As a Calvin writer, you may be looking for other places to share your work. This page explains how to submit your writing to literary journals. It also includes Calvin Writers Recommend, our database of recommended literary journals.

Calvin Writers Recommend
Journal Genre Media Length About Calvin-specific info Website
Albion Review Fiction&Nonfiction&Poetry Print (1/year) ≤15 pages or ≤5 poems A national undergraduate literary journal. More Website
Allegheny Review Fiction&Nonfiction&Poetry Print (1/year) ≤20 pages or ≤5 poems A national journal of undergraduate literature More Website
The Banner Fiction&Nonfiction&Poetry Print (12/year) 600-1200 words The official monthly publication of the Christian Reformed Church in North America More Website
Black Warrior Review Fiction&Nonfiction&Poetry Print (2/year) ≤7,000 words or ≤5 poems A semiannual magazine of fiction, poetry, essays, art, comics, and reviews More Website
Brevity Nonfiction Online (4/year) ≤750 words A journal of concise literary nonfiction More Website
Burnside Writers Collective Fiction&Nonfiction&Poetry Online (Daily-Weekly) ≤1000 words An online magazine presenting an alternative to franchise faith More Website
Button Fiction&Poetry Print (1/year) 300-2,000 words or 1-3 poems New England’s tiniest magazine of poetry and fiction and gracious living More Website
The Carolina Quarterly Fiction&Nonfiction&Poetry Print (3/year) ≤25 pages or ≤6 poems Literary journal covering fiction, poetry, essays, nonfiction, artwork and reviews More Website
catapult magazine Fiction&Nonfiction&Poetry Online (biweekly) Unspecified unite. learn. serve. More Website
The Chattahoochee Review Fiction&Nonfiction&Poetry Print (4/year) Unspecified The literary quarterly of Georgia Perimeter College More Website
The Christian Century Nonfiction&Poetry Print (biweekly) Unspecified A progressive ecumenical magazine based in Chicago More Website
Clackamas Literary Review Fiction&Nonfiction&Poetry Print (1/year) One story or ≤4 poems Clackamas Literary Review is a nationally distributed, annual print journal More Website
The Claremont Review Fiction&Poetry Print (2/year) ≤5,000 words The international magazine of young authors 13-19 years old More Website
Collision Nonfiction&Poetry Print (2/year) ≤3,000 words or ≤5 poems Dedicated to publishing student poetry and nonfiction prose More Website
The Colorado Review Fiction&Nonfiction&Poetry Print (3/year) 15-25 pages A national literary journal More Website
The Conium Review Fiction&Poetry Print (2/year) ≤3 flash (≤1000 words), ≤2 short story, 1 novella (≤15,000 words) or ≤5 poems A journal seeking innovative writing. Make it weird. More Website
Crab Orchard Review Fiction&Nonfiction&Poetry Print (2/year) ≤25 pages or ≤6 poems A journal of creative works More Website
Crazyhorse Literary Journal Fiction&Nonfiction&Poetry Print (2/year) ≤8,500 words or 3-5 poems To publish the entire spectrum of today’s fiction, essays, and poetry More Website
Creative Nonfiction Nonfiction Print (4/year) ≤5,000 words The voice of the genre More Website
Cricket Fiction&Nonfiction&Poetry Print (9/year) 200-2,000 words or poem ≤50 lines A literature magazine for kids ages 9-14 More Website
Drunken Boat Fiction&Nonfiction&Poetry Online (12/year) ≤5,000 words or ≤3 poems International Online Journal of the Arts More Website
Ecotone Fiction&Nonfiction&Poetry Print (2/year) ≤30 pages or ≤5 poems Reimagining Place More Website
The First Line Fiction&Nonfiction Print (4/year) 300-3,000 (fiction) or 500-800 (nonfiction) An eclectic journal that requires submissions to begin with a provided first line More Website
Geez Nonfiction Print (4/year) 50-500 words Holy mischief in an age of fast faith More Website
The Georgia Review Fiction&Nonfiction&Poetry Print (4/year) One story or 3-5 poems A quarterly publication of essays, short fiction, poetry, reviews, and art More Website
Glimmer Train Fiction Print (4/year) ≤12,000 words Quarterly magazine of literary short fiction More Website
Gulf Coast Fiction&Nonfiction&Poetry Print (2/year) ≤7,000 words or 3-5 poems A journal of literature and fine arts More Website
Gulf Stream Fiction&Nonfiction&Poetry Print and online (2/year) ≤10,000 words or ≤5 poems Literary magazine published by Creative Writing Program at Florida International University More Website
H.O.W. Journal Fiction&Nonfiction&Poetry Print (2/year) ≤8,000 words or ≤5 poems Helping Orphans Worldwide More Website
