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New Magazines February 2024

While February is letting us know that it is, indeed, still winter, this makes it a great time to curl up with some new issues of literary magazines, doesn’t it? Don’t know where to start? Check out our updated New & Noted Literary & Alternative Magazines received during the month of February.

Each month we offer readers a round-up of new issues with content information for our featured publications. The newest in poetry, fiction, nonfiction, comics, artwork, photography, media, contest winners, and so much more!

Find out more about many of these titles with our Guide to Literary Magazines and our Big List of Literary Magazines and Big List of Alternative Magazines. If you are a publication looking to be listed here or featured on our blog and social media, please contact us. You can also subscribe to our weekly newsletter to stay the most up-to-date on all things literary!

Magazine Stand :: december – 34.2

The newest issue of december features poetry by Jennifer Atkinson, Tyler Barton, Allisa Cherry, Dante Di Stefano, Jordan Escobar, Scott Frey, Albert Goldbarth, Tami Haaland, Hunter Hodkinson, Catherine Howl, Greg Jensen, Patrick Kindig, Christine Kwon, Winshen Liu, Shannan Mann, Kate Miano, Kylan Rice, Natalie Louise Tombasco, Donna Vorreyer, Laval Williams, John Sibley Williams, and James K. Zimmerman; fiction by Tamas Dobozy, JB Hwang, Erin MacNair, Ed McBride, Sean Theodore Stewart, Stephen Tuttle, and Christine Waresak; nonfiction by Gary Belsky, Chelsea Catherine, and Allen M. Price; and art by Jessica Diamond and Kyle Kogut with cover art by Mary Lou Zelazny, The Poet (2022).

Find out more about many of these titles with our Guide to Literary Magazines and our Big List of Literary Magazines and Big List of Alternative Magazines. If you are a publication looking to be listed in our monthly roundup or featured on our blog and social media, please contact us.

Magazine Stand :: River Heron Review- 7.1

The February 2024 (7.1) issue of River Heron Review online poetry journal features works by Bethany Bowman, Cheryl Waitkevich, Hayden Saunier, Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg, K.Lipschutz, John A. Romagna, Shannon K. Winston, Julie Murphy, Kathy Nelson, Autumn Newman, Jen Stein, Tamara Kreutz, Martha Silano, Candice M. Kelsey, Emma Bolden, Darcy Smith, Tom Farr, Jane McKinley, and an interview with Rebecca Brock. Also included in this issue are works by 2023 River Heron Editors’ Prize Winner Amanda Hayden and Finalists Nico Sica, Patricia Wallace, and Emma Wynn.

Find out more about many of these titles with our Guide to Literary Magazines and our Big List of Literary Magazines and Big List of Alternative Magazines. If you are a publication looking to be listed in our monthly roundup or featured on our blog and social media, please contact us.

Lit Mag Covers :: Picks of the Week – February 26, 2024

Travis D. Roberson‘s watercolor and oil on paper Feline at Sunset adorns the cover of issue 38 of Radar Poetry 38, an online journal of poetry and artwork.

Fatal Flaw December 2023 issue cover image

Themed “Witness,” this December 2023 issue of Fatal Flaw, an online literary and art magazine, features the work of Bristol UK-based illustrator, designer, and animator Alex Dimond.

Qu contemporary literary magazine from Queens University of Charlotte Winter 2024 features cover art by Thao Stovesand. Available in print with excerpts online, this issue includes “On Agenting” by Fred Leebron in The Writing Life section.


Find out more about many of these titles with our Guide to Literary Magazines and our Big List of Literary Magazines and Big List of Alternative Magazines. If you are a publication looking to be listed in our monthly roundup or featured on our blog and social media, please contact us.

Magazine Stand :: Rogue Agent – February 2024

The February 2024 online open-access issue of Rogue Agent features poetry and artwork that investigates the question: “What is it like to live in the body?” Contributors to the newest issue (with an excerpt from each) include Shloka Shankar (“Lanterns / glow brightly on a summer night, looking / for something you could sing but you don’t.”), Denise Alden (“Imagine quaffing thirteen beers in an evening then popping / up like a daisy the next morning.”), Melanie McCabe (“The tongue abides, sibilant / as ever in its wise tree. I let it beguile.”), Trystan Popish (“on days like this, I do not contain / organs, bones, or veins, / but a body of water, coursing with currents / I can’t control”), Horus Balogh-Zanin (“The first scars on my skin the tiny homes of other living creatures.”), Justin Vicari (“Men sometimes lead two lives. I knew this from an early age.”), Melissa Fite Johnson (“Each year, I decide to forget. Each year, I can’t.”), Xiaoly Li (“It was your thirst / that could not be doused.”), Jeannine Hall Gailey (“Fifty is the year a woman changes from waif to wolf, / from virgin to witch.”), and Michele Sharpe (“My future snaps like a rusted latch / and hasp. I live happily severed after.”). Rogue Agent publishes new content monthly with submissions open year-round.

Find out more about many of these titles with our Guide to Literary Magazines and our Big List of Literary Magazines and Big List of Alternative Magazines. If you are a publication looking to be listed in our monthly roundup or featured on our blog and social media, please contact us.

New Lit on the Block :: Postcard

Who doesn’t love getting a postcard in the mail? Especially one with contemporary art and poetry and no pithy guilt about not being somewhere else. Postcard is the brainchild of Editor-in-Chief and Designer David Wojciechowski who was initially interested in making broadsides but fell in love with the smaller, more economical postcard.

