2017 Perpetual Folly Literary Magazine Ranking — Fiction

 

pushcart2017Below is the 2017 Perpetual Folly Literary Magazine Ranking for Fiction. Go here to read about the methodology.

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2017 Magazine 2016 2017 Score
1 Conjunctions 1 55.5
1 One Story 2 55.5
3 Ploughshares 3 52
4 Kenyon Review 6 41
5 Paris Review 10 38
6 Threepenny Review 4 37
6 Tin House 6 37
8 Zoetrope: All Story 9 36
9 Noon 8 34
10 Ecotone Magazine 19 33.5
11 A Public Space 5 32.5
11 Gettysburg Review 14 32.5
13 Virginia Quarterly Review 15 30.5
14 Iowa Review 15 30
15 Missouri Review 12 28
16 Glimmer Train 19 27
17 American Short Fiction 19 26.5
18 Georgia Review 13 26
18 Southern Review 9 26
20 Sun 15 24.5
21 New England Review 24 23.5
21 Narrative 24 21
23 Agni 22 20
24 Colorado Review 33 19
25 McSweeney’s 18 18
26 Boulevard 24 16
26 Image 36 16
26 ZYZZYVA 34 16
29 Bellevue Literary Review 27 15.5
30 Oxford American 46 14.5
31 New Letters 23 13.5
32 Epoch 29 12
32 Hudson Review 40 12
32 Idaho Review 36 12
35 Wigleaf 58 11
36 Crazyhorse 35 10
37 Five Points 36 9.5
37 Yale Review 44 9.5
39 Mississippi Review 27 9
39 Shenandoah 29 9
41 Pleiades 67 8.5
42 Antioch Review 29 8
42 Granta 52 8
42 Michigan Quarterly Review 36 8
45 New Orleans Review 54 7.5
45 Prairie Schooner 40 7.5
47 J Journal 52 7
48 Little Star 46 6.5
48 Ontario Review © 32 6.5
50 Alaska Quarterly Review 46 6
50 Chicago Quarterly 130 6
50 Pinch 58 6
50 Santa Monica Review 58 6
54 American Scholar 45 5.5
54 Bomb 58 5.5
54 Florida Review 58 5.5
54 Third Coast 46 5.5
54 TriQuarterly 40 5.5
54 Witness 40 5.5
60 Cincinnati Review 46 5
60 New Madrid 67 5
60 Ruminate 67 5
60 Salmagundi 67 5
60 Southwest Review 58 5
65 Harvard Review 67 4
65 Hopkins Review 67 4
65 Sewanee Review 58 4
65 Sonora Review 54 4
65 Water-Stone Review 54 4
70 Cimarron Review 77 3.5
70 Electric Literature 77 3.5
70 Massachusetts Review 58 3.5
70 Pen America 54 3.5
70 Post Road 46 3.5
70 Southampton Review 85 3.5
76 Common, The 85 3
76 Ninth Letter 77 3
76 Notre Dame Review 85 3
76 One Teen Story 99 3
76 Raritan 67 3
76 Redivider 77 3
76 StoryQuarterly 67 3
83 Akashic Books 85 2.5
83 Black Renaissance Noire 67 2.5
83 Blackbird 77 2.5
83 Epiphany 99 2.5
83 Fiction 77 2.5
83 Gulf Coast 85 2.5
83 Indiana Review 77 2.5
83 Mid American Review 85 2.5
83 New York Tyrant 77 2.5
83 Univ. of Georgia Press 67 2.5
93 Beloit Fiction 85 2
93 Berkeley Fiction Review 130 2
93 Black Clock © 99 2
93 Brooklyn Rail 85 2
93 Juked 99 2
93 River Styx 85 2
93 Salt Hill 130 2
100 Appalachian Heritage 85 1.5
100 Baltimore Review 99 1.5
100 BkMk Press 99 1.5
100 Chattahoochee Review 99 1.5
100 Copper Nickel 130 1.5
100 Cutbank 99 1.5
100 Fiction International 85 1.5
100 Fourteen Hills 99 1.5
100 Mythium 130 1.5
100 Per Contra 99 1.5
100 Press 53 99 1.5
100 Upstreet 99 1.5
100 Willow Springs 58 1.5
100 World Literature Today 99 1.5
114 [sic] 99 1
114 Anomalous 130 1
114 Another Chicago Magazine 99 1
114 Asian American Literary Review 130 1
114 At Length 130 1
114 Austin State University Press 130 1
114 Boston Review 99 1
114 Brick 130 1
114 Brooklyn Review 99 1
114 Calyx 99 1
114 Caribbean Writer 99 1
114 Carve 99 1
114 Catamaran 130 1
114 Chautauqua 99 1
114 Chicago Review 130 1
114 Cleaver 130 1
114 Collagist 130 1
114 Consequence Magazine 130 1
114 Crab Creek Review 130 1
114 Dalkey Archive Press 130 1
114 Dr. T.J. Eckleburg Review 130 1
114 Elm Leaves Journal 130 1
114 Enizagram 130 1
114 Event 85 1
114 Faultline 99 1
114 Fifth Wednesday 99 1
114 Four Way Books 130 1
114 Green Mountains Review 130 1
114 John Daniel & Co. 130 1
114 Joyland 130 1
114 Kweli 130 1
114 Little Fiction 130 1
114 Lumina 130 1
114 Malahat Review 130 1
114 Manoa 99 1
114 Memorious 130 1
114 Minnesota Review 130 1
114 n+1 130 1
114 Natural Bridge 130 1
114 Normal School 130 1
114 North Carolina Literary Review 130 1
114 Outpost 19 130 1
114 Pear Noir ©  130 1
114 Pegasus Books 130 1
114 Puerto del Sol 130 1
114 Seneca Review 130 1
114 Sweet 130 1
114 Texas Review 130 1
114 Texas Review Press 130 1
114 The Journal 99 1
114 Transition 130 1
114 Tweed’s 130 1
114 Western Humanities Review 85 1
114 Barrelhouse 1
114 Mud City Journal 1
114 Midwestern Gothic 1
114 Fjords 1
114 Sixfold 1
114 Gigantic 1
114 Pembroke Magazine 1
174 Amazon Shorts © 130 0.5
174 Arts & Letters 130 0.5
174 Ballyhoo Stories 130 0.5
174 Bellingham Review 130 0.5
174 Black Warrior Review 99 0.5
174 Blue Earth Review 130 0.5
174 Blue Mesa Review 130 0.5
174 Briar Cliff Review 130 0.5
174 Callaloo 130 0.5
174 Carpe Articulum ©  130 0.5
174 Chariton Review 130 0.5
174 Columbia Review 99 0.5
174 Confrontation 130 0.5
174 Crab Orchard Review 99 0.5
174 Dogwood 130 0.5
174 Dossier Journal 130 0.5
174 Exile 130 0.5
174 failbetter.com 130 0.5
174 Five Chapters 130 0.5
174 Folio 130 0.5
174 Freight Stories 130 0.5
174 Gray’s Sporting Journal 130 0.5
174 Graywolf Press 130 0.5
174 Grist 130 0.5
174 Healing Muse 130 0.5
174 Hotel Amerika 130 0.5
174 Inkwell © 130 0.5
174 Isotope © 130 0.5
174 Jabberwock Review 130 0.5
174 Kelsey Review 130 0.5
174 King’s English © 130 0.5
174 Lake Effect 130 0.5
174 Laughing Fire Press 130 0.5
174 Maggid © 130 0.5
174 Momotombo Press 130 0.5
174 New Ohio Review 130 0.5
174 News from the Republic of Letters (?) 130 0.5
174 Nimrod 130 0.5
174 North American Review 99 0.5
174 Northwest Review ©  85 0.5
174 Orion 130 0.5
174 Other Voices © 130 0.5
174 Passages North 130 0.5
174 Prism 130 0.5
174 Quarter After Eight 130 0.5
174 Relief 130 0.5
174 Rivendell © 130 0.5
174 Rosebud 130 0.5
174 Salamander 130 0.5
174 Sarabande Books 130 0.5
174 Seems (?) 130 0.5
174 Slice 130 0.5
174 Smoke Long Quarterly 130 0.5
174 South Carolina Review 130 0.5
174 Southern California Review © 130 0.5
174 Sou’wester 130 0.5
174 Spork 130 0.5
174 Stolen Time Press (?) 130 0.5
174 Stone Canoe 130 0.5
174 Subtropics 130 0.5
174 Sycamore Review 130 0.5
174 Timber Creek Review (?) 130 0.5
174 Transformation (?) 130 0.5
174 Turnrow 99 0.5
174 West Branch 130 0.5

2016 Pushcart Prize Literary Magazine Rankings — Nonfiction

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NOTE: The 2017 Rankings are here.

