Longleaf Review was inspired by Zora Neale Hurston’s work for the WPA during the 1930s, which married her love of Florida and her love of story-telling. Hurston spent this time collecting folklore in the turpentine camps of Florida, where the men and women working and living in the longleaf pine forests were often overworked and overlooked in society. Yet Hurston recognized that they each individual had stories to tell and songs to sing which reflected and affirmed the joys, sorrows, and in-betweens of their humanity.
The South has a rich tradition of story-telling, and, like Hurston, we believe everyone has a story to tell. Longleaf Review is committed to publishing inclusive fiction, creative non-fiction, and poetry that encapsulates all it means to be human, with a particular interest in outsider perspectives that force us to look at the everyday in new and inspiring ways. You don’t have to be from Florida to submit to us, but show us your weirdest and best work in the spirit of Florida and we’ll love you for it.