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. 

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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   -   The Literary Review   -   32,900
25   -   A Public Space   -   31,200
26   -   The Southern Review   -   29,500
27   -   Georgia Review   -   27,900
28   -   Prairie Schooner   -   27,400
29   -   Virginia Quarterly Review   -   26,500
30   -   Oxford American   -   26,400
31   -   Gulf Coast   -   25,700
32   -   Orion Magazine   -   24,800
33   -   Ninth Letter   -   24,400
34   -   Narrative Magazine   -   24,300
35   -   The White Review   -   24,200
36   -   The Stinging Fly   -   23,500
37   -   PANK Magazine   -   23,100
38   -   Black Warrior Review   -   23,000
39   -   3am   -   22,700
40   -   Hayden’s Ferry Review   -   22,100
41   -   Colorado Review   -   20,100
42   -   World Literature Today   -   19,700
43   -   Split Lip   -   19,600
44   -   Barrelhouse   -   19,100
45   -   TriQuarterly   -   18,900
46   -   Crazyhorse Journal   -   18,900
47   -   The Adroit Journal   -   18,300
48   -   From Whispers to Roars   -   18,000
49   -   Passages North   -   17,400
50   -   SmokeLong Quarterly   -   17,100
51   -   Bellevue Literary Review   -   17,000
52   -   Barren Magazine   -   16,900
53   -   Sycamore Review   -   16,900
54   -   New England Review   -   16,700
55   -   The Offing   -   16,700
56   -   Flash Fiction Magazine   -   16,500
57   -   The Lifted Brow   -   16,200
58   -   The Rupture   -   16,000
59   -   Wigleaf   -   15,900
60   -   American Scholar   -   15,800
61   -   Door = Jar (Door is a Jar)   -   15,600
62   -   ANMLY :: Anomaly   -   15,500
63   -   The Pinch   -   15,500
64   -   Jellyfish Review   -   15,400
65   -   Southeast Review   -   15,200
66   -   Redivider   -   14,600
67   -   New Delta Review   -   14,500
68   -   Monkey Bicycle   -   14,500
69   -   Conjunctions   -   14,500
70   -   The Cincinnati Review   -   14,300
71   -   The Sun magazine   -   14,200
72   -   Paper Darts   -   14,000
73   -   Greensboro Review   -   13,900
74   -   New Ohio Review   -   13,800
75   -   AGNI   -   13,500
76   -   Hobart   -   13,500
77   -   Sundog Lit   -   13,400
78   -   Every Writer   -   12,700
79   -   American Short Fiction   -   12,300
80   -   The Molotov Cocktail   -   12,100
81   -   Okay Donkey   -   11,900
82   -   Blue Mesa Review   -   11,900
83   -   Griffith Review   -   11,800
84   -   Fireside   -   11,600
85   -   Sonora Review   -   11,500
86   -   Longleaf   -   11,300
87   -   Pithead Chapel   -   11,200
88   -   Gigantic Sequins   -   10,800
89   -   Minnesota Review   -   10,700
90   -   Necessary Fiction   -   10,600
91   -   Bat City Review   -   10,400
92   -   Salt Hill Journal   -   10,400
93   -   Occulum   -   10,000
94   -   Pigeonholes   -   9,900
95   -   Storgy   -   9,900
96   -   Superstition Review   -   9,900
97   -   PRISM International   -   9,700
98   -   Yemassee Journal   -   9,600
99   -   Broken Pencil   -   9500
100   -   The Journal   -   9500
101   -   Florida Review   -   9400
102   -   The London Magazine   -   9400
103   -   The Normal School   -   9400
104   -   Phoebe   -   9400
105   -   Phoebe Journal   -   9400
106   -   Cutbank   -   9300
107   -   Wildness Journal   -   9200
108   -   Whale Road Review   -   9200
109   -   North American Review   -   9100
110   -   Quarterly West   -   8,900
111   -   Slice Magazine   -   8,900
112   -   Willow Springs   -   8,900
113   -   Litro Magazine   -   8,900
114   -   Cotton Xenomorph   -   8,800
115   -   Grist Journal   -   8,800
116   -   Banshee   -   8,700
117   -   Mississippi Review   -   8,700
118   -   Malahat Review   -   8,700
119   -   Ecotone   -   8,700
120   -   Riggwelter   -   8,600
121   -   Decomp   -   8,600
122   -   Joyland Magazine   -   8,400
