RANKING OF LITERARY MAGAZINES

Like me, you may wonder where to submit your short stories. There are a number of lists out there (Erika Rouse, Clifford Garstang, John Fox, DL Shirey) and these are highly valuable.

What I show here is  the number of Twitter followers that each of these magazines has. Most literary magazines are on Twitter and the number of followers gives a comparable indicator of the reach/popularity of each magazine. 

In a digital age, online presence is crucial. The ranking produced here gives you an idea of how many potential readers your short story might reach. 

Of course, there are limitations. Online journals are more likely to have many Twitter followers than print magazines. And quantity is not necessarily a sign of quality. So please use this information with caution! 

Finally, please note that I have excluded magazines that accept genre fiction and those that accept submissions from certain groups only (e.g. LGBTQ+, minorities, women, etc.)

Enjoy!


Ps. If you see any errors or omissions, please contact me at brecht_dp@protonmail.com.

This is work in progress. I will try and update the list regularly. This version: April 2021. 

1   -   The New Yorker   -   9 000 000

2   -   Atlantic Monthly   -   2 106 100

3   -   Paris Review   -   1 003 200

4   -   Los Angeles Review of Books   -   320 400

5   -   McSweeney’s Quarterly   -   275 500

6   -   Electric Literature   -   268 100

7   -   Granta   -   216 700

8   -   Harper’s Magazine   -   120 500

9   -   E-Flux Journal   -   113 500

10   -   The Rumpus   -   113 300

11   -   N+1   -   99 800

12   -   The Moth   -   95 300

13   -   Ploughshares   -   69 800

14   -   BOMB   -   55 700

15   -   Kenyon Review   -   55 300

16   -   Guernica Magazine   -   54 400

17   -   Boston Review   -   47 300

18   -   Catapult   -   42 800

19   -   The Iowa Review   -   42 200

20   -   The Missouri Review   -   41 400

21   -   Indiana Review   -   37 500

22   -   One Story   -   35 900

23   -   Literary Review   -   32 900

24   -   A Public Space   -   31 200

25   -   The Southern Review   -   29 500

26   -   Georgia Review   -   27 900

27   -   Prairie Schooner   -   27 400

28   -   Virginia Quarterly Review   -   26 500

29   -   Oxford American   -   26 400

30   -   Gulf Coast   -   25 700

31   -   Orion Magazine   -   24 800

32   -   Ninth Letter   -   24 400

33   -   Narrative Magazine   -   24 300

34   -   The White Review   -   24 200

35   -   The Stinging Fly   -   23 500

36   -   PANK Magazine   -   23 100

37   -   Black Warrior Review   -   23 000

38   -   3am   -   22 700

39   -   Hayden’s Ferry Review   -   22 100

40   -   Colorado Review   -   20 100

41   -   World Literature Today   -   19 700

42   -   Split Lip   -   19 600

43   -   Barrelhouse   -   19 100

44   -   TriQuarterly   -   18 900

45   -   Crazyhorse Journal   -   18 900

46   -   The Adroit Journal   -   18 300

47   -   From Whispers to Roars   -   18 000

48   -   Passages North   -   17 400

49   -   SmokeLong Quarterly   -   17 100

50   -   Bellevue Literary Review   -   17 000

51   -   Barren Magazine   -   16 900

52   -   Sycamore Review   -   16 900

53   -   New England Review   -   16 700

54   -   The Offing   -   16 700

55   -   Flash Fiction Magazine   -   16 500

56   -   The Lifted Brow   -   16 200

57   -   The Rupture   -   16 000

