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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.

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.

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.

Lit Mag Covers :: Picks of the Week – November 6, 2023

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!

deLuge online literary arts journal summer 2023 cover image

deLuge online literary arts journal is devoted to the creativity that arises from dreams and the deeply felt/experienced life. The Summer 2023 issue cover art is by Eric Lunde (Old Early Script), whose work is also featured inside along with other asemic and vispo contributors.

The Elevation Review Fall 2023 cover image

Fall 2023 The Elevation Review, “Black as the Ocean,” celebrates poets of color, exploring contemporary verse “that resonates like waves, powerful and unrelenting.”

The Twin Bill Issue 13 cover image

The Twin Bill quarterly online literary journal dedicated to baseball features the work of Sam Williams on the cover of their newest issue, (lucky) Issue 13.


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Lit Mag Covers :: Picks of the Week – October 30, 2023

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!

Prairie Schooner Winter 2022

Cycles and Cyclones (2017) mixed media (burlap, dye, wire) by Nnenna Okore is the colorful cover of Prairie Schooner‘s Winter 2022 issue.

Slightly Foxed Journal Autumn 2023 cover image

There’s so much to appreciate about Slightly Foxed: The Real Reader’s Journal from Britain, the Autumn 2023 cover artist Maxwell Doig’s, “Southwold Rooftops II,” acrylic on canvas on panel, is the perfect invitation.

The Deadlands October 2023 cover image

Of course, at least one Halloween-themed cover would be nice, and that honor goes to The Deadlands, a monthly online zine about death. Cover image by inkshark.


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Lit Mag Covers :: Picks of the Week – October 16, 2023

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!

The Healing Muse Fall 2023 cover image

Raoul P. Brosseau’s work, Le Protecteur, blends summer and fall on the newest cover of The Healing Muse: A Journal of Literary & Visual Art (Fall 2023) published by SUNY Upstate Medical University’s Center for Bioethics & Humanities.

Copper Nickel Fall 2023 cover image

Hailing from the University of Colorado, Denver, the fall 2023 issue of Copper Nickel features a collage of woven inkjet prints on Hahnemuhle bamboo paper, Hahnemuhle rice paper, beeswax, and artist tape entitled Charles, 2022 by Sarah Sense.

petrichor issue 23 cover image

Issue 23 of the online poetry journal petrichor is dedicated to the memory of Catherine Vidler and features the work of experimental writer and visual poet Andrew Brenza on the cover.


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Lit Mag Covers :: Picks of the Week – September 18, 2023

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!

CutBank Literary Magazine issue 99 cover image

Celebrating fifty years of publication this year, the newest issue of CutBank Literary Magazine (99) is their “First Ever Indigenous Writers’ Issue,” and features Red-Winged Blackbird Council by John Pepion on the cover.

Mid-American Review 42.1 cover image

Dawn Zinz’s work on the cover of Mid-American Review (42.1) is just so danged adorable with its mixture of digital collage using dried and pressed flowers – with more characters on the back that can’t help but make readers smile.

Grain Magazine 2023 cover image

It’s wonderful to see another literary magazine reach its 50th year of publication, and to celebrate, the colorful work of artist Claire Desjardins greets readers on the cover of this special 2023 issue of Grain Magazine.

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Lit Mag Covers :: Picks of the Week – September 11, 2023

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!

Geist issue 123 cover image

This long-running Canadian publication of ideas and culture, Geist #123 holds an array of content that readers will be drawn to thanks to the cover digital collage, It’s a Different Kind of Cold, 2021, by Nicole Holloway.

Virginia Quarterly Review Spring Summer 2023 cover image

Virginia Quarterly Review is a force to be reckoned with every issue, and this Spring/Summer 2023 is no exception, featuring “The Queens of Queen City,” a longform photo documentary by Michael Snyder accompanied by an essay by Rae Garringer.

Breakwater Literary Magazine Issue 34 cover image

This photograph by Jessamyn Violet made me look more than twice and is just a sample of the full portfolio of her work, Venice Beach Double Exposures, which readers can enjoy in the 2023 issue of Breakwater Literary Magazine.


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Lit Mag Covers :: Picks of the Week – August 28, 2023

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!

