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My Top 10 Literary Websites: 2013 edition!

Best EverIn 2010, I wrote the most popular post on Category Thirteen, ever. I listed my Top 10 Literary Websites and, apparently, people really dug that topic — enough, at least, that they ended up on my site and must’ve told others about it. Well, it’s 2013 and I’ve realized something: I was a slacker for 2011 and 2012 (among many other things, obvi.). So, in the spirit of giving people what they want, I’ve updated my list and am pretty damn excited about it!

Let’s take a look my top 10 literary websites, and by 10, of course I mean 12!

1 ) The Rumpus – The more things change, the more they stay the same. This should really be no surprise. Not only has the Rumpus kept on doing what it does best (i.e. just about everything), they continue to up their game, which very few websites can claim. Isaac Fitzgerald and Stephen have a truly amazing thing going with The Rumpus with some great original ideas (e.g. “The Daily Rumpus,” “Letters in the Mail,” “The Last Book I Loved,” “Where I Write,” etc.), and it doesn’t hurt that they have some incredible talent backing them up, specifically their essays editor, Roxane Gay, and Dear Sugar herself, Cheryl Strayed. It seems incredible that I’ve actually written for this site given the level of talent surrounding it! Their book club is also stellar—you should join!

2 ) The Nervous BreakdownI really can’t say enough good things about Brad Listi and the work he puts into his Other People Podcast. Listi’s really on the bleeding edge of what’s hot in lit. right now and you needn’t look any further than his A+ guest list. The Nervous Breakdown serves as a truly wonderful compliment to the show with hilarious author self-interviews, fantastic essays, and kickass book club.

3) The MillionsThe Millions is still awesome. C. Max Magee’s site has been featured on NPR and noted by The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and The Village Voice, among others. One of my favorite lit-related things in the universe is The Millions’ “A Year in Reading” where the editors ask a bunch of writers I really admire what their favorite books of the year were. The Millions’ “Top 10” and “Hall of Fame” are also can’t miss features.

4 ) HTMLGiant – Blake Butler & co. are still keeping lit. edgy at HTMLGiant. I’m a huge fan of their “25 Points” feature, as well as their giveaways, commentaries, and multi-part series (like “How to Be a Critic”). HTMLGiant also features a lot of writers I love reading like Jimmy Chen, Melissa Broder, Sean Lovelace, Lily Hoang, Adam Robinson, and Peter Tieryas Liu.

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List Thursday: My Top 10 Literary Journals/ Magazines

1)     Tin House – I do my lists in reverse order. If there was only one journal I’d follow, it be Tin House. Its mix of eclectic writing and contemporary writers pushes it ahead of a competitive field.

2)     McSweeney’s – I’m counting both the online and quarterly, both sides of which have, surprisingly, a different feel to them. Online features short, conceptual pop-culture-oriented humor pieces where the more serious, yet eclectic stories are published in good old fashioned black and white on paper.

3)     Glimmer Train – The best writing contests, hands down, call Glimmer Train home. Alternating between topical and general short stories, there is almost always a place to submit your story for the chance to win some money, regardless of subject matter.

4)     n+1 – Fantastic essays are the reason I pick up n+1. Just recently, they featured an article concerning the future of writing in the context of “MFA vs. NYC,” which made the cost of a subscription worth it on its own.

5)     The Lifted Brow – The most stylistically original journal I’ve seen, published out of Australia. TLB was the first to have a previously unpublished piece from David Foster Wallace’s The Pale King which was later picked up by Harper’s.

6)     Alaska Quarterly Review – Guest editors like Amy Hempel and award winning storyists such as Lily Tuck and Patricia Lear make AQR a must read.

7)     PANK – It’s edgy, it’s hip and it’s one of the (e-)journals your future agent is reading right now. Shouldn’t you be too?

8)    Zoetrope: All Story – This one, like number 9, is pretty self-explanatory. Fantastic stories and nothing else. Gotta love me some Zoetrope.

9)     Granta – I was this close to not including GRANTA for the same reasons I did not include The Paris Review and The New Yorker. But because it’s published across the pond, it often gets overlooked. Some people I’ve talked to have actually (gasp!) never even heard of Granta. It’d behoove greatly you to check them out if this is you.

10)   Electric Literature – Who says you need a print copy to be stellar? Much like PANK, this is a publication your future agent and editor are reading. Plus Rick Moody and Aimee Bender appear in the same issue (No.3).

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