100 Word Story
100 Word Story is an online publisher of short shorts, flash fiction, and prose poems. Editors: Lynn Mundell and Grant Faulkner.
Each issue of 10×3 showcases 10 poets x 3 poems or 3 poets x 10 poems plus other poems, prose-poems, or features. Located in Morgantown, WV. Sue Ann Simar, Editor.
3QR: The Three Quarter Review is an online journal publishing poetry and prose that is “at least 75% factual.” Based in Baltimore. Joanne Cavanaugh Simpson, ed.
A & U
A & U, America’s AIDS Magazine, a print magazine, publishes articles on AIDS-related advocacy, treatment and care, and literature (poetry, drama, fiction, creative nonfiction) responding to the pandemic. Noah Stetzer, Poetry editor.
American University journals
Folio is a student-edited print journal, sponsored by the Department of Literature at American University in DC.
Asian American Literary Review
Published biannually, Asian American Literary Review features fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, translations, comic art, interviews, and book reviews. Based in Crownsville, MD. Lawrence-Minh Bùi Davis and Gerald Maa, editors.
Monthly newspaper that targets the Asian and Pacific American community in DC, MD, VA and publishes a themed monthly poetry feature, edited by Amanda Andrei. Seeks submissions from authors of APA descent; pays for published poems.
The Atlantic is a monthly magazine based in DC with essays on culture and politics, interviews, fiction and poetry.
Atticus is a weekly online journal of stories, poems, and mixed media. Dan Cafaro, Publisher.
Baltimore Review is an online journal that publishes poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction; located in Towson, MD. Also sponsors theme-based contests, and one annual print issue. Barbara Westwood Diehl and Kathleen Hellen, Senior Editors.
Barrelhouse is a magazine of fiction and poetry from new and established authors, plus essays and interviews on everything from music to reality television. Their Barrelhouse Chapbook series publishes poetry chapbooks (edited by Tony Mancus and Dan Brady). Also publishes occasional anthologies. Based in DC.
Big Lucks is a quarterly print journal of poetry, fiction, and art, based in DC.
Blue Lyra Review
Although based in Georgia, the Translations Editor for Blue Lyra Review is Nancy Naomi Carlson, a poet from Silver Spring, MD. Publishes three online issues per year; includes poetry, fiction, nonfiction, reviews, translations, and visual art. Features authors of diverse backgrounds, with a special interest in Jewish authors. NOTE: Final issue published in 2017. Archives still available online.
The Broadkill Review Press publishes six issues a year. Also sponsors the Dogfish Head Poetry Prize, an annual poetry book contest, and publishes chapbooks and full-length collections. Located in Milton, DE. Jamie Brown, ed.
Catholic University journals
Literary Matters is an online journal of literary criticism, translations, interviews, and poetry. Published three times a year at the Catholic University of America and affiliated with the Association of Literary Scholars, Writers, and Critics. Ryan Wilson, editor in chief.
Chickenbones in an online journal of “literary and artistic African American themes” from Jarratt, VA. Rudolph Lewis, ed.
The Cicada’s Cry is a haiku and senryu micro-zine based in DE that publishes 4 issues a year. Edited by JM Reinbold and Maria Masington.
Cobalt Review is a quarterly online journal of fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and interviews, based in Baltimore. Andrew Keating, ed.
College of Southern Maryland
The College of Southern Maryland in La Plata is home to the Connections Literary Series, with monthly readings on campus by visiting writers. They also publish Connections journal, which combines student work with writing by professionals.
College of William and Mary journals
The William and Mary Review is an annual journal of poetry, fiction, and the visual arts housed at the college in Williamsburg, VA. Student editors.
Connotation Press: An Online Artifact, is edited by Ken Robidoux out of Bristol, WV. Publishes poetry, fiction, nonfiction, drama, reviews
Contemporary Haibun, based in Winchester, VA, publishes annually each April, and is the first Western journal devoted entirely to haibun. Bob Lucky, ed.
