This catalog of Minnesota literary journals, magazines, publishing houses, and services for writers is extensive, but it's possible we've missed something! If you'd like to suggest the addition of a local organization, publication, or resource addition to this list, email Savannah Brooks at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Literary Journals and Magazines
Blue Earth Review is the literary journal of the University of Minnesota, Mankato. Issues are published twice a year with work from all genres, and each summer they hold a contest for flash fiction, flash creative non-fiction, and poetry.
Conduit is a literary journal keen on publishing new and exciting writing, and submissions are encouraged to be bold and original for their biannual issues. In 2018 they launched a book publishing division, Conduit Books & Ephemera, to expand opportunities for writers who are looking for a company as unique as they are.
Founded in 1975, Great River Review is Minnesota's longest running literary journal. Dedicated to publishing fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and translation, the journal also prides itself on being a perfect opportunity for graduate students in English and Creative writing.
Mizna is the country’s only literary journal focusing on the works of writers from Southwest Asia and North Africa. They are also a platform for filmmakers and produce the Twin Cities Arab Film Festival.
The longest running literary journal in the Twin Cities, Sprout stands out as a publisher for experimental contemporary writing. Their publishing branch, Sprout Press, expands the work of their journal to publish the work of regional writers in Minnesota.
The mission of storySouth is to elevate the work of writers from the new south - publishing fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. Emphasis is given to finding and publishing the work of new writers.
Published annually by The Creative Writing Programs at Hamline, Water-Stone Review is a journal that publishes all genres from the student body. The journal also holds three different contests, and features photography from students from the Minneapolis College of Art & Design.
Whistling Shade is a literary newspaper founded in St. Paul, focused on bringing in readers from all walks of life. With the aim of keeping literature as accessible as possible, Whistling Shade has both a journal and a publishing branch, Whistling Shade Press.
Published by nonprofit writing group The Jackpine Writer’s Bloc, The Talking Stick is a literary journal published by writers for writers. Each year the group publishes fiction, non-fiction, and poetry from emerging and experienced Minnesotan writers alike. The journal also awards prize money to the top two places in each of the three writing categories.
Centered on the art and literature of indigenous Minnesotans, Yellow Medicine Review publishes every spring and fall.
Lake Country Journal celebrates the culture and history of the Brainerd lakes region in central Minnesota. The journal publishes bimonthly and focuses on local events and recreation in the area.
Anything but ordinary, Paper Darts is an online magazine publishing daring and original literature and art. Run entirely by volunteers, the magazine has been redefining what accessible stories look like since their founding in 2009.
The Saint Paul Almanac was founded in 2005 with the goal of bringing the stories of the city to life in print. Focused on the people in the communities of St. Paul, the unique almanac is published yearly and includes fiction and nonfiction stories.
Ascent is an online literary magazine published by Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota. The magazine has gained a reputation of fostering excellent fiction, essays, and poetry from writers who are working to establish themselves.
The Tower is published by undergraduate students at the University of Minnesota. The magazine publishes fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and visual arts.
Stillpoint Magazine is an independent publication that explores themes in psychology, psychoanalysis, and psychiatry. Partnering with PrairieCare Institute’s Center for Applied Psychoanalysis, Stillpoint publishes works that connect the humanities with the science of self.
11:11 Press is an independent publisher based in Minneapolis. Their mission is to publish works that enable authors to fully express their creative vision. 11:11 accepts submissions from multiple genres, but encourages authors to read other published work by the company to get a good grasp on the publisher’s voice.
Operating out of Duluth, MN, Black Umbrella Books is an independent publisher creating works that span multiple genres. The goal of Black Umbrella is to give complete creative control to authors, so that the final result perfectly matches the vision of the author.
Seeking to expand the boundaries of poetry, Button Poetry is both a publishing house and a distributor for performance poets. Working with poets to showcase live performances, and distribute and promote their pieces, Button has gained a sizable online following and has reshaped how audiences view performance poetry.
Coffee House Press is a nonprofit publisher that specializes in fiction, poetry, and essays that don’t quite fit the mold anywhere else. Founded in 1972, Coffee House Press has built upon the small press movement of the 60’s and 70’s, creating a home for authors that want to take risks.
One of the nation’s leading nonprofit publishers, Graywolf Press publishes works of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction by authors in all stages of their careers. Graywolf has won multiple awards for their work since their founding in 1974, including the Sally Ordway Irvine Award for vision, the Minnesota Nonprofit Excellence Award, and the AWP Small Publisher Award.
Handtype press specializes in fiction, essays, and memoirs created by or about signers from deaf and hearing communities. Handtype also runs the imprint Squares and Rebels, which focuses on either the queer and/or disabled experience.
As the name suggests, History Through Fiction is a publisher whose works are historically accurate fiction. Founded in 2019 by Minnesotan author and historian Colin Mustful, History Through Fiction combines historical research and engaging storytelling by providing readers with footnotes, endnotes, and bibliographies that elevate these works of fiction into educational resources.
Holy Cow! Press, located in Duluth, publishes a large variety of works but is best known for their poetry. Many of their authors are from the Midwest or Minnesota specifically, and Holy Cow has routinely published works by Native American authors since their founding in 1977.
Legacy Bound Books is a children’s publisher based in Ely, MN, with plenty in store for adults too. Believing that children are our greatest legacy, Legacy Bound publishes works that encourage creativity and imagination in their readers.
Lerner Publishing is one of the nation’s largest independent children’s book publishers, focusing on fiction and non-fiction for children and young adults. With fourteen different imprints under their name, Lerner is committed to educating children in ways that are engaging and memorable.
Milkweed Editions is a non-profit publisher, founded in 1980 they have published over 350 books that range from fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. Milkweed is happy to work with debut and experimental writers, and seeks to publish works that spark a unique connection between authors and readers.
As the publishing arm of the Minnesota Historical Society, Minnesota History Press is one of the leading authorities on the history of the state. They have three branches of publishing: their book press with three different imprints, Minnesota History Magazine, and MNopedia, a free online resource about Minnesota history.