Support for literary magazines is crucial. Here is a short sampling of some of the literary magazines I’m familiar with:
Glimmer Train is a literary magazine that publishes quarterly. The magazine publishes strictly short stories and each issue is approximately 200 pages. Each issue comes with a bookmark to mark your place in the event you have to put it down before you’ve finished reading. The covers are colorful and each story includes a childhood picture of the author, with a personal comment from the author about the picture’s importance–an aspect of the magazine I really enjoy reading.
In addition to their magazine, they also publish a quarterly newsletter Writers Ask, a great little resource for both serious writers and readers of literary fiction. It’s been a while since I’ve gotten this, but I just signed up for a new subscription, and I plan on keeping each issue in a binder.
Glimmer Train also has a free bulletin. A sample is here and if you want to sign up for it, scroll to the bottom of the home page. This bulletin is well-worth reading–it contains essays from established authors, news on the latest contests, and other informative information. It’s always free, so there’s no reason not to sign up for this valuable resource. From the last issue: Allison Amend’s letter to her younger writing self.
Here is information on regular submissions or contests. Glimmer Train pays both contest winners and those chosen for publication in their magazine.
Slice is a literary magazine based in Brooklyn, New York. Slice publishes poetry, short fiction, and nonfiction. It is a paying magazine, and is published twice a year. Their next reading period is June 1-August 1; guidelines are here. Issues are well-put together–in content and in physical appearance. Each issue is substantial–this magazine just feels good in your hands. My favorites are the author interviews and the fiction, but I find myself reading each issue cover to cover.
The Slice and Dice section contains an interview of author Eric Larson (The Devil in the White City, In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin); a weekly podcast, Encounters in Publishing-short essays on the publishing world, (check out the sidebar for Encounters in a Bookstore); and information on their conference and New York City events.
Those are just some of my favorites. Feel free to add your favorite literary magazine in the comments section.