The Dead Mule is a monthly online journal of Southern literature. Publishes poetry, fiction, essays and memoirs. The Asst. Ed., C.L. Bledsoe, is local.
Delaware Poetry Review
Delaware Poetry Review is a web journal based in Lewes, DE, focusing on writers from the Delmarva region. One to two issues per year. Editors: JoAnn Balingit, Michael Blaine, Jeffrey Lamar Coleman, Dennis Forney, H.A. Maxon, Kim Roberts.
Delphi Quarterly is an online journal of op-eds and interviews, edited by Ramola D, Daniel Gutstein, and Shilpa Kameswaran. Specializes in “conversations with serious writers and makers of literary fiction, poetry, plays, film, ecological non-fiction, and creative non-fiction.”
District Lit is a journal of poetry, fiction, interviews, and visual art based in Arlington, VA. Publishes online “on a rolling basis.” Diana Smith Bolton, founding editor.
Doctor T.J. Eckleburg Review
The Doctor T.J. Eckleburg Review is an online quarterly of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, with annual print editions. Rae Bryant, Editor-in-chief.
Eastern Shore Writers’ Association
Headquartered in Easton, MD, the Eastern Shore Writers’ Association serves writers from the tri-state area of the Delmarva Penninsula. Hosts monthly meetings, mentorships, speakers, critique groups, and a journal, the Delmarva Review. Modest fees charged.
Edge publishes books of experimental poetry, as well as the journal Aerial Magazine (now out of print, back issues available). Buck Downs, editor.
Eight Stone Press
Eight Stone Press publishes chapbooks and Smile, Hon, You’re in Baltimore!, a journal that captures “everything that defines what it means to live in Charm City.” Editor: William P. Tandy.
Failbetter.com is an online quarterly of fiction, poetry, and visual art, based in Richmond, VA. Editor: Thom Didato.
Fairmont State University journals
Kestrel is the journal of Fairmont State University in Fairmont, WV. Publishes two print issues per year of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and visual art. Publishes new and established authors; special interest in Appalachian authors.
Fjords publishes poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, translations, visual art. Based in Lynchburg, VA. Miguel Pichardo, editor-in-chief.
Fluent Magazine covers arts and culture in West Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley and neighboring regions. Bimonthly, online, free. Includes poetry and prose. Nancy McKeithen, ed.
Free State Review
Free State Review publishes two print issues of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction a year. Based in Upperco, MD. Hal Burdett, J. Wesley Clark, and Barrett Warner, eds.
Full Bleed is an annual Journal of Art, Design and Literature, sponsored by The Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore
George Mason University
George Mason hosts three journals, Hispanic Culture Review, a bilingual print annual hosted by the Department of Modern and Classical Languages, and So To Speak: A Feminist Journal of Language and Art, and Phoebe, both hosted by the Department of English. All are student edited. So To Speak and Phoebe also sponsor annual creative writing competitions, with cash awards. George Mason is also the location of the Alan Cheuse International Writers Center, which facilitates the exchange of international writers to foster tolerance and understanding.
George Washington University journals
The Department of English at GW sponsors three biannual student literary journals: GW Review, Mortar and Pestle, and Wooden Teeth.
Gival Press is an independent publishing house with titles in poetry, fiction, and non-fiction in English, French, and Spanish. Runs an annual poetry book competition as well as two competitions for single poems, the Tri-Language contest and the Oscar Wilde Award. Also publishes ArLiJo, the Arlington Literary Journal, an online monthly journal of writers from around the world whose work “promotes understanding and sensitivity across borders.” Robert L. Giron, ed.
The Golden Key is a bi-annual journal of speculative and literary poetry and fiction, based in College Park and Annapolis. Editors: Lindsay Fowler and Carlea Holl-Jensen.
Haunted Waters Press
Haunted Waters is a fine letterpress print studio based in Front Royal, VA. Publishes handbound books and paper ephemera. Also publishes a quarterly online literary journal of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, called From the Depths. Susan Warren Utley and Savannah Renee Spidalieri, editors.