123   -   Master’s Review   -   8,400
124   -   Spelk   -   8,400
125   -   Gorse   -   8,200
126   -   TSS Publishing   -   8,200
127   -   Ink, Sweat and Tears   -   8,100
128   -   Lost Balloon   -   8,000
129   -   Memorious   -   8,000
130   -   Washington Square Review   -   8,000
131   -   Cosmonauts Avenue   -   7,800
132   -   ZYZZYVA Magazine   -   7,800
133   -   Monologging    -   7,800
134   -   Mid American Review   -   7,700
135   -   minor literature[s]   -   7,600
136   -   Peach Mag   -   7,500
137   -   Cheap Pop   -   7,500
138   -   Baltimore Review   -   7,400
139   -   The Cabinet of Heed   -   7,300
140   -   The Boiler   -   7,200
141   -   LitMag   -   7,100
142   -   The Los Angeles Review    -   7,000
143   -   Identity Theory   -   6,900
144   -   Tahoma Literary Review   -   6,900
145   -   Fiction Writers Review   -   6,900
146   -   Denver Quarterly   -   6,800
147   -   Conduit    -   6,800
148   -   Little Fiction   -   6,800
149   -   Lighthouse   -   6,700
150   -   subTerrain   -   6,700
151   -   Crab Creek Review   -   6,600
152   -   Harvard Review   -   6,600
153   -   X-R-A-Y   -   6,600
154   -   Zoetrope All-Story   -   6,500
155   -   Event   -   6,400
156   -   Grain Magazine   -   6,400
157   -   Flash Fiction Online   -   6,300
158   -   Notre Dame Review   -   6,300
159   -   Nashville Review   -   6,300
160   -   Salamander   -   6,300
161   -   Gutter   -   6,200
162   -   Boulevard   -   6,100
163   -   Yale Review   -   6,100
164   -   River Styx   -   6,000
165   -   Tangerine   -   5,900
166   -   Fictive Dream   -   5,900
167   -   Portland Review   -   5,900
168   -   Post Road   -   5,800
169   -   Brooklyn Quarterly   -   5,800
170   -   Westerly Magazine   -   5,800
171   -   Painted Bride Quarterly   -   5,800
172   -   Booth   -   5,800
173   -   American Reader   -   5,700
174   -   Southern Humanities Review   -   5,700
175   -   Fourteen Hills   -   5,600
176   -   Parentheses Journal    -   5,600
177   -   The Common   -   5,600
178   -   Nightingale & Sparrow   -   5,600
179   -   Hunger Mountain   -   5,600
180   -   Unbroken Journal   -   5,500
181   -   matchbook   -   5,500
182   -   The Lumiere Review   -   5,400
183   -   Penny Dreadful   -   5,400
184   -   Blue Earth Review   -   5,400
185   -   The Honest Ulsterman   -   5,300
186   -   CRAFT   -   5,300
187   -   The Fiddlehead   -   5,200
188   -   Ruminate Magazine   -   5,200
189   -   Potomac Review   -   5,200
190   -   Bellingham Review   -   5,100
191   -   Cream City Review   -   5,100
192   -   Michigan Quarterly Review   -   5,100
193   -   Fractured Lit   -   5,100
194   -   Haunted Waters Press   -   5,100
195   -   sea foam mag    -   4,900
196   -   Carvezine   -   4,900
197   -   Carolina Quarterly   -   4,800
198   -   Copper Nickel   -   4,800
199   -   After The Pause   -   4,800
200   -   Open Pen   -   4,700
201   -   Rejection Letters   -   4,700
202   -   Half Mystic Journal   -   4,600
203   -   Witness Magazine   -   4,500
204   -   New Mexico Review   -   4,500
205   -   Lunch Ticket   -   4,400
206   -   Atticus Review   -   4,300
207   -   Tears in the Fence   -   4,300
208   -   Full House Literary Magazine   -   4,300
209   -   Brittle Star   -   4,300
210   -   Third Point Press   -   4,300
211   -   Contrary Magazine   -   4,100
212   -   The Fourth River   -   4,100
213   -   Pleiades   -   4,100
214   -   Whiskey Island   -   4,100
215   -   New Orleans Review   -   4,000
216   -   Milk Candy Review   -   4,000
217   -   Rhino   -   4,000
218   -   The Blood Pudding   -   4,000
219   -   The Interpreter’s House    -   3,900
220   -   Jubilat   -   3,900
221   -   Moonpark Review   -   3,900
222   -   Sequestrum   -   3,900
223   -   Extra Teeth   -   3,900
224   -   Dublin Review   -   3,900
