Fifty (plus) Literary Magazines that publish Creative Nonfiction

All the magazines listed below have published essays that appeared in the Table of Contents or the Notable Essays section of the annual anthology BEST AMERICAN ESSAYS.

The Georgia Review
Established 1947


The American Scholar

The Gettysburg Review

Creative Nonfiction
Prairie Schooner
Established: 1926
The Missouri Review
Established: 1978


River Teeth

Tin House


Fourth Genre

a journal of creative nonfiction



special emphasis on writing about nature/environment



writing about spirituality & the arts



Boston University


The Iowa Review

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The Antioch Review

founded 1941


Bellevue Literary Review

Special emphasis on illness/health


The Kenyon Review & Kenyon Review Online

Kenyon College


Triquarterly Online

Northwestern University


North American Review

University of Northern Iowa

founded 1815



Virginia Quarterly Review


Post Road



publishes two issues each year; one is devoted to a special subject of wide social concern

essays probably need to be pretty socially concerned anyway, even if submitting for the regular issue


Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts
University of Houston


Quarterly West






The Threepenny Review


The Literary Review


Indiana Review


A journal of literary nature and science writing


Hudson Review


The Sun




Southwest Review


New England Review


Massachusetts Review


New Letters



College of Charleston



University of Hawaii



Mid-American Review

Bowling Green University


Northwest Review

University of Oregon



Michigan Quarterly Review

University of Michigan

often publishes special theme issues


Alaska Quarterly Review

University of Alaska Anchorage


Harvard Review



Washington & Lee University


North Dakota Quarterly
Established: 1911



Skidmore College




Iowa State University


North Carolina Literary Review


Southern Humanities Review


Crab Orchard Review


The Denver Quarterly



Sonora Review

University of Arizona



University of Montana


Black Warrior Review

University of Alabama