National Writing Project

Fiction and Poetry Publishing Resources

Date: March 24, 2009

Summary: This list of publishing resources will help teachers who want to publish their poems, stories, essays, or reviews.


NWP teacher-consultants are avid writers—whether they’re writing about their classroom practice or penning fiction, poetry, or essays.

Below is a list of publishing resources for teachers who would like to publish their short stories, essays, novel chapters, and poems. Whether it’s contact information for the New Yorker or the lowdown on the latest small independent literary journal, you can discover an array of publishing possibilities and resources about how to publish.

Publishing Resources provides news, information, and guides to independent bookstores, independent publishers, literary magazines, alternative periodicals, independent record labels, alternative newsweeklies and more. Of special note, provides at-a-glance information for each of the literary magazines it lists so that you can quickly understand the publication.

Poets & Writers Magazine

Poets & Writers is the nation’s largest nonprofit serving creative writers. You can connect your poems, stories, essays, and reviews to the right audiences by researching hundreds of literary magazines in the Poets & Writers database. You'll find editorial policies, submission guidelines, contact information—everything you need to direct your work to the publications most amenable to your vision. List of the Top 10 Small Literary Magazines/Journals

Though the journals listed are well respected, many of them contributing to prize anthologies such as "Pushcart" and "Best American," they are also open to new writers. Brief descriptions of each literary magazine are provided.

Wikipedia List of Literary Magazines

This list links to many Wikipedia entries for literary magazines, so you can read about the history of the magazine and get a flavor of who the current editors are.

Poetry Society of America Resources

The Poetry Society of America provides comprehensive publishing resources, including  lists of poetry journals, poetry publishers and small presses, and literary organizations.

DMOZ: Open Directory Project’s List of Literary Journals.

Open Directory Project is one of largest, most comprehensive human-edited directories on the Web. It is constructed and maintained by a global community of volunteer editors. The site provides a number of specialty subcategories as well.

Web del Sol’s Top 50 Literary Magazines and Metazines

Web del Sol provides a truly eclectic mix of what it considers the 50 best literary magazines. The list is a collaboration on the part of editors, writers, poets, artists, and staff “whose job it is to acquire and frame the finest contemporary literary art and culture available in America, and abroad, and to array it in such a manner that it speaks for itself.”

Zeroland’s Literary Ezines and Journals

Zeroland provides a systematic and comprehensive overview of online magazines gathered by sources such as universities, schools, museums, galleries, organizations, scholars, artists, and writers.

John Labovitz's E-Zine-List

This site began collecting e-zines way back in 1993, so there are plenty to peruse. You can search by title or keyword. The lists for fiction, poetry, and essays are a good place to start.

Every Writer’s Resource’s Literary Magazines List

Every Writer’s Resource provides lists of literary journals (more than 2,000), book publishers by genre, and more.


Litline is an “independent literary community” that consists of noncommercial literary presses and magazines, literary centers, writers conferences, and festivals.

Poetry Links Library

The Poetry Links Library includes links to online poetry journals, poetry resource sites, West Coast independent book shops, Japanese forms, poets of renown, and contemporary poets on the Web.

Yahoo! Directory for Literary Magazines

Yahoo! lists over 200 literary magazines of all types.

Yahoo! Directory of Poetry Magazines

Yahoo! lists nearly 80 journals that focus on publishing poetry.

How To’s

How to Submit a Short Story Manuscript to an Editor

This article includes helpful tips on how to submit a short story manuscript to an editor.

Poets & Writers Submission Tips

How do you research your market? Are simultaneous submissions okay? What should you include in your cover letter? Poets & Writers provides some guidance about the ins and outs of publishing your stories.

Academy of American Poets: Writing and Publishing FAQ

Do you need an agent? How should you format your submission? Should you copyright your poems? How can you tell if a contest or publishing offer is a scam? provides answers to these questions and more.

How To Submit Poetry Manuscripts To Magazines

Here are some tips for preparing a poetry manuscript for a magazine editor's consideration.

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