Your Writing Resolutions for 2017

It’s a brand new year. You’ve made some resolutions, am I right? And if you’re a writer, as I am, your resolutions might look something like this:

1. Finish more [stories, essays, poems].

2. Figure out where to send them.

3. SUBMIT!

I’m here to help. When I first started sending out stories in about 2004, I had no idea where to send them. I dutifully read some of the literary magazines I could find, but I barely knew a Ploughshare from a Conjunction. And my method of choosing where to submit was pretty scattershot. Then I discovered the idea of dividing the literary magazine world into tiers and only submitting (simultaneously) within the tiers.

I decided to create a ranking system that would let me group magazines by their quality–or at least by some measure of quality, since quality is ultimately subjective. I chose the annual Pushcart Prize anthology as my measure–among the major annual anthologies, its selection process seems the most transparent, plus it excludes the “slicks” from its recognition–and created a formula to award points for prizes awarded and special mentions listed over a ten-year period.

The result was a big list of magazines that I posted on my blog and some people found it useful. Later, I added separate lists for non-fiction and poetry. And then I added hyperlinks so writers could jump directly from my rankings to the websites of the magazines they were interested in. Now I frequently hear that writers find the list indispensable.  I’m glad to hear it.

Here, to help you with your submissions in 2017, are my annual literary magazine rankings:

