2018 Perpetual Folly Literary Magazine Ranking — Non-Fiction

Below is the 2018 Perpetual Folly Literary Magazine Ranking for Non-Fiction. Go here to read about the methodology.

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2018 Magazine 2017 2018 Score
1 Sun 1 59.5
2 Orion 2 56.5
3 Georgia Review 3 48
4 Tin House 4 31.5
5 Gettysburg Review 6 29.5
6 New Letters 4 27.5
7 Ploughshares 7 26
8 Conjunctions 7 22.5
8 Threepenny Review 15 22.5
10 Agni 9 21.5
10 n+1 11 21.5
10 Salmagundi 17 21.5
13 American Scholar 19 20
13 Granta 9 20
13 Point, The 12 20
16 River Teeth 15 18
17 Iowa Review 17 17.5
18 Fourth Genre 13 16.5
19 Paris Review 13 16
20 Ecotone 21 15.5
20 Missouri Review 20 15.5
22 Antioch Review 24 13.5
23 Boulevard 23 13
24 Creative Nonfiction 22 12.5
24 Virginia Quarterly Review 28 12.5
26 Southern Review 24 11.5
27 Image 27 11
28 New England Review 29 10
29 Kenyon Review 26 8.5
29 Narrative 29 8.5
31 Believer 31 8
31 Pinch 31 8
33 Colorado Review 35 7.5
33 Southampton Review 88 7.5
33 Yale Review 33 7.5
36 Blackbird 35 7
36 Brevity 78 7
38 Hunger Mountain 37 6.5
39 Ninth Letter 37 6
39 Oxford American 40 6
39 War, Literature and The Arts 44 6
39 World Literature Today 41 6
43 Raritan 37 5.5
43 Shenandoah 41 5.5
45 American Circus 44 5
45 Fourth River 44 5
45 Gigantic 44 5
45 New Orleans Review 44 5
45 Radio Silence 44 5
45 Ruminate 44 5
45 Third Coast 44 5
52 Brain, Child 41 4.5
52 Harvard Review 55 4.5
52 Hudson Review 44 4.5
52 Normal School 58 4.5
56 Big Roundtable 67 4
56 Broad Street 58 4
56 Michigan Quarterly Review 55 4
56 Southwest Review 44 4
60 Alaska Quarterly Review 58 3.5
60 American Poetry Review 62 3.5
60 Brick 62 3.5
60 Sweet 62 3.5
60 TriQuarterly 58 3.5
60 Water-Stone Review 55 3.5
66 Five Points 70 3
66 Prairie Schooner 78 3
66 Sewanee Review 62 3
69 Boston Review 70 2.5
69 Fugue 44 2.5
69 Great River Review 70 2.5
69 In Character ©  70 2.5
69 Milkweed Editions – Press 70 2.5
69 News from the Republic of Letters (?) 33 2.5
69 Seattle Review 70 2.5
69 Tusculum 70 2.5
77 American Athenaeum (?) 78 2
77 Bellevue Literary Review 88 2
77 Hedgehog Review 78 2
77 Lapham’s Quarterly 78 2
77 Los Angeles Review 67 2
77 Massachusetts Review 88 2
77 Mount Hope 103 2
77 O-Dark-Thirty 78 2
77 Prism 78 2
77 Witness 103 2
77 Electric Literature 2
77 Guernica 2
77 Offing 2
