The Best Literary Fiction Blogs & Websites

literary blogs and websites

I’m often asked for a list of the best blogs and websites focused on literary fiction and culture. This list was first curated in 2011; after five years, I continue to update it as sites fold or launch.

If I’ve missed any sites that deserve consideration, please let me know your favorites in the comments. Note: I have deliberately excluded well-known traditional media or social media, e.g., Publishers Weekly, New York Times, Goodreads, etc.

LitHub

The newest arrival to the literary blogging scene—and one of the most successful on this list—LitHub was launched in 2015 as a collaboration among Grove Atlantic, Electric Literature, and other literary publishers and magazines. You’ll find diverse voices and conversations about both contemporary and classic literature, with a HuffPo marketing twist. Twitter: @lithub

BookRiot

The perfect place for writers and readers of both literary and commercial literature. In other words, it’s more friendly and enjoys pop culture. It claims to be the biggest independent book editorial site in the US. Twitter: @bookriot

Electric Literature

Kind of a cousin to LitHub, since they share founders. You’ll find many facets to Electric Lit, but the most consistent thing they publish and are known for is Recommended Reading, a weekly fiction magazine. They also do a range of articles about literary culture and the publishing industry. Twitter: @ElectricLit

The Rumpus

An online literary magazine about culture, rather than pop culture. Mission: “To introduce readers to things they might not have heard of yet.” It was founded and continues to be run by author Stephen Elliott (since 2008), and has a sizable editorial staff. This is where Cheryl Strayed wrote “Dear Sugar.” Twitter: @The_Rumpus

The Millions

An online magazine that’s been published since 2003, offering coverage on books, arts, and culture. They run a very popular end-of-year series, A Year in Reading. Twitter: @The_Millions

The Paris Review blog

Most people know The Paris Review and it needs no introduction. The print edition releases only quarterly, and their blog offers a place for more informal posting and literary culture discussion. It’s probably the most followed literary blog by a print literary journal. (The others on this list are online-only publications.) Twitter: @parisreview

3 a.m. Magazine

An online, international literary magazine that’s been around for more than 15 years. (That is a tremendous accomplishment for an online mag!) They accept essays, fiction, and poetry. I think of them fondly, as I published my first online piece here in 2003. Twitter: @3ammagazine

The Nervous Breakdown

Not as prolific as most sites on this list, but worth a look; it’s run by Brad Listi, who produces the well-respected literary interview podcast, Otherppl. Twitter: @TNBtweets

Catapult

A relative newcomer to the online literary magazine scene. It’s an extension of a book publisher and its aspirations are to nurture a community of writers. Twitter: @CatapultStory

Vol. 1 Brooklyn

Founded in 2009; despite the name, it offers wide-ranging coverage of literary culture. Twitter: @vol1brooklyn

Bonuses

  • My longtime favorite aggregation site for broad arts & culture news: Arts & Letters Daily
  • If you love literary culture AND mass media: The Awl

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Jane Friedman

Jane Friedman (@JaneFriedman) has 20 years of experience in the publishing industry, with expertise in digital media strategy for authors and publishers. She is the co-founder and editor of The Hot Sheet, the essential newsletter on the publishing industry for authors.

In addition to being a columnist for Publishers Weekly, Jane is a professor with The Great Courses, which released her 24-lecture series, How to Publish Your Book. She also has a book forthcoming from the University of Chicago Press, The Business of Being a Writer (March 2018).

Jane speaks regularly at conferences and industry events such as BookExpo America, Digital Book World, and the AWP Conference, and has served on panels with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Creative Work Fund. Find out more.

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Dorothy James

Thanks for this very useful list!

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Namita Waikar

Hi Jane, 
Have a look at this blog site http://middlestage.blogspot.com/  
Chandrahas is the author of the novel Arzee the Dwarf and this blog is rich in its collection of essays and book reviews of Indian and International literary fiction.  

Namita Waikar

Hi Jane, 
Have a look at this blog site http://middlestage.blogspot.co…  
Chandrahas is the author of the novel Arzee the Dwarf and this blog is rich in its collection of essays and book reviews of Indian and International literary fiction.

AI Barrett

Electric Literature’s The Outlet is a great blog…

Jamescappio3

You missed Reluctant Habits (www.edrants.com); in the same league with Maud Newton and Bookslut, plus a long-running series of podcasts with major contemporary writers.

