The Great American Literary Magazine is a national literary magazine based out of Southern California's Inland Empire. We publish four online issues per year and read submissions on a rolling basis.

If we look at what comprises the literary canon of America today, we will find texts undoubtedly distinguished in both craft and theme, and texts surely depicting the most accurate “representation” of a certain time, era, and culture. However, the canon is inarguably lacking in diversity and, consequently, the canon’s “representation” component has been underserved to a point that is unjust and shameful.   

As far as we have come to curtail this historical injustice of lack of diversity and unequal representation, there is still more work to be done. Here, at The Great American Literary Magazine, we feel it is our responsibility to contribute to the diversification of America’s literature. We feel it is our responsibility to provide a forum for the multitude of voices that deserve equal representation, voices that have been irrevocably silenced.

In a way, we are trying to redefine what is “great” in this country—especially in this political climate where “great” is a stand in for “white,” which is not what America has ever been nor what America will ever be. In this quest, we need your help, our contributors. We call on you to send us work which showcases what makes America truly great: the plethora of diverse voices, experiences, and cultures all cohabitating in one vast patch of land to counteract the racist and elitist propaganda our country faces today.

In an area this diverse, we are looking for writing that defines what it really means to live and to write in this place so riddled with contradictions and misunderstandings. We are looking for writing that is controversial, unique, and every day—no matter how devastating this may be.  


About The Great American Literary Magazine

by Arthur Sexton

October of 1912 saw the ghost of William McKinley visit John Schrank, commanding Schrank to avenge McKinley by assassinating Theodore Roosevelt. Though urban legend suggests that a copy of Roosevelt’s campaign speech foiled the attempt, in reality it was the first edition of The American Literary Magazine. Roosevelt went on to give his speech, proudly displaying his copy of the magazine, bullet hole included. It was later renamed The Great American Literary Magazine as tribute to its projectile stopping properties. Since that day, The Great American Literary Magazine has published only the best in assassination thwarting literature. The Great American Literary Magazine has been read by every United States President since, except for President Kennedy who let his subscription lapse. 

In 2008, The Great American Literary Magazine was once again put to the test. Though President George W. Bush struggled to read and comprehend literature, he nevertheless religiously kept a copy in his pocket. During his visit to Baghdad, it was this publication that deflected a shoe which was hurled at him. He was later heard to state, “There's an old saying in Tennessee—I know it's in Texas, probably in Tennessee—that says, fool me once, shame on—shame on you. Fool me—you can't get fooled again.”

Since 1912, the publishers at The Great American Literary Magazine have sought out the best American irony, sarcasm, mockery, satire, and jokes from diverse American writers. In the words of our favorite lapsed subscriber, “The American, by nature, is optimistic. He is experimental, an inventor and a builder who builds best when called upon to build greatly.” So, build greatly and send us your best creative work!


Meet Our Editorial Staff

Chance Castro holds an MFA from Cal State University San Bernardino where he served as the poetry editor for Ghost Town Literary Magazine. His work is published or forthcoming in RHINO, Superstition Review, Santa Clara ReviewTin CannonThe Chaffey Review, and elsewhere. He is the author of the chapbook, Petunia (ELJ Publications, 2016.) He is not the poet laureate for the City of Yucaipa, but his time will come. For questions about The Great American Literary Magazine, he is available via email at Please include the subject line ATTN: Poetry Editor.


Ruben Rodriguez holds an MFA  from California State University San Bernardino. He is the former fiction editor of Ghost Town Literary Magazine.  Many of his stories have been deemed fit for consumption by the likes of Reunion: The Dallas Review, TINGE Magazine, The Nassau Review, ZAUM, theNewerYork, and others.  His chapbook, We Do What We Want, is available from Orange Monkey Publishing.  For questions about The Great American Literary Magazine, he is available via email at Please include the subject line ATTN: Fiction Editor. 



Michelle Bracken studied creative writing at the University of Redlands, and holds an MFA from CSU San Bernardino. In her nine years of teaching elementary school, she is most proud of leading Beyoncé flash mob performances on the playground. She likes lemons in her water, the works of Joan Didion, and Motown R&B. Her fiction and creative non-fiction have appeared in Litro MagazineThe Baltimore ReviewDewpointThe Redlands Review and RipRap.



Allyson Jeffredo is an MFA candidate at California State University, San Bernardino. She lives in the San Bernardino mountains with a little wolf and The Jue-i-nator. She is currently working on her thesis which is trying to address the sadness that is a persistent virus in our society with accompanying illustrations of her poems.