting on each other’s writing, you can search, submit, and share in company.
- Utilize social media. Ask the #writerscommunity, #PoetsTwitter, and #writingcommunity on Twitter where they submit to. Follow poets; most of them share the handles of their favorite or recently discovered literary outlets. Also search on Instagram. Most magazines and journals love to share the poetry they publish as images, and Instagram is very supportive of the visual poem community. Look on Facebook. If you start by liking the pages of your favorite poetry and prose journals, you tell the algorithm to start showing you what it thinks/you want to see: sponsored calls for poetry, prose, and short story submissions as well as relevant pages to like and groups to join.
- Explore for all you are worth. Once you find a press or journal you like, explore the archives. Read the work and bios of the poets and authors on the site. Check out their blogs. Maybe you find a link to another new magazine.
To help you get started in your search or expand your current repertoire of magazines/journals to try your hand at I have listed below a mix of thirteen magazines, journals, and presses I love for you to explore.
- Visual Verse (monthly curations of poetry, prose, and flash fiction)
- Free Verse Revolution (quarterly issues in response to a theme)
- Green Ink Poetry (themed issues)
- Vita Brevis Press
- Whispers and Echoes Magazine (micro writing as well as seasonal curations)
- Spillwords Press
- Black Flowers (seasonal issues in addition to publishing poetry books)
- Rising Phoenix Review
- Mookychick (poetry and prose, as well as guides, articles, and musings)
- Indie Blu(e) Publishing (curates beautiful anthologies of poetry, prose, and art)
- Moonflake Press (curates themed print and online issues)
- Blood Moon Poetry (themed issues + a robust Instagram community)
- Emotional Alchemy Magazine (poetry, prose, and articles)
Browse my ‘publication’ category for more literary outlets, if you feel so called, and feel free to add your recommendations by way of the places you love to read creative writing as well as the places you love to share your own creative writing below!
May the words flow!