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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 #31, Summer 2020



 Featuring work by:

Karen Ackland * Evan Anders * Aaliyah Bilal * John Blair * Jaswinder Bolina * Lilah Clay * George Cotkin * Brad Crenshaw * Tandy Cronyn * Donna L. Emerson * Ethan Feuer * Amy A. Foley * Tim Griffith * Alan Gross * S. Afzal Haider * Syed Ishaq Haider * Shen Haobo * Bella Hayes-Roth * Raymond Hummel * Kristopher Jansma * Stephen Kessler * Thomas Lee * Michael Milburn * A. Molotkov * Jacob Anthony Moniz * Delia C. Pitts * Sarena Pollock * Richard Prouty * Molly Quinn * Malcolm Rothman * Yan Sham-Shackleton * Matthew Socia * Cutter Streeby * Shoshana Surek * Gabriella R. Tallmadge * Amanda Uhle * Anthony Varallo * Primo Ventello * John Walser * Zachary Watterson * R. Hunter Whitworth * Jennifer Wortman * Liang Yujing


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