10 Amazing Independent Online Literary Magazines

10 Amazing Independent Online Literary Magazines

February is a month of love! Show some love to your favorite literary magazines and journals!

Below are 10 really amazing small/independent online literary magazines that take submissions from poets of all ages, experiences, backgrounds, and styles. It's time to give back and thank the editors of many of these wonderful magazines, along with the hundreds of others that could've easily been on this list. I just listed 10 that I am most familiar with, but feel free to comment your own suggestions below! Give thanks to your favorite editors, publishers, magazines, and journals. Show them some love this February!

10. Drunk in a Midnight Choir

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DMC is a very new literary magazine with some of the best voices today adding to their choir. It's a little funky, a little jazzy, but ultimately, it's unique and original. DMC is most definitely one of my favorite magazines to read. The editor is absolutely phenomenal. Even rejection letters sound sweet and understanding. This literary magazine has personality! Check out their website.

9. Piker Press

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Piker Press is another awesome, organized, fun to work with literary magazine that makes every author feel valued, appreciated, and accepted, regardless of style. They know how to publicize work, how to promote their authors, and how to keep authors coming back time and time again. Check out their website.

8. Muzzle Magazine

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Muzzle, by using their own words, is "revolutionary" in its content and style. They keep their publication current, vibrant, and full of new and exciting styles, topics, and artists. Muzzle also takes submissions year round. If you have new and exciting poetry, I would recommend pressing their submit button and saying hello. Check out their website.

7. Gravel

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Gravel is really neat in that it is produced by grad students in the MFA program at the University of Arkansas at Monticello. As students, they keep the content youthful, fun, and filled with character. They have a blog, a Twitter, a Facebook, and of course, their website.

6. The Offing

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The Offing is a phenomenal magazine for loads of reasons, but a few of those reasons are: 1.) They pay their authors! 2.) They make sure that underrepresented minority groups are represented and heard in their magazine. 3.) They accept various forms of creative writing. And 4.) It's a great place for new or emerging writers to test the waters! You can check out their website.

5. Silver Birch Press

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Silver Birch Press is dear to my heart because I've had a long relationship with the editor of the press. I've been submitting to SBP for a couple of years now and even when my work isn't accepted, I'm always encouraged to try again. This press is also really neat because there is always a theme to base the submissions around. Sometimes it can be tricky to submit if you aren't sure what the editor is looking for in terms of subject matter. Silver Birch Press gives you some awesome ideas as to what to submit and when! Check out their website.

4. Voicemail Poems

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Voicemail Poems is completely unique from the rest of the magazines on this list in that there is an oral component to the submissions. The process works by having the author both call and leave a voicemail recording of the poem and submitting the text onto Voicemail Poems' Submittable page. It's so much fun to listen to, read, and submit poems to this awesome magazine! Check out their website.

3. Wyvern Lit

(Photo Credit: Wyvern Lit Facebook Page)

Wyvern Lit recently did a Haunted themed issue. Wyvern Lit has an Etsy shop with Wyvern Lit merchandise. Wyvern Lit's profile photo creature is eating its own tail. Pretty much, once submissions reopen, you should go to the Wyvern Lit website and check them out!

2. VerseWrights

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VerseWrights is another literary magazine very near and dear to my heart. Upon submitting my own work to the magazine, the editor not only sent me a personalized acceptance letter, but also was interested to know me as a person. When editors take the time to get to know their writers, that stands out immediately as something to be remembered when submitting again. He was interested in who I was as a student, as a poet, as a twenty-something female. The amount of care that is taken in getting to know each of his writers carries over into his work on the website as publisher and editor. What a fantastic magazine to read and to submit to. Check out their website.

1. Yellow Chair Review

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Finally, Yellow Chair Review is perhaps one of the youngest literary magazines out there, but is so extraordinary in everything it does. From the awesome publisher/editor to the incredible staff to the themed submissions to the author copies of their first anthology to having weekly contests, I love this magazine. I fell in love with this magazine from the very beginning-- the very first Rock the Chair contest and the very first Yellow Chair Review Issue. Submissions are currently open for YCR and I highly recommend checking out their website. You won't regret it!