Below you will find the 2016 Pushcart Prize Literary Magazine Rankings for Nonfiction. To read about my methodology for the rankings, go here.

If you find the list useful, please consider making a donation or buying one of my books.

 

 

2016 Magazine 2015 2016 Score
1 Orion 2 74
2 Georgia Review 1 70
3 Sun 3 64
4 New Letters 4 45
5 Gettysburg Review 11 38
6 Conjunctions 11 35
7 Agni 5 34
8 Ploughshares 9 33
9 Tin House 7 30
10 Missouri Review 13 29
11 Iowa Review 7 28
12 American Scholar 6 27
12 Threepenny Review 9 27
14 n+1 19 25
15 Fourth Genre 14 23
16 River Teeth 16 22
17 Salmagundi 22 21
17 Southern Review 15 21
19 Boulevard 16 20
20 Ecotone 22 19
20 Kenyon Review 19 19
20 Paris Review 18 19
23 Antioch Review 22 17
23 Image 22 17
23 Virginia Quarterly Review 19 17
26 Creative Nonfiction 28 16
26 Shenandoah 22 16
28 Colorado Review 27 12
28 Granta 51 12
30 Raritan 28 11
30 Third Coast 30 11
32 Harvard Review 30 10
32 Ninth Letter 35 10
32 Point, The 72 10
32 Republic of Letters (?) 33 10
36 Brain, Child 35 9
36 Five Points 35 9
36 Hudson Review 43 9
36 Michigan Quarterly Review 35 9
40 Pinch 51 8
40 Southwest Review 35 8
40 TriQuarterly 35 8
40 Yale Review 35 8
44 American Poetry Review 46 7
44 Blackbird 46 7
44 Hunger Mountain 43 7
47 Believer 58 6
47 New England Review 58 6
47 North Dakota Quarterly 51 6
47 Oregon Humanities 51 6
47 Passages North 51 6
47 Poetry 30 6
47 Sweet 51 6
47 The Journal 46 6
47 The Point 51 6
47 Water-Stone Review 46 6
47 World Literature Today 72 6
58 American Circus 58 5
58 Fugue 58 5
58 Great River Review 33 5
58 In Character © 58 5
58 Narrative 72 5
58 New Orleans Review 58 5
58 Pleiades 58 5
58 Radio Silence 58 5
58 Ruminate 58 5
58 Seattle Review 58 5
58 Sewanee Review 58 5
58 Tusculum 58 5
58 Witness 58 5
58 Fourth River 5
58 Gigantic 5
73 Alaska Quarterly Review 72 4
73 Arts & Letters 58 4
73 Brick 81 4
73 Broad Street 90 4
73 Normal School 72 4
73 North American Review 72 4
73 Parnassus 72 4
80 Alimentum 81 3
80 Bellevue Literary Review 43 3
80 Boston Review 81 3
80 Cimarron Review 81 3
80 Florida Review 81 3
80 Gulf Coast 81 3
80 Lapham’s Quarterly 81 3
80 Los Angeles Review 81 3
80 Massachusetts Review 72 3
80 Prism 114 3
80 Provincetown Arts 90 3
91 A Public Space 90 2
91 American Athenaeum 90 2
91 Asian American Writers Workshop 90 2
91 Bellevue Literary Press 90 2
91 Bellingham Review 90 2
91 Chautauqua 90 2
91 Columbia Review 90 2
91 Connecticut Review (?) 90 2
91 Hotel Amerika 90 2
91 Kyoto Journal 81 2
91 Malahat Review 90 2
91 Manoa 90 2
91 McSweeney’s 90 2
91 Memoir © 90 2
91 Milkweed Editions – Press 90 2
91 New Ohio Review 90 2
91 Northwest Review © 46 2
91 Oxford American 90 2
91 PMS 90 2
91 Post Road 90 2
91 Santa Monica Review 90 2
91 Southampton Review 114 2
91 Speakeasy © 35 2
91 Subtropics 90 2
91 Under the Sun 114 2
91 Willow Springs 114 2
91 Writers Chronicle 90 2
91 ZYZZYVA 72 2
91 Brevity 2
120 American Interest 114 1
120 American Short Fiction 114 1
120 Another Chicago Magazine 114 1
120 Arts Fuse 114 1
120 Asia Literary Review 114 1
120 Baffler 114 1
120 Bat City 114 1
120 Black Pearls 114 1
120 Blood Orange Review 114 1
120 Bomb 1
120 Bookforum 114 1
120 Callaloo 114 1
120 Camera Obscura 114 1
120 Canteen 114 1
120 Chicago Review 114 1
120 Dart Society 114 1
120 Delmarva Review 114 1
120 Diagram 114 1
120 Divide ? 114 1
120 Epoch 1
120 Europa Editions 114 1
120 Event 114 1
120 Fiction 114 1
120 Fiction International 90 1
120 Fifth Wednesday 114 1
120 Five Chapters 114 1
120 Free Inquiry 114 1
120 Haystack Mountain 114 1
120 Healing Muse 114 1
120 High Country News 114 1
120 High Desert Journal 114 1
120 Hollins Critic 114 1
120 Hub City Press 114 1
120 Idaho Review 114 1
120 Iron Horse Literary Review 114 1
120 Literary Review 114 1
120 Make ? 114 1
120 Marginalia © 114 1
120 Meridian 114 1
120 Minnesota Review 114 1
120 Mount Hope 114 1
120 Natural Bridge 114 1
120 New Haven Review 114 1
120 Noon 114 1
120 On the Page 114 1
120 Ontario Review © 114 1
120 Open City 114 1
120 Open Spaces 114 1
120 Oregon Quarterly 114 1
120 Other Voices © 114 1
120 Packinghouse Review 114 1
120 Palo Alto Review ? 114 1
120 Portland Magazine 114 1
120 Prairie Schooner 1
120 Relief 114 1
120 River City Publishing 114 1
120 River Styx 114 1
120 Rosebud 114 1
120 Rumpus 114 1
120 Seneca Review 114 1
120 SN Review 114 1
120 Stone Canoe 114 1
120 Stranger 114 1
120 Tavern Books 114 1
120 Tupelo Press 114 1
120 University of Michigan Press 114 1
120 Vocabula Bound 114 1
120 Wag’s Revue 114 1
120 Western Humanities Review 114 1
120 Wilson Quarterly 114 1
120 Zone 3 1
120 Big Roundtable 1
120 Tikkun 1
120 O-Dark-Thirty 1
120 Catamaran 1
120 Hedgehog Rev 1

 

2016 Pushcart Prize Literary Magazine Rankings — Poetry

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Note: the list has been updated. For the 2017 Poetry ranking, go here.

Below is the 2016 Literary Magazine Rankings for Poetry. For an explanation of the methodology, go here.

If you find these rankings useful, please consider making a donation or purchasing one of my books.

