The Writer's first issue:
Published: February 28, 2012
Jeff Reich, editor of The Writer, commented on the longevity of the magazine in his Editor's Notes in the April 2012 issue:
"Few publications have been so enduring; by one count, The Writer is the 30th oldest magazine in the U.S. In the April 1887 inaugural issue, the editors pledged to keep the magazine 'helpful, interesting and instructive to all literary workers.' Stories in that issue included 'The art of interviewing,' 'Advice to newspaper correspondents,' and 'How to get into print.' ... A century and a quarter later, we at The Writer remain committed to offering our readers writerly advice that inspires, instructs and informs."
Here is a copy of the very first issue of The Writer in April 1887: