Litmag Roadmap: Kansas

May 19, 2023

Our next stop on our Litmag Roadmap: Kansas! Join Rebecca Paredes on a quick tour through this Great Plains state to see what exciting publishing opportunities can be found!

If you’re looking for literary magazines in Kansas, you’ll find your home on the range with these journals. The Sunflower State is home to several publications with a long history of publishing short fiction about Kansas, the Midwest, and beyond. Here’s a look at a few active litmags in the state.

Cottonwood Magazine

Established in 1965, Cottonwood is a literary magazine published by the University of Kansas. The magazine has published authors such as Rita Dove, William Stafford, Doug Ramspeck, and Patricia Corbus, among others. The journal publishes a print edition once annually in the spring.

Flint Hills Review

FHR is a national literary journal housed at Emporia State University. For nearly three decades, the journal has sought to discover and redefine regional writing by “publishing work with a particular interest in the Midwest region, including its connection to ethnicity, gender, and personal relationship.” FHR publishes one print issue annually in the summer.


Touchstone Literary Magazine is Kansas State University’s student-edited literary arts magazine. The magazine’s namesake is defined as a “hard, black stone” used to test the quality of gold or silver. True to form, Touchstone aims to select the “gold” in literary work by new voices. The magazine publishes online throughout the year and one annual print edition in the spring.

by Rebecca Paredes




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