90 Arts & Letters 78 1.5
90 Baffler 88 1.5
90 Cimarron Review 70 1.5
90 Florida Review 78 1.5
90 Gulf Coast 88 1.5
90 McSweeney’s 78 1.5
90 Memoir © 88 1.5
90 New Ohio Review 88 1.5
90 North American Review 88 1.5
90 Subtropics 88 1.5
90 Under the Sun 88 1.5
90 Willow Springs 88 1.5
90 ZYZZYVA 88 1.5
103 A Public Space 103 1
103 Alimentum 88 1
103 American Chordata 103 1
103 Arts Fuse 103 1
103 Bellevue Literary Press 103 1
103 Bomb 103 1
103 Bookforum 103 1
103 Camera Obscura 103 1
103 Catamaran 103 1
103 Catapult 103 1
103 Chautauqua 103 1
103 Chicago Review 103 1
103 Common, The 103 1
103 Dart Society 103 1
103 Delmarva Review 103 1
103 Diagram 103 1
103 Epiphany 1
103 Epoch 103 1
103 Fifth Wednesday 103 1
103 Five Chapters (?) 103 1
103 Heyday Books 103 1
103 Hopkins Review 1
103 Hub City Press 103 1
103 Malahat Review 88 1
103 Natural Bridge 103 1
103 Oregon Humanities 103 1
103 Provincetown Arts 88 1
103 Slice 1
103 Tavern Books 103 1
103 Tikkun 103 1
103 Timberline Review 103 1
103 Tupelo Press 103 1
103 Wilson Quarterly 103 1
103 Zone 3 103 1
103 Barrelhouse 1
103 True Story 1
139 American Interest 141 0.5
139 Asia Literary Review 141 0.5
139 Bat City 141 0.5
139 Black Pearls 141 0.5
139 Blood Orange Review 141 0.5
139 Callaloo 141 0.5
139 Canteen 141 0.5
139 Columbia Review 141 0.5
139 Europa Editions 141 0.5
139 Fiction 141 0.5
139 Fiction International 141 0.5
139 Free Inquiry 103 0.5
139 Haystack Mountain 141 0.5
139 Healing Muse 141 0.5
139 High Country News 141 0.5
139 High Desert Journal 103 0.5
139 Hotel Amerika 141 0.5
139 Idaho Review 141 0.5
139 Kyoto Journal 141 0.5
139 Literary Review 141 0.5
139 Manoa 103 0.5
139 Meridian 141 0.5
139 Minnesota Review 141 0.5
139 New Haven Review 141 0.5
139 Noon 141 0.5
139 North Dakota Quarterly 62 0.5
139 Open City 141 0.5
139 Oregon Quarterly 103 0.5
139 Other Voices © 141 0.5
139 Packinghouse Review © 103 0.5
139 Parnassus 141 0.5
139 Passages North 67 0.5
139 Nelle (formerly PMS) 103 0.5
139 Post Road 141 0.5
139 Relief 141 0.5
139 River Styx 103 0.5
139 Rosebud 141 0.5
139 Rumpus 141 0.5
139 Santa Monica Review 91 0.5
139 Seneca Review 141 0.5
139 SN Review 141 0.5
139 Stone Canoe 141 0.5
139 Stranger 141 0.5
139 The Journal 141 0.5
139 University of Michigan Press 141 0.5
139 Wag’s Revue 141 0.5
139 Writers Chronicle 141 0.5