Epiphany Summer 2023 cover image

Sprinkler by Deanna Dikeman on the Summer 2023 cover of Epiphany is the quintessential image of the season and brought back many wonderful childhood memories.

Sugar House Review Summer 2023 cover image

I got into a stare-down with the Sugar House Review Summer 2023 cover image octopus and lost when I decided I’d rather look inside at all the great new poetry.

Michigan Quarterly Review Summer 2023 cover image

As a Michigander, this Michigan Quarterly Review Summer 2023 cover definitely speaks to me on many levels as well as fascinates my artistic appreciation with the mix of oil, acrylic, gouache, ink, marker, and graphite on paper by Andrea Carlson. The work, Future Cache, is currently part of an exhibit by the same name showing at the University of Michigan Museum of Art. The 40-foot tall memorial wall commemorates the Cheboiganing (Burt Lake) Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians violently burned from their land in Northern Michigan on October 15, 1900. Visit the UMMA for more information.


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Lit Mag Covers :: Picks of the Week – August 21, 2023

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!

Pembroke Magazine 2023 cover image

Artist Fran De Anda’s work is front and back on the 2023 annual issue of Pembroke Magazine. The Magician of Roots (2022) seen here is oil and gold leaf on canvas and is utterly mesmerizing.

Brick 111 cover image

Continuing with the ‘gold’ theme, the image on the front cover of Brick 111 is a detail of Zhang Xiaogang’s Light No. 5, 2022, oil on canvas.

Pulp Literature Summer 2023 cover image

PULP Literature covers are always a unique blend of classy, classic, and surreal. Their summer 2023 issue features the painting Dreaming Underwater by Claire Lawrence.


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Lit Mag Covers :: Picks of the Week – August 14, 2023

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!

Notre Dame Review Winter/Spring 2023 cover image

“Grave New World” is the theme of Notre Dame Review‘s Winter/Spring 2023 issue with cover art, Invasion, ink on paper (2021) by Isabella Castellane.

Freefall Spring 2023 cover image

Mask by photographer Martins Deep draws readers into the Spring 2023 issue of Freefall: Canada’s Magazine of Exquisite Writing.

Five Points 22.1 cover image

Cynthia Farnell’s vibrantly rich photography adorns the cover of Five Points 22.1 and is featured in full color inside the journal as well.


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Lit Mag Covers :: Picks of the Week – August 7, 2023

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!

Image Summer 2023 cover image

Image Summer 2023 cover features work by British artist Jake Lever, who installs his gilded “soul boats” in ancient churches. More of his work can be seen inside the publication as well as on Image‘s website.

The Georgia Review Summer 2023 issue cover image

The front and back cover of the Summer 2023 issue of The Georgia Review features detail from plumb and fathom (2022) by Las Hermana Iglesias, whose work is also featured in this issue.

The Massachusetts Review Summer 2023 cover image

The cover image of the Summer 2023 issue of The Massachusetts Review features this untitled detail photograph of James Baldwin “in and around Istanbul, Turkey, c. 1968, part of the exhibit God Made My Face: A Collective Portrait of James Baldwin curated by Hilton Als at the Mead Art Museum – selections of which are featured inside this issue as well.


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Lit Mag Covers :: Picks of the Week – July 31, 2023

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!

Black Warrior Review Spring/Summer 2023 cover image

Cover artist Aris Moore won my imagination with this Spring/Summer 2023 cover image for Black Warrior Review: “Her work explores contradictions of strength and vulnerability, and attraction and repulsion, to create beings that are simultaneously awkward and unbelievable, yet familiar.”

Fourteen Hills Issue 29 2023 cover image

From the SFSU Dept. of Creative Writing, Fourteen Hills Issue 29 (2023) features “Lost in the Grandeur” by Jewel Rodriguez.

Room Issue 46.2 cover art

Room issue 46.2 features their 2022 contest winners for short forms, fiction, poetry, CNF, and cover art. This seemingly whimsical work by semillites hernández velasco, Ghost No More, is from a poignant series of self-portraits exploring the artist’s demand for visibility while not being “ready to be fully seen.”


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Lit Mag Covers :: Picks of the Week – July 24, 2023

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!

