2015 Pushcart Prize Literary Magazine Rankings

2015CoverHomeFor the past several years I have done a ranking of literary magazines (in Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, and Poetry) based on the numbers of Pushcart Prizes and Special Mentions received over a ten year period. This year will be no different. I am expecting to receive my copy of this year’s volume in about a week and will do my best to do the new rankings as quickly as possible, probably a genre per day for three days.

So, please be patient! the 2015 rankings are on their way!

2014 Pushcart Prize Ranking of Literary Magazines

cover_2014

NOTE: The 2015 Rankings are now available. Go here.

These rankings of literary magazines are based on a simple formula that takes into account all of the Pushcart Prizes won and Special Mentions received over a rolling ten-year period (i.e., 2005-2014 for this year’s list).

2014 Fiction Ranking

2014 Nonfiction Ranking

 

2014 Poetry Ranking

 

2014 Pushcart Prize Ranking of Literary Magazines — Poetry

cover_2014

Note: the 2015 Rankings for Poetry are now available. Go here.

The 2014 Pushcart Prize Ranking of Literary Magazines for Poetry is set forth below.

To see the 2014 Fiction Ranking and to learn about my methodology, go here.

To see the 2014 Nonfiction Ranking, go here.

For comparisons, see the the 2013 Poetry Ranking here.

There isn’t a whole new to learn from the list this year. Poetry maintains a sizable lead. Kenyon and American Poetry Review switch places. It’s nice to see a couple of online journals, like Collagist, show up on the list for the first time.

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).

Poetry Rankings for 2014:

2014 Magazine 2014 Score
1 Poetry 107
2 Kenyon Review 74
3 American Poetry Review 68
4 Ploughshares 63
5 Georgia Review 43
5 Threepenny Review 43
7 New England Review 42
8 Virginia Quarterly Review 36
9 Southern Review 33
10 Field 32
11 Five Points 30
12 BOA Editions 29
12 Gettysburg Review 29
14 Poetry Review 27
14 TriQuarterly 27
16 Tin House 26
17 Cincinnati Review 23
18 Alice James Books 21
19 New Ohio Review 20
19 Yale Review 20
21 Michigan Quarterly Review 19
22 Agni 18
23 American Scholar 17
24 Blackbird 16
24 Southern Poetry Review 16
26 Hudson Review 15
26 Poetry Northwest 15
26 Sugar House Review 15
26 The Journal 15
26 Water-Stone Review 15
31 New Letters 12
31 Rattle 12
31 Runes ©  12
34 Barrow Street 11
34 Canary 11
34 Lake Effect 11
34 New American Writing 11
34 Shenandoah 11
34 Smartish Pace 11
34 Spillway 11
41 Alaska Quarterly Review 10
41 Cue Editions 10
41 Ecotone 10
41 Great River Review 10
41 Green Mountains Review 10
41 Literary Imagination 10
41 Notre Dame Review 10
41 Orion 10
41 Rivendell © 10
41 River Styx 10
41 Turnrow 10
41 West Branch 10
53 Copper Canyon Press 9
53 Crazyhorse 9
53 Image 9
56 Hotel Amerika 8
56 Iowa Review 8
56 Massachusetts Review 8
56 Paris Review 8
60 5 a.m. 7
60 Connecticut Review 7
60 Ninth Letter 7
60 North American Review 7
60 Salamander 7
60 Sarabande Books 7
60 Wave Books 7
67 Atlanta Review 6
67 Bloom 6
67 Chautauqua 6
67 Cimarron Review 6
67 Crowd © (?)  6
67 Epoch 6
67 Gulf Coast 6
67 Harvard Review 6
67 Little Patuxent Review 6
67 Missouri Review 6
67 New Criterion 6
67 New Issues Poetry and Prose 6
67 Perugia Press 6
67 Pleiades 6
67 Poems & Plays 6
67 Poetry International 6
67 Subtropics 6
67 Sun 6
67 Tupelo Press 6