 

 

 

2016 Magazine 2015 2016 Score
1 Kenyon Review 1 77
2 Poetry 2 75
3 American Poetry Review 4 67
4 Ploughshares 3 58
5 Threepenny Review 5 55
6 New England Review 6 46
7 Georgia Review 7 41
8 Field 8 33
8 Gettysburg Review 9 33
8 Southern Review 16 33
11 Five Points 15 30
12 Poetry Review 12 27
12 Virginia Quarterly Review 9 27
14 BOA Editions 11 23
14 Cincinnati Review 16 23
14 Paris Review 32 23
17 Tin House 14 22
18 Spillway 26 21
19 Agni 16 20
19 New Ohio Review 21 20
19 Sugar House Review 21 20
19 Yale Review 19 20
23 Rattle 24 17
23 Sun 56 17
25 Poetry Northwest 28 16
25 Smartish Pace 26 16
27 The Journal 28 15
27 Water-Stone Review 28 15
29 Copper Canyon Press 31 14
29 Michigan Quarterly Review 23 14
31 Blackbird 24 13
31 Hudson Review 32 13
31 Image 51 13
34 Four Way Books 56 12
34 Runes © 34 12
36 Alice James Books 19 11
36 American Scholar 35 11
36 Canary 35 11
36 Lake Effect 35 11
36 New American Writing 35 11
36 Sixth Finch 62 11
36 Tupelo Press 35 11
43 Alaska Quarterly Review 40 10
43 Cue Editions 40 10
43 Ecotone 40 10
43 Great River Review 40 10
43 Green Mountains Review 40 10
43 Notre Dame Review 40 10
43 Orion 40 10
43 River Styx 40 10
43 Vallum: Contemporary Poetry 86 10
43 West Branch 40 10
53 TriQuarterly 12 9
54 Crazyhorse 52 8
54 Massachusetts Review 52 8
54 Ninth Letter 52 8
54 Shenandoah 40 8
58 Cimarron Review 62 7
58 Epoch 62 7
58 Hotel Amerika 62 7
58 Little Patuxent Review 62 7
58 New Letters 56 7
58 Salamander 56 7
58 Wave Books 56 7
58 Willow Springs 62 7
66 5 a.m. 56 6
66 Barrow Street 62 6
66 Codex 169 6
66 Crowd © (?) 62 6
66 Denver Quarterly 86 6
66 Gulf Coast 62 6
66 Indiana Review 62 6
66 Iowa Review 52 6
66 jubilat 62 6
66 Lana Turner 62 6
66 Little Star 62 6
66 Missouri Review 62 6
66 New Criterion 62 6
66 North American Review 62 6
66 Paterson Literary Review 62 6
66 Poetry International 62 6
66 Quarterly West (?) 169 6
66 Subtropics 62 6
66 World Literature Today 86 6
66 ZYZZYVA 62 6
66 Prelude 6
87 Account 86 5
87 Anhinga Press 86 5
87 Arroyo Literary Review 86 5
87 Assaracus 86 5
87 Atlanta Review 62 5
87 Awl 86 5
87 Blueline 86 5
87 Boston Review 86 5
87 Briar Cliff Review 86 5
87 Brick 86 5
87 Café Review 86 5
87 Chattahoochee Review 86 5
87 Collagist 86 5
87 Colorado Review 86 5
87 Court Green © 86 5
87 Crab Orchard Review 5
87 Curbstone Press 86 5
87 Cypher Books 86 5
87 Dunes Review 86 5
87 Eastern Wash. Univ. Press © 86 5
87 Eleven Eleven 86 5
87 Epiphany 86 5
87 Fifth Wednesday 86 5
87 Five Fingers Review (?) 86 5
87 Forklift Ohio 86 5
87 Granta 86 5
87 Graywolf Press 86 5
87 Harbour Publishing 86 5
87 Harvard Review 86 5
87 Hollyridge Press 86 5
87 Hunger Mountain 86 5
87 Ibbetson Street (?) 86 5
87 Laurel Poetry Collective © 86 5
87 Literary Imagination 40 5
87 Lyric (?) 86 5
87 Malahat Review 86 5
87 Manhattan Review 86 5
87 Margie © 86 5
87 Meridian 86 5
87 Muzzle Magazine 86 5
87 Nebraska Poets Calendar 86 5
87 New Issues Poetry and Prose 86 5
87 New South Books 86 5
87 New Verse News 86 5
87 OCHO 86 5
87 Parnassus: Poetry in Review 86 5
87 Pebble Lake Review 86 5
87 Pilot Light 86 5
87 Pleasure Boat Studio 86 5
87 Poems & Plays 86 5
87 Poetry Atlanta Press 86 5
87 Prism 5
87 Quiddity 86 5
87 Snake Nation Review 86 5
87 Southern Indiana Review 86 5
87 Southern Poetry Review 86 5
87 Spork 86 5
87 Think Journal 86 5
87 Third Coast 86 5
87 Tikkun 86 5
87 Toadlily Press 86 5
87 Treelight Books 86 5
87 Utah State University Press 86 5
87 Verse Wisconsin © 86 5
87 YesYes Books 86 5
87 Zone 3 86 5
87 Cave Wall 5
87 TAB 5
87 Tiger Bark Press 5
87 Butcher’s Dog 5
87 LSU Press 5
87 Thrush 5
87 Tar River 5
87 Summerset Review 5
161 Beloit Poetry Journal 155 4
161 Southwest Review 155 4
161 University of Pittsburgh Press 155 4
164 Raritan 158 3
165 Birdfeast 159 2
165 Greensboro Review 159 2
165 Hampden-Sydney Poetry Review 169 2
165 Healing Muse 159 2
165 New South 159 2
165 Pinch 159 2
165 Pleiades 159 2
172 A Public Space 169 1
172 Able Muse 169 1
172 Airlie Press 169 1
172 Autumn House 159 1
172 Barefoot Muse 169 1
172 Bat City 169 1
172 Believer 169 1
172 Bellevue Literary Review 169 1
172 Black Warrior Review 169 1
172 Bloom 62 1
172 Blue Earth Review 169 1
172 Boulevard 159 1
172 Callaloo 169 1
172 Calyx 169 1
172 Cardinal Points 169 1
172 Chautauqua 62 1
172 Clockhouse 169 1
172 Columbia Poetry Review 169 1
172 Connecticut Review (?) 159 1
172 Construction 169 1
172 Crab Creek Review 169 1
172 Drunken Boat 169 1
172 Eleventh Muse © 169 1
172 Evansville Review 169 1
172 Examined Life 169 1
172 Fort Hemlock Press © 169 1
172 Free Lunch © 169 1
172 Frostproof Review © 169 1
172 Hanging Loose 169 1
172 Harpur Palate 169 1
172 Haven Chronicles (?) 169 1
172 Hayden’s Ferry 169 1
172 Hollins Critic 169 1
172 Hopkins Review 169 1
172 InDigest 169 1
172 Iron Horse Literary Review 169 1
172 Kentuckians for the Commonwealth 169 1
172 Leaping Dog Press 169 1
172 Live Mag! 169 1
172 Long Island Quarterly 169 1
172 Lost Hills Books (?) 169 1
172 Main Street Rag 169 1
172 Make 169 1
172 McSweeney’s 169 1
172 Natural Bridge 169 1
172 New Delta Review 169 1
172 New Haven Review 169 1
172 New Madrid 169 1
172 Nimrod 169 1
172 Normal School 169 1
172 November 3rd Club 169 1
172 Omnidawn Publishing 169 1
172 Paper Street © (?) 169 1
172 Paris American 169 1
172 Pearl 169 1
172 Persea Books 169 1
172 Perugia Press 62 1
172 Phoebe 169 1
172 PMS 169 1
172 Poem-a-Day 169 1
172 Poet Lore 169 1
172 Poetry 180 169 1
172 Poetry Flash 169 1
172 Prairie Schooner 159 1
172 Rhino 169 1
172 Salmagundi 169 1
172 Sentence © 169 1
172 Silk Road 169 1
172 Sink Review 169 1
172 Solstice 169 1
172 Specs 169 1
172 Spoon River Review 169 1
172 Upstreet 169 1
172 Valparaiso Poetry Review 169 1
172 Verse Magazine 169 1
172 Wordcraft of Oregon 169 1
172 Zephyr Press 169 1
172 Pluck 1
172 Southeast Review 1
172 Saranac Review 1
172 Chiron Review 1
172 Radius 1
172 Jai-Alai 1
172 Upstairs at Duroc 1
172 Enizagam 1
172 Exit 7 1
172 Tupelo Quarterly 1

2016 Pushcart Prize Literary Magazine Rankings — Fiction

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Below is the 2016 Pushcart Prize Literary Magazine Ranking for Fiction. Go here to read about the methodology.

