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The Chicago Quarterly Review is a nonprofit, independent literary journal publishing short stories, poems, translations and essays by both emerging and established writers since 1994. We’re proud to have had work from our pages chosen for Best American Short Stories, Best American Essays, the O. Henry Prize Stories and the Pushcart Prize Anthology as we continue our mission to stimulate, entertain, and inspire.

“To mark the 25th anniversary of Chicago Quarterly Review, the fall 2019 issue is appropriately huge, as befits Carl Sandburg’s “stormy, husky, brawling,/ City of the Big Shoulders.” Here, in more than 400 pages, are 32 short stories, 20 poems, a suite of photographs and a dozen works of nonfiction. The result isn’t just a literary quarterly; it’s a tour of the bright and darkling plain we call contemporary American literature.”      –Michael Dirda, The Washington Post

Current issue

CQR #39, Spring 2024


Cover: “Apples I” by Liz Radford

Featuring work by: Dawn Abeita * Bipin Aurora * Scott Brennan * Sinclair Cabocel * Don Clermont * Lisa Compo * Johnny Cordova * Alida Dean * Kenneth Gangemi * Lee Matthew Goldberg * Eleanor Goodman * Ryan Kristopher Jory * Mickie Kennedy * Davíd Lavie * Terri Lewis * Oksana Maksymchuk * Juan Martinez * Michael Mattes * Dipika Mukherjee * James Stuart Nolte * Matt Poindexter * Liz Radford * Jessica Bell Rizzolo * David Ryan * Kim Samek * Kirstin Scott * Sarah Seybold * Murzban F. Shroff * Nicole Simonsen * Christine Sneed * Jake Spears * Marcus Spiegel * Glenn Taylor * Raymond Thompson Jr. * Lauren K. Watel * Ian Randall Wilson * Tanya Žilinskas

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