Oldest is a Matter of Pride

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In the spirit of Harper’s Readings, I offer this trivia about literary journals. Below are the journals that use the adjective “oldest” as a badge of pride. And no — despite readers’ assumptions that only one journal would use the term “oldest,” with others using only “older” or “not as young as most,” quite a few use creative qualifications to lay claim to that trophy of all trophies: the geriatric-est literary journal.

  • Northwest Review: “among the nation’s oldest”
  • Carolina Quarterly “one of the oldest”
  • Prairie Schooner: “One of the oldest literary journals”
  • Southwest Review: “third oldest quarterly”
  • Chattahoochee Review: “Atlanta’s oldest literary magazine”
  • Poetry: “oldest monthly devoted to verse in the English-speaking world”
  • Poet Lore: “oldest continuously published poetry magazine”
  • The Pinch: “one of the oldest literary journals in the country”
  • Catch: “oldest continuously published student-run literary journal in the country”
  • Watershed: “one of the oldest continuously published student-edited literary magazines in the nation”
  • Sonora Review: “oldest student run”
  • Red Cedar Review: “the oldest undergraduate-run publication”
  • Reed Magazine: “one of the oldest student publications west of the Mississippi”
  • 13th Moon: “oldest continuously published literary journal founded in the second wave of feminism”
  • New River Journal: “oldest literary journal devoted to digital writing”
  • The Blue Moon Review: “the oldest living literary magazine online”
  • Columbia Review: “oldest college literary magazine in the nation”
  • North America Review: “the nation’s oldest literary magazine”
  • Harvard Advocate: “oldest continuously published college literary magazine”
  • Sewanee Review: “oldest continuously published literary quarterly”
  • Yale Review: “oldest literary quarterly”
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  1. Ah, so true. Here’s the blurb from World Literature Today’s about page: “WLT is the second-oldest such literary periodical in the United States.”