Saturday, December 13, 2014

Where to Publish Creative Nonfiction

Below is a list of more than 100 literary journals and magazines that publish personal essays and other creative nonfiction. Some pay. Some don't. I plan to update this list and add to it, so if I missed anything, let me know. Happy publishing!

AARP The Magazine


AGNI Online
Reading Period: Sept. 1 to May 31
No word count limit

The Archipelago

Submissions currently closed

Atlas Review
Essays no more than 5,000 words

The Austin Review 

The Believer

Black Fox Literary Magazine
Submission periods are Jan. to June and July to Dec. for summer or winter issues
Essay submissions no longer than 5,000 words

The Boston Globe

Connections column: 650-word essays
Perspective column: 800-word essays


Submissions not received between May 1 and Oct. 1
Nonfiction submissions up to 8,000 words

Brain, Child
Personal essays between 800 and 4,000 words


Essays that are 750 words or fewer

Submissions under 2,000 words

The Butter
No steadfast guidelines


Cleaver Magazine
Accepts submissions year-round

Coachella Review

Read year-round
5,000 word limit

Creative Nonfiction
4,500 word limit for nonfiction

Dame Magazine “First Person” column


2,000 words or fewer

Dirty Chai
Creative nonfiction under 3,500 words
Submission period ends 1.31.15

Not currently taking submissions
5,000 word limit

Drunken Boat
Nonfiction submission period ends 1.1.15
5,000 word limit

Eleven Eleven

Reading period Sept. 15 to Oct. 15
7,000 word limit


Submission period is Jan. 15 to Mar. 15

Eunoia Review

Not currently taking submissions

Fourth Genre: Explorations in Nonfiction

General submission period: August 15 to November 30
8,000 word limit for general submissions

Fringe Magazine

The Frisky

Submissions accepted Sept. 1 to May 1

Full Grown People
Essays 800 to 4,000 words

Gloom Cupboard

Prefer nonfiction submissions of 2,000 words or fewer


Usually publish pieces that are 3,000 to 6,000 words
Accepts nonfiction submissions between Oct. 1 and Apr. 1

Nonfiction submissions 3,500 to 7,000 words


Hippocampus Magazine

Essays and memoirs should be no longer than 3,500 words.

The Humber Literary Review
Essays between 2,000 and 6,000 words



No word limit
Reading period is year-round


Online submissions: no guidelines. “Send whatever you want.”

Prefer essays fewer than 1,500 words

Literal Latté
Accept submissions year-round
Essays up to 6,000 words

Literary Mama

The Literary Review
Essay submissions deadline is 5.31.2015

Submissions no longer than 3,000 words

Los Angeles Times – "LA Affairs",0,992682.htmlstory
Essays: Submission word count is 700 to 900 words.

The Los Angeles Review
Reading periods: Apr. 1 to Oct. 1 and Nov. 1 to Mar. 1
Essays up to 4,000 words

The Louisville Review


Prose up to 5,000 words

Lunch Ticket
Reading period is Feb. 1 to Apr. 30
Nonfiction pieces up to 5,000 words

The Magnolia Review

The Manifest-Station
Essays up to 3,000 words

Marie Claire


Midnight Breakfast
1,000 to 10,000 words

Modern Loss

Personal essays 600 to 800 words

Monday Night New Lit
Reading period is Sept. 15 to Dec. 15
Prose up to 5,000 words

Monkey Bicycle

Nonfiction pieces up to 2,000 words

More Magazine

Narrative Magazine

Accept submissions year-round
Essays: 2,000 to 15,000 words


The Nervous Breakdown

New Pages – Call for Submissions

New York Times – "Modern Love"
Essays: Submission word count is 1500 to 1700 words.

The Normal School
Reading period is Sept. 1 to Dec. 1 and Jan. 15 to Apr. 15

Orion Magazine 
Submissions open in spring
Pieces under 5,000 words

Pacific Standard

Nonfiction submissions up to 4,000 words

The Pinch Literary Journal

Accept submissions between Aug. 15 and Mar. 15
Creative nonfiction no more than 5,000 words

Reading period is June 1 to Jan. 15 for journal submissions.
Nonfiction fewer than 6,000 words

Post Road Magazine
Submission periods are Feb. 1 to Apr. 1 and June 1 to Aug. 1

A Public Space

Submissions accepted from Sept. 15 to Apr. 15

Put A Egg On It

Review Review

Revolution House
Submissions currently closed

Ricochet Magazine
Submissions currently closed

River Teeth

Submissions are accepted Sept. 1 to Dec. 1 and Jan. 1 to May 1

Role Reboot

Essays between 600 and 1,200 words

Pieces are 800+ words

Rosebud Magazine
Accept submissions year-round

The Rumpus
Essay submissions of any length


Reading period is Sept. 1 to Apr. 30


Santa Monica Review

Features are 500 to 1,500 words

Essays 800 to 1,100 words
Accept submissions year-round

Next reading period is Jan. 1 to Mar. 1 (Theme: “Desire”)
Maximum word count is 5,000

Small Print Magazine

Submissions up to 8,000 words

Sonora Review
Submissions accepted from Sept. 1 to May 1
Pieces under 10,000 words

So to Speak

Reading periods are Aug. 20 to Oct. 25 and Jan. 1 to Mar. 15
Essays up to 4,500 words

Southern Humanities Review

Reading periods are Aug. 1 to Dec. 1 and Feb. 1 to May 1

Star 82 Review

Pieces up to 1,000 words

Pieces 1,500 to 3,500 words


The Sun
Word count: under 7,000 words

Sundog Lit
Nonfiction contest deadline is Jan. 1, 2015
Essays should not exceed 3,000 words.

3:AM Magazine

Teen Vogue

Pitches to
Pieces 700 to 2,000 words

Tin House
Submissions accepted Sept. 1 to May 31
Deadline is Mar. 15, 2015 for “Theft” theme
10,000 word limit for essays

The Toast

Under the Sun
Short essays
Reading period is Aug. 15 to Jan. 2

Essays 2,000 to 6,000 words

Word Riot
Accept full-length personal essays (1,000 to 6,500 words) and short nonfiction pieces (650 words or fewer)


The Yearbook Office


Accept submissions Jan. 1 through May 31 and Aug. 1 through Nov. 30
No maximum word count


  1. Lots of cool journals on this list. Just thought I'd mention that Eunoia Review pulishes non-fiction as well. Non-paying, but our word limit (15K) is handy for anyone writing longform pieces.

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