In the last six months, the following seven exciting new literary journals opened their metaphorical doors for the first time. Each magazine has a specific focus and area of interest.
Submitting to new journals is great because the editors tend to have more energy and enthusiasm. They are also more open to new authors or authors with only a small list of past publications.
Of course, new journals don’t have a reputation yet, so there is some risk attached. However, in my experience, the risk is worth it because the reward can be significant.
7 Exciting New Literary Journals
Not all of these journals are currently open to submissions, but the majority are. And before you submit, please make sure you check out the publisher to ensure your work is a good fit. If it is, then send that manuscript off.
Life in the Time
Bee House Journal
They published their first electronic issue this summer, and it is visually beautiful and contains many wonderful poems. They publish once per season and focus on visual art and poetry.
Bee House is submissions for its winter issue starting on November 15, 2020, until December 15. Click here to find out more.
Dreaming in Fiction
They accept short stories and flash fiction from any genre, including cross-genre work. Their upper limit is 3,000 words, and they publish once a week. To view their submission guidelines, click here.
Each poem is printed in a limited run of 100 numbered prints and signed by the author. The print is inserted in a cover sleeve (the size of a 7-inch vinyl), and it features a short quote from the poem in the author’s handwriting and original artwork to accompany it.
It’s easy to get a feel for what they publish by looking at the two previous projects. Their submission guidelines are short and at the bottom of the page.
Boneyard Soup publishes horror, dark fantasy, and nonfiction curated under the title Cabinet of Curiosities. They are a new digital journal and have already successfully run a Kickstarter. They also pay their writers. Click here to find out more.
Skeleton Beetle is a new online literary journal based out of Ontario and New Jersey. They publish a wide range of intriguing writing. To find out more, click here.
They publish fiction and creative nonfiction in the Young Adult genre. They accept manuscripts of up to 6,000 words, and they pay. Click here to find out more.
Good luck to all of you who choose to submit. I’ve got my fingers crossed for you.
And if you are accepted, please let me know! I’d love to read your work and pass it along to a friend.
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