67 Willow Springs 6
67 ZYZZYVA 6
67 Paterson Literary Review 6
89 Anhinga Press 5
89 Arroyo Literary Review 5
89 Blueline 5
89 Briar Cliff Review 5
89 Chattahoochee Review 5
89 Cleveland State Univ. Poetry Ctr. 5
89 Colorado Review 5
89 Court Green 5
89 Curbstone Press 5
89 Cypher Books 5
89 Denver Quarterly 5
89 Dogwood 5
89 Eastern Wash. Univ. Press © 5
89 Eleven Eleven 5
89 Epiphany 5
89 Fifth Wednesday 5
89 Five Fingers Review 5
89 Grand Street © 5
89 Graywolf Press 5
89 Hollyridge Press 5
89 Hunger Mountain 5
89 Idaho Review 5
89 Indiana Review 5
89 Laurel Poetry Collective 5
89 Lyric (?) 5
89 Margie © 5
89 Meridian 5
89 Mid American Review 5
89 National Poetry Review 5
89 New Orleans Review 5
89 New South Books 5
89 OCHO 5
89 Parnassus: Poetry in Review 5
89 Pebble Lake Review 5
89 Pleasure Boat Studio 5
89 Poetry Atlanta Press 5
89 Provincetown Arts 5
89 Quiddity 5
89 Sixth Finch 5
89 Snake Nation Review 5
89 Spork 5
89 Think Journal 5
89 Third Coast 5
89 Tikkun 5
89 Toadlily Press 5
89 Triplopia (?) 5
89 Utah State University Press 5
89 Vallum: Contemporary Poetry 5
89 Verse Wisconsin 5
89 Western Humanities Review 5
89 World Literature Today 5
89 Zone 3 5
89 Forklift Ohio 5
89 Ibbetson Street 5
89 Muzzle Magazine 5
89 Dunes Review 5
89 Assaracus 5
89 Treelight Books 5
89 Collagist 5
89 Harbour Publishing 5
89 Southern Indiana Review 5
89 Yes, Yes Books 5
89 Pilot Light 5
89 New Verse News 5
89 Café Review 5
89 Manhattan Review 5
89 Nebraska Poets Calendar 5
156 Beloit Poetry Journal 4
156 Raritan 4
156 Southwest Review 4
156 University of Pittsburgh Press 4
160 Boulevard 3
161 Autumn House 2
161 Four Way Books 2
161 Greensboro Review 2
161 Healing Muse 2
161 Pinch 2
161 PMS 2
161 Prairie Schooner 2
168 A Public Space 1
168 Barefoot Muse 1
168 Bat City 1
168 Bellevue Literary Review 1
168 Black Warrior Review 1
168 Blue Earth Review 1
168 Boston Review 1
168 Brilliant Corners 1
168 Callaloo 1
168 Calyx 1
168 Cape Cod Voice (?) 1
168 Columbia Poetry Review 1
168 Crab Creek Review 1
168 Drunken Boat 1
168 Eleventh Muse 1
168 Fort Hemlock Press 1
168 Free Lunch ©  1
168 Frostproof Review © 1
168 Hampden-Sydney Poetry Review 1
168 Hanging Loose 1
168 Harpur Palate 1
168 Haven Chronicles (?) 1
168 Hayden’s Ferry 1
168 Hollins Critic 1
168 Hopkins Review 1
168 InDigest 1
168 Iris 1
168 jubilat 1
168 Kentuckians for the Commonwealth 1
168 Leaping Dog Press 1
168 Little Star 1
168 Live Mag! 1
168 Long Island Quarterly 1
168 Lost Hills Books 1
168 Lynx House Press (?) 1
168 Main Street Rag 1
168 McSweeney’s 1
168 MS. 1
168 Natural Bridge 1
168 New Delta Review 1
168 New Haven Review 1
168 Nimrod 1
168 November 3rd Club 1
168 Omnidawn Publishing 1
168 Paper Street © (?) 1
168 Pearl 1
168 Phoebe 1
168 Poetry 180 1
168 Poetry Flash 1
168 Quarterly West 1
168 Rhino 1
168 Salmagundi 1
168 Seattle Review 1
168 Sentence 1
168 Speakeasy © 1
168 Specs 1
168 Spoon River Review 1
168 Thunder’s Mouth Press © 1
168 University of Akron Press 1
168 Upstreet 1
168 Valparaiso Poetry Review 1
168 War, Literature and The Arts 1
168 Wordcraft of Oregon 1
168 Xantippe (?) 1
168 Verse Magazine 1
168 Normal School 1
168 Poet Lore 1
168 Silk Road 1
168 New South 1
168 Evansville Review 1
168 Birdfeast 1
168 New Madrid 1
168 Airlie Press 1
168 Zephyr Press 1
168 Persea Books 1
168 Examined Life 1
168 Cardinal Points 1
168 Able Muse 1
168 Sink Review 1
168 Believer 1
168 Lana Turner 1
168 Make 1

