Author’s Note: I wrote this essay as my granddaughter was preparing to live with me for several months during the pandemic. I’d never been alone with her for an extended period⎯her mother, my ... [Continue Story]
Author’s Note: I wrote “Learn to Sail” in a poetry workshop. The assignment was to write about an instance where you misunderstood what was said. Just then a woman poked her head in the door, saying... [Continue Story]
Author’s note: In 1950’s Southern California, Mom didn’t have much money to spend on my birthday, so boys were invited to wear tattered clothes, smudge their faces, and join a nighttime gathering of “hobos” roasting hot dogs over a crackling campfire in our backyard. No wonder I later thumbed around America and hopped freights to New Orleans. My wanderlust eventually led me to haul my backpack around the world….as you’ll discover... [Continue Story]
Thirteen years ago, a small group of very experienced writers got together to form Delmarva Review. Our goal, to seek and publish the best writing and writers we could find, enabling Delmarva’s finest writers to compete with and stand side-by-side with writers from all across the country and world. We wanted to create a world-class literary review.
Today, with the steadfast support of the Talbot County Arts Council and a devoted editorial team, we have published the original new work of 390 writers from 42 states and 14 countries. In all, half the writers are from the Chesapeake and Delmarva region. As a result of our success, and our recognition as a one of the better national journals, Delmarva writers are receiving recognition they may never have received otherwise. 72 have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and others for mentions in several “Best of” series anthologies. Many writers have told us how important it was to have the support of the Review as they pursued their journey toward excellence.
For more, please view this word of thanks from our Managing Editor, Bill Gourgey.
Authors Note: This poem came to me while I was literally watching large slabs of ice flow down a Vermont river during a week in April when the ice broke up and the river began flowing again. Some ... [Continue Story]
Six Authors Nominated
The Delmarva Review announced six Pushcart Prize nominations