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Carolina Quarterly

The Carolina Quarterly has been publishing the work of established and emergent writers for 65 years. Works from the past few volumes have appeared in Best American Poetryand have been listed as Notables in Best American Short Stories, Best American Essays, and Best American Non-Required Reading. Recent issues have featured the works of Lauri Anderson, James Gordon Bennett, Megan Mayhew Bergman, Sean Bishop, Nicole Terez Dutton, Aaron Gwyn, K.A. Hays, Caitlin Horrocks, Stuart Nadler, Ben Purkert, Valerie Sayers, Ken Taylor, Matthew Volmer, G.C. Waldrep, Jerald Walker, and more. Works published in the Carolina Quarterly have appeared in New Stories from the South, Best of the South, Poetry Daily, Verse Daily, O. Henry Prize Stories, The Pushcart Prizes, Best American Poetry, and Best American Short Stories. Edited by students of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Carolina Quarterly is one of the finest and longest-running literary publications in America.



Lindsay Starck
Print and Online
Summit International Design Award
New Stories from the South 2005
Best American Short Stories
Pushcart Prize
Best of the South
Best American Poetry
Best American Poetry
Submission Guidelines

We accept submissions from September 1st to June 1st. 

Submit no more than 6 poems at a time. Please group all poems in one file.  Poems must be typed, either single- or double-spaced. The submission document must include your full name, home address, and email address. 

Submit no more than one prose piece, per genre, at a time. Prose must be typed, double-spaced and be no longer than twenty-five pages. Include your full name, home address and email address on all pages. File names should include the title, or a portion thereof, and the author's last name (ex: carver_smallgood.doc). Although we have, in the past, primarily looked for short stories, we are expanding our non-fiction section and are therefore on the lookout for personal essays, travel writing, memoirs, and other forms of creative nonfiction. Novel excerpts are acceptable if self-contained.

Visual Art:
CQ aims to feature a diverse range of contemporary artists, both established and emerging. We feature national and international work, in all printable mediums. Each issue typically has one color spread of six to eight images, along with two black and white spreads with four to six pieces. Images that can be faithfully reproduced in black and white thus have a higher chance of acceptance. We do accept visual art that has been previously published.

Expect four to six months for a decision. We do not reprint previously published work. We do accept simultaneous submissions, expecting that the author will notify us should the work be accepted by another journal.

Excerpt Sample

My heart is a bear trap with a fox's paw caught

in its teeth.

- Joseph Mulholland (CQ 64.1)