Hanging Loose Magazine Fiction&Poetry Print (3/year) 1 story or ≤6 poems Dedicated to publishing new writers and old writers whose work deserves a larger audience More Website
Hayden's Ferry Review Fiction&Nonfiction&Poetry Print (2/year) 1 prose piece or ≤6 poems Semiannual magazine More Website
The Hudson Review Fiction&Nonfiction&Poetry Print (4/year) ≤10,000 words or ≤7 poems Celebrating sixty years of literature and the arts More Website
Image Fiction&Nonfiction&Poetry Print (4/year) ≤6,000 words or ≤5 poems A journal of the arts and religion More Website
The Iowa Review Fiction&Nonfiction&Poetry Print (3/year) Unspecified A literary journal carrying fiction, poetry, essays, and reviews More Website
The Louisville Review Fiction&Nonfiction&Poetry Print (4/year) 1 story or ≤5 poems A literary magazine since 1976 More Website
The Malahat Review Fiction&Nonfiction&Poetry Print and Online (4/year) 1,200-8,000 words or 5-10 poems Essential Poetry & Fiction More Website
McSweeney's Fiction&Nonfiction Print (4/year) Unspecified Timothy McSweeney’s Politics Surprise the Other Missionaries More Website
Mid-American Review Fiction&Nonfiction&Poetry Print (2/year) ≤6,000 words or ≤6 poems Est. 1972, international since 1980 More Website
The Mississippi Review Fiction&Nonfiction&Poetry Online (4/year) 1,000-8,000 words or 3 poems Online version of the literary magazine published by the Center for Writers at the University of Southern Mississippi More Website
Narrative Magazine Fiction&Nonfiction&Poetry Online (3/year) 500-15,000 words or ≤5 poems An online publication of various literary genres More Website
New Ohio Review Fiction&Nonfiction&Poetry Print (2/year) Unspecified a publication of the Creative Writing Program of Ohio University's English Department More Website
Ninth Letter Fiction&Nonfiction&Poetry Print (2/year) ≤8,000 words or 3-6 poems A collaborative between the Creative Writing Program and the School of Art and Design at UICA More Website
The North Central Review Fiction&Nonfiction&Poetry Print (2/year) ≤5,000 words between 1-2 prose pieces or ≤5 poems Publishing exclusively the writings and works of undergraduate students More Website
The Other Journal Fiction&Nonfiction&Poetry Online (4/year) ≤2,500 words or ≤6 poems An Intersection of Theology and Culture More Website
The Oxford American Fiction&Nonfiction&Poetry Print and online (4/year) 1 prose piece or 3-5 poems The Southern magazine of good writing More Website
Painted Bride Quarterly Fiction&Nonfiction&Poetry Print and online (4/year) ≤5,000 words fiction or ≤3,000 words nonfiction or ≤5 poems A peer-edited journal devoted to publishing rigorous works of undergraduate scholarship More Website
Perspectives Fiction&Nonfiction&Poetry Print and online (10/year) ≤3,000 words A journal of theology in the broad Reformed tradition More Website
Ploughshares Fiction&Nonfiction&Poetry Print (3/year) Around 5,000 words or ≤5 poems Award-winning poetry, fiction, essays, and memoirs More Website
The Point Nonfiction Print and online (4-8/year) 4,000-7,000 word essays or 1,000-2,500 word reviews A Chicago-based print journal publishing rigorous but accessible writing about contemporary life More Website
Prairie Margins Fiction&Nonfiction&Poetry Print (1/year) ≤6,000 words or ≤6 poems An undergraduate literary magazine More Website
Relief Journal Fiction&Nonfiction&Poetry Print (2/year) ≤8,000 words fiction ≤5,000 nonfiction ≤1,000 words poetry A Christian Literary Expression More Website
River Teeth Nonfiction Print (2/year) Unspecified A journal of nonfiction narrative More Website
Rock & Sling Fiction&Nonfiction&Poetry Print (2/year) ≤5000 words or ≤5 poems A literary journal of witness More Website
Ruminate Fiction&Nonfiction&Poetry Print and online (4/year) ≤5,000 total words in 1/2 prose pieces or ≤3 poems Faith in literature and art More Website
The Seattle Review Fiction&Nonfiction&Poetry Print (2/year) ≥40 pages prose or ≥10 pages poetry Wholly committed to the publication of longer works of poetry, novellas, and lyric essays More Website
Shenandoah Fiction&Nonfiction&Poetry Print (3/year) ≤25 pages or ≤5 poems To encourage imagination, precision, prudence, diversity and daring More Website
Sleet Magazine Fiction&Nonfiction&Poetry Digital (2/year) Unspecified A journal seeking the unexpected More Website