“I thought it was a funky idea for a literary magazine to be printed in that form,” Wojciechowski says. “Then I began thinking about the postcards, the poems, being sent through the mail. I loved the idea of people sending a poem to a friend—not just a link to a poem, but a physical object they can tape over their desk or wherever they need it. I also have this image in my head of a mail carrier stopping to read a poem; that image kind of motivated me to keep going with the idea.”

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New Lit on the Block :: ONLY POEMS

ONLY POEMS. You might think that says it all, but the name is only the beginning of this new online startup that curates a Poet of the Week every Sunday as well as a Poem of the Month for Substack.

ONLY POEMS was founded by Shannan Mann and Karan Kapoor as a way to honor the literary community they are both an integral part of – “the true fire of which,” Mann states, “is stoked by lit mags. Both Karan and I are writers who submit a lot. We wanted to give back in some way, to create a unique platform for poetry, which is an ecosystem we are most familiar with.”

The unique platform of ONLY POEMS includes a Poet of the Week series which shines the spotlight on a poet’s oeuvre of work (“or a small beautiful sample of it”) by publishing 3-10 poems by the same poet. “ONLY POEMS also features a detailed interview with the poet,” Mann explains, “which includes conversations around their work, the poetry world at large, and anything else a life of letters might conjure for them.

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New Magazines January 2024

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So many lit mags, so little time! Save time and energy by checking out the January 2024 New & Noted Literary & Alternative Magazine titles received here at NewPages.com!

Each month we offer readers a round-up of new issues with content information for our featured publications. The newest in poetry, fiction, nonfiction, comics, artwork, photography, media, contest winners, and so much more!

Find out more about many of these titles with our Guide to Literary Magazines and our Big List of Literary Magazines and Big List of Alternative Magazines. If you are a publication looking to be listed here or featured on our blog and social media, please contact us. You can also subscribe to our weekly newsletter to stay the most up-to-date on all things literary!

Lit Mag Covers :: Picks of the Week – February 12, 2024

Lit Mag Covers: Picks of the Week recognizes cover art and designs for literary magazines, whether in print or online. These are chosen solely at the discretion of the Editor. Enjoy!

A journal dedicated to the arts from Fairmont State University, this newest issue (#50) of Kestrel features In the Garden of Grace and Chaos, photography by Jj D’Onofrio, on the cover.

Published by the University of Findlay, the 2023 issue of Slippery Elm Literary Journal cover features lush and mesmerizing photography by Don Patty.

lazy dork working (from the series “Confinement”) a 2020 acrylic painting by Émilie Gleason is a humorous cover invitation for readers to enjoy the Spring 2024 issue of Epoch, edited by students and faculty of the MFA Program in Creative Writing, in Cornell University’s Department of Literatures in English.


Find out more about many of these titles with our Guide to Literary Magazines and our Big List of Literary Magazines and Big List of Alternative Magazines. If you are a publication looking to be listed in our monthly roundup or featured on our blog and social media, please contact us.

Magazine Stand :: The Lake – Feburary 2024

The February 2024 issue of The Lake is now online featuring Bharti Bansal, Mark Belair, Frances Boyle, Bob Bradshaw, Lynn Hoggard, Laura Celise Lippman, Niall Machin, Beth McDonough, Ruby Hansen Murray, Michael Salcman, Alison Stone, Stephen Wing. The Lake also includes reviews of poetry collections, this month taking a look at Pippa Little’s Time Begins to Hurt, Dorothy Wall’s Catalogue of Surprises, and Maurice Manning’s Snakedoctor. “One Poem Review” offers poets the opportunity to share a poem from a recently published book, with Melanie Hyo-In Han giving readers a sample with “My Dear Yeast.”

Find out more about many of these titles with our Guide to Literary Magazines and our Big List of Literary Magazines and Big List of Alternative Magazines. If you are a publication looking to be listed in our monthly roundup or featured on our blog and social media, please contact us.

Magazine Stand :: Salamander – 57

Salamander Issue #57 features the winners of the 2023 Fiction Contest, selected by Kirstin Valdez Quade: “Come Tomorrow” by Nina Sudhakar and “Americanos” by A.J. Rodriguez. Stories from Kasia Merrill, Ashlee Lhamon, Sue McMillan, and Steph Grossman are haunting and suspenseful; Creative Nonfiction from Andrea Gregory, Laura McPherson, and Julie Marie Wade explores disability, loss, and sexuality. Issue 57 features an art portfolio by Shane Allison and a wide range of poetry from Ginny Threefoot, Anna Laura Reeve, Beth Oast Williams, Javier Sandoval, Darren C. Demaree, Tola Sylvan, Joan Kwon Glass, Maryam Ghafoor, and Rita Mookerjee, among many others.

Find out more about many of these titles with our Guide to Literary Magazines and our Big List of Literary Magazines and Big List of Alternative Magazines. If you are a publication looking to be listed in our monthly roundup or featured on our blog and social media, please contact us.

Magazine Stand :: The Writing Disorder – Winter 2023/24

The winter 2023/24 issue of The Writing Disorder features all-new fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and art. Is it possible to read 100 books in a year? Visit The Writing Disorder online and ead CL Glanzing’s article and find out.

