More than fifty years after his death, William Faulkner still casts a long shadow over southern literary studies—along with other giants such as Flannery O’Connor, Zora Neale Hurston, Tennessee Williams, and Eudora Welty. Yet the American South is also the locus and muse for contemporary literary production, as we forge into the twenty-first century with new ideas and possibilities, changing demographics, and modes of connection.
Southern Cultures, the award-winning, peer-reviewed quarterly from UNC’s Center for the Study of the American South, encourages submissions of 5,000 words or less for a special issue on Twenty-first Century Fiction. We will accept submissions for this special issue through October 15, 2015, at https://southerncultures.submittable.com/submit .
We seek critical insights into novels and short stories, authors, editors, audiences, and critics in the forms Southern Cultures publishes: scholarly essays, photo essays, interviews, short feature articles, and personal reflections. Please note: we will not be accepting unsolicited fiction. Because we have both a scholarly and informed general readership, we are especially interested in reader-friendly articles and essays that explore southern topics in a broad and accessible manner, while retaining scholarly rigor. Readers with access to Project Muse can read past issues for free: http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/southern_cultures/ .
As we also publish a digital edition via our app, we are able to supplement essays with video, audio, and interactive visual content. We encourage creativity in coordinating print and digital materials in submissions and ask that authors submit any potential digital materials along with article submissions.
We are not interested in writing that venerates an old (or new) white South, promotes a southern nation, or pines for the days of the Confederacy. The plural “cultures” in our name is intentional and is meant to recognize a region of many peoples, histories, memories, and interpretations.