He got up and sat on the edge of the bedstead with his back to the window. “It’s better not to sleep at all,” he decided. There was a cold damp draught from the window, however; without getting up he drew the blanket over him and wrapped himself in it. He was not thinking of anything and did not want to think. But one image rose after another, incoherent scraps of thought without beginning or end passed through his mind. He sank into drowsiness. Perhaps the cold, or the dampness, or the dark, or the wind that howled under the window and tossed the trees roused a sort of persistent craving for the fantastic. He kept dwelling on images of flowers, he fancied a charming flower garden, a bright, warm, almost hot day, a holiday—Trinity day. A fine, sumptuous country cottage in the English taste overgrown with fragrant flowers, with flower beds going round the house; the porch, wreathed in climbers, was surrounded with beds of roses. A light, cool staircase, carpeted with rich rugs, was decorated with rare plants in china pots. He noticed particularly in the windows nosegays of tender, white, heavily fragrant narcissus bending over their bright, green, thick long stalks. He was reluctant to move away from them, but he went up the stairs and came into a large, high drawing-room and again everywhere—at the windows, the doors on to the balcony, and on the balcony itself—were flowers. The floors were strewn with freshly-cut fragrant hay, the windows were open, a fresh, cool, light air came into the room. The birds were chirruping under the window, and in the middle of the room, on a table covered with a white satin shroud, stood a coffin. The coffin was covered with white silk and edged with a thick white frill; wreaths of flowers surrounded it on all sides. Among the flowers lay a girl in a white muslin dress, with her arms crossed and pressed on her bosom, as though carved out of marble. But her loose fair hair was wet; there was a wreath of roses on her head. The stern and already rigid profile of her face looked as though chiselled of marble too, and the smile on her pale lips was full of an immense unchildish misery and sorrowful appeal. Svidrigaïlov knew that girl; there was no holy image, no burning candle beside the coffin; no sound of prayers: the girl had drowned herself. She was only fourteen, but her heart was broken. And she had destroyed herself, crushed by an insult that had appalled and amazed that childish soul, had smirched that angel purity with unmerited disgrace and torn from her a last scream of despair, unheeded and brutally disregarded, on a dark night in the cold and wet while the wind howled

Top 100 Journals Accepting Online Submissions

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As of July 2019, 80 of the top 100 journals accept online submissions.

Of those 80, 43 charge reading fees.

I would strongly advise you to submit first to the journals without submission fees, submit reluctantly to those that charge fees, and never submit to anyone that charges more than $3 (unless it’s a contest where the prize is $1000 or greater).

I hope this list makes submitting to literary magazines a little easier.

Lastly, look below this article to find some other lists here at Bookfox which might be interesting.

If you know a journal that isn’t mentioned here, please leave it in the comments section.

The journals are listed in a rough order from the heavy-hitters down to the indie.

Top Journals Accepting Online Submissions

 

 

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  1. Hello!
    Please add the electronic adult short story magazine LongShortStories to your list. As of January, 2009, we are looking for the best original, unpublished adult short fiction out there. We are hosting TWO LongShortStories Short Story Contests per year and are offering cash prizes for First, Second, and Third-place winners.
    Please feel free to link us to your Web site and to become a subscriber as well.
    Thank you,
    Wayne C. Long
    Writer/Editor/Internet Publisher
    http://www.LongShortStories.com

  2. Great list.
    Southwest Review’s submission guidelines now state that they charge $2 for online subs. I just submitted, though, and they didn’t ask for any money.
    Not sure what to think about this…

  3. Southwest just started charging money, and so did American Short Fiction. I’m guessing they received an enormous influx of submissions and decided to try to limit it by charging money.
    It might be wise for them, however, to adopt the technique of VQR and others, who simply limit submissions to twice a reading period.
    But good for you that you got in just beforehand!

  4. Hey BookFox,
    Here are some I’ve run across:
    Hobart (print and online versions, like McSweeney’s)
    The New Yorker (haha?)
    Baltimore Review
    Boston Review
    Puerto del Sol
    Potomac Review
    Literary Review
    Willow Springs
    Fairy Tale Review
    Post Road
    Barn Owl Review
    Opium (print and online versions)
    Matrix (Canadian)

  5. hi,
    Much thanks for your literary activities,I wonder if you may also let us know of the rank of the journals, if they are ISI or not.

