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Get Inspired: Literary Journal Subscriptions for Writers

With previously published talent and prices that make it easy to click "subscribe", these journals will benefit writers and readers alike.

If you want to have an even better opportunity with getting your work published, you have to read. The quality of what you read reflects in your writing over time. Magic happens as we read stories where we hear our voice in the tone of the writer, or see ourselves in the narrative. Magicians who have enveloped audience members with their art include Toni Morrison, Tennessee Williams, Mary Gaitskill, and Jesmyn Ward. Many of these writers had their first works published in literary magazines before going on to be some of the greatest contributors to contemporary literature and poetry. Nourish your art by feeding it quality meals regularly. In my opinion, the following list comprises some of the best Lit Journals to help writers improve our craft.

Did I mention these journals also make great gifts? Because they do!


Subscription pricing:

  • Unlimited Digital Access- $29.99 for 12 weeks

    • Limited Time Only Sale- $6 for 12 weeks

  • Unlimited Digital Access- $119.99 for One year

    • Limited Time Only Sale- $49.99 for One year

  • Annual Print and Digital Access- $169.99 for One year

    • Limited Time Only Sale- $74.99 for One year + a Free Tote

prices vary in Canada. See website for more details

Noteworthy Contributors

  • Alice Munro

  • Jhumpa Lahiri

  • Joshua Ferris

  • Miranda July

  • David Sedaris

  • Justin Torres

Subscription pricing

  • Digital Subscription- $79.99 for One year

  • Print & Digital Subscription- $89.99 for One year

  • Premium Subscription- $120 for One year

    • Print, Ad-free Digital, & Access to Exclusive Content

Other plans include Gift and Academic subscriptions

prices vary outside of US. See website for more details

Noteworthy Contributors

  • Gertrude Stein

  • Allan Ginsburg

  • Ta-Nehisi Coates

  • Chinua Achebe

  • James Baldwin

  • Raymond Carver

Subscription pricing:

  • Print Subscription

1 year, 3 issues- $16

2 years, 6 issues- $29

3 years, 9 issues- $42

  • Digital Subscriptions are $12 annually, and individual downloads are $6.99

Noteworthy Contributors

  • Joyce Carol Oats

  • Jennifer Eagen

  • David Mamet

  • Billy Collins

  • Alice Hoffman

  • Ann Beattie

Subscription pricing

  • Print Subscription

    • 1 year, 4 issues- $59

    • 2 years, 8 issues- $95

  • Digital Subscription

    • 4 issues -$40

Noteworthy Contributors

  • Zadie Smith

  • Emma Cline

  • Angela Flournoy

  • Jack Kerouac

  • Italo Calvino

  • Samuel Beckett

Subscription pricing

  • Print and Digital Subscription

    • 1 year, 12 issues- $21.97

    • 2 years, 24 issues- $29.97

Noteworthy Contributors

  • David Foster Wallace

  • Mary Gaitskill

  • Jonathan Franzen

  • Annie Dillard

  • Henry James

  • Jack London


*Honorable Mentions

Other ways to grow your skills while contributing to the literary community can be found with a membership to the following organizations or subscription to these magazines.

Become a member! Membership fees range from $35 to an astronomical $5000! If you’re not balling like that (and who is?!) fret not, all members get a One-year subscription to their bi-annual magazine, American Poets, a Full-color National Poetry Month poster, and a Personalized membership card. Also, you are doing your part to support the literary arts. Or, as award-winning poet Carolyn Forché said, you are contributing to “the most important organization in our country helping to keep poetry alive and in our culture.”

The ultimate writer’s resource, Poets & Writers Magazine is a great addition to any emerging writer toolbox. And it fits into your budget with a 1-year, 6 issue subscription costing less than one month of Netflix!

A Public Space is just a fantastic magazine for readers and writers alike! Jam-packed with award-winning work, this subscription would make a great gift for the unsuspecting bookworm in your life. It’s a beautiful way to welcome them into the world of literary journals.


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