See that pretty painting to the right? It’s so southern. Stick those flowers in a vase and you can almost taste the genteel old ladies sipping mint juleps on their antebellum back porches.
But truth: that ain’t the south today. And those flowers—they’re kudzu blooms. Just like kudzu, the 21st century south is a mix of traditional and new, regional and international. And even though kudzu is unfairly dismissed as a weed, it has a vitality and ability which far surpasses that of most plants native to America.
storySouth’s most important mission is to showcase the best fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry that writers from the new south have to offer. Special emphasis is given to finding and promoting the works of promising new writers.
In addition, storySouth aims to prove that the internet is not just a medium of flash and style; that excellent writing can attract attention without programming gimmicks and hard-to-read fonts. To this end, storySouth practices clean, simple web design.
And what storySouth is doing must be working, because over the last six years our magazine has been recognized for its unique look at southern writing. Stories, essays, and poetry published in storySouth have won a number of awards and have been reprinted in anthologies such as Best American Poetry 2008, Best of the Web 2008, and e2ink: The Best of the Online Journals. storySouth also runs the annual Million Writers Award, which honors the best online fiction of the year and was named a Hot Site by USA Today. To read about these honors and more, check out storySouth’s award-winning writings page.
Online fads can’t help but fade away; great writing endures. storySouth is all about the writing.
Assistant Fiction Editors
Assistant Poetry Editors
Contributing Editor JULIE FUNDERBURK is a native North Carolinian. Her full-length collection of poetry "The Door that Always Opens" will be published by LSU Press in the fall of 2016. Her work appears in literary journals such as 32 Poems, Best New Poets, Blackbird, The Cincinnati Review, and Ploughshares, and her chapbook "Thoughts to Fold into Birds" is available from Unicorn Press. For her poetry, she has been awarded a North Carolina Arts Council Artist Fellowship and scholarships from the Bread Loaf and Sewanee writers’ conferences. She serves as a Board of Trustees member for the North Carolina Writers’ Network and teaches at Queens University of Charlotte in NC.
Founding Editor JASON SANFORD is the author of a number of short stories, essays, and articles. He is the winner of a Minnesota State Arts Board Fellowship and his stories have been published in magazines such as The Mississippi Review, Diagram, The Beloit Fiction Journal, Analog: Science Fiction and Fact, Interzone, Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show, Pindeldyboz, and other places. He’s also published critical essays and book reviews in places like The New York Review of Science Fiction, The Pedestal Magazine, and The Fix Short Fiction Review. His website is www.jasonsanford.com.
Founding Editor JAKE ADAM YORK, originally from Alabama, was a resident of Denver, Colorado, and an Associate Professor at the University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center where he directed the undergraduate Creative Writing program and edited Copper Nickel with his students. His first book of poems, Murder Ballads, was published in 2005 by Elixir Press. His poems appeared in Southern Review, New Orleans Review, Greensboro Review, Quarterly West, Gulf Coast, Third Coast, DIAGRAM, Octopus, H_NGM_N, and other journals. Jake was also a contributing editor for Shenandoah. He passed away in 2012.