Word Riot

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Word Riot was an American online magazine that published poetry, flash fiction, short stories, novel excerpts, creative nonfiction, reviews, and interviews.

History and profile[edit]

The magazine was launched in March 2002[1][2] by author and publisher Jackie Corley[3] with the help of the late Paula Anderson. It was initially the literary section of a now defunct online music magazine, Communication Breakdown.[2] Word Riot is headquartered in Middletown, New Jersey.[1] It is published monthly.[2]

In 2003, a publishing unit called Word Riot Press was developed as a spinoff of the online magazine.[4] Word Riot Press publishes anthologies, short story collections, poetry, and novels. Authors published by the press include Paula Bomer, Mike Young, David Barringer, Timmy Waldron, Nick Antosca, Scott Bateman and Pulitzer Prize winner Gregory Pardlo.

Word Riot was known for publishing the "forceful voices of up-and-coming writers and poets."[5] Since 2002 the magazine published interviews, fiction, and poetry by such writers as Tao Lin, Tony O'Neill, Tom Bradley, Steve Almond, Richard Peabody, Chris Campanioni, Andrew Coburn, James Chapman, Nick Antosca, Ethel Rohan, Jackson Bliss, Roxane Gay, Peter Grandbois, Sean Gill, Noah Cicero, Caleb J. Ross, Jess C Scott, David Hoenigman, Scarlett Watters, and Doug Draime.[6] Work featured in the journal has been collected in The Best Small Fictions.[7]

In October 2016 the magazine ceased publication.[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Rachel Randall (August 11, 2015). Novel & Short Story Writer's Market 2016: The Most Trusted Guide to Getting Published. F+W Media. p. 310. ISBN 978-1-59963-954-3. Retrieved December 25, 2015.
  2. ^ a b c "Word Riot". The Review. Retrieved March 25, 2017.
  3. ^ Jackie Corley. "Jackie Corley: Writer, indie publisher, vagabond". Retrieved April 4, 2009.
  4. ^ "Publication Details: Word Riot". Duotrope's Digest. Retrieved April 4, 2009.
  5. ^ "Word Riot". Georgetown List of Journals. Retrieved April 4, 2009.
  6. ^ Jackie Corley. "Word Riot Poetry". Retrieved April 4, 2009.
  7. ^ Queen's Ferry Press. Best Small Fictions 2016 Winners, Finalists, and Semifinalists. March 17, 2016
  8. ^ "We're taking a break". Word Riot. October 2016. Retrieved March 25, 2017.

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