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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

Vol. 30, 2020 The Australian Issue

Cover Art: “My Story is Your Story” by Jandamarra Cadd

This special Australian edition of the Chicago Quarterly Review, guest edited by Paul Williams and Shelley Davidow, presents a mosaic of diverse and exceptional writers’ voices from a multi-faceted multicultural land. Featuring work by: MICHAEL MOHAMMED AHMAD * ROSE ALLAN * VAN BADHAM * YASAMAN BAGHERI * BEHROUZ BOOCHANI * HILARY BURDEN * JANDAMARRA CADD * SARAH CASEY * SIMON CLEARY * CLAIRE G. COLEMAN * SHELLEY DAVIDOW * QUINN EADES * ALI COBBY ECKERMANN * ANNAH FAULKNER * NIGEL FEATHERSTONE * PETE GOODLET * ARIA IQBAAL * ANNA JACOBSON * LEAH KAMINSKY * KRISSY KNEEN * MICHAEL LEUNIG * BELLE LING * KIM MAHOOD * DAVID MALOUF * FIONA KELLY MCGREGOR * PATRICK NUNN * FELICITY PLUNKETT * CANDY ROYALLE * INGA SIMPSON * SHERIDAN STEWART * MARIA TAKOLANDER * DEVI A. TELFER * OMID TOFIGHIAN * MARK TREDINNICK * DEWA WARDAK * SAMUEL WAGAN WATSON * PAUL WILLIAMS * EIRA WOLFF * JOHN WRENCH

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