If you find the list useful, consider making a donation.

 

 

 

2016 Magazine 2015 2016 Score
1 Conjunctions 1 82
2 One Story 2 74
3 Ploughshares 2 71
4 Threepenny Review 10 55
5 A Public Space 7 51
6 Kenyon Review 9 50
6 Tin House 5 50
8 Noon 11 48
9 Southern Review 4 46
9 Zoetrope: All Story 7 46
10 Paris Review 6 45
12 Missouri Review 13 41
13 Georgia Review 13 39
14 Gettysburg Review 13 37
15 Iowa Review 16 35
15 Sun 18 35
15 Virginia Quarterly Review 16 35
18 McSweeney’s 12 33
19 American Short Fiction 18 31
19 Ecotone 21 31
19 Glimmer Train 31 31
22 Agni 21 28
23 New Letters 18 27
24 Boulevard 25 25
24 Narrative 26 25
24 New England Review 21 25
27 Bellevue Literary Review 34 23
27 Mississippi Review 28 23
29 Antioch Review 27 21
29 Epoch 28 21
29 Shenandoah 28 21
32 Ontario Review © 24 20
33 Colorado Review 34 19
34 ZYZZYVA 31 18
35 Crazyhorse 36 16
36 Five Points 31 15
36 Idaho Review 39 15
36 Image 39 15
36 Michigan Quarterly Review 36 15
40 Hudson Review 48 14
40 Prairie Schooner 43 14
40 TriQuarterly 39 14
40 Witness 36 14
44 Yale Review 44 13
45 American Scholar 45 11
46 Alaska Quarterly Review 50 9
46 Cincinnati Review 48 9
46 Little Star 50 9
46 Oxford American 50 9
46 Post Road 53 9
46 Third Coast 45 9
52 Granta 54 8
52 J Journal 54 8
54 New Orleans Review 54 7
54 Pen America 54 7
54 Sonora Review 54 7
54 Water-Stone Review 60 7
58 Bomb 129 6
58 Florida Review 60 6
58 Massachusetts Review 60 6
58 Pinch 66 6
58 Santa Monica Review 129 6
58 Sewanee Review 79 6
58 Southwest Review 60 6
58 Wigleaf 66 6
58 Willow Springs 45 6
67 Black Renaissance Noire 66 5
67 Harvard Review 66 5
67 Hopkins Review 66 5
67 Pleiades 66 5
67 Raritan 66 5
67 Ruminate 66 5
67 Salmagundi 5
67 StoryQuarterly 39 5
67 Univ. of Georgia Press 66 5
67 New Madrid 5
77 Blackbird 84 4
77 Cimarron Review 99 4
77 Electric Literature 99 4
77 Fiction 79 4
77 Indiana Review 66 4
77 New York Tyrant 79 4
77 Ninth Letter 66 4
77 Redivider 84 4
85 Akashic Books 84 3
85 Appalachian Heritage 84 3
85 Beloit Fiction 66 3
85 Brooklyn Rail 84 3
85 Common, The 129 3
85 Event 84 3
85 Fiction International 84 3
85 Gulf Coast 79 3
85 Mid American Review 66 3
85 Northwest Review © 84 3
85 Notre Dame Review 84 3
85 River Styx 99 3
85 Southampton Review 99 3
85 Western Humanities Review 84 3
99 [sic] 99 2
99 American Letters & Commentary 99 2
99 Another Chicago Magazine 84 2
99 Baltimore Review 99 2
99 BkMk Press 84 2
99 Black Clock 99 2
99 Black Warrior Review 99 2
99 Boston Review 99 2
99 Brooklyn Review 99 2
99 Calyx 99 2
99 Caribbean Writer 79 2
99 Carve 99 2
99 Chattahoochee Review 129 2
99 Chautauqua 99 2
99 Columbia Review 99 2
99 Crab Orchard Review 99 2
99 Cutbank 99 2
99 Epiphany 129 2
99 Faultline 99 2
99 Fifth Wednesday 99 2
99 Fourteen Hills 84 2
99 Juked 129 2
99 Manoa 54 2
99 North American Review 84 2
99 Per Contra 129 2
99 Press 53 99 2
99 The Journal 99 2
99 Turnrow 99 2
99 Upstreet 129 2
99 World Literature Today 99 2
99 One Teen Story 2
130 Amazon Shorts © 129 1
130 Anomalous 129 1
130 Artful Dodge 129 1
130 Arts & Letters 129 1
130 Asian American Literary Review 129 1
130 At Length 99 1
130 Austin State University Press 129 1
130 Ballyhoo Stories 129 1
130 Bamboo Ridge 129 1
130 Bellingham Review 129 1
130 Blue Earth Review 129 1
130 Blue Mesa Review 129 1
130 Brain, Child 129 1
130 Briar Cliff Review 129 1
130 Callaloo 129 1
130 Carpe Articulum © 129 1
130 Chariton Review 129 1
130 Chelsea © 60 1
130 Chicago Quarterly 129 1
130 Cleaver 129 1
130 Collagist 129 1
130 Confrontation 129 1
130 Consequence Magazine 129 1
130 Copper Nickel 129 1
130 Crab Creek Review 129 1
130 Dalkey Archive Press 129 1
130 Dogwood 129 1
130 Dos Passos Review 129 1
130 Dossier Journal 129 1
130 Elm Leaves Journal 1
130 Enizagram 129 1
130 Exile 129 1
130 failbetter.com 129 1
130 Five Chapters 129 1
130 Folio 129 1
130 Four Way Books 1
130 Freight Stories 129 1
130 Gray’s Sporting Journal 129 1
130 Graywolf Press 129 1
130 Green Mountains Review 1
130 Grist 129 1
130 Healing Muse 129 1
130 Hotel Amerika 129 1
130 Inkwell © 99 1
130 Isotope © 129 1
130 Jabberwock Review 129 1
130 John Daniel & Co. 129 1
130 Joyland 129 1
130 Kelsey Review 129 1
130 King’s English © 129 1
130 Kweli 129 1
130 Lake Effect 129 1
130 Laughing Fire Press 129 1
130 Laurel Review 129 1
130 Little Fiction 129 1
130 Lumina 129 1
130 Maggid © 129 1
130 Malahat Review 129 1
130 Memorious 129 1
130 Minnesota Review 129 1
130 Momotombo Press 129 1
130 Mythium 129 1
130 n+1 129 1
130 Natural Bridge 129 1
130 New Ohio Review 129 1
130 News from the Republic of Letters (?) 129 1
130 Nimrod 129 1
130 Normal School 129 1
130 North Carolina Literary Review 129 1
130 Orion 129 1
130 Other Voices © 84 1
130 Outpost 19 129 1
130 Paper Street © (?) 99 1
130 Passages North 99 1
130 Pear Noir © 129 1
130 Pearl © 129 1
130 Pegasus Books 129 1
130 Prism 129 1
130 Puckerbush Press © 129 1
130 Puerto del Sol 129 1
130 Quarter After Eight 129 1
130 Quarterly West 129 1
130 Relief 129 1
130 Rivendell © 129 1
130 Rosebud 129 1
130 Salamander 129 1
130 Salt Hill 129 1
130 Sarabande Books 129 1
130 Seems (?) 129 1
130 Seneca Review 129 1
130 Slice 129 1
130 Smoke Long Quarterly 129 1
130 South Carolina Review 129 1
130 Southern California Review 129 1
130 Sou’wester 99 1
130 Speakeasy © 60 1
130 Spork 129 1
130 Stolen Time Press (?) 129 1
130 Stone Canoe 129 1
130 Subtropics 129 1
130 Sweet 1
130 Sycamore Review 129 1
130 Texas Review 129 1
130 Texas Review Press 129 1
130 Timber Creek Review (?) 129 1
130 Transformation (?) 129 1
130 Tweed’s 1
130 Underground Voices 129 1
130 West Branch 99 1
130 Berkeley Fiction Review 1
130 Brick 1
130 Transition 1
130 Catamaran 1
130 Chicago Review 1
130 Dr. T.J. Eckleburg Review 1

