Los Angeles is home to many literary publications. Online and print journals abound. Even a nationally renown book review. This includes several journals with esteemed history. They publish Los Angeles writers, California writers, and writers from around the country and the world. Check them out. See what Los Angeles’ wordsmiths are up to. Fall in love and support the work these journals and reviews publish by subscribing or by making a charitable donation.
About: Angels Flight • literary west is for writers and readers intrigued by [Los Angeles] and drawn to – or even repelled by – its charms. Angels Flight will tell stories in unconventional ways – at length, in a flash, in a fragment – with passion and edge. Angels Flight • literary west is a new vehicle to explore uncharted stories of Los Angeles and beyond.
Genres Published: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Photography and Art
Subgenres: Flash Fiction and Nonfiction, Humor and Excerpts
Representative Authors: Ashaki M. Jackson, Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo, Mike Sonsken and Natasha Deón
Angel City Review
About: Angel City Review is a literary journal that is committed to bringing the cutting edge in fiction and poetry to a modern audience. They aim to present a diverse range of both writers and genres that run the gamut from experimental narratives to grittier fiction with a literary air. They are neither afraid of, nor do we stick to, any particular style of writing. Every issue will feature a couple of more established writers; however Their main goal is to provide an outlet for new and emerging authors with an emphasis on writers based in Los Angeles. The majority of the pages will be filled with work by authors who may be new to you and quite possibly are appearing in print for the first time.
Genres Published: Fiction, Nonfiction and Poetry
Subgenres: Flash Fiction
Representative Authors: Iris De Anda, F. Douglas Brown and Dan Fante.
Dryland: A literary Journal Based In South Central Los Angeles
About: Based in South Central Los Angeles. Los Angeles, the land of all skin colors and all classes. We’re looking for Los Angeles. Waste…decay…rebirth and all. We are dedicated to publishing the best poetry, fiction, and nonfiction of the Los Angeles literary underground, and prioritize works by people of color.
Dryland started in 2015 on the internet. We went into print February 2016 (Issue 6) under Ponte Las Pilas Press. We are an independent literary journal (not a nonprofit) and plan to stay that way.
About: Started by founding editor Alyn Warren, Faultline is UC Irvine’s Pushcart prize-winning journal. Housed in UC Irvine’s Department of English and produced by the graduate students of the Programs in Writing, Faultline features the work of emerging and established writers from the U.S. and abroad. The journal publishes new poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, translations, and art in an annual spring issue.
About: MORIA is a national literary magazine with an all-student editorial board, based at Woodbury University in the hills just north of downtown Los Angeles. We accept poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction from emerging and established writers in the United States and across the world. The undergraduates who serve as editors and managers of the magazine participate in an official course on campus, during which they learn the fundamentals of producing an online literary journal with a professional focus. We publish twice-a-year, in late spring and in late fall.
Genres Published: Poetry, Short Fiction and Essays
Representative Authors: Brendan Constantine, Suzanne Lummis, Désirée Zamorano, Lynne Thompson and Karen An-hwei Lee.
Formats: Web literary magazine
The Northridge Review
About: The Northridge Review is a literary & arts journal of the present, produced by students in the creative writing program at California State University, Northridge. Founded as a campus publication of student work, The Northridge Review publishes prose, poetry, drama, art, and hybrid texts from across all disciplines that test the boundaries of form, content, and genre by exploring the current literary and cultural climate in thoughtful and challenging ways. NOTE: Publishes only the work of students, staff, and alumni of CSUN alongside work from the greater Los Angeles area.
Genres Published: Prose, Poetry, Drama, Art, Hybrid Text.
Representative Authors: James Jenson, Alex Trinidad, Jen McCellan, Jeremy R. Quintero, Asia Williams.
Pomona Valley Review
About: PVR is an online, annual liberal arts journal which publishes short fiction, poetry, and art on a selective basis by new and established authors. All unsolicited manuscripts are considered equally for publication, and new, original, and provocative work which challenges traditional literary paradigms is desired. Subscription to their online publication is free, as they are a nonprofit organization. Electronic submissions are accepted for the convenience of you and their editors. PVR hopes you enjoy our art and prose and help build the community by submitting your own.
Genres Published: Poetry, Prose.