Catamaran Summer 2023 cover image

Catamaran is the kind of publication that makes me say “gorgeous” out loud just by looking at it. Equally well-designed inside and out, the Summer 2023 cover features Orchid with Limes, oil on panel, 2023, by Pamela Carroll.

Arkansas Review April 2023 cover image

I’m mesmerized by the layers of light and depth of color captured in Sierra Tribbet-Collins’ photograph Little Rock Evening Sky on the April 2023 cover of Arkansas Review: A Journal of Delta Studies.

Seneca Review Spring 2023 cover image

From Hobart and William Smith Colleges, the Spring 2023 covert art of Seneca Review doesn’t pop with color but it mesmerizes with geometrical design and depth – Signs I by Nicholas H. Ruth.

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Lit Mag Covers :: Picks of the Week – July 17, 2023

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!

The Cincinnati Review Spring 2023 cover image

The Spring 2023 issue of The Cincinnati Review features cover art by Tina Williams Brewer, detail from I Come from a Long Line of Big Boned Black Women, 2002, fabric with mixed media. Inside includes a portfolio of her work as well as an artist statement. Writers might like to know about the special section of “Craft review of ‘unreasonably good’ writing.” Lots to enjoy in this issue.

Conjunctions 80 cover image

“Ways of Water” is the theme for issue 80 of Conjunctions biannual print journal, with hypnotizing cover art, Consortium, 2021, oil on linen by Elliott Green.

Southern Poetry Review 60.2 cover image

Founded in 1958, Southern Poetry Review is the “second oldest poetry journal in the region,” and remains fresh and relevant with each new issue. “Night Heron” (2021) is the cover image by filmmaker, writer, and photographer Kayla Bell.


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Lit Mag Covers :: Picks of the Week – July 10, 2023

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!

Your Impossible Voice Spring 2023 cover image

Your Impossible Voice nonprofit online lit mag takes its name from “Phrases” by Arthur Rimbaud, “Bind yourself to us with your impossible voice, your voice! sole soother of this vile despair.” Issue 28 (Spring 2023) cover art is “A Different Recollection Than Yours” by Edward Lee.

86 Logic Issue 9 cover image

86 Logic Issue 9 is a print publication with sleek graphic design for both text and art throughout. The cover was commissioned from artist Tom Liesegang, whose work and an interview are included inside as well.

Yolk Literary Magazine Summer 2023 cover image

Montreal-based Yolk Literary Magazine publishes Canadian artists in print as well as offers unique online content. The cover art for their Summer 2023 issue is by Sophie Edell and captures a quintessential image of summer.


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Lit Mag Covers :: Picks of the Week – July 3, 2023

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!

45th Parallel Summer 2023

Managed and edited by MFA student volunteers from the Oregon State University’s School of Writing, Literature, and Film in Corvallis, the Summer 2023 issue of 45th Parallel features the compelling collage work of belle dorcas.

Louisiana Literature 40.1 cover image

Birds are a favorite subject, especially when captured so candidly in their natural environment, as on this latest issue of Louisiana Literature. Photo credit: Norman German.

Zeniada Summer 2023 cover image

Zeniada online magazine publishes “poetry that TALKS HARD and art that CURLS the floorboards like smoke billowing from the mouth of a small god,” which includes this cover art Feast of Eden by Cheo Kojima.


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Lit Mag Covers :: Picks of the Week – June 26, 2023

We are reviving an old favorite blog feature that originally ran from 2013-2019. This post recognizes cover art and designs for literary magazines, whether in print or online. These are chosen solely at the discretion of the Editor. Enjoy!

Image 116 cover image

Native Northwest sculptor Preston Singletary has created an entire exhibit of glasswork featuring the trickster-hero in Raven and the Box of Daylight, and this issue of Image (116) spotlights Singletary’s work on the cover as well as with Mischa Willett’s article, “Shape-Shifter: The Native American Iconography of Preston Singletary.”

Jabberwork Review Winter Spring 2023 cover image

Hailing from Mississippi State University, this cover image of the Winter/Spring 2023 Jabberwock Review makes the seventh for artist Katie Starplier and her graphic designer accomplice Sam LeVan.

