2021 Literary Magazine Ranking–Nonfiction

Below is the 2021 Literary Magazine Ranking for Nonfiction. For a discussion of the rationale and methodology, please go here.

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2021 RankMagazine2020 Rank2021 Score
1Sun151
2Georgia Review249.5
3Orion341
4Granta536
5Tin House © 430
6Ploughshares629.5
7Salmagundi726
8Threepenny Review1025
9Fourth Genre1324.5
10n+1921.5
11Creative Nonfiction1221
12New England Review1519.5
13Agni1319
14Narrative1618.5
14Point, The1118.5
16Gettysburg Review816.5
17New Letters1615.5
18Paris Review2113.5
19American Scholar2413
19Oxford American2413
21River Teeth1812.5
21Virginia Quarterly Review2812.5
23Antioch Review2112
23Brevity2112
23Iowa Review2012
26Kenyon Review2811
26Pinch3311
28Ecotone2710
29Conjunctions199.5
29Sewanee Review429.5
31Missouri Review248
32Southern Review287.5
33Boulevard317
33McSweeney’s357
35Image316.5
35Southampton Review336.5
37Bennington Review356
37True Story1006
37War, Literature and The Arts356
40World Literature Today355.5
41About Place Journal425
41Bat City395
41Believer395
41Harvard Advocate5
45Colorado Review424.5
45Hedgehog Review484.5
47Alaska Quarterly Review524
47Blackbird484
49Big Roundtable (?)483.5
49Harvard Review473.5
49Hudson Review523.5
49Ruminate523.5
49Yale Review483.5
54Guernica763
54Hunger Mountain573
54Normal School573
54Raritan523
54Sweet573
59American Circus (?)622.5
59Boston Review762.5
59Fourth River422.5
59Fugue622.5
59Gigantic (?)422.5
59Great River Review622.5
59Massachusetts Review622.5
59New Orleans Review622.5
59News from the Republic of Letters (?) 622.5
59Prairie Schooner572.5
59Radio Silence622.5
59Seattle Review (?)622.5
59Tusculum622.5
59ZYZZYVA622.5
73Another Chicago Magazine762
73Baffler1002
73Bellevue Literary Review762
73Broad Street572
73Catapult762
73Common, The762
73Crazyhorse762
73Electric Literature762
73Hopkins Review762
73Ninth Letter392
73Offing762
73Witness1002
73Longreads2
86Brain, Child621.5
86Brick621.5
86Five Points761.5
86High Desert Journal931.5
86Los Angeles Review931.5
86Milkweed Editions – Press761.5
86Mount Hope931.5
86O-Dark-Thirty761.5
86Southwest Review621.5
86TriQuarterly761.5
86Water-Stone Review761.5
86Willow Springs1001.5
98American Athenaeum (?)1001
98American Chordata1001
98Baltimore Review1001
98Barrelhouse1001
98Black Warrior Review1001
98Caught by the River1001
98Chattahoochee Review1001
98Cimarron Review1001
98Cincinnati Review1001
98Consequence1001
98Copper Nickel1
98Crab Orchard Review1001
98Denver Quarterly1001
98Epiphany1001
98Gulf Coast761
98Heyday Books1001
98Kitchen Work1001
98Malahat Review1001
98Michigan Quarterly Review621
98Pacific Standard1001
98Passages North931
98Pen America1
98Pleiades1001
98Potomac Review1001
98Prism761
98Red Hen Press1001
98Redivider1001
98Room1001
98Santa Monica Review1001
98Slice1001
98Speak 1001
98StoryQuarterly1001
98Tahoma Literary Review1001
98Terrain.org1001
98Third Coast1001
98Timberline Review1001
98Transition1001
98Turtle Point Press1001
98War Horse1001
98Arrowsmith1
98Emergence Magazine1
98Hong Kong Review1
98Nowhere Magazine1
98Pidgeonholes1
98New Rivers Press1
143Arts Fuse1450.5
143Bomb1000.5
143Bookforum1450.5
143Camera Obscura1450.5
143Catamaran1000.5
143Chautauqua1450.5
143Chicago Review1450.5
143Dart Society1450.5
143Delmarva Review1450.5
143Diagram1450.5
143Epoch1000.5
143Fifth Wednesday © 1450.5
143Five Chapters © 1450.5
143Florida Review930.5
143Free Inquiry1450.5
143Hub City Press1450.5
143Lapham’s Quarterly930.5
143Memoir © 1000.5
143Natural Bridge1450.5
143New Ohio Review1450.5
143North American Review1450.5
143North Dakota Quarterly1450.5
143Oregon Humanities1450.5
143Oregon Quarterly1450.5
143Packinghouse Review © 1450.5
143Provincetown Arts1000.5
143River Styx1450.5
143Shenandoah520.5
143Subtropics1450.5
143Tavern Books1450.5
143Tikkun1000.5
143Tupelo Press1450.5
143Under the Sun930.5
143University of Michigan Press1450.5
143Wilson Quarterly1450.5
143Zone 31000.5

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