225   -   The Sewanee Review   -   3,900
226   -   Structo   -   3,900
227   -   Porter House Review   -   3,800
228   -   Barely South Review   -   3,800
229   -   A3 Review   -   3,800
230   -   Timber   -   3,800
231   -   New South Journal   -   3,800
232   -   Firewords   -   3,800
233   -   streetcake   -   3,700
234   -   No Contact   -   3,700
235   -   Popshot Quarterly    -   3,700
236   -   Drunk Monkeys   -   3,700
237   -   Winter Papers   -   3,700
238   -   Nowhere Magazine   -   3,700
239   -   Loud Coffee Press   -   3,500
240   -   carte blanche   -   3,500
241   -   Chattahoochee Review   -   3,500
242   -   JMWW   -   3,500
243   -   Nimrod Journal   -   3,400
244   -   Massachusetts Review   -   3,400
245   -   Dream Pop Journal    -   3,400
246   -   Flypaper Lit   -   3,300
247   -   The Winnow Magazine   -   3,300
248   -   The Sandy River Review   -   3,300
249   -   Bennington Review   -   3,300
250   -   Lunate   -   3,200
251   -   New Flash Fiction Review   -   3,200
252   -   Literally Stories   -   3,200
253   -   JuxtaProse   -   3,200
254   -   Atlas and Alice   -   3,200
255   -   Fahmidan Journal    -   3,200
256   -   Iron Horse   -   3,200
257   -   Cleaver Magazine   -   3,100
258   -   CP Quarterly   -   3,100
259   -   So It Goes   -   3,100
260   -   The Fence Magazine   -   3,000
261   -   Dwelling Literary   -   3,000
262   -   Selcouth Station   -   3,000
263   -   Birdfeast   -   2,900
264   -   Fugue   -   2,900
265   -   Sixfold   -   2,900
266   -   Dogwood Journal   -   2,900
267   -   CAROUSEL   -   2,900
268   -   [sub]liminal magazine   -   2,900
269   -   Short Édition   -   2,900
270   -   Alien Magazine   -   2,800
271   -   Antioch Review   -   2,800
272   -   Tiny Molecules   -   2,800
273   -   Brilliant Flash Fiction   -   2,800
274   -   The New Southern Fugitives   -   2,800
275   -   Bending Genres   -   2,800
276   -   Black Telephone Magazine   -   2,800
277   -   Hudson Review   -   2,700
278   -   Second Chance Lit    -   2,700
279   -   Analogies & Allegories    -   2,700
280   -   Pulp Literature   -   2,700
281   -   Bodega Magazine   -   2,700
282   -   FEED   -   2,700
283   -   Chicago Review   -   2,700
284   -   The West Review   -   2,600
285   -   3 Moon Magazine   -   2,600
286   -   Juked Magazine   -   2,600
287   -   Puerto del Sol   -   2,600
288   -   Water-Stone Review   -   2,600
289   -   Little Star Journal   -   2,600
290   -   Adirondack Review   -   2,600
291   -   Vinyl   -   2,600
292   -   SAND Journal   -   2,500
293   -   pigeon pages   -   2,500
294   -   At Length   -   2,500
295   -   HOOT   -   2,500
296   -   Liar’s League   -   2,500
297   -   The Knight’s Library   -   2,500
298   -   Free Flash Fiction   -   2,400
299   -   Rosebud Magazine   -   2,400
300   -   Autumn House Review   -   2,400
301   -   every Day Fiction   -   2,400
302   -   Permafrost Magazine   -   2,400
303   -   Frigg   -   2,400
304   -   Southampton Review   -   2,300
305   -   Evergreen Review   -   2,300
306   -   Tampa Review   -   2,300
307   -   Bayou Magazine   -   2,300
308   -   Territory   -   2,200
309   -   Literary Orphans   -   2,200
310   -   Noon Annual   -   2,200
311   -   Fjords Review   -   2,200
312   -   New York Tyrant   -   2,000
313   -   Lumina   -   2,000
314   -   Prime Number Magazine   -   2,000
315   -   Crab Orchard Review   -   2,000
316   -   Gettysburg Review   -   2,000
317   -   Outlook Springs   -   1,900
318   -   Prairie Fire Magazine   -   1,800
319   -   Threepenny Review   -   1,800
320   -   Story   -   1,800
321   -   Literal Latte   -   1,800
322   -   Zone 3   -   1,700
323   -   Eckleburg   -   1,700
324   -   New Letters   -   1,700
325   -   December Magazine   -   1,700
326   -   Idaho Review   -   1,600
327   -   West Branch   -   1,600
328   -   Solstice Literary Magazine   -   1,600
