Southern Cultures
is an award-winning, peer-reviewed quarterly of the arts, history, and cultures of the US South, published by UNC Press for the Center for the Study of the American South, where it is housed. The plural “cultures” in our name recognizes a region of many peoples, histories, memories, and interpretations.

We welcome thoughtful submissions—from essays and articles to memoir, photo essays, features, and interviews & oral histories—for the following special issues:

Fall 2022: Inheritance

Winter 2022: Moral Economies

We are especially interested in reader-friendly essays and articles that engage southern topics in a broad and accessible manner while retaining scholarly rigor.

Our full-length essays and articles generally run 15–20 double-spaced manuscript pages (3,750–5,000 words). Under this format, introductions should offer our non-specialist, non-scholarly readers a context for topics but should not survey the relevant historiography in detail. Please keep technical or discipline-specific jargon to a minimum, read Southern Cultures for tone and style, and check Submittable for our up-to-date production schedule and deadlines.

Our shorter features, which typically run 8–14 pages (2,000–3,500 words), include: Upbeat Down South (music), Not Forgotten (personal reminiscences), Beyond Grits and Gravy (food), and Southern Voices (interviews). We do not accept unsolicited poetry submissions.

Photo or art essay submissions should include 10–25 high resolution (at least 1.5 MB) images, along with a short introduction of 200–300 words and captions/identifying information for the images submitted.

Please submit your work via Submittable, paying special attention to the appropriate category or special theme.


We do not accept simultaneous submissions and ask that you do not submit your work elsewhere while it is under consideration at Southern Cultures.

In preparing your manuscript, please double space and use 12-point Times New Roman font and 1.25-inch margins (left/right). Notes should be numbered sequentially and placed at the end of the article as endnotes. Please consult the Chicago Manual of Style for endnote formatting questions.

All submissions are subject to review by the editors and by external referees and, if accepted, will be copyedited for style, clarity, and soundness of argument. This can take the form of light copyediting or more involved content and organizational editing. We see the copyediting process as dynamic and collaborative, and authors will have an opportunity to respond to the reviewers and to subsequent copyedits. Authors transfer copyright of accepted work to Southern Cultures, although we are pleased to grant authors permission to reprint their essays with acknowledgement upon request. We do our best to respond to submissions within 8 weeks.

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