Delmarva Review publishes 13th literary journal

Submissions for next issue due March 31
November 8, 2020

Delmarva Review announced publication of its 13th annual literary journal presenting new poetry, short fiction and creative nonfiction by authors from 21 states, the District of Columbia and five other countries.

“The new issue is our largest, with 362 pages filled with exceptional new prose and poetry,” said Wilson Wyatt, executive editor. The work of 64 writers was selected from thousands of submissions during the year.

The review also announced the submission period for the 14th issue will remain open until Tuesday, March 31.

Editors read all submissions. There are no reading fees. Submissions are made electronically through Submittable. For more information about guidelines and submission access, go to

“A number of human themes are represented in this issue. One, in particular, gives life to the others – change. We strive to deal with change in our daily lives,” said Wyatt. “There have been mega-changes in the last year, ones sharply affecting the human condition: a worldwide pandemic, climate change, and harsh societal division, to name a few. While change is uncomfortable, often confronting personal denial, it finds its natural place in all forms of writing.”

The cover image, “Cedar Island Watch House,” by contributing photographer Jay P. Fleming of Annapolis, Md., captures the feeling of nature’s power and symbolizes the realities of climate change. The watch house has been swept into the sea since the photo was taken.

This issue highlights the writing of three featured authors with interviews by the review’s editors, each followed by the writer’s original work. Sue Ellen Thompson from Oxford, Md., is interviewed about selecting memoir over poetry to write about the demise of a close friendship. Her answers reveal thoughts about memoir as a form.

Argentine author Guillermo Martínez is interviewed by fiction senior editor Harold O. Wilson about writing fiction and specifically about Martínez’s story, first published in English in this edition.

Poetry editor Anne Colwell interviews Luisa A. Igloria of Norfolk, Va., about influences on her poetry, including seven of her new poems in this edition. Igloria was recently named Poet Laureate of Virginia. 

Delmarva Review was created to offer writers a valued home in print to publish their best writing at a time when many commercial publications were reducing literary content or closing their doors.

The journal favors the permanence of the printed word, but it also publishes electronic versions to meet the digital preferences of readers. Both paperback and electronic editions are immediately available at Amazon and other major online booksellers.

Delmarva Review’s contribution to the writing community is reflected in part by the breadth of original work selected since the review’s origin in 2008. The journal has published new poetry and prose by 390 writers from 42 states and 14 other countries. About half are from the Delmarva and Chesapeake regions of the Mid-Atlantic. More than 70 have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Some have attained notable attention in best-of anthologies or received acclaim from other literary critics and editors.

In addition to Wyatt, the journal’s staff for this edition includes Bill Gourgey, managing editor, who designs and publishes the review; fiction senior editor Harold O. Wilson; fiction co-editors James O’Sullivan and Lee Slater; poetry editor Anne Colwell; poetry assistant editor Wendy Elizabeth Ingersoll; creative nonfiction editor Ellen Brown; book section editor Gerald Sweeney; copy editor Jodie Littleton; and treasurer Judy Reveal.

Published by the Delmarva Review Literary Fund Inc., a nonprofit organization in Talbot County, Md., the journal receives partial funding support from individual tax-deductible contributions and a grant from the Talbot County Arts Council, with revenues from the Maryland State Arts Council.

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