While you’re there, check out these new works of fiction by talented authors: “The Angels Are Leaving, The Angels Are Leaving” by Gaurav Bhalla; “Embarrassment upon Humiliation upon Mortification in My Intern Year” by Christine Benton Criswell; “Nothing Better to Do” by Tom Eubanks; “Dad Stuff” by Toni Kochensparger; “Self Portrait by the Thing Within” by Clayton McMIllan; “The Longer View” by Patrick Parks; “Puppy” by Ruth Rotkowkitz; and “Doomsday” by Anastasia White.

Poets featured in this issue include Duane Anderson, Lawrence Bridges, Annette Gagliardi, Elizabeth Morse, Frederick Pollack, Charlotte Suttee, and Michal Zielinski.

Nonfiction lovers, in addition to Glanzing’s article, can enjoy “Tangled by Blood: Book Review” by Lisa C. Peterson; “Some Peace” by Rita Plush; and “Proper Posture” by Angela Townsend. And finally, our featured artist is Kevin Nance, whose winter-themed photographs are breathtaking.

New Lit on the Block :: Philly Chapbook Poetry Review

Philly Poetry Chapbook Review is a new venture focusing on – you guessed it – reviews of poetry chapbooks – but also quite a bit more. Readers of the site can expect to find short book reviews, long-form single-book reviews, long-form multi-book essays, craft essays on poetry and chapbooks, interview-driven author features, and weekly updates of poetry books.

Publishing six online issues each year, Editor Aiden Hunt prefers to “keep the publication lively and flexible,” so new content is released on a weekly, rolling schedule.

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Magazine Stand :: The Missouri Review – Winter 2023

The Missouri Review Winter 2023 (46.4) is themed “Family Affairs.” Inside, readers will find work from the winners of the 2023 Perkoff Prize, new fiction from Elisa Faison, Robert Long Foreman, Stef Pixner, and Amanda Rea; new poetry from Virginia Konchan and Christine Marshall; and new nonfiction from Adam Boggon. Also: features on Robert Henri and Eva Tanguay; an omnibus review of four memoirs of parents from Cynthia Miller Coffel, and Michael Piafsky’s interview with Andrew Leland, author of The Country of the Blind: A Memoir at the End of Sight, named one of the best books of the year by the New Yorker, Washington Post, Atlantic, NPR, Publishers Weekly, and Lithub.

Find out more about many of these titles with our Guide to Literary Magazines and our Big List of Literary Magazines and Big List of Alternative Magazines. If you are a publication looking to be listed in our monthly roundup or featured on our blog and social media, please contact us.

Magazine Stand :: The Main Street Rag – Winter 2024

The Main Street Rag Winter 2024features an interview with poet Anne M. Kaylor by Kim Blum-Hyclak, followed by “Stories & Such” by Mark Brazaitis, Jan English Leary, John Mauk, Randy F. Nelson, Jessi Waugh, and a hefty selection of poetry by Anne M. Kaylor, Johnny Cordova, Chris Dahl, Adam Day, Richard Band, Morrow Dowdle, Gary Fincke, Bonnie Stanard, Chapman Hood Frazier, Tony Gloeggler, Diane Gottlieb, Alessio Zanelli, Dennis Herrell, Michael P. Hill, Dana Kinsey, Tom Laichas, Linda Lerner, Donald Levering, George Longenecker, Daniel Edward Moore, John Nizalowski, Hayden Nielander, Beth Paulson, Alexandria Peary, Scott Owens, Jason Ryberg, Richard Rubin, T. Parker Sanborn, William Snyder, George Staley, Rob Vance, Jessi Waugh, Frederick Wilbur, Dede Wilson, and Erin Wilson.

Find out more about many of these titles with our Guide to Literary Magazines and our Big List of Literary Magazines and Big List of Alternative Magazines. If you are a publication looking to be listed in our monthly roundup or featured on our blog and social media, please contact us.

Magazine Stand :: The MacGuffin – Fall 2023

The MacGuffin Fall 2023 (vol. 39.2) issue welcomes a familiar name to the masthead’s editor slot: Brett M. Griffiths. Readers will remember Brett as a Poetry Staffer, and this issue’s diverse poetry selections should give a sense of this, from Angie Macri’s elegiac “The rain suddenly silver over the diamond,” to Rebecca Foust’s trio of Orwellian poems to, MacGuffin fan-favorite Joey Lew’s contemplative closing poem, “Holding Pattern.” The opening and closing stories follow the magazine’s recent bend toward narrative experimentation, with J. Grace’s Brautigan-esque “My Father Was a Serious Man” and the deconstructed narrative of Chris Wiberg’s “Multilateration” serving as prime examples.

Find out more about many of these titles with our Guide to Literary Magazines and our Big List of Literary Magazines and Big List of Alternative Magazines. If you are a publication looking to be listed in our monthly roundup or featured on our blog and social media, please contact us.

Magazine Stand :: Blue Collar Review – Fall 2023

Blue Collar Review editor’s note opens the Fall 2023 publication: “This issue emerges in maddening times. As I write this, the Israeli slaughter of Palestinians, triggered by a brutal uprising of oppressed desperation, continues in Gaza as well as in the occupied West Bank with avid support and weapons supplied by our country’s leaders. [. . . ]

“Some poems in this issue struggle with whether our protests and resistance even matter in the face of overwhelming odds and the stubbornly deaf power of the corrupt monstrosity of our seemingly insane ruling class. They affirm, based in our own working class history, as well as continuing labor victories, that it absolutely does matter; that we lose when we give in to hopelessness, cynicism or the cultivated division that isolates and disempowers us. Given the impending climate catastrophe, the danger of growing wars and of nuclear war that threatens our existence, we, like Palestinians, have no choice but to struggle for our own survival against the same entrenched, corporate militarized power. [. . . ]

“We remain grateful for your support, for the strong words and poetry sent and to be able to continue publishing in spite of rising prices and postal rates. As a poem by Cathy Porter notes, ‘Poetry can’t solve a damn thing / but readers can / And we must.'”