58   -   Wigleaf   -   15 900

59   -   American Scholar   -   15 800

60   -   Door = Jar (Door is a Jar)   -   15 600

61   -   ANMLY :: Anomaly   -   15 500

62   -   The Pinch   -   15 500

63   -   Jellyfish Review   -   15 400

64   -   Southeast Review   -   15 200

65   -   Redivider   -   14 600

66   -   New Delta Review   -   14 500

67   -   Monkey Bicycle   -   14 500

68   -   Conjunctions   -   14 500

69   -   The Cincinnati Review   -   14 300

70   -   The Sun magazine   -   14 200

71   -   Paper Darts   -   14 000

72   -   Greensboro Review   -   13 900

73   -   New Ohio Review   -   13 800

74   -   AGNI   -   13 500

75   -   Hobart   -   13 500

76   -   Sundog Lit   -   13 400

77   -   Every Writer   -   12 700

78   -   American Short Fiction   -   12 300

79   -   The Molotov Cocktail   -   12 100

80   -   Okay Donkey   -   11 900

81   -   Blue Mesa Review   -   11 900

82   -   Griffith Review   -   11 800

83   -   Fireside   -   11 600

84   -   Sonora Review   -   11 500

85   -   Longleaf   -   11 300

86   -   Pithead Chapel   -   11 200

87   -   Gigantic Sequins   -   10 800

88   -   Minnesota Review   -   10 700

89   -   Necessary Fiction   -   10 600

90   -   Bat City Review   -   10 400

91   -   Salt Hill Journal   -   10 400

92   -   Occulum   -   10 000

93   -   Pigeonholes   -   9 900

94   -   Storgy   -   9 900

95   -   Superstition Review   -   9 900

96   -   PRISM International   -   9 700

97   -   Yemassee Journal   -   9 600

98   -   Broken Pencil   -   9 500

99   -   The Journal   -   9 500

100   -   Florida Review   -   9 400

101   -   The London Magazine   -   9 400

102   -   The Normal School   -   9 400

103   -   Phoebe   -   9 400

104   -   Phoebe Journal   -   9 400

105   -   Cutbank   -   9 300

106   -   Wildness Journal   -   9 200

107   -   Whale Road Review   -   9 200

108   -   North American Review   -   9 100

109   -   Quarterly West   -   8 900

110   -   Slice Magazine   -   8 900

111   -   Willow Springs   -   8 900

112   -   Litro Magazine   -   8 900

113   -   Cotton Xenomorph   -   8 800

114   -   Grist Journal   -    8800

115   -   Banshee   -   8 700

116   -   Mississippi Review   -   8 700

117   -   Malahat Review   -   8 700

118   -   Ecotone   -   8 700

119   -   Riggwelter   -   8 600

120   -   Decomp   -   8 600

121   -   Joyland Magazine   -   8 400

122   -   Master’s Review   -   8 400

123   -   Spelk   -   8 400

124   -   Gorse   -   8 200

125   -   TSS Publishing   -   8 200

126   -   Ink, Sweat and Tears   -   8 100

127   -   Lost Balloon   -   8 000

128   -   Memorious   -   8 000

129   -   Washington Square Review   -   8 000

130   -   Cosmonauts Avenue   -   7 800

131   -   ZYZZYVA Magazine   -   7 800

132   -   Monologging    -   7 800

133   -   Mid American Review   -   7 700

134   -   minor literature[s]   -   7 600

135   -   Peach Mag   -   7 500

136   -   Cheap Pop   -   7 500

137   -   Baltimore Review   -   7 400

138   -   The Cabinet of Heed   -   7 300

139   -   The Boiler   -   7 200

140   -   LitMag   -   7 100

141   -   The Los Angeles Review    -   7 000

142   -   Identity Theory   -   6 900

143   -   Tahoma Literary Review   -   6 900

144   -   Fiction Writers Review   -   6 900

145   -   Denver Quarterly   -   6 800

146   -   Conduit    -   6 800

147   -   Little Fiction   -   6 800