  6. Hello. Straylight is both a print and an online journal. We do not charge money for submissions, either online or snail mail. If you think we meet your criteria (we think we do!) then please add us.

  7. Hi, I’d like to mention a new literary journal, The Istanbul Review. (www.theistanbulreview.com) It will create a platform for dialogue between authors, new and established, and readers. It gives writers an opportunity to talk about their craft, showcase new work and discuss the philosophical implications of literature and its place in modern society. The first issue has contributions from Paulo Coelho, Elif Shafak, and Ludmilla Petrushevkaya.
    They are publishing the first issue in Nov. 2011. They have an open call for submission still July, 1st 2011.

  8. Sweet list man, so helpful.
    FYI, here’s a list of places I’ve submitted to electronically in the past three months (some might not be big enough for the list):
    Annalemma
    The Ante Review
    Ascent
    The Chaffey Review
    Grasslimb
    Lamplighter Review
    Threepenny Review

    1. That is an important point. I don’t know that a lot of the MFA readers know anything at all about literature or literary devices and if they appear, they get confused, stop reading, and don’t forward the piece.

  9. Hi Joseph,
    That’s a good question. Virtually every big magazine I know uses MFA students to cull the slush pile. Most of the time you have to fight through those odds to get to the editor. As for exceptions . . . Maybe Boulevard, Electric Literature, Storyglossia, and ZYZZYVA.
    But those are just my guesses based upon how editors have responded to me.

  10. Just went to Boulevard website and they are now charging $3 to submit electronically, unless you subscribe to the magazine.

  11. Control Literary Magazine is accepting submissions for all types of prose (including non fiction), poetry and art that hasn’t already been published. It is a non-profit organisation so there is no payment, but contributors will receive a place on the contributors page along with links to their personal blog/websites/bookstores. Information can be found at: https://controllitmag.com/submission-guidelines/

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    UndertheSlush blog is also looking to feature any literature, published or not (as long as the writer still retains rights to republish elsewhere). Features will be accompanied by an editor’s comment reflecting on the piece. UtS is also seeking new books to review, and also offers a critique and editing service. Visit: https://undertheslush.blogspot.fr/p/contact-me.html for more information.

  12. Thank you for posting this and a special thanks for showing who charges and who doesn’t. I have come to resent journals that charge fees and think it a scam and a very poor way of filtering submissions to make reviewing them more manageable. It seems to be done mostly by “prestigious” journals, and it seems to be little more than a scam. Most of those journals are much better funded than those who don’t charge fees, and it is hard to believe the money they charge offsets logistical or manpower expenses related to processing submissions. In the end, you are paying to have your manuscript treated the exact same way it would be if you weren’t. Maybe not. The whole business is opaque.

    In the end, I really do appreciate you identifying the fee chargers. It makes submitting much easier.

  13. Frankly speaking this is a great service to the poetry and art community. I think such minimal charges are reasonable and barely offset the time editors spend reading them This is not like poetry & art publishers make enough money off the reading fees to warrant their time. Fortunately or not poetry & art are such luxury items that appeal to less than a 1% educated citizenry. It’s pretty obvious Americans do not shine in cultural abilities as a mass population educated in the humanities. At the same time it would be reasonable to ask of the publishers to pay for the poems and art they accept for publication.

  14. For any budding post apocalyptic authors, you can also submit to Ash Tales! We publish original post apocalyptic and dystopian fiction, exploring the end of the world in short ~2,000 word stories and 20-minute narrated podcast episodes. Ash Tales accepts submissions year-round, and there’s no cost for submission 🙂

  15. Hello,
    High Noon Magazine, a new literary magazine associated with Trinity University, is currently accepting submissions of all genres until March 18th for pieces that deal with turning points and life changing moments. There are no submission fees, and all submission guidelines are on our website at tuhighnoon.com!

  16. Is there any journals or magazines in which I can publish the symbolizations or opinions of some short stories? Do they do it at all?

  17. Hello. Please add Dweebs Global Sentinel to your list.
    As of March 2022 Dweebs Global has launched their online magazine DG Sentinel which is accepting fiction and poetry submissions with the goal of spotlighting underrepresented voices worldwide.
    The Fiction section aims to publish high-quality narrative-driven flash fiction and poetry that explores characters with mental health problems.
    No fees are required. We accept fiction of any genre.
    http://dgsentinel.org/