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. 

In our first five years 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 we go into print twice yearly with Retro.  Joyland was created by Emily Schultz and Brian Joseph Davis in 2008 and the current site was designed and developed by Ross Merriam. 


Publishers Brian Joseph Davis, Emily Schultz

Managing Editor Kyle Lucia Wu

Senior Editors Brian Joseph Davis (New York) Eleanor Kriseman (New York) Kara Levy (San Francisco) Lisa Locascio (Los Angeles) David McGimpsey (Montreal & Atlantic) Kathryn Mockler (Toronto) Bryan Hurt (Midwest) Emily Schultz (New York) Carleigh Baker (Vancouver)

Web Developer Ross Merriam

Illustrations Carolyn Tripp

Editors Emeriti Emily Keeler, Matthew Timmons, Levi Stahl, Benjamin Wood, Casey McKinney, Edward Gauvin, Wyatt Williams, Janine Armin, Faye Guenther, Kevin Chong, Anna Prushinskaya.


For general queries about Joyland: Brian Joseph Davis joylandfiction@gmail.com


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



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