148   -   Lighthouse   -   6 700

149   -   subTerrain   -   6 700

150   -   Crab Creek Review   -   6 600

151   -   Harvard Review   -   6 600

152   -   X-R-A-Y   -   6 600

153   -   Zoetrope All-Story   -   6 500

154   -   Event   -   6 400

155   -   Grain Magazine   -   6 400

156   -   Flash Fiction Online   -   6 300

157   -   Notre Dame Review   -   6 300

158   -   Nashville Review   -   6 300

159   -   Salamander   -   6 300

160   -   Gutter   -   6 200

161   -   Boulevard   -   6 100

162   -   Yale Review   -   6 100

163   -   River Styx   -   6 000

164   -   Tangerine   -   5 900

165   -   Fictive Dream   -   5 900

166   -   Portland Review   -   5 900

167   -   Post Road   -   5 800

168   -   Brooklyn Quarterly   -   5 800

169   -   Westerly Magazine   -   5 800

170   -   Painted Bride Quarterly   -   5 800

171   -   Booth   -   5 800

172   -   American Reader   -   5 700

173   -   Southern Humanities Review   -   5 700

174   -   Fourteen Hills   -   5 600

175   -   Parentheses Journal    -   5 600

176   -   The Common   -   5 600

177   -   Nightingale & Sparrow   -   5 600

178   -   Hunger Mountain   -   5 600

179   -   Unbroken Journal   -   5 500

180   -   matchbook   -   5 500

181   -   The Lumiere Review   -   5 400

182   -   Penny Dreadful   -   5 400

183   -   Blue Earth Review   -   5 400

184   -   The Honest Ulsterman   -   5 300

185   -   CRAFT   -   5 300

186   -   The Fiddlehead   -   5 200

187   -   Ruminate Magazine   -   5 200

188   -   Potomac Review   -   5 200

189   -   Bellingham Review   -   5 100

190   -   Cream City Review   -   5 100

191   -   Michigan Quarterly Review   -   5 100

192   -   Fractured Lit   -   5 100

193   -   Haunted Waters Press   -   5 100

194   -   sea foam mag    -   4 900

195   -   Carvezine   -   4 900

196   -   Carolina Quarterly   -   4 800

197   -   Copper Nickel   -   4 800

198   -   After The Pause   -   4 800

199   -   Open Pen   -   4 700

200   -   Rejection Letters   -   4 700

201   -   Half Mystic Journal   -   4 600

202   -   Witness Magazine   -   4 500

203   -   New Mexico Review   -   4 500

204   -   Lunch Ticket   -   4 400

205   -   Atticus Review   -   4 300

206   -   Tears in the Fence   -   4 300

207   -   Full House Literary Magazine   -   4 300

208   -   Brittle Star   -   4 300

209   -   Third Point Press   -   4 300

210   -   Contrary Magazine   -   4 100

211   -   The Fourth River   -   4 100

212   -   Pleiades   -   4 100

213   -   Whiskey Island   -   4 100

214   -   New Orleans Review   -   4 000

215   -   Milk Candy Review   -   4 000

216   -   Rhino   -   4 000

217   -   The Blood Pudding   -   4 000

218   -   The Interpreter’s House    -   3 900

219   -   Jubilat   -   3 900

220   -   Moonpark Review   -   3 900

221   -   Sequestrum   -   3 900

222   -   Extra Teeth   -    3900

223   -   Dublin Review   -   3 900

224   -   The Sewanee Review   -   3 900

225   -   Structo   -   3 900

226   -   Porter House Review   -   3 800

227   -   Barely South Review   -   3 800

228   -   A3 Review   -   3 800

229   -   Timber   -   3 800

230   -   New South Journal   -   3 800

231   -   Firewords   -   3 800

232   -   streetcake   -   3 700

233   -   No Contact   -   3 700

234   -   Popshot Quarterly    -   3 700

235   -   Drunk Monkeys   -   3 700

236   -   Winter Papers   -   3 700