Brooks

I’m a big fan of biblioklept (http://biblioklept.org/) and Conversational Reading (http://conversationalreading.com/)

Naysue

Black Girl Lost in a Book is a blog worth viewing: http://naysue.wordpress.com/  🙂

Mark Broms

I really enjoy Jennifer Dawson @ http://literallife.wordpress.com/ 
Twitter:@twitter-81817496:disqus @@BookishJoJo:disqus 
 
She is a great reviewer, has long had her finger on the pulse of who and what is new, especially in Canada.

She is also founder/moderator of the hippest group on Goodreads – Bookish http://www.goodreads.com/group/show/31981.Bookish

miette

I’ll second the vote for Biblioklept (http://www.biblioklept.org), with great taste and a big brain.  My staple remains Wood s Lot (http://web.ncf.ca/ek867/wood_s_lot.html), as this guy’s brain is of truly enviable size.

Robin Mizell

I just learned of Let’s Get Critical, “a hand-picked site of cultural criticism, essays and reviews,” which looks like it will be a good one to follow.

Anittah Patrick
Florence Fois

Thank you for this list, Jane. I get the complete list of lit. journals and small press from Poets&Writers, but they have yet to list the lit. blogs. Great resource to have for any writer 🙂

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Sarah Joy

Emerging Writers Network. Features, namely, new short stories, but also covers new novels as well. Excellent community.

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Matthew Specktor

You missed the Los Angeles Review of Books, of course. But otherwise and besides…nice list.

Anonymous

Great list! Also suggest TheMorningNews.com and McSweeney’s Internet Tendency. http://www.mcsweeneys.net/tendency

Cooper

Fabulous list. How about Late Night Library? This site is devoted to new voices in fiction and poetry. http://www.latenightlibrary.org

DW

The Nervous Breakdown is a great site. 

But no Beatdom? 🙁

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Thank you for posting this list. I am now following We Who Are About to Die. It’s always good to read what other people are doing in the literary world.
http://wordsbeforesentences.blogspot.com/ 

Christopher Reel

Great list. Also checkout http://www.downrightfiction.com/  it’s a relatively new site but it focus on new literary voices.

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vickiefang

Very useful list — I’ll suggest Best New Fiction as well (http://bestnewfiction.wordpress.com) It’s a site set up by Queens MFA grads to celebrate the some of the most exciting current fiction.

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james

You can never say there isn’t enough good fiction out there – the list is long and for the most part excellent reading. With so many blogs doing reviews you also know what to look for! I enjoy the millions in depth reviews: http://www.themillions.com/books-reviews

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Jay Lemming, Author

Thanks so much, Jane, for posting this updated list. I asked in a tweet about it and you responded. Your 2011 post continued to come up during several Google Searches, which reflects its popularity. I hope this updated post gets you some great traffic, as well. If you’re interested in keeping a list of literary fiction blogs up to date, please let me know if/how I can help keep it current. Regards, Jay Lemming

Gustavo Woltmann

A great list indeed, Jane. I actually found your blog site from a list I can’t remember exactly where. I’m trying to find some good materials to read in a daily basis and this is a good start for me.

AngelaOBM

Hi Jane,
Thanks for this list. Have a look at this site, too: http://pop-verse.com/
Frequent reviews of books, films and comics. Also deals in topics such as feminism and publishing etc.

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jane

https://www.onestopforwriters.com.
I discovered this by accident. It’s awesome. I keep retweeting things I read so that I can reference them later.

B Morrison

Thanks for this list, Jane! I usually read reviews from the Women’s Review of Books http://www.wcwonline.org/Women-s-Review-of-Books/womens-review-of-books and the London Review of Books http://www.lrb.co.uk/ & look forward to checking out some of these blogs.

Blatant self-promotion: On my Monday Morning Books blog, I usually review books from a writer’s point of view: what works/doesn’t work & why. http://www.bmorrison.com/blog/

Robbie Cheadle

Lovely list, I looked at them all and followed most.

RPM

Thank you for this great list. Can you show me where you mention New York Book Editors? On their Website, they mention you as supporting them, “AS SEEN IN….” http://nybookeditors.com/about/ It’s really interesting to watch the language change before my eyes. Like on their page, it says More Books, and Less Books. I figure, if it’s OK for an editor… Thank you again. I love your newsletter too.

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