Hollins Critic is published five times a year, with critical essays, poems, and book reviews. Based on the campus in Roanoke, VA; R.H.W. Dillard, ed., Cathryn Hankla, poetry ed. Tinker Mountain Writers’ Workshop is held each summer (typically in June), with a week of workshops, craft seminars, one-on-one conferences, readings. The university also hosts the Roanoke Regional Writers Conference every January, a day-long event with workshops and readings.
Innisfree Poetry Journal
Innisfree is a biannual online journal of contemporary poetry and reviews. Greg McBride, ed.
JMWW is a quarterly online journal of fiction, nonfiction, visual art, and poetry, based in Baltimore. Founder: Jen Michalski; 16 editors.
Johns Hopkins University Press
The Johns Hopkins University Press publishes approximately 200 books a year, on subjects in the arts and humanities, medicine, history, social science, and the Chesapeake Bay. Among the journals it distributes are Callalloo, The Hopkins Review, The Sewanee Review, and the Wallace Stevens Journal.
The Light Ekphrastic is an online journal that pairs poets and writers of short fiction with visual artists to create new works. Based in Catonsville, MD; edited by Jenny O’Grady.
Lines + Stars
Lines + Stars is a bimonthly journal of poetry and fiction based in DC. Each issue has a theme. L+S Press publishes chapbooks through an annual Mid-Atlantic first book competition. Rachel Adams, ed.
The Hill Rag, a monthly newspaper, has long included a regular column, “The Literary Hill,” with short-format reviews and notices about upcoming literary events. They have more recently added “The Poetic Hill,” a poem-of-the-month by residents of the neighborhood, edited by Karen Lyon. Poets can submit work for consideration to firstname.lastname@example.org. The newspaper also sponsors an annual one-day Literary Hill Bookfest, with readings and a bookfair celebrating the authors of Capitol Hill.
Little Patuxent Review
Little Patuxent Review is a journal of poetry and prose from Columbia, MD. Steven Leyva, ed.
Loch Raven Review
Loch Raven Review, based in Baltimore, is a quarterly webzine with an annual print compilation, publishing poetry, short fiction, articles, and translations. Editors: Christopher T. George, Dan Cuddy.
Locuspoint is an online journal that folded in 2011; past issues available online. Guest editors selected seven poets to represent a city or region.
Lyrical Passion Poetry E-Zine
Lyrical Passion Poetry E-Zine, based in Arlington, VA, is a monthly online magazine specializing in Japanese short-form poetry. Raquel D. Bailey, ed.
MahHat Lit is a weekly online publication of poems, flash fiction, mini-interviews and audio. Published in Boston, but Associate Poetry Editor Cynthia Atkins is based in the DC region.
Maryland Writers’ Association
The Maryland Writers’ Association hosts classes and critique groups, readings, contests, an annual conference, and community outreach projects. Publishes bimonthly newsletter, Pen in Hand. Covers poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Based in Annapolis, with seven chapters offering smaller meetings in different regions of the state. Fees charged.
Milk is an online biannual journal of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, from Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Kathryn Merwin, Charlotte Covey, and Erin Traylor, eds.
The Minnesota Review is a print journal, publishing poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, reviews, and critical essays in two issues per year. Although founded in Minnesota in 1960, it has not been located in that state for about 40 years. Based at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA. Student editors, under the guidance of creative writing faculty. Two reading periods per year.
Montgomery College journals
Montgomery College hosts The Potomac Review, “the biannual journal with a conscience–and a lurking sense of humor.” Poetry, prose, art and photography. Editor: Julie Wakeman-Linn; Poetry Editor: Katherine Smith. They also sponsor Sligo Journal, an online, student-edited journal of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, translation, and art from the Takoma Park/Silver Spring campus.
No Tell Books
No Tell Books publishes full-length and chapbooks of poems, as well as anthologies. Also maintains the archives for the former online journal, No Tell Motel. Based in Reston, VA. Reb Livingston, publisher.
