Novelist and short story writer Syed Afzal Haider — whose work appears in the Silver Birch Press Silver Anthology and upcoming Green Anthology — is senior editor of the esteemed literary journal Chicago Quarterly Review. According to the publication’s website, “Chicago Quarterly Review was founded in 1995 to publish both emerging and established writers and, by doing so, encourage them in the development of their craft. By publishing the finest short stories, poems, photographs, and essays we hope to provide readers with work that stimulates, entertains, and inspires.”

The most recent edition (Volume 15, 2012) — available at — features work by Abe Aamidor, Judith Aller, Howard Altmann, Andy Austin, Wallace Baine, Robin Curtiss, Shelley Davidow, Donald G. Evans, Jennifer Firestone, Charles Haddox, Mark Hage, Erik Hanson, Craig Hartglass, Alta Ifland, Nicola Manuppelli, Michela Martini, Lynn Melnick, Idra Novey, James O’Brien, Alice Phung, Signe Ratcliff, Scott Solomon, Samson Stilwell, and John Wilmes. 

Chicago Quarterly Review has an open submission policy. If you’d like to submit, I’d suggest reviewing the publication (you can buy a copy here) and following the submission guidelines (selected details below).

WHAT CQR IS LOOKING FOR: The writer’s voice ought to be clear and unique and should explain something of what it means to be human. We want well-written stories that reflect an appreciation for the rhythm and music of language, work that shows passion and commitment to the art of writing.

CQR SUBMISSION GUIDELINES: Chicago Quarterly Review accepts short stories, personal essays, poetry, photographs, and prints of artwork. Please do not submit more than one story at a time.  We accept simultaneous submissions.  We do NOT accept previously published work.


  • Short Stories and Fiction – up to 5000 words
  • Non-Fiction and Personal essays- up to 5000 words
  • Poetry – 3-5 poems
  • Photos, Prints and other Visual Artwork –  Black and white, Jpeg or pdf format preferred

For specific details regarding how to submit your work to the Chicago Quarterly Review, go to this page. (CQR only accepts electronic submissions.) Good luck!