literary journal

Announcing the Longlist for the PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award for Nonfciton
  • Drinking in America: Our Secret History (Twelve/Hachette Book Group), Susan Cheever 
  • Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City (Crown/Penguin Random House), Matthew Desmond 
  • White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America (Viking/Penguin Random House), Nancy Isenberg 
  • Strangers Drowning: Impossible Idealism, Drastic Choices, and the Urge to Help (Penguin Books/Penguin Random House), Larissa MacFarquhar
  • The Blood at the Root: A Racial Cleansing in America (W.W. Norton & Company), Patrick Phillips 
  • Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic (Bloomsbury), Sam Quinones 
  • The Other Slavery: The Uncovered Story of Indian Enslavement in America (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), Andrés Reséndez
  • The Train to the Crystal City: FDR’s Secret Prisoner Exchange Program and America’s Only Family Internment Camp During World War II (Scribner/Simon & Schuster), Jan Jarboe Russell 
  • Children of Paradise: The Struggle for the Soul of Iran (Riverhead Books/Penguin Random House), Laura Secor 
  • Bad News: Last Journalists in a Dictatorship (Doubleday/Penguin Random House), Anjan Sundaram 

Click here to read the full list of longlisted titles for the 2017 PEN America Literary Awards. 

whiskeyburntbuildings  asked:

How long have you been writing poetry? When did you decide to get a tumblr?

I started writing poetry “professionally” towards the end of 2015, which was when I also got a writing tumblr!

But if you’re asking how long I’ve been writing in general, I started when I was 14, with fan fiction. It was September 2015 that I abandoned writing fan fiction due to a rape threat by someone in the Haikyuu!! anime fandom, and decided to to write poetry for literary journals instead. So I guess in technical terms I’ve been a poet for about a year, although I’ve been writing without official recognition for much longer.

Rainbow Rumpus magazine Needs Kids’ LGBT-Themed Stories - Pays $300/story

Rainbow Rumpus, an online literary magazine for children and youth with LGBT parents, is reviewing children’s and young adult fiction stories for forthcoming issues. The magazine imparts a wholesome, enjoyable, and inspiring resource for young people to create and appreciate art, overcome solitude, and become more active to build a better community.

Editor-in-Chief Liane Bonin Starr, the person in charge of submissions, welcomes stories from the viewpoint of kids or teenagers with LGBT parents or other family members

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Women Writers Needed to Submit Dark Fiction Stories for Mantid Magazine - Pays $25/story

Mantid Magazine is curating dark fiction stories from women writers for the Summer 2016 issue. The publication celebrates modern weird storytelling created by writers and artists of diverse backgrounds, including socially-disadvantaged groups in society.

The editors have received enough poetry, but still need stories in the following categories:

  • Horror
  • Avant-garde
  • Experimental
  • Dark Fantasy
  • Dark Fairy Tales
  • Dark Science Fiction
  • Magic Realism
  • Surrealism

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Attention Artists!

My University is currently working on publishing their annual literary journal, Metonym. We are in the beginning processes of creating this journal. Completing and publishing this work requires many different people doing different jobs as a collective. 

My job is contacting artists who would like their work featured in the literary journal. That’s where you come in!

If you’d like your art used in the final publication of Metonym, contact me as soon as possible, and if you have some art on your blog or a webpage, i can show your art to the rest of the team and we’d be happy to use your art to make the literary journal something that people will really enjoy! 

This is a great opportunity for any level of artist who wants to see the process of a publication or would like to see their art as a part of something bigger!

If you are interested in any way or have questions, please contact me via my ask box (off anonymous please)

This beautiful book by the equally as beautiful, Scherezade Siobhan, viperslang, will be explored in depth by the King, howitzerliterarysociety, in the first publication of South Jersey Review

Using a journalistic lens, our team is looking to further illuminate one of Tumblr’s most influential poets, the motif to her collection, and more. To get prepped for the review, make sure you grab a copy of Bone Tongue here.

Also, we are still looking for hi-quality contributions in poetry, art & photography. Yes. We are accepting previously published work too. Just make sure it’s your absolute best. For a full list of submission guidelines, visit

The Rising Phoenix Review: August 2015

Here is a master post with links to all the poems we featured during our August issue. Please support the phenomenal poets we published in this issue by reading their work. We love them. We promise you will too!

  1. A Creation Tale By Emily Palermo 

  2. What We Didn’t Know By Lindsey Hobart

  3. Even Medusa Should Be Loved By Kimberly Siehl

  4. Hey Sexy What’s Your Name By Auriel Haack 

  5. Power Pigs By Fortesa Latifi 

  6. I Spent Twenty-Two Years Trying To Be Nice About It  By Trista Mateer
  7. Back to Basics By Ramna Safeer 

  8. When Survival Does Not Suffice By Darshana Suresh 

  9. Astronomic Feelings By Valentina Thompson 

  10. Punk Rock As A Religious Institution By Jordan Hamilton 

  11. The Nature of Living By Madeleine Christie

  12. Eurydice By Emily Palermo 

  13. How To Tell a Rape Joke By Lindsey Hobart
  14. Equality is a right, not a rarity By Kimberly Siehl 

  15. How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria? By Irene Vazquez 

  16. American Nightmare By Pj Carmichael 

  17. Slow Violence By G.H. Monroe 

  18. PTSD By Jordan Hamilton 

  19. Saffron By Ramna Safeer 

  20. The Harvested Man By W.K Kortas 

  21. 100 Cups of Coffee Later By Kimberly Siehl 

  22. The Sky Misses You Too By Valentina Thompson 

  23. Genesis By Emily Palermo 

  24. Compass By Ramna Safeer 

  25. Last Train Out Of Montmorenci Falls By W.K Kortas 

  26. When I Was 11 I Was A Hollow Girl By Kimberly Siehl

  27. Dear Friends By Jordan Hamilton 

  28. Ajnabi (Foreigner) By Ramna Safeer 

    We are so proud to feature so many talented poets. We love each of them! Please support their writing. Follow their blogs, buy their books. They are all worth your time.

