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Call for Papers

The Southern Quarterly invites submissions of interdisciplinary scholarly articles; interviews with major Southern writers, composers, and artists; unpublished archival materials; photo essays; and poems anchored in the ethos of the South. We do not consider previously published work or work being considered elsewhere. To submit material for consideration, please follow the instructions on our submission guidelines page.

We are currently soliciting submissions for the following issues:

  • 57.3/4 (Spring/Summer 2020) Special Double Issue on Southern Expatriates. Deadline: February 15, 2020.Given Thomas Wolfe’s famous sentiment “you can’t go home again,” it’s impressive how many Southerners elect to leave home in the first place, much less stay away from the South. But from the earliest so-called “Southern expatriates” like Frederick Douglass to more recent examples like Richard Wright, Robert Penn Warren, Dorothy Allison, Alice Walker, and Richard Ford, Southern writers who move away articulate unique viewpoints about the South. This call for a special double issue of The Southern Quarterly solicits examinations of the Southern expatriate phenomenon from interdisciplinary scholars at any stage of their career. For more information, see the call for papers here.
  • 58.1 (Fall 2020) Special Issue on The Digital South. Abstract Deadline: October 15, 2019; Full Manuscript Deadline: January 15, 2020. Guest editors Vernon Bruton and Jozefien De Bock encourage interdisciplinary scholars and public historians at any stage of their career to submit a contribution in which they discuss projects that make use of digital methods and techniques to analyze an aspect of Southern history and culture. We are accepting scholarly articles based on original research; essays analyzing broader trends in Digital Southern History; as well as presentations of ongoing (public) history projects that are steeped in the digital world. Articles can vary in length, but should not be more than 7,500 words (notes and bibliography included). The use of visual materials is encouraged. For more information, see the call for papers here.
  • 58.2 (Winter 2021) General Issue. Deadline: August 15, 2020. For more information, see the call for papers here.