What exactly is a “Literary Magazine”?
Lit mags are usually run by a small group of people that produce and manufacture magazines that contain different types of literature and art. Then they send these magazines out, either physically, digitally, or both, for the public to read. Although some magazines specialize in a single genre or medium, most magazines have a variety of pieces to enjoy. They are overall a place to enjoy different pieces of art, as well as a place to have your pieces published!
They are usually smaller than official publications, and they do not end up getting paid, so most of the time they do require payments for magazine purchases and submissions. This is common within lit mags since they do require funding for the operation, so if you find a literary magazine you like, you should try to support them!
What qualifications do you need to submit to lit mags?
If you are a writer or artist, you can submit to a lit mag! Even if you are not a prodigy in either category, Literary magazines highly encourage writers of all experiences to send in their work. You can get started by selecting a place to submit to and seeing if it is right for you.
Most lit mags have specific guidelines on what kind of writers they are looking to highlight, and what theme they are trying to stick to. For example, some only accept fiction pieces and others have strict age requirements. For more details on how to submit to a lit mag, go to our (insert link here) page! Here we talk about all the nit-picky details that there are to submit to one of these bad boys.
Why would you want to submit?
At first, it may not seem like much to get your piece published in a Lit Mag. However, there are loads of things that can come from this.
Firstly, some magazines pay people if their piece gets published in their magazine. Although this is exceedingly rare to find, some magazines will pay their authors some sort of reward for being published. For example, One Story pays its authors money if they get accepted into the magazine. Although they are extremely strict with what they accept, it is always worth trying!
Another reason submitting to a lit mag is good is if you are an aspiring writer. Some lit mags may be small, but even if you get published you slowly start to get more recognition as a writer. It also helps you get experience in the literary business. By submitting to a magazine, you get used to what it is like and some of the things you need to do if you want to become a professional author.
Lit mags are not only a way to get recognition, either. There are also lit mags that give you a free copy of their magazine if you do get published. Not only do you get recognition, but you also get a free magazine! How cool!
Overall, there are many reasons that you should submit to a lit mag. These obviously are not the only ones, but it is always nice when you can get recognition for the work that you have slaved over for hours upon end.
What are some types of lit mags?
Although all lit mags post literature, and some art, there are several types of literary magazine classifications that describe how they publish their pieces or how they format their magazine. The below types are not official types of magazines, but they can be used to help classify and help find a magazine that would best fit your interests!
Normal Magazine – Some magazines do not entirely fit a quirky type, and that is ok! Every magazine has something unique to them, even if it is not the way they format it.
Themes – Some magazines tend to have a theme that goes with every publication. A lot of the time they base it on a word or phrase and end up designing their magazine/website around that theme. Although not every piece has to fit this theme, it does end up creating a cool-looking magazine with a lot of pieces that have something in common with one another!
Zines – Zines are a smaller magazine that tends to include fewer pieces than a normal magazine. A lot of zines are made by hand and often have crafty additions unique to that literary magazine.
Artistic – Some lit mags focus very heavily on the artistic side of, well, art. They usually are littered with drawings and photography and are usually an exceptionally good place to send your artistic talents if you are not the best at writing.
Reviews – These types of magazines publish a lot of non-fiction pieces and book reviews. They may not publish much if any, poetry, and art but they are a good place to send your work too if you like writing essays or are into creating a memoir.
Vanity Press – This is the type of literary magazine that only publishes the editor’s work. They do not accept any outside submission, but you can purchase their magazine that has a collection of their pieces.
Keep in mind, none of these are definitive types of magazines and are mostly just general descriptions of what some lit mags are like! Every literary magazine team is unique and ends up designing magazines differently than others. Although some magazines have their similarities, there will never be two of the same e-magazines created by different publishers. Keep that in mind when choosing which magazine to purchase/submit to!