Assignment: Literary Journal Review

For this assignment, review literary journal listings on, Writers Market, or and identify 10 undergraduate literary journals where you might want to submit your work. Or, if you write in a particular genre, identify 10 magazines that publish your genre. Of these 10, choose 4 to investigate in depth.


Step 1: Review the Journals

Once you have identified 4 publications, review the websites of each journal to see if they post sample stories, poems, and creative nonfiction online. If so, read sample fiction from the most recent issues (published in the last 2-3 years). You needn’t read every single story. Your task is to get a feel for the journals, enough so that you can (1) compile a profile of each of them and (2) identify some current trends. Your goal is to get a general feel for the journal or magazine and a feel for the writing currently being published.


Step 2: Profile the Journals

Write at least 1 single-spaced page for each journal. Begin by describing your method for selecting each publication. What criteria did you use? What attracted you to this journal over the many others? What stands out about it? et cetera. Then provide information such as: When was it founded? What is it’s circulation? Cost of subscription? How many issues published per year? What genres/ types of work does it publish? Is there a word limit for submissions? When do they accept submissions? Are there any fees to submit something? Are there any yearly contests you can enter? How do you submit—online, through the mail? How many pieces do they publish in each issue on average? Can you tell whether they publish previously unpublished authors?