South. At once a coordinate called “home,” and a condition to be avoided. Going south is a mixed metaphor; when you are south no one expects you to want to be there, making a mockery of the journey itself. South is a rich landscape for things on or at the edge, for that certain kind of feeling not yet reconciled. To be south is to be fraught—always.

More than our latitudinal coordinates, south is intersected by longitudinal pulls, and whatever and wherever the axis, we want work at that place to be our chief concern. Welcome to south.

South welcomes submissions of scholarly essays on the south, broadly defined. We are particularly interested in interdisciplinary content and especially those works that remain true to the Southern Literary Journal's reputation for a focus on fine literary content coupled with a continued commitment to see the south as circum-Gulfic. Recent issues feature articles with mention and/or focus on Veracruz and Roanoke, Louis Owens and Mississippi, Dorothy Allison and Thomas McGrath, Patricia Highsmith and W.E.B. Du Bois, with content from poet Fred Moten and a critical evaluation of artist and printmaker D. R. “Bob” Wakefield. We have rolled out a special issue on the word “deep” and anticipate future issues on “crisis and opportunity” and “archive.”

South does not publish unsolicited short fiction, poetry, personal essays or notes. We bear no responsibility for lost or misplaced manuscripts and do not accept hardcopy submissions.

Manuscripts must be submitted with an abstract (maximum 250 words). Due to the heavy volume of submissions, the editors request that essays be limited to a maximum of 7,500 words (including notes and works cited). Please allow four to six months for review and notification.