Focus and Scope

Most issues are thematic in nature. See the homepage for the latest Call for Submissions. The highly visual format of our journal—which features original artwork on each cover and approximately 30 full-color illustrations in each issue—is conceived with the aesthetic experience in mind. Whether one accesses Chiricú Journalelectronically (via Project Muse or JSTOR) or in print, we aim to convey the vibrancy of Latinx arts and the complexity of Latinx lived experience.  

Peer Review & Selection

All scholarly and non-fiction content undergoes a double-blind peer review process. We aim to provide contributors feedback within 90 days of submission; however, review timeframes may vary according to volume of submissions and availability of peer reviewers. To ensure a blind review for Scholarly and non-fiction works, contributors shoud remove all identification from the text and file metadata. We consider original submissions that have not been previously published and are not under consideration elsewhere. Acceptance rates: Scholarly submissions = 20% (approx.); Creative submissions = 15% (approx.).

Publication Frequency

Chiricú Journal: Latina/o Literatures, Arts, and Cultures is published in the Fall and Spring.

Journal History

In 1976 a group of Indiana University students approached Dr. Luis Dávila, professor of Spanish & Portuguese, and collectively organized a new magazine. It became a thriving venue for the publication of poetry, fiction, artwork, and fiction at a time when there were few spaces at Latina/o expression. The students titled the mimeographed magazine: Chiricú. That unique monker captured the diverse origins of the major Spanish-speaking populations in the United States at the time: “Chi” for Chicanos, “Ri” for puertorriqueños, and “Cú” for cubanos. Over thirty-six years (1976-2012) the publication evolved into a full-color journal with contributions in English, Spanish, and Portuguese. Its pages contained, among other gems, early works by Sandra Cisneros, Norma Alarcón, and Jim Sagel, as well as rare interviews with Jorge Luis Borges and Edward James Olmos. 

Chiricú Journal is pleased to honor the legacy and spirit of Chiricú (the magazine) and its director of four decades, professor Luis Dávila. In Fall 2016, we launched our peer-reviewed, multilingual, digital-and-print scholarly journal dedicated to showcasing the complexity and heterogeneity of Latinx communities and cultures across the Americas.

To view a catalogue of back issues of Chiricú (magazine), click here.