Literary Journals

826CHI Compendium (A Teen Journal!) Anobium Another Chicago Magazine Arsenic Lobster Poetry Journal BRICKrhetoric Chicago Quarterly Review Contrary The Economy Euphony MAKE Literary Magazine Matter: A Journal of Political Poetry and Commentary Oyez Review Phantom Limb Poetry Polyphony (A Teen Journal!) Printers Row Journal SOILED South Loop Review TriQuarterly

826CHI Compendium (A Teen Journal!)
All sorts of stuff by writers ages 6-10, including essays, poetry, short stories, lyrics, news articles, comics, reviews, lists, character sketches, journal entries, instructions, interviews, opinion articles, “reconnaissance findings,” memoirs, missives, declarations, plays, graphic novels, fables, “factoids pertaining to the long-tailed weasel,” limericks, jokes, gardening tips, odes, gross exaggerations, sound advice, exceptionally good recipes for chocolate chip muffins, and flights of fancy. One print issue per year, $10-20 each. Website

Anobium
Fiction and creative nonfiction. Literary work, multimedia arts, psychonautics—”experimental and hybrid writing generally pishaw’d by the American scene.” Past issues include work by Jonathan Greenhause, Adam Levin, Joe Meno, Patrick Somerville, Jesse Ball, Kristine Ong Muslim, John M. Bennett, Blaster “Al” Ackerman. Print and online. Circulation of less than 1,000. Two print issues per year, $10 each. Website

Another Chicago Magazine
Fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and more, featuring a broad range of the best contemporary literature, work by emerging and lesser-known writers of various cultural backgrounds and also by established authors whose work extends beyond the ordinary. Published by Curbside Splendor Press. “We remain dedicated to featuring the work of Illinois-based writers and artists.” Print. Circulation of 2,000. Two issues per year, $8-12 each, $19.95 for a two-year subscription. Website

Arsenic Lobster Poetry Journal
Poetry. “Eloquent emotion, articulate experiment; the charley horse hearted, heavily quirked, the harrowing. Honed lyricism, stripped narrative.” Print and online. Circulation of less than 1,000. One print issue and three online issues per year, $7 each for print and free online. Website

BRICKrhetoric
Poetry, prose, artwork, and photography with a multicultural and urban focus. Writers of all ages, including kids. Print and e-book. Circulation unknown. Four issues per year, $21 for print and free for e-book. Website

Chicago Quarterly Review
Fiction, poetry, essays, and translations from writers around the world. “We hope to stimulate, entertain, and inspire.” Past issues include work by Alfredo Vea, Andrew X. Pham, Edoardo Sanguineti, Elizabeth Crane, Molly Giles, Ryuta Imafuku, and Brent Weinbach. Print. Circulation of less than 1,000. Two issues per year, $12 each. Website

Contrary
Commentary, fiction, poetry, and especially work that defy those categories. Founded at the University of Chicago in 2003, Contrary operates independently and without a thought of profit on the South Side of Chicago and publishes writers from throughout the world. “Turning words into art is unnatural. It begins with a contrary attitude . . .” Online. Circulation of greater than 10,000. Four issues per year, free. Website

The Economy
Fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. A single poet, prose writer, and artist per issue. Past issues include work by Michael Robbins, Jimenez Lai, Fanny Howe, Ange Mlinko, Allan Peterson, Rae Armantrout, Anthony Madrid, Catie Newell, Joshua Mehigan, Douglas Kearney, Irina Rozovsky, Christian Wiman. Online. Circulation of greater than 10,000. Six issues per year, free. Website

Euphony
Poetry, fiction, essays, reviews, creative nonfiction, and plays, a University of Chicago student-run journal that publishes professional to first-time writers and everything in between. Print and online. Circulation unknown. Two issues per year, free. Website

MAKE Literary Magazine
Fiction, poetry, essays, art, and reviews. “Chicago is a storyteller’s city, and MAKE is the story’s magazine.” Past issues include work by Megan Stielstra, Adam Levin, Gina Frangello, and Lindsay Hunter. Print. Circulation of 1,000. Two issues per year, $12 each or $22 for a one-year subscription. Website

Matter: A Journal of Political Poetry and Commentary
Poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, selected with an intention to break down structural antimonies between labor and capital, and aesthetics and politics. “In this ‘post-everything’ (including history, identity, and narrative) age, critical and creative employment of language as a tool for (re)signification is crucial to avoid becoming, or remaining, passive—and silent—witnesses to spectacle culture, technology, and the corporate state.” Previous issues include work by Amaranth Borsuk, Andy Fitch, CA Conrad, Fady Joudah, David Lau, and Mathias Svalina. Online. Circulation unknown. Twelve issues per year, free. Website

Oyez Review
Poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and art. A Roosevelt University student-run journal in print since 1973, always seeking both new and established writers. Print. Circulation of less than 1,000. One issue per year, $6.50. Website

Phantom Limb
Poetry and reviews of poetry collections. No particular aesthetic, just quality writing that is not afraid to take risks, from emerging and established poets. Online. Circulation unknown. Four issues per year, free. Website

Poetry
Just what the title says. Published by the Poetry Foundation, the makers of this journal embrace the “open-door policy” set forth by the founding editor, Harriet Monroe: they, too, “desire to print the best English verse what is being written today, regardless of where, by whom, or under what theory of art it is written.” Past issues include work by Kay Ryan, A.E. Stallings, Tony Hoagland, Adam Zagajewski, W.S. Di Piero, Mary Kinzie, Peter Campion, Dana Levin, Samuel Menashe, Averill Curdy, Frank Bidart, D.A. Powell, Mary Jo Bang, Kate Marvin, Ange Mlinko, Dean Young, and Geoffrey Hill. Print and online. Circulation of greater than 10,000. Eleven issues per year, $3.75 each and $35 for a yearly subscription. Website

Polyphony, H.S. (A Teen Journal!)
Poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction by high school writers from all around the world, edited by high school editors here in Chicago. Nothing like it in the world. Print. One issue per year, $10 each. Website

Printers Row Journal
Fiction. At the center of the Chicago Tribune’s Printers Row Journal is a short story pamphlet. Winners of it Nelson Algren Short Story competition are showcased here alongside top-quality new work. Past issues include work by Karen Bender, Scott Blackwood, Ron Carlson, Joe Meno, and Teresa Svoboda. Print and online. Circulation of between 2,500 to 5,000. Fifty two issues per year, $49 for a yearly subscription to both print and online versions, and $29 for a yearly subscription to the online version only. Website

SOILED
Fiction and creative nonfiction is included in SOILED, which is an architectural periodical that investigates latent issues in the built environment and the politics of space. In print and online. Circulation of less than 1,000. Two issues per year, $20-30 each. Website

South Loop Review
Creative nonfiction, illustrated essays, and photography, with an emphasis on experimental forms, non-linear narratives, and blended genres. Past issues include work by Jenny Boully, Joel B. Packham Jr., Karen Elias, and Richard Terrill. Print. Circulation of 1,000 to 2,500. One issue per year, $10. Website

TriQuarterly
Poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, a journal of writing, art, and cultural inquiry from Northwestern University. “Don’t take life too seriously.” Past issues include work by Ben Greenman, Judith Kitchen, Dinty Moore, Bonnie Nadzam, Eugene Cross, and Ander Monson. Online. Circulation of greater than 10,000. Two issues per year, free. Website