New literary magazines looking for new fiction!

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A number of new literary magazines pop up every year. Here are a few that look especially interesting!

Before submitting, remember to read the fiction in the magazine first. Just as you do not want to waste your time with agents who are not interested in your "type" of writing, you also don't want to make the effort to submit somewhere that is looking for a different genre.

Once you find a magazine that publishes fiction you find to have a similar sensibility to your own, follow them on twitter, see who they link to, and try to find more journals that are waiting for your prose!

Author and editor J. Robert Lennon recently started Okey Panky, a new lit mag published by Electric Literature. It is published every Monday morning, when, says Lennon, " desperately need something short and weird."

The new online magazine publishes "...short, darkly comic, ironic, and experimental fiction, essay, poetry, and graphic narrative." You can read the first issue here.

In addition to Lennon, the staff includes fiction editor Rhian Ellis, poetry editor Ed Skoog, and editor-at-large Alice Bolin.

The next submission window will begin February 2015. Contributors will be paid $100.

Check out the story Bisbee, by Chris Offutt in the first issue.

Cherry Tree: A National Literary Journal @ Washington College will release its first issue in February 2015. They will continue to publish annually, and to feature poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction by emerging and established writers from across the United States.

 Cherry Tree appears under the imprint of the Literary House Press, the publishing arm of the Rose O’Neill Literary House, a cultural center with a more than thirty-year history of promoting the arts.

Run by the faculty and students of Washington College, their staff includes founder and editor Jehanne Dubrow, managing editor Lindsay Lusby, and fiction editor Kate Kostelnik.

They read manuscripts between August 15 and October 15. Their blog, Blossom, gives updates on all things related to the magazine.

Firewords Quarterly is an independent literary magazine, beautifully designed and illustrated,  featuring fiction and poetry. Started in 2014, "Firewords was set up by a small group of creatives, frustrated by writing magazines that concentrated on substance over style, or vice versa. Firewords Quarterly aims to have an abundance of both; powerful writing enhanced by bold design. We work with the best artists, illustrators, photographers, hand-letterers and designers to bring each piece of writing we publish to life."

They are no longer taking submissions for issue 3, but you can join their mailing list to be notified about their next call for submissions.

Although mostly sold in the UK, Firewords can also be ordered online.

Cooper Street, a publication sponsored by the Rutgers University Camden MFA program’s student organization, published its inaugural issue in early May 2014. They are interested in issues of labor, class, and city life in every sense. They state they are " to writing by anyone, including international writers, (and) especially interested in reading work produced by writers living in the Philadelphia area, New Jersey, and the Northeast."

They publish twice each year with a Winter issue every January and a Spring/Summer issue every May. Their inaugural issue features a story by the awesome Thaddeus Rutkowski.

Submissions can be made here. For fiction submissions, they request either one story of no more than 5,000 words (although stories of 3,000 words or less are especially welcome) or up to three flash fiction pieces of no more than 600 words each.