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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 #35, Summer 2022


Cover: “Labyrinth” by Jan Nakao

Featuring work by: Prad Aphachan * Ann Voorhees Baker * A. J. Bermudez * Anthony Berris * Sheldon Costa * William C. Crawford * Alicia DeRollo * Terri Drake * Mark Duncan * Banzelman Guret * Barbara Haas * Charlie Hahn * Stephanie Hayes * Gary Houston * Ulrica Hume * Amy Kiger-Williams * Federico Garcia Lorca * Michelle Massie * Michael Mattes * George McDermott * Sam Meekings * Jane Morton * Dipika Mukherjee * Jan Nakao * Yoram Naslavsky * E. Nolan * Jack Norman * Ann Pedone * Matt Polzin * John Robinson * William Roebuck * Malcolm Rothman * Andrew Schofield * Susan Shepherd * D. James Smith * Wally Swist * Kristine Thatcher * Michael Trocchia * Francis Walsh * Whitney Watson


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