There is something special about seeing your work in a magazine that’s not on a screen, feeling the texture of the paper, the heft of the volume. Here are 6 magazines and anthology series that only publish print editions. Yes, your work may reach fewer people than if it were published online and it won’t be accessible forever (at least not easily), but some writers actually appreciate that fact.
All of the publications on our list are looking for previously unpublished work, accept simultaneous submissions and don’t require a fee.
Dark Lane Anthology Series – is looking for flash fiction and short stories of up to 7000 words with “a touch of ‘the weird’” for their annual issue. This could be a great home for your stories involving surrealism, horror, humour, sci-fi, fantasy, sex and romance, magic realism, mystery, and fairy and folk tales. The editors generally accept fast, sometimes within days, and reject slower, within 1 to 2 months, and read until their issue is full.
The Bitter Oleander – is looking for fresh imaginative work to fill 2 annual print issues. You can submit up to 8 poems and up to 2500 words of fiction. They read year-round, except for July, and try to make a decision within 30 days—sometimes it takes a bit longer, but they are pretty good about getting back to you within a couple of months.
Lily Poetry Review – was established in 2018 to promote “contemporary poets, poetry, flash fiction and literary citizenship”. They publish 2 issues per year and have rolling submissions. You can send in up to 5 poems or 3 pieces of flash fiction. They ask for 6 months to make a decision but are generally a lot speedier—often accepting within a few weeks and rejecting within a few months.
Five 2 One Magazine – is looking for unique perspectives and topics no matter the style or genre for its quarterly print magazine. They like poetry and fiction that is quirky, weird, dark or strange. They aren’t opposed to what they call “normies” but are allergic to anything that smacks of Hallmark card poetry or commercial fiction. You can submit up to 5 poems or up to 3 short stories of between 1000 to 4000 words. They ask for 90 days to make a decision and sometimes take a bit longer, often in the case of acceptances (they tend to reject a bit faster). You can also submit flash fiction and poetry for their online magazine #thesideshow.
The London Magazine – has been publishing since 1732 and is by far the most prestigious magazine on our list. They are very selective and specific about what they’re looking for. Fiction should “address mature and sophisticated themes. Moreover, it should have an elegance of style, structure and characterisation”. Poetry should “display a commitment to the ultra specificities of language, and show a refined sense of simile and metaphor. The structure should be tight and exact”. You can send in your flash fiction, short stories of up to 4000 words and up to 6 poems of 40 lines max. If you haven’t heard from them within 60 days, you can assume it’s a “no”. They publish 6 issues per year.
SAND – this Berlin-based journal is looking for “fresh and underrepresented perspectives” for their 2 annual print issues. They accept flash fiction, short stories (up to 5,000 words), creative nonfiction, translations, and poetry. They generally have a 3-month submissions window in the autumn/winter and ask for 6 months to get back to you. Their editor-in-chief Jake Schneider selected the student work for our Winter 2020 Reading.