Magazine Stand :: Sky Island Journal – Winter 2024

Sky Island Journal’s stunning 27th issue (Winter 2024) features poetry, flash fiction, and creative nonfiction from contributors around the globe. Accomplished, well-established authors are published—side by side—with fresh, emerging voices. Readers are provided with a powerful, focused literary experience that transports them: one that challenges them intellectually and moves them emotionally. Always free to access, and always free from advertising, discover what over 150,000 readers in 150 countries, and over 800 contributors in 50 countries, already know: the finest new writing can be found where the desert meets the mountains.

Find out more about many of these titles with our Guide to Literary Magazines and our Big List of Literary Magazines and Big List of Alternative Magazines. If you are a publication looking to be listed in our monthly roundup or featured on our blog and social media, please contact us.

Magazine Stand :: Southern Humanities Review – 56.4

Southern Humanities Review issue 56.4 is full of water. A poem about renaming rivers. The story of a flight that ends in the ocean. An essay following boats full of refugees, landing in different countries, in different years. Themes of motherhood and mothers’ bodies are also woven throughout. This issue features poetry by Abdulkareem Abdulkareem, Terry Belew, Anders Carlson-Wee, Jackie Chicalese, Aliyah Cotton, Brandel France de Bravo, Trey Moody, Robert Okaji, Emily Oliver, Doug Ramspeck, Cheyenne Taylor, Alex Tretbar, Lindsey Wayland, and RL Wheeler. Nonfiction contributors include Chris Campanioni and Jennifer Taylor-Skinner. Fiction by Chaya Bhuvaneswar, Areej Quraishi, M.C. Schmidt, and Rachel Talbot. The abstract cover, Stairway to Heaven, 2023, is from Nora Kelly. Some content can be read online, and individual copies, as well as subscriptions, are available on the Southern Humanities Review website.

Find out more about many of these titles with our Guide to Literary Magazines and our Big List of Literary Magazines and Big List of Alternative Magazines. If you are a publication looking to be listed in our monthly roundup or featured on our blog and social media, please contact us.

New Lit on the Block :: Where The Meadows Reside

Where The Meadows Reside greets us this new year with its open-access, online seasonal quarterly publication of poetry, prose, creative nonfiction, hybrid, artwork, and audio. Founding Editor and Editor-in-Chief Meadow Sherif is a literary artist whose name you might think was the inspiration for the publication, but its inception is much more than that.

“I’ve always been intrigued by the liminality of the world,” Sherif says, “particularly in Augé’s non-places, though even beyond when I could ever put a name to it. Where The Meadows Reside is endlessness, an inevitability. I find the relationship between humanity and endlessness very enduring.

“We are constantly in our own fields — filled with moments like wildflowers, meadows. Though it seems as though there is a conflict between our external fields — our world in revolution around work, survival. So, in a world that revolves around endlessness and necessity, it seems as though what remains of the world – land – suddenly, endlessness with purpose.

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Magazine Stand :: Kaleidoscope – Winter/Spring 2024

Kaleidoscope magazine publishes work that creatively explores the experience of disability through literature and the fine arts. In issue 88 several authors share ways they’re mastering the art of living with disability as an essential element of a creatively crafted life.

In the featured essay, “The Tree That Reminds Me,” author Rhonda Zimlich runs, and with every stride, she pushes her body, clears her mind, and denies the disease within. When she runs in her neighborhood she passes a tree that has been damaged by a lightning strike. MS has ravaged the bark of her nerves, leaving her scarred and exposed, just like the tree, and this kinship with the deciduous maple causes her to reflect on her existence.

Dave Wisniewski is the featured artist. He is a legally blind painter whose canvases depict larger-than-life characters from the Wild West. In addition to the features mentioned here, Kaleidoscope hopes readers will enjoy the work of these contributors: Aisha Ashraf, Kelsie Bennett, Cynthia Bernard, Tim Campbell, William Cass, Amy DeBellis, Stacie Eirich, Nancy J. Fagan, Connie Harold, Waylon Henggeler, Carrie Hinton, Claire Ibarra, Hareendran Kallinkeel, Danielle Krikorian, Geri Lipschultz, Emmy D. Wells, Jordan Wilson-Dalzell, and Ellen Zhang.

Lit Mag Covers :: Picks of the Week – January 22, 2024

Lit Mag Covers: Picks of the Week recognizes cover art and designs for literary magazines, whether in print or online. These are chosen solely at the discretion of the Editor. Enjoy!

Ponder Review is a student-run publication of the MFA program at Mississippi University for Women publishes fiction, flash fiction, nonfiction, poetry, short plays, new media, and visual art twice a year. Cover art: “Near Future” by Lila Byrne.

The Ear from Irvine Valley College has been publishing poetry, fiction, nonfiction, art, and photography annually since 1982 and can be read in print or online. This thought-provoking cover image is Synthesis of Man and Nature by Brennan Roach.

Subtropics: The Literary Journal of the University of Florida Summer/Fall 2023 issue cover image is In the Parco Piersanti Mattarella (Giardino inglese), Palermo (2022), photograph by Mark Mitchell.