Northern Virginia Community College
Publishes The Northern Virginia Review, an annual print journal of poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and visual art by writers and artists from the greater DC metropolitan area and Mid-Atlantic region. Sponsors a best-in-genre contest with cash awards. Editor: Ruth Stewart.
Old Dominion University journals
Barely South is edited by students and faculty of Old Dominion University’s MFA program. Two issues per year. Publishes poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, interviews, articles, visual art.
Open Letters Monthly
An online monthly publication that operated from 2007 to 2017; archives available online. The journal reviewed the arts and literature, Open Letters Monthly was based in four cities; the DC-based editor was Jeff Eaton and the poetry editor was Maureen Thorson.
Origins is a bi-annual print journal, based in Maryland. Publishes fiction, poetry, nonfiction, reviews, interviews exploring “the art of narrative through an examination of identity.” Marc Fitten and Dini Karasik, Publishers.
Partisan Press publishes books of poems by working class authors. Also publishes the Blue Collar Review. Located in Norfolk, VA.
Passager is a bi-annual print journal featuring writers age 50 and older, housed at the University of Baltimore. Also publishes single-author books and anthologies, runs an annual competition, publishes special theme issues, and sponsors readings. Editors: Mary Azrael, Christina Gay, and Kendra Kopelke.
Paycock Press publishes one title per year of fiction or poetry. Current titles include work by Ed Cox and Joyce Renwick. Also includes the Grace & Gravity series of short fiction anthologies by DC-area women. The press is best known for its annual print journal of prose and poetry, Gargoyle. Based in Arlington, VA. Richard Peabody, ed.
Phi Beta Kappa Society
Phi Beta Kappa publishes The American Scholar, which usually includes about 5 poems in each issue. Robert S. Wilson, Ed.
Pilot Light Journal
Pilot Light is an on-line journal of 21st century poetics and criticism published twice a year. Co-editor Natalie Giarratano is based in Northern VA.
Poetry Daily reprints a new poem each day online, excerpted from new books, magazines, and journals from across the US. Based in Charlottesville, VA. Editors: Don Selby and Diane Boller.
Post No Ills
Post No Ills publishes constructive critical writing on the arts and interdisciplinary exchange and insights from arts management professionals. Kyle Dargan, ed.
Prolific Press, based in Harborton, VA, publishes full-length books of poetry and fiction, and several journals. Some of the journals are dedicated to short forms, including Three Line Poetry, Haiku Journal, 50 Haikus, and Tanka Journal. Jitter Press publishes only horror. Their flagship journal, Poetry Quarterly, publishes “modern poetic styles.”
Quail Bell Magazine
Quail Bell is an independent zine that publishes online and quarterly in print, combining journalism and creative writing, for “fairy punks” exploring the relationship between the Real and the Unreal in DC, MD, and VA. Edited by Christine Stoddard.
Queen Mob’s Teahouse
Queen Mob’s Teahouse is an online journal of poetry, fiction, interviews, reviews, weird advice and more. Editors with DC-area ties: Abby Higgs, Reb Livingston, Rion Scott.
The Quotable was a quarterly print and online journal based in Portsmouth, VA that folded in 2016; archives available online. Published poetry, fiction, nonfiction, visual art. Eimile Denizer, Lisa Heins Vincent, Leslye PJ Reaves, editors.
r.kv.r.y Quarterly Literary Journal is an online journal of poetry, fiction and nonfiction with the theme of recovery. Although based in New York State, the nonfiction editor, Randon Noble, is from the DC area.
Redux is an online journal of previously published stories and poems not found elsewhere on the web, “work worth a second run” that operated from 2011 through 2018. The archives remain online. Based in Northern Virginia. Founding editor: Leslie Pietrzyk.
Roanoke College journals
The Department of English at Roanoke College sponsors The Roanoke Review, an online, student-edited online journal of poetry and fiction.
Based in DC, Sakura Review publishes poetry and prose. Tom Earles, editor; Julia Leverone and Adam Pelligrini, poetry editors.
