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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 #38, Fall 2023


Cover: “Waterville” by Hearne Pardee

Featuring work by: Melissa Andrés * Justin Aoba * Harold Bordwell * Anna Braverman * Finn Briscoe * Paola Bruni * Marisa Campbell * Xochiquetzal Candelaria * Maria Castell-Greene * Morris Collins * George Cotkin * Kwame Dawes * Shawna Ervin * Paul Farwell * Gustavo Pérez Firmat * Rebecca Fox * Sekyo Nam Haines * Morgan Hamill * Miles Harvey * Dennis Hauck * Cho Ji Hoon * Gloria L. Huang * Jesse Lee Kercheval * Luke Johnson * David Philip Mullins * Sarah Nance * Natalia Nebel * David Nikityn * Lauren Page * Hearne Pardee * Roy Parvin * Michael Pearce * Jessica Powell * E.I. Pruitt * John Robinson * Ed Ruzicka * Daniel Saalfeld * Neal Snidow * David Susman * Nathan Winer * Reggie Scott Young * Annie Zhu