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Issues per Year: 
Issue Price: 
Greater than 10,000
Genres Published: 
Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Experimental, Feminist, Flash Fiction, Nature/Environmental, Prose Poetry, Narrative Nonfiction, Literary Fiction
Reading Period: 
Jan 1 - Dec 31
Reporting Time: 
3 to 6 months
Charges Reading Fee: 
Accepts Electronic Submissions: 
Accepts Simultaneous Submissions: 
Accepts Unsolicited Submissions: 
Number of Debut Authors per Issue: 

Editorial Focus

Contrary is a quarterly literary journal that publishes commentary, fiction, and poetry and especially specimens that defy those categories. Founded at the University of Chicago in 2003, it operates independently on the South Side of Chicago and publishes writers from throughout the world.

Tips From the Editor

Put your name on your paper. One space between sentences. Proofread. Read submission guidelines.

Contact Information

Jeff McMahon, Editor
PO Box 806363
Do not send submissions to this address
Chicago, IL 60680

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Last updated: April 11, 2014

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