Following up on my list of January, I’ve just updated my personal ranking of literary magazines with the Pushcart Prize 2011 information. I list magazines that publish literary nonfiction, namely essays and/or memoir. My top tier now includes magazines that have won either a 2011 or 2010 Pushcart for Nonfiction, or had an essay included in Best American Essays 2010, or achieved some of the same in either 2009 or 2008, although my review of those years is not as thorough.
As in January, my list does not include icons like The New Yorker or Vanity Fair which hardly ever publish unsolicited work. I also don’t list journals that do not accept simultaneous submissions because I am very reluctant to have a piece tied up for months by one journal. (I have a separate list for those and will share that soon.) This is why stellar journals like the Georgia Review are not listed here.
Please note that journals are listed in alphabetical order: