Acceptances at one of these journals and magazines can make a huge difference in your career as a writer. Not all are currently open to submissions. None of them charge readers to submit.
The Atlantic is open to submissions of poetry, nonfiction, and
fiction. They pay well. If you haven’t heard of the Atlantic before, I
am surprised. Maybe visiting the website will jog your memory.
The New Yorker
The most famous (and most profitable) magazine with a literary bent,
The New Yorker is very competitive. However, they accept unsolicited
submissions of fiction, poetry, and cartoons. They pay very well.
The most famous poetry magazine there is. It is published by The
Poetry Foundation. The first time you have a poem printed by them an
asterisk appears next to your name.
The Sun is a fabulous ad free magazine that has been around for over
40 years and has published so many famous writers, I cannot even choose
five to name drop. The publish fiction, creative non-fiction, memoir,
and poetry. They only accept submissions through the mail. They even pay
This prestigious print magazine also has a wonderful weekly online
feature called “Poets Respond” which features poems that are responses
to news articles published that week.
This print and electronic literary journal publishes great straight
forward fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Granta has editions in twelve
languages across three continents.