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.

Submission Guidelines

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