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What does the future look like for literary magazines?

Subscriptions are down. Submissions are up. What do modern journals need to do to survive?

What does the future look like for literary magazines?

Ask two dozen editors what the future holds for literary magazines, and you get two dozen answers (beautifully rendered, of course – the editors are also talented writers themselves). After noting the recent closures of a number of literary titles, we contacted people in the literary community to discuss the genre’s future, its biggest challenges, and what inspires them at a time when they report receiving more submissions than ever.

One thing the two dozen editors we surveyed agreed upon: Literary magazines are changing – evolving to match the times. Here are six things editors are thinking about as a new decade looms.

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