Scene4 is a monthly online magazine covering theatre, film, opera, music, plays, books, media, and blogs. Although located in Washington State, regular contributors include three DC poets: Karren LaLonde Alenier, Miles David Moore, and Kathi Wolfe.
Scoundrel Time is an online journal of fiction, poetry, essays, dispatches, humor, and visual art that connects literature and political activism. Published weekly. Staff includes local writers: Paul Whyman, Editor; Karen E. Bender, Fiction Editor; Ellen Louise Ray, Editorial Associate; Tessa Cheek, Social Media Associate.
Sinister Wisdom is a multicultural journal by and for lesbians publishing three issues a year. Although located in Berkeley, CA, one of the two editors, Julie R. Enszer, is local.
Small Print Magazine
Small Print Magazine is a resource and showcase for writers based in Richmond, VA. Ed., Steve Brannon.
Smartish Pace is a Baltimore-based journal of new poems and translations. The website features poems, an audio archive of poetry, plus reviews, interviews, and Poets Q & A, in which poets field questions from readers. Editor: Stephen Reichert.
Smokelong is a journal of flash fiction and interviews. Also publishes a weekly newsletter. Published in DC and Las Vegas. Tara Laskowski and Beth Thomas, senior eds.
Sojourners is a DC-based journal of Christian faith, politics and culture “whose mission is to proclaim and practice the biblical call to integrate spiritual renewal and social justice.” Publishes some poetry in every issue. Poetry Editor: Rose Marie Berger.
Sow’s Ear Poetry Review
The Sow’s Ear publishes poetry, visual art, and hybrid forms of “crossover” works that combine poetry with other disciplines. Also runs a chapbook series. Based in Winchester, VA. Editor: Kristin Zimet.
Split Lip is an online quarterly journal where literature mingles with pop culture. Poetry, fiction, memoir, reviews, interviews, special features. Editor-in-chief Amanda Miska and Poetry editor Tafisha Edwards are both from the DC region. Also publishes books through Split Lip Press.
St. Mary’s College of Maryland
Slackwater is an annual literary journal founded in 1998, dedicated to Southern Maryland oral history. Julia King, ed. Publishes creative writing, and nonfiction on history and anthropology. The Chesapeake Writers Conference is an annual week-long event with workshops, readings, lectures and panel discussions.
Streetlight is an online quarterly journal of poetry, fiction and nonfiction based in Charlottesville, VA. Trudy Hale, ed.
The Summerset Review is a quarterly journal (mostly online, occasionally in print) devoted to the review and publication of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Based in NY, but the editor works in DC, and the poetry editor is based in MD. Joseph Levens, ed. Meredith Davies Hadaway, poetry ed.
The Haiku Foundation
The Haiku Foundation is a nonprofit based in Winchester, VA. Offers educational resources for aspiring and experienced haiku poets. Maintains a physical library, with over 10,000 items including archival holdings from many leading haiku poets of the western world. Also hosts contests, videos, lesson plans for teachers. Publications include Red Moon, the largest publisher of English-language haiku and related forms in the world; the Red Moon Anthology of English-Language Haiku series (an annual compilation of the best haiku and related forms published around the world); a contemporary haibun series; and an online journal of haibun.
The Skinny Poetry Journal
The Skinny is an online journal devoted exclusively to an 11-line form called the “Skinny,” developed by editor Truth Thomas. The first and eleventh lines can be any length (although shorter lines are favored). The eleventh and last line must be repeated using the same words from the first and opening line (however they can be rearranged). The second, sixth, and tenth lines must be identical. The editor posts poems regularly, on an irregular schedule.
Tidal Basin Review
Tidal Basin publishes print and online versions of the journal, based in DC. Editors: Randall Horton, Melanie Henderson, Tori Arthur, Patricia Biela, Fred Joiner, and Truth Thomas.
Tinderbox Poetry Journal
Tinderbox Poetry Journal publishes poems, interviews, and reviews in 6 online issues per year. Although founded in Minnesota, three of the current editors have ties to the DC region: Majda Gama, Randon Billings Noble, and Sarah Ann Winn.
