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SamplesResponse Time*Acceptance RateTwitterKrouse†O'Henry†Fox†Garstang†TotalJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSeptOctNovDec
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Tier 1 - sorted by alphabetical order
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Granta1520.00%217,00020796910.589Key
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One Story510.15%36,50017293250.592
Open for submissions
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Ploughshares260.81%72,300288239056.5170
Unknown, unclear, or unresearched (or closed for submissions indefinitely)
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The Kenyon Review960.45%57,600147393135105
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The Paris Review1530.00%1,000,000218274353123
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The Southern Review1570.00%30,50016316453495
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Virginia Quarterly Review3110.00%27,6009531282988
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Zoetrope: All Story1020.00%6,800232154435.595
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Tier 2 - sorted by alphabetical order
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A Public Spacex1070.00%32,3008361727.551
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Agnix890.20%15,200503222045
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Alaska Quarterly Reviewx571.49%3,00094720633
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American Short Fictionx830.00%13,20018234320.567
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Conjunctionsx440.46%15,2001073215175
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Ecotone1960.00%9,3001037193359
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Epoch--2,600-401614.571
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Georgia Reviewx2040.00%29,60070111528.555
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Gettysburg Reviewx2100.35%2,300491293960
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McSweeney's Quarterly Concern1150.00%275,50010354213.561
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Missouri Reviewx650.00%41,7007242029.554
year round???
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Narrative Magazinex380.00%24,8005742424.553
year round???
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New England Reviewx410.44%18,1001288502482
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Prairie Schoonerx--27,700-1017936
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Sewanee Reviewx460.00%4,900105231311.548
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The Iowa Reviewx980.83%43,60014252824.558
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Yale Reviewx1050.00%8,100233420357
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Zyzzyva4070.00%8,50022733416.554
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Tier 3 - sorted by alphabetical order
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American Literary Reviewx350.00%15,00000000
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Bennington Review1200.00%4,200131135
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Black Warrior1390.00%24,30020729
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Blackbird2440.00%1,0002011.53
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Bomb--56,8005516512
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Boulevard670.00%8,800365913.528
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Cimarron Review1990.83%1,10058332.59
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Cincinnati Review1650.30%15,400331127.521
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The Colorado Review301.16%20,900655111329
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Copper Nickel360.67%5,50033033.57
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Crazyhorse1040.53%20,60046081119
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Electric Literature--270,3002412811
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Epiphany-1.46%4,50025014.56
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Fiction (fictioninc.com)730.00%-14----
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Fiction International4612.12%-7211.55
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Five Points440.37%-242167.526
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Grain Magazine910.00%6,800151304
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Gulf Coast1020.53%26,300410102.513
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Harvard Review2800.00%7,300301117.520
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Hobart:another literary journal475.93%-31607
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Hopkins3030.00%-230235
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Idaho Review810.48%1,700182108.521
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Image---311716.525
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Indiana Review1110.90%38,00030511.58
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Masters Review601.69%9,00050101
year round???
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Meridian352.50%-60415
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The Massachusetts Review1311.79%4,500231341.519
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The Michigan Quarterly Review1410.00%-28212519
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New Letters781.63%1,80010421117
year round???
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Noon180.00%1,000401031.533
year round???
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Pleiades631.30%4,70019011415
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Salamander700.74%-393407
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Santa Monica Review647.41%-171116.519
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StoryQuarterly2700.00%40022112215
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Subtropics140.00%-56618024
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The Sun390.00%15,000320622.529
year round???
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TriQuarterly991.53%20,0006125118
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West Branch161.18%2,100230105.516
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Witness464.35%5,40056610824
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Sources
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http://www.erikakrousewriter.com/erika-krouses-ocd-ranking-of-483-literary-magazines-for-short-fiction
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https://thejohnfox.com/ranking-of-literary-journals/
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https://cliffordgarstang.com/2020-literary-magazine-ranking-fiction/
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http://www.randomhouse.com/anchor/ohenry/magnot.html
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https://duotrope.com
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https://thegrinder.diabolicalplots.com/
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*Response Time is reported in days (median number of days to respond to a submission, according to Duotrope).
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†Numbers in Krouse, O'Henry, Fox, and Garstang columns are raw scores they used in determining rankings of literary magazines (higher number is "better").
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These scores are typically the number of a given award (Best American Short Stories, Pushcart Prize, O'Henry Awards) that a magazine has won.
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Response time and acceptance rate statistics reflect data reported in Duotrope and Submission Grinder as of April 2021.
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100% accuracy is not guaranteed. I do guarantee that there will be errors in this document. Please take info with a grain of salt :)
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Omissions are due to laziness rather than a judgment against the prestigiousness or worthiness of a given magazine :p
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Feel free to copy, modify, redistribute, share this document.
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If you do so, please credit the creator (John Gu), and sources he drew upon (Erika Krouse, John Fox, Clifford Garstang, the O'Henry Awards).
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☮ and ❤️
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Getting Published
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I wrote a reddit post about how I used this spreadsheet to get a short story published. You can read my post here:
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https://www.reddit.com/r/writing/comments/tfudu4/my_second_work_of_fiction_is_being_published_in_a/
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The story that I got published using this spreadsheet can be found here:
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https://www.missourireview.com/the-high-castle-by-john-gu
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