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Barrelhouse: 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, and also a  web site that regularly posts new short fiction, nonfiction, interviews, and random stuff.  Barrelhouse (not affiliated with a writing program or institution) is produced by writers for readers who are looking for quality writing with an edge and a sense of humor.  Stories originally published in Barrelhouse have been featured in the Best American Nonrequired Reading, Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy, and the Million Writer’s Award.  Barrelhouse Presents is a monthly reading series in DC showcasing the work of other literary magazines and small presses.  Barrelhouse supports the indie lit community through major events like the Conversations and Connections Conference and the Indie Lit City Summit.  Barrelhouse offers 8-week online workshops where writers get the straight dope on their work.  Barrelhouse has been recognized for its awesomeness by the mainstream media, including but not limited to such outlets as the Washington Post,, The Urbanite,, and Washington City Paper. To find out more, please visit Barrelhouse’s website:

The CommonThe Common editor, Jennifer Acker, talks with FUSE about her experience with editing and publishing. The Common is a biannual literary magazine based at Amherst College. It publishes fiction, essays, poetry, documentary vignettes, and images that embody “a modern sense of place.” The editors seek to capture an old idea: that the extraordinary can be found in the common. The Common has been recently cited by The New Yorker as a journal that’s found its way. Read more about the magazine on their website:

Gargoyle: Gargoyle magazine was founded in 1976 by Russell Cox, Richard Peabody, and Paul Pasquarella. By 1977, Peabody was the only member of the original triumvirate left. He ran the mag until 1990 with several co-editors through the years, most notably Gretchen Johnsen (1979-1986) and Peggy Pfeiffer (1988-1990). Based in the Washington, D.C., metro area,Gargoyle was dedicated to printing work by unknown poets and fiction writers, as well as seeking out the overlooked or neglected. The magazine archive is housed in the Special Collections at George Washington University’s Gelman Library in DC (some back issues are still available to the public as well—read on). The mag was on something of an extended hiatus as of 1990 and resurfaced in 1997. To find out more, please visit Gargoyle’s website:

Grist: A Journal For Writers: Grist: A Journal for Writers Editor-in-Chief, Christian Anton Gerard, talks with FUSE about his experiences in editing and publishing. Grist is an annual literary magazine produced by the University of Tennessee. It features fiction, poetry, editorial interviews, and creative nonfiction discussions of craft. Grist accepts both accessible and innovative fiction from both new and established authors, and seeks mainly “quality”in their selected submissions. Grist is a forum that is strongly dedicated to creating a space for quality literature and discussions on craft. Each issue of Grist also contains a “Special Genre” section. Past examples have included plays, graphic novel excerpts, and Creative Nonfiction. Find out more about Grist here:

The Kenyon Review: The Kenyon Review editor, Zach Savich, talks with FUSE about editing and publishing. The Kenyon Review is a prestigious magazine, both because of the excellent standard of literature it publishes–it has recently been ranked 3rd for poetry and 9th for fiction by Pushcart Prize Literary Magazine Ranking–and for it’s long life–it was founded in 1939. It is backed by Kenyon College in Gamble, Ohio and publishes poetry, fiction, non-fiction and book reviews. It supports writers not only by finding new voices, but also by hosting a reading series, a literary festival, and writer workshops, both for adults and students.  They have a lively and intelligent blog that has guest authors and staff write about literature and writing. Get to know this outstanding publication better here.

Mangrove: An undergraduate magazine that really is more than the sum of its parts, Mangrove takes its readers on a different literary journey with each new edition. With pieces brought together because of content rather than form, Mangrove breaks the mold set by many other more traditional undergraduate magazines. Mangrove is currently published at the University of Miami, the publish quality fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and more recently artwork and photography. To find out more, please visit Mangrove’s website:

New Letters quarterly and its audio companion, New Letters on the Air, are part of a national literary tradition that serves readers and writers across the world. In the winter of 1934, the small, private University of Kansas City began publishing The University Review.  On its first masthead, the editors announced that they hoped “to reflect the cultural life of this section of the United States by providing a medium for the publication of the finest writing obtainable here.” They welcomed all manuscripts, “the sole test of acceptance being that of literary quality.”  In 1971, the name changed to New Letters, and in 1977  they began the audio literature program New Letters on the Air, a half-hour radio program featuring writers reading from and talking about their work. To find out more, please visit the New Letters website:

Ploughshares is a literary magazine that was first created by DeWitt Henry and Peter O’Malley in 1970. The idea for the magazine was thought up in a bar in Cambridge, MA called Plough Stars. The magazine was created in hopes of creating a literary outlet for young writers in the New England area. Today, the magazine is run out of Emerson college. Ploughshares currently published four issues a year, and has a guest editor for each issue. Previous writers featured include Tim O’brien, Richard Yates, and Brian Moore.

The White Review  is a fairly new quarterly arts journal that is published both online and in print. Its focus is artistically and educationally meritorious works created by new or emerging artists. Its aim is the promotion of the arts and literature and of advancing education in arts and literature. It takes its name and some inspiration from La Revue Blanche, a Parisian magazine which ran from 1889 to 1903. The White Review’s head editors are Benjamin Eastham and Jacques Testard. The magazine is based in Knightsbridge, London and accepts work from anywhere and anyone. To find out more, you can visit their website:

Grantamagazine was founded in 1889 by students at Cambridge University. It underwent a rebirth in 1979, when it focused more on new writing from people beyond Cambridge. Every issue since 1979 is available in print. The magazine does not have a political or literary manifesto, but it has “a belief in the power and urgency of the story, both in fiction and non-fiction, and the story’s supreme ability to describe, illuminate and make real.” John Freeman was the head editor for the magazine from 2009 to 2013. It is open to submissions at varying times throughout the year. Granta has published many now-famous writers in the past such as A. A. Milne, Sylvia Plath, and Ted Hughes. If you would like to learn more, visit the Granta website:

Sonora Review magazine was founded in 1980, run by students in the Creative Writing department at the University of Arizona. It is one of the oldest student-run literary journals in America. It accepts fiction, poetry and nonfiction from September through May, only previously unpublished work by emerging or well-known authors. Each year, varying contests are held for poetry, fiction and nonfiction, the winner receiving a 1,000 dollar cash prize and publication in the following issue of the magazine. The staff changes with every two issues, so each year there is a different aesthetic and a different overall feel to the magazine as a whole. The current head editors are Mike Coakley and Laura Miller. If you would like to find out more, please visit the Sonora Review website:

Juked magazine was founded in 1999. It is an independent journal that is both online and in print annually. Juked gets all of its funding from donations which help with printing and web hosting costs. The magazine is open for submissions year round and they accept poetry, fiction and nonfiction. There is no one defining theme or subject matter that the magazine focuses on, but rather an overall mission of publishing the best work they come across, with a special emphasis on new and emerging writers. John W. Wang has been the editor of Juked for years and hopes that it will continue on with as much quality writing as it has now. If you want to check out the Juked website:

Hobart magazine was founded in 2001 by Aaron Burch. It is a biannual magazine print magazine that comes out irregularly, about three times every two years. Every April is devoted to a baseball issue. Each genre’s sub-editor reads all the submissions for their section, and chooses which ones to publish. The magazine also has irregular submission dates, and they accept fiction, poetry and nonfiction. Hobart is also connected to a small press where they publish books with Elizabeth Ellen as editor. If you would like to check out the Hobart website, go to

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