According to popular definition, a literary magazine is one that focuses its content on various areas of literature. In here you can find some biographies, essays, poems, short stories, letters, reviews, and some interviews. You also call these magazines journals.
This literary periodical has actually started a long time where the very first periodicals where released in the years 1789 to 1792. Every month, there were periodicals being released on certain parts of the world. The thing about these periodicals that were released during these years was that they contained more of literature and politic extracts as well as articles that have been reprinted yet again about more or less the same content. It was only during the years 1792 to 1794 that monthly publications that are being done are bilingual. The articles that were published were then those that made the general public become more interested with them such as topics about health, politics, and science.
If you look at American magazines through the years, oldest magazine to be published before the it was put to suspension during the World War II was the North American Review. But in terms of being published continuously, Yale journal is the oldest. In the present, literary magazines have become an essential part of lives in all countries of the world. As the 20th century has approached, you see that there are now more and more literary magazines that are being published all around the world. There have been dedicated awards given to magazine articles. Today, if you are planning to write a magazine article, it is up to you to decide which publications you will go for in order for your article to reach out to more people and circulate much better. This is another reason why there is always a steady growth with literary magazines.
A decade ago, however, there has been a great development in literary magazine where it has finally been in keeping with the times, you call them online magazines. It seems that going paperless has become a trend in the recent times where literary works are now published online without any papers at all. On the part of the writers of these literary magazines, they were still second guessing if going online will be more acceptable to people. However, with more readers becoming more technologically-inclined, they were finally happy to have these online magazines coming. As of this writing, you see a great number of online magazines that are being published for the satisfaction of online readers in more ways than one. When you pay close attention to online literary magazines, you will see that they now come with illustrated periodicals, family magazines, as well as entertainment news that cater to more of the large public. Basically, there are now diverse publications there are.