Welcome to the Sewanee Review

We invite you to take your place in history
with America's oldest continuously published
literary quarterly in your hands.

We would like to remind you that our current reading
period ends on May 3st, 2014. If you wish to submit,
take a look at our submission guidelines.

Check it out! For the first time in the history
of the Sewanee Review, we're delivering a
series of never-before-published essays
exclusively online. Read the second entry,
Michael Beeman's "From Inspiration to Print,"
which follows the inaugural and eponymous essay
of the series, Brock Adams's "Spilt Ink."

We are pleased to announce the release 
our winter issue of 2014, The Dance of Poetry



"The poet, like the person in the depths of prayer, loses all sense of anything else; subject and object blend in the focus, which takes on a holy hush."

—Jay Parini, “Poetry and the Function of Prayer”


Meet the new contributors to the Sewanee Review in 2013.

We are happy to announce the prizes for the best
work published in this magazine in 2013.

Take hold of the direct literary line
to Flannery O’Connor, Robert Penn Warren, Hart Crane, Anne Sexton, Harry Crews, and Fred Chappell—not to mention Andre Dubus and Cormac McCarthy, whose first stories were published in the
Sewanee Review and James Dickey, whose poetry was first published by us in 1951.
At 122 years young, we are old school in the best way possible. We have been honored by time, and in return we strive to be traditional without being quaint and innovative without being mutinous.

The success of a magazine in America is judged by its survival. Published since 1892 by the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, the Sewanee Review has never missed an issue . . . so you be the judge . . . please! Take a look, or take another look, beneath the pale blue cover; we think you'll be surprised. In issues that cohere around broad themes like Southern letters, the literature of war, the modern Catholic novel, and the future of the printed word (to name a few), the editor has cultivated a distinguished group of writers whose work regularly appears in this storied publication, as well as a few talented newcomers in each issue. The Sewanee Review is unique in the field of letters for its rich tradition of excellence in poetry, fiction, and memoir, and for its dedication to straightforward, no-nonsense literary criticism.