Alternative Magazines – The NewPages Big List
The NewPages Guide to Alternative Magazines features publications not typically found in local chain bookstores on topics including the arts, nature and ecology, health, human rights, LGBT, and more.
If you are looking for a vetted list to Literary Magazines, we have you covered there as well!
2600 The hacker quarterly
Acres U.S.A. North America’s largest, oldest magazine serving commercial-scale organic/sustainable farmers, teaching the latest techniques for growing nutritious crops and healthy livestock.
Adbusters fighting back against the hostile takeover of our psychological, physical and cultural environments by commercial forces.
Advocate world’s leading gay news source reporting monthly on news, politics, business, medical issues, fine arts, and entertainment
Aeon digital magazine of arts and culture
Against The Current Bimonthly magazine featuring lively coverage and dialogue on movements for global justice, with special focus on labor rights and union democracy, feminism and antiwar activism.
Alternatives Journal Canada’s national environmental magazine
Amerasia Journal the leading interdisciplinary journal in Asian American Studies
American Atheist fighting for the civil liberties of atheists and the total, absolute separation of government and religion
American Forests American Forests is for people from all walks of life, from rural to urban settings, who share an abiding love for trees and forests.
American Indian Quarterly a forum for diverse voices and perspectives spanning a variety of academic discipline, and one of the dominant journals in American Indian studies
The American Prospect aiming to advance liberal and progressive goals through reporting, analysis, and debate
The American Scholar a quarterly magazine of public affairs, science, history, literature, and culture
Anarchist Studies research into the history, culture, theory and practice of anarchism
Anarcho-Syndicalist Review an independent labor magazine
Another Gaze feminist film journal highlighting the gender inequality of the film industry and amplifying the voices of great, often overlooked, filmmakers who identify as women
Anthropocene innovative and often counterintuitive solutions to environmental and development challenges and the in-depth stories about the people and technologies behind those innovations
Antipode A Radical Journal of Geography
Appalachia Appalachia is the longest-running journal of mountaineering and conservation. Each issue delivers inspired writing on mountain exploration and ecology, poetry, and an international climbing review.
Are We Europe (Netherlands) exploring the often neglected and ever-changing state of the European identity by empowering aspiring European journalists
Arena (Australia) a publication which has made an impact on political and cultural interpretation and practice over a period of more than thirty years
ASAP Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy
The Atlantic politics, business, foreign affairs, and cultural trends
Atlantis: Critical Studies in Gender, Culture & Social Justice dedicated to the ongoing growth of knowledge in the field of Women’s and Gender Studies
Australian Book Review publishes reviews, essays, commentaries, interviews, and new creative writing, and offers prizes and programs to writers
Author featuring interviews with best-selling and first-time authors, reviews, articles
Autostraddle a progressively feminist online community
The Baffler interesting and unexpected left-wing political criticism, cultural analysis, short stories, poems and art
Bakwa Magazine engaging in the politics of art and culture, with an emphasis on Africa and its diaspora
Belt Magazine independent journalism about the Rust Belt
Berkeley Journal of Gender, Law & Justice feminist legal publication critically examining the intersection of gender with one or more axis of subordination
Bi Women Quarterly is the oldest bisexual+ women’s publication in the world
The Black Scholar devoted to the exploration of cultural, political, social, and economic issues affecting black Americans and other peoples of African descent across the world
Black Women Radicals dedicated to uplifting Black women and gender expansive people’s radical political activism
Briarpatch Magazine original reporting, insight, and analysis from a grassroots perspective
Broken Pencil dedicated exclusively to exploring independent creative action
Brooklyn Rail an independent forum for arts, culture, and politics throughout NYC and beyond
Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists engaging science leaders, policy makers, and the public on nuclear weapons and disarmament, the changing energy landscape, emerging technologies, and climate change
