Today, the Chicago Review of Books is launching a sister publication called Arcturus, an online literary magazine featuring place-based fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, comics, art, and photography.
Arcturus is hosted on Medium, where we’ll publish original and excerpted work year-round (at least one new piece per week). Like the Chicago Review of Books, Arcturus is dedicated to diverse voices, genres, settings, and ideas in the work we publish. Every six months, we will report on the demographics of our contributors to ensure diversity and transparency.
What We Publish
We have no restrictions on the content we publish, except that the work must have a strong sense of place. For more information on writing about place, see Dorothy Allison’s classic piece at the Tin House blog.
We love Chicago writers. We love Midwestern writers. We love work set in Chicago and the Midwest. But we also love Norway. And the Philippines. And Nigeria. And Mars.
How to Submit Your Work
Visit the submit page.
Name and Imagery
The name Arcturus comes from the star in the constellation Boötes, the light from which was used to open the 1933 “Century of Progress” World’s Fair in Chicago. The light had traveled through space for roughly 40 years, beginning its journey when the previous Chicago world’s fair opened in 1893.
The Arcturus logo depicts the Federal Building at the 1933 world’s fair, as seen in the expo’s original promotional poster. The header image is a photograph of Halley’s Comet (public domain), taken in 1910 by the University of Chicago’s Yerkes Observatory (the same observatory where the light from Arcturus was detected at the 1933 world’s fair).
Creative Nonfiction Editor