When editor Harold Ross was first establishing The New Yorker in the 1920s, he ran into a significant problem: Ernest Hemingway charged too much for his short stories. Ross’ response? Find the next generation of (more affordable) writers to publish instead, including John O’Hara, John Cheever, J. D. Salinger and Shirley Jackson.
So continued the tradition of young writers getting their break in literary magazines before going on to publish longer works. Many magazines continue to play this role today, as well as being a place for established writers to experiment with new ideas (and, occasionally, for people not traditionally known as writers to find a receptive audience).
The New Yorker
“Founded in 1925, The New Yorker publishes the best writers of its time and has received more National Magazine Awards than any other magazine, for its groundbreaking reporting, authoritative analysis, and creative inspiration. The New Yorker is at once a classic and at the leading edge.” (Adapted from rbDigital)
The Paris Review
“The Paris Review publishes the best fiction, poetry, art, and essays from new and established voices, and the Writers at Work interviews offer some of the most revealing self-portraits in literature.” (rbDigital)
The New York Review of Books
“For over 47 years, The New York Review of Books has been the place where the world’s leading authors, scientists, educators, artists, and political leaders turn when they wish to engage in a spirited debate on literature, politics, art, and ideas with a small but influential audience that welcomes the challenge. Each issue addresses some of the most passionate political and cultural controversies of the day, and reviews the most engrossing new books and the ideas that illuminate them.” (rbDigital)
“Harper’s Magazine, the oldest general interest monthly in America, explores the issues that drive our national conversation through such celebrated features as Readings, Annotation, and Findings, as well as the iconic Harper’s Index.” (rbDigital)