Southern Cultures

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. Interdisciplinary and art-forward, it is unusual among scholarly journals for also reaching a popular audience. 

Contributors include Bancroft, National Book Award, Pulitzer, Peabody, PEN America, James Beard, and Best American Comics winners, as well as leading artists, photographers, and political figures. Southern Cultures has readers around the world in more than 70 countries (and counting).

We welcome submissions from thoughtful writers and artists inside and outside the academy in the forms that we publish: scholarly articles, interviews, photo essays, memoir, poetry, and shorter feature essays. Because we have both a scholarly and informed general readership, we are especially interested in reader-friendly articles and essays that deal with southern topics in a broad and accessible manner while retaining scholarly rigor. For this reason, we strongly recommend that you read Southern Cultures for tone and style before submitting your work. For full submissions guidelines, visit .

For questions of style, please consult the Chicago Manual of Style, 17th ed., and follow the Chicago Manual of Style Citation Quick Guide for guidance on formatting endnotes. For spelling and hyphenation, please consult Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, 11th ed. 

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

Southern Cultures, the award-winning, peer-reviewed quarterly from UNC’s Center for the Study of the American South, encourages submissions from artists, writers, and scholars for a special issue, Snapshot: Climate, to be published Fall 2023. We will accept submissions for this issue through October 10, 2022.

For this special issue, Southern Cultures will focus on photography, pairing a single photograph with a short, written reflection (250–350 words). Each author/artist may submit one reflection and up to three related images, from which the editors will select a single image for the issue. Selected artists will receive a stipend to publish original, previously unpublished artwork and accompanying text. (Artists retain all rights.)

We invite work grounded in the specifics of place and community as they intersect with and engage the climate crisis, including regional and global understandings, disaster, impacts, advocacy, and reimagining. Who is impacted and what are the particulars of this community’s experience? How and where are burdens and responses playing out?


Images: TIFFs, CMYK, 300dpi, at least 7” wide.

Text: 250–350 words. The accompanying text can be a short artist statement, reflection, or longer identifying caption. We ask that the text speak to the image and help contextualize it for readers.

Southern Cultures