2018 Perpetual Folly Literary Magazine Ranking — Poetry

Below is the 2018 Perpetual Folly Literary Magazine Ranking for Poetry. Go here to read about the methodology.

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2018 Magazine 2017 2018 Score
1 Poetry 1 61.5
2 Kenyon Review 2 50.5
3 American Poetry Review 3 37.5
4 Southern Review 6 36
5 Threepenny Review 4 35.5
6 New England Review 7 32
7 Ploughshares 5 29
8 Poetry Review 8 21.5
9 Gettysburg Review 13 21
9 Poem-a-Day 49 21
9 Tin House 13 21
12 Paris Review 10 20.5
13 Cincinnati Review 9 20
14 Field 10 19.5
15 Spillway 16 18
16 Georgia Review 10 17
16 Sun 13 17
18 Copper Canyon Press 19 16.5
19 Agni 22 15.5
20 Boston Review 31 15
20 Sugar House Review 18 15
22 Virginia Quarterly Review 22 14.5
23 Blackbird 31 13.5
23 Five Points 16 13.5
23 Poetry Northwest 24 13.5
23 Rattle 20 13.5
27 Hudson Review 25 12
27 New Ohio Review 26 12
27 Southern Indiana Review 69 12
30 Copper Nickel 28 11
31 jubilat 29 10.5
32 Four Way Books 31 10
32 Lake Effect 61 10
32 Tupelo Press 29 10
32 ZYZZYVA 61 10
36 Michigan Quarterly Review 42 9.5
36 Yale Review 31 9.5
38 Massachusetts Review 37 9
39 Missouri Review 38 8.5
39 Sixth Finch 38 8.5
41 Image 38 8
41 River Styx 36 8
43 BOA Editions 21 7.5
43 Orion 42 7.5
43 Smartish Pace 26 7.5
43 Vallum: Contemporary Poetry 42 7.5
43 Water-Stone Review 31 7.5
43 Willow Springs 47 7.5
49 Denver Quarterly 45 7
50 American Scholar 47 6
50 Awl 49 6
50 Codex 49 6
50 Ecotone 38 6
50 Little Star 49 6
50 Nepantla 49 6
50 Prelude 49 6
50 Tar River 69 6
50 The Journal 49 6
59 Alice James Books 61 5.5
59 Greensboro Review 231 5.5
59 Gulf Coast 61 5.5
59 Hopkins Review 231 5.5
59 Lana Turner 49 5.5
59 New American Writing 61 5.5
59 Salmagundi 231 5.5
66 Account 69 5
66 Adroit Journal 69 5
66 Alaska Quarterly Review 69 5
66 Assaracus 69 5
66 Briar Cliff Review 69 5
66 Brick 69 5
66 Butcher’s Dog 69 5
66 Cave Wall 69 5
66 Collagist 69 5
66 Conduit 69 5
66 Crab Orchard Review 69 5
66 Dunes Review 69 5
66 Forklift Ohio 69 5
66 Granta 69 5
66 Graywolf Press 69 5
66 Great River Review 69 5
66 Green Mountains Review 69 5
66 Harbour Publishing 69 5
66 Hawaii Pacific Review 69 5
66 Hunger Mountain 69 5
66 Ibbetson Street 69 5
66 LSU Press 69 5
66 Malahat Review 69 5
66 Muzzle Magazine 69 5
66 New Orleans Review 5
66 Notre Dame Review 69 5
66 Prism 69 5
66 Purple Passion Press 69 5
66 Quarterly West 61 5
66 Rhino 231 5
66 River Teeth 69 5
66 Shenandoah 118 5
66 Storm Cellar 69 5
66 Summerset Review 69 5
66 Sycamore Review 5
66 TAB 69 5
66 Thrush 69 5
66 Tiger Bark Press 69 5
66 Treelight Books 69 5
66 Volta 69 5
66 White Pine Press 69 5
66 YesYes Books 69 5
66 Nerve Cowboy 5
66 I-70 Review 5
66 Tipton Poetry Journal 5
66 Moonpie Press 5
66 Benniington Review 5
66 Constellations 5
66 Tule Review 5
66 Foundry 5
66 American Journal of Poetry 5
117 Hotel Amerika 45 4.5
117 Little Patuxent Review 117 4.5
119 North American Review 125 4
120 Arroyo Literary Review (?) 131 3.5
120 Epoch 118 3.5
120 Indiana Review 49 3.5
120 Salamander 122 3.5
120 Wave Books 118 3.5
125 New Criterion 125 3
125 Paterson Literary Review 49 3
125 Poetry International 49 3
125 Subtropics 49 3
129 5 a.m. © 125 2.5
129 Atlanta Review 131 2.5
129 Barrow Street 125 2.5
129 Blueline 131 2.5
129 Café Review 69 2.5
129 Chattahoochee Review 131 2.5
129 Court Green © 131 2.5
129 Crazyhorse 61 2.5
129 Cypher Books 131 2.5
129 Eastern Wash. Univ. Press © 131 2.5
