The Forge Literary Magazine was founded by volunteers from the Fiction Forge, an international online writers’ forum, which counts amongst its members and alumni winners of numerous literary awards, including the Commonwealth Short Story Prize, O. Henry Prize, the Bridport Prize, the Bristol Short Story Prize and the Pinch Literary Award in Fiction. Former members’ novels have been published by Bloomsbury, Chatto & Windus, Sceptre, Headline and Little, Brown. Our all-volunteer staff shares editorial duties equally, we pay our contributors, and our taste is wide-ranging and eclectic. The Forge Literary Magazine is a project of Forge Literary Press, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization incorporated in the state of California. Questions? Please email us.
Additional Readers/Past Editors
Briana Loveall, Valerie Waterhouse, Stephanie Doeing, Dylan Brie Ducey, Dan Malakin, Frances Gapper
Author payments in 2020 are made possible, in part, by a generous donation from Louise Haggerty.
Places We’ve Been
Here is a partial list of where we’ve published collectively (in no particular order): Tin House Online, The Manchester Review, LitMag, Fugue, The Lonely Crowd, Unthology, Hobart, Glimmer Train, Carolina Quarterly, Michigan Quarterly, Indiana Review, Santa Monica Review, Boulevard, Nimrod, New Orleans Review, 3:AM, frigg, Smokelong Quarterly, Ninth Letter, Fiction, Water~Stone Review, Bridport Prize Anthologies, monkeybicycle, matchbook, Catapult, Cimarron Review, The Pinch, Fourteen Hills, Literal Latté, Confrontation, North American Review, Corium, Forge Literary Magazine*, Lunch Ticket, Jellyfish Review, Vestal Review, CRAFT Literary, Pithead Chapel, wigleaf, Atticus Review, Moon City Review, Hot Metal Bridge, Coachella Review, Everyday Fiction, Virago Press (Asham Award), Bath Short Story Award anthology, IS&T, among many others.
(*Occasionally, our published authors subsequently join our editorial team, foregoing their right to publish further work at the Forge Literary Magazine.)
Our Copyediting Policy
FLM does not use a standard style guide, striving, instead, to achieve accuracy and internal consistency within each published piece. We aim to respect the voice, language choices and personality of each individual writer, reflecting the wide range of English variants used internationally. Punctuation and spellings of certain words (eg color/colour) will therefore vary from piece to piece. Editors will, at their discretion, make suggestions for improvements but changes are discussed with the writer before publishing.
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