2014 Pushcart Prize Ranking of Literary Magazines — Nonfiction

cover_2014

Note: the 2015 Rankings for Nonfiction are now available. Go here.

I now have the pleasure to present the 2014 Pushcart Prize Literary Magazine Ranking for Nonfiction. For comparison purposes, you can see the 2013 Ranking here.

The 2014 Ranking for Fiction is here. (And that’s the place also to read about my methodology.)

The 2014 Ranking for Poetry is here.

What do we learn from this year’s list? Not a lot. Georgia Review retains its lead, but The Sun leaps up in the ranking as does Ploughshares.

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).


2014 Pushcart Prize Literary Magazine Ranking — Nonfiction

2014

Magazine

2014 Score

1

Georgia Review

75

2

Orion

67

3

Sun

59

4

Agni

42

5

Gettysburg Review

36

6

Iowa Review

35

6

Threepenny Review

35

8

New Letters

33

8

Ploughshares

33

10

American Scholar

32

11

Conjunctions

31

11

Missouri Review

31

13

Tin House

30

14

Fourth Genre

28

15

River Teeth

23

16

Salmagundi

22

16

Southern Review

22

18

Boulevard

21

19

Kenyon Review

20

19

Paris Review

20

21

n+1

18

21

Shenandoah

18

23

Antioch Review

17

23

Creative Nonfiction

17

23

Image

17

23

Virginia Quarterly Review

17

27

Colorado Review

16

27

Ecotone

16

29

Raritan

13

30

Bellevue Literary Review

11

30

Harvard Review

11

30

Poetry

11

30

Speakeasy ©

11

30

Third Coast

11

30

Witness

11

36

Five Points

10

36

Great River Review

10

36

Michigan Quarterly Review

10

36

Republic of Letters

10

36

Southwest Review

10

41

Brain, Child

9

41

Ninth Letter

9

43

Hudson Review

8

43

Hunger Mountain

8

43

TriQuarterly

8

46

American Poetry Review

7

46

Believer

7

46

Blackbird

7

46

Northwest Review

7

46

The Journal

7

46

Water-Stone Review

7

52

Granta

6

52

New England Review

6

52

North Dakota Quarterly

6

52

Passages North

6

52

Pinch

6

52

Sweet

6

52

The Point

6

52

ZYZZYVA

6

60

Arts & Letters

5

60

Fugue

5

60

In Character ©

5

60

Massachusetts Review

5

60

Oregon Humanities

5

60

Pleiades

5

60

Seattle Review

5

60

Tusculum

5

60

Ruminate

5

60

American Circus

5

70

Alaska Quarterly Review

4

70

North American Review

4

70

Parnassus

4

70

Sewanee Review

4

70

World Literature Today

4

70

Yale Review

4

76

Alimentum

3

76

Cimarron Review

3

76

Fiction International

3

76

Florida Review

3

76

Gulf Coast

3

76

Kyoto Journal

3

76

Lapham’s Quarterly

3

76

Los Angeles Review

3

76

Narrative

3

76

Point, The

3

86

A Public Space

2

86

Asian American Writers Workshop

2

86

Bellevue Literary Press

2

86

Bellingham Review

2

86

Boston Review

2

86

Brick

2

86

Chautauqua

2

86

Columbia Review

2

86

Connecticut Review

2

86

Hotel Amerika

2

86

Malahat Review

2

86

Manoa

2

86

McSweeney’s

2

86

Memoir

2

86

Milkweed Editions – Press

2

86

Normal School

2

86

Oxford American

2

86

PMS

2

86

Post Road

2

86

Provincetown Arts

2

86

River Styx

2

86

Santa Monica Review

2

86

Subtropics

2

86

Writers Chronicle

2

110

42 Opus

1

110

American Interest

1

110

American Letters & Commentary

1

110

American Short Fiction

1

110

Another Chicago Magazine

1

110

Arkansas Review

1

110

Ascent

1

110

Asia Literary Review

1

110

Baffler

1

110

Bat City

1

110

Black Pearls

1

110

Blood Orange Review

1

110

Bomb

1

110

Callaloo

1

110

Canteen

1

110

Confrontation

1

110

Denver Quarterly

1

110

Divide ?

1

110

Doubletake ©

1

110

Europa Editions

1

110

Event

1

110

Fiction

1

110

Free Inquiry

1

110

FreshYarn.com

1

110

Graywolf Press

1

110

Haystack Mountain

1

110

Healing Muse

1

110

High Country News

1

110

High Desert Journal

1

110

Hollins Critic

1

110

Idaho Review

1

110

Iron Horse Literary Review

1

110

James White Review ?

1

110

Lit

1

110

Literary Imagination

1

110

Literary Review

1

110

Make ?

1

110

Marginalia ©

1

110

Meridian

1

110

Minnesota Review

1

110

New Haven Review

1

110

New Ohio Review

1

110

Noon

1

110

On the Page

1

110

Ontario Review ©

1

110

Open City

1

110

Open Spaces

1

110

Oregon Quarterly

1

110

Other Voices ©

1

110

Packinghouse Review

1

110

Palo Alto Review ?

1

110

Portland Magazine

1

110

Portland Review

1

110

Prism

1

110

Rain Taxi

1

110

Relief

1

110

River City Publishing

1

110

Rosebud

1

110

Rumpus

1

110

Seneca Review

1

110

SN Review

1

110

Southampton Review

1

110

Stone Canoe

1

110

Stranger

1

110

Tiferet

1

110

Under the Sun

1

110

University of Michigan Press

1

110

Vocabula Bound

1

110

Wag’s Revue

1

110

War, Literature and The Arts

1

110

Weber Studies

1

110

Western Humanities Review

1

110

Willow Springs

1

110

Hub City Press

1

110

American Athenaeum

1

110

Tupelo Press

1

110

Camera Obscura

1

110

Five Chapters

1

110

Diagram

1

110

Mount Hope

1

110

Bookforum

1

110

Arts Fuse

1

110

Dart Society

1

 

2014 Pushcart Prize Ranking of Literary Magazines — Fiction

cover_2014

Note: the 2015 Ranking for Fiction is now available. Go here.

It is time once again to present the annual Perpetual Folly Pushcart Prize Rankings for Literary Magazines. I’ll be rolling these out over the next three days, beginning with the Fiction ranking, which is below. (2014 Nonfiction Rankings appear here. Poetry rankings are here.)

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).

For comparison purposes, see the 2013 Fiction rankings here.

I feel compelled every year to offer a disclaimer for the list. I originally created it in order to aid my own efforts at targeting my submissions of short stories to literary magazines. I used the Pushcart Prize because I felt that it represented the broadest range of magazines among the annual prizes (including Best American Short Stories and the O. Henry Awards).

My method is straightforward. I use a ten-year rolling database and give points to magazines for the prizes awarded and fewer points for each special mention. I don’t go further back than ten years because it seems to me that what is relevant is the current success of the magazines, not their storied past. Also, the further back we go, the more defunct magazines we find, and that’s not terribly helpful. Some have argued that a five-year period should be chosen instead. That seems too small a sample. When only 19 or 20 prizes are awarded in fiction each year (even fewer this year), I think ten years provides a clearer picture of a magazine’s success.

Some people don’t like rankings at all, and I understand that. This ranking, however, is as objective as I can make it. The Pushcart Prize itself is subjective, of course, but that’s an entirely different question.

A note on symbols. I have marked magazines that I believe to have ceased publication with ©. Several magazines have a (?) by their name which means I can’t find a website for them. Please leave any corrections or updates in the comments and I’ll make changes as soon as I can.

What is notable about this year’s list? Here are some observations:

  • The gap between Ploughshares and the rest of the pack has closed a bit.
  • Gettysburg Review, Narrative, Iowa Review, Paris Review and Noon all made big jumps this year, winning 2 Prizes each.
  • Triquarterly and Shenandoah both continue to drop. Is this more punishment for their move online?
  • Granta debuts on the list, winning its first Pushcart Prize. How is that possible?

If you find this list useful, consider making a donation to help support this website. Thank you.


Fiction Rankings for 2014:

 

