Subtropics Issue 19



Amie Barrodale, Sebastian Boensch, Caleb Crain, Gabriel Louis, Owen King, Emma Smith-Stevens


Ed Allen


John Wall Barger, Paula Bohince, Darin Ciccottelli, Denise Duhamel and Maureen Seaton, Claudia Emerson, John Estes, V. Hansmann, Chad Hanson, Jill Osier, Kevin Phan, Christine Poreba, Natalie Shapero, Eleanor Stanford, Daniel Wolff, Katherine E. Young


Keyne Cheshire (Homer), K. E. Semmel (Galina Werschenska)


SUBTROPICS Submissions Hiatus

Due to some unforeseen developments concerning the future of Subtropics (good developments but ones that necessitate significant labor on the part of the editors), we are not currently reading submissions. We hope to resume reading submissions in the fall.


SUBTROPICS Now Available in Digital Format

We are excited to announce Subtropics is now available in a new digital format through 0s&1s, a company specializing in the digitalization of literary publications. You can purchase the digital magazine at the 0s&1s page for Subtropics.

degree-faviconFeatures from Issue 19

August 22, 2015

To close out the summer, we’re happy to post additional featured stories and poems from Subtropics 19 here on the site:


The Sew Man” by Amie Barrodale
Francique” by Gabriel Louis


What are the Words for This?” by Christine Poreba
Cyst” by Claudia Emerson
Long-Tailed Blue Bird Flying Over Azalea Blossoms” by Paula Bohince
Medical History” by Eleanor Stanford:
Moon Spills on River” and “Who Mutters in the Night” by Daniel Wolff

June 4, 2015

Chloe Lane interviews Emma Smith-Stevens about her story “Some Ongoing Etc.”

June 21, 2015

Elaina Mercatoris interviews Kevin Phan about his poem “Fledgling
Trevor Crown interviews Sebastian Boensch about his story “Death Sentence(s)

Come back soon for more featured stories and poems from Subtropics 19.


May 30, 2015

Issue 19 has just been published. Featuring new stories by Amie Barrodale, Sebastian Boensch, Caleb Crain, Gabriel Louis, Owen King, and Emma Smith-Stevens; an essay by Ed Allen: poems by John Wall Barger, Paula Bohince, Darin Ciccottelli, Denise Duhamel and Maureen Seaton, Claudia Emerson, John Estes, V. Hansmann, Chad Hanson, Jill Osier, Kevin Phan, Christine Poreba, Natalie Shapero, Eleanor Stanford, Daniel Wolff, and Katherine E. Young; and translations by Keyne Cheshire (Homer) and K. E. Semmel (Galina Werschenska).

Issue 19 also features a new cover and layout design. We will bring featured content from this issue to the site in the near future.


May 21, 2015

We are extremely pleased to announce that Becky Hagenston’s “The Upside-Down World” and Christopher Merkner’s “Cabins” (Subtropics 16) have been chosen by Laura Furman to appear in The O. Henry Prize Stories 2015.


February 16, 2015

Our reading period for fiction and non-fiction will close on February 28th, 2015 rather than March 15th, 2015. The reading period for poetry will close on March 15th, 2015.


December 1, 2014

We are extremely pleased to announce that Chinelo Okparanta’s “Fairness” (Subtropics 14) has been chosen by Laura Furman to appear in The O. Henry Prize Stories 2014.

Congratulations to Peter Cameron, whose story “After the Flood” from Subtropics 15 has been selected by Jennifer Egan for inclusion in Best American Short Stories 2014.

Read to Write Stories has published an interview with Alex Perez (Subtropics 10) about his story “Eggs,” as well as a writing exercise about creating the world of the story.