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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 #36, Fall 2022


Cover: “Puzzle” by Barbara Blades

Featuring work by: Chris Arp * Jennifer Bannan * Keri Bentz * Barbara Blades * Alan Bodnar * Jessica Breheny * Ricardo Cazares * Jinwoo Chong * Stephen Cramer * Jose Hernandez Diaz * Kerry James Evans * Shannon Fandler * Mohan Fitzgerald * Stephen Gibson * Henrietta Goodman * Benjamin S. Grossberg * Joe Imwalle * Juan Ramón Jiménez * Elizabeth Kadetsky * Scott Karambis * Peter Kessler * Chuck Kramer * Dorianne Laux * Brian Ma * Ken Malatesta * Michael Milburn * Julie Murphy * Devin Thomas O’Shea * Zack Rogow * aureleo sans * Lisa Sardinas * Devin Schiff * David Sheskin * Scott Spencer * Wally Swist * Sara Truuvert * Gemini Wahhaj * Charlie Watts * Ian Randall Wilson * Laura Budofsky Wisniewski