Word Riot

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Word Riot / Word Riot Press
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Word Riot is an American online magazine that publishes 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 is 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, Roxane Gay, Peter Grandbois, Noah Cicero, Caleb J. Ross, Jess C Scott, David Hoenigman and Doug Draime.[6] Work featured in the journal has been collected in The Best Small Fictions.[7]

At October 2016, the editors were Antonia Crane (non-fiction), Kevin O'Cuinn (fiction), Doug Paul Case (poetry) and Cooper Renner (Reviews and Interviews). Sara Habein is the blog editor. Former editors of Word Riot include novelist David Barringer, Jordan Rosenfeld, Will Roby, Brian Ames, Timmy Waldron, G.A. Ingersoll, Martha Clarkson, Nicolle Elizabeth and four-time Pushcart nominee Charles P. Ries.[8] In October 2016 the magazine took a break from publication.[9]

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. ^ Word Riot Staff page
  9. ^ "We're taking a break". Word Riot. October 2016. Retrieved March 25, 2017.

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