The Carolina Quarterly


From the Editor

The Carolina Quarterly has a long history. In 1844, the North Carolina University Magazine, published by members of the senior class, struggled through ten numbers and one year before expiring. In February 1852, Volume 1, Number 1 of a magazine bearing the same name appeared quietly at

Chapel Hill, acknowledging its predecessor and praying for better luck. By 1861, the new North Carolina Magazine was flourishing, publishing local writers, students work, remembrances, and reflections, but the magazine and later the University were closed by the Civil War. In March 1878, the magazine reappeared under the same name, beginning again with Volume 1, Number 1, in which series it ran until 1920. In October of that year, it became the New Carolina Magazine and once again appeared as Volume 1, Number 1. During the Depression, it metamorphosed from magazine format into a quasi-tabloid affair, emerging in 1929 under the same name and as Volume 1, Number 1. In 1934, recovering slowly from the Hoover days, the chameleon journal reverted to its previous magazine format and began claiming on its masthead, “The Oldest College Publication in the U.S. Founded in 1844.”

In 1948, the Carolina Magazine 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. We believe this reputation for excellence reflects well on the university and the state of North Carolina as a whole. 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 complement the print journal.


The Carolina Quarterly publishes a variety of poetry, fiction, essays, reviews, and artwork three times a year. Approximately 1,000 copies are distributed to readers locally and to individual subscribers, public and university libraries, and bookstores in the United States and overseas. Back issues are sold throughout the year. Free online access to the full-text of our issues is available to every UNC student. The Carolina Quarterly has been publishing the work of established and emergent writers for more than sixty years. Recent issues have featured the works of Michael Chitwood, William Virgil Davis, K.A. Hays, Matt Hart, Cary Holladay, Caitlin Horrocks, Mark Jarman, William Logan, Michael McFee, Robert Morgan, Peter Munro, Daniel Wallace, Theordore Worozbyt, Robert Wrigley, and more. Works published in The Carolina Quarterly have appeared in New Stories from the South, Best of the South, Poetry Daily, O. Henry Prize Stories, The Pushcart Prizes, and Best American Short Stories.


Editor: Matthew Hotham
Print Magazine? Yes
Mailing Address: The Carolina Quarterly 510 Greenlaw Hall CB# 3520 The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3520
Circulation: 600-1000
Submission Guidelines:
Approximate Response Time 3-4 Months
Publishes: 3 Issues/Year
Year Founded: 1948
Online Submissions? Yes