Hanging Loose 113 cover image

Harley Elliott is the cover artist for the most recent issue as well as having a full-color art portfolio inside the newest issue of Hanging Loose (113).


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Lit Mag Covers :: Picks of the Week – June 19, 2023

We are reviving an old favorite blog feature that originally ran from 2013-2019. This post recognizes cover art and designs for literary magazines, whether in print or online. These are chosen solely at the discretion of the Editor. Enjoy!

Booth 18 cover image

Publishing new material online on the first Friday of every month, Booth also releases two print issues a year. Issue 18 cover art is “Bald Eagle” by Kelcey Parker Ervick.

Indiana Review Winter 2023 cover art

Kudos to Indiana Review for their redesign – both inside and out – the Winter 2023 issue featuring cover art by Corey Pemberton entitled “TT, I’m so done with you.”

New Ohio Review issue 32 cover image

Issue 32 of New Ohio Review features Jesse Lee Kercheval’s playful, colorful, and highly textured “The Kiss” watercolor on paper.


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Lit Mag Covers :: Picks of the Week

prism international

Quite simply, I can’t stop looking at this cover image for the summer 2019 issue of Prism International. From the series “Other Other” by mixed media artist Gio Swaby.

sonder review

Given the events of the past week, this cover image on the Summer 2019 issue of The Sonder Review pretty much sums up how my head feels. Richard Vyse is the artist of “Torn Night.”

glassworks

“Frozen Flowers 3” by Nicoletta Poungias is featured on the Spring 2019 cover of Glassworks, a publication of the Master of Arts in Writing at Rowan University, located in Glassboro – go figure – New Jersey.

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sequestrum 20

Alex “Queen of Double Eyes” Garant is the featured artist for issue 20 of Sequestrum: Journal of Literature and Art. Unique to Sequestrum is their mission “to be an affordable, sustainable home to quality literature. Rather than charge a set sticker price per issue, we offer a unique, pay-what-you-can subscription format.”

seneca review spring 2019

The Spring 2019 issue of Seneca Review features cover art by Edie Fake, whose “paintings start as self-portraits, and from there, they make a break for it, referencing elements of the trans and non-binary body through pattern, color and architectural metaphor.”

haydens ferry review

“Intersectionality Of My Sadness & Beauty” a 2017 acrylic and aerosol on wood by Jeff Slim is featured on the Spring/Summer 2019 issue cover of Hayden’s Ferry Review, themed “Magic.”

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west marin review

There’s something both innocent and haunting about this image, Binary Traces Young Girl  by Lia Cook, on the 2019 cover of West Marin Review.

water stone review

“Bodies Worth Defending” is the theme of Water~Stone Review Volume 21, and is clearly expressed in this cover photograph by Kwon Healin.

calyx

“Solo #4” by Leah Kosh is featured on the Winter/Spring 2019 cover of Calyx: A Journal of Art and Literature by Women, which has been running uninterrupted since its inception in 1976. 

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poetry sept

Armando Veve is the cover artist featured on the September 2019 issue of POETRY magazine. Poetry + tote bag lovers = you can get this same design on a tote bag with your subscription or renewal to POETRY

creative nonfiction

It’s actually the tag lines on the cover of Creative Nonfiction #71 that landed it here: “Let’s talk about SEX: 5 tips for better sex (writing); Make it last : the art of the long sentence; The eroticism of essaying.”

gettysburg review

Catherine Mackey is the featured artists, both on the cover (Alcatraz Sink No. 1, oil and mixed media on wood panel), and with a full-color portfolio inside the Spring 2019 issue of The Gettysburg Review.

 

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massachusetts review

Sorry coulrophobics, and pretty much anyone creeped out by clowns, but this still from Kate Durbin’s portrayal of “the trickster figure of the clown and white box of the Facebook timeline” in her short film Unfriend Me Now! (2018) is just one of many images also included in the Summer 2019 issue of The Massachusetts Review.

parhelion

Such an iconic image of summer on the cover of Parhelion #5. This photo by Anne Eastman is one of many featured in her portfolio in this issue. Read her artist’s statement to learn about her approach to photography, which includes evenings dancing as as “Little Miss Funshine” at the Fantasy Bikini Club in LA.

court green

Court Green Summer 2019 made me laugh out loud: images of Elizabeth Taylor are used to link to each writer on the publication’s home page. Other publications commonly use the writers’ photos here, but Court Green’s spin on that is hilarious. Since moving from print to online, this use of themed circles has become their hallmark.

