The following literary magazines and small presses will be participating in the conference on October 26. We'll be adding to this list as we go along. Editors from these magazines and presses will either be participating in panels, running workshops, or participating in our "speed dating with editors" one-on-one workshop sessions. We’ll be adding to this list as we get closer to the conference.


American Short Fiction publishes work by emerging and established voices: stories that dive into the wreck, that stretch the reader between recognition and surprise, that conjure a particular world with delicate expertise—stories that take a different way home. Stories published by American Short Fiction are anthologized in Best American Short Stories, Best American Non-Required Reading, The O. Henry Prize Stories, and The Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses, and elsewhere.

Autumn House Press is a nonprofit, literary publisher based in Pittsburgh, PA that publishes full-length collections of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction.

Barrelhouse is a literary organization that publishes a biannual print magazine, as well as a regularly updated website of fiction, prose, poetry, book reviews, and literary things. We organize this conference right here, as well as the Writer's Retreat Writer Camp. Barrelhouse is the organizer and sponsor of the Barrelhouse Amplifier, a $1,500 cash award for an emerging literary organization. The first two recipients of the Amplifier were Girls Write Pittsburgh (2017) and Fiyah Magazine (2018). 

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. Published quarterly, 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 risk to starting over, from dangerous creations to science & religion. Creative Nonfiction is fuel for nonfiction writers and storytellers, providing a lively blend of exceptional long- and short-form nonfiction narratives and interviews as well as columns that examine the craft, style, trends, and ethics of writing true stories.

Fourth River is the literary journal of Chatham University’s MFA Program. We welcome submissions of creative writing that explore the relationship between humans and their environments, both natural and built, urban, rural or wild. We are looking for writing that is richly situated at the confluence of place, space and identity–or that reflects upon or makes use of landscape and place in new ways.

The Gettysburg Review: Published by Gettysburg College, the Gettysburg Review 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.”

Gettysburg Review Editor Mark Drew (right) at 2017's "Speed Dating with Editors" session.

Gettysburg Review Editor Mark Drew (right) at 2017's "Speed Dating with Editors" session.

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.

Longleaf Review publishes "fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry––all of it weird." We have two submission periods per year and publish new work every Sunday. is a digital publication that looks beyond the news headlines and clickbait, focusing instead on ordinary people with extraordinary stories. Our network of over 3,000 talented storytellers have experience at the most celebrated publications on Earth, and they come to Narratively with the passion projects they care about most—having combed our world’s big cities and hidden corners for the characters and narratives that mainstream media aren’t finding—the underdogs and overlooked tales that enlighten us, connect us, and capture our imagination.

[PANK]: Founded in 2006 by M. Bartley Seigel and Roxane Gay, [PANK] Magazine is a literary magazine fostering access to innovative poetry and prose, publishing the brightest and most promising writers for the most adventurous readers. Up country, to the end of the road, to a far shore and the edge of things, to a place of amalgamation and unplumbed depths, a place inhabited by contradiction, quirk and startling anomaly, where the known is made and unmade, and where unimagined futures are born, [PANK].

Since 2014, Rivet Journal has published more than 100 authors from dozens of U.S. states and nine countries. From first-timers to award-winners, Rivet brings together some of the most exciting writers working today. In each issue, you’ll find fiction, poetry, and nonfiction that revels in the unexpected and rewards with imagination and insight.

The Rumpus strives to be a platform for marginalized voices and writing that might not find a home elsewhere. We want to shine a light
on stories that build bridges, tear down walls, and speak truth to power.

Santa Fe Writer’s Project was founded in 1998 by Andrew Gifford and is dedicated to artistic preservation, recognizing exciting new authors, and bringing out of print work back to the shelves through an eclectic catalog of fiction and creative nonfiction, an online quarterly journal, and an annual Awards Program that has been judged by writers such as Benjamin Percy, Emily St. John Mandel, Jayne Anne Phillips, Robert Olen Butler, and many others. Find out more at

Story is a tri-annual print publication devoted to the complex and diverse world of narrative with a focus on fiction and nonfiction, and is organized as a non-profit, independent arts organization based in Columbus, Ohio. Recent contributors include Anne Valente, Carolyn Ferrell, Phong Nguyen, Katherine Zlabek, Elizabeth Poliner, Kyle Minor, and Yohanca Delgado.