237   -   Nowhere Magazine   -   3 700

238   -   Loud Coffee Press   -   3 500

239   -   carte blanche   -   3 500

240   -   Chattahoochee Review   -   3 500

241   -   JMWW   -   3 500

242   -   Nimrod Journal   -   3 400

243   -   Massachusetts Review   -   3 400

244   -   Dream Pop Journal    -   3 400

245   -   Flypaper Lit   -   3 300

246   -   The Winnow Magazine   -   3 300

247   -   The Sandy River Review   -   3 300

248   -   Bennington Review   -   3 300

249   -   Lunate   -   3 200

250   -   New Flash Fiction Review   -   3 200

251   -   Literally Stories   -   3 200

252   -   JuxtaProse   -   3 200

253   -   Atlas and Alice   -   3 200

254   -   Fahmidan Journal    -   3 200

255   -   Iron Horse   -   3 200

256   -   Cleaver Magazine   -   3 100

257   -   CP Quarterly   -   3 100

258   -   So It Goes   -   3 100

259   -   The Fence Magazine   -   3 000

260   -   Dwelling Literary   -   3 000

261   -   Selcouth Station   -   3 000

262   -   Birdfeast   -   2 900

263   -   Fugue   -   2 900

264   -   Sixfold   -   2 900

265   -   Dogwood Journal   -   2 900

266   -   CAROUSEL   -   2 900

267   -   [sub]liminal magazine   -   2 900

268   -   Short Édition   -   2 900

269   -   Alien Magazine   -   2 800

270   -   Antioch Review   -   2 800

271   -   Tiny Molecules   -   2 800

272   -   Brilliant Flash Fiction   -   2 800

273   -   The New Southern Fugitives   -   2 800

274   -   Bending Genres   -   2 800

275   -   Black Telephone Magazine   -   2 800

276   -   Hudson Review   -   2 700

277   -   Second Chance Lit    -   2 700

278   -   Analogies & Allegories    -   2 700

279   -   Pulp Literature   -   2 700

280   -   Bodega Magazine   -   2 700

281   -   FEED   -   2 700

282   -   Chicago Review   -   2 700

283   -   The West Review   -   2 600

284   -   3 Moon Magazine   -   2 600

285   -   Juked Magazine   -   2 600

286   -   Puerto del Sol   -   2 600

287   -   Water-Stone Review   -   2 600

288   -   Little Star Journal   -   2 600

289   -   Adirondack Review   -   2 600

290   -   Vinyl   -    2600

291   -   SAND Journal   -   2 500

292   -   pigeon pages   -    500

293   -   At Length   -   2 500

294   -   HOOT   -   2 500

295   -   Liar’s League   -   2 500

296   -   The Knight’s Library   -   2 500

297   -   Free Flash Fiction   -    2400

298   -   Rosebud Magazine   -   2 400

299   -   Autumn House Review   -   2 400

300   -   EVERY DAY FICTION   -   2 400

301   -   Permafrost Magazine   -   2 400

302   -   Frigg   -   2 400

303   -   Cobra Milk   -   2 400

304   -   Posit Journal   -   2 300

305   -   Splonk   -   2 300

306   -   Southampton Review   -   2 300

307   -   Evergreen Review   -   2 300

308   -   Tampa Review   -   2 300

309   -   Bayou Magazine   -   2 300

310   -   The Canary Press   -   2 300

311   -   The Metaworker   -   2 200

312   -   Territory   -   2 200

313   -   Small Leaf Press   -   2 200

314   -   Literary Orphans   -   2 200

315   -   Clover & White   -   2 200

316   -   Noon Annual   -   2 200

317   -   Fjords Review   -   2 200

318   -   The Green Light   -   2 100

319   -   The Remnant Archive   -   2 100

320   -   Truffle   -   2 100

321   -   Porridge   -   2 100

322   -   Sonder   -   2 000

323   -   New York Tyrant   -   2 000

324   -   MORIA    -   2 000

325   -   Lumina   -   2 000

326   -   Interstellar Literary Review   -   2 000