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georgia review

Toyin Ojih Odutola is the featured artist on the cover and inside the Summer 2019 issue of The Georgia Review. Odutola is “a visual artist consumed by the literary. Her drawings of figures are often cloaked in narrative allusions, and the build-up of marks on the page becomes a language which can be read.” The introduction and portfolio of her work can be seen here.

basalt

Rise, an archival ink jet print of a portrait of Lauren Schad of the Cheyenne River Lakota tribe by photographer Leah Rose is featured on the 13.1 2019 cover of basalt. Leah Rose is a Native American artist of the Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa tribe who writes, “Reconnecting with my Anishinaabe heritage has become my calling.” See more about her and her work here.

hiram poetry review

Editorial Assistant Danni Lynn McDonald is credited for the clever photo on the Spring 2019 Hiram Poetry Review cover: each reader holding a back issue of the publication to their face. Exactly how I found myself moments later, engrossed in my reading!

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 benning review

“White Cosmonaut” by Jeremy Geddes is featured on the cover of the newest issue of Bennington Review (#6), themed “Kissing the Future.” While in print, they offer selections that can be read online here.

thema spring 2019

“New Neighbors” was the call for the Spring 2019 issue of Thema, appropriately enough, since spring brings the squirrels out of their winter hidey holes. Cover photo by Kathleen Gunton.

american literary review

Portraits of “lonely people, people with questions that cannot be answered, those who make terrible mistakes, people who do not love themselves and will not survive within their own stories” by poet and artist Melissa Cundieff are featured in the Spring 2019 American Literary Review online.

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pembroke

Chicken God  by Alexander Grigoriev – you simply can’t look away from this cover of Pembroke Magazine (#51).

southern humanities review

Who doesn’t love a technicolor embroidered bat? Little Werewolves with Wings  by Danielle Clough captures our attention for Southern Humanities Review (52.1). 

massachusetts review 60 1

The artwork of Toyin Ojih Odutola (What Her Daughter Sees ) is featured on the cover and with a full-color portfolio inside of the Spring 2019 issue of The Massachusetts Review.

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main street rag

This lovely cover of The Main Street Rag Winter 2019 just about sums it up for us here in Michigan.

carve winter 2019

Keeping with the winter theme, work by Justin Burks of Birdhouse Branding captivates viewers with this Winter 2019 cover of Carve.

missouri review winter 2018

It took me a moment to get this one on the Winter 2018 cover of The Missouri Review, but LOL when I did. “Comet’s Peeping Tom” comes from the Plastic Life  series by Vincent Bousserez.

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plume

Steven Shore’s: South of Klamath Falls, U.S. 97, Oregon, July 21, 1973, from Uncommon Places draws readers into the December 2018 issue of Plume, online contemporary poetry.

high desert journal

Kim Matthews Wheaton is the featured artist on the cover of High Desert Journal no. 27 and with a full portfolio of work available to view online in this issue.

concho

Again with the Concho River Review (Fall/Winter 2018) because, again, the cover image is gorgeous, while at the same time, a reminder of the dangerous power of nature. Tim L. Vasquez of Untamed Photography is becoming the most regularly featured artist for this column, and rightly so.

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ragazinecc

The Nov-Dec 2018 issue of Ragazine.CC online features Mariana Yampolsky’s “Caress,” a photo from the TIME OF CHANGE November exhibit at Throckmorton Fine Art. Ragazine.CC published the essay from the show guide along with several photos and an interview with Gallerist and Collector Spencer Throckmorton by Graciela Kartofel. See it all here.

junto 3

Art Editor Andrew Marshall is the photographer who captured this chilly but beautiful image on the cover of the December 2018 online issue of Junto Magazine.

boiler ss2018

The Spring/Summer 2018 issue of The Boiler online features this stunning photo from “Red Queen” by Olivia Evaldson. More of her work can be seen here.