Find out more about many of these titles with our Guide to Literary Magazines and our Big List of Literary Magazines and Big List of Alternative Magazines. If you are a publication looking to be listed in our monthly roundup or featured on our blog and social media, please contact us.

Magazine Stand :: The Kenyon Review – Winter 2024

The Winter 2024 issue of The Kenyon Review includes an essay by Carrie Cogan, the winner of the 2023 Kenyon Review Nonfiction Contest, selected by Leslie Jamison; work by the 2021 Kenyon Review Developmental Editing Fellows, Allison Albino, Emily Stoddard, and Jane Walton; poetry by Sara Abou Rashed, Sarah Ghazal Ali, David Joez Villaverde, and Kim Garcia; fiction by K-Ming Chang, Melissa Yancy, and Brian Ma; nonfiction by Oz Johnson and Sarah Minor; and much more. The cover art is by DARNstudio, which consists of Ron Norsworthy and David Anthone.

Find out more about many of these titles with our Guide to Literary Magazines and our Big List of Literary Magazines and Big List of Alternative Magazines. If you are a publication looking to be listed in our monthly roundup or featured on our blog and social media, please contact us.

Magazine Stand :: Kaleidoscope Podcast – Episode 5

Kaleidoscope: The Art and Language of Inclusion has launched episode five of its podcast. Focusing on issue 87 of the same-named Kaleidoscope magazine, this episode aims to lift the words from the pages to present them to an audience through a different perspective.

Join host Nick deCourville as he explores the ties that bind. In life, we experience many connections. Whether this is connections to our family, to our friends, or to ourselves, these ties help keep us tethered to reality. However, some ties can also keep us connected from that which we are trying to escape. Ties can help provide security and comfort, but it can also be far too easy to become entangled in our binds. Ties can keep us connected, yet somehow separate us.

This episode focuses on these ties and their impact on others with readings from Roly Andrews, Shanan Ballam, Caitlin C. Baker, Susan Whiting Kemp, Ujjvala Bagal Rahn, Robert Douglas Friedman, Margaret D. Stetz, Rebecca Brothers, Melanie Reitzel, Kate Robinson, Ellis Elliot, Shelly Jones, Connie Buckmaster, Marya Summers, and Benjamin Decter. Listen today and reflect on the ties that bind you.

New Lit on the Block :: 7th-Circle Pyrite

“Literary and artistic contributions to the journal are the beauty crafted in a hateful and violent world,” is how Founder and Editor in Chief Keiraj M. Gillis describes 7th-Circle Pyrite, an online bi-monthly of spirituality/religion, occult, horror, gothic, paranormal, mythology/folklore, and fantasy in all genres of writing and artwork. “My goal in starting the journal was – and always will be – to provide safety for writers and artists,” Gillis says, and “to be a refuge from the prevailing values in the literary world that have the potential to dismantle creatives’ confidence.”

A published author in gothic and spiritual poetry as well as a teacher, trainer, and IT grad, Gillis explains, “The themes supported by 7th-Circle Pyrite are very close to me. I have explored horror in its many forms as both a reader and writer, and have consistently been a student of religion, with involvement in everything from Christianity to Satanism. I’m an astrologer as well, and very much enjoy connecting with those who aren’t afraid to acknowledge that there may be ‘worlds beyond’ what we see.”

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Magazine Stand :: Superpresent – Winter 2024

Provocations/Instigations is the theme for Superpresent Winter 2024 issue, which is most fitting since “provocation and instigation is really what the artists and writers do,” says Editor Kevin Clement. “Some the contributors instigate and provoke, others point out when it’s being done to us.”

The issue contains new works by well-lauded writers like Nick Flynn, David Kirby, and Duncan Forbes. There is also much to consider in the other contributions, like “Under Some Auspices (In Advance of a Broken State),” Shaun Griffiths’ 53-second video made in response to the Trump-led crimes of insurrection and treason on January 6th. The work comments on the instigations and provocations of the far right and its dependence on empty gestures. “Pop Out,” by Abaine Campbell-Gardner borrows from Willem de Kooning’s Women paintings, but radically morphs its iconography by adding a phallus and removing a face.

Sometimes form itself can be the provocation, as in the work of David Felix or that of Michael Webster. While some instigations rely on words leading to action, sometimes unexpected actions lead to the most meaningful words; “Words Will Come,” by Frances Gaudiano is an extraordinary case in point.

Magazine Stand :: Still Point Arts Quarterly – Winter 2023

Still Point Arts Quarterly is a truly beautiful and engaging art and literary journal. “Living with Art” is the theme of the winter 2023 issue, which features historical and contemporary art and photography, fiction and non-fiction, and poetry. Still Point Arts Quarterly has been praised for its rich content as well as its splendid layout and design and is intended for artists, nature lovers, seekers, and enthusiasts of all types. A subscription to the interactive digital edition is free, and print editions may be purchased by subscription or single issue.

Find out more about many of these titles with our Guide to Literary Magazines and our Big List of Literary Magazines and Big List of Alternative Magazines. If you are a publication looking to be listed in our monthly roundup or featured on our blog and social media, please contact us.

Lit Mag Covers :: Picks of the Week – January 8, 2024

Lit Mag Covers: Picks of the Week recognizes cover art and designs for literary magazines, whether in print or online. These are chosen solely at the discretion of the Editor. Enjoy!