129 Eleven Eleven 131 2.5
129 Epiphany 131 2.5
129 Fifth Wednesday 69 2.5
129 Harvard Review 69 2.5
129 Iowa Review 125 2.5
129 Literary Imagination 131 2.5
129 Manhattan Review 69 2.5
129 Margie © 131 2.5
129 Meridian 131 2.5
129 Nebraska Poets Calendar (?) 69 2.5
129 New South Books 131 2.5
129 New Verse News 69 2.5
129 Ninth Letter 131 2.5
129 Parnassus: Poetry in Review 131 2.5
129 Pilot Light 69 2.5
129 Pleasure Boat Studio 131 2.5
129 Pleiades 131 2.5
129 Poems & Plays 131 2.5
129 Prairie Schooner 231 2.5
129 Quiddity 131 2.5
129 Southern Poetry Review 69 2.5
129 Spork 69 2.5
129 Think Journal 131 2.5
129 Third Coast 131 2.5
129 Toadlily Press © 131 2.5
129 University of Pittsburgh Press 131 2.5
129 Utah State University Press 131 2.5
129 Verse Wisconsin ©  131 2.5
129 Zone 3 131 2.5
168 Beloit Poetry Journal 166 2
168 Birdfeast 166 2
168 Iron Horse Literary Review 166 2
168 Narrative 2
168 New South 166 2
168 Raritan 166 2
168 Upstreet 174 2
168 Verse Daily 177 2
176 Believer 166 1.5
176 Cimarron Review 118 1.5
176 Hampden-Sydney Poetry Review 174 1.5
176 Southwest Review 174 1.5
180 A Public Space 177 1
180 Academy of American Poets 177 1
180 Airlie Press 177 1
180 Black Warrior Review 177 1
180 Bloom 177 1
180 Chautauqua 177 1
180 Chinquapin Literary Magazine 177 1
180 Chiron Review 177 1
180 Cleveland State Univ. Poetry Ctr. 177 1
180 Clockhouse 177 1
180 Colorado Review 87 1
180 Construction 177 1
180 Cossack Review 177 1
180 Enizagam 177 1
180 Evansville Review 177 1
180 Exit 7 177 1
180 Gun Powder Press 177 1
180 Healing Muse 177 1
180 Heart 1
180 Hobart 177 1
180 Jai-Alai 177 1
180 Louisiana Literature 177 1
180 McNeese Review 177 1
180 Meadow 177 1
180 MIZNA 1
180 New Letters 122 1
180 New Madrid 177 1
180 Normal School 177 1
180 Offing 177 1
180 One Throne 177 1
180 Paris American 177 1
180 Persea Books 177 1
180 Pinch 166 1
180 Pluck 177 1
180 Poet Lore 177 1
180 Porkbelly Press 177 1
180 QWERTY 177 1
180 Radius 177 1
180 Rove 177 1
180 Rumpus 177 1
180 Saranac Review 177 1
180 Silk Road 177 1
180 Solstice 177 1
180 Southeast Review 177 1
180 Springhouse 177 1
180 TriQuarterly 166 1
180 Tupelo Quarterly 177 1
180 Upstairs at Duroc (?) 177 1
180 Verse Magazine 177 1
180 World Literature Today 122 1
180 Yarn 177 1
180 Zephyr Press 177 1
180 Lake, The 1
180 Raleigh Review 1
180 OmniVerse 1
180 Grub Street 1
236 Able Muse 177 0.5
236 Autumn House 177 0.5
236 Barefoot Muse 231 0.5
236 Bellevue Literary Review 231 0.5
236 Blue Earth Review 231 0.5
236 Boulevard 231 0.5
236 Calyx 177 0.5
236 Canary 61 0.5
236 Cardinal Points 177 0.5
236 Columbia Poetry Review 231 0.5
236 Connecticut Review 231 0.5
236 Crab Creek Review 231 0.5
236 Examined Life 177 0.5
236 Fort Hemlock Press © 231 0.5
236 Hanging Loose 231 0.5
236 Harpur Palate 231 0.5
236 Haven Chronicles (?) 231 0.5
236 Hayden’s Ferry 231 0.5
236 Hollins Critic 231 0.5
236 InDigest (?) 231 0.5
236 Live Mag! 231 0.5
236 Long Island Quarterly 231 0.5
236 Lost Hills Books (?) 231 0.5
236 Main Street Rag 231 0.5
236 Make 177 0.5
236 McSweeney’s 231 0.5
236 New Delta Review 231 0.5
236 New Haven Review 231 0.5
236 Nimrod 231 0.5
236 November 3rd Club 231 0.5
236 Omnidawn Publishing 231 0.5
236 Paper Street © (?) 231 0.5
236 Pearl 231 0.5
236 Runes ©  125 0.5
236 Sink Review 177 0.5
236 Specs 231 0.5
236 Spoon River Review 231 0.5
236 Valparaiso Poetry Review 231 0.5
236 Wordcraft of Oregon 231 0.5

