The Spring/Summer 2023 issue of South 85, the Converse College Low-Res MFA Program, features fiction, nonfiction, poetry, reviews, and art by new and established writers and artists. Readers can click over to find fresh fiction by Matt Izzi, Patrick Strickland, Christie Marra, Mike Herndon, Mark Brazaiti; creative nonfiction by Linda Briskin, Alice Lowe, Honey Rand, Harris Walker; and poetry by Dana Tenille Weekes, David Galloway, Susan Michele Coronel, Michelle Holland, Patrick Wilcox, Ellen Roberts Young, Nadine Ellsworth-Moran, Greg Nelson, Ellen Roberts Young, Ann Malaspina, Kevin Pilkington, Christina Baumis, Gordon W. Mennenga. “The Dollmaker: Why You Should Have Read This Book Long Before Now” is an essay by Jody Hobbs Hesler and the issue features photography by Linda Briskin.
Deadline: April 15, 2023 South 85 Journal is open for submissions of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction until April 15, 2023, for our summer issue. As the literary journal for the Converse University Low-Residency MFA program, we are entering our 11th year of publication. Our editorial staff is comprised of experienced readers, writers, and editors who carefully consider every work of writing they receive. Visit website and view flyer for more information.
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South 85 Journal‘s blog is a treasure trove for writers. The blog offers writing prompts, interviews with writers, and plenty of helpful articles about the craft. Recent posts include discussions of autoethnography in creative nonfiction, anthropomorphism in writing, the usefulness of prompts, and tips to stay motivated.
The blog is actively updated between issues, so you have plenty to keep you busy and inspired before the Fall/Winter 2021 issue is released later this year. Sign up for blog updates via the form at their website’s footer so you never miss out.
Update your calendars—South 85 Journal has announced they’ve changed their reading general reading periods. They’ll now be reading from February 1 to April 16, and August 1 to October 15, though this is subject to change in the future. For now, make note and get your subs ready for August.
Or, if you’ve already been polishing your poetry and flash fiction and are looking for somewhere to submit, submissions for the Julia Peterkin Poetry & Flash Fiction Contests are now open until August 1. Marlin Barton will judge the flash fiction submissions, and Denis Duhamel will judge the poetry.
South 85 Journal lets readers and writers know that they’re especially interested in writing with a strong voice and/or a strong sense of setting, and the writing in the Fall/Winter 2015 issue demonstrates this preference, with just enough selections in each genre to keep a reader interested without being overwhelmed. There’s no padding here, no skimming of pieces, no skipping anything over. Each piece begs to be fully consumed.