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To the guy that shot my brother...


To the guy that shot my brother,

On January 9, 2019 my families entire life changed with one phone call. The phone call that my little brother had been shot in the face, no other details. We didn't need any other details. The woman on the phone who called us in full panic told us where he was so we went, as soon as possible. I don't think it helped that not even 10 min prior I talked to Zach on the phone.. kind of irritated with him, and the ONE TIME I didn't say 'I love you' as we hung up. Could've been the last time we ever spoke.. I remember pulling up to the hospital thinking 'this can't be real' 'it's not our Zach' 'this is just a dream Sarah, WAKE UP' I'd close my eyes really tight just to open them, I was still in the hospital emergency parking lot. I could still hear the ambulance sirens coming. It was all real.

The day our life's changed was definitely a test of faith. A test of how strong we were, as a family. I sat in that waiting room ready to see the damage that has been done to my sweet baby brother. Because at that point we had no idea how lucky he got. That glimpse of seeing Zach will haunt me forever. How helpless I felt in that exact moment frequently wakes me up from these horrific dreams I've been having ever since that day. That is a moment burned into my me and families brain forever.

You always hear about these things in the movies or on the news, a house being shot up, someone shooting another innocent person, not to care if they died on your watch. But we found ourselves on the news.. We have been confined to the hospital since that day. Running on barely any sleep, taking shifts of sleep so we don't make ourselves sick taking care of Zach. Watching him suffer. Undergoing surgeries, to repair the damage you did.

Before I proceed let me tell you a little something about the man you shot.

Zachary Keith Wright. A blonde hair blue eyed boy. Who could potentially be the most annoying human on the planet (possibly coming from his sister). A man who loves his God first, loves his family second. Perfect by no means, but almost perfect to me. A 19 year old who was to graduate high school this month. After graduation he was prepping to leave for Marine boot camp in the summer.. being in the military has been Zach's dream since he could talk. Literally. Running around, playing war with underwear on our heads, and finger guns. Some would say we looked like natural born assassins.. growing up he has been a country boy. Let me tell ya country to the core. He loves this country like he loves his family. He believes in helping people, taking charge in what's right, and never leaving a brother behind. He's lived by that his whole life. Until now....

The day you shot him. The day not only did you change my brothers life, you changed his families life too. The day you almost ripped my brother out of this world... for what? A misunderstanding? Because you've let something take ahold of your life that you can't let go you're willing to kill someone innocent over? Luckily for him, his guardian angels were protecting him in your time of cowardice. There were 3 times that day he should've died, the time you shot him, the time you tried to shoot him again as he stared you directly in the face, (even tho he couldn't talk I know you could read his eyes, and he still intimidated you. That's why you tried to pull the trigger again) and the time he was running out of the house. But he lived. A man who was shot in the face, didn't lay there helpless, didn't scream in agony. That MAN walked to the neighbors to get help. Why? Because he's a MAN, and because he's on this earth for a reason.

It's gonna sound a little strange not only to you, but the audience who is reading this. I must say thank you. Even in this situation, this was the best outcome we could get. He gets to live. He will make a full recovery. He will graduate. And he will go off into the Marines. You united my family together. Closer than ever. Thank you. You tested our faith and brought us closer to our God. Thank you. Because of your moment of weakness, you showed us what prayer could do. Heal anything. Thank you. This was a bump in the road, and a helluva way to kick off our year of 2019. But here we are.. all laying in the hospital. I'm looking around as mom is sleeping in her recliner chair exhasted but still here, Zach his awake playing his xbox all hooked up to machines, fighting to heal and get better. And of course I'm writing this letter to you.

See you in trial,

From the girl whose brother you shot.

'Fight the good fight' - 1 Tim 6:12 🤟🏼💙

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