American Book Review
Dedicated to reviewing books from independent, small, and university presses.
American Literary Realism
For over thirty years, ALR has brought readers critical essays on American literature from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and remains the preeminent journal in the field.
Another Chicago Magazine
Established in 1977, an annual journal of fiction, poetry, essays, and art.
The Awakenings Review
C/O The Univ. of Chicago
Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation
7230 Arbor Dr.
Tinley Park, IL. 60477
A literary magazine to showcase the creative writing skills of persons who have or have had a mental illness. Publishes original poetry, short stories, dramatic scenes, essays, photographs, excerpts from larger works,
and black-and-white art.
Publishes writings challenging the mainstream political, cultural and social climate. Prefers essays to fiction and loves works on business culture.
The Center Of Chicago's Cyberspace Poetry
Publishes new works of poetry and fiction, along with reviews and essays engaging issues in contemporary writing.
The Constant Critic
A tri-weekly poetry review brought to you be Fence magazine.
A forum for literary arts and culture.
A site for poetry and essays from the Bloomington/Normal area. Includes radical essays and poetry by the sites founder Dan Schneider and other reputable local writers.
Crab Orchard Review
A biannual journal of creative works featuring new fiction, poetry, literary nonfiction, interviews with authors, and book reviews of small press and university press titles.
An independent, annual, literary magazine. It is published every fall with each issue containing 10 original short stories and original illustrations. It prefers some connection with Illinois or the Midwest. Accepts a
variety of genres in short ficiton or narrative written to the standards of fiction.
A multicultural journal of literary and visual arts, published twice yearly.
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P.O. Box 1615
Bridgeview, IL. 60455
Eureka Literary Magazine
300 E. College Ave.
Eureka, IL. 61530-1500
ELM does not represent any specific political philosohpy, nor do they promote any single literary movement. ELM publishes twice yearly, in the spring and fall. Send only one or two stories and no more than four poems at
one time. Typical response time is 4 months.
1718 Sherman Ave.
Evanston, IL. 60201
Hammers is a journal of poetry with a vision to wield social power. The poetry reflects this with socio-political commentary manifest in experience rahter than stated overtly.
Hyde Park Review of Books
The Hyde Park Review of Books is a quarterly review featuring critiques of the most promising literary fiction and serious nonfiction books from small, medium, independent and University presses. Our goal is to
provide the largest review forum for the discovery of quality fiction and nonfiction from authors and publishers often overlooked and under reported on by other review publications.
Eastern Illinois University
Charleston, IL. 61920
Karamu is an African word that means the meeting-place, the center of village life, the place where ideas come together. Karamu is interested in essays, fiction, poetry and artwork that is of interest to a broadly
A Quarterly of light and occasional verse, squibs, satire, puns, and word-play.
New American Writing
Founded in 1986, New American Writing is a literary magazine emphasizing contemporary American poetry.
Off the Rocks
New Town Writers
921 W. Argyle St.
Chicago, IL. 60640
A literary journal published by New Town Writers of Chicago. It publishes gay-themed and gay-sensitive works. It is published on a regular basis and solicits
submissions on a national basis.
Accepts submissions of short stories and self-contained novel excerpts between Oct. 1 and April 1. Please do not send simultaneous submissions. A 5,000 word maximum is preferred.
430 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL. 60605
Roosevelt University's professional annual literary magazine. It features a mix of students and instructors, local talent and far-flung contributors.
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Now in its ninth decade of uninterrupted monthly publication, this magazine remains the premier forum for contemporary poetry.
Send a SASE for information on contests. Submissions accepted September - May.
Review of Contemporary Fiction
Devoted to discussions of contemporary fiction and authors, including selections from works-in-progress and interviews, as well as a lengthy book-review section.
Rhino Poetry Magazine
RHINO is looking for excellent poetry, translations, and short fiction in any style. It also publishes the occasional short essay on poetry. Publishes formal poems, free verse, very accessible poems, wild
experimentations with language, visual poems, prose poems, poems of stark beauty, funny poems. Submissions accepted April 1 - November 30.
Spoon River Poetry Review
Since 1974, this journal has been a celebrated and dependable forum for both new and established poets.
P.O. Box 617742
Chicago, IL. 60661
Accepts fiction, poetry and artwork that show a high consciousness of language and technique. Send a SASE for guidelines.
P.O. Box 577166
Chicago, IL. 60657-7166
Accepts writing on "diversions outside of the daily grind of making a living," creative non-fiction, personal essays and literary journalism.
P.O. Box 1416
Northbrook, IL. 60065
An independent magazine of the short story, published by an Illinois non-profit corporation. Accepts short story submissions year round.
An award-winning magazine produced by The Barrington Area Arts Council. It publishes both poetry and prose. Editor: S. Berris,
Barrington Area Arts Council,
Box 1266, Barrington, IL 60011.