The original Fugitives, a literary group centered around Vanderbilt University, believed in the importance of art and intellect. Their coalition toggled between a mystical and a pragmatic stance that society faced in the 1920s and 30s. Taken in today’s context, their views on slavery could be considered pitiful rationales, but at the time, their opinions on race, gender, privilege, and justice were contrary to The Lost Cause movement and the white overseers of capital—the new rich of post-Reconstruction, but the old money of today. As citizens, we must question the establishment. This is the mission of The New Southern Fugitives.
Each week, we offer subscribers fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and visual art that challenges our comfortable perspective of the South. We strive to promote diversity, reach a broad audience, and cultivate the new Southern voice of the New Millennium. Our subscribers and contributors are a critical part of our success, and we are always seeking more of each. We attend book festivals throughout the Southeast and advertise in literary publications so we can promote the growth of new voices. Subscription to our weekly zine is fee, and we pay our contributors upon publication (and we do not charge a reading fee). Please send us your work, and encourage your friends to do the same!
The New Southern Fugitives