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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

Chicago Quarterly Review #34, Fall 2021


 Cover photo “Midday” by Susan Mathison

Featuring work by: Jordi Torres Barroso * C Dylan Bassett * John Blair * Laurel Blossom * Erika Brumett * Christopher Buckley * Kwame Dawes * Stephen Gibson * Charles Holdefer * Richard Holinger * Jack Hurst * Lowell Jaeger * Dorianne Laux * Zhengqian (Ian) Li * George Looney * William Luvaas * Michael Malan * Susan Mathison * Deborah Moreno * Yxta Maya Murray * Steve Nam * A.D. Nauman * Amy Newman * Christopher Notarnicola * Dan Pinkerton * Antonia Pozzi * Elisabeth Preston-Hsu * Elizabeth Richardson * William Roebuck * Melinda Rooney * Victor Ladis Schultz * Kylee Sibilia * Diane Sunden * Wally Swist * Giuseppe Ungaretti * Lavanya Vasudevan * Siamak Vossoughi * James Whorton Jr. * Henry Clayton Wickham * John Sibley Williams * Ian Randall Wilson * Gregory Wolff * Pui Ying Wong * Rogers Worthington

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