Time Travel with 30 North

In honor of the multiple redesigns 30 N has gone through this year (website and journal), we have decided to take you on a tour of our magazine’s past. We have taken pictures of every past issue that we are currently in possession of and can’t wait to show you all the changes we’ve gone through before.

Every copy

Pictured above is every issue we currently have in our possession, from 1982-2018, from The Cardinal to 30 North. Sadly we are missing issues from the years 1936-1981, 1983-1990, 1993-1994, and 2000.

The cardinal

From its creation in 1936 to 1994, 30 North was known as The Cardinal. They published works from all over the country, not exclusively undergraduates like we do today.

NC review 90s

In 1995, The Cardinal transitioned into The North Central Review. In the 90s, they were still figuring themselves out in terms of size and style. However, it can be agreed that all the covers were creative and eye-catching. Our personal favorite is the cover of the Fall 1998 issue.

NC review large

In 2001, the style of the The North Central Review changed and stayed consistent for a few years, until Spring 2004. At this time, The NC Review was still publishing work from those of all ages across the country.

NC Review Small

In Fall 2004, with a new school term started a new style of magazine. Not long after that in 2005, The NC review closed its pages to everyone who wasn’t an undergraduate at any 2 or 4 year institution. 2013 was the last issue of The North Central Review.

30 N

In 2014, a name change was in order and The North Central Review turned into 30 North. Our style stayed pretty consistent until this year, 2018. We decided to remodel the issue, making its size a little bigger and more tradition in terms of other literary reviews.


Pictured above is every size change of the journal that we have access to. We gone big and small and everywhere in between.

As a special treat, here is a picture of the first issue of The Cardinal that we have access to from 1982. Check out the pages!

We hope you enjoyed this little peek into our past.


Author: 30 North

30 North is a national undergraduate literary journal. We accept submissions of previously unpublished poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction, as well as photos, digital art, drawings, and paintings. We also publish a variety of web content including interviews with authors and poets and reviews of contemporary literary works.

One thought on “Time Travel with 30 North”

  1. What a lovely retrospective! 30 North staff are always welcome to come and see the North Central College Archives’ collection of Cardinals, North Central Reviews, and 30 Norths.

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