The Southern Review is one of the nation’s premier literary journals. Hailed by Time as “superior to any other journal in the English language,” The Southern Review has made literary history since its founding by Cleanth Brooks, Robert Penn Warren, and Albert Erskine in 1935. We provide readers with the best contemporary fiction, poetry, and essays by a diverse array of writers from across the country and around the globe. Featuring established writers alongside exciting new voices, our quarterly print magazine includes a full-color artist’s portfolio in each issue.
Published at Louisiana State University, The Southern Review is distinguished by our long history of—and continuing dedication to—discovering emerging writers and giving them a place alongside literary luminaries. Among the writers we featured early in their careers are John Berryman, Eudora Welty, Peter Taylor, Mary McCarthy, Robert Pinsky, and Natasha Tretheway. Pick up a recent issue and you’ll find work by Bob Hicok, Anna Journey, Stephen Dunn, Kevin Prufer, Beth Ann Fennelly, Benjamin Percy, Stuart Dybek, Judy Troy, Ted Sanders, Jaquira Díaz, and Chinelo Okparanta.
Work originally published in The Southern Review regularly appears in the Best American series, the Pushcart Prize anthology, and The PEN/O’Henry Prize Stories series, and our authors have won Nobel Prizes, Pulitzer Prizes, and National Book Awards.
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