The Top Four Coolest Literary Magazines

By Caitlin Costello

There are oodles and oodles of literary magazines out there on the web and in print. It can be hard to decide which ones to submit to. That’s why I’ve made a list of the top four coolest magazines that I think you should check out!

1. One Story

One Story is great for fiction writers. This magazine publishes one story every month. The publication’s motto is short, simple, and sweet. They publish interesting and diverse stories each time! Don’t let its minimal cover fool you, One Story, focuses on the fiction and the writer. In each issue, they give the author an interview to discuss their work.

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2. The Normal School

Don’t let the name fool you, The Normal School is anything but normal. They seek to publish eccentric and daring nonfiction, fiction, poetry, criticism, journalism, and multimedia texts. They are the sort of lit mag that is, “equivalent of the kid who always has bottle caps, cat’s eye marbles, dead animal skulls, little blue men and other treasures in his pockets,” according to their bio. They like weird and novel stuff!

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3. McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern

McSweeney’s is based in San Francisco, CA, the hub of all cool things. They seek to publish unconventional fiction and nonfiction. McSweeney’s is known for its outstanding works of fiction and its writers. Something interesting to note about the publication is that each issues is in a different format, some issues in the past came as newspapers, a bundle of mail, a box, and a deck of playing cards!

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4. Tin House

Tin House seeks to publish eclectic fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. The magazine focuses on weird and unique themes like sex, evil, and even candy. Weirded out? Don’t be. Tin House is award winning and one of the top magazines in the country. Even with its dandy status, it seeks to publish work from previously unpublished writers!

Check out Tin House here:

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