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.

  • John Haggerty is the Founding Editor of the Forge Literary Magazine. His work has appeared in a variety of print and online publications. He has received an MFA from San Francisco State University.

  • Sara Crowley is the Managing Editor of the Forge Literary Magazine. She adores stories and her own have been published in many lovely places.

  • Our senior editor Valerie O’Riordan holds a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Manchester. Her work has been been (or will be) published in LitMag, The Mechanics’ Institute Review, Unthology, Fugue and more. She co-runs the review site, Bookmunch.

  • Senior editor Sommer Schafer holds an MFA from San Francisco State University. Her fiction appeared in Glimmer Train, Santa Monica Review, Room and elsewhere. She lives with her husband and two children in San Rafael, California.

  • Damyanti’s work was commended at the Bath Flash Fiction Award, and her WIP novel long-listed for the Mslexia Comp. She is anthologized in Asia, and appeared in Bluestem, Griffith Review and elsewhere.

  • Rachel Wild is a published writer who lives in East London. She has an MA in Creative Writing from Sussex University. Her first love is short fiction, but she is currently working on a novel.

  • Katrin Gibb received an MFA from San Francisco State University. She’s published in Confrontation, Fourteen Hills, Hobart, Water~Stone Review, and has a piece forthcoming in Glimmer Train, among others. She lives in San Francisco with her husband.

  • Jacky Taylor writes long and short fiction. Her work has been published in Foundling Review, Everyday Fiction Three, The Bridport Prize and Asham Award Anthologies. She has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Chichester and won the 2015 Momaya Short Story Award.


  • Sarah Broderick grew up in the Ohio River Valley and resides in Northern California. She served as Diaspora Editor for Lavil: Life, Love, and Death in Port-au-Prince published in 2017 by Verso / Voice of Witness. Her work has appeared in Moon City Review, Atticus Review, Necessary Fiction, Cleaver Magazine, and elsewhere.

  • Sarah Starr Murphy is a writer and teacher in rural Connecticut. Her stories have appeared or are forthcoming in The Baltimore Review, Opossum, Pithead Chapel, and several others. She taught English in Baltimore and New Haven and is always inspired by middle schoolers.

  • Heather Cripps recently received her MA in Creative Writing from the University of Kent. Her work has appeared in The Forge Literary Magazine, The Purple Breakfast Review, and Wax Paper Prose. She is working on her first novel.

  • Barbara Barrow is the author of a novel, The Quelling (Lanternfish Press, 2018), which won Gold in the Literary category of the Forward Reviews Indies Awards. Her short stories have appeared in Cimarron Review, Folio, Lost Balloon, and elsewhere. Come say hi on Twitter: @dustyoldbagz.

Additional Readers/Support Staff

Briana Loveall (reader), Yosh Haggerty (publisher)

Author payments in 2020 are made possible 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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