Magazines and Presses
American Short Fiction
American Short Fiction publishes exceptional new writing by established and emerging authors. In that time, the magazine has become a preeminent national institution, honored with both praise and prizes, its stories celebrated by distinguished anthologies including Best American Short Stories, Best American Non-Required Reading, O. Henry Prize Stories, The Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses, and more. American Short Fiction, twice a finalist for the National Magazine Award for Fiction, has published important work by Joyce Carol Oates, Dagoberto Gilb, Roxane Gay, Ann Beattie, Nathan Englander, Lauren Groff, Laura van den Berg, and so many others.
Atticus Review is a weekly online journal that publishes short stories, poems, flash fiction, creative nonfiction, mixed media, book reviews, and other genre-busting words of wisdom and interactive literary whimsy.
is an independent non-profit literary organization that bridges the gap between serious art and pop culture. Barrelhouse is a biannual print journal featuring fiction, poetry, interviews, and essays about music, art, and the detritus of popular culture. Barrelhouse is a web site that regularly posts new short fiction, nonfiction, interviews, and random stuff. Barrelhouse is the organizer of this fine conference right here, Conversations and Connections.
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.”
The Hedge Apple
The Hedge Apple is a literary magazine that seeks to present the artistic endeavors of a diverse and changing public by featuring poetry, short fiction, creative nonfiction, visual art, clever videos and audio recordings in themed and general issues, both online and in print. The journal, published by the students and faculty of Hagerstown Community College in Maryland, is founded on the perspective that literature and art are essential parts of the human experience and that now, more than ever, human beings need the vital sense of connection conveyed by creative expression. Literature and art have power: they can give hope and healing, bring human beings together, and give voice to the marginalized. The Hedge Apple firmly believes that literature is not some highbrow pursuit reserved only for intellectuals—literature is for everyone. The journal publishes pieces that make the editors feel or think, and is particularly fond of those that do both.
Little Patuxent Review
Little Patuxent Review is a biannual print journal with an associated blog, featuring writers and artists from the Mid-Atlantic region and beyond. LPR was named for Little Patuxent River, one of the three major tributaries of the Patuxent River. Like LPR, the river flows over stones — the Algonquin word “patuxent” means “water flowing over smooth stones” — through Howard County, Maryland, gathering strength as it carries content to the Chesapeake Bay and out toward the larger world. LPR was founded in 2006 by a group of local writers — Mike Clark, Ann Bracken, Ann Barney, Brendan Donegan — to fill the void left when a periodical of the same title, founded by poets Ralph and Margot Treital, closed a quarter century ago. They envisioned LPR as a forum for area writers and artists. In doing so, LPR not only provides readers with a diverse array of local offerings, but also attracts contributors of national repute.
Literary Mama is an online literary magazine that publishes writing about the many faces of motherhood. Since 2003, we have featured poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction that may be too raw, too irreverent, too ironic, or too body-conscious for traditional or commercial motherhood/parenthood publications.In the month of June we focus on fathers. We value superior craft and fresh voices, as much as original themes and topics. Our Literary Reflections department offers an inside look at the writing process for both new and seasoned writers, while our book reviews and author profiles highlight mother writers who are well established in their careers.
Mason Jar Press
Mason Jar Press has been publishing handmade, limited-run chapbooks and full-length books since 2014. The press is dedicated to finding new and exciting work by writers that push the bounds of literary norms. While the work Mason Jar seeks to publish is meant to challenge status quos, both literary and culturally, it must also have significant merit in both those realms
Necessary Fiction is an online literary journal publishing a new book review each Monday, a featured short story each Wednesday, and a contribution to our Research Notes series on Fridays. Necessary Fiction also publishes occasional interviews and essays. Follow us on Twitter @necessaryfiction.
Rooted in the nation’s capital’s suburbs, Potomac Review is the antidote to the scripted republic that surrounds it. By taking on DC’s values of international inclusion, Potomac Review looks out into the world from its lush Potomac River basin, collecting and absorbing the world’s literary diversity. Potomac Review seeks literature from emerging and established writers around the globe to facilitate in the literary conversation.
Scoundrel Time is a nonprofit online literary journal launched in response to the 2016 presidential election. We publish creative works--fiction, essays, poetry, humor, music, and visual art -- that respond to the threats against freedom and democracy posed by the current world situation. We believe stories told in any form can remind us of our humanity, encourage understanding, embrace empathy, and reject hate. We publish new work every week, and our contributors include emerging and established artists from around the world. Writers we’ve published include Joan Silber, W. Ralph Eubanks, Jill McDonough, Fady Joudah, Paul Lisicky, Dana Sachs, Reginald Dwayne Betts, Tracy O’Neill, Tony Hoagland, Melody Moezzi, Rion Amilcar Scott, Tara Campbell, and Cynthia Dewi Oka. Work from Scoundrel Time’s first year has been reprinted in The Nation, selected for an anthology and "Best of” list, and nominated for the Pushcart Prize. It has been said that Scoundrel Time “seamlessly weds aesthetics and politics.”
Washington Writers House
Staffed by previous winners who volunteer their time and skills, Washington Writers’ Publishing House is a non-profit co-operative press which sponsors an annual competition for writers living in the Washington-Baltimore area. The winners of each category (one each in poetry and fiction) comprise our set of published works each fall. Now celebrating 40 years, WWPH has published nearly 100 volumes of poetry and fiction. WWPH has received grants from the Lannan Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, the Nation magazine, and the Poetry Society of America. For more information, visit www.washingtonwriters.org.