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The Southwest Review is a literary journal published quarterly, based on the Southern Methodist Universitymarker campus in Dallas, Texasmarker. It is the third oldest literary quarterly in the United States of America (USmarker). The current editor-in-chief is Willard Spiegelman

The journal was formerly known as the Texas Review, and was started in 1915 at the University of Texasmarker. In 1924 the magazine was transferred to SMUmarker by Jay B. Hubbell and George Bond, who served as joint editors until 1927.

Famous contributors include: Quentin Bell, Amy Clampitt, Margaret Drabble, Natalia Ginzburg, James Merrill, Iris Murdoch, Howard Nemerov, Edmund White, Maxim Gorky, Cleanth Brooks, and Robert Penn Warren.

More recent contributors of note include: Ann Harleman, Thomas Beller, Ben Fountain, Gerald Duff, and Jacob M. Appel.

Honors and Awards

  • Ann Harleman's story, Meanwhile, received an O. Henry Award in 2003.
  • Ben Fountain's story, Fantasy for Eleven Fingers, won an O. Henry Award in 2005.
  • Barbara Moss Klein's story, Little Edens, was short-listed for the O. Henry Award in 2005.
  • Merritt Tuck story, Suck It, was included in Best New Stories from the South 2008.
  • Jacob Appel's story, Rods and Cones, was short-listed for Best American Nonrequired Reading in 2008.


  1. Wedding 'Web' and Review, Dallas Morning News, October 23, 2000
  2. The Good Word About Dallas Area Literary Journals, Dallas Morning News, February 9, 1999.

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