We all love literature, but in this day and age of working on the go and constant connectivity, it can be hard work to pick up a book or magazine, especially if you're travelling light, but one thing we always have on us is our phones.
The advent of the internet hasn't killed the printed publication but rather forced it to evolve and so, more and more, you will find publications online. For those looking for a short story or piece of poetry to read whilst on the move, here are some of the best online lit mags out there.
1. Tales Magazine
A quarterly magazine based in the East of England, Tales magazine is for those looking for dreamy, whimsical literature and gorgeous art and photography all packaged in a gloriously presented read. All about the joy of the narrative, it is a sort of storybook for adults.
Each issue has a theme such as 'Empowerment' or 'Explorer' so you know exactly what you're getting before you've even clicked on the front cover.
2. Apeiron Review
A Pennsylvania-based literary review that publishes poetry, prose, and photography from all over the world, with a focus on the visceral. Encouraging experimental work and forms, they have specific submission periods and publication can be a bit sporadic but some of the work it attracts can be both dreamy and haunting.
They also publish non-fiction and essays, but the real strength is in the amazing short stories that make it in there.
3. Apocrypha and Abstractions
Apocrypha and Abstractions is a non-profit digital only Literary Journal specializing in very short (flash) fiction of 500 words or fewer.
The real joy of flash fiction is that you can get a whole story rounded down to its essence that can literally be read in the brief moments between almost anything.
Another magazine that specializes in flash-fiction, Spelk publishes three stories a week from writers in the UK and overseas. Without any particular focus on genre, they will take anything that is short, sharp and gets under the skin.
What is super impressive about these pieces is that they have to be spectacularly splanchnic to grab you.
Dedicated to advancing literary arts in the digital age by supporting the finest writing talent and encouraging readership across generations, in schools, and around the globe, Narrative was established by two well-recognized editors and pushes forward the boundaries of literature.
Working hard to promote writing as a mainstay of the web, only the best get accepted.
Not as much a literary magazine as others on this list, Slate is more a general interest magazine that features poetry and fiction as part of its content.
Where it does stand out though is that it is consistent with its publishing of top-quality content and all poetry gets mailed to Robert Pinsky, a former Poet Laureate.
More or less an electronic chapbook publisher, Mudlark describes itself as "An Electronic Journal of Poetry & Poetics" but in its current form, it preserves that sort of literary heritage whilst moving forward by being online.
Starting out in 1995, they have been around for a while and have gained a level of respect from it.
One of the best online publications around, they are really invested in the poet and boosting their credentials rather than their preexisting legacy, and this is rare in literary circles.
Started in 1999, they remain on top of their game, publishing consistently amazing work.
9. Fail Better
An online magazine that has been known to push forward women writers online, they accept and publish from everybody but their prowess and reputation precede them and they have established online literature as a serious force.
Their slogan is Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better. and that sort of sums up what literature is about.
10. Evergreen Review
True to its name, this review started life in print in 1957 but ended unceremoniously in 1973 after publishing work from such greats as Samuel Beckett, Jorge Luis Borges, Charles Bukowski, William Burroughs, Marguerite Duras, Jean Genet, Allen Ginsberg, Gunter Grass, Jack Kerouac, Norman Mailer, Henry Miller, Pablo Neruda, Vladimir Nabokov, Frank O’Hara, Kenzaburo Oe, Octavio Paz, Harold Pinter, Susan Sontag, Tom Stoppard, Derek Walcott and Malcolm X.
Reincarnating itself online in a blaze of glory, it continues to withhold this proud tradition and forge onward in the modern age.