Author’s Note: In my short story, Professor, I wanted to explore the complex nuance of sex, power, and choice. The protagonist is a middle-aged divorced mother who is pursued by her professor. She is flattered by the attention, feels powerful, and thinks she is making her own choices in their relationship. In the end though, it becomes clear how little choice she actually had and that her agency and power were an illusion...[Continue Story]
Author’s Note: “Ribbon Room” not only chronicles a trip into the Iowa countryside to buy groceries, it is a record of a trip back in time for my inner child who is simultaneously in the fatherly care of myself. “I bought a bag/of licorice pipes from their candy counter,/a grown man thinking he was seven…[Continue Story]
Editor’s Note: Each word leads to the discovery of unexpected sweetness from the “loco” motion of a powerful love, left to our interpretation, unaffected and unbound from any sense of order. Writer’s Note: This poem is part of a series of love poems called “Something About the Way,” just out from Kelsay Publishers, first published… [Continue Story]
Three Authors Nominated
Delmarva Review has been notified that the writing of three Delmarva Review authors has been nominated for inclusion in Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses (46th edition) by a member of its Board of Contributing Editors. The works are from the 13th annual issue of the literary journal (November 2020). Pushcart finalists will be notified in May for publication in the fall.
The nominations are: “When Friendship Dies,” an essay by Sue Ellen Thompson of Oxford, Maryland; “WHEN/THEN/THAT,” a poem by Katherine Gekker of Arlington, Virginia; and “Leaving Spain,” a poem by David Salner of Millsboro, Delaware.
These are in addition to six previous Pushcart nominations announced in December for works by Delmarva Review authors. The prestigious literary prize will honor writing published in 2020 by small presses “dedicated to exciting, innovative and eclectic prose and poetry.”
Delmarva Review was created in 2008 to encourage writers to pursue writing excellence. Publication in the Review, while competitive, offers authors a valued publishing opportunity for their best writing in both print and digital editions at a time when many commercial publications are reducing literary content or going out of business.
Since its first annual issue, Delmarva Review has selected the new work of 390 writers for publication. In all, authors have come from 42 states and 14 foreign countries. About half are from the tri-state Delmarva Peninsula and Chesapeake Bay region of the Mid-Atlantic. Seventy-three have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Some have been listed in “Best of” anthologies or achieved notice from other critics and editors. For many, this was the first public recognition of their literary accomplishments.
The submission period for Delmarva Review’s 14th edition is open to writers until March 31. Editors read all submissions and do not charge reading fees. A submission link is on the guidelines page of the website: www.DelmarvaReview.org.
Delmarva Review is an independent, 501(c)(3) nonprofit literary journal published by the Delmarva Review Literary Fund Inc, in Talbot County. Partial financial support comes from tax-deductible contributions and a grant from the Talbot County Arts Council, with funds from the Maryland State Arts Council.
The journal is available to readers worldwide from Amazon and other major online booksellers, as well as regional specialty book shops, like Mystery Loves Company, in Oxford.
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Author’s Note: “This might be a story about loss, about acceptance, or about grace. It all depends on the reader. Each person sees what they need to see in a story, or on a street.” Odd ... [Continue Story]
Author’s note: “The story of Tahlequah carrying her dead calf for 17 days rivets and shatters me. Anthropogenic factors including pollution and depletion of chinook salmon have put this group of whales on the Endangered Species list. Every birth is vital. Tahlequah’s calf lived just half an hour. Each time she surfaced to breathe, she ... [Continue Story]
Delmarva Public Radio produces a drama program hosted by Delmarva Review's very own Fiction Editor, Hal Wilson. The program, “Delmarva Radio Theatre,” features original radio plays adapted from short stories published in Delmarva Review.
Following is a production of "Departures" by Delmarva Radio Theatre's Production of "Departures." by Bohdan Dowhaluk first published in Delmarva Review Volume 13. The lead character was played by Poetry Editor, Anne Colwell.
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Author’s Note: “After losing my mother to cancer when I was twelve years old, the cemetery where she is buried became a complicated place for me of expectation and mystery. When I became a mother ... [Continue Story]
Author’s Note: “While on sailing trip on the Chesapeake Bay, I became interested in nautical knots. Their use. Their names. Their configurations. The Anchor Hitch led me here.” A Knot That Holds Another husband to bury, and not yet 60. Sleepless, the dogs can’t settle down, whining in their crates, waiting for him to slip… [Continue Story]