2014

Magazine

2014 Score

1

Ploughshares

81

2

Conjunctions

71

3

Tin House

65

4

Southern Review

63

5

One Story

59

6

Paris Review

54

7

Zoetrope: All Story

51

8

A Public Space

49

9

Threepenny Review

48

10

Kenyon Review

47

11

Georgia Review

44

12

Noon

41

13

McSweeney’s

40

14

Gettysburg Review

38

15

New England Review

36

16

Missouri Review

35

17

Ontario Review ©

31

18

Iowa Review

30

18

New Letters

30

18

Virginia Quarterly Review

30

21

Agni

29

22

Boulevard

28

23

Shenandoah

27

24

Epoch

26

25

American Short Fiction

23

25

Antioch Review

23

25

Sun

23

28

Narrative

22

29

Ecotone

21

29

Five Points

21

29

Mississippi Review

21

32

Bellevue Literary Review

20

32

StoryQuarterly

20

32

TriQuarterly

20

32

Witness

20

36

Colorado Review

19

36

Glimmer Train

19

38

Prairie Schooner

16

39

Hudson Review

15

39

Michigan Quarterly Review

15

41

ZYZZYVA

14

42

Crazyhorse

13

42

Yale Review

13

44

Willow Springs

12

45

Alaska Quarterly Review

11

45

American Scholar

11

45

Idaho Review

11

48

Cincinnati Review

10

48

Third Coast

10

50

Image

9

50

Oxford American

9

52

Post Road

8

53

Chelsea ©

7

53

J Journal

7

53

Little Star

7

53

Manoa

7

53

Pen America

7

53

Speakeasy ©

7

59

Florida Review

6

59

Indiana Review

6

59

Massachusetts Review

6

59

New Orleans Review

6

59

News from the Republic of Letters

6

59

Sonora Review

6

59

Water-Stone Review

6

66

Black Renaissance Noire

5

66

Caribbean Writer

5

66

Harvard Review

5

66

Mid American Review

5

66

Pinch

5

66

Pleiades

5

66

Raritan

5

66

Salmagundi

5

66

Univ. of Georgia Press

5

66

Wigleaf

5

66

Granta

5

77

Beloit Fiction

4

77

Black Warrior Review

4

77

Fiction

4

77

Fiction International

4

77

Hopkins Review

4

77

New York Tyrant

4

77

Ninth Letter

4

77

North American Review

4

77

Sewanee Review

4

77

Southwest Review

4

87

Another Chicago Magazine

3

87

Appalachian Heritage

3

87

BkMk Press

3

87

Blackbird

3

87

Event

3

87

Fourteen Hills

3

87

Gulf Coast

3

87

Northwest Review

3

87

Notre Dame Review

3

87

Other Voices ©

3

87

River Styx

3

87

Western Humanities Review

3

99

[sic]

2

99

Akashic Books

2

99

American Letters & Commentary

2

99

At Length

2

99

Boston Review

2

99

Briar Cliff Review

2

99

Brooklyn Rail

2

99

Brooklyn Review

2

99

Calyx

2

99

Carve

2

99

Chautauqua

2

99

Cimarron Review

2

99

Columbia Review

2

99

Confrontation

2

99

Crab Orchard Review

2

99

Daedalus

2

99

Electric Literature

2

99

failbetter.com

2

99

Faultline

2

99

Fifth Wednesday

2

99

Inkwell

2

99

Paper Street © (?)

2

99

Passages North

2

99

Press 53

2

99

Redivider

2

99

Southampton Review

2

99

Sou’wester

2

99

The Journal

2

99

Timber Creek Review (?)

2

99

Turnrow

2

99

West Branch

2

99

Recommended Reading

2

131

Amazon Shorts ©

1

131

American Literary Review

1

131

Anomalous

1

131

Antietam Review ©

1

131

Artful Dodge

1

131

Arts & Letters

1

131

Ballyhoo Stories

1

131

Baltimore Review

1

131

Bamboo Ridge

1

131

Bellingham Review

1

131

Blue Earth Review

1

131

Blue Mesa Review

1

131

Bomb

1

131

Brain, Child

1

131

Callaloo

1

131

Carpe Articulum

1

131

Chariton Review

1

131

Chattahoochee Review

1

131

Common, The

1

131

Contemporary West

1

131

Copper Nickel

1

131

Cutbank

1

131

Dalkey Archive Press

1

131

Descant

1

131

Dogwood

1

131

Dos Passos Review

1

131

Dossier Journal

1

131

Doubletake ©

1

131

Eggemoggin Reach Review (?)

1

131

Epiphany

1

131

EWU Press ©

1

131

Exile

1

131

Five Chapters

1

131

Folio

1

131

Freight Stories

1

131

Fugue

1

131

Gray’s Sporting Journal

1

131

Graywolf Press

1

131

Grist

1

131

Hampton Shorts (?)

1

131

Healing Muse

1

131

Hotel Amerika

1

131

Hunger Mountain

1

131

Isotope ©

1

131

Jabberwock Review

1

131

Kelsey Review

1

131

King’s English ©

1

131

Kyoto Journal

1

131

Lake Effect

1

131

Laughing Fire Press

1

131

Laurel Review

1

131

Lit

1

131

Lynx Eye ©

1

131

Maggid ©

1

131

Margin (?)

1

131

McSweeney’s Books

1

131

Minnesota Review

1

131

Momotombo Press

1

131

Mythium

1

131

Nebraska Review ©

1

131

Nerve.com

1

131

New Ohio Review

1

131

Night Train

1

131

Nimrod

1

131

Open City

1

131

Orion

1

131

Pearl

1

131

Pegasus Books

1

131

Per Contra

1

131

Phoebe

1

131

Prism

1

131

Puckerbush Press ©

1

131

Puerto del Sol

1

131

Quarter After Eight

1

131

Quarterly West

1

131

Quick Fiction ©

1

131

RBS Gazette (?)

1

131

Relief

1

131

Rivendell ©

1

131

Rosebud

1

131

Salamander

1

131

Sarabande Books

1

131

Seems

1

131

Slice

1

131

Smoke Long Quarterly

1

131

Soft Skull Press

1

131

South Carolina Review

1

131

Southern California Review

1

131

Spork

1

131

Stolen Time Press (?)

1

131

Stone Canoe

1

131

Subtropics

1

131

Sycamore Review

1

131

Texas Review

1

131

Tiferet

1

131

Transformation (?)

1

131

Underground Voices

1

131

Upstreet

1

131

War, Literature and The Arts

1

131

Words of Wisdom (?)

1

131

World Literature Today

1

131

Crab Creek Review

1

131

Normal School

1

131

Salt Hill

1

131

Kweli

1

131

Enizagram

1

131

John Daniel & Co.

