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 encourages submissions from scholars, writers, and artists for a special issue, The Future of Textiles, to be published Winter 2024. We will accept submissions for this issue through March 1, 2024.

In a moment when the textile industry is fueled by exploited overseas laborers, toxic chemicals, and artificial intelligence over craft, we ask: what is the future of textiles? What happens to a community, state, or nation when its people no longer make clothing, utilitarian fabrics, and textile-related artifacts? The widely held image of the South as an agrarian economy belies the reality of the region as a cradle for modern industry, unions, and global capitalism. We seek submissions that connect the past, present, and future of textile production, from raw material to finished goods. How might we imagine a progressive way forward for textiles in the United States, with attention to sustainability, craft preservation, cultural heritage, justice and equity, entrepreneurship, creativity, and global economics? Stories should connect the hyperlocal and the global, examining how the act of making has shaped the lives of individuals and communities.

How do we preserve the craft and industrial knowledge of making and producing textiles? What happens when textile manufacturing supply chains are broken? How is the South impacted when our textile goods and services are imported from somewhere else? How can making and manufacturing create stronger southern communities? How do we explore, honor, and document the South’s histories of making and manufacturing textiles? How might one restore dignity to the craft and labor of textiles while honoring its makers and a fragile ecosystem?

Submissions may explore any topic or theme related to textiles. We welcome investigations of the region in the forms Southern Cultures publishes: scholarly articles, memoir, interviews, surveys, photo and art essays, and shorter feature essays. Possible topics and questions to examine might include (but are not limited to):

  • Agriculture and raw materials
  • Machine manufacturing
  • Large- and small-scale factory work
  • Hand work and hand craft
  • Small-town economics and community health
  • Generational knowledge
  • The geography of the factory
  • Living, evolving Indigenous textiles
  • Quilt and other textile arts’ curation and exhibition
  • Examples of radical or activist entrepreneurship
  • Gendered empowerment
  • Sustainability in an era of greenwashing
  • Mission-driven textile production
  • Textiles and food landscapes
  • The meaning of craft preservation
  • How hyperlocal becomes a global story

As Southern Cultures publishes digital content, we encourage creativity in coordinating print and digital materials in submissions and ask that authors submit any potential video, audio, and interactive visual content with their essay or introduction/artist’s statement. We encourage authors to gain familiarity with the tone, scope, and style of our journal before submitting. For full submissions guidelines, please click here.

Southern Cultures