Business Ethics writing on the fields of ethics, governance, corporate responsibility and socially responsible investing
BUST fierce, funny, and proud to be female
CAMERA devoted to promoting accurate and balanced coverage of Israel and the Middle East
Camera Obscura forum for scholarship and debate on feminism, culture, and media studies
Canadian Dimension for people who want to change the world
Canadian Literature poetry, articles, reviews
Canadian Woman Studies making current writing and research on a wide variety of feminist topics accessible to the largest possible community of women
Capital & Class provides a critique of global capitalism in the Marxist tradition
Capitalism Nature Socialism journal of ecosocialism, encompassing anticapitalist perspectives that are both egalitarian and environmental
The Center for Public Integrity investigative journalism on issues of public concern
The Central Dissent A Journal of Gender & Sexuality
Centro Journal leading peer-reviewed academic journal dedicated to the field of Puerto Rican Studies
The Chicago Reporter investigative news organization that focuses on race, poverty and income inequality in Chicago and the nation
Cineaste Magazine American’s leading magazine on the art and politics of the cinema
Cinema Scope expanding the frame on international cinema
City Limits investigative journalism through the prism of NYC to identify urban problems, examine their causes, explore solutions, and equip communities to take action
CLEARING Magazine the primary periodical for environmental education in the PNW/Cascadia bioregion
Colorlines daily new site where race matters
Columbia Journalism Review a deliberative mix of reporting, analysis, criticism, and commentary
The Comics Journal covers the comics medium from an arts-first perspective
Commentary America’s premier monthly magazine of pivotal voice and opinion in Amercain intellectual life
A Common Place Each issue of a Common Place magazine brings you: Inspiring stories from around the world; Spectacular photography; Ways you can make a difference.
Commonweal a forum for civil, reasoned debate on the interaction of faith with contemporary politics and culture
Communities addressing community and sharing new models for society
Conscience Published by Catholics for a Free Choice. Offers in-depth coverage on issues related to reproductive rights, sexuality and gender, feminism, the Religious Right, women’s rights, church/state issues and US politics.
The Contemporary Pacific: A Journal of Island Affairs essays, articles, and reviews providing comprehensive coverage of contemporary developments in the entire Pacific Islands region and the global Pacific diaspora
CounterPunch bi-weekly muckraking newsletter
Countryside & Small Stock Journal where homesteaders share a wide variety of experiences and ideas about simple, sustainable, country living
Critical Asian Studies Peer-reviewed journal formerly known as the Bulletin of Concerned Asian Scholars. Features essays, reviews, translations, photo essays, and literature.
Critical Inquiry devoted to the best critical thought in the arts and humanities
Critical Read telling the true stories behind important works of art
Critical Review An Interdisciplinary Journal of Politics and Society
Cultural Critique forum for creative and provocative scholarship in the theoretical humanities and humanistic social sciences
Cultural Survival promoting rights, voices, and visions of indigenous peoples
Cultural Daily a platform for independent voices – participatory civic media with new perspectives every day
Curve magazine best-selling lesbian magazine, spotlights all that is fresh, funny, exciting, controversial, and cutting-edge
DAME “where women go for the stories people are talking about”
Dek Unu Magazine solo exhibitions of fine photoart portfolios
Derailed Magazine the magazine for cynics, renegades & survivors of the unimaginable
differences theoretical debates across the disciplines that address the ways concepts and categories of difference—notably but not exclusively gender—operate within culture
Dilettante Army a journal for visual culture and art writing
Dissent In the pages of Dissent you will find some of the fiercest battles over politics, principles and ideas anywhere on the left today.
Dissident Voice providing hard-hitting, thought-provoking, entertaining news and commentaries on politics and culture, serving as ammunition in struggles for peace and social justice
Dollars & Sense the magazine on economic justice
E – The Environmental Magazine environmental news and green living tips
Earth First! the voice of the radical environmental movement
Earth Island Journal Earth Island Journal consistently delivers environmental stories that mainstream media often fail to cover.
