LA Literary Journals

  • Angels Flight Literary West
    Angels Flight • literary west is a new vehicle to explore uncharted stories of Los Angeles and beyond.
  • Cadence Collective
    Cadence Collective features “…poets and artists who have lived, gone to school, attended college, or been part of the Long Beach or surrounding Southern California area. Discover local poets and artists, their latest projects, and find local events and readings.”
  • Exposition Review
    “Exposition Review is an annual, independent literary journal dedicated to publishing narratives by new, emerging, and established writers in multiple genres and forms.”
  • Faultline
    Faultline is UCI’s Pushcart prize-winning journal. It publishes new poetry, fiction, translations, and artwork in an annual spring issue, and features the work of emerging and established writers from the U.S. and abroad.
  • Ghost Town
    Ghost Town is the national literary magazine of the MFA program at California State University San Bernardino
  • Joyland Los Angeles
    “Based on the idea that fiction is an international movement supported by local communities, Joyland is a literary magazine that selects stories regionally.” The Los Angeles section focuses on stories about LA, by LA writers, or both.
  • Lunch Ticket
    “Lunch Ticket strives to balance cutting edge literary and visual art with conversations about social justice and community activism.” The journal is published by the MFA community at Antioch University Los Angeles.
  • MUSE
    MUSE is the annual literary journal of Riverside City College, published each spring. They publish poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction/memoir, art, and short interviews.
  • The Ear
    The Ear is the literary journal of Irvine Valley College and focuses on publishing some of the best work in Orange County.
  • The Los Angeles Review
    The LAR bills itself as the home of “divergent, west coast literature.” Each issue is dedicated to a west coast writer.
  • Rattle
    Rattle’s mission is to promote the practice of poetry.
  • The Rattling Wall
    The Rattling Wall is a literary journal based in Los Angeles, CA that accepts short fiction, travel essays, and poetry for publication. Michelle Franke is the journal’s founding editor and Executive Director of PEN Center USA.
  • S-Curves
    S-Curves is an online literary journal, edited by Faith Currant, featuring work by Topanga Canyon writers.  S-Curves publishes works of short fiction, literary non fiction, poetry, and excerpts from longer works and works-in-progress.
  • Santa Monica Review
    Santa Monica College’s national literary arts journal, published twice yearly, showcases the literary voices of established authors and emerging writers.

No Longer In Print 🙁

  • Black Clock Literary Magazine (shut down in June 2016)
    Edited by Steve Erickson, Black Clock was published semi-annually by the California Institute of the Arts in association with the MFA Writing Program.
  • Slake: Los Angeles
    A quarterly reader devoted to the endangered art of deeply reported narrative journalism and the kind of polished essay, memoir, fiction, poetry, and profile writing that is disappearing in a world of instant takes and unfiltered opinion.

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