 

2016 Pushcart Prize Literary Magazine Rankings — Overview

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It is once again time for my annual ranking of literary magazines. Here are links to each of the lists, with a summary of my methodology and observations below.

Fiction

Nonfiction

Poetry

 

I first began doing these rankings several years ago as an aid for my own submission process. I wanted to submit my work within tiers of magazines, so that I wouldn’t find myself having to choose between an excellent magazine and a lesser one. When I shared the list on my blog, it was immediately very popular. I updated it each year and later expanded it to cover Nonfiction and Poetry, as well.

The lists are as objective as I can make them. They are based solely on the number of Pushcart Prizes and Special Mentions a magazine has received over a rolling 10-year period in each genre. (In updating the list this year I dropped 2006 and added 2016 prizes and special mentions.) I don’t take into consideration readership, contributor payment, or any other factor. Granted, the Pushcart Prize itself is not objective, but it seems to me to be the most democratic of the annual anthologies because its nomination process is somewhat transparent. Also, the Prizes have an apparent bias against online magazines, although that continues to erode, as you’ll see from this year’s list. There are some fine online and hybrid magazines included here.

No method of ranking is perfect, but I hope you will find these lists useful. I have attempted to check all the links, but if you find one that is broken or have information about a closed magazine (which I indicate with a copyright symbol for “closed”), please leave a comment here or write to me at info@cliffordgarstang.com.

If you do find the lists useful, consider making a donation using the link below, or maybe buying one of my books, which you’ll find here: Clifford Garstang on Amazon.com.

Reflections on the Literary Magazine Rankings

2015CoverHomeAt AWP in Minneapolis, several people came up to me at the Press 53/Prime Number Magazine booth to tell me how much they appreciated the Pushcart Prize Literary Magazine Rankings I compile each year on this site. (If you’re not familiar with the rankings, click on that link, check it out, and come back.) I was really pleased to hear those comments. I do think the rankings are a valuable tool for writers who are submitting their work to magazines, so I’m happy to hear from users of the lists.

I’m frequently at a conference or residency where the subject of literary magazines comes up. Invariably someone says, “There’s a guy who posts a ranking of literary magazines on his website.” It gives me great pleasure to be able to say, “I’m that guy.”

Some people put little stock in rankings, and in many areas I respect that view. It doesn’t matter what the rank of a magazine (or college, or MFA program, or whatever) is if it is a good fit for you. That’s still the most important question writers have to ask themselves when submitting their work. But a little guidance doesn’t hurt, and that’s where the lists come in.

On the other hand, the lists are really only the tip of the iceberg. There are thousands of magazines out there, both print and online, that are NOT on the lists. What about them? For example, the magazine I edit, Prime Number Magazine, is not on my list. I think we have a pretty good magazine, and we’ve achieved some recognition, but we have yet to win a Pushcart Prize or a Special Mention. So, according to the list criteria, we aren’t ranked. So I’m glad writers find the list useful, but we all need to think outside the list when looking for the perfect venue for our work.

The list is a tool. If you find it helpful, I’m glad.

2015 Pushcart Prize Ranking of Literary Magazines — Nonfiction

2015CoverHome[Note: the 2016 Rankings are here.]

Below is the 2015 Pushcart Prize Ranking of Literary Magazines for NONFICTION.

For information about my annual magazine rankings and my methodology, go here.

Go here for POETRY and FICTION rankings.

The big news: Not much change at the top, but Tin House moves into the Top Ten. (With the inclusion of the 2014 rankings for comparison, you can see other movements in the list.)

If you find these lists useful, please make a donation by clicking on the link below. Or—even better—buy one of my books (from any source you like, including Amazon.com: In an Uncharted Country and What the Zhang Boys Know).

 