2017 Perpetual Folly Literary Magazine Rankings: Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry.

2017 Perpetual Folly Literary Magazine Ranking — Poetry

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

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2017 Magazine 2016 2017 Score
1 Poetry 2 59.5
2 Kenyon Review 1 53.5
3 American Poetry Review 3 46
4 Threepenny Review 5 38
5 Ploughshares 4 36
6 Southern Review 8 35.5
7 New England Review 6 27.5
8 Poetry Review 12 24
9 Cincinnati Review 14 20
10 Field 8 19.5
10 Georgia Review 7 19.5
10 Paris Review 14 19.5
13 Gettysburg Review 8 19
13 Sun 23 19
13 Tin House 17 19
16 Five Points 11 18.5
16 Spillway 18 18.5
18 Sugar House Review 19 17.5
19 Copper Canyon Press 29 16.5
20 Rattle 23 16
21 BOA Editions 14 15
22 Agni 19 14.5
22 Virginia Quarterly Review 12 14.5
24 Poetry Northwest 25 13.5
25 Hudson Review 31 13
26 New Ohio Review 19 12.5
26 Smartish Pace 25 12.5
28 Copper Nickel 11
29 jubilat 66 10.5
29 Tupelo Press 36 10.5
31 Blackbird 31 10
31 Boston Review 87 10
31 Four Way Books 34 10
31 Water-Stone Review 27 10
31 Yale Review 19 10
36 River Styx 43 9.5
37 Massachusetts Review 54 9
38 Ecotone 43 8.5
38 Image 31 8.5
38 Missouri Review 66 8.5
38 Sixth Finch 36 8.5
42 Michigan Quarterly Review 29 7.5
42 Orion 43 7.5
42 Vallum: Contemporary Poetry 43 7.5
45 Denver Quarterly 66 7
45 Hotel Amerika 58 7
47 American Scholar 36 6.5
47 Willow Springs 58 6.5
49 Awl 87 6
49 Codex 66 6
49 Indiana Review 66 6
49 Lana Turner 66 6
49 Little Star 66 6
49 Nepantla 6
49 Paterson Literary Review 66 6
49 Poem-a-Day 172 6
49 Poetry International 66 6
49 Prelude 66 6
49 Subtropics 66 6
49 The Journal 27 6
61 Alice James Books 36 5.5
61 Canary 36 5.5
61 Crazyhorse 54 5.5
61 Gulf Coast 66 5.5
61 Lake Effect 36 5.5
61 New American Writing 36 5.5
61 Quarterly West (?)  66 5.5
61 ZYZZYVA 66 5.5
69 Account 87 5
69 Adroit Journal 5
69 Alaska Quarterly Review 43 5
69 Assaracus 87 5
69 Briar Cliff Review 87 5
69 Brick 87 5
69 Butcher’s Dog 87 5
69 Café Review 87 5
69 Cave Wall 87 5
69 Collagist 87 5
69 Conduit 5
69 Crab Orchard Review 87 5
69 Dunes Review 87 5
69 Fifth Wednesday 87 5
69 Forklift Ohio 87 5
69 Granta 87 5
69 Graywolf Press 87 5
69 Great River Review 43 5
69 Green Mountains Review 43 5
69 Harbour Publishing 87 5
69 Harvard Review 87 5
69 Hawaii Pacific Review 5
69 Hunger Mountain 87 5
69 Ibbetson Street (?) 87 5
69 LSU Press 87 5
69 Malahat Review 87 5
69 Manhattan Review 87 5
69 Muzzle Magazine 87 5
69 Nebraska Poets Calendar 87 5
69 New Verse News 87 5
69 Notre Dame Review 43 5
69 Pilot Light 87 5
69 Prism 87 5
69 Purple Passion Press 5
69 River Teeth 5
69 Southern Indiana Review 87 5
69 Southern Poetry Review 87 5
69 Spork 87 5
69 Storm Cellar 5
69 Summerset Review 87 5
69 TAB 87 5
69 Tar River 87 5
69 Thrush 87 5
69 Tiger Bark Press 87 5
69 Treelight Books 87 5
69 Volta 5
69 White Pine Press 5
69 YesYes Books 87 5
117 Little Patuxent Review 58 4.5
118 Cimarron Review 58 4
118 Epoch 58 4
118 Shenandoah 54 4
118 Wave Books 58 4
122 New Letters 58 3.5
122 Salamander 58 3.5
122 World Literature Today 66 3.5
125 5 a.m. © 66 3
125 Barrow Street 66 3
125 Iowa Review 66 3
125 New Criterion 66 3
125 North American Review 66 3
125 Runes ©  34 3
131 Anhinga Press 87 2.5
131 Arroyo Literary Review 87 2.5
131 Atlanta Review 87 2.5
131 Blueline 87 2.5
131 Chattahoochee Review 87 2.5
