2015 Pushcart Prize Ranking of Literary Magazines — Poetry

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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.)

 

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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

 

28 Replies to “2015 Pushcart Prize Ranking of Literary Magazines — Poetry”

  1. Dear Lord! What an undertaking! Thank you, again, for doing this. I think I speak for all writers and readers when I say we truly appreciate all of the time, effort, and organization this takes. ~ Jennifer Pruiett-Selby

  2. I love that you have this list but wondered where you get the mags you rank from? I’ve come across a lot of longstanding literary journals that I don’t see listed here at all and wanted to know if it’s because they aren’t worth ranking or because they haven’t been reviewed? If the latter, can journals be submitted for review?

    1. As I explain on the blog, the rankings include only those magazines that have won Pushcart Prizes or Special Mentions over the course of the last ten years, and the relative rankings are determined by how many of each the magazine has won. Thus, for example, the magazine I edit, Prime Number Magazine, isn’t on the list because we haven’t won a Pushcart Prize or Special Mention. Hope that clears it up.

  3. Some of these aren’t magazines, like BOA Editions, my publisher. Why are presses on the list along with magazines? Just wondering. And thanks for doing this, by the way.

    1. Good question! I include them because they also receive Pushcart Prizes and made the decision some time ago not to differentiate. It’s a good way, I figured, to draw attention to good small book presses, too.

  4. Thanks very much, Clifford, for this great resource! I noticed that the link to Salmagundi doesn’t work, so I thought I’d share.

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