1

131

Little Fiction

1

131

Pear Noir

1

131

n+1

1

131

Consequence Magazine

1

131

Outpost 19

1

131

Asian American Literary Review

1

131

North Carolina Literary Review

1

131

Collagist

1

131

Austin State University Press

1

 

2013 Pushcart Prize Literary Magazine Rankings: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry

Pushcart 2013Literary Magazine Rankings

In case you missed it, I have recently completed the popular Pushcart Prize Literary Magazine Rankings for 2013. I have put the fiction list together for the past 5 years or so, and people seem to find it helpful, so last year I added lists for nonfiction and poetry.

Last year, many people wanted to make a donation to defray the cost of this site and to support my compiling of these lists. So, on my old site, I added a PayPal Donate button. While I am grateful for those donations, I’d like to suggest that if you want to show your appreciation that you consider buying one of my books. You can buy directly from me or the publisher or on Amazon or Barnes & Noble, or order through your favorite Independent Bookstore (links for buying the books are available on this site under Books).

Literary Magazine Ranking – Fiction

Literary Magazine Ranking – Nonfiction

Literary Magazine Ranking – Poetry

If you find these lists useful, consider making a donation to help support this website. Thank you.

2013 Pushcart Prize Ranking of Literary Magazines — Poetry

Pushcart 2013I’m pleased to present the 2013 Pushcart Prize Rankings for Poetry. There hasn’t been much change at the top of the rankings this year. To see how things stood in 2012, go here.

For an explanation of the methodology, and to see the Fiction rankings for 2013, go here. For the Nonfiction rankings, go here.

 

 

 

If you find this list useful, consider making a donation to help support this website. Thank you.


 

 

2013 Pushcart Prize Ranking of Literary Magazines — Poetry

2013

Magazine

2013 Score

1

Poetry

112

2

American Poetry Review

75

3

Kenyon Review

70

4

Ploughshares

57

5

Georgia Review

51

6

Southern Review

39

7

Threepenny Review

38

8

New England Review

37

9

Virginia Quarterly Review

36

10

Gettysburg Review

34

11

TriQuarterly

33

12

Field

32

13

Five Points

30

14

BOA Editions

29

15

Tin House

26

16

Shenandoah

21

17

Alice James Books

20

17

New Ohio Review

20

17

Yale Review

20

20

Michigan Quarterly Review

19

21

Agni

18

22

American Scholar

17

22

Cincinnati Review

17

24

Blackbird

16

24

Southern Poetry Review

16

26

Literary Imagination

15

26

The Journal

15

28

Crazyhorse

14

28

Image

14

30

Colorado Review

13

31

Barrow Street

12

31

Hotel Amerika

12

31

Rattle

12

31

Runes ©

12

35

Canary

11

35

Epoch

11

35

Lake Effect

11

35

Missouri Review

11

35

New American Writing

11

35

New Criterion

11

35

New Letters

11

35

Rivendell ©

11

35

Smartish Pace

11

35

Spillway

11

35

West Branch

11

46

Alaska Quarterly Review

10

46

Cue Editions

10

46

Ecotone

10

46

Great River Review

10

46

Green Mountains Review

10

46

Notre Dame Review

10

46

River Styx

10

46

Sugar House Review

10

46

Turnrow

10

46

Water-Stone Review

10

46

Western Humanities Review

10

57

Copper Canyon Press

8

57

Iowa Review

8

57

Massachusetts Review

8

57

Paris Review

8

57

Pleiades

8

62

5 a.m.

7

62

Connecticut Review

7

62

jubilat

7

62

Ninth Letter

7

62

North American Review

7

62

Salamander

7

62

Sarabande Books

7

62

Wave Books

7

70

Atlanta Review

6

70

Bloom

6

70

Cimarron Review

6

70

Crowd © (?)

6

70

Gulf Coast

6

70

Harvard Review

6

70

Indiana Review

6

70

Margie ©

6

70

New Issues Poetry and Prose

6

70

Paterson Literary Review

6

70

Perugia Press

6

70

Poems & Plays

6

70

Poetry International

6

70

Poetry Review

6

70

Seneca Review

6

70

Subtropics

6

70

Sun

6

70

Tupelo Press

6

88

Anhinga Press

5

88

Arroyo Literary Review

5

88

Blueline

5

88

Café Review

5

88

Chattahoochee Review

5

88

Chautauqua

5

88

Cleveland State Univ. Poetry Ctr.

5

88

Court Green

5

88

Curbstone Press

5

88

Cypher Books

5

88

Dogwood

5

88

Eastern Wash. Univ. Press ©

5

88

Eleven Eleven

5

88

Epiphany

5

88

Fence

5

88

Fifth Wednesday

5

88

Five Fingers Review

5

88

Grand Street ©

5

88

Graywolf Press

5

88

Hollyridge Press

5

88

Hudson Review

5

88

Idaho Review

5

88

Laurel Poetry Collective

5

88

Little Patuxent Review

5

88

Lyric (?)

5

88

Manhattan Review

5

88

Meridian

5

88

Mid American Review

5

88

MIZNA

5

88

National Poetry Review

5

88

Nebraska Poets Calendar

5

88

New Orleans Review

5

88

New South Books

5

88

New Verse News

5

88

OCHO

5

88

Orion

5

88

Painted Bride Quarterly

5

88

Parnassus: Poetry in Review

5

88

Partisan Review ©

5

88

Pebble Lake Review

5

88

Pilot Light

5

88

Pleasure Boat Studio

5

88

Poetry Atlanta Press

5

88

Poetry Northwest

5

88

Provincetown Arts

5

88

Quiddity

5

88

Sixth Finch

5

88

Snake Nation Review

5

88

Spork

5

88

Think Journal

5

88

Third Coast

5

88

Tikkun

5

88

Toadlily Press

5

88

Triplopia (?)