Edge promote inquiry into/discussion of intellectual, philosophical, artistic, and literary issues
Environment science and policy for sustainable development
The Epoch Times independent voice reporting news responsibly and truthfully, and upholding and defending freedom of the press, freedom of speech, and freedom of assembly
Escape into Life pushing the boundaries of visual art and literature
Ethical Consumer (UK) leading alternative consumer organization
FAIR national progressive media watchdog group, challenging corporate media bias and misinformation
FEE: Foundation for Economic Education formerly Freeman magazine, explores the principles underlying a free society
Feminist Studies Feminist Studies, is the oldest continuing scholarly journal in the field of women’s studies published in the U.S., publishes an interdisciplinary body of feminist knowledge.
Fifth Estate an anti-authoritarian magazine of ideas & action
Film Threat film reviews, film festival coverage, exclusive filmmaker interviews, original video content
First of the Month committed to cultivating the power of the powerless
First Things journal of religion, culture, and public life
The Flaneur an illustrated journal of global culture
Foreword Reviews reviews
The Fortnightly Review the stroke of an oar given in true time
Freethought Today the only freethought newspaper in North America
The Funny Times The Funny Times is a monthly humor newspaper featuring the best of recent cartoons and humor pieces on politics and culture.
The Gay & Lesbian Review bimonthly magazine of history, culture, and politics
Gay Parent publication dedicated to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender parenting
Geist a Canadian literary magazine of ideas and culture
Greater Good Magazine science-based insights for a meaningful life
Green American Covers emerging ideas and models for creating a just and sustainable society
Green Horizon articles that explore, clarify, and analyze Green leadership in different dimensions
Green Teacher helps youth educators enhance environmental and global education
Grist independent, irreverent news outlet focusing on the climate, sustainability, and social justice
Guernica magazine of arts and politics
Happy is a music, arts, and lifestyle magazine and blog
Harvard Civil Rights-Liberties Law Review the nation’s leading progressive law journal
Harvard Journal Of Law & Gender the nation’s oldest continuously publishing feminist law journal
Hedgehog Review critical reflections on contemporary culture
HerbalGram American Botanical Council’s scientific quarterly journal
The Hightower Lowdown documenting and celebrating populist hope and strength
Hinduism Today A quarterly magazine to inform and inspire Hindus and people interested in Hindu philosophy, culture and practices such as yoga, meditation, vegetarianism and alternative medicine.
The Horn Book Magazine essential for everyone who cares about children’s and young adult literature
The Humanist The Humanist magazine has advanced progressive ideals for over 60 years, applying compassion and reason to the critical social and ethical issues of our time.
Humor Times The news in cartoons, featuring the finest editorial cartoonists from around the country to review the news! Featuring columnists and non-political panels as well.
Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy a forum for cutting edge work in feminist philosophy
In These Times In These Times is dedicated to informing and analyzing popular movements for social, environmental and economic justice through independent journalism based on progressive values.
The Independent the leading source of information for independent, grassroots, and activist media-makers, providing inspiration and information for their films and video projects
Index on Censorship repositories of original, challenging, controversial and intelligent writing on free expression issues
Indian Country Today nation’s leading American Indian news source
The Indypendent free progressive monthly newspaper. online news site, and weekly radio show covering social justice movements in New York and beyond.
Inroads Canadian journal of opinion
Intrepid Times publishing narrative travel writing that communicates a strong sense of place, character, and discovery
Jewish Currents a progressive, secular voice
Journal of Asian Studies the latest in-depth scholarship on Asia’s past and present
Journal of Literary & Cultural Disability Studies focusing on representations of disability with a wide variety of textual analyses informed by disability theory
JUST Commentary international movement for a just world
JUXTAPOZ art & culture magazine
Korean Quarterly Focuses on the place where identity, creativity and culture intersect. We provide independent and alternative reporting on issues of identity, racism, politics and the arts with many book and film reviews.