Soft blow

Poetry Online (monthly) 4-6 poems An online home for contemporary poetry from all over the world More Website
Sojourners Nonfiction&Poetry Print and online (12/year) 1,200-3,000 word articles; 500-1,000 word reviews; 1-3 poems A Christian magazine concerned with faith, politics, and culture More Website
The Splinter Generation Fiction&Nonfiction&Poetry Online (often) ≤2,500 words or ≤3 poems An online generational literary compilation More Website
Storyscape Fiction&Nonfiction&Poetry Online (2/year) One prose piece or ≤5 poems truth / untruth / we don’t know and they won’t tell us More Website
Strange Horizons Fiction&Nonfiction&Poetry Online (weekly) 5,000-9,000 word fiction; 2,000-5,000 nonfiction articles; 1,500-2,000 word reviews, ≤100 line poems A weekly speculative fiction magazine More Website
TriQuarterly Fiction&Nonfiction&Poetry Print (3/year) ≤3,500 words or ≤6 poems Features fiction, poetry, literary essays, and graphic art More Website
Zaum Fiction&Nonfiction&Poetry Print (1/year) ≤5,000 words or ≤5 poems A literary and art magazine providing college students a venue for publishing their work More Website

Data and analyses compiled by Alissa Goudswaard (’10)

Formatted and updated by Josh deLacy (’13)

Further updated by Sarah Ball (’14)

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Format your submission
Cover Letter

Nearly all venues require a cover letter. Literary cover letters are about simplicity. Include:

1) Editor’s name

2) Your piece’s title(s)

3) Notification if your piece is a simultaneous submission

4) 1-3 sentence biography

Here’s a sample short story cover letter:

Dear William Chaucer,

I would like to submit my short story, “Calvin’s Cheese,” (3,100 words) for publication in Great Stories Journal. This is a simultaneous submission.

My work has previously appeared in The Spark, Perspectives, and Dialogue. When not writing, I wear wooden shoes and research genetically modified corn.

Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely, Writing Writer

Here are a few other resources for cover letter composition:

More sample cover letters are available at:


No single formatting style fits all journals. Read each venue’s preferences. In general, though, a few practices are common. William Shunn provides a fantastic, in-depth example and explanation of proper manuscript format, as does Scribophile. Some basic points from their explanations include:

1) In the top left-hand corner, put your name, address, phone number, and email (single spaced).

2) In the top right-hand corner, put an approximate word count (rounded to the nearest 50).

3) Begin your story halfway down the page, starting with your title centered on the first line, your byline centered on the second line, and the then rest of your manuscript (double-spaced and non-justified).

4) Put a header on every page after the first one, with your last name, one or two key words from your title, and the page number.

