Zyzzyva (magazine)

For the beetle, see Zyzzyva.
Editor Laura Cogan
Categories Literary magazine
Frequency Triannually
Publisher Zyzzyva, Inc.
Founder Howard Junker
First issue 1985
Country United States
Language English
Website www.zyzzyva.org
ISSN 8756-5633

Zyzzyva is a triannual magazine of writers and artists. It places an emphasis on showcasing emerging voices and never before published writers in addition to the already established. Based in San Francisco, it began publishing in 1985.[1] ZYZZYVA's slogan is "The Last Word," referring to "zyzzyva", the last word in the American Heritage Dictionary. A zyzzyva is an American weevil. The accent is on the first syllable.


The founder was Howard Junker.[1] He retired from the magazine in 2010 and named Laura Cogan as editor-in-chief.[2]


Work from the magazine has received the Pushcart Prize and the O. Henry Award and has been included in The Best American Short Stories and The Best American Nonrequired Reading.


Boonville, by Robert Mailer Anderson was a "Zyzzyva First Novel", published in 2001 by the Creative Arts Book Company.

See also


  1. 1 2 Edan Lepucki (April 21, 2014). "Best Coast: ZYZZYVA's 100th Issue". The Million. Retrieved November 1, 2015.
  2. Karp, Evan (May 12, 2011). "New faces at Zyzzyva: Laura Cogan, Oscar Villalon". San Francisco Chronicle.

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