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Literary Fiction Guide: Online Magazines & Blogs

A guide of resources for anyone interested in reading literary fiction

Online Magazines

Online Magazines offer opinions that you can then take to help your decision on reading material. Below are some: 

  • The Rumpus
    • "At The Rumpus, we’ve got essays, reviews, interviews, music, film, fiction, and poetry—along with kick-ass comics. We know how easy it is to find pop culture on the Internet, so we’re here to give you something more challenging, to show you how beautiful things are when you step off the beaten path."

 

  • 3:AM Magazine
    • Features literary criticism, nonfiction essays, original fiction, poetry, and interviews with leading writers and philosophers.

 

 

  • Catapult
    • Based off their published magazine, this online magazine have "stunning stories that expose and reveal every stage of evolution, from hope to pain to struggle to submission."

 

  • Vol. 1 Brooklyn
    • This magazine offers wide-ranging coverage of literary culture and features short and long form content

 

 

  • Narrative
    • With stories, poems, essays, cartoons, and more, this magazine truly believe in "students and readers everywhere deserv[ing] a great and free modern library, inside of which they can get deliriously, entertainingly, profoundly lost. And found."

  • Publishers Weekly 
    • The online version of Publisher's Weekly includes many different topics, not just reviews. 
    • Every Fall & Spring, they publish an announcement of fiction you should keep an eye out for. Check out the list here

  • decomP
    • They publish "prose, poetry, art, and book reviews, ranging from traditional realism to experimental irrealism, memoir to journalistic nonfiction, formal poetry to free verse, and anything and everything in between as long as it’s good writing."

  • Blackbird
    • This online only magazine offers fiction, poetry, plays, interviews, reviews, and art, not to mention streaming audio and video content. 

 

  • LINES+STARS
    • This magazine publishes poetry and short prose of all varieties.They also include "the occasional book review or interview, often focusing on the work of a DC- or Baltimore-area writer or a publication by a small press." 

  • Brevity
    • Brevity magazine has been around for nearly two decades, publishing writings from both emerging and well-known writers. so some amazing writing is bound to be found here. Flash fiction, craft essays and book reviews among other types of writing are included. 

  • BookBrowse
    • "BookBrowse is an online magazine for booklovers - including reviews, previews, "beyond the book" articles, author interviews, reading guides, and much more."

Blogs

Blogs can create a more personalized and easier to relate to experience while searching for what to read next. Here are some that could help you find reading material:

  • LitHub
    • One of the most successful blogs, this website has diverse point of views and conversations about both contemporary and classic literature.
    • There's a Daily Fiction nook that brings you excerpts from novels, short stories and poetry. 
  • BookRiot
    • This is one of the most pop-friendly blog that brings together writers and readers who enjoy both literary and commercial literature. 
  • The Paris Review Blog
    • This blog is a space for informal posting and literary culture discussion.
    • It seems to be the most followed literary blog created by a print literary journal. 
  • Electric Literature
    • They are dedicated in "making literature more exciting, relevant, and inclusive."
    • They are known for their Recommended Reading, a weekly fiction magazine, but they also do a range of articles about literary culture and the publishing industry.
  • Quillblog
    • This blog that comes from the Canadian Literary magazine Quill & Quire features interviews with both well-known and up-and-coming authors, along with industry news, and genre-specific articles and book reviews.
  • Page-Turner
    • The New Yorker's book blog has "criticism, contentions, and conversation inspired by books and the writing life."
    • Articles here are "thought-provoking, opinionated, and inspiring.
  • Omnivoracious
    • Amazon's official book review blog that also includes author interviews and industry news. 
  • Hazlitt
    • A literary blog run by Random House of Canada, it has fantastic writing and includes different formats in which they convey information, not just writing. 
  • The New Inquiry 
    • Combining excellent writing with a variety of topics, this blog includes essays and reviews. You can access all of their past issues with a $2 subscription.
  • Guernica
    • "A magazine of global arts and politics," its content is much headier and serious than most other literary magazines.
    • They put special attention to international conflict and other issues faced around the word.