2015 Magazine 2014 2015 Score
1 Georgia Review 1 75
2 Orion 2 73
3 Sun 3 58
4 New Letters 8 42
5 Agni 4 40
6 American Scholar 10 35
7 Iowa Review 6 34
7 Tin House 13 34
9 Ploughshares 8 33
9 Threepenny Review 6 33
11 Conjunctions 11 29
11 Gettysburg Review 5 29
13 Missouri Review 11 28
14 Fourth Genre 14 25
15 Southern Review 16 23
16 Boulevard 18 21
16 River Teeth 15 21
18 Paris Review 19 19
19 Kenyon Review 19 18
19 n+1 21 18
19 Virginia Quarterly Review 23 18
22 Antioch Review 23 17
22 Ecotone 27 17
22 Image 23 17
22 Salmagundi 16 17
22 Shenandoah 21 17
27 Colorado Review 27 15
28 Creative Nonfiction 23 12
28 Raritan 29 12
30 Harvard Review 30 11
30 Poetry 30 11
30 Third Coast 30 11
33 Great River Review 36 10
33 Republic of Letters 36 10
35 Brain, Child 41 9
35 Five Points 36 9
35 Michigan Quarterly Review 36 9
35 Ninth Letter 41 9
35 Southwest Review 36 9
35 Speakeasy © 30 9
35 TriQuarterly 43 9
35 Yale Review 70 9
43 Bellevue Literary Review 30 8
43 Hudson Review 43 8
43 Hunger Mountain 43 8
46 American Poetry Review 46 7
46 Blackbird 46 7
46 Northwest Review 46 7
46 The Journal 46 7
46 Water-Stone Review 46 7
51 Granta 52 6
51 North Dakota Quarterly 52 6
51 Oregon Humanities 60 6
51 Passages North 52 6
51 Pinch 52 6
51 Sweet 52 6
51 The Point 52 6
58 American Circus 60 5
58 Arts & Letters 60 5
58 Believer 46 5
58 Fugue 60 5
58 In Character © 60 5
58 New England Review 52 5
58 New Orleans Review 5
58 Pleiades 60 5
58 Ruminate 60 5
58 Seattle Review 60 5
58 Sewanee Review 70 5
58 Tusculum 60 5
58 Witness 30 5
58 Radio Silence 5
72 Alaska Quarterly Review 70 4
72 Massachusetts Review 60 4
72 Narrative 76 4
72 Normal School 86 4
72 North American Review 70 4
72 Parnassus 70 4
72 Point, The 76 4
72 World Literature Today 70 4
72 ZYZZYVA 52 4
81 Alimentum 76 3
81 Boston Review 86 3
81 Brick 86 3
81 Cimarron Review 76 3
81 Florida Review 76 3
81 Gulf Coast 76 3
81 Kyoto Journal 76 3
81 Lapham’s Quarterly 76 3
81 Los Angeles Review 76 3
90 A Public Space 86 2
90 American Athenaeum 110 2
90 Asian American Writers Workshop 86 2
90 Bellevue Literary Press 86 2
90 Bellingham Review 86 2
90 Chautauqua 86 2
90 Columbia Review 86 2
90 Connecticut Review 86 2
90 Fiction International 76 2
90 Hotel Amerika 86 2
90 Malahat Review 86 2
90 Manoa 86 2
90 McSweeney’s 86 2
90 Memoir 86 2
90 Milkweed Editions – Press 86 2
90 New Ohio Review 110 2
90 Oxford American 86 2
90 PMS 86 2
90 Post Road 86 2
90 Provincetown Arts 86 2
90 Santa Monica Review 86 2
90 Subtropics 86 2
90 Writers Chronicle 86 2
90 Broad Street 2
114 42 Opus 110 1
114 American Interest 110 1
114 American Short Fiction 110 1
114 Another Chicago Magazine 110 1
114 Arts Fuse 110 1
114 Asia Literary Review 110 1
114 Baffler 110 1
114 Bat City 110 1
114 Black Pearls 110 1
114 Blood Orange Review 110 1
114 Bookforum 110 1
114 Callaloo 110 1
114 Camera Obscura 110 1
114 Canteen 110 1
114 Chicago Review 1
114 Dart Society 110 1
114 Diagram 110 1
114 Divide ? 110 1
114 Europa Editions 110 1
114 Event 110 1
114 Fiction 110 1
114 Fifth Wednesday 1
114 Five Chapters 110 1
114 Free Inquiry 110 1
114 FreshYarn.com 110 1
114 Graywolf Press 110 1
114 Haystack Mountain 110 1
114 Healing Muse 110 1
114 High Country News 110 1
114 High Desert Journal 110 1
114 Hollins Critic 110 1
114 Hub City Press 110 1
114 Idaho Review 110 1
114 Iron Horse Literary Review 110 1
114 Literary Review 110 1
114 Make ? 110 1
114 Marginalia © 110 1
114 Meridian 110 1
114 Minnesota Review 110 1
114 Mount Hope 110 1
114 Natural Bridge 1
114 New Haven Review 110 1
114 Noon 110 1
114 On the Page 110 1
114 Ontario Review © 110 1
114 Open City 110 1
114 Open Spaces 110 1
114 Oregon Quarterly 110 1
114 Other Voices © 110 1
114 Packinghouse Review 110 1
114 Palo Alto Review ? 110 1
114 Portland Magazine 110 1
114 Prism 110 1
114 Relief 110 1
114 River City Publishing 110 1
114 River Styx 86 1
114 Rosebud 110 1
114 Rumpus 110 1
114 Seneca Review 110 1
114 SN Review 110 1
114 Southampton Review 110 1
114 Stone Canoe 110 1
114 Stranger 110 1
114 Tiferet 110 1
114 Tupelo Press 110 1
114 Under the Sun 110 1
114 University of Michigan Press 110 1
114 Vocabula Bound 110 1
114 Wag’s Revue 110 1
114 Weber Studies 110 1
114 Western Humanities Review 110 1
114 Willow Springs 110 1
114 Delmarva Review 1
114 Wilson Quarterly 1
114 Tavern Books 1

 

2015 Pushcart Prize Ranking of Literary Magazines — Fiction

2015CoverHome[Note: the 2016 Rankings are here.]

Below is the 2015 Pushcart Prize Ranking of Literary Magazines for FICTION.

For information about my annual magazine rankings and my methodology, go here.

Go here for POETRY and NONFICTION rankings.

The big news: Conjunctions has displaced Ploughshares at the top of the heap. (With the inclusion of the 2014 rankings for comparison, you can see other movements in the list.)

If you find these lists useful, please make a donation by clicking on the link below. Or—even better—buy one of my books (from any source you like, including Amazon.com: In an Uncharted Country and What the Zhang Boys Know).

 

