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Happy Fortieth Anniversary to The Thomas Wolfe Review

The Thomas Wolfe Review turns forty this year. Established as the Thomas Wolfe Newsletter in 1977, the magazine became The Thomas Wolfe Review with issue 5.1 (Spring, 1981) and permanently switched to a perfect-bound format with issue 14.2 (Fall 1990). The journal is published every Fall.

The Thomas Wolfe Review considers the winner of the annual Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize for publication. The Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize, sponsored by the North Carolina Writers’ Network and facilitated by The Great Smokies Writing Program at the University of North Carolina at Asheville, is open for submissions through January 30. The winner receives $1,000 and possible publication; for full details, and to submit, click here.

This year’s final judge is Wiley Cash, the current writer-in-residence at UNCA.

A recent issue of The Thomas Wolfe Review featured stories by the Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize co-winners and finalist, along with articles such as “Thomas Wolfe, Transnationalism, and the (Really) Deep South” by Jedediah Evans and a review of Out of the West: Notes from Thomas Wolfe’s Final Western Journey, edited by Mark Canada, by David Radavich.

The Thomas Wolfe Review welcomes the submission of critical and scholarly essays on the work of Thomas Wolfe. The Review also accepts articles on all aspects of Wolfe criticism, bibliography, and biography, and news of interest to readers of Wolfe. Manuscripts should conform to guidelines for documentation and presentation outlined in the MLA Style Manual, and, ideally, should be less than 6,000 words.

For full submission info, click here.

North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame inductee Thomas Wolfe (1900-1938), was born in Asheville. His Look Homeward, Angel is considered one of the most important coming-of-age novels in the English language. Wolfe was considered at the time of his death to be the greatest talent North Carolina had given to American literature. His novels and collected short stories go beyond autobiography, trying to, in William Faulkner’s words, “put all the experience of the human heart on the head of a pin.” His intense poetic language and thoughtfully developed symbology, combined with his uncanny ability to enter the minds of his other characters and give them powerful voices, elevate the books from memoir to undeniable literary art.

The Thomas Wolfe Society has placed plaques on important Wolfe landmarks; it awards citations of merit for “exceptional creative or scholarly work on Wolfe;” and awards prizes and grants to help scholars with their research on Wolfe. The Society meets annually.

Members of The Thomas Wolfe Society receive The Thomas Wolfe Review as part of the perks of membership. To join/subscribe, click here.