South welcomes submissions of scholarly essays on the south, broadly defined. We are particularly interested in interdisciplinary content and especially those works that remain true to SLJ‘s reputation for a focus on fine literary content coupled with a continued commitment to see the south as circum-Gulfic. Recent issues feature articles with mention and/or focus on Veracruz and Roanoke, Louis Owens and Mississippi, Dorothy Allison and Thomas McGrath, Patricia Highsmith and W.E.B. Du Bois, with content from poet Fred Moten and a critical evaluation of artist and printmaker D. R. “Bob” Wakefield. We have rolled out a special issue on the word “deep” and anticipate future issues on “crisis and opportunity” and “archive.”
South does not publish unsolicited short fiction, poetry, personal essays or notes. We bear no responsibility for lost or misplaced manuscripts and do not accept hardcopy submissions.
Please direct all submissions to our online submissions manager. Submissions delivered by email or physical mail will no longer be accepted. Manuscripts must be submitted with an abstract (maximum 250 words). Please review our guidelines for submission for our editorial preferences. Due to the heavy volume of submissions, the editors request that essays be limited to a maximum of 7,500 words (including notes and works cited). Please allow four to six months for review and notification.
books for review
Please see our books page for information on what we’re interested in. Nonfiction books for review should be sent by mail to:
Maxine Vande Vaarst
Managing Editor, south
CB#3520 Greenlaw Hall
University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3520