2018 Perpetual Folly Literary Magazine Ranking — Fiction

Below is the 2018 Perpetual Folly Literary Magazine Ranking for Fiction. Go here to read about the methodology.

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2018 Magazine 2017 2018 Score
1 One Story 1 57
2 Conjunctions 1 55
3 Ploughshares 3 52.5
4 Paris Review 5 45.5
5 Threepenny Review 6 40.5
5 Tin House 6 40.5
7 Gettysburg Review 11 40
8 Zoetrope: All Story 8 37.5
9 Noon 9 37
10 A Public Space 11 36.5
11 Kenyon Review 4 35
12 Ecotone Magazine 10 34.5
13 Southern Review 18 31
14 Virginia Quarterly Review 13 30.5
15 Glimmer Train 16 28
16 Iowa Review 14 27.5
16 New England Review 21 27.5
18 Georgia Review 18 26
19 Missouri Review 15 25.5
20 Agni 23 25
20 American Short Fiction 17 25
22 Sun 20 22.5
23 Narrative 21 21.5
24 Image 26 20.5
25 McSweeney’s 25 18
26 Oxford American 30 17.5
27 Epoch 32 16
27 ZYZZYVA 26 16
29 Crazyhorse 36 15.5
30 Bellevue Literary Review 29 14.5
30 Colorado Review 24 14.5
32 Boulevard 26 13.5
32 Wigleaf 35 13.5
34 New Letters 31 12.5
35 Hudson Review 32 11
36 Idaho Review 32 10.5
36 Michigan Quarterly Review 42 10.5
38 Yale Review 37 9.5
39 Electric Literature 70 9
39 Granta 42 9
39 Pleiades 41 9
42 Five Points 37 8.5
42 Prairie Schooner 45 8.5
44 Antioch Review 42 8
44 Mississippi Review 39 8
46 Chicago Quarterly 50 7
46 New Orleans Review 45 7
48 Shenandoah 39 6.5
48 Third Coast 54 6.5
50 Alaska Quarterly Review 50 6
50 New Madrid 60 6
50 Santa Monica Review 50 6
53 Bomb 54 5.5
53 J Journal 47 5.5
53 Little Star 48 5.5
53 Sarabande Books 174 5.5
53 Southwest Review 60 5.5
53 West Branch 174 5.5
53 Witness 54 5.5
60 Hopkins Review 65 5
60 Pinch 50 5
60 Ruminate 60 5
60 Salmagundi 60 5
60 Stillhouse Press 5
65 American Scholar 54 4
65 Water-Stone Review 65 4
67 Cincinnati Review 60 3.5
67 Epiphany 83 3.5
67 Pen America 70 3.5
67 Post Road 70 3.5
67 Sewanee Review 65 3.5
67 TriQuarterly 54 3.5
73 Cimarron Review 70 3
73 Florida Review 54 3
73 Gulf Coast 83 3
73 One Teen Story 76 3
73 Southampton Review 70 3
78 Arts & Letters 174 2.5
78 Black Renaissance Noire 83 2.5
78 Blackbird 83 2.5
78 Common, The 76 2.5
78 Fiction 83 2.5
78 Harvard Review 65 2.5
78 Notre Dame Review 76 2.5
78 Raritan 76 2.5
78 Redivider 76 2.5
78 StoryQuarterly 76 2.5
78 Upstreet 100 2.5
78 Willow Springs 100 2.5
90 Akashic Books 83 2
90 Beloit Fiction 93 2
90 Berkeley Fiction Review 93 2
90 Black Clock © 93 2
90 Brooklyn Rail 93 2
90 Fiction International 100 2
90 Fifth Wednesday 114 2
90 Healing Muse 174 2
90 Juked 93 2
90 Kweli 114 2
90 Massachusetts Review 70 2
90 Mid American Review 83 2
90 n+1 114 2
90 New York Tyrant 83 2
90 Ninth Letter 76 2
90 Per Contra 100 2
90 River Styx 93 2
90 Salt Hill 93 2
108 Appalachian Heritage 100 1.5
108 BkMk Press 100 1.5
108 Chattahoochee Review 100 1.5
108 Chautauqua 114 1.5
108 Confrontation 174 1.5
108 Copper Nickel 100 1.5
108 Fourteen Hills 100 1.5
108 Graywolf Press 174 1.5
108 Indiana Review 83 1.5
108 Mythium 100 1.5