Representative Authors: J.D. Asher, Alex Brondarbit, Jeff Carr, Laila Shikak, Jill Jacobs, Lana Bella, Kevin Brown.
About: Since 2008, Prism Review has annually published contemporary poetry and fiction from both national and international authors, choosing the best 20 or so pieces from the thousand-plus submissions we read each year. We also sponsor prizes in fiction and poetry judged by highly respected contemporary writers. Unlike many journals, our staff (save for a faculty advisor/editor) is entirely made up of undergraduate Creative Writing students here at the University of La Verne — please be impressed by their hard work and excellent taste in literature. Alongside literary works, Prism Review also publishes interviews and reviews with emerging contemporary authors. We’ve interviewed notable poets and fiction writers, including Michelle Detorie, Josh Kryah, Nathan Hoks, Craig Santos Perez, Lucy Corin, Josh Emmons, and Michael Jaime-Becerra.
Genres Published: Poetry, Short Fiction, Art.
Representative Authors: Michelle Detorie, Guadalupe Robles, Michael Jaime-Becerra, Rich Ives, Dan Moreau, Lisa Markowitz, Brandon Som.
About: Rattle’s mission is to promote the practice of poetry. Their goal is to promote a community of active poets. Every poem they publish starts in their “slush pile,” and has to rise through the same process of careful consideration. If they like your poem better than the Poet Laureate’s, they”ll publish yours. That’s what makes Rattle so readable. Each issue is roughly one hundred pages.
About: Rip Rap is a literary journal designed and produced annually by students in the Master of Fine Arts, Creative Writing program at California State University Long Beach (CSULB). Rip Rap highlights new and emerging writers from across the country as well as enlightening interviews of award winning, published writers who are featured in the CSULB English Department’s Visiting Writers Series.
Genres Reviewed: Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Poetry, Artwork
Representative Authors: Gerald Locklin, Suzanne Lummis, Bill Mohr, Rafael Zepeda, Theresa Baxter and Lauren Green.
Santa Ana River Review
About: The UC Riverside MFA Program launched their literary magazine, Crate , as a print journal in 2005. The name was chosen as a nod to the orange groves that are plentiful in the area as well as around campus and the crates the oranges are shipped in, but by 2012 the magazine had moved online, and by 2015, the significance behind the name was a mystery to everyone except for long-time faculty member Susan Straight.
UC Riverside’s MFA program is a program on the rise and the 2015-2016 Editorial Team wanted a literary magazine that reflected the upward momentum of the program. So, after a decade of Crate , we begin again with a new name, Santa Ana River Review , and renew our dedication to our readership.
Genres Published: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Visual Art
Subgenres: Short Story, Noevl Excerpt, Essay, Narrative Non Fiction
Representative Authors: Lyn Stevens, Brian Sonia-Wallace, Fatima Siraj, Monique Quintana, Duane Locke, Kara Wang, Andre Yang.
Santa Monica Review
About: Founded by Jim Krusoe, Santa Monica Review is a nationally distributed literary arts journal sponsored by Santa Monica College. The journal focuses on Southern California and Pacific Rim writers, both emerging and well known.
About: Spectrum is a poetry journal associated with Saturday Afternoon Poetry, a poetry event series that holds a different poetry event each Saturday in Pasadena, California. The journal primarily publishes local L.A. poets, but are open to publishing poets from around the world. Spectrum also occasionally publishes separate special issues.
Genres Published: Poetry
Representative Authors: Jackie Chou, Beverley M. Collins, Seven Dhar, Thelma T. Reyna, Don Kingfisher Campbell, Khadija Anderson and Jack G. bowman.
About: Spillway is an annual publication of Tebot Bach, presenting poetry, reviews and articles. Published each summer, the magazine presents emerging and established poets of regional, national and international interest. Poems from Spillway have been featured on Poetry Daily and Verse Daily and in recent years poems published in the maggazine have been awarded Pushcart Prizes. The current editors are Ventura County poets Marsha de la O and Phil Taggart.
Genres Published: Poetry, Reviews and Articles.
Representative Authors: David St. John, Marsha de la O, Ángel Garcia, Chad Sweeney, Ilya Kaminsky, Kwame Dawes, Amy Uyematsu, Lynn Thompson and David Campos.