5) If your piece includes a line break, use a “#” centered on a line by itself to indicate that. It stands out more than an empty line, especially for line breaks that occur at the top or bottom of a page.

Submission Packet

Online submission manager

Most journals use Submittable or a similar submission manager. Make a free account, add your personal information, and follow the submission manager’s prompts.  You can return to the manager at any time to check the status of your submission.

Email submissions

Some journals want specific subject lines, others leave it up to you. If given no subject-line guidelines, put the genre, title, and your name. One example: Fiction Submission: “Calvin’s Cheese” by Writing Writer. Some journals want both the cover letter and the manuscript in the email, others wan the manuscript as an attachment.

Physical mail


1) Cover letter

2) Copy of your manuscript

3) Self-addressed stamped envelope (SASE) – the venue will use the SASE to notify you when you piece is accepted or rejected

Put all these materials into an envelope large enough for everything to fit without folding. Do not use resume paper; standard computer paper is preferred. Print on only one side. Do not staple or paperclip.


x months have passed” period. Obey it, but if those months have passed, sending a polite inquiry email is more than acceptable. Sometimes, a submission gets misplaced or sorted into the wrong file, and your email can put your poems back on the table.

Note: If you submit simultaneously and one venue accepts your work, immediately notify the other journals and withdraw your work. Very few things irritate an editor as much as accepting an already-claimed piece.

A journal will respond in one of three ways: a form rejection, a personalized rejection, or an acceptance. You will most likely get rejected. Top-tier journals publish about 0.1% of all the submissions they receive, and many of their submissions come from established writers with MFAs or PhDs. More accessible journals have higher acceptance rates—some as high as 20 percent—but even there, you are competing with accomplished writers. Expect rejection. Expect a form letter, impersonal and blunt. As Professor Vande Kopple would say, “It’s a tough world.”

If you manage to receive a personalized rejection letter, one that addresses your work specifically and points out its strengths and flaws, consider it a victory. It shows that an editor has enough faith in your writing to give specific, constructive comments—a gift they usually give to just a fraction of their submissions. Take those comments to heart, and celebrate. To view rejection letters through an editor’s perspective, check out this guide.

There is still hope for acceptance, though. Every writer begins unknown. Some journals try to publish one or two new or emerging writers each issue, and a few are devoted to publishing exclusively new writers (check out Calvin Writers Recommend for such venues) So collect rejections, and if you receive an acceptance letter, consider yourself very fortunate. Alos, it is necessary to not equate publication with success. That mistake, Professor Rienstra warns, “is the road either to depression or complacency. Establish your own definition of success and remind yourself of it constantly.”

Find a venue

Calvin Writers Recommend
Our own list of literary journals offers a personalized analysis of each magazine and information particularly relevant to Calvin students, in addition to generic data about submission requirements and journal characteristics. Many of the journals on our list welcome topics of faith, as well as new and/or undergraduate writers.
Duotrope is the best resource, but it costs $5/month. It has a searchable database of more than 4,500 literary journals, with filtering options that include genre, subgenre, format, payment, response time, and acceptance rate.
Council of Literary Magazines and Presses
Council of Literary Magazines and Presses is a directory of independent literary publishers. It has filters for state, genre, and medium.
Flash Markets
Flash Markets lists flash fiction markets by word count and provides payment, frequency, and genre information.
Poets and Writers
Poets and Writers is one of the US’s largest nonprofit literary organizations. It offers a searchable list of over 800 literary journals with filters for genre, subgenre, format, and payment.
Write Habit
Write Habit lists dozens of journals that regularly publish emerging writers and sometimes new writers.

Evaluate a literary journal by its:

History – journals that have been around longer are, as a general rule, better.

Number of submissions they receive – the top journals receive more than 1,000 each month.

Payment for contributors – only successful, established journals can usually afford to pay writers.

Print issues – better known and respected journals will at least as a print anthology, even if most of their other work is online.

Other resources for evaluating literary journals: Writer’s Relief, Bookfox, and Perpetual Folly.

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