Towson University journals
Grub Street is an annual print journal of poetry, short fiction, and visual art from Towson University, featuring primarily the work of students. Rotating student editors.
University of Baltimore journals
Welter is UB’s student-run annual literary journal. For more than 40 years, publishing poetry, fiction, and nonfiction from across the country.
University of Mary Washington journals
The University of Mary Washington hosts an online biannual journal of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, Rappahannock Review.
University of Maryland journals
Feminist Studies publishes three issues per year, with poetry in every issue. Based in College Park, MD and sponsored by the University of Maryland Department of Women’s Studies. Also housed at the university is a refereed, scholarly website, Romantic Circles, devoted to the study of Romantic period literature and culture. Includes e-editions of texts, critical essays, bibliographies, guides for teachers, scholarly resources, and more. Edited by Neil Fraistat and Steven E. Jones. Of special interest is the feature “Poets on Poets” in which contemporary poets read their favorite works by Byron, Shelley, Wordsworth, Coleridge, and Keats.
University of Richmond journals
The University of Richmond hosts Verse, a journal of poems, book reviews, and magazine reviews.
University of Virginia journals
Meridian is a semi-annual journal with student editors. The Virginia Quarterly Review is a “national journal of literature and discussion,” Jon Parrish Peede, Publisher. Hospital Drive, the literature and Humanities Journal of the School of Medicine, publishes poems, short fiction, essays, visual arts, and audio and video art on themes of health, illness, and healing; publishes 3 to 4 issues online per year. Paul Shepherd, ed.
Unsplendid is a quarterly online journal of poetry in traditional forms, based in Baltimore, Columbus OH, and Phoenix AZ. Doug Basford, Jason Gray, Erin Sweeten, and Natalie Shapero, Editors.
Vestal Review is a semi-annual perfect-bound print magazine with a web presence, devoted to flash fiction. Based in Brighton, MD. Mark Budman and Sue O’Neill, editors.
Veterans Writing Project
The Veterans Writing Project is a DC-based nonprofit group that provides no-cost writing seminars and workshops for veterans, active and reserve service members, and military family members. They also produce a podcast and publish a quarterly literary review, O-Dark-Thirty.
Virginia Commonwealth University journals
Broad Street is an annual journal of true stories, publishing literary journalism, creative nonfiction, and visual art. Blackbird is a quarterly online journal of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, a project of VCU and the New Virginia Review, a state-wide non-profit literary organization based in Richmond.
Washington and Lee University journals
Washington and Lee is home to Shenandoah, an online journal of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. R.T. Smith, ed.
Site of the Rose O’Neill Literary House, Washington College hosts readings and lectures, runs a hand-letter press, and publishes an annual journal, Cherry Tree. The O’Neill House also sponsors visiting writers’ fellowships, a Cave Canem Residency, and a series of Summer Poetry Salons.
Washington Independent Review of Books
The Washington Independent Review of Books, edited by David O. Stewart, publishes reviews of books, interviews, essays and podcasts. Based in DC.
Water Street Studios
Water Street Studios, located in Fredericksburg VA, offers workshops in book arts, visual art and creative writing for adults and youth. Holds exhibits, has a retail shop, and publishes the Fredericksburg Literary Review.
Web Del Sol
West Virginia University
Cheat River Review is an online journal of poetry and prose published by the MFA program at West Virginia University. Publishes two issues per year, based in Morgantown, WV.
West Virginia Wesleyan College
Words Beats & Life
Words Beats & Life hosts community workshops, panels for teachers, and publishes a journal of hip hop. Their motto: “Remixing the art of social change.”
The Writer’s Center is a non-profit membership organization for writers. Workshops in all genres for beginning and experienced writers, led by local authors, in Bethesda and other area locations. Also offers readings (Sunday afternoons at 2:00 pm and occasional evenings; the Open Door Series usually has free admission), as well as performances, staged readings of plays, a visiting writers series, and an annual small press book fair. Publishes a newsletter and the biannual literary journal Poet Lore.