131 Court Green © 87 2.5
131 Cue Editions 43 2.5
131 Curbstone Press 87 2.5
131 Cypher Books 87 2.5
131 Eastern Wash. Univ. Press © 87 2.5
131 Eleven Eleven 87 2.5
131 Epiphany 87 2.5
131 Laurel Poetry Collective © 87 2.5
131 Literary Imagination 87 2.5
131 Margie © 87 2.5
131 Meridian 87 2.5
131 New South Books 87 2.5
131 Ninth Letter 54 2.5
131 OCHO 87 2.5
131 Parnassus: Poetry in Review 87 2.5
131 Pleasure Boat Studio 87 2.5
131 Pleiades 165 2.5
131 Poems & Plays 87 2.5
131 Poetry Atlanta Press 87 2.5
131 Quiddity 87 2.5
131 Snake Nation Review 87 2.5
131 Think Journal 87 2.5
131 Third Coast 87 2.5
131 Tikkun 87 2.5
131 Toadlily Press 87 2.5
131 University of Pittsburgh Press 161 2.5
131 Utah State University Press 87 2.5
131 Verse Wisconsin ©  87 2.5
131 West Branch 43 2.5
131 Zone 3 87 2.5
166 Believer 172 2
166 Beloit Poetry Journal 161 2
166 Birdfeast 165 2
166 Iron Horse Literary Review 172 2
166 New South 165 2
166 Pinch 165 2
166 Raritan 164 2
166 TriQuarterly 53 2
174 Hampden-Sydney Poetry Review 165 1.5
174 Southwest Review 161 1.5
174 Upstreet 172 1.5
177 A Public Space 172 1
177 Able Muse 172 1
177 Academy of American Poets 1
177 Airlie Press 172 1
177 Arroyo 1
177 Autumn House 172 1
177 Black Warrior Review 172 1
177 Bloom 172 1
177 Calyx 172 1
177 Cardinal Points 172 1
177 Chautauqua 172 1
177 Chinquapin Literary Magazine 1
177 Chiron Review 172 1
177 Cleveland State Univ. Poetry Ctr. 1
177 Clockhouse 172 1
177 Construction 172 1
177 Cossack Review 1
177 Enizagam 172 1
177 Evansville Review 172 1
177 Examined Life 172 1
177 Exit 7 172 1
177 Gun Powder Press 1
177 Healing Muse 165 1
177 Hobart 1
177 Jai-Alai 172 1
177 Louisiana Literature 1
177 Make 172 1
177 McNeese Review 1
177 Meadow 1
177 New Madrid 172 1
177 Normal School 172 1
177 Offing 1
177 One Throne 1
177 Paris American 172 1
177 Persea Books 172 1
177 Pluck 172 1
177 Poet Lore 172 1
177 Porkbelly Press 1
177 QWERTY 1
177 Radius 172 1
177 Rove (?) 1
177 Rumpus 1
177 Saranac Review 172 1
177 Silk Road 172 1
177 Sink Review 172 1
177 Solstice 172 1
177 Southeast Review 172 1
177 Springhouse 1
177 Tupelo Quarterly 172 1
177 Upstairs at Duroc 172 1
177 Verse Daily 1
177 Verse Magazine 172 1
177 Yarn 1
177 Zephyr Press 172 1
231 Barefoot Muse 172 0.5
231 Bat City 172 0.5
231 Bellevue Literary Review 172 0.5
231 Blue Earth Review 172 0.5
231 Boulevard 172 0.5
231 Columbia Poetry Review 172 0.5
231 Connecticut Review (?) 172 0.5
231 Crab Creek Review 172 0.5
231 Eleventh Muse © 172 0.5
231 Fort Hemlock Press © 172 0.5
231 Greensboro Review 165 0.5
231 Hanging Loose 172 0.5
231 Harpur Palate 172 0.5
231 Haven Chronicles (?) 172 0.5
231 Hayden’s Ferry 172 0.5
231 Hollins Critic 172 0.5
231 Hopkins Review 172 0.5
231 InDigest 172 0.5
231 Live Mag! 172 0.5
231 Long Island Quarterly 172 0.5
231 Lost Hills Books (?) 172 0.5
231 Main Street Rag 172 0.5
231 McSweeney’s 172 0.5
231 Natural Bridge 172 0.5
231 New Delta Review 172 0.5
231 New Haven Review 172 0.5
231 Nimrod 172 0.5
231 November 3rd Club 172 0.5
231 Omnidawn Publishing 172 0.5
231 Paper Street © (?) 172 0.5
231 Pearl © 172 0.5
231 Perugia Press 172 0.5
231 Phoebe 172 0.5
231 PMS 172 0.5
231 Poetry Flash 172 0.5
231 Prairie Schooner 172 0.5
231 Rhino 172 0.5
231 Salmagundi 172 0.5
231 Sentence ©  172 0.5
231 Specs 172 0.5
231 Spoon River Review 172 0.5
231 Valparaiso Poetry Review 172 0.5
231 Wordcraft of Oregon 172 0.5

