Because I’m a newbie original fiction writer (been in fanfic for 5 years), I didn’t realize by publishing my short stories on the internet it’s much more difficult to get it published in a literary magazine. I spent the past two days combing the internet for literary magazines that would accept blog-published stories. I thought it would be easiest if I separate these journals by categories. Also, since I primarily made this list for myself, it focuses on literary fiction but I included some sci-fi/fantasy which I will denote with ^^^. Some of these also accept poetry, non-fiction, essays, genre fiction, etc. Some accept anything. Other want you to write stories with a specified theme. You just have to read the guidelines carefully.
This is the source of where I found most of these literary magazines: Literary Magazines, Top 50 Literary Magazines, Abe Book’s Top Literary Magazines, Every Writer’s Resource Top 10 Science Fiction Magazines. Just as an FYI, most of the Top 50 want to acquire “First North American serial rights,” and specifically exclude any prior online publication. This list is primarily composed of second or third tier literary magazines, but many of them are still very good. I’d be thrilled to get published in anything 😄 I will denote top tier prestigious literary magazines with ***. This is somewhat subjective, but it shall suffice for the purpose of this blog post. Also, many of these magazines are located in America, but they take submissions online and from all over the world. Also, if I’ve made any mistakes please let me know.
1. “We acquire First North American serial rights.” That means they do not accept previously published material because they are buying or taking the first publication rights. Usually this means no prior publication, online or print. Sometimes they don’t specifically state online publishing (like a personal blog) as an exclusionary condition, so I will leave that to your discretion.
2. Unsolicited material — Solicited material is writing that the literary magazine has commissioned or asked for from a writer they know. Unsolicited is the opposite, meaning anyone can send something in.
3. Simultaneous Submissions — This refers to submissions to multiple literary magazines at once. It can take weeks to months for a magazine to accept or reject your work, so if you submit to multiple magazines at once you increase your odds of acceptance. But it becomes a tricky situation if you are accepted while others are still reviewing your work. So the literary magazines that allow this want you to contact them ASAP if your story is accepted by another.
Acknowledges Blog-Published Stories are Okay But Not Previously Printed
Apocrypha and Abstractions — I think it belongs in this category?
Acknowledges Blog-Published Stories are Okay And Previously Printed
The Sun Magazine — Pays half as much for previously published material
Does Not Specify and Does Not Mention First Northern American Serial Rights
Fiddleblack — Unsolicited manuscripts considered only for electronic journal.
Conditional Acceptance if Blog-Published
Ampersand Review — Perhaps it’s not prestigious, but they have a great sense of humor and seem awesome :3
Four Chambers Press — Prefers unpublished work, but may take previously published work on a case by case basis. E-mail to start conversation.
Bellevue Literary Review — Works published previously on personal blogs will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Vine Leaves Literary Journal — Gives preference to unpublished work, but accepts published work if disclosed with submission.
Mentions First Northern American Serial Rights but Doesn’t Specifically Exclude Prior Blog Publication — Up To Your Discretion