Literary Magazines : Carolina Quarterly

Carolina Quarterly

Carolina Quarterly
Chapel Hill, NC

Circulation: 1000
Issues Per Year: 3
Manuscripts Per Issue: 6-10
New Writers Per Year: 1-2
Payment Type: 2 contributor's copies.


In 1948, the Carolina Magazine, with a history stretching back to 1844, became The Carolina Quarterly – published three times per year in accordance with the three quarters in the University’s school year. Over the years, it has published work by many well-known authors, including Raymond Carver, Anthony Burgess, Don DeLillo, Annie Dillard, Louise Erdrich, Reynolds Price, Lee Smith, Clyde Edgerton, Doris Betts, Richard Wilbur, Thomas Wolfe, and Barry Hannah, among others. It has also published interviews with such award-winning authors as Tobias Wolff, Calvin Trillin, Richard Ford, Pam Durban, Russell Banks, Tom Wolfe, Larry Brown, and John Edgar Wideman.

Both Esquire and Writers’ Digest have cited The Carolina Quarterly alongside such magazines as The New Yorker and The Atlantic Monthly as a place to find consistently good writing. New Pages reviewer Mark Cunningham has said of the Quarterly: “This is a journal whose value far exceeds the subscription cost.” Clockwatch Review named it the best literary magazine in North Carolina. Stories first published in The Carolina Quarterly have been honored with appearances in such anthologies as Best American Short Stories, The Pushcart Prizes: Best of the Small Presses, and New Stories from the South. Poems from recent issues of The Carolina Quarterly have been featured on Poetry Daily and Verse Daily. In a 1997 interview, award-winning North Carolina poet and novelist Robert Morgan called The Carolina Quarterly “one of the glories of UNC-Chapel Hill, and the state of North Carolina.”

Today The Carolina Quarterly remains a proudly student-run journal, with a robust staff of both graduate and undergraduate editors, interns, and assistants. We continue to publish three print issues per year. Beginning in 2011 the journal will begin publishing exclusive web-only content to supplement and compliment the print journal.

Submission Information

  • Biography & Memoir
  • Contemporary Literature
  • Essays
  • Fiction
  • Literary Fiction
  • Nonfiction
  • Poetry
  • Prose Poems
  • Travel

Submission Methods
  • Accepts Simultaneous Queries

Average Story Length: 1000-7500 words
Story Length Limit: 7500 words

  • SASE
  • Cover Letter
  • Manuscript

Response Times
Manuscripts: 4 months

Contact Information

Matthew Hotham

Greenlaw Hall CB #3520, University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3520

Phone: 919-408-7786