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Adopt a Lit Mag


Most poetry, short fiction, and creative non-fiction by emerging writers first finds its way into print through literary magazines, yet few student writers actively engage with the spectrum of magazines published today. By integrating literary magazines into course curricula and providing opportunities for one-on-one interaction between literary magazine publishers and creative writing students, the Lit Mag Adoption Program promotes a generation of new writers that are also active readers and productive members of the larger literary community.

How it Works

Students receive discounted, one-year subscriptions to the literary magazine(s) selected by their teacher.

Classes receive a virtual (or in-person where possible) one-on-one chat session with a publisher/editor from each literary magazine to which six or more students subscribe. Teachers enjoy a complementary subscription for each magazine to six or more students subscribe as well.

How to Adopt

Teachers: Click here to register your class now (If you are located outside the continental US, please first contact adoptions@clmp.org). Once you have submitted the online registration, check your email for detailed instructions on how to proceed.

Students: Order your discounted subscription(s) using the custom adoption code provided by your professor.

Participating Magazines

Teaching with Periodicals

I’m a professor. How can I most effectively use Lit Mag Adoption in my classroom?

Treat lit mags as periodicals, rather than textbooks.  Though some lit mags look like books, their publishing context is different: they are released at regular intervals, encouraging engagement with the contemporary. Literary periodicals draw readers into an exciting, evolving conversation on the arts, rather than necessarily focusing on providing a lasting historical record.

Because Lit Mag Adoption is a discounted subscription service, CLMP and our participating lit mags cannot guarantee exactly when particular issues will arrive. We’re not a textbook distributor. Instead, we offer professors and students avenues to developing a meaningful, ongoing relationship with contemporary literature.

That said, please do not email CLMP or your selected lit mags with special requests to deliver magazine issues on or by a certain date. Instead, investigate the wealth of media resources below on using lit mags in the classroom. If you decide you do prefer to use lit mags as textbooks, no problem. Just head directly to the website of the lit mag(s) you need, and have your students order back issues from them directly!

Teaching with Literary Magazines

What’s New? Community Building with Literary Magazines
By Kimiko Hahn

Literary Magazines: Gateway to Publishing Now
By David H. Lynn

Literary Magazines in Context: A Historical Perspective
By Carolyn Kuebler

How to Bring Lit Mags into the Classroom

Jen Acker (The Common), Martha Cooley, Minna Proctor (The Literary Review), Julian Zabalbeascoa (Ploughshares) and Ted Dodson (CLMP) discuss how to integrate lit mags into course curricula and how providing opportunities for one-on-one interaction between lit mag publishers and creative writers promotes a new generation of active readers and productive members of the literary community. These professors and lit mag editor/publishers discuss their experiences bringing lit mags into the core of their teaching.

Become a Participating Magazine

If you’d like your lit mag to participate in Lit Mag Adoption, please send an inquiry to adoption@clmp.org. We’d love for you to join us!

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