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March 10, 2022

The Future of Literary Magazines

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First Tin House, then The Believer, and today Conjunctions. Bard College will no longer fund Conjunctions. Confirmation by Bradford Morrow, Conjunctions editor for three decades, was this morning’s sad literary news. Universities have always been places of fads and trends. Well, there’s a new trend of universities defunding their literary magazines.

“Long-standing literary magazines are struggling to stay afloat,” a recent CNN Style article recounts, asking: “Where do they go from here?” Electric Literature offers an answer: “Rather than waiting for benefactors to fund, defund, and then ‘save’ our favorite publications, we must support them now.” Must? Well, readers and writers certainly should support their favorite literary magazines. One can simply buy a copy. Or buy a few copies and give them to friends.

Whether one is solely a reader or mainly a submitter, there are facts to be concerned about. For instance, the submissions windows at many of the leading literary magazines have been shrinking—for some down to three months, two months, or even just one month.

The future of literary magazines is no doubt parlous. And now is a good time for one to act.

October 15, 2021

Thank you for the love

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We hear so much from so many of you about how much you appreciate what we do — giving voices attention, putting them in our pages, which are really your pages after all.

LitMag #4 is in production — the stories, the poems, that wonderful cover. It will be out soon.

We thank you for the love.



April 12, 2021

Spring Again

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Editing is different during a pandemic. Go ask any editor.

But there’s one thing even a pandemic cannot stop: submissions. Thankfully, they kept coming. In fact, they even surged, giving us hope of finding more new voices to sustain us.

We look forward to publishing our next issue in the fall, another beautiful printed object it feels good to hold. After a year of pandemic, it is important to learn again to touch and hold things with an open heart.

And we look forward to reading more submissions. Many of the top literary magazines have narrowed their windows for unsolicited submissions–to three months, two months, or even only one month. We at LitMag remain committed to long submission periods. We’re here to read and sift, part of our mission to provide you with a literary magazine you cannot put down.

We’re glad it’s spring again. Wishing all in our community good health and a springtime of reading that renews.

April 17, 2020

LitMag and Covid-19 — Please read

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This virus has hit so many so hard. Lost lives. Lost jobs. Difficult changes to daily lives. And  so much more. It is not over yet, and we do not know when it will be over, or how long it will take to “recover” once it is.

LitMag was hit hard in a number of ways, most significantly the destruction of copies of the beautiful issue that had just been printed weeks prior. LitMag #3 shipped off to our distributor in late February. Weeks later we received from our distributor an email saying that due to the Covid-19 crisis all of the copies our printer had shipped were being destroyed and counted as “returns.”  A few clarifying emails yielded the better news that of the three shipments of LitMag to the distributors three different warehouses (East, Midwest, and West) only the total shipment to one of those warehouses (West) was destroyed. The other two warehouses had received the copies and shipped them in turn to Barnes & Noble stores.

So two-thirds of copies of LitMag #3 did make it to the the Barnes & Noble stores. But there was further bad news, the distributor told us: most of the Barnes & Nobel stores are closed, and those few that remain open have no traffic. (more…)

March 18, 2020

Stay home, help stop the spread!

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We just changed the Barnes & Noble on-sale date of LitMag #3 from March 25, 2020 to April 25, 2020, so you can all stay home and help stop the spread of the Coronavirus. (Thanks to our distributor ANC for facilitating the last-minute change!)

It’s a beautiful printed thing, LitMag #3, and it has already shipped out to subscribers. You can get it online at (through the fulfillment by the good people at The Sheridan Press.)

And when it’s safe to go out and buy LitMag at a Barnes & Noble bookstore, go get another copy and give it to a friend you know needs it.

Be safe, be healthy. Stay home. Read.

February 24, 2020

LitMag #3

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LitMag #3 will be shipping to subscribers soon. Then it ships off to Barnes & Noble stores across the country.

Don’t let the beauty of the cover fool you. With LitMag, it’s what’s inside that makes us dreamy. Which explains the way we lay out our fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. A celebrates of print. You can sort of feel the letters in your eyes.


December 4, 2019

Congratulations to Threepenny Review on 40 years!

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LitMag congratulates The Threepenny Review on 40 remarkable years. LitMag Editor Marc Berley attended tonight’s celebration at 20 Cooper Square in New York City. Highlights included readings by Sarah Deming, Phillip Lopate, and Cliff Thompson.

For forty years, founding editor Wendy Lesser has published The Threepenny Review. In a world in which the number of print reviews has gotten smaller, Wendy Lesser remains a giant. Her dedication and work are a model for us all.

October 28, 2019

LitMag #3 – Coming

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LitMag #3 will be out in early winter. Look for it on the shelves of your favorite bookstore. Or subscribe now.

Contributors to LitMag #3: Paul Auster, A. Joachim Glage, Tony Kushner, Jhumpa Lahiri, Meghan O’Toole (debut), Teresa Svoboda, Jill Talbot, and more.

Meanwhile, happy fall!

March 31, 2019

Congratulations to Celeste Mohammed, Winner of LitMag’s Virginia Woolf Award for Short Fiction 2019

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Congratulations to Celeste Mohammed, who won  LitMag‘s Virginia Woolf Award for Short Fiction for her moving story “Santimanitay.”  Rachel Holbrook’s story “The girl from the Trailer Park” took second place. The full 2019 contest results are available here.

We thank all of you who entered the contest. It is wonderful to see the art of the short story being pursued with such urgency by so many writers.

December 17, 2018

Interview with Jayne S. Wilson about her debut short story, “Reprise”

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LitMag: The first publication is a special moment for all fiction writers. Tell us what you did in the 72 hours after you got that first acceptance.

JSW: After about fifteen to twenty minutes of open-mouthed staring, I took screenshots of the email and of the “Accepted” tab on Submittable and proceeded to forward them to everyone I’d ever met in my entire life. Then I blasted Bowie’s “Queen Bitch” and had myself a solo dance party! Everything after that is a euphoric blur. My very sweet, very proud mother ordered a cake; friends and former professors offered I-told-you-so’s; I used the “I’m getting published!” excuse to treat myself to far too much (no regrets). And my best friend, Tatyana Sundeyeva and I had a frantic, all-caps, day-long text message exchange during which we symbolically rubbed this acceptance in the faces of all my rejections and planned a celebratory dinner of gloriously fat burgers. She’s also a writer so not only has she read every draft of “Reprise” and almost everything I’ve ever written, but she also has a unique understanding of just how big a deal this was for me. I’ve been writing and calling myself a writer since I first learned that books didn’t just materialize out of thin air, that someone had to write them. Getting that first acceptance felt amazing, vindicating – proof from outside myself that I was right to think I’m good at this. (more…)