329   -   Green Mountains Review   -   1,500
330   -   Vestal Review   -   1,500
331   -   Arts and Letters   -   1,500
332   -   Reservoir Journal   -   1,400
333   -   Antigonish Review   -   1,400
334   -   Southwest Review   -   1,300
335   -   Madison Review   -   1,300
336   -   Columbia Review   -   1,300
337   -   Bridge Eight   -   1,300
338   -   Spectacle   -   1,300
339   -   failbettercom   -   1,300
340   -   Arkansas International   -   1,200
341   -   New Millennium Writings   -   1,200
342   -   Typishly   -   1,200
343   -   Meridian   -   1,200
344   -   Quiddity   -   1,200
345   -   Moon City Review   -   1,100
346   -   Barcelona Review   -   1,100
347   -   Consequence Forum   -   1,100
348   -   Folio   -   1,100
349   -   The Phare   -   1,100
350   -   About Place Journal   -   1,100
351   -   Texas Review Press   -   1,000
352   -   Harpur Palate   -   1,000
353   -   Blackbird Journal   -   1,000
354   -   Cimarron Review   -   1,000
355   -   Berkeley Fiction Review   -   1,000
356   -   William and Mary Review   -   900
357   -   Raritan Quarterly   -   900
358   -   Twisted Vine   -   800
359   -   Brooklyn Review   -   800
360   -   Fiction International   -   800
361   -   North Dakota Quarterly   -   800
362   -   Shenandoah   -   700
363   -   Another Chicago Magazine   -   700
364   -   Apple Valley Review   -   700
365   -   Fiction Magazine   -   700
366   -   Emrys Journal   -   600
367   -   The Festival Review   -   600
368   -   Faultline   -   600
369   -   Subtropics   -   600
370   -   Penn Review   -   600
371   -   Salmagundi Magazine   -   600
372   -   Palaver Journal   -   600
373   -   PIF magazine   -   600
374   -   Hotel Amerika   -   600
375   -   Chautauqua   -   500
376   -   Able Muse   -   500
377   -   Eclipse Lit   -   500
378   -   Eclectica Magazine   -   500
379   -   Laurel Review   -   500
380   -   Quarter After Eight   -   500
381   -   Pembroke Magazine   -   500
382   -   Oyster River Pages   -   400
383   -   Bourbon Penn   -   400
384   -   Southern Indiana Review   -   400
385   -   Briar Cliff Review   -   400
386   -   Western Humanities Review   -   400
387   -   Beloit Fiction   -   400
388   -   Five Points   -   400
389   -   Gargoyle   -   300
390   -   Jelly Bucket   -   300
391   -   Jabberwock Review   -   300
392   -   BLOOM   -   300
393   -   Chicago Quarterly Review   -   300
394   -   Great River Review   -   300
395   -   StoryQuarterly   -   300
396   -   Hopkins Review   -   300
397   -   Sou’wester Journal   -   200
398   -   Soundings Review   -   200
399   -   Chapter House Journal   -   200
400   -   South Carolina Review   -   200
401   -   Unsaid   -   200
402   -   Saint Ann’s Review   -   200
403   -   Soundings East   -   100
404   -   Worcester Review   -   100
405   -   Vassar Review   -   100
406   -   Descant   -   100
407   -   Valparaiso Fiction Review   -   100
408   -   Upstreet   -   0
409   -   Kaleidoscope   -   0
410   -   Artful Dodge   -   0
411   -   Epiphany   -   0
412   -   Epoch   -   0
413   -   Lake Effect   -   0
414   -   Alaska Quarterly Review   -   0
415   -   Santa Monica Review   -   0
416   -   Third Coast   -   0
417   -   Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet   -   0
418   -   Ascent   -   0
419   -   Confrontation   -   0
420   -   Per Contra   -   0
421   -   Exile   -   0
422   -   The Literarian   -   0
423   -   Red Rock Review   -   0
424   -   Alligator Juniper   -   0
425   -   Turnrow   -   0
426   -   Big Fiction   -   0
427   -   Page & Spine   -   0
428   -   American Literary Review   -   0
429   -   Blue Lake Review   -   0
430   -   Burnside Review   -   0
431   -   Volt   -   0
432   -   Winter Tangerine   -   0
433   -   Enizagam   -   0

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