[Note: the 2016 Rankings are here.]
Below is the 2015 Pushcart Prize Ranking of Literary Magazines for NONFICTION.
For information about my annual magazine rankings and my methodology, go here.
Go here for POETRY and FICTION rankings.
The big news: Not much change at the top, but Tin House moves into the Top Ten. (With the inclusion of the 2014 rankings for comparison, you can see other movements in the list.)
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This is really helpful, Cliff. Thanks. Who knew there were so many! Have you ever ranked them by circulation? Do you think you might rank online journals? I’m interested not just in prestige (so to speak) but also in reaching a wide audience. When Prime Number published a story of mine I was able to share the link with friends and family who don’t read lit mags. They enjoyed the piece and I enjoyed their responses.
Ellen, the list is just the tip of the iceberg, because there are far more journals that have not won Pushcarts than have. Ranking by circulation would be interesting but very hard, since circ. numbers aren’t widely available, although the Writers Market lists such info (maybe Duotrope does too?). Some online journals are included on my list, if they’ve been honored by Pushcart. A ranking of just online magazines is needed, but I’m afraid it would have to be pretty subjective because there’s nothing comparable to the Pushcarts by which to judge. (The current “best of” for online stuff is kind of sketchy.)
Thanks so much for doing this, Cliff. It’s very helpful in navigating the sea of lit journals.
We have tried emailing you to send you a complimentary copy of Issue 14 “Risky Words” of our literary mag, Epiphany but it bounced back saying your mailbox is full. We would love to be ranked by Perpetual Folly.
Please let us know the best way to send you the file, if you’re interested.
Samantha K. Smith
Thanks! I’ve sent you an email.
Great work, Clifford! These lists are extremely helpful and I really appreciate your effort.
Thanks for this list. I have used it for years, and I deeply appreciate it.
I just wanted to let you know that sadly, it looks as if Memoir Journal is no more.
Glitch as of 9/17/15––pressing “read more” doesn’t work, just reloads the page. So I can’t see the ranking. Doesn’t work in either Firefox or Safari.
Yes, I’m aware. It’s a problem on all posts on the site, unfortunately. Working to resolve it. Please check back. Appreciate your patience.
I cannot thank you enough for putting this list together. So very nice of you!
Check out the updated lists here: http://cliffordgarstang.com/2016-pushcart-prize-literary-magazine-rankings-overview/