Updated October 2020.
In past years for National Women’s Equality Day, I spent some time compiling a list of feminist lit mags and journals and have recently updated the list! You can support these organizations by sharing, reading, submitting to, or donating. 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.
Lit Mag/Journal Payment Duotrope Adanna None https://duotrope.com/listing/5617 ang(st) None https://duotrope.com/listing/29771/angst-feminist-body-zine Lady/Liberty/Lit None https://duotrope.com/listing/26807/lady-liberty-lit Bone Bouquet None https://duotrope.com/listing/3663 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 For the Sonorous None https://duotrope.com/listing/21908 Harbor Review None https://duotrope.com/listing/25615/harbor-review 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 Journal 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 Mslexia £25/piece https://duotrope.com/listing/276 Mom Egg Review None https://duotrope.com/listing/3733 New Smut Project $30 https://duotrope.com/listing/14288/new-smut-project Not Very Quiet None n/a OyeDrum None n/a Paper Darts None https://duotrope.com/listing/7328 Persimmon Tree (women writers over 60) None https://duotrope.com/listing/2152 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 The Offing $20 – $50/form https://duotrope.com/listing/16812 the whorticulturist None https://duotrope.com/listing/29353/the-whorticulturalist They Call Us None n/a Thrush None https://duotrope.com/listing/6267 Tinderbox Poetry Journal None https://duotrope.com/listing/14239 VoiceCatcher None https://duotrope.com/listing/2283 Vox Viola None https://duotrope.com/listing/27223/vox-viola-literary-magazine Whale Road Review None https://duotrope.com/listing/17468 Zoetic Press/NonBinary Review $.01/word for fiction/nonfiction
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