See that pretty picture below? 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 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.
Online fads can’t help but fade away; great writing endures. storySouth is all about the writing.
Since its launch in 2001, storySouth has become well known for its unique look at southern writing. Stories, essays, and poetry published in storySouth have been honored by the Chronicle of Higher Education’s Arts and Letters Daily and MobyLives; in addition, two other stories were selected for the first anthology of best web-published fiction of the year. storySouth has also been reviewed by the Bodega Survey on Web del Sol and is listed as a “Contributing Small Press” for the Pushcart Prize. Finally, storySouth’s annual Million Writers Award has been named a Hot Site by USA Today and was the subject of a feature interview with storySouth founding editor Jason Sanford in the 2005 Novel and Short Stories Writers Market.