2017 Perpetual Folly Literary Magazine Rankings — Non-Fiction

 

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

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2017 Magazine 2016 2017 Score
1 Sun 3 59.5
2 Orion 1 59
3 Georgia Review 2 52.5
4 New Letters 4 29
4 Tin House 9 29
6 Gettysburg Review 5 25.5
7 Conjunctions 6 24.5
7 Ploughshares 8 24.5
9 Agni 7 23
9 Granta 28 23
11 n+1 14 19.5
12 Point, The 32 19
13 Fourth Genre 15 18.5
13 Paris Review 20 18.5
15 River Teeth 16 18
15 Threepenny Review 12 18
17 Iowa Review 11 17.5
17 Salmagundi 17 17.5
19 American Scholar 12 16.5
20 Missouri Review 10 15.5
21 Ecotone 20 14.5
22 Creative Nonfiction 26 14
23 Boulevard 19 13.5
24 Antioch Review 23 13
24 Southern Review 17 13
26 Kenyon Review 20 11.5
27 Image 23 10.5
28 Virginia Quarterly Review 23 10
29 Narrative 58 9
29 New England Review 47 9
31 Believer 47 8
31 Pinch 40 8
33 News from the Republic of Letters (?) 32 7.5
33 Yale Review 40 7.5
35 Blackbird 44 7
35 Colorado Review 28 7
37 Hunger Mountain 44 6.5
37 Ninth Letter 32 6.5
37 Raritan 30 6.5
40 Oxford American 91 6
41 Brain, Child 36 5.5
41 Shenandoah 26 5.5
41 World Literature Today 47 5.5
44 American Circus 58 5
44 Fourth River 58 5
44 Fugue 58 5
44 Gigantic 58 5
44 Hudson Review 36 5
44 New Orleans Review 58 5
44 Radio Silence 58 5
44 Ruminate 58 5
44 Southwest Review 40 5
44 Third Coast 30 5
44 War, Literature and The Arts 5
55 Harvard Review 32 4.5
55 Michigan Quarterly Review 36 4.5
55 Water-Stone Review 47 4.5
58 Alaska Quarterly Review 73 4
58 Broad Street 73 4
58 Normal School 73 4
58 TriQuarterly 40 4
62 American Poetry Review 44 3.5
62 Brick 73 3.5
62 North Dakota Quarterly 47 3.5
62 Sewanee Review 58 3.5
62 Sweet 47 3.5
67 Big Roundtable 120 3
67 Los Angeles Review 80 3
67 Passages North 47 3
70 Boston Review 80 2.5
70 Cimarron Review 80 2.5
70 Five Points 36 2.5
70 Great River Review 58 2.5
70 In Character ©  58 2.5
70 Milkweed Editions – Press 91 2.5
70 Seattle Review 58 2.5
70 Tusculum 58 2.5
78 American Athenaeum 91 2
78 Arts & Letters 73 2
78 Brevity 91 2
78 Florida Review 80 2
78 Hedgehog Review 120 2
78 Lapham’s Quarterly 80 2
78 McSweeney’s 91 2
78 O-Dark-Thirty 120 2
78 Prairie Schooner 120 2
78 Prism 80 2
88 Alimentum 80 1.5
88 Baffler 120 1.5
88 Bellevue Literary Review 80 1.5
88 Gulf Coast 80 1.5
88 Malahat Review 91 1.5
88 Massachusetts Review 80 1.5
88 Memoir © 91 1.5
88 New Ohio Review 91 1.5
88 North American Review 73 1.5
88 Provincetown Arts 80 1.5
88 Southampton Review 91 1.5
88 Subtropics 91 1.5
88 Under the Sun 91 1.5
88 Willow Springs 91 1.5
88 ZYZZYVA 91 1.5
103 A Public Space 91 1
103 American Chordata 1
103 Arts Fuse 120 1
103 Bellevue Literary Press 91 1
103 Bomb 120 1
103 Bookforum 120 1
103 Camera Obscura 120 1
103 Catamaran 120 1
103 Catapult 1
103 Chautauqua 91 1
103 Chicago Review 120 1
103 Common, The 1
103 Dart Society 120 1
103 Delmarva Review 120 1
103 Diagram 120 1
103 Epoch 120 1
103 Fifth Wednesday 120 1
103 Five Chapters 120 1
103 Free Inquiry 120 1
103 Heyday Books 1
103 High Desert Journal 120 1
103 Hub City Press 120 1
103 Manoa 91 1
103 Mount Hope 120 1
103 Natural Bridge 120 1
103 Northwest Review ©  91 1
103 Oregon Humanities 47 1
103 Oregon Quarterly 120 1
103 Packinghouse Review © 120 1
103 PMS (w) 91 1
103 River Styx 120 1
103 Tavern Books 120 1
103 Tikkun 120 1
103 Timberline Review 1
103 Tupelo Press 120 1
103 Wilson Quarterly 120 1
103 Witness 58 1
103 Zone 3 120 1
141 American Interest 120 0.5
141 American Short Fiction 120 0.5
141 Asia Literary Review 120 0.5
141 Bat City 120 0.5
141 Black Pearls 120 0.5
141 Blood Orange Review 120 0.5
141 Callaloo 120 0.5
141 Canteen 120 0.5
141 Columbia Review 91 0.5
141 Connecticut Review (?) 91 0.5
141 Divide ? 120 0.5
141 Europa Editions 120 0.5
141 Fiction 120 0.5
141 Fiction International 120 0.5
141 Haystack Mountain 120 0.5
141 Healing Muse 120 0.5
141 High Country News 120 0.5
141 Hotel Amerika 91 0.5
141 Idaho Review 120 0.5
141 Iron Horse Literary Review 120 0.5
141 Kyoto Journal 91 0.5
141 Literary Review 120 0.5
141 Make ? 120 0.5
141 Meridian 120 0.5
141 Minnesota Review 120 0.5
141 New Haven Review 120 0.5
141 Noon 120 0.5
141 Open City 120 0.5
141 Other Voices © 120 0.5
141 Palo Alto Review ? 120 0.5
141 Parnassus 73 0.5
141 Poetry 47 0.5
141 Portland Magazine 120 0.5
141 Post Road 91 0.5
141 Relief 120 0.5
141 Rosebud 120 0.5
141 Rumpus 120 0.5
141 Seneca Review 120 0.5
141 SN Review 120 0.5
141 Stone Canoe 120 0.5
141 Stranger 120 0.5
141 The Journal 47 0.5
141 University of Michigan Press 120 0.5
141 Wag’s Revue 120 0.5
141 Writers Chronicle 91 0.5

