Hey, do you like to read? I’m assuming, based on absolutely nothing except the fact that you are reading this sentence that you do, in fact, like to read. Or at least that you can read. Books, cereal boxes, shampoo bottles, instruction manuals (just kidding about that last one, no one needs those). If you’re looking to expand your intellectual horizons this year, and want to settle in by the lake on your weekend at the cottage with some great literature, look no more. Below are some awesome literary magazines that you will love!
A Public Space is an independent magazine of literature and culture. It was founded in 2006. Over the past decade, A Public Space has been a refuge for the overlooked, the indefinable, the not-to-be-found-elsewhere. This coming year will be A Public Space’s 10th anniversary.
How to read it: Print and digital ($36/one-year subscription)
Started in 1998 but quickly became one of the best and best known literary magazines in the country. It has been honored by national anthologies more times than many literary magazine that have been publishing for over 100 years. Its fiction is consistently awarded, and its list of contributors is just wild – Sherman Alexie, Miranda July, David Foster Wallace, Donna Tartt, Stephen King, to name just a few.
How to read it: Print ($34.95/one-year subscription, $15/issue) and digital ($19.95/one-year subscription, $9.99/issue
Narratively is a platform devoted to untold human stories. They avoid the breaking news and the next big headline, and focus instead on slow storytelling, exploring one theme each week and publishing just one story a day. Their network of talented and passionate storytellers and editors comb their world’s big cities and hidden corners for the characters and narratives that mainstream media aren’t finding-the underdogs and overlooked tales that enlighten them, connect them, and capture their imagination; stories that would otherwise fall through the cracks. Each Narratively piece is presented in the most appropriate medium, from longform and shortform writing to short documentary films, photo essays, audio, interactives and comics journalism. The result is that every story, and storyteller, has the space and time needed to have an impact. Narratively launched in September, 2012.
How to read it: Online only (for free!)
Blackbird isn’t the most visually attractive of the online journals, but its simplicity allows you to focus on nothing but the writing. And the writing is extraordinary – honest, insightful, profound.
How to read it: Online only (for free!)
Poetry earned a reputation for publishing the best poetry across styles, genres, and philosophies soon after launching in 1912, when it published works by T. S. Eliot, Ezra Pound, Marianne Moore, and William Carlos Williams. The tradition continues today.
How to read it: Print and digital ($35/one-year subscription, $4.25/issue)
Founded in Boston in 1815, the North American Review is the oldest and one of the most culturally significant literary magazine in the United States. Contributors include important nineteenth-century American writers and thinkers such as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Frederick Douglass, Edith Wharton, and Charlotte Perkins Gilman; and twentieth-century writers like William Carlos Williams, John Steinbeck, Thomas Wolfe, William Saroyan, and Flannery O’Connor.
How to read it: Print and digital ($22/one-year subscription, $7/issue)
The Oxford American is a non-profit, quarterly literary magazine dedicated to featuring the best in Southern writing while documenting the complexity and vitality of the American South. The Oxford American has won three National Magazine Awards and many other high honors since it began publication.
How to read it: Print and digital ($24.98/one-year subscription, $15.95/issue)
n+1 is a world – literature, culture, art, and politics in three issues yearly, plus free online-only work updated weekly and books expanding on topics found within the mag. The magazine is founded on criticism, so its writers never hold back – they turn a discriminating eye on current events and trends in arts and politics.
How to read it: Print ($36/one-year subscription, $14.95/issue) and digital ($32/one-year subscription)