Three years ago, I posted a list of ten literary magazines with good-looking websites. Only four of them are still in business. Maybe it’s time for a new list, but now that every other litmag is using the free Arcade Basic blog theme from WordPress, or something similar, there are lots of attractive clones.
Beauty’s only skin deep anyway. A better list might be based on popularity, except that the big magazines with the very largest circulations tend to maintain their show-dog status for years or even decades at a time. Zzzzzzzz.
More interesting are the Silken Windhounds, Dandie Dinmont Terriers, and Catahoula Leopard Dogs in my database of literary publications. Some already are being fetishized by readers. Have you heard of them?
365 tomorrows – speculative flash fiction
The Awl – longform essays, humor, and some fiction
Bust – erotic fiction and female perspectives on pop culture
The Bygone Bureau – personal essays, cultural criticism, humor, and comics
The Collagist – progressive short fiction, poetry, essays, and novel excerpts
Conduit – poetry, fiction, and nonfiction
Escape Into Life – poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and comics
Esopus – short plays, essays, poetry, and fiction
Guernica – essays, poetry, and fiction
Hobart – short fiction, nonfiction, and poetry
Joyland – fiction and essays
The Morning News – essays, humor, and cultural criticism
n+1 – fiction, essays, criticism, and translation
NOWNESS – digital storytelling
[out of nothing] – digital text
The Rumpus – essays that intersect culture
Strange Horizons – speculative fiction
Teen Ink – poetry, fiction, and nonfiction
Thought Catalog – literary journalism
Untoward Magazine – humorous fiction
Given that this list is twice as long as the previous one, maybe a handful of these publications will exist three years from now. Submit or subscribe or take them for a walk if you want to keep them healthy.