Posts in "Fiction" tag

Top 50 Literary Magazines Ranked by Website Traffic

Top 50LiteraryMagazinesWhether you are a fiction fanatic or a pure poet, there is a literary magazine out there for you! Below are the top 50 literary magazines that are ready to showcase your story.

Based on the search tool SimilarWeb, I averaged out the traffic visits of each website from the last three months and ranked them according to the number of monthly visitors each literary journal receives.

While the numbers aren’t precisely accurate (SimilarWeb estimates traffic, rather than giving precise numbers), the numbers are useful for comparison purposes.

In other words, the literary magazines below likely fall in this order of website traffic, even if the numbers of each website are slightly off. In my experience, and comparing these numbers to Bookfox stats, SimilarWeb estimates a little high. Still, these are useful ballpark figures.

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40 Writing Prompts and Ideas for Historical Fiction (with pictures!)

HistoricalFictionAre you a curious novelist exploring uncharted genres or are you a current writer of the past seeking new adventures?

Whatever your purpose, these 40 historical writing prompts, partnered with a collection of vintage photographs, are guaranteed to help you get ideas, transcend to an inspiring era and help you to write your own piece of history.

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National Book Award Fiction Nominees

This morning the National Book Award Nominees were announced. These are the contenders in fiction:

  • Peter Carey, Parrot and Olivier in America (Alfred A. Knopf)
  • Jaimy Gordon, Lord of Misrule (McPherson & Co.)
  • Nicole Krauss, Great House (W.W. Norton & Co.)
  • Lionel Shriver, So Much for That (HarperCollinsPublishers)
  • Karen Tei Yamashita, I Hotel (Coffee House Press)

Many congrats to Coffee House Press to have a horse in the running. Yamashita is a Californian author, born in Oakland, who teaches at UC Santa Cruz, and it's always lovely to see local authors up for the prize. Peter Carey and Nicole Krauss are reliable choices.

Of course, it's always more significant who is left off the list than who made it — Jacket Copy points out that the big omission was Jonathan Franzen's Freedom. But clearly being a bestselling author, an author chosen by Oprah and splashed on the cover of TIME, doesn't guaruntee admittance to one of the most coveted shortlists of American literary prizes. And it shouldn't. A good motivation for prizes, especially when creating shortlists, is to promote lesser-known titles, rather than heaping more praise upon the over-publicized.

The NY Times adds that this shortlist includes the largest number of women ever nominated — 13 out of 20. The Fiction nominees hold up that demographic tilt, with 4 out of the 5 being women.

The Atlantic Renews Commitment to Short Stories

Atlantic Monthly April 2010  The Atlantic is going to start publishing fiction again. So no more of those newstand-only summer fiction issues (which were good, though, especially the 2008 one that highlighted emerging authors). Instead, a supplement will accompany the May issue that will include half a dozen short stories and — obligatory for all American magazines, for every single issue — an essay from the ubiquitous Joyce Carol Oates.

Here's an excerpt from the full note in the April issue:

"But as longtime, generously loyal readers know, for the past five years we have published fiction once a year in a special newstand issue, rather than in any of our 10 subscriber issues. During what has been widely noted to be a 'challenging' (read: harrowing) business environment for publishing, this has been a necessary compromise. But none of us has been particularly happy with it, and we have been searching for ways to once again place great fiction in front of all our readers."

The vote of confidence is encouraging. As they say later on in the editor's note: "We are seeing renewed interest in the short story."

Strangely, editor James Bennet doesn't mention what will happen with the Kindle model, which sells e-stories for $3.99. Will they continue with supplements, the Kindle model AND a summer fiction issue? It seems like they're experimenting with all forms of distribution and will stick to whatever works.

I actually respect this — it seems forward thinking. Even if the Atlantic editors don't know the course, they're willing to try out a few roads to find a viable model.