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Whether you are a poetry lover looking to treat yourself, a teacher seeking supplemental material for the classroom, or a bookstore devoted to carrying the best in contemporary creative writing, a subscription to The Southern Review is an investment in the power of literary craftsmanship.

Work from The Southern Review regularly appears in the Best American series, the Pushcart Prize anthology, and The O. Henry Prize Stories. Writers featured by The Southern Review from its beginnings in 1935 include Eudora Welty, Katherine Anne Porter, John Berryman, T. S. Eliot, and Peter Taylor. Over the years, the journal has published many writers—Mary McCarthy, Robert Pinsky, Bonnie Jo Campbell, Rick Bass, and Natasha Trethewey—early in their careers. Pick up a recent issue and you will discover literary heavyweights as well as fresh new voices: Joan Silber, Jill Osier, and Stephen Dunn, David Hernandez, Marjorie Celona, and Iheoma Nwachukwu.


Subscribe now and receive the most engaging fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and translation delivered straight to your mailbox. Each issue, published quarterly in January, April, July, and October, contains approximately 184 pages, 30 writers, and a full-color art portfolio. You can also purchase individual issues, from the current volume year or our archive.

Booksellers and Retailers

Prefer the offline shopping experience? The Southern Review is also available through your local bookstore. If you don’t see the journal on their shelves, you can let them know we have several ways (see below) to partner with local retailers. We’re proud to work with great bookstores in our home state, including Garden District Bookshop in New Orleans and the LSU Barnes & Noble in Baton Rouge, to ensure our community has access to every issue. If you have a bookstore to nominate, email your suggestion to and we’ll reach out them on your behalf.

Retailers nationwide can place standing orders for the journal directly with us. Any questions about stocking The Southern Review can be directed to Victoria Herrmann,

Students and Teachers

Bring the best of contemporary literature into your classroom with The Southern Review. The journal is a great teaching tool for undergraduate and graduate-level creative writing workshops and contemporary literature courses, as each issue offers a dynamic range of essays, fiction, and poetry. The Southern Review is available for course adoption through CLMP’s Adopt a Lit Mag program. Students receive a discount on subscriptions, teachers receive a free desk copy, and classes have the opportunity to meet virtually with the journal’s editors. The Southern Review also partners with Journal of the Month, which has individual and classroom options for its members. In addition, at many schools and institutional libraries, you can find us digitally through Project MUSE.

For those interested in independent study, students can also purchase issues at the discounted price with a valid .edu address. Visit our store for more details.