5 Online Literary Magazines To Read With Your Morning Coffee

The sun rises, you greet the day, and start your morning off with a nice cup of coffee. You have something good to eat, like a buttered roll, an egg sandwich, or strawberries with whipped cream. The only thing that could make this better would be having something lovely to read. These five online lit mags can make your morning even sweeter.

Carve Magazine – Named after short story writer and poet Raymond Carver, this magazine publishes beautiful short stories, poems, interviews, and more. In order to enjoy the full content, you have to purchase the magazine in print. However, the short stories, described as “honest fiction,” are free to read on their website.

McSweeney’s Internet Tendency – McSweeney’s Internet Tendency is described as a “daily humor website.” The content published is funny, clever, and is sure to help you start your day with a smile.

The Barcelona Review – This magazine is special because it is published in four languages: English, Spanish, Catalan, and French. They publish charming fiction and essays. Be sure to check them out.

Sula Collective – This online magazine is “for & by people of colour.” They publish art, comics, film, music playlists, poetry, fiction, essays, and interviews. It’s a lovely example of how lit mags can promote a diverse range of artists.

Shimmer – Shimmer is a short story zine that seeks to publish work by writers from all walks of life. They encourage work from, but not limited to: “people of color, LBGTQIA, women, the impoverished, the elderly, and those with disabilities.” At the bottom right-hand corner of their home page, you can choose stories to read by category.


Rattle – Rattle is a popular magazine that publishes poetry and artwork. A new poem is featured daily on their website.

Shade Zine – This is not a literary magazine, but it’s still worth checking out. Published on Tumblr, this zine is about art, the culture surrounding it, interviews, and ideas.

Sometimes you need to start your day off with some art and inspiration. Finding a literary magazine you enjoy can help you do just that. If you fall in love with one of these zines, consider supporting them by buying print copies, subscribing, checking out their merchandise, or making a donation. Above all, read and enjoy ❤


Pretty Dresses

“Pretty dresses are displayed in the window of a little shop

I admire them as I walk past

Sipping hot coffee, sweet like caramel

And nibbling on a pastry that makes flaky crumbs with every bite

The day is calm and just cool enough to not be cold

I wear a light jacket

There are few enough people around for it to not feel crowded

But also for it to not feel empty

I stop to look at the dresses

My eyes are enchanted by red glitter and rhinestone studs

There is a silvery gown so lovely that I imagine myself wearing it

With the small black bag slung over the incomplete shoulder of the manikin

I am then drawn to a lovely floral skirt

Paired with a short-sleeved, blue top

And I imagine wearing it and dancing in a place I’ve never been

Surely, the right outfit can help me travel the world

If I look the part, then I can play it

I play dress up in my mind for a moment at most

And continue my walk on this gentle day

I did not try a single thing on

And yet somehow, I walk away feeling more beautiful.”


-Ashley Tiara Lilly, Candy-Coated Dreams, A Beautiful Journey: Book 3


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