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cimarron review summer 2018Mary A. Johnson’s “Staurozoanastic Cavity” (2017) is featured on the cover of the Summer 2018 Cimarron Review. This unique work is composed of Emperor rice dye, logwood/bloodwood dyed paper, aerosol paint, inkjet prints on rice paper, rhinestones, aluminum shavings, acrylic medium, and pen, on paper. See more of her work here.

macguffin

Nancy Scott is equally well known for her collage as she is her poetry. Schoolcraft College’s The MacGuffin Fall 2018 issue showcases her “Still Life with Books.” See more of her work here.

gargoyle

It seems ‘collage’ is this week’s theme, finishing out with “House” by Star Black on the cover of Gargoyle 68.

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fiddlehead

The Fiddlehead Summer 2018 poetry issue features, appropriately, “Waning Summer Light, 2017,” oil on canvas by Sonya Mahnic.

alaska quarterly review

Kodiak, Alaska-based photographer and writer Marion Owen‘s photo on the Summer/Fall 2018 issue of Alaska Quarterly Review is a stunning capture of the Pacific blood star on a bed of kelp.

copper nickel

 Which transitions nicely to the Fall 2018 cover of Copper Nickel, with Milk & Honey pigment print on 100% rag paper by Kristen Hatgi Sink. Inside, this issue features fourteen poets from Ireland and the UK.

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gettysburg review summer 2018

The Gettysburg Review Summer 2018 features artwork by William Fisk on the cover and inside with a full-color portfolio. The oil on canvas subjects come from “machines and other seemingly permanent objects of modern and post-modern industrial culture.”

rattle 61

Rattle poetry magazine issue 61 features “Looking into the Future,” a digital montage by Thomas Terceira. This work was created “by scanning Victorian engravings and combining and colorizing them in Photoshop. It is part of a series inspired by Max Ernst’s surrealistic collages.” See more of Terceira’s work here.

lime hawk 12

Featuring fiction, nonfiction, poetry, art, photography, cross-genre, and reviews, Lime Hawk 12 cover art is Caotiche Comprensioni  by Paolo Di Rosa. See more of his work here, where “the central theme running throughout his work is the human figure immersed in a non-place, externalising dreamlike and introspective projections; setting the stage for an intimate dialogue between feeling and reality.”

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cut bank 88

There’s something just quintessentially summer about the Cut Bank 88 cover, with artwork by David Miles Lusk, “Beach Snack.” Indeed!

main street rag summer 2018

The Main Street Rag Summer 2018 cover continues the summer theme – at least for us here in Michigan, motorcycles are not year-round. Photo by Editor M. Scott Douglass.

able muse summer 2018

And, perhaps a farewell to summer, this beautiful photograph on the cover of the summer 2018 issue of Able Muse: A Review of Poetry, Prose & Art, “Young Dragon’s Flight” by Anja Osenberg, is just one of the works for this issue’s featured art, “A Flight Theme.”

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poetry cover sept 2018

I can’t look a the cover of the September 2018 issue of Poetry Magazine without the intro riff to “All Along the Watchtower” by Jimi Hendrix cuing up in my head. Sweetly enough, the inside front cover features a tribute quote from Donald Hall (1928-2018): “The world is everything and that is the case. / Now stop your blubbering and wash your face.” (Poetry, February 1979)

true story issue 20

Keeping with colors, I love how Issue 20 of True Story: 6’3″ Man with Doritos by Matthew Clark is actually the color the cheesy Doritos dust leaves stuck to your fingers long after eating them (illustration by Lucy Engelman). So, no problem munching on a bag while you read this issue!

missouri review

The Missouri Review Summer 2018 cover features the unique photography of Libby Oliver from the Soft Shells series. Visit her website, and check out the Sidewalk Series – slightly disturbing but mostly funny as hell.

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malahat review

“Regret” by Shary Boyle featured on the cover of The Malahat Review is a unique porcelain sculpture, china paint, horse and synthetic hair, and velvet (2015). See more of Boyle’s work here.

meadow truckee community college

I love the fairy tale aura of Wes Lee’s “Day 242” on the cover of 2018 issue of The Meadow from Truckee Meadows Community College, as well as the magazine’s new logo design.

macguffin

I’m a sucker for a good old-fashioned fisheye lens, and luckily, The MacGuffin‘s own nonfiction editor, Michael Dyke doubles as a photographer, providing this view of Belle Isle Aquarium, Detroit, Michigan for the Spring 2018 cover.

