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.)
Ps. If you see any errors or omissions, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is work in progress. I will try and update the list regularly. This version: April 2021.