Kyoto Journal perspectives from Asia
Lapham’s Quarterly a magazine of history & ideas
Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers biannual scholarly journal focusing on American women writers between the seventeenth and early twentieth century
The Lesbian News nation’s #1 magazine for Lesbians of all colors & viewpoints
Light of Consciousness Dedicated to awakening consciousness, personal and global transformation, and timeless wisdom of the world’s religious traditions. “The best produced journal on spiritual and yogic thought.”
LILIPOH life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness
Lilith independent, Jewish, frankly feminist
Literary Imagination presenting wide-ranging discussions between those committed to the reading and study of literary works
Literary Review of Canada the one magazine Canadians must read to remain up to date about politics and culture
Living Blues America’s oldest and most authoritative blues magazine
Luna Luna Magazine an online community interested in art, feminism, literature, opinion, sex, and the occult
Mandala offering authentic Buddhist teachings
Massage exploring today’s touch therapies
Mental Floss where knowledge junkies get their fix
Meridians feminism, race, transnationalism
Midwifery Today the heart and science of birth
Minnesota Women’s Press fresh perspective on women’s ideas and issues
Moment Jewish politics, culture, religion
Monthly Review an independent socialist magazine
Mother Earth Living focuses on the joys of gardening and cooking with herbs. Natural home, healthy life.
Mother Earth News the original guide to living wisely
Mother Jones Mother Jones magazine, is a non-profit, investigative reporting publication dedicated to uncovering the truth behind the spin. Get Real News. Get Mother Jones.
Mothering natural family living
Ms. Magazine Ms., which recently joined forces with the Feminist Majority Foundation, is the definitive source for ideas, action and information on the struggle for women’s equality.
Musicworks Magazine rare and daring explorations in sound
N Magazine Imagine life with fewer clothes and greater freedom. N (Nude & Natural), the Magazine of Naturist Living, gives you the skinny on all things naturist.
Namarupa NAMARUPA is a new journal that conveys the vast scope of sacred philosophical thought that has emanated from the land and people of India over many millennia.
The Nation News and analysis on politics and culture from the left. Unconventional Wisdom Since 1865.
National Parks protecting national parks for future generations
Network News publication for the National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights
The CR: The New Centennial Review devoted to comparative studies of the Americas that suggest possibilities for a different future
The New Criterion a monthly review of the arts and intellectual life
The New Left Review articles, interviews, topical comments and book reviews
New Moon Girls Edited by girls 8-14. Ad-free, imaginative, multicultural bimonthly magazine that girls, parents and educators love. Six Parents’ Choice Gold Awards for best children’s magazine.
The New Republic a journal of politics and the arts
New Voices written by and for Jewish college students
The Next American City documents and conceives realistic solutions about how to make cities better
Nutrition Action Healthletter newsletter for the Center for Science in the Public Interest
OffBeat dedicated to New Orleans and Louisiana music and culture
OnEarth independent, groundbreaking environmental journalism
Orion Magazine staking out the territory of ecology, the arts, action, and social justice
Our Times Canada’s independent labour magazine
Out Gay & Lesbian
Owl Light News where inspiration & inquiry converge
Pacific Affairs an international review of Asia and the Pacific
Parabola PARABOLA is a quarterly journal dedicated to exploring the wisdom and beauty of traditional cultures as they relate to the modern quest for meaning.
Paradoxa publishing articles on genre literature
Passport Magazine PASSPORT Magazine is America’s #1 gay and lesbian travel magazine. Readers love the magazine’s personal travel reporting and they truly appreciate the most comprehensive resource listings.
Paste signs of life in music, film and culture
Pathfinders Travel travel magazine for people of color
Penumbra: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Critical and Creative Inquiry
People’s World Working-class news and opinions since 1923
Places Journal A nonprofit journal of narrative journalism and public scholarship on architecture, landscape, and urbanism.