5

88

Utah State University Press

5

88

Vallum: Contemporary Poetry

5

88

Verse Wisconsin

5

88

World Literature Today

5

88

Zone 3

5

147

Beloit Poetry Journal

4

147

Southwest Review

4

149

Black Warrior Review

3

149

Boulevard

3

149

Raritan

3

149

University of Pittsburgh Press

3

153

Autumn House

2

153

Four Way Books

2

153

Greensboro Review

2

153

Healing Muse

2

153

Pinch

2

153

PMS

2

153

Prairie Schooner

2

160

“88”

1

160

Able Muse

1

160

Arsenic Lobster

1

160

Barefoot Muse

1

160

Bat City

1

160

Believer

1

160

Bellevue Literary Review

1

160

Blue Earth Review

1

160

Boston Review

1

160

Brilliant Corners

1

160

Callaloo

1

160

Calyx

1

160

Cape Cod Voice (?)

1

160

Cardinal Points

1

160

Columbia Poetry Review

1

160

Crab Creek Review

1

160

Daedalus

1

160

Drunken Boat

1

160

Eleventh Muse

1

160

Examined Life (?)

1

160

First Intensity

1

160

Formalist ©

1

160

Fort Hemlock Press

1

160

Free Lunch ©

1

160

Frostproof Review ©

1

160

Hampden-Sydney Poetry Review

1

160

Hanging Loose

1

160

Harpur Palate

1

160

Haven Chronicles (?)

1

160

Hayden’s Ferry

1

160

Hollins Critic

1

160

Hopkins Review

1

160

Hunger Mountain

1

160

InDigest

1

160

Iris

1

160

Kentuckians for the Commonwealth

1

160

Lana Turner

1

160

Leaping Dog Press

1

160

Live Mag!

1

160

Long Island Quarterly

1

160

Lost Hills Books

1

160

Lynx House Press (?)

1

160

Main Street Rag

1

160

MAKE

1

160

McSweeney’s

1

160

MS.

1

160

Natural Bridge

1

160

New Delta Review

1

160

New Haven Review

1

160

Nimrod

1

160

November 3rd Club

1

160

Omnidawn Publishing

1

160

Paper Street © (?)

1

160

Pearl

1

160

Phoebe

1

160

Poetry 180

1

160

Poetry Flash

1

160

Pool

1

160

Quarterly West

1

160

Rhino

1

160

River City (?)

1

160

Salmagundi

1

160

Seattle Review

1

160

Sentence

1

160

Sewanee Review

1

160

Sink Review

1

160

Speakeasy ©

1

160

Specs

1

160

Spoon River Review

1

160

Thunder’s Mouth Press ©

1

160

TriQuarterly Books

1

160

University of Akron Press

1

160

Upstreet

1

160

Valparaiso Poetry Review

1

160

War, Literature and The Arts

1

160

Willow Springs

1

160

Wordcraft of Oregon

1

160

Xantippe (?)

1

160

ZYZZYVA

1

 

2013 Pushcart Prize Ranking of Literary Magazines — Nonfiction

Pushcart 2013Today we offer the Pushcart Prize Literary Magazine Ranking for Nonfiction. For an explanation of the methodology and to see to the ranking for Fiction, go here. The rankings for poetry are here.

To see the 2012 ranking for Nonfiction, go here.

What’s notable about this year’s list?

  • Georgia Review is still in first place, but the margin over Orion and Agni is constant.
  • Granta debuts. I was under the impression that Granta wasn’t eligible for some reason because it hasn’t been on any of the lists before.
  • The Sun jumps to 4th place thanks to 2 Prizes and 1 Special Mention, but otherwise movement is pretty slight.
  • Besides Granta, there are some magazines new to the list, including Los Angeles Review, which received 2 Special Mentions, Normal School, Packinghouse Review, Oregon Quarterly, and High Desert Journal.

If you find this list useful, consider making a donation to help support this website. Thank you.


