About Us

Based on the idea that fiction is an international movement supported by local communities Joyland is a literary magazine that selects stories regionally. Our editors work with authors connected to locales across North America, including New York, Los Angeles, and Toronto as well as places underrepresented in cultural media. 

Since 2008 we’ve featured work from National Book Critics Circle winner Jonathan Lethem, Pulitzer finalist Lydia Millet, PEN/Faulkner finalist Amelia Gray, Giller Prize shortlisted author Marina Endicott and Giller winner Lynn Coady, Plimpton Prize winner Ottessa Moshfegh, Guggenheim Fellows Lynne Tillman and Terese Svoboda, Lambda Award winner Zoe Whittall, and Believer Book Award winners Tamara Faith Berger and Sesshu Foster. Several of our stories have been included as Notables in Best American Short Stories and published in the Journey Prize Anthology. We've also been the first publisher of many amazing, emerging writers. 


New content appears weekly and Joyland pays writers.


Founders Brian J Davis, Emily Schultz

Publishers Lisa Locascio, Kyle Lucia Wu

Managing Editor Michelle Lyn King

Editorial Assistant Evan Nicole Brown

Senior Editors Kyle Lucia Wu, Rebekah Bergman, Emily Schultz (New York), Kara Levy (San Francisco) Lisa Locascio (Los Angeles) Kathryn Mockler (Eastern Canada) Bryan Hurt (Midwest) Carleigh Baker (Western Canada) JD Scott (The South) Kait Heacock (Pacific Northwest)

CTO Brian J Davis

Web Developer Ross Merriam

Illustrations Carolyn Tripp

Published by Heroic Collective Media


For general queries about Joyland: Lisa Locascio & Kyle Lucia Wu joylandpublishers@gmail.com

For technical issues, advertising, and brand strategies: Brian J Davis joylandfiction@gmail.com


Joyland is supported by sales of our print journal Retro, as well as international grants and our "Joyland Citizen" donors.



Steve De Jarnatt

​Emily St. John Mandel

David Goodman

Amy Mitchell

​Tom Paine

Anna Parkman

Kam Rao

All work on this site is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.

All stories copyright the individual authors.

Joyland Magazine is a property of Heroic Collective Media.