The Point journal of philosophical writing that embodies two convictions: humanistic thinking has relevance for contemporary life; and our lives are full of experiences worth thinking about
Political Science Quarterly nonpartisan journal covering government, politics and policy
PopMatters global culture
POZ chronicling the AIDS epidemic in the US and overseas
The Progressive The mission of The Progressive is to be a journalistic voice for peace and social justice at home and abroad.
Progressive Populist believes people are more important than corporations
Public Eye navigates the complexities of the Right
Qi Journal the journal of traditional Eastern health and fitness
Radical History Review on the cutting edge of historical analysis
Reason free minds and free markets
Reasons to be Cheerful a non-profit editorial project designed to be a tonic for tumultuous times
Religion Watch monitoring trends in contemporary religion
Resources for Gender and Women’s Studies: A Feminist Review reviewing the latest print, electronic, and audiovisual resources for research and teaching women’s studies
Resurgence & Ecologist at the heart of earth, art and spirit
RFD open forum for new ideas, radical views and controversial issues
Riot Material literary-cultural magazine welcoming ideas on word, art, and forward-aiming thought
SAGE Magazine expanding environmentalism
Sampsonia Way celebrating literary freedom of expression
Scalawag amplifying voices of activists, artists, and writers in critical conversations about the Souths where we love, live, and struggle
Shots Magazine photography
Shout Out UK opening the minds of a voiceless generation
Sierra Magazine “Exploring, Enjoying, and Protecting the Planet”
Skeptic Magazine examining extraordinary claims, exploring revolutionary ideas, and promoting good science
Skeptical Inquirer tells what the scientific community actually knows about claims of the paranormal
Small Farmer’s Journal Small Farmer’s Journal is an international quarterly serving the future of farming.
The Smart Set covering culture and ideas, arts and science, global and national affairs
Social Policy reports on and analyzes contemporary movements for social change in the workplace, the community, and the world
Socialism and Democracy the continuing relevance of socialist politics and vision
Socialist Standard (UK) monthly socialist newspaper focusing mainly on socialist advocacy and Marxian analysis of current events
Sojourners addresses issues of faith, politics, and culture from a biblical perspective
Space and Culture explores and critiques everyday life in contemporary cities, environment, new media
STAND the magazine for men who give a damn
Stranger’s Guide art, photography, and essays with each issue evoking a single location from a multitude of exciting, new perspectives
Strings magazine for players of bowed stringed instruments
T – U – V
Tablet daily online magazine of Jewish news, ideas, and culture
Texas Observer biggest little muckraker in Texas
This Magazine Canadian politics, pop culture and the arts
Tikkun Jewish critique of politics, culture and society
Tricycle Tricycle: The Buddhist Review is an internationally distributed mainstream quarterly dedicated to exploring the full range of Buddhist activity and its impact on American culture.
Truthout providing independent news and commentary daily
Utne Magazine Utne is a leading voice for the independent press, bringing readers the other side of the story on issues ranging from the environment to the economy and from politics to pop culture.
The Vegetarian Journal for those interested in Vegetarian Health, Ecology, and Ethics
Vegetarians in Paradise Los Angeles vegetarian webzine
VegNews up-to-date information on living a compassionate and healthy lifestyle
Visible Magazine a publication committed to making storytelling accessible and inclusive
W – X – Y – Z
Waging Nonviolence news, analysis, original reporting about nonviolent activism
The Walrus Canadian general-interest magazine with an international outlook
Washington Report on Middle East Affairs news and analysis from and about the Middle East and U.S. policy in that region
Weekly Humorist The Standard in American Immaturity
Whispering Wind American Indian past and present
Workers World a working-class party that fights against capitalism
WorldView A magazine of news and comment about events, people and communities in the less-developed regions of Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, Eastern Europe and the Pacific islands.
Yes! invites readers to be part of a global community of change makers
Yoga Journal retreat for Yoga poses, classes, meditation, and life
Z Magazine An independent left monthly magazine
ZEKE Magazine The world explored through photographs, ideas, and words by leading documentary photographers from across the globe
Zócalo Public Square innovative blend of live events and humanities journalism