2013 Pushcart Prize Ranking — Nonfiction

2013

Magazine

2013 Score

1

Georgia Review

73

2

Orion

60

3

Agni

49

4

Sun

46

5

American Scholar

37

6

Gettysburg Review

36

6

Threepenny Review

36

8

Iowa Review

35

9

Conjunctions

32

10

New Letters

31

11

Missouri Review

30

11

Tin House

30

13

Fourth Genre

28

14

Creative Nonfiction

24

14

Southern Review

24

16

Ploughshares

23

17

Kenyon Review

20

18

Raritan

18

18

River Teeth

18

18

Shenandoah

18

21

n+1

17

22

Antioch Review

16

22

Brain, Child

16

22

Salmagundi

16

22

Virginia Quarterly Review

16

26

Boulevard

15

26

Colorado Review

15

26

Ecotone

15

26

Image

15

30

Paris Review

13

31

Bellevue Literary Review

12

31

Harvard Review

12

33

Poetry

11

33

Speakeasy ©

11

33

Third Coast

11

33

Witness

11

37

Five Points

10

37

Great River Review

10

37

Michigan Quarterly Review

10

37

Republic of Letters

10

41

Hudson Review

9

41

Southwest Review

9

41

TriQuarterly

9

44

Ninth Letter

8

44

Northwest Review

8

46

American Poetry Review

7

46

New England Review

7

46

The Journal

7

46

Water-Stone Review

7

50

Granta

6

50

Massachusetts Review

6

50

North Dakota Quarterly

6

50

Passages North

6

54

Arts & Letters

5

54

Fugue

5

54

In Character ©

5

54

Oregon Humanities

5

54

Pleiades

5

54

Seattle Review

5

54

Sweet

5

54

The Point

5

54

Tusculum

5

54

Zoetrope: All Story

5

54

ZYZZYVA

5

65

Alaska Quarterly Review

4

65

Parnassus

4

65

Sewanee Review

4

65

World Literature Today

4

69

Alimentum

3

69

Cimarron Review

3

69

Fiction International

3

69

Florida Review

3

69

Gulf Coast

3

69

Hunger Mountain

3

69

Kyoto Journal

3

69

Narrative

3

69

North American Review

3

69

Point, The

3

79

A Public Space

2

79

Ascent

2

79

Asian American Writers Workshop

2

79

Believer

2

79

Bellevue Literary Press

2

79

Bellingham Review

2

79

Blackbird

2

79

Boston Review

2

79

Columbia Review

2

79

Connecticut Review

2

79

Hollins Critic

2

79

Hotel Amerika

2

79

Lapham’s Quarterly

2

79

Los Angeles Review

2

79

Malahat Review

2

79

Manoa

2

79

Oxford American

2

79

PMS

2

79

Post Road

2

79

Provincetown Arts

2

79

River Styx

2

79

Santa Monica Review

2

79

Writers Chronicle

2

79

Yale Review

2

103

42 Opus

1

103

American Interest

1

103

American Letters & Commentary

1

103

American Short Fiction

1

103

Another Chicago Magazine

1

103

Arkansas Review

1

103

Asia Literary Review

1

103

Baffler

1

103

Bat City

1

103

Black Pearls

1

103

Blood Orange Review

1

103

Bomb

1

103

Brick

1

103

Callaloo

1

103

Canteen

1

103

Chautauqua

1

103

Confrontation

1

103

Crazyhorse

1

103

Denver Quarterly

1

103

Divide ?

1

103

Doubletake ©

1

103

Europa Editions

1

103

Event

1

103

Fiction

1

103

Free Inquiry

1

103

FreshYarn.com

1

103

Graywolf Press

1

103

Haystack Mountain

1

103

Healing Muse

1

103

High Country News

1

103

Idaho Review

1

103

Iron Horse Literary Review

1

103

James White Review ?

1

103

Lit

1

103

Literary Imagination

1

103

Literary Review

1

103

Make ?

1

103

Marginalia ©

1

103

McSweeney’s

1

103

Memoir

1

103

Meridian

1

103

Milkweed Editions – Press

1

103

Minnesota Review

1

103

New Haven Review

1

103

New Ohio Review

1

103

Noon

1

103

Normal School

1

103

Northern Lights (?)

1

103

On the Page

1

103

Ontario Review ©

1

103

Open City

1

103

Open Spaces

1

103

Oregon Quarterly

1

103

Other Voices ©

1

103

Packinghouse Review

1

103

Palo Alto Review ?

1

103

Partisan Review ©

1

103

Portland Magazine

1

103

Portland Review

1

103

Prairie Schooner

1

103

Prism

1

103

Rain Taxi

1

103

Relief

1

103

River City Publishing

1

103

Rosebud

1

103

Rumpus

1

103

Seneca Review

1

103

SN Review

1

103

Southampton Review

1

103

Stone Canoe

1

103

Stranger

1

103

Subtropics

1

103

Tiferet

1

103

Under the Sun

1

103

University of Michigan Press

1

103

University of Notre Dame Press

1

103

Vocabula Bound

1

103

Wag’s Revue

1

103

War, Literature and The Arts

1

103

Weber Studies

1

103

Western Humanities Review

1

103

Willow Springs

1

103

Hight Desert Journal

1

 

2013 Pushcart Prize Ranking of Literary Magazines — Fiction

Pushcart 2013

UPDATE: See the 2014 Rankings here.

It is time once again to present the annual Perpetual Folly Pushcart Prize Rankings for Literary Magazines. I’ll be rolling these out over the next three days, beginning with the Fiction ranking, which is below. (Nonfiction Rankings are here and Poetry rankings are here.).

For comparison purposes, see the 2012 Fiction ranking here.

I feel compelled every year to offer a disclaimer for the list. I originally created it in order to aid my own efforts at targeting my submissions of short stories to literary magazines. I used the Pushcart Prize because I felt that it represented the broadest range of magazines among the annual prizes (including Best American Short Stories and the O. Henry Awards).

My method is straightforward. I use a ten-year rolling database and award points to magazines for the prizes awarded and fewer points for each special mention. I don’t go further back than ten years because it seems to me that what is relevant is the current success of the magazines, not their storied past. Also, the further back we go, the more defunct magazines we find, and that’s not terribly helpful. Some have argued that a five-year period should be chosen instead. That seems too small a sample. When only 19 or 20 prizes are awarded in fiction each year, I think ten years provides a clearer picture of a magazine’s success.

Some people don’t like rankings at all, and I understand that. This ranking, however, is as objective as I can make it. The Pushcart Prize itself is subjective, of course, but that’s an entirely different question.

A note on symbols. I have marked magazines that I believe to have ceased publication with ©. Several magazines have a (?) by their name which means I can’t find a website for them. Please leave any corrections or updates in the comments.

What is notable about this year’s list? Here are some observations:

  • The gap between Ploughshares and the rest of the pack has closed a bit, with Conjunctions and Tin House tied for second, just 20 points back.
  • One Story continues to climb the charts. It’s up to #6 this year.
  • Triquarterly and Shenandoah both were shut out of Prizes and Special Mentions this year and drop down a few spots on the list. Is this punishment for their move online?
  • Wigleaf, a wonderful online journal of flash fictions, debuts on the list at #68, winning its first-ever Pushcart Prize.

If you find this list useful, consider making a donation to help support this website. Thank you.

Fiction Rankings for 2013:

