Feminist lit mags & journals

In past years 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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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 https://duotrope.com/listing/5617
Alyss None https://duotrope.com/listing/17103
As Us: A Space for Women of the World None https://duotrope.com/listing/8514
Bone Bouquet None https://duotrope.com/listing/3663
Broad! None https://duotrope.com/listing/8109
Canthius $5/page; free copy https://duotrope.com/listing/18071
Contemporary Verse 2 $30/poem; $20 – $150/prose; 2 free copies https://duotrope.com/listing/752
Crab Fat None https://duotrope.com/listing/16260
Diverse Voices Quarterly None https://duotrope.com/listing/3838
Dulcet Quarterly None https://duotrope.com/listing/20713
For the Sonorous None https://duotrope.com/listing/21908
HEArt None https://duotrope.com/listing/11826
Hysterical $50/group of poems or prose https://duotrope.com/listing/24613
La Vague Journal unknown n/a
Lavender Review None https://duotrope.com/listing/5351
Les Femmes Folles Books (anthologies) None https://duotrope.com/listing/17526
Lilith Paying, unknown $ https://duotrope.com/listing/4889
Literary Mama None https://duotrope.com/listing/981
Luna Luna None https://duotrope.com/listing/14668
Mezzo Cammin None https://duotrope.com/listing/1165
Minola Review None https://duotrope.com/listing/20782
Mistress None https://duotrope.com/listing/17675
Mslexia £25/piece https://duotrope.com/listing/276
Mom Egg Review None https://duotrope.com/listing/3733
Moonsick Magazine None https://duotrope.com/listing/17850
Not Very Quiet None n/a
Paper Darts None https://duotrope.com/listing/7328
Persimmon Tree (women writers over 60) None https://duotrope.com/listing/2152
Nelle None https://duotrope.com/listing/1827
Pretty Owl None https://duotrope.com/listing/14610
Rogue Agent None https://duotrope.com/listing/16938
Room Magazine $50 – $100/no. of pages https://duotrope.com/listing/1710
So To Speak None https://duotrope.com/listing/1511
Storyscape None https://duotrope.com/listing/3215
Sugared Water None https://duotrope.com/listing/11757
Tender None n/a
The Offing  $20 – $50/form https://duotrope.com/listing/16812
THEM (trans* lit journal) None https://duotrope.com/listing/11714
Thrush None https://duotrope.com/listing/6267
Tinderbox Poetry Journal None https://duotrope.com/listing/14239
VoiceCatcher None https://duotrope.com/listing/2283
Whale Road Review None https://duotrope.com/listing/17468
Wicked Alice None https://duotrope.com/listing/1129
WomenArts Quarterly Journal None https://duotrope.com/listing/5262

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