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

2017 Perpetual Folly Literary Magazine Ranking — Overview

pushcart2017Below are links to the 2017 Perpetual Folly Literary Magazine Rankings for Fiction, Poetry, and Non-Fiction. Scroll down for a discussion of the rationale and methodology behind the lists.

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Literary Magazine Ranking — Fiction

Literary Magazine Ranking — Poetry

Literary Magazine Ranking — Non-Fiction

Rationale for the rankings. Years ago, when I was first submitting short stories to literary magazines, I wanted a way to tier my submissions. I believe in simultaneous submissions, but I didn’t want to submit a story to a great magazine and a not-so-great magazine at the same time because of the risk of multiple acceptances. (If the not-so-great magazine accepted first, it would pain me to withdraw the story from the great magazine.) Developing a ranking of literary magazines allowed me to submit only to those magazines in roughly the same tier. I began sharing the list on my blog because I knew other writers used the same tiered approach to submissions. Eventually I added poetry and non-fiction rankings and also links to magazine websites.

Basis for the rankings. I base the rankings on the annual Pushcart Prize anthology that comes out in November. That anthology includes fiction, poetry, and non-fiction and excludes the magazines of general circulation like The New Yorker, Atlantic, Harper’s, and so on. Other anthologies, like the Best American series and the O.Henry Prize Stories are excellent books, but their approach to assembling their winners is different. As these things go, the Pushcart Prize anthology draws from a wide range of nominating magazines, which makes it the best choice for these rankings. One criticism of the Pushcart Prizes is that they have a print-publication bias. Although there are an increasing number of online publications earning recognition in the anthology, that bias is probably real. There are some fine online magazines that won’t appear on these lists, unfortunately.

Methodology.  I’ve made a change this year. Originally, I based the rankings on a ten-year rolling score that assigned a constant value for Pushcart Prizes earned over that period and a lower value for Special Mentions. Some readers suggested that a five-year rolling score would be better because it would result in newer publications rising in the rankings sooner. But reputations take years to develop, and I didn’t like the shorter period, while acknowledging the validity of the point. So this year I’ve compromised. Now the formula assigns one value for Prizes and Special Mentions received in the most recent five years and half that value for Prizes received in the preceding five years.

Symbols. You’ll notice a few symbols next to the names of some magazines on the lists. (c) indicates a closed magazine; (w) indicates a broken link for a live magazine; and (?) indicates some question about the magazine or an unknown link.

Missing Links — Literary Magazine Rankings

I was wondering why my Home Page was getting so many hits, but now I know. Because of a WordPress glitch, I had to change how post were named on the site, and as a result instead of going to the rankings, readers went to the home page instead. I have fixed the problem, but now have to rebuild some links.

To find the rankings, on the menu click on look for the drop-down menu under blog, then literary magazine rankings, then 2016 Rankings, then pick your genre.

I apologize for the inconvenience.

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.

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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.