108 New Ohio Review 174 1.5
108 Press 53 100 1.5
108 World Literature Today 100 1.5
121 Asian American Literary Review 114 1
121 Austin State University Press 114 1
121 Baltimore Review 100 1
121 Barrelhouse 114 1
121 Brick 114 1
121 Brooklyn Review 114 1
121 Calyx 114 1
121 Catamaran 114 1
121 Chicago Review 114 1
121 Cleaver 114 1
121 Collagist 114 1
121 Consequence Magazine 114 1
121 Crab Creek Review 114 1
121 Cutbank 100 1
121 Dalkey Archive Press 114 1
121 Dr. T.J. Eckleburg Review 114 1
121 Elm Leaves Journal 114 1
121 Enizagram 114 1
121 failbetter.com 174 1
121 Fjords 114 1
121 Four Way Books 114 1
121 Gigantic 114 1
121 Green Mountains Review 114 1
121 Hunger Mountain 1
121 John Daniel & Co. 114 1
121 Joyland 114 1
121 Little Fiction 114 1
121 Lumina 114 1
121 Malahat Review 114 1
121 Manoa 114 1
121 Memorious 114 1
121 Midwestern Gothic 114 1
121 Minnesota Review 114 1
121 Mud City Journal 114 1
121 Natural Bridge 114 1
121 Normal School 114 1
121 North Carolina Literary Review 114 1
121 Ontario Review © 48 1
121 Outpost 19 114 1
121 Pear Noir © 114 1
121 Pembroke Magazine (?) 114 1
121 Puerto del Sol 114 1
121 Seneca Review 114 1
121 Sixfold 114 1
121 Sonora Review 65 1
121 Sweet 114 1
121 Texas Review Press 114 1
121 The Journal 114 1
121 Transition 114 1
121 Tweed’s (?) 114 1
121 Bennington Review 1
121 Glossolalia 1
121 Provincetown Arts 1
121 Catapult 1
121 East 1
121 Literary Review 1
121 Spectacle 1
121 African American Review 1
121 Broadkill River Press 1
121 Obsidian 1
121 Moon City 1
121 Yemassee 1
121 Gascony Writers Anthology (?) 1
184 [sic] 114 0.5
184 Anomalous 114 0.5
184 At Length 114 0.5
184 Bellingham Review 174 0.5
184 Black Warrior Review 174 0.5
184 Blue Earth Review 174 0.5
184 Blue Mesa Review 174 0.5
184 Boston Review 114 0.5
184 Callaloo 174 0.5
184 Caribbean Writer 114 0.5
184 Carpe Articulum © 174 0.5
184 Carve 114 0.5
184 Chariton Review 174 0.5
184 Crab Orchard Review 174 0.5
184 Dogwood 174 0.5
184 Dossier Journal (?) 174 0.5
184 Event 114 0.5
184 Exile 174 0.5
184 Faultline 114 0.5
184 Five Chapters (?) 174 0.5
184 Folio 174 0.5
184 Freight Stories 174 0.5
184 Gray’s Sporting Journal 174 0.5
184 Grist 174 0.5
184 Hotel Amerika 174 0.5
184 Inkwell © 174 0.5
184 Isotope © 174 0.5
184 Jabberwock Review 174 0.5
184 Kelsey Review 174 0.5
184 King’s English © 174 0.5
184 Laughing Fire Press 174 0.5
184 Maggid © 174 0.5
184 Momotombo Press 174 0.5
184 News from the Republic of Letters (?) 174 0.5
184 Nimrod 174 0.5
184 North American Review 174 0.5
184 Northwest Review ©  174 0.5
184 Orion 174 0.5
184 Other Voices © 174 0.5
184 Passages North 174 0.5
184 Pegasus Books 114 0.5
184 Relief 174 0.5
184 Rivendell © 174 0.5
184 Rosebud 174 0.5
184 Slice 174 0.5
184 Smoke Long Quarterly 174 0.5
184 Southern California Review © 174 0.5
184 Sou’wester 174 0.5
184 Stone Canoe 174 0.5
184 Texas Review 114 0.5
184 Timber Creek Review (?) 174 0.5
184 Western Humanities Review 114 0.5

