A scenic tour of literary magazines’ websites

The PedestrianThe design of a literary magazine’s website probably shouldn’t be one of the criteria that makes it memorable. But it’s something I notice, which shows just how shallow I am. Like most of us.

Web design signifies a publication’s aesthetic or its editors’ personalities. While an austere homepage can be impressive, it might not be enticing.

I wasn’t sure what made me curious enough to click through and read, so I collected some links to the literary magazines that seemed interesting because of their good looks online:

Blood & Honey Review – Bosnian & English [CLOSED]

California Northern – essays, long-form journalism, literature, and photography [CLOSED]

Coilhouse – alternative culture [CLOSED]

Dark Sky Magazine – fiction, poetry, essays, and art [CLOSED: Learn more at “Barrelhouse Publishes Final Issue of Dark Sky Magazine.”]

Linebreak – poetry read by poets

The Literary Bohemian – travel-inspired writing

The Pedestrian – personal essays [CLOSED]

Quick Fiction – 500 words or less [CLOSED]

Salamander – poetry, fiction, and memoir

Unsplendid – poetry in received and nonce forms

Does appearance indicate quality? I’m not sure. It affects usability. The noisy magazine-style, or multi-column, websites are not appealing to me. The more a literary magazine’s website resembles a printed literary magazine, the more I like it.

2 Replies to “A scenic tour of literary magazines’ websites”

  1. I agree about multi-columns being less appealing–too many things to look at on the laptop’s small screen. Literary Bohemian is, to me, the most visually interesting of the bunch. For readability, I like Blood & Honey Review because it is easy to navigate with the sliding bar. It also provides complete stories rather than excerpts.

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