327   -   The Citron Review    -   2 000

328   -   Prime Number Magazine   -   2 000

329   -   Crab Orchard Review   -   2 000

330   -   Gettysburg Review   -   2 000

331   -   Suburban Review   -   1 900

332   -   Hypertext Magazine   -   1 900

333   -   Jet Fuel Review   -   1 900

334   -   3 Elements   -   1 900

335   -   Milk and Beans   -   1 900

336   -   Twin Pies Literary   -   1 900

337   -   Wellington Street Review   -   1 900

338   -   Constellate Literary Journal   -   1 900

339   -   The Sunlight Press   -   1 900

340   -   Outlook Springs   -   1 900

341   -   The Conium Review    -   1 800

342   -   Prairie Fire Magazine   -   1 800

343   -   Threepenny Review   -   1 800

344   -   Story   -   1 800

345   -   Ink Pantry   -   1 800

346   -   Here Comes Everyone   -   1 800

347   -   Literal Latte   -   1 800

348   -   Split Rock Review   -   1 800

349   -   Spilled Milk    -   1 800

350   -   Black Horse Review   -   1 700

351   -   Zone 3   -   1 700

352   -   Ample Remains   -   1 700

353   -   Back Patio Press   -   1 700

354   -   Another New Calligraphy   -   1 700

355   -   Eckleburg   -   1 700

356   -   New Letters   -   1 700

357   -   December Magazine   -   1 700

358   -   Words & Whispers    -   1 600

359   -   The Other Stories    -   1 600

360   -   Idaho Review   -   1 600

361   -   West Branch   -   1 600

362   -   Solstice Literary Magazine   -   1 600

363   -   The Maine Review    -   1 600

364   -   Silk + Smoke   -   1 600

365   -   A Velvet Giant   -   1 600

366   -   Five South Weekly   -   1 600

367   -   Tilde~   -   1 600

368   -   Green Mountains Review   -   1 500

369   -   Burnt Breakfast   -   1 500

370   -   Vestal Review   -   1 500

371   -   Claw & Blossom   -   1 500

372   -   Frogmore Papers/Press   -   1 500

373   -   Spartan   -   1 500

374   -   The Blue Pages   -   1 500

375   -   Pretty Owl Poetry   -    1500

376   -   Soliloquies Anthology    -   1 500

377   -   Arts and Letters   -   1 500

378   -   The Timberline Review   -   1 400

379   -   Jupiter Review    -   1 400

380   -   Ligeia   -   1 400

381   -   Agapanthus Collective   -   1 400

382   -   Nailed   -   1 400

383   -   The Ogham Stone   -   1 400

384   -   Grub Street Grackle   -   1 400

385   -   Quince Magazine   -   1 400

386   -   Lanke Review   -   1 400

387   -   Electric Moon   -   1 400

388   -   Ghost Parachute   -   1 400

389   -   Reservoir Journal   -   1 400

390   -   Antigonish Review   -   1 400

391   -   Elephants Never   -   1 400

392   -   Elevator Stories   -   1 400

393   -   Fiction Southeast   -   1 400

394   -   Empty House Press   -   1 400

395   -   Southwest Review   -   1 300

396   -   LandLocked   -   1 300

397   -   Flash Frog   -   1 300

398   -   LUMIN Journal   -   1 300

399   -   Bad Nudes   -   1 300

400   -   Glassworks   -   1 300

401   -   TL;DR Press   -   1 300

402   -   Dead Fern Press   -   1 300

403   -   Authylem   -   1 300

404   -   Funicular Magazine    -    300

405   -   Tupelo Quarterly   -   1 300

406   -   Broadsided Press    -   1 300

407   -   Pollux Journal   -   1 300

408   -   Sage Cigarettes   -   1 300

409   -   Madison Review   -   1 300

410   -   Hypnopomp    -   1 300

411   -   Columbia Review   -   1 300

412   -   Bridge Eight   -   1 300

413   -   Spectacle   -   1 300

