Southern Literary Magazines You Should Be Reading
The South’s literary landscape is thriving. Anyone wondering where the most vital new work is being published should look to Southern literary quarterlies, the spaces amplifying emerging voices and their boundary-bending new writings. If you’re only reading books and newspapers, you’re missing out, big time. You're missing out on journals and magazines, essential parts of the South’s writing world. That's why you should dive in today and explore both the region’s rich literary history and its current contours by subscribing to the print and/or digital editions of these fantastic literary quarterlies.
The Sewanee Review
The nation’s oldest continuously published literary quarterly is in the midst of a major revival, and its contents—stories, poetry, drama, essays, reviews, and interviews—are as vital as ever. In decades past, The Sewanee Review, which has its home at Sewanee: The University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, published the likes of Flannery O’Connor, Eudora Welty, Mary Oliver, and Wallace Stevens. Under the leadership of editor Adam Ross, it is continuing the work of sparking conversations, interrogating the craft, and launching the careers of dynamic emerging writers.
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Virginia Quarterly Review
This quarterly is based in Charlottesville, Virginia, and headquartered at the Center for Media and Citizenship at the University of Virginia. The Virginia Quarterly Review has a prominent publication history and an impressive masthead that includes a powerful roster of contributing writers, including editors-at-large Alexander Chee and Leslie Jamieson, and contributing editor Natasha Trethewey, among others. The latest issue includes stunning work from Carmen Maria Machado, Ladee Hubbard, and Catherine Lacey, and you can read a selection of the quarterly’s most popular pieces online, including “Cookies,” a Stephen King-penned story, and “Night Moves,” an essay on light pollution by Amanda Petrusich.
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The Southern Review
Based in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, at Louisiana State University, The Southern Review publishes fiction, nonfiction, and poetry from contemporary writers pushing the boundaries of style and form. Both Robert Penn Warren and Cleanth Brooks had a hand in the magazine's founding. The first issue appeared in 1935 and included writing by Wallace Stevens, Katherine Anne Porter, Aldous Huxley, and Ford Madox Ford. The most recent issue, Summer 2018, includes new work by Lydia Peelle, Joe Wilkins, and Wendy Barker.
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The Missouri Review
The Missouri Review was founded in 1978 and is headquartered at the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri. The review publishes an exciting array of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction, and it is also known for nurturing and publishing new literary voices. The Spring 2018 issue includes debut prose by Sara Read, Rose Smith, and Andrew De Silva, as well as new work by Tamara Titus, Denis Wong, F.J. Bergmann, Jonny Diamond, Sharon F. Doorasamy, Rick Hilles, and Meghann Plunkett.
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Southern Humanities Review
The Southern Humanities Review is a literary magazine published at Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama, and it's a source of thought-provoking essays, poetry, fiction, and reviews for readers across the South. The review, which has been published since 1967, offers both print and digital subscriptions, with selected archives available to browse online. The most recent issue includes several pieces that you can access digitally now, such as Brianna Noll’s poem “Counterpoint” and Cara Dees’ “Vigil Hemming In.”
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The Georgia Review
Based in Athens, Georgia, at The University of Georgia, The Georgia Review publishes essays, stories, poetry, and reviews. The first issue appeared in 1947, and in the intervening years, the review has grown into a space for discussion across the disciplines. In past decades, The Georgia Review published the likes of Harry Crews, Rita Dove, and Anne Sexton, and the most recent issue includes fiction by Carrie Esposito and Blair Hurley.
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