2020 Literary Magazine Ranking–Non-Fiction

Below is the 2020 Perpetual Folly Literary Magazine Ranking for Non-Fiction. Go here to read about the methodology.

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2020 RankMagazine2019 Rank2020 Score
1Sun255
2Georgia Review347
3Orion144.5
4Tin House © 435.5
5Granta534
6Ploughshares1033.5
7Salmagundi929
8Gettysburg Review627.5
9n+11226.5
10Threepenny Review1424.5
11Point, The1023
12Creative Nonfiction1822.5
13Agni821
13Fourth Genre1221
15New England Review2519.5
16Narrative2118.5
16New Letters718.5
18River Teeth1616
19Conjunctions1514
20Iowa Review1913.5
21Antioch Review2213
21Brevity3313
21Paris Review2313
24American Scholar1712.5
24Missouri Review1912.5
24Oxford American2512.5
27Ecotone2310
28Kenyon Review318.5
28Southern Review298.5
28Virginia Quarterly Review258.5
31Boulevard308
31Image258
33Pinch387
33Southampton Review327
35Bennington Review386
35McSweeney’s1006
35War, Literature and The Arts356
35World Literature Today386
39Bat City375.5
39Believer375.5
39Ninth Letter375.5
42About Place Journal385
42Colorado Review375
42Fourth River385
42Gigantic (?)385
42Sewanee Review385
47Harvard Review574.5
48Big Roundtable (?)534
48Blackbird504
48Hedgehog Review644
48Yale Review344
52Alaska Quarterly Review573.5
52Hudson Review503.5
52Raritan503.5
52Ruminate573.5
52Shenandoah573.5
57Broad Street533
57Hunger Mountain573
57Normal School533
57Prairie Schooner643
57Sweet643
62American Circus (?)692.5
62Brain, Child532.5
62Brick642.5
62Fugue692.5
62Great River Review692.5
62Massachusetts Review882.5
62Michigan Quarterly Review692.5
62New Orleans Review382.5
62News from the Republic of Letters (?) 692.5
62Radio Silence382.5
62Seattle Review (?)692.5
62Southwest Review572.5
62Tusculum692.5
62ZYZZYVA882.5
76Another Chicago Magazine1002
76Bellevue Literary Review782
76Boston Review692
76Catapult782
76Common, The1002
76Crazyhorse1002
76Electric Literature782
76Five Points782
76Guernica782
76Gulf Coast1002
76Hopkins Review782
76Milkweed Editions – Press782
76O-Dark-Thirty782
76Offing782
76Prism782
76TriQuarterly572
76Water-Stone Review692
93Florida Review881.5
93High Desert Journal1451.5
93Lapham’s Quarterly881.5
93Los Angeles Review881.5
93Mount Hope881.5
93Passages North881.5
93Under the Sun881.5
100American Athenaeum (?)881
100American Chordata1001
100Arts & Letters1001
100Baffler1001
100Baltimore Review1
100Barrelhouse1001
100Black Warrior Review1
100Bomb1001
100Catamaran1001
100Caught by the River1001
100Chattahoochee Review1
100Cimarron Review1001
100Cincinnati Review1
100Consequence1001
100Crab Orchard Review1001
100Denver Quarterly1001
100Epiphany1001
100Epoch1001
100Heyday Books1001
100Kitchen Work1001
100Malahat Review1001
100Memoir © 1001
100Pacific Standard1001
100Pleiades1
100Provincetown Arts1001
100Redivider1001
100Room1001
100Santa Monica Review1001
100Slice1001
100StoryQuarterly1
100Tahoma Literary Review1001
100Terrain.org1001
100Third Coast351
100Tikkun1001
100Timberline Review1001
100Transition1001
100True Story1001
100Willow Springs881
100Witness881
100Zone 31001
100Red Hen Press1
100Turtle Point Press1
100War Horse1
100Speak 1
100Potomac Review1
145A Public Space1450.5
145Alimentum1000.5
145American Poetry Review640.5
145Arts Fuse1450.5
145Bookforum1450.5
145Camera Obscura1450.5
145Canteen (?)1450.5
145Chautauqua1450.5
145Chicago Review1000.5
145Columbia Review1450.5
145Dart Society1450.5
145Delmarva Review1000.5
145Diagram1450.5
145Europa Editions1450.5
145Fiction1450.5
145Fiction International1450.5
145Fifth Wednesday © 1000.5
145Five Chapters © 1450.5
145Free Inquiry1450.5
145Haystack Mountain1450.5
145High Country News1450.5
145Hub City Press1450.5
145Idaho Review1450.5
145Literary Review1450.5
145Manoa1450.5
145Minnesota Review1450.5
145Natural Bridge1000.5
145Nelle (formerly PMS)1450.5
145New Ohio Review880.5
145Noon1450.5
145North American Review1000.5
145North Dakota Quarterly1450.5
145Oregon Humanities1000.5
145Oregon Quarterly1450.5
145Packinghouse Review © 1450.5
145River Styx1450.5
145Rumpus1450.5
145Subtropics1450.5
145Tavern Books1000.5
145The Journal1450.5
145Tupelo Press1450.5
145University of Michigan Press1450.5
145Wag’s Revue1450.5
145Wilson Quarterly1000.5
145Writers Chronicle1450.5

7 thoughts on “2020 Literary Magazine Ranking–Non-Fiction”

    1. Seth, I believe it is a different magazine. The one you linked to–which looks great–appears to have debuted in October 2017. Memoir Journal on my NF list earned its one point for a special mention in the 2014 volume, which means it appeared some time in 2012. I have an old URL for that magazine, which is no longer operating.

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