2013

Magazine

2013 Score

1

Ploughshares

93

2

Conjunctions

73

2

Tin House

73

4

Zoetrope: All Story

71

5

Southern Review

66

6

One Story

56

7

Georgia Review

54

8

Threepenny Review

53

9

Kenyon Review

50

10

Paris Review

48

11

A Public Space

44

12

McSweeney’s

42

13

Missouri Review

40

14

Epoch

39

15

New England Review

36

16

Ontario Review ©

35

17

Boulevard

33

18

New Letters

31

18

Noon

31

18

Virginia Quarterly Review

31

21

Gettysburg Review

30

21

Shenandoah

30

23

TriQuarterly

27

23

Witness

27

25

Antioch Review

24

25

Five Points

24

27

Agni

23

27

Mississippi Review

23

27

StoryQuarterly

23

30

Sun

22

31

Ecotone

21

31

Iowa Review

21

33

Bellevue Literary Review

19

33

Glimmer Train

19

33

Prairie Schooner

19

36

Colorado Review

18

37

American Short Fiction

16

37

Michigan Quarterly Review

16

39

Hudson Review

15

40

Crazyhorse

14

40

ZYZZYVA

14

42

Willow Springs

13

42

Yale Review

13

44

Alaska Quarterly Review

12

44

Idaho Review

12

46

American Scholar

11

46

Harvard Review

11

46

Narrative

11

49

Image

10

50

Cincinnati Review

9

50

Oxford American

9

52

Chelsea ©

8

52

Post Road

8

52

Third Coast

8

55

J Journal

7

55

Little Star

7

55

Manoa

7

55

Massachusetts Review

7

55

Pen America

7

55

Speakeasy ©

7

61

Caribbean Writer

6

61

Florida Review

6

61

Indiana Review

6

61

New Orleans Review

6

61

News from the Republic of Letters

6

61

Sonora Review

6

61

Water-Stone Review

6

68

Black Renaissance Noire

5

68

Fiction International

5

68

Grand Street ©

5

68

Mid American Review

5

68

North American Review

5

68

Pleiades

5

68

Raritan

5

68

Salmagundi

5

68

Univ. of Georgia Press

5

68

Wigleaf

5

78

Beloit Fiction

4

78

Black Warrior Review

4

78

Daedalus

4

78

Hopkins Review

4

78

New York Tyrant

4

78

Ninth Letter

4

78

Northwest Review

4

78

Other Voices ©

4

78

Pinch

4

78

Sewanee Review

4

78

Southwest Review

4

89

Another Chicago Magazine

3

89

Appalachian Heritage

3

89

Event

3

89

Fiction

3

89

Gulf Coast

3

89

Notre Dame Review

3

89

River Styx

3

89

West Branch

3

89

Western Humanities Review

3

98

[sic]

2

98

Akashic Books

2

98

American Letters & Commentary

2

98

At Length

2

98

BkMk Press

2

98

Blackbird

2

98

Boston Review

2

98

Briar Cliff Review

2

98

Brooklyn Rail

2

98

Brooklyn Review

2

98

Calyx

2

98

Carve

2

98

Chautauqua

2

98

Cimarron Review

2

98

Columbia Review

2

98

Confrontation

2

98

Crab Orchard Review

2

98

Doubletake ©

2

98

Electric Literature

2

98

failbetter.com

2

98

Faultline

2

98

Fifth Wednesday

2

98

Fourteen Hills

2

98

Graywolf Press

2

98

Hotel Amerika

2

98

Inkwell

2

98

Paper Street © (?)

2

98

Passages North

2

98

Redivider

2

98

Sarabande Books

2

98

Southampton Review

2

98

Sou’wester

2

98

The Journal

2

98

Timber Creek Review (?)

2

98

Turnrow

2

133

Amazon Shorts ©

1

133

American Literary Review

1

133

Antietam Review ©

1

133

Artful Dodge

1

133

Arts & Letters

1

133

Ballyhoo Stories

1

133

Baltimore Review

1

133

Bamboo Ridge

1

133

Bellingham Review

1

133

Blue Earth Review

1

133

Blue Mesa Review

1

133

Bomb

1

133

Brain, Child

1

133

Callaloo

1

133

Canio’s Editions (?)

1

133

Carpe Articulum

1

133

Chariton Review

1

133

Chattahoochee Review

1

133

Contemporary West

1

133

Copper Nickel

1

133

Cutbank

1

133

Denver Quarterly

1

133

Descant

1

133

Dogwood

1

133

Dos Passos Review

1

133

Dossier Journal

1

133

Eggemoggin Reach Review (?)

1

133

Epiphany

1

133

EWU Press ©

1

133

Exile

1

133

Five Chapters

1

133

Folio

1

133

Freight Stories

1

133

Fugue

1

133

Gray’s Sporting Journal

1

133

Green Mountains Review

1

133

Grist

1

133

Hampton Shorts (?)

1

133

Healing Muse

1

133

Hunger Mountain

1

133

Isotope ©

1

133

Jabberwock Review

1

133

Kelsey Review

1

133

King’s English ©

1

133

Kyoto Journal

1

133

Lake Effect

1

133

Laughing Fire Press

1

133

Laurel Review

1

133

Lit

1

133

Literal Latte

1

133

Lynx Eye ©

1

133

Maggid

1

133

Margin (?)

1

133

McSweeney’s Books

1

133

Mid-List Press

1

133

Momotombo Press

1

133

Mythium

1

133

Nebraska Review ©

1

133

Nerve.com

1

133

New Ohio Review

1

133

New Renaissance

1

133

Night Train

1

133

Nimrod

1

133

Northern Lights (?)

1

133

Open City

1

133

Orion

1

133

Partisan Review ©

1

133

Pearl

1

133

Pegasus Books

1

133

Per Contra

1

133

Phoebe

1

133

Pindeldyboz ©

1

133

Press 53

1

133

Prism

1

133

Puckerbush Press

1

133

Puerto del Sol

1

133

Quarter After Eight

1

133

Quarterly West

1

133

Quick Fiction

1

133

RBS Gazette (?)

1

133

Relief

1

133

Rivendell ©

1

133

Rosebud

1

133

Salamander

1

133

Seems

1

133

Slice

1

133

Small Town (?)

1

133

Smoke Long Quarterly

1

133

Soft Skull Press

1

133

South Carolina Review

1

133

Southern California Review

1

133

Spork

1

133

Stolen Time Press (?)

1

133

Stone Canoe

1

133

Subtropics

1

133

Sycamore Review

1

133

Tampa Review

1

133

Tiferet

1

133

Transformation (?)

1

133

Underground Voices

1

133

Upstreet

1

133

War, Literature and The Arts

1

133

Words of Wisdom (?)

1

133

World Literature Today

1

133

Xconnect (?)

1

133

Texas Review

1

133

Common, The

1

133

Anomalous

1

 

New Pushcart Prize Rankings Coming Soon!

Pushcart 2013The new edition of the Pushcart Prize–Best of the Small Presses just arrived, so in the course of the next few days I will be updating my Pushcart Prize Rankings for Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry.

Stay tuned!