Quarterly Conversation Call for Spring, Summer Submissions

The Quarterly Conversation is soliciting submissions for our Spring and Summer issues, as well as pieces to be published in between issues. (Submission guidelines here.) We publish book reviews, critical essays written for a broad audience, and interviews. We pay upon publication.

Over the past three years, we have grown to attract a sizable audience and mentions from sites like the National Book Critics Circle. Our adjunct blog, Conversational Reading, attracts thousands of readers per week. We are dedicated to high-quality criticism of new and interesting works of literature, and we publish it for an educated audience of laypeople who care about good books.

The Quarterly Conversation’s focus is on literary fiction generally, but we have especially strong coverage of literature-in-translation.

Issue 14, just published in early December, features essays on authors including William Gaddis and Charles Bukowski.

Our reviews included new work from Roberto Bolano, Michelle Cliff, Attila Bartis, and poet Lyn Hejinian. Recent interviewees have been Aleksandar Hemon, Horacio Castellanos Moya, and Michael Martone.

Our reviews typically range from 1,000 to 1,500 words, and we usually publish between 10 and 15 per issue. Essays are typically between 3,000 and 4,000 words, roughly 5 per issue. Interviews are about the same length as essays.

We are also always interested in pieces on authors and works as yet unavailable in English. In the past we have published essays on unavailable works from Eric Chevillard, Rodrigo Fresan, and Macedonio Fernandez.

We are currently assigning for our Spring and Summer issues, and we are also accepting submissions for book reviews and interviews to be published in between our quarterly issues.

For full information, including our pay rates, see our submission guidelines page.

For inquiries, please contact the editor at

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  2. Winter Issue Special Feature: Writing and Reading at Work The Quarterly Conversation is happy to announce that we will be running a special feature in our Winter issue on the theme of reading and writing at work. For this feature we are interested in: the literary criticism that we usually publish, only focused on authors who have unusual relationships...
  3. Spring 2007 Contributors Derik Badman blogs at MadInkBeard and writes reviews for various publications. Dave Beckerman attended NYU Graduate Film School, worked in the film business as a screenwriter for ten years, and eventually returned to still photography, which he had begun as a child in the Bronx. His work has recently appeared...
  4. Summer 2006 Contributors Dave Munger has been an editor, teacher, book designer, and stay-at-home dad. He holds graduate degrees in English and science education and has written four college writing textbooks. Based in Davidson, North Carolina, he currently writes the blogs Cognitive Daily and Word Munger. Matthew Tiffany recently earned a masters degree...
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