About the Southern California Review

The Southern California Review is an annual independent literary journal dedicated to publishing stories by emerging and established writers in multiple genres and forms.

Originally founded in 1982 as the student-run literary journal for the Master of Professional Writing program at the University of Southern California, the Southern California Review became independent in 2015, after the graduate program was terminated by the university. Determined to keep up the multi-genre spirit and community of the MPW program, the then-current editorial staff of the Southern California Review worked together with former faculty and other MPW alumni to make sure the Southern California Review would live on beyond the program that founded it.

As a multi-format literary journal, the Southern California Review accepts fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, short dramatic forms for stage & screen, comics, interviews, and art & photography. Printed annually, each issue contains exciting work by both emerging and world-famous literary voices.

Every issue has a theme from which writers and artists can draw inspiration. We encourage those who submit to think outside the box; we’re looking for stories that fit the theme yet make us think about it in different ways; we want work that satisfies and challenges traditional forms of storytelling. Before submitting, please first read our Submission Guidelines.

All work is read and given fair consideration by our Managing Editor staff. A new Issue Staff – including Editor in Chief and Section Editors – are chosen at the beginning of each submission period, which runs from Sept. 15th-Dec 15th each year.

2016 – Vol. IX Issue Staff:

Editors in Chief:
Jessica June RoweBrianna J.L. Smyk

Fiction Editor: Mellinda Hensley
Nonfiction Editor: Channing Sargent
Poetry Editor: Sarah Smith Narhi
Stage & Screen Editor: Lauren Gorski

Managing Editors:

Lauren Gorski
Mellinda Hensley
Rebecca Luxton
Abigail Mitchell
Laura Rensing
Jessica June Rowe
Channing Sargent
Brianna J.L. Smyk