Arc Poetry Fall 2023 guest edited by Therese Estacion is themed “Disability Desirability” with cover image by Sharona Franklin.

Salmagundi Magazine is an international quarterly magazine of politics, culture, literature, and the arts published at Skidmore College, and this Fall/Winter 2024 issue features a column on bees by Lauren K. Watel, thus the cool bee cover image, itself a color scheme nod to Edward Gorey.

Poetry South is published annually by the low-residency MFA program in creative writing at Mississippi University for Women. The 2023 issue cover image, “Winter Trees” (no photographer credit), invites a moment of peaceful reflection before turning the first page.


Find out more about many of these titles with our Guide to Literary Magazines and our Big List of Literary Magazines and Big List of Alternative Magazines. If you are a publication looking to be listed in our monthly roundup or featured on our blog and social media, please contact us.

Magazine Stand :: The Lake – January 2024

The January 2024 issue of The Lake, a journal of poetry and poetics, is now online featuring C. J. Anderson-Wu, Michael Flanagan, Tamsin Flower, Jenny Hockey, Norton Hodges, Jill Michelle, Richard Robbins, Sharon Whitehill, Kenton K. Yee. Readers will also enjoy reviews of Andrew Epstein’s The Cambridge Introduction to American Poetry since 1945, Patrick Woodcock’s Farhang Book One, Helen Ivory’s Wunderkammer, J. R. Solonche’s The Eglantine. The Lake’s “One Poem Review” feature invites readers to sample work from Jen Karetnick’s newest collection, Inheritance with a High Error Rate.

Find out more about many of these titles with our Guide to Literary Magazines and our Big List of Literary Magazines and Big List of Alternative Magazines. If you are a publication looking to be listed in our monthly roundup or featured on our blog and social media, please contact us.

Magazine Stand :: The Shore – Issue 20

The Shore celebrates its 5th Anniversary with Issue 20 just in time for the season of reflection and introspection. These poems offer new ways to see the world accompanied by Susana Alcaraz’s visions of the world through a variety of art mediums. Poetry contributors include Sarah Barber, JP Dancing Bear, Tara Westmoor, Sarah Mills, Jane Zwart, Justin Howerton, Doug Rampseck, Zea Pippi Lotte van der Elsken, David Dodd Lee, Erinola E Daranijo, Allison Field Bell, Mickie Kennedy, Romana Iorga, Melanie H Manuel, Abbie Kiefer, Anna Pele, Kelle Groom, Drew Buxton, Philip Jason, James King, Grace Marie Liu, Osieka Osinimu Alao, Jane Satterfield, Rachel Becker, Caitlyn Curran, Agnieszka Tworek, Austin Allen James, Dorothy Lune, Milla van der Have, Kasey Jueds, Josh Luckenbach, Amanda Maret Scharf & Hannah Smith, Kathleen Winter, Alastair Morrison, Taylor Franson-Thiel, Seth Copeland, Ned Balbo and Constance Hansen.

Find out more about many of these titles with our Guide to Literary Magazines and our Big List of Literary Magazines and Big List of Alternative Magazines. If you are a publication looking to be listed in our monthly roundup or featured on our blog and social media, please contact us.

Magazine Stand :: New England Review – 44.4

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New England Review 44.4 features fresh prose by Subraj Singh, Angie Romines, A. J. Rodriguez, and Isabelle Appleton, provoking poetry by Alison Thumel, Dāshaun Washington, Gerardo Pacheco Matus, Deborah Golub, and Sean Cho A., captivating translations from the Korean, Spanish, and French, and much more. Writers, you won’t want to miss the Editor’s Note by Fiction Editor Ernest McLeod, which opens, “Can we retire the term slush pile?” Cover art: Hospital Fantasy by Jeff Gibbons.

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Magazine Stand :: Spoon River Poetry Review – Winter 2023

Spoon River Poetry Review (SRPR) is a volunteer-based, nonprofit poetry journal housed at Illinois State University in Normal, IL, and operated by the Spoon River Poetry Association. With cover art by Kitty F. Davies, the SRPR Illinois Poet Feature includes poetry by Edgar Garcia and an interview of the poet by Jose-Luis Moctezuma. Readers can also enjoy the Editors’ Prize winning poem, “Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Dead Fish” by Marissa Davis, selected by Jonah Mixon-Webster, as well as a runner-up poem by Ricardo de la Cruz II, and honorable mention poems by Linda Stern Zisquit, Bruce Bond, and Veronica Schorr. There is also new poetry by Sarah A. Etlinger, Jonah Bornstein, Artur Grabowski translated by Charles S. Kraszewski, Sandra S. McRae, Ivy Schweitzer, and more!

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Magazine Stand :: Cool Beans Lit – Winter 2023

This winter 2023 issue of Cool Beans Lit is themed “A Light in the Dark.” It showcases the writing and art of talented creators expressing their way out of the shadows either through nature, other worlds, modern technology, family relationships, personal struggles, or mental illness. The pieces are striking and eclectic yet all support the notion that our strength lies in the resiliency of the human spirit. Featured authors include Gina M. Angelone, Corinne Harrison, Kelly Sargent, Bernard Pearson, Brad Shurmantine, and Tom Squitieri. Artists include Anna Maeve, China Lamont, Sheldon Kleeman, and Zoe Stanek. This issue is sure to provide a warm light to your own path this winter season.

