My listings of the best literary magazines for nonfiction as well as the second and third best focused on print magazines. Of course some of these also publish content online but their main outlet remains a print journal.
Following I am listing the best literary online magazines for nonfiction based on my personal ranking. I still consider online magazines a separate category because there is content that works well online, and there is content that doesn’t. It mainly has to do with length, and you will note that many of these online magazines have word limits in the submissions they accept.
My ranking is also derived a bit differently as it is based on Best of the Web 2010, as well as the Pushcart 2011 and 2010, and the Best American Essays 2010 anthologies. The top magazines listed here received at least two if not three recognitions: honorable mentions or a Best of the Web. Blackbird is the only one to receive a Pushcart in 2011. Magazines in tier 2 received one of these recognitions. Following my rationale, magazines not accepting simultaneous submissions are not listed. I will publish a separate listing for those soon.
Journal of Truth and Consequence (currently not accepting new work)