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georgia review

Poet, teacher and visual artist Truong Tran’s works are featured in the Spring 2018 issue of The Georgia Review. In addition to a full color portfolio inside, “Lost Poem #3” is featured on the cover.

colorado review

The Colorado Review cover photo by Brian Holland is luscious, and even more so when viewed full spread with the entire night-lit bridge in the background.

michigan quarterly review

And a final splash of red and summer with “Picnic, Long Island, New York” by Ralph Gibson on the cover of the Summer 2018 issue of Michigan Quarterly Review.

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american poetry review

Regular readers of The American Poetry Review will be exicted to see the new cover design starting with the July/August 2018 issue. We love it here at NewPages World Headquaters! Nicely done APR!

nimrod

Diversity and the Arts is the theme of the Spring/Summer 2018 issue of Nimrod International Journal, featuring “Tree of Life,” a gorgeous canvas, acrylic paint, composition leaf and embroidery piece by the Tulsa Girls Art School: “an afterschool, social service program that uses art as a vehicle to reach girls.” 

louisville review

“Cedar Waxwing,” a photo by AJ Reinhart, draws readers to this Spring 2018 issue of The Louisville Review. Check out more of his nature photography and artwork here.

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three elements

Each issue of 3Elements publishes works that respond to three words for that issue. The Summer 2018 issue words were Jazz, Cradle, Recluse. Gregg Chadwick’s artwork “Jazz Life (Central Avenue)” is the featured cover image.

river teeth

The cover image of River Teeth: A Journal of Nonfiction Narrative is, appropriately, a sunset photo by David FitzSimmons, ushering out nineteen years of publishing as the journal heads into their twentieth anniversary!

salamander

“Lotus III” by Colette Brésilla is the unique oil on canvas art for the cover of the Spring/Summer 2018 issue of Salamander (#46).

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This week’s covers are from some of the many Alternative Magazines we have listed at NewPages as a reminder of this useful resource for both reading and submitting writing.

earth island journal

Earth Island Journal combines investigative journalism and thought-provoking essays that make the subtle but profound connections between the environment and other contemporary issues. Writers guidelines here.

feminist studies

The focus of Feminist Studies 44.1 (2018) is life writing and new approaches to studying women’s autobiographies, including Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, Gertrude Stein, Kamal Das, Gayle Rubin and Judith Butler, as well as works by Estelle Carol, Alexandra Ketchum, Olga Zilberbourg, Corey Hickner-Johnson, Hiliary Chute, and Ashwini Tambe. Submissions guidelines here.

progressive

The Progressive is a journalistic voice for peace and social justice at home and abroad, steadfastly opposing militarism, the concentration of power in corporate hands, the disenfranchisement of the citizenry, poverty, and prejudice in all its guises. Writers guidelines here.

parabola

One of my favorites, Parabola is published quarterly by the Society for the Study of Myth and Tradition, a non-profit, non-denominational, educational organization. Each issue devotes 128 highly illustrated pages to a universal theme. Submission guidelines here.

humanist

The Humanist magazine applies humanism — a natural and democratic outlook informed by science, inspired by art, and motivated by compassion — to broad areas of social and personal concern in pursuit of alternative ideas. Writers guidelines here.

funny times

And we all need to retain our ability to laugh and bring humor into our days. The Funny Times helps us fulfill this need as America’s longest-running ad-free monthly humor publication in a newspaper format. 

 

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catamaran spring 2018

Roland Petersen‘s “American Bathers, 2017” on the cover of Spring 2018 Catamaran captures the essence of summer; this publication belongs in every beach tote and travel bag to take along on your summer adventures!

ragazine

Ragazine.CC May/June 2018 celebrates the work of Alison McCauley with photographs from her Cannes Film Festival collection as well as an interview by Jean-Paul Gavard-Perret.

one

“Becoming” by Steven DaLuz is the ethereal artwork featured on the cover of the newest issue of One, an online magazine of poetry.

