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A list of feminist lit mags & journals #WomensEqualityDay

Last year for National Women’s Equality Day, I spent some time compiling a list of feminist lit mags and journals. You can support and celebrate today by reading, submitting to, or donating to some of these important organizations. Submit your feminist writing and/or contribute in any way you can:

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  • read them regularly
  • submit using the tip jar options when possible
  • donate when appropriate if possible

Feminist Lit Mags and Journals

What is a feminist lit mag? A feminist lit mag or journal publishes writing that supports equality across all gender identities and acknowledges the lack thereof. They try to support and encourage work from minorities, such as women, LGBTQ, and people of color.
Per my interview with The Fem in 2015, I personally define feminism as "being fair and just. Feminism is not an ideology that should be used to condemn any one way of thinking, but rather to communicate, educate, and broaden the perspectives of those who are treating others unjustly." Therefore, "feminist writing can be any writing that either celebrates diversity or undertakes the hard topics of social justice."
The listings below seem to fit the definitions above as feminist lit mags or journals. If you feel that any of these don't belong on this list for whatever reason, please let me know and I'm happy to investigate. They are listed alphabetically; some are currently accepting submissions, some are temporarily closed. I've also included whether or not it is a paying market and a link to their Duotrope page, which will allow you to track deadlines if you currently subscribe to Duotrope. These lit mags/journals also fit the following criteria:

  • Generally do not charge fees to submit (although some may charge fees for some types of submissions and for contests).
  • They accept poetry submissions.
  • All accept electronic submissions.

If you have suggestions/updates for lit mags/journals I've missed, please contact me here or leave a comment below.

Lit Mag/Journal Payment Duotrope
Adanna None
Alyss None
As Us: A Space for Women of the World None
Bone Bouquet None
Broad! None
Canthius $5/page; free copy
Contemporary Verse 2 $30/poem; $20 – $150/prose; 2 free copies
Crab Fat None
Diverse Voices Quarterly None
Dulcet Quarterly None
HEArt None
Lavender Review None
Les Femmes Folles Books (anthologies) None
Literary Mama None
Luna Luna None
Mezzo Cammin None
Minola Review None
Mistress None
Mslexia £25/piece
Paper Darts None
Persimmon Tree (women writers over 60) None
Nelle None
Pretty Owl None
Rogue Agent None
Room Magazine $50 – $100/no. of pages
So To Speak None
Storyscape None
Sugared Water None
The Offing  $20 – $50/form
THEM (trans* lit journal) None
Thrush None
Tinderbox Poetry Journal None
VoiceCatcher None
Whale Road Review None
Wicked Alice None
WomenArts Quarterly Journal None

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  1. Hi, Trish,

    I began going through this list and discovered that it is somewhat out of date. Here̢۪s what I found out.

    Damselfly Press is defunct, per Duotrope. Ditto Lumen. Yew is on definite hiatus as of Jan. 2017. As Us is defunct as of Oct. 2016. Baldhip defunct as of Oct. 2017. Dulcet Quarterly defunct as of July, 2017. Fickle Muses closed as of Sept. 2016. Sadly, I believe Quaint is defunct as well. 🙁 Their domain name is up for sale. pms has been renamed “Nelle.” Rose Red Review is defunct as of Nov. 2017. Severine is defunct as of Jan. 2018. Trivia has been defunct since July of 2017. Two Serious Ladies is defunct as of May 2017. The Wide Shore is defunct as of March 2017. Witchcraft Magazine is no longer publishing as of Dec. 2017.

    Thanks for all you do for poetry.


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