Lit Mags and Presses

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NOTE: This is a list of previous participants in Conversations and Connections Pittsburgh. This will be updated over time as we confirm participation of various literary magazines…

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.

Autumn House Press is a nonprofit corporation registered in the state of Pennsylvania whose mission is to publish and promote poetry and other fine literature.

BatCat Press publishes limited handbound editions of awesome poetry and prose. We aim to publish books, chapbooks, and broadsides that are the perfect combination of excellent writing and interesting design. Part of our mission is to provide students a unique behind-the-scenes experience in publishing. The press is staffed and operated by students of Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School in Midland, PA.

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.

Creative Nonfiction magazine is true stories, well told. Each issue demonstrates the depth and versatility of narrative nonfiction and proves that smart, engaging narratives can make any subject fascinating and meaningful. Recent issues have tackled themes ranging from joy to learning from nature, and from the childhood to marriage.

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.”

IDK Magazine flirts with the unknown. We love Millennials and the people who write about them. We believe in writing our way out of the cultural wasteland; disobeying social norms; satirizing pop culture; sugar-coating the past through the practice of nostalgia; embracing, celebrating, and rejecting Internet culture; placing a bullhorn in front of the mouth of tomorrow; and empowering the collective body of future humanity.

Kenyon Review: Building on a tradition of excellence dating back to 1939, the Kenyon Review has evolved from a distinguished literary magazine to a pre-eminent arts organization. Today, KR is devoted to nurturing, publishing, and celebrating the best in contemporary writing. We’re expanding the community of diverse readers and writers, across the globe, at every stage of their lives.

Mid-American Review is an international literary journal dedicated to our mission of publishing the best contemporary fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and translations. Founded in 1981, MAR is an official publication of the Department of English and the College of Arts & Sciences at Bowling Green State University.

Pittsburgh Poetry Review is a print publication published 3 times annually, featuring the best of the Pittsburgh poets, as well as established and emerging writers around the nation, and world.

Pretty Owl Poetry is an online quarterly journal that publishes new, emerging, and established writers in poetry, flash fiction, and the visual arts. We support all approaches to writing, be it collaborative or individual. We’re interested in experimental and traditional forms and flash fiction masquerading as poetry, all with a lyrical quality. Pretty Owl Poetry breaks down the barriers between voice and the written word by continuing to share the work of its authors’ through online readings and interviews, written Q&As, and its spotlight reading series.–>

Whiskey Island is a nonprofit literary magazine that has been published in one form or another by the students of Cleveland State University for over 30 years.