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New Lit on the Block :: Zhagaram Literary Magazine

Publishing twice a year as a free downloadable PDF, Zhagaram Literary Magazine was founded to create a literary magazine of Indian origin that publishes international work. “In Tamizh, one of the oldest languages,” Editor Suchita Senthil Kumar explains of the publication’s name, “Zhagaram is a word that refers to a sound. The zh sound is pronounced as ɻ and is a reflex approximant (not the zz sound although it is written that way. The ɻ is a sound resembling an L and R sound together). Zhagaram is the word that refers to this zh sound.

“We aim at publishing work that explores the human condition through the lens of culture, heritage, and language,” Kumar says. “Thus, Zhagaram aims to be a creative space accessible to writers of marginalized communities, giving them an international platform to express their voices. At the same time, we are also open to submissions from international writers, which makes a magazine displaying a vast tapestry of cultures in our diverse publication.”

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Magazine Stand :: The Gettysburg Review – Final Issue

Due to Gettysburg College’s decision to close the Gettysburg Review, the final edition was made available for preorder only. Issue 35:1 features paintings by Michael Alvarez, fiction by Dariel Suarez, Leyna Krow, Leslie Pietrzyk, and others; essays by Marilyn Abildskov, Maura Lammers, Christina Pugh, and others; poetry by Natania Rosenfeld, Angie Estes, Virginia Konchan, Samyak Shertok, and others.

Editor’s Note: Our condolences and all due respect to the long history of editorial staff, writers, and readers who have loved and supported this publication since its debut in 1988. It is sad to witness such short-sighted decision-making by the administration, shuttering the college’s thirty-five-year reputation within the literary community and beyond.

Magazine Stand :: Blink-Ink – #54

Blink-Ink Issue #54 is themed “Family” and features 28 works of “approximately 50 words” each, including “When Baba Flew in from Florida” by Lois Villemarie, “When Relatives from the Cool Temperate Zone Visit” by Julie Dron, “The Corn is Angry” by Karen Walker, “Sisters” by Paul Beckman, “The Green Sofa” by Sarah Shum, “Hawk Logic” by Meg Pokrass, “LEGO City” by Caiti Quatmann, “Home for the Holiday” by Jeff Harvey, “My Family Jewels” by Catfish McDaris, “Blended Family” by Kathy Lynn Carroll, and “Gothic America” by Gay Degani. See the Blink-Ink website for subscription information as well as their 2023 Pushcart Prize Nominations.

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Magazine Stand :: December 2023

The December 2023 Magazine Stand features our monthly roundup of great new literary and alternative magazine titles we receive. You can find brief descriptions for many new magazine issues with a link to their blog post for more information. Grab a warm cuppa and settle in to enjoy some good reading. You can also subscribe to our weekly newsletter to stay the most up-to-date on all things literary.

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Magazine Stand :: World Literature Today – January 2024

The January 2024 issue of World Literature Today headlines Gene Luen Yang, winner of the 2023 NSK Neustadt Prize for Children’s and Young Adult Literature. Also spotlighted in this issue are Sona Jobarteh’s kora virtuosity, Icelandic noir by Katrine Jakobsdóttir and Ragnar Jónasson, and an essay on Holocaust survivor Stella Levi. Additional highlights include an essay on the untranslatable Korean term han as well as visits to Manitoba, Uruguay, and Wales. As always, lively mini-interviews, compelling poetry, and more than thirty book reviews—plus recommended reads and other great content—make the latest issue of WLT, like every issue, a passport to great reading.

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December 2023 eLitPak :: Discover the Journal of Literature Inspired by Art!

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The Ekphrastic Review is a journal of writing inspired by visual art. We bring brilliant writers to readers every day, with ekphrastic poetry, flash fiction, and more. View flyer and visit our website to learn more.

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December 2023 eLitPak :: Consequence Volume 15.2 is Now Out!

Inside this latest issue are works from authors and artists from around the world who offer hard-won truths and insights into the realities of war and geopolitical violence. These realities include a young transgender man making sense of his father’s experiences while fighting in Korea, the multiple perspectives surrounding US soldiers being spit on when returning from Vietnam, and the history of a country as revealed to a young woman by anonymous, pre-WWII photographs. Get your copy today!

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Magazine Stand :: Memoir Magazine – December 2023

Memoir Magazine accepts submissions of nonfiction, art, photography, reviews, interviews, audio, and video on a rolling basis, with the mission “to be a witness to both factual and emotional truths that resonate with the human heart by supporting writers and artists in sharing their stories.”

Some recent features include “What Love Looks Like in Public” by Jacqueline St. Joan, “Vigil” by Shirlee Jellum, “A Lunchtime” by Kate Dowling, “Along Came Bobby” by Jordan Midgley, “The Sweetness of His Breath” by Kristen Lambertin, and “Atlantic Terminal 2015” by Tanya E. Friedman.

Memoir Magazine is a black-owned and woman-owned annual print and online publication.

Magazine Stand :: Chestnut Review – Autumn 2023

In the autumn 2023 issue of Chestnut Review online, artists and writers come together to contend with embodiment, relationships with the medical system, perception, love, and other pressing themes. This issue features a conversation with Erin Little, poetry by Tyler Raso, prose by Nicole Hazan, art by Shee Gomes, and so much more for readers to enjoy.