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.

2015 Reading: VQR, Winter 2015

vqr2015coverVirginia Quarterly Review, Winter 2015, Vol. 91, No. 1

I think literary magazines are great, both print and online. My habit, though, is to let the print magazines pile up, unread. For years. I recently had to move all my old copies of journals into boxes to make room on the shelves for all the unread books that had accumulated on the floor. Really. And new magazines arrive weekly, so it’s not as if the boxes solved a problem.

It is imperative, therefore, that I do a better job of reading the magazines and passing them along to other people. No more hoarding for me. There just isn’t room.

I start this initiative with the magazine that arrived most recently, the Winter 2015 issue of the Virginia Quarterly Review. I’ve long admired this journal, and because it is based in Charlottesville, not far from where I live, I’ve had some interaction with its staff over the years. It’s a beautifully produced book, and everyone should subscribe, or at least find a copy and read.

Having said that, I have mixed views on this new issue, which I guess is okay. There’s something in it for everyone. I actually liked the nonfiction more than the fiction. Let’s break it down.

There’s an interview called “Going Rogue” with some rogue taxidermists—people who stuff animals unconventionally. Never heard of such a thing, but it sounds pretty interesting, and the photographs are fascinating. There’s also an interview with Derek Walcott which is interesting. His answers are terse (although that might be in the editing) but the discussion ranges from Pasternak to Wordsworth to Seamus Heaney.

A section called “Talisman” is an essay by Andre Dubus III called “Beneath,” which is about the evolution of his workspace. I enjoy reading about writers’ desks and studies, so this was great. As it happens, I recently read his memoir, Townie, and am currently listening to the audiobook version of The House of Sand and Fog, which I’m enjoying.

“Snowfall Blues” is an essay by Alison Stine about Jackson C. Frank, a musician I’ve never heard of. The writer seems at a great distance from her subject, but the piece is clear and well written and informative.

And speaking of informative, “Art and Politics in Occupied Crimea,” by Dimiter Kenarov with photographs by Boryana Katsarova is fascinating, and covers exactly what you might expect from the title. Curiously, we also get an essay about Russian immigrants in the US in Liesl Schillinger’s “My Midwestern Soviet Childhood.”

Given recent racial tensions in this country, I was really drawn into Thomas Chatterton Williams’s piece, “Black and Blue and Blond.” Of mixed race, but identifying as Black, he married a French woman with whom he has a blond child. Needless to say, there are issues. There’s a long essay about health care for undocumented immigrants in Houston that I confess I only skimmed, and another piece, by Kwame Dawes, “The Guardy and the Shame,” about homophobia and AIDS in Jamaica.

Which brings me to the fiction, usually the section of a journal I focus on.

The first story, “The Fathoms,” by Amanda Korman was enjoyable if only that it deals freshly with a familiar issue. What’s familiar is whether a young couple should have a child. The wife is working, the husband is in school (perpetually, it seems). What’s fresh is that this is a Jewish couple in Washington DC (he is, apparently, more observant than she), and she’s going regularly to a mikvah, which (and this was what was new to me) is a ritual immersion bath for purification. She wouldn’t be going to the mikvah if she were pregnant, however, which everyone assumes is her goal. Except she’s on the pill, which she hides from the woman who runs the mikvah.

I didn’t care for “Dead Right There” by Aaron Gwyn. All the stories about the war in Iraq seem the same to me, and there have been a lot of them lately.

“Soucouyant,” by Tiffany Briere, is probably my favorite of the four stories in this issue. It deals with a family of immigrants from Guyana, including a daughter, Suku, who is a post-doc at Yale working on genetic analysis of aggression in mice (or something like that). She gets a call from home and learns that her father, Sherlock, will be having both legs amputated due to diabetes. She goes home, even though she’s estranged from her father and sister, and isn’t sure what she’s going to do. I don’t think she’s surprised by the ethical dilemma her father presents her with though, and the story leaves us hanging. Loved the ending.

Of the four stories in this issue, the only one by an author I’m familiar with is “Avarice” by Charles Baxter. I like Baxter’s work and studied with him at Bread Loaf years ago, but I can’t say I loved this story. Told from the point of view of a religious woman recently diagnosed with breast cancer (which she assumes is fatal, apparently), the voice seems forced. In the first person, she talks about her life, her husband’s death (hit by a drunk driver), and interacts with her former daughter-in-law who now lives with her (as does her son and his current wife, along with the son’s two children, one with each wife).

I’ve gone on about this issue much longer than I intended, but VQR is always packed.