Twitmeter: Ranking Literary Magazines

One of my criteria for comparing the literary magazines (or any other entity for that matter) has always been their online presence. The number of followers on Twitter is a good metric, if not enough. I decided to write a script to count the number of followers of a list of prominent magazines on an hourly basis and sort them in a table. What you see below is the result of that work. Obviously, this is not an absolute measure of the quality (you'll see some prestigious names at the bottom of this table), but I'm hoping that it encourages magazines to spend more time promoting themselves on the Internet, even if they're available only in print.
  • note 1: The logos and the journal titles come directly from their Twitter profile.
  • note 2: I took the liberty of using @NYerFiction instead of @NewYorker, as I found it more relevant.
  • note 3: Let me know if you want to see some specific journal on the list.
  • MagazineFollowers
    1The Paris Review 999,036
    2Electric Literature 267,634
    3Granta 215,504
    4The Rumpus 114,364
    5n+1 100,816
    6New Yorker Fiction 71,048
    7Ploughshares 70,685
    8Guernica Magazine 56,514
    9Kenyon Review 56,420
    10Catapult 48,546
    11The Missouri Review 41,336
    12One Story 36,050
    13apublicspace 31,618
    14The Southern Review 29,911
    15Georgia Review 29,265
    16Virginia Quarterly Review 27,050
    17Gulf Coast Journal 26,043
    18Narrative Magazine 24,488
    19Ninth Letter 24,477
    20Black Warrior Review 23,607
    21Colorado Review 20,407
    22Barrelhouse 20,102
    23Crazyhorse Journal 19,559
    24TriQuarterly 19,341
    25The Adroit Journal 19,222
    26New England Review 17,338
    27Bellevue Literary Review 17,113
    28Hobart 14,880
    29Cincinnati Review 14,860
    30Conjunctions 14,601
    31The Sun magazine 14,570
    32AGNI 14,364
    33American Short Fiction 12,814
    34the minnesota review 10,949
    35PRISM international 10,001
    36The Florida Review 9,953
    37The Journal 9,595
    38The Normal School 9,446
    39Grist Journal 9,297
    40North American Review 9,121
    41The Malahat Review 9,056
    42Slice Magazine 8,903
    43Washington Square Review 8,183
    44Glimmer Train 7,499
    45Tahoma Literary Review 7,076
    46Harvard Review 7,065
    47Zoetrope: All-Story 6,800
    48Nashville Review 6,651
    49Boulevard 🔥 mag 6,404
    50CRAFT 6,312
    51River Styx 6,232
    52Portland Review 5,952
    53Post Road 5,933
    54cream city review 5,753
    55Fourteen Hills 5,654
    56The Fiddlehead 5,637
    57mqr_tweets 5,246
    58Copper Nickel 5,067
    59carvezine 5,004
    60The Carolina Quarterly 4,849
    61Pleiades 4,481
    62Massachusetts Review 4,152
    63Nimrod Journal 4,118
    64Bennington Review 3,562
    65Puerto del Sol 2,771
    66Water~Stone Review 2,721
    67TLR a/k/a The Literary Review 2,488
    68The Southampton Review 2,406
    69Bayou Magazine 2,300
    70Gettysburg Review 2,212
    71Meridian: An Annual of Poetry & Prose 1,289
    72The Bare Life Review 859
    73follow @joylandmagazine 9
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    Last updated: 2021-10-23 16:01:56