2015 Magazine 2014 2015 Score
1 Conjunctions 2 80
2 One Story 5 68
2 Ploughshares 1 68
4 Southern Review 4 64
5 Tin House 3 60
6 Paris Review 6 54
7 A Public Space 8 49
7 Zoetrope: All Story 7 49
9 Kenyon Review 10 45
10 Threepenny Review 9 43
11 Noon 12 42
12 McSweeney’s 13 39
13 Georgia Review 11 35
13 Gettysburg Review 14 35
13 Missouri Review 16 35
16 Iowa Review 18 30
16 Virginia Quarterly Review 18 30
18 American Short Fiction 25 29
18 New Letters 18 29
18 Sun 25 29
21 Agni 21 28
21 Ecotone 29 28
21 New England Review 15 28
24 Ontario Review © 17 27
25 Boulevard 22 25
26 Narrative 28 24
27 Antioch Review 25 22
28 Epoch 24 21
28 Mississippi Review 29 21
28 Shenandoah 23 21
31 Five Points 29 20
31 Glimmer Train 36 20
31 ZYZZYVA 41 20
34 Bellevue Literary Review 32 19
34 Colorado Review 36 19
36 Crazyhorse 42 17
36 Michigan Quarterly Review 39 17
36 Witness 32 17
39 Idaho Review 45 16
39 Image 50 16
39 StoryQuarterly 32 16
39 TriQuarterly 32 16
43 Prairie Schooner 38 14
44 Yale Review 42 13
45 American Scholar 45 11
45 Third Coast 48 11
45 Willow Springs 44 11
48 Cincinnati Review 48 10
48 Hudson Review 39 10
50 Alaska Quarterly Review 45 9
50 Little Star 53 9
50 Oxford American 50 9
53 Post Road 52 8
54 Granta 66 7
54 J Journal 53 7
54 Manoa 53 7
54 New Orleans Review 59 7
54 Pen America 53 7
54 Sonora Review 59 7
60 Chelsea © 53 6
60 Florida Review 59 6
60 Massachusetts Review 59 6
60 Southwest Review 77 6
60 Speakeasy © 53 6
60 Water-Stone Review 59 6
66 Beloit Fiction 77 5
66 Black Renaissance Noire 66 5
66 Harvard Review 66 5
66 Hopkins Review 77 5
66 Indiana Review 59 5
66 Mid American Review 66 5
66 Ninth Letter 77 5
66 Pinch 66 5
66 Pleiades 66 5
66 Raritan 66 5
66 Univ. of Georgia Press 66 5
66 Wigleaf 66 5
66 Ruminate 5
79 Caribbean Writer 66 4
79 Fiction 77 4
79 Gulf Coast 87 4
79 New York Tyrant 77 4
79 Sewanee Review 77 4
84 Akashic Books 99 3
84 Another Chicago Magazine 87 3
84 Appalachian Heritage 87 3
84 BkMk Press 87 3
84 Blackbird 87 3
84 Brooklyn Rail 99 3
84 Event 87 3
84 Fiction International 77 3
84 Fourteen Hills 87 3
84 North American Review 77 3
84 Northwest Review 87 3
84 Notre Dame Review 87 3
84 Other Voices © 87 3
84 Redivider 99 3
84 Western Humanities Review 87 3
99 [sic] 99 2
99 American Letters & Commentary 99 2
99 At Length 99 2
99 Baltimore Review 131 2
99 Black Warrior Review 77 2
99 Boston Review 99 2
99 Brooklyn Review 99 2
99 Calyx 99 2
99 Carve 99 2
99 Chautauqua 99 2
99 Cimarron Review 99 2
99 Columbia Review 99 2
99 Crab Orchard Review 99 2
99 Cutbank 131 2
99 Electric Literature 99 2
99 Faultline 99 2
99 Fifth Wednesday 99 2
99 Inkwell 99 2
99 Paper Street © (?) 99 2
99 Passages North 99 2
99 Press 53 99 2
99 Recommended Reading 99 2
99 River Styx 87 2
99 Southampton Review 99 2
99 Sou’wester 99 2
99 The Journal 99 2
99 Turnrow 99 2
99 West Branch 99 2
99 World Literature Today 131 2
99 Black Clock 2
129 Amazon Shorts © 131 1
129 Anomalous 131 1
129 Antietam Review © 131 1
129 Artful Dodge 131 1
129 Arts & Letters 131 1
129 Asian American Literary Review 131 1
129 Austin State University Press 131 1
129 Ballyhoo Stories 131 1
129 Bamboo Ridge 131 1
129 Bellingham Review 131 1
129 Blue Earth Review 131 1
129 Blue Mesa Review 131 1
129 Bomb 131 1
129 Brain, Child 131 1
129 Briar Cliff Review 99 1
129 Callaloo 131 1
129 Carpe Articulum 131 1
129 Chariton Review 131 1
129 Chattahoochee Review 131 1
129 Collagist 131 1
129 Common, The 131 1
129 Confrontation 99 1
129 Consequence Magazine 131 1
129 Contemporary West 131 1
129 Copper Nickel 131 1
129 Crab Creek Review 131 1
129 Daedalus 99 1
129 Dalkey Archive Press 131 1
129 Dogwood 131 1
129 Dos Passos Review 131 1
129 Dossier Journal 131 1
129 Eggemoggin Reach Review (?) 131 1
129 Enizagram 131 1
129 Epiphany 131 1
129 Exile 131 1
129 failbetter.com 99 1
129 Five Chapters 131 1
129 Folio 131 1
129 Freight Stories 131 1
129 Gray’s Sporting Journal 131 1
129 Graywolf Press 131 1
129 Grist 131 1
129 Healing Muse 131 1
129 Hotel Amerika 131 1
129 Hunger Mountain 131 1
129 Isotope © 131 1
129 Jabberwock Review 131 1
129 John Daniel & Co. 131 1
129 Kelsey Review 131 1
129 King’s English © 131 1
129 Kweli 131 1
129 Lake Effect 131 1
129 Laughing Fire Press 131 1
129 Laurel Review 131 1
129 Little Fiction 131 1
129 Maggid © 131 1
129 Margin (?) 131 1
129 McSweeney’s Books 131 1
129 Minnesota Review 131 1
129 Momotombo Press 131 1
129 Mythium 131 1
129 n+1 131 1
129 Natural Bridge 1
129 New Ohio Review 131 1
129 News from the Republic of Letters 59 1
129 Nimrod 131 1
129 Normal School 131 1
129 North Carolina Literary Review 131 1
129 Open City © 131 1
129 Orion 131 1
129 Outpost 19 131 1
129 Pear Noir 131 1
129 Pearl 131 1
129 Pegasus Books 131 1
129 Per Contra 131 1
129 Phoebe 131 1
129 Prism 131 1
129 Puckerbush Press © 131 1
129 Puerto del Sol 131 1
129 Quarter After Eight 131 1
129 Quarterly West 131 1
129 Quick Fiction © 131 1
129 Relief 131 1
129 Rivendell © 131 1
129 Rosebud 131 1
129 Salamander 131 1
129 Salt Hill 131 1
129 Sarabande Books 131 1
129 Seems 131 1
129 Slice 131 1
129 Smoke Long Quarterly 131 1
129 South Carolina Review 131 1
129 Southern California Review 131 1
129 Spork 131 1
129 Stolen Time Press (?) 131 1
129 Stone Canoe 131 1
129 Subtropics 131 1
129 Sycamore Review 131 1
129 Texas Review 131 1
129 Tiferet 131 1
129 Timber Creek Review (?) 99 1
129 Transformation (?) 131 1
129 Underground Voices 131 1
129 Upstreet 131 1
129 War, Literature and The Arts 131 1
129 Joyland 1
129 Chicago Quarterly 1
129 Cleaver 1
129 Memorious 1
129 Santa Monica Review 1
129 Texas Review Press 1
129 Juked 1
129 Seneca Review 1
129 Malahat Review 1
129 Lumina 1

 

2015 Pushcart Prize Ranking of Literary Magazines

2015CoverHomeIt is time for the much-anticipated updating of my literary magazine rankings. It is my hope that you will find the rankings to be useful.

Fiction Rankings

Nonfiction Rankings

Poetry Rankings

I began this effort several years ago. I had decided to take a tiered approach to submitting short stories to magazines, but it was difficult to decide how to tier the magazines. By tiering, I mean that I wanted to submit to magazines that were roughly equal in reputation and quality, so that if one accepted a piece (Tin House, say) it wouldn’t rip my heart out to withdraw it from other magazines in the same tier (One Story, say). If on the other hand I had received an acceptance from an unknown magazine, it would kill me to have to withdraw from Ploughshares if I had made the mistake of submitting to both at the same time.

So I came up with this simple system. I would rank magazines based solely on the number of Pushcart Prizes and Special Mentions the magazines had won over a ten year period. I chose the Pushcart Prize instead of the Best American series or the O. Henry Prize because it seems somewhat more transparent–magazine editors nominate in all genres, and the prizes and special mentions go to all kinds of small magazines (although online journals are still mostly ignored, which is a drawback.). I opted for a ten-year period because reputations don’t develop over night, and it seemed to me that magazines do need to earn their places on the list with consistency over the years. Some have argued that ten years is too long. They may be right. (I’ve experimented with using a five-year period, but for now I’m sticking with ten.) It may also be of interest to readers that the ranking is based on a very simple formula that awards a point for each Special Mention received and then multiple points for each Pushcart Prize received. Thus a magazine with one point on the list has received one Special Mention in the last ten years, but a magazine with a higher total will have received either multiple Special Mentions or a combination of Prizes and Special Mentions.

Also, note that there are some magazines on the list that have closed. Magazines do come and go and sometimes they come back again. Magazines that are closed are marked with the © symbol. If I learn of new closures or resurrections, I’ll correct the lists.

Some people argue that the whole ranking thing is silly. If that’s how you feel, you are invited to ignore the whole thing. I’ve heard from lots of people who refer to the rankings regularly, however, so I am certain that lots of people find it useful. As long as that is the case, I’ll keep doing them.

Something I haven’t mentioned before, but probably should have: I am in no way affiliated with the Pushcart Press that organizes the prizes and publishes the anthology each year. In fact, I don’t think they know I exist. I do these rankings without their input or permission. Also, I don’t get paid to do this. I do, however, accept donations via the handy PayPal buttons that you will see along with the lists. No pressure or guilt associated with the donations, but some people have been generous and I do appreciate it.

The lists (in Fiction, Poetry, and Nonfiction) will be posted today and tomorrow. I welcome feedback–broken links or whatever–in the comment section or by email to info@cliffordgarstang.com.

2015 Pushcart Prize Ranking of Literary Magazines — Poetry

2015CoverHome[Note: the 2016 Rankings are here.]

Below is the 2015 Pushcart Prize Ranking of Literary Magazines for POETRY.

For information about my annual magazine rankings and my methodology, go here.

Go here for FICTION and NONFICTION rankings.

The big news: Kenyon Review has displaced Poetry at the top of the heap. (With the inclusion of the 2014 rankings for comparison, you can see other movements in the list.)

 

If you find these lists useful, please make a donation by clicking on the link below. Or—even better—buy one of my books (from any source you like, including Amazon.com: In an Uncharted Country and What the Zhang Boys Know).