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Magazine Stand :: The Kenyon Review – Black Estrangement Issue

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Guest edited by Elinam Agbo, this special online issue of The Kenyon Review centers on the experiences of Black individuals and communities grappling with limited infrastructure, health care systems, archival records, personal histories, grief, climate change, and the wounds of colonialism. Inspired by the historical erasure and ongoing violence against Black lives, the issue features nonfiction by b ferguson, Edil Hassan, Erica N. Cardwell, Rickey Fayne, Ariana Benson, and Jenise Miller, alongside fiction by Leila Renee, alex terrell, N.K. Iguh, Melissa Beneche, Jeneé Skinner, Allison Noelle Conner, and Mathapelo Mofokeng.

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Magazine Stand :: Rain Taxi – Fall 2023

For screen-time aficionados, Rain Taxi Review of Books has been continuing to post reviews, interviews, and features to their Fall Online Edition. Some gems in this “issue” include a dialogic review (by dynamic duo Pierre Joris & Nicole Peyrafitte) of Enheduana: The Complete Poems of the World’s First Author and a feature on Jim Starlin’s Warlock comics (any Marvel fans out there?); reviews of three new poetry books in translation; interviews with Mary Jo Bang and David Jauss; and a nice handful of fiction, nonfiction, and comics reviews. Check them out (and stay tuned for a few more additions) before this season’s Online Edition wraps up, and visit their website to find out how to have the print edition of Rain Taxi delivered.

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New Lit on the Block :: SWING

Nothing invites company more than a gently swaying porch swing on a beautiful day, which makes SWING an aptly named biannual print publication of fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and comics, welcoming readers and writers alike. Also aptly named, shares Editor Leigh Anne Couch, as SWING is published by “an incredible literary nonprofit in Nashville called The Porch. Not only do we share a budget and staff, but a spirit of openness and curiosity. The word swing points, prismatically, toward objects and actions and relationships, toward music and influence and ambivalence. It won’t be pinned down, and yet it’s securely attached to The Porch.”

For readers and writers, this connection bodes well in our tumultuous times of publication defunding and rocky start-ups, to which Couch is no newcomer. Formerly at Duke University Press, the Greensboro Review, and the Sewanee Review, she is now a freelance editor, who edits the poetry series Sewanee Poetry at LSU, and has published several poetry collections of her own. “SWING grew out of the ethos of The Porch,” Couch says, “and the longing of its editor to experience the thrill of treasure hunting and mysterious resonances again after a five-year break from working in literary magazines. Its ethos is about connection: the unintended and therefore mysterious dialogue between the poems, stories, and essays within.”

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Magazine Stand :: Valley Voices – Fall 2023

The Fall 2023 issue of Valley Voices includes contributions about experiences of memorable moments in the Civil Rights Movement. Robert Butler’s short memoir presents his experience as a teacher at Tougaloo College and his participation as a marcher in Port Gibson. Diane Williams remembers the riots in Newark, New Jersey, in 1967 when she was a 14-year-old girl.

Creative expressions by other writers include poetic tributes to historical figures, immigrant life, police violence, and racial crimes. Toru Kiuchi’s essay surveys the Kokura Incident and its significance as “a trigger for a true and definite integration in the Army and in the United States.” Charlie R. Braxton’s essay discusses human rights in Africa. Further, Mack Hassler’s empathetic poem about the goose and Ted McCormack’s essay about collective wisdom lead to other issues as well as harmony rather than discord in our global society.

Although Valley Voices has decided not to publish reviews anymore, it did gather a few related to the theme of the issue, including Jerome Berglund’s review of William R. Ferris’s book of photography, I Am A Man.

Magazine Stand :: Jewish Fiction .net Issue 35

The newest issue of Jewish Fiction .net just came out, and Editor Nora Gold welcomes readers to their 35th issue which celebrates Chanukah. In Issue 35 readers will find 12 terrific stories originally written in Russian, Hebrew, Yiddish, and English. “We hope these stories enhance your celebration of the upcoming holiday, and especially in these challenging times we wish you and those you love a Chanukah filled with miracles and light!” This is also an exciting time for Jewish Fiction .net: one of their stories was selected for the Pushcart Prize and published last month in the latest The Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses anthology!

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Magazine Stand :: The Lake – December 2023

The Lake December 2023 issue of poetry and poetics is now online featuring works by Beatriu Delaveda, Chris Dornon, Alexanda Etheridge, Tim Fellows, Willian Ogden Haynes, Mary Beth Hines, David James, Carolyn Martin, Sandra Noel, Ian Parks, Frances Sackett, J. R. Solonche. Book reviews include Jaswinder Bolina’s English as a Second Language, Alan Catlin’s How Will the Heart Endure?, and J.V. Birch’s ice cream ‘n’ tar. “One Poem Reviews” features one poem from a poet’s new collection, and this month spotlights works by Katherine Coda, Jonaki Ray, and Hannah Stone.

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Magazine Stand :: The Greensboro Review – Fall 2023

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The 114th Greensboro Review features the winner of the 2023 Amon Liner Poetry Prize, Madeleine Poole’s “Pile of Maggots,” as well as an Editor’s Note, “In Praise of LitMags,” by Terry L. Kennedy. In this Fall 2023 issue, discover new flash fiction, poems, and stories from an outstanding group of more than two dozen emerging and established writers, including Allison Field Bell, Stacie Cassarino, Sasha Debevec-McKenney, Corinne Dekkers, Chard deNiord, Arielle Hebert, John Hoppenthaler, Nalea J. Ko, AG Latham, Michael Meyerhofer, Ania Mroczek, John A. Nieves, Rachel Richardson, Robert Stone, and Mimi Yang.

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