“The Hottest Litmag” as determined by everyone who has ever read HTMLGIANT

Posted by @ 11:30 am on February 6th, 2012

—or at least those who responded a while back when I asked folks to name “the hottest litmag in the room.” As of that moment. And now, after the jump, I’ve compiled the responses.

By far the clear number one was …

But first, a note on my method/ I counted every time the litmag was mentioned; I also counted every “like” a comment received, because this is a popularity contest.

Also, I didn’t check the spellings of any of these journals—whether there’s technically a “the” in front or not, or whether it’s supposed to be Init-capitalized or in ALL CAPS or in all lowercase, or whether there’s supposed to be an equal sign or a plus sign between each of the letters, etc. Also, I didn’t include links to any of these journals unless the URLs were provided in the thread. Life’s too short, and you can just google them, anyway. And I didn’t check to see whether the journal is real, or was voted for only “ironically”; I trust you to determine such for yourselves. And I didn’t check whether the mag still exists or not; I think we all know that this will probably all end tomorrow? You’re lucky that I even compiled this, let alone italicized the titles. (And I didn’t check whether the title should not be italicized.) (All of this reminds me—Blake, the intern you promised me hasn’t reported in yet—check on that?)

So, bearing all this in mind, by far the clear number one hottest litmag in the room was:

  1. LIES/ISLE: 32 votes

…which is a journal that I myself was unaware of; shows how hip I am.

Rounding out the rest of the top ~ten were:

  1. The Paris Review: 25 votes
  2. The Collagist: 23 votes
  3. Artifice: 22 votes [tie]
  4. New York Tyrant: 22 votes [tie]
  5. Caketrain: 16 votes [tie]
  6. Kill Author: 16 votes [tie]
  7. Birkensnake: 15 votes
  8. Untoward: 14 votes
  9. Forklift, Ohio: 13 votes
  10. Asymptote: 12 votes [tie]
  11. PANK: 12 votes [tie]
  12. Fence: 11 votes [tie]
  13. Octopus: 11 votes [tie]
  14. Conduit: 10 votes [tie]
  15. Unsaid: 10 votes [tie]

Votes for The Paris Review generated some argument, with there being several votes against it that could have been read as meaning that it should be lower … but that I instead chose to read as a sign that folks feel passionately about it, and that it’s therefore “hot” (whatever that means—I deliberately left it vague).

Beyond that, there were multiple votes for:

  1. Annalemma: 9 votes
  2. DIAGRAM: 8 votes
  3. Poor Claudia: 8 votes
  4. The Milan Review: 7 votes
  5. The New Yorker: 7 votes
  6. Alice Blue Review: 6 votes
  7. Corium: 6 votes
  8. Pop Serial: 6 votes
  9. Sports Illustrated: 6 votes
  10. ABJECTIVE: 5 votes
  11. Midwestern Gothic: 5 votes
  12. Uncanny Valley: 5 votes
  13. Filter: 4 votes
  14. No Colony: 4 votes
  15. One Story: 4 votes
  16. Red Lightbulbs: 4 votes
  17. shallow: 4 votes
  18. Black Clock: 3 votes
  19. Electric Literature: 3 votes
  20. Gargoyle: 3 votes
  21. Triple Canopy: 3 votes
  22. 3:AM Magazine: 2 votes
  23. Abraham Lincoln: 2 votes
  24. The Brooklyner: 2 votes
  25. Camera Obscura: 2 votes (Issue 3 got singled out)
  26. Canteen: 2 votes
  27. Copper Nickel: 2 votes
  28. Dear Navigator: 2 votes
  29. Kenyon Review: 2 votes
  30. Kitty Snacks: 2 votes
  31. LPZ (la petite zine): 2 votes
  32. Metazen: 2 votes
  33. Mud Luscious Online: 2 votes
  34. NOON: 2 votes
  35. Notnostrums: 2 votes
  36. P-Queue: 2 votes
  37. Rattle: 2 votes
  38. Sixth Finch: 2 votes
  39. TRNSFR: 2 votes
  40. Tuesday: 2 votes
  41. US Weekly: 2 votes
  42. Wobbling Roof: 2 votes

Finally, the following litmags all received one vote: A Public Space, adj noun (“Brass Sopaipilla”, “Digital Hamper”), Ballard Street, Barcelona Review (“from time to time”), Bartleby Snopes, Bat City Review, Black Warrior Review, Brain Harvest, Cabinet, Cerise Press, Cream City Review, The Crystal Gavel, Dark Sky Magazine, Dragnet, Everyday Genius, Glimmer Train, GUD, Gulf Coast, The Gut, Harper’s, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Her Royal Majesty (“Paris-based, bi-annual print, but new stuff online too”), hermano cerdo, Hobart, Joyland, Juked, lamination colony, Locus Solus, London Review of Books, minus times, Missouri Review, The Moose & Pussy, Needle, Nether Magazine, New York Review of Books, [out of nothing], Pear Noir!, Pearl, The Pinch, Pyrta Journal, Review of Contemporary Fiction, Safety Pin Review, Sidebrow, Sleeping Fish, The Society On Da Run, Sous Les Paves, Staccato, Super Arrow, Tarpaulin Sky, Tin House, Twelve Stories, Used Furniture Review, and Versal.

And there were also votes for “any in the pile on fire behind the Winn-Dixie” and “yo mama,” but I’ve never heard of those organs (although the first would make a great title for a journal).

Well, there you go. This should keep us busy for a while?