Lit Mags and Presses

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Conversations and Connections is pleased to have the following literary magazines and small presses participating in the conference this year. More coming soon…

American Short Fiction was founded in 1991 by Laura Furman at the University of Texas Press and in cooperation with the Texas Center for Writers and “The Sound of Writing” broadcast on National Public Radio. Today, the magazine is published by American Short Fiction, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit, and is based in Austin, Texas. Since its founding, American Short Fiction has published exceptional new writing by established and emerging authors. In that time, the magazine has become a preeminent national institution, honored with both praise and prizes, its stories celebrated by distinguished anthologies including Best American Short Stories, Best American Non-Required Reading, O. Henry Prize Stories, The Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses, and more. American Short Fiction, twice a finalist for the National Magazine Award for Fiction, has published important work by Joyce Carol Oates, Dagoberto Gilb, Roxane Gay, Ann Beattie, Nathan Englander, Lauren Groff, Laura van den Berg, and so many others.

Atticus Review Atticus Review is a weekly online journal that publishes short stories, poems, flash fiction, creative nonfiction, mixed media, book reviews, and other genre-busting words of wisdom and interactive literary whimsy.

Barrelhouse is an independent non-profit literary organization that bridges the gap between serious art and pop culture. Barrelhouse is a biannual print journal featuring fiction, poetry, interviews, and essays about music, art, and the detritus of popular culture. Barrelhouse is a web site that regularly posts new short fiction, nonfiction, interviews, and random stuff. Barrelhouse is the organizer of this fine conference right here, Conversations and Connections.

Braddock Avenue Books is an independent literary press dedicated to publishing both new and established writers whose work engages honestly and meaningfully with contemporary circumstances. We especially support writers who use literary fiction and the long-form essay for serious explorations of what it means to be alive today.

Boulevard‘s mission is to publish the finest in contemporary fiction and poetry as well as definitive essays on the arts and culture, and to publish a diversity of writers who exhibit an original sensibility. It is our conviction that creative and critical work should be presented in a variegated yet coherent ensemble—as a boulevard, which contains in one place the best a community has to offer.

The Delmarva Review publishes compelling literary prose and poetry in print and digital editions annually. All writers are welcome, regardless of residence. The nonprofit journal encourages great story-telling, moving poetry, and memorable nonfiction exhibiting skillful expression. Over its eight-year history, The Delmarva Review has published new poetry, short stories, creative nonfiction and book reviews by 216 authors from 27 states, the District of Columbia, and nine other countries. Thirty-seven earned Pushcart Prize nominations. Some have received mentions in major anthologies and critical reviews. Still others have been discovered by other publishers.

District Lit publishes poetry, fiction, and visual art on a rolling basis. Founded in 2011, our mission is publishing the best stories and poems from new and emerging writers, complemented by interviews with diverse visual artists. Our vision is an online community in which we present the stories that writers want to tell and that readers want to read. We are here to publish writing that smashes down the borders in which we district our lives, and we hope you find something that changes your world.

JMWW is a weekly journal of writing publishing the best in fiction, poetry, flash, nonfiction, book reviews, and miscellany (or a close approximation).

Little Patuxent Review (LPR) is a biannual print journal with an associated blog, featuring writers and artists from the Mid-Atlantic region and beyond. LPR was named for Little Patuxent River, one of the three major tributaries of the Patuxent River. Like LPR, the river flows over stones — the Algonquin word “patuxent” means “water flowing over smooth stones” — through Howard County, Maryland, gathering strength as it carries content to the Chesapeake Bay and out toward the larger world. LPR was founded in 2006 by a group of local writers — Mike Clark, Ann Bracken, Ann Barney, Brendan Donegan — to fill the void left when a periodical of the same title, founded by poets Ralph and Margot Treital, closed a quarter century ago. They envisioned LPR as a forum for area writers and artists. In doing so, LPR not only provides readers with a diverse array of local offerings, but also attracts contributors of national repute.

The Gettysburg Review, published by Gettysburg College, is recognized as one of the country’s premier literary journals. Since its debut in 1988, work by such luminaries as E. L. Doctorow, Rita Dove, James Tate, Joyce Carol Oates, Richard Wilbur, and Donald Hall has appeared alongside that of emerging artists such as Christopher Coake, Holly Goddard Jones, Kyle Minor, Ginger Strand, and Charles Yu, whose short-story collection, Third-Class Superhero, was selected recently by Richard Powers as one of the National Book Foundation’s “Five Under 35.”

Juked Magazine an independent journal that appears online as well as in annual print issues. We don’t adhere to any particular themes or tastes, but some people tell us they see one, so who knows? Our past contributors include Aimee Bender, Ron Carlson, Stephen Graham Jones, Michelle Latiolais, Emma Straub, Blake Butler, Paul Griner, Shane Jones, Kevin Wilson, and many others. Published works have been anthologized in New Sudden Fiction and Sudden Fiction International (W. W. Norton), Best New Poets (Meridian), Best of the Web (Dzanc Books), and elsewhere.

Literary Mama publishes literary writing about the many faces of motherhood. Since 2003, we have featured poetry, fiction, columns, and creative nonfiction that may be too raw, too irreverent, too ironic, or too body-conscious for traditional or commercial motherhood publications.In the month of June we focus on fathers. Literary Mama is a online magazine for writers as well as mothers. We value superior craft and fresh voice, as much as original themes and topics. Our Literary Reflections department offers an inside look at the writing process for both new and seasoned writers, while our book reviews and author profiles highlight mother writers who are well established in their careers.

O-Dark-Thirty is the literary journal of the Veterans Writing Project. Launched in May of 2012, it is a platform for veterans and members of the military community (active duty, veterans, and family members) to share their writing with a broad community of interested readers. The core of our work is The Report, our online journal, which features fiction, non-fiction, and poetry that is only lightly edited by our editors. Our quarterly print journal is called The Review. Our editors choose from among your submissions the pieces that best suit our mood or a specific theme for that edition. We also include a profile or interview with writers and teachers of consequence who are also veterans.

Potomac ReviewRooted in the nation’s capital’s suburbs, Potomac Review is the antidote to the scripted republic that surrounds it. By taking on DC’s values of international inclusion, Potomac Review looks out into the world from its lush Potomac River basin, collecting and absorbing the world’s literary diversity. Potomac Review seeks literature from emerging and established writers around the globe to facilitate in the literary conversation.

Smokelong Quarterly is dedicated to bringing the best flash fiction to the web on a quarterly basis, whether written by widely published authors or those new to the craft.

Split Lip Magazine is an online journal driven to help literature mingle with pop culture.We are looking for stories that sting and voices that carry. We want work that risks. We want out-there, experimental, original. We want to publish good work by good people.

Virginia Quarterly Review: Founded in 1925 at the University of Virginia, VQR has long described itself as a “national journal of literature and discussion.” It has been a haven—and home—for the best essayists, reporters, poets, and fiction writers, seeking contributions from the US and abroad. Its readers are in more than 200 countries and territories. Readable and responsible, it is also entertaining. Though fresh as tomorrow’s newspaper, each issue—read cover to cover upon publication—will still have value a decade later.

Washington Writers Publishing HouseStaffed by previous prize winners who volunteer their time and talents, Washington Writers Publishing House is a 40-year-old nonprofit cooperative press based in D.C. which aims to celebrate the diversity of local literary talent. Through an annual blind contest, the press awards and publishes one work of fiction (the WWPH Fiction Prize) and one of poetry (The Jean Feldman Poetry Prize) each fall. Writers who live within 75 miles of the U.S. Capitol are invited to submit.