Good News for Literary Journals

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What’s the difference between a literary journal and a mayfly? The literary journal’s reputation for short lifespans might not be justified.

According to Daniel Nester and Steve Black, authors of the article “Here Today, Here Tomorrow: On the Lifespan of the Literary Magazine,” literary journals are actually far more resilient than you may think. Using data that compares the survival rates of different types of periodicals, Nester and Black discuss why some literary journals stick it out while others fail, and why despite all the challenges, new publications continue to crop up.

(via Bookslut)


Jill Haberkern has lived in a one-room house made of tombstones and a farmhouse with a walrus head. She currently lives in Berkeley, California, with neither. Her writing has appeared in the Mid-American Review. More from this author →