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 pembroke

Happy Anniversary to Pembroke Magazine celebrating its 50th issue with this lovely acrylic on canvas, “Couple” by Mahirwan Mamtani.

subprimal poetry

The cover of the online Subprimal Poetry issue 11.0 is “Blissful Deletion” by Willow Margarita Schafer, about which the artist comments: “I wanted to try and visually depict what nothingness feels like on a human level: a sort of calm fragmentation that is very hard to shake.”

concho river review

Untamed Photography by Tim L. Vasquez is becoming a regular here with his stunning cover images, this time on the Spring/Summer 2018 issue of Concho River Review.

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massachusetts review

“Percy Lightfoot, Star Pupil, Trent School, 2017” by Amy Johnquest is featured on the cover of The Masachusetts Review Spring 2018 issue in addition to a full-color portfolio of her work inside.

hanging loose

Hanging Loose 109 features a full-color art portfolio by Elizabeth Hershon as well as “Dreams” on the cover.

into the void

Into the Void issue 8.2 (2018) is one that required a double take with “Blindness: Study #0” by Pedro Aires, “A young architect from Portugal interested in experiementing with mulitiple creative processes.”

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gettysburg review

The Gettysburg Review Spring 2018 features the fun funky mixed media collage of Margaret Rizzio both on the cover and a full-color internal portfolio. 

glimmer train

I love this Glimmer Train #102 cover image of fresh fruits. Though not the kind of tropical fruit we see here in Michigan, this makes me look forward to summer farmers markets. Cover art: “I Miss My Mother” by Jane Zwinger.

cimarron review

The bright sunshine adds to the summery feel of “White Door Bird” by Toni La Ree Bennett, a photo that spans both the front and back covers of the Winter 2018 Cimarron Review.

 

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new england review

Monolith by Jeanne Borofsky on the cover of Volume 29 Number 1 2018 welcomes readers to the party celebrating New England Review‘s forty years of publication.

hotel amerika

Kourtney Roy‘s pouting princess portrait entitled “Mythology” from autopotraits I is an intriguing cover choice for Hotel Amerika‘s Spring 2018 issue.

ndr

Croatian-born artist Moondrusannah’s artwork, featured in the online 8.1 issue of New Delta Review, is from her Illustrated Dreams Diary, of which she says, “Any clue to What Girls Really Dream About? I’m just starting to find that out myself, and I like what I see.”

 

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thema spring 2018

Thema‘s cover photo for their Spring 2018 issue is “Question the Answer” by Kathleen Gunton, appropriately fitting for the theme: “Is There a Word for That?” Perhaps not a word, but a beautiful image instead. Upcoming themes in search of submissions: “Where’s the food truck?” (July 1) and “The critter in the attic” (November 1).

georgia review

 The cover and internal art portfolio of Georgia Review‘s Winter 2017 issue features a very different kind of garden life by sculptor Toshihiko Mitsuya: Aluminum. “Far from static,” Mitsuya says of his medium, “it takes on the feelings of its surroundings – the wind, the light an the hands that touch it.As a material, aluminum starts in a huge factory and ends in something precious yet transitive: the installation reclaims an industrial material back to nature.”

kaleidoscope

As unique as the vision through the cylindrical optic toy, Kaleidoscope is a publication “exploring the experiene of disability through literature and the arts.” Kristin Gehrmann’s “The Vial Keeper” reflects the Winter/Spring 2018 theme: Life’s Unpredicatbiilty. Now available open access online, readers unfamilar with this journal should defnitely check it out.

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louisville review

Gerald Plain’s photo “Spider Rock, Canyon DeChelly, Arizona” dizzying perspective draws readers into the newest issue of The Louisville Review (#82, Fall 2017). Inside, The Children’s Corner features high school sophomore Haemaru Chung’s poem “Waking Up.”

cherry tree

Looking forward to summer, I enjoy this cover image (also a bit dizzying) on issue four of Cherry Tree national literary journal published out of Washington College: “Children Running in Backlight (Dozza, Italy)” by Claudio Cricca.

writing disorder

The Art of Miss Fluff is featured in the Winter 2017-2018 issue of The Writing Disorder, and online quarterly of new and emerging writers and artists. Fluff is “an enchanting design brand created by artist, Claudette Barjoud.”