Litmag Roadmap: Rhode Island

August 20, 2021

We’re off the mountains and headed back east, out to tiny Rhode Island. But what this state lacks in size, it makes up for in its impressive literary scene, as Rebecca Williamson shows us below. Tag along.

Although Rhode Island is the smallest state, it has an interesting history, like being one of the original thirteen colonies. Their nickname is the Ocean State, which is fitting due its shared water border with New York and its vast range of waterfront properties. Plus, the motto is hope, and many artists and writers can have hope that they’ll find the best magazine to submit to in this state.

Ocean State Review

Ocean State Review is an annual print journal that has published the work of many highly recognized writers, but they encourage all emerging and established writers to submit. Founded in 2011 at The University of Rhode Island, their goal is to attract readers worldwide. The journal accepts fiction, poetry, nonfiction, art, book reviews, and creative scholarships. Their reading period will open on Submittable on November 4.

Bryant Literary Review 

Published each May, this international journal has been around at Bryant University since 2000. They hope to build the connection between literary communities and aim to publish content relevant to what’s going on in the world. They have not indicated when submissions for Issue 22 will be open, but poets and fiction writers should keep an eye out ready to submit their best work.

The Alembic

 This magazine from Providence College publishes established and student writers. Their mission is to push the boundaries of creativity. They have been closed for submissions due to COVID-19, but they are excited to reopen in fall 2021. When they begin accepting digital and mail-in submissions, they would love to see poetry, fiction, interviews, photography, and other mediums of art.


 Spry is the journal for writers who take risks. They want experimental, hybrid, and vulnerable pieces from new and established writers. The magazine accepts fiction, poetry, flash, creative nonfiction and art on Submittable. The readers and editors require no identifying information on submissions because they read blind.


 This print magazine is aimed at man-lovers who appreciate art and writing. The magazine’s been extremely selective across their eight issues. Anyone who wishes to submit should email with samples of their work or a portfolio.

Wizards in Space

 Wizards in Space looks for magic in their poems, short stories, creative non-fiction essays and illustrations. The magazine began through the Harry Potter fandom and seeks to provide a space for the voiceless. Their latest themed issue “bridges & barriers” began accepting submissions on June 2, emphasizing stories that express vulnerability and break down walls.

By Rebecca Williamson


At The Masters Review, our mission is to support emerging writers. We only accept submissions from writers who can benefit from a larger platform: typically, writers without published novels or story collections or with low circulation. We publish fiction and nonfiction online year-round and put out an annual anthology of the ten best emerging writers in the country, judged by an expert in the field. We publish craft essays, interviews and book reviews and hold workshops that connect emerging and established writers.

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