Georgia is in the new right now for not-great reasons, but there are still lovely lit mags in the state that need your support! Rebecca Williamson’s got you covered in this post:
Considering Georgia’s status as the fourth state of the country, its home to many historic landmarks, including the beautiful Savannah and pivotal Atlanta. Alongside its peaches, Georgia’s peanuts are also a prominent agricultural treat. Yet, Georgia isn’t all about the farm life, scenic natural views, and coastal cities. The state is rich in vibrant art and cultural scenes that draw many people. Writers and artists can definitely be inspired by Georgia’s plethora of literary magazines writers and artists can submit to:
This journal has been publishing each season out of the University of Georgia since 1947. Since then, it has expanded to include contributors and readers around the country. The Georgia Review searches for imaginative fiction, essays, poetry, or book reviews that challenge ideas that have become too rigid. The journal also encourages editorial collaboration between the staff and writers. Writers can submit via Submittable or mail between August 16 and May 14.
Founded by Georgia State University’s English Department in 1996, Five Points publishes three times each year. The journal is ranked in the top ten by Every Writer’s Resource and has had works appear in several best-of collections, including Best American Short Stories and Best American Poetry. The journal accepts fiction, poetry, flash fiction, nonfiction, and literary nonfiction. Submissions are currently open on Submittable until April 30.
The Atlanta Review is a biannual journal for poetry only; however, all kinds of poems are welcome, from lyric to experimental and everything in between. General submissions are included in each issue, but the fall/winter issue highlights contest winners, and the spring/summer is their international issue featuring poems and guest editors from around the world. Submittable is currently open until June 1 (but will reopen in September).
Although this journal is only published once a year out of Emory University, they accept submissions from around the world. They consider art, fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry submissions that are emotionally evocative from both unrecognized and distinguished writers. Submissions are open year-round but are only accepted via email.
This literary magazine publishes online regularly with one print issue each spring out of the University of Georgia. The journal seeks to publish unconventional works from established and emerging writers. The genres accepted are poetry, prose, visual arts, and reviews. Submissions for the print issue are closed, but submissions for online publication only are accepted on a rolling basis via email.
Georgia Southern University’s literary magazine encourages work that explores and humanizes southern viewpoints or ideas relevant to the global culture, favoring underrepresented voices. Although the journal is based in the South, writers from around the world can submit poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, interviews, art, and hybrid forms/mixed genre works. Submissions for the spring/summer issue are closed, but the reading period for the fall/winter issue will open on August 1.
by Rebecca Williamson