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Top 3 literary magazines

There are many literary journals that you can subscribe. maybe too many to make a choice nice and easy. IT took me a year of having a couple of subscriptions to be able to make my final selection of those magazines I find most valuable and interesting.


W hat for are the literary journals you may ask if today there is Internet and access to books is rather easy and convenient as one doesn’t need to leave one’s couch to buy a book. All of the above is true, though finding one valuable diamond among all the irrelevant information that Internet is full of is undoubtedly difficult if not impossible sometimes. Literary magazines, as I see them, are a perfect platform to introduce aspiring and creative authors to the audience and on the other hand to provide readers with great works of poetry and fiction; innovative style and form; inspiration and understanding of literary world through interviews with recognized writers, poets, translators that focus specifically on the topic of literature and poetry. If that is what you’re looking for, literary journals are definitely for you.

After a year of experimenting with different titles, I came up with this short list of, in my personal view, the three best literary magazines you can find on the market.

Kenyon Review


The Kenyon Review was founded in 1939 in Gambier, Ohio in Kenyon College by John Crowe Ransom, critic and English professor at the College. At that time it was, as stated also by the magazine, „most influential literary magazine in the English-speaking world” in 40s and 50s. Unfortunately, based on financial difficulties, the publication was ceased in 1969. Only ten years later in 1979 The Kenyon Review was revived. Surprisingly, the magazine had it first full-time editor not earlier than 1990, when Marilyn Hacker was hired for this position. In its early history of first 21 years Kenyon Review published, among others, such known and acclaimed authors as Allen Tate, Robert Penn Warren or Flannery O’Connor.

Each issue of the magazine includes works of poetry and short fiction.

The magazine is available both in printed and digital edition.
It is published 6 times per year in English.

The Kenyon Review website:

The Paris Review


The magazine was founded by Harold L. Humes, Peter Matthiessen, and George Plimpton in 1953 in Paris. The office of The Paris Review was moved to New York City in 1973. It’s main mission is to, as stated in the first issue editorial, „emphasize creative work—fiction and poetry—not to the exclusion of criticism, but with the aim in mind of merely removing criticism from the dominating place it holds in most literary magazines.”The Paris Review has published works of many known and acclaimed authors; among others: Vladimir Nabokov, Philip Roth, Ernest Hemingway, Ezra Pound, William Faulkner, to name a few of the great writers.

Personally one of the key elements of the magazines are absolutely fantastic interviews in two series „The Art of Fiction” & „The Art of Poetry.” You can also find works of poetry and short fiction.

The magazine is available both in printed and digital edition.
It is quarterly magazine published in English.

The Paris Review website:



The magazine was founded in 1971 by DeWitt Henry and Peter O’Malley and in 1989 became affiliated with Emerson College though editorially independent. Ploughshares name originates from the pub’s name – Plough and Stars – where the founders met and discussed the idea of creating a literary magazine. As they new they couldn’t agree on editorial outlook of the magazine, the founders decided that the position of the editor would be rotating. Therefore, the magazine’s each issue is edited by different author. Among authors who published their works in Ploughshares are: John Irving, Stephen King, Toni Morrison, Haruki Murakami, just to name a few.


The magazine is available both in printed and digital edition.
It is quarterly magazine published in English.

Ploughshares website:

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