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). 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.

call for papers

Special issue: “crisis:opportunity”
Editor: Robin D.G. Kelley (UCLA, Department of History)

What is crisis without opportunity? The psychic life of this special issue signifies upon intellectual inquiry during the Harlem Renaissance as the twin pillars of the black cultural work reflected in the journals, Crisis (1910) and Opportunity (1923). This special issue of south hopes to examine the fraught contemporary landscape of “southern” politics, activism and culture. Where there is crisis, there is also opportunity.

Potential essayists are asked to submit (but are not limited to) reflections on the following:

  • anti-LGBTQIA civil rights bills passing in Mississippi, Missouri, Tennessee, Texas, North Carolina and elsewhere
  • the 2016 presidential election and its rhetorics
  • grassroots and community activisms across a spectrum of identities, issues and intellectual landscapes

We invite considerations of the long-term impact of:

  • #blacklivesmatter / #sayhername
  • campus carry
  • engagement with the greater Arab world in the south
  • immigration and Latin@ communities
  • activism against campus rape culture
  • struggles for indigenous sovereignty (DAPL) and their impact upon southern cultures and communities

We seek essays of no more than 10-12 pages—essays that engage a constellation of events troubling the south and beyond. Send us your reports and manifestos, new archives and speculations.

Please direct all submissions for “crisis:opportunity” to our online submissions manager.

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:

Managing Editor, South Journal
CB#3520 Greenlaw Hall
University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3520