 

2015 Magazine 2014 2015 Score
1 Kenyon Review 2 94
2 Poetry 1 92
3 Ploughshares 4 63
4 American Poetry Review 3 62
5 Threepenny Review 5 55
6 New England Review 7 47
7 Georgia Review 5 38
8 Field 10 37
9 Gettysburg Review 12 33
9 Virginia Quarterly Review 8 33
11 BOA Editions 12 28
12 Poetry Review 14 27
12 TriQuarterly 14 27
14 Tin House 16 26
15 Five Points 11 25
16 Agni 22 23
16 Cincinnati Review 17 23
16 Southern Review 9 23
19 Alice James Books 18 21
19 Yale Review 19 21
21 New Ohio Review 19 20
21 Sugar House Review 26 20
23 Michigan Quarterly Review 21 19
24 Blackbird 24 17
24 Rattle 31 17
26 Smartish Pace 34 16
26 Spillway 34 16
28 Poetry Northwest 26 15
28 The Journal 26 15
28 Water-Stone Review 26 15
31 Copper Canyon Press 53 14
32 Hudson Review 26 13
32 Paris Review 56 13
34 Runes © 31 12
35 American Scholar 23 11
35 Canary 34 11
35 Lake Effect 34 11
35 New American Writing 34 11
35 Tupelo Press 67 11
40 Alaska Quarterly Review 41 10
40 Cue Editions 41 10
40 Ecotone 41 10
40 Great River Review 41 10
40 Green Mountains Review 41 10
40 Literary Imagination 41 10
40 Notre Dame Review 41 10
40 Orion 41 10
40 River Styx 41 10
40 Shenandoah 34 10
40 West Branch 41 10
51 Image 53 9
52 Crazyhorse 53 8
52 Iowa Review 56 8
52 Massachusetts Review 56 8
52 Ninth Letter 60 8
56 5 a.m. 60 7
56 Four Way Books 161 7
56 New Letters 31 7
56 Salamander 60 7
56 Sun 67 7
56 Wave Books 60 7
62 Atlanta Review 67 6
62 Barrow Street 34 6
62 Bloom 67 6
62 Chautauqua 67 6
62 Cimarron Review 67 6
62 Crowd © (?) 67 6
62 Epoch 67 6
62 Gulf Coast 67 6
62 Hotel Amerika 56 6
62 Indiana Review 89 6
62 jubilat 168 6
62 Lana Turner 168 6
62 Little Patuxent Review 67 6
62 Little Star 168 6
62 Missouri Review 67 6
62 New Criterion 67 6
62 North American Review 60 6
62 Paterson Literary Review 67 6
62 Perugia Press 67 6
62 Poetry International 67 6
62 Sixth Finch 89 6
62 Subtropics 67 6
62 Willow Springs 67 6
62 ZYZZYVA 67 6
86 Anhinga Press 89 5
86 Arroyo Literary Review 89 5
86 Assaracus 89 5
86 Blueline 89 5
86 Boston Review 168 5
86 Briar Cliff Review 89 5
86 Café Review 89 5
86 Chattahoochee Review 89 5
86 Collagist 89 5
86 Colorado Review 89 5
86 Court Green 89 5
86 Curbstone Press 89 5
86 Cypher Books 89 5
86 Denver Quarterly 89 5
86 Dogwood 89 5
86 Dunes Review 89 5
86 Eastern Wash. Univ. Press © 89 5
86 Eleven Eleven 89 5
86 Epiphany 89 5
86 Fifth Wednesday 89 5
86 Five Fingers Review 89 5
86 Forklift Ohio 89 5
86 Graywolf Press 89 5
86 Harbour Publishing 89 5
86 Harvard Review 67 5
86 Hollyridge Press 89 5
86 Hunger Mountain 89 5
86 Ibbetson Street 89 5
86 Laurel Poetry Collective 89 5
86 Lyric (?) 89 5
86 Manhattan Review 89 5
86 Margie © 89 5
86 Meridian 89 5
86 Muzzle Magazine 89 5
86 National Poetry Review 89 5
86 Nebraska Poets Calendar 89 5
86 New Issues Poetry and Prose 67 5
86 New Orleans Review 89 5
86 New South Books 89 5
86 New Verse News 89 5
86 OCHO 89 5
86 Parnassus: Poetry in Review 89 5
86 Pebble Lake Review 89 5
86 Pilot Light 89 5
86 Pleasure Boat Studio 89 5
86 Poems & Plays 67 5
86 Poetry Atlanta Press 89 5
86 Quiddity 89 5
86 Rivendell © 41 5
86 Snake Nation Review 89 5
86 Southern Indiana Review 89 5
86 Southern Poetry Review 24 5
86 Spork 89 5
86 Think Journal 89 5
86 Third Coast 89 5
86 Tikkun 89 5
86 Toadlily Press 89 5
86 Treelight Books 89 5
86 Utah State University Press 89 5
86 Vallum: Contemporary Poetry 89 5
86 Verse Wisconsin 89 5
86 World Literature Today 89 5
86 YesYes Books 89 5
86 Zone 3 89 5
86 Account 5
86 Granta 5
86 Malahat Review 5
86 Brick 5
86 Awl 5
155 Beloit Poetry Journal 156 4
155 Southwest Review 156 4
155 University of Pittsburgh Press 156 4
158 Raritan 156 3
159 Autumn House 161 2
159 Birdfeast 168 2
159 Boulevard 160 2
159 Connecticut Review 60 2
159 Greensboro Review 161 2
159 Healing Muse 161 2
159 New South 168 2
159 Pinch 161 2
159 Pleiades 67 2
159 Prairie Schooner 161 2
169 A Public Space 168 1
169 Able Muse 168 1
169 Airlie Press 168 1
169 Barefoot Muse 168 1
169 Bat City 168 1
169 Believer 168 1
169 Bellevue Literary Review 168 1
169 Black Warrior Review 168 1
169 Blue Earth Review 168 1
169 Callaloo 168 1
169 Calyx 168 1
169 Cardinal Points 168 1
169 Columbia Poetry Review 168 1
169 Crab Creek Review 168 1
169 Drunken Boat 168 1
169 Eleventh Muse 168 1
169 Evansville Review 168 1
169 Examined Life 168 1
169 Fort Hemlock Press 168 1
169 Free Lunch © 168 1
169 Frostproof Review © 168 1
169 Hampden-Sydney Poetry Review 168 1
169 Hanging Loose 168 1
169 Harpur Palate 168 1
169 Haven Chronicles (?) 168 1
169 Hayden’s Ferry 168 1
169 Hollins Critic 168 1
169 Hopkins Review 168 1
169 InDigest 168 1
169 Iron Horse Literary Review 1
169 Kentuckians for the Commonwealth 168 1
169 Leaping Dog Press 168 1
169 Live Mag! 168 1
169 Long Island Quarterly 168 1
169 Lost Hills Books 168 1
169 Main Street Rag 168 1
169 Make 168 1
169 McSweeney’s 168 1
169 MS. 168 1
169 Natural Bridge 168 1
169 New Delta Review 168 1
169 New Haven Review 168 1
169 New Madrid 168 1
169 Nimrod 168 1
169 Normal School 168 1
169 November 3rd Club 168 1
169 Omnidawn Publishing 168 1
169 Paper Street © (?) 168 1
169 Pearl 168 1
169 Persea Books 168 1
169 Phoebe 168 1
169 PMS 161 1
169 Poet Lore 168 1
169 Poetry 180 168 1
169 Poetry Flash 168 1
169 Quarterly West 168 1
169 Rhino 168 1
169 Salmagundi 168 1
169 Sarabande Books 60 1
169 Seattle Review 168 1
169 Sentence 168 1
169 Silk Road 168 1
169 Sink Review 168 1
169 Speakeasy © 168 1
169 Specs 168 1
169 Spoon River Review 168 1
169 Upstreet 168 1
169 Valparaiso Poetry Review 168 1
169 Verse Magazine 168 1
169 Wordcraft of Oregon 168 1
169 Xantippe (?) 168 1
169 Zephyr Press 168 1
169 Solstice 1
169 Paris American 1
169 Poem-a-Day 1
169 Clockhouse 1
169 Construction 1
169 Codex 1