414   -   Sooth Swarm Journal   -   1 300

415   -   Pine Hills Review   -   1 300

416   -   failbettercom   -   1 300

417   -   Lines+Stars   -   1 300

418   -   Arkansas International   -   1 200

419   -   New Millennium Writings   -   1 200

420   -   The Aurora Journal   -   1 200

421   -   Driftwood Press   -   1 200

422   -   Typishly   -   1 200

423   -   Meridian   -   1 200

424   -   BRAG   -   1 200

425   -   ActiveMuse   -   1 200

426   -   Freefall   -   1 200

427   -   the mystic blue review   -   1 200

428   -   Northern Otter Press   -   1 200

429   -   Quiddity   -   1 200

430   -   Moon City Review   -   1 100

431   -   Barcelona Review   -   1 100

432   -   The Utopia Project   -   1 100

433   -   Dissonance Magazine    -   1 100

434   -   Consequence Forum   -   1 100

435   -   Digging Through The Fat    -   1 100

436   -   The CHILLFILTR Review   -   1 100

437   -   Bitter Fruit Review   -   1 100

438   -   Folio   -   1 100

439   -   Raleigh Review   -   1 100

440   -   Schuylkill Valley Journal Online   -   1 100

441   -   Stanchion   -   1 100

442   -   Free State Review   -   1 100

443   -   The Phare   -   1 100

444   -   Wisconsin Review   -   1 100

445   -   (mac)ro(mic)   -   1 100

446   -   About Place Journal   -   1 100

447   -   Iceberg Tales   -   1 100

448   -   Raconteur   -   1 000

449   -   Kalopsia Lit   -   1 000

450   -   Texas Review Press   -   1 000

451   -   West Texas Literary Review    -   1 000

452   -   Anser Journal   -   1 000

453   -   Harpur Palate   -   1 000

454   -   Blackbird Journal   -   1 000

455   -   Cimarron Review   -   1 000

456   -   Berkeley Fiction Review   -   1 000

457   -   William and Mary Review   -   900

458   -   Raritan Quarterly   -   900

459   -   Twisted Vine   -   800

460   -   Brooklyn Review   -   800

461   -   Fiction International   -   800

462   -   North Dakota Quarterly   -   800

463   -   Shenandoah   -   700

464   -   Another Chicago Magazine   -   700

465   -   Apple Valley Review   -   700

466   -   Fiction Magazine   -   700

467   -   Emrys Journal   -   600

468   -   The Festival Review   -   600

469   -   Faultline   -   600

470   -   Subtropics   -   600

471   -   Penn Review   -   600

472   -   Salmagundi Magazine   -   600

473   -   Palaver Journal   -   600

474   -   PIF magazine   -   600

475   -   Hotel Amerika   -   600

476   -   Chautauqua   -   500

477   -   Able Muse   -   500

478   -   Eclipse Lit   -   500

479   -   Eclectica Magazine   -   500

480   -   Laurel Review   -   500

481   -   Quarter After Eight   -   500

482   -   Pembroke Magazine   -   500

483   -   Oyster River Pages   -   400

484   -   Bourbon Penn   -   400

485   -   Southern Indiana Review   -   400

486   -   Briar Cliff Review   -   400

487   -   Western Humanities Review   -   400

488   -   Beloit Fiction   -   400

489   -   Five Points   -   400

490   -   Gargoyle   -   300

491   -   Jelly Bucket   -   300

492   -   Jabberwock Review   -   300

493   -   BLOOM   -   300

494   -   Chicago Quarterly Review   -   300

495   -   Great River Review   -   300

496   -   StoryQuarterly   -   300

497   -   Hopkins Review   -   300

498   -   Sou’wester Journal   -   200

499   -   Soundings Review   -   200

500   -   Chapter House Journal   -   200

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