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.
For a more general list of feminist lit mags, check out The Fem’s list of recommended Inclusive Lit Mags & Journals.
If you have suggestions for lit mags/journals I’ve missed, please contact me here or leave a comment below.