    Peace be with you always,

Looking back, everything is sepia to me now:

the pills, the shaking, the undressing, your neck

in the shadow of the lost night, the pills, your hair

cut over the bathroom sink, the broken front door,

the cigarettes sleeping in the makeshift ashtray, the pills,

your crooked front tooth, the sunset smeared on the windows,

the miles ticking by until the odometer sputtered and choked,

tired of counting how far I would run to catch you, the pills, the pills, the pills,

how young we were, how wild, how tired, how loud
 in our aching,

how insistent the world stop to listen to our hearts smashing against the ground like

glittering pieces of the last mirror we recognized ourselves in.

Guide to Publishing Poetry and Short Stories

My resources on this topic are scattered, so I’m putting them + others all in one place. Finally.

Publishing Books

You can publish a collection of poems as a book or a collection of short stories as a book, but it’s not likely that any of the major publishers (or even agents, which you need to get into those major publishing houses) will take on something like that from a debut author.

Start small. If you’re in school and if your school has a literary magazine of some kind, try to get published in it. Then move on to other literary magazines. Then try for a smaller publisher. It’s important to build up your credentials before you try for the traditional publishing path.

If you don’t want to go to a small press, you can always self-publish. And with self-publishing, the rules are yours. You can do anything.

You can find small presses at the following places:

Publishing Individual Poems and Short Stories

To publish individual stories and poems, go to literary magazines or anthologies. Again, it’s not likely a major publisher will look at your short story for an anthology unless you are an established author. Go to the smaller presses.

You should also try to enter contests. But be careful of scams. Sometimes legit writing contests can lead to publication.

You can find literary magazines here:

Picking Publishers and Magazines

It’s important to make sure your work fits in with whatever magazine or journal you’re submitting to or with whatever publisher you’re approaching. Many journals will only take a certain genre or certain themes. Other times they have different themes for each publication.

Make sure that your work fits in. Read past publications from these small presses and from the journals you’re submitting to.

When you are putting together a collection of poems or short stories, they should “fit together” as well. Sometimes this means having a similar topic or theme. Sometimes this means the styles are similar. Read other short story and poetry collections to get an idea of what other authors have done.


Most literary journals require that you submit a cover letter rather than a query letter.


A lot of writers are concerned with republishing a work that previously appeared in a literary journal. The specifics of what happens with the copyright of your story varies by literary journal.

The rule of thumb is that you can’t publish a poem or short story in more than one literary journal. If two journals accept you, you’ll have to reject one.

Some journals will allow you to republish your work after a certain amount of time has passed. It depends on the journal you’ve submitted to. However, most journals will not accept previously published work.

Just make sure you have the rights to your story before you republish it elsewhere.

Is Your Short Story Publisher-Friendly? 8 Ways To Make It Easier For Editors To Say YES!

These days, it seems everyone—from professional writers to that guy in the coffee shop—is submitting short stories to literary journals. How do you give your short story every possible advantage so that it grabs an editor’s attention? First and foremost, your story should be page-turning terrific. But just as important: Does your short story make it easy for an editor to say, Yes, let’s publish that?

Here are some tips that will make it easier for an editor to give his or her stamp of approval.

The Rising Phoenix Review: March 2016

Reminders of the softness of the world are returning. Residents at our local senior center are planting flowers. New blossoms are emerging from the soil in gardens across Boston. This is the season of blossoming, a time for the rebellious act of growth. We’ve planted a garden in this spirit; its a sanctuary for everyone. Welcome to the March 2016 issue of Rising Phoenix Review. 

  1. Cherry Blossoms By Topaz Winters

  2. Hostility Will Never Hold My Heart By Chloe Aldecoa
  3. I Am He Who Lives By Angelique Evelyn Langlois 

  4. September & All the Things I Should Have Said Sooner By Emily Palermo 

  5. Tattoos By Tanya Azari 

  6. Secondhand Lineage By H. Yenna Kim 

  7. Things We Were Not Told Early Enough By Emma Bleker 

  8. #ZaynLeft1DForISIS By M.J. Pearl 

  9. Love Your Neighbor By Sadie Leigh 

  10. this century is cruel to deities By Sophia Anderson 

  11. Hive/Hope By Hannah T. Rosenthal 

  12. What I Could Never Confess Without Some Bravado By Emily Palermo 

  13. I heard you came home today By Tanya Azari 

  14. A Child Loved By Violence By H. Yenna Kim 

  15. From The Mouths Of The Bees By Emma Bleker 

  16. Your Personal Mythology By Bela Sánchez 

  17. To the Introverts By Cosette Luella 

  18. NUCLEAR WINTER By Sophia Anderson 

  19. Ode to the Dead Girl (Surviving An Eating Disorder in Eight Parts) By Lindsey H. 

  20. the church finds out about the boy who killed himself By sarah kate osborn 

  21. SCARS By Amanda M. Wertz 

  22. Love Poem, Archived By Emma Bleker 


  24. apocalypse By Katherine Fletcher 


  26. Phoenix By sarah kate osborn 

  27. BORN TO By Emma Bleker 

  28. “NO JUSTICE, NO PEACE” By Tanya Azari 

When we speak our narratives with courage and passion, communities can be united. We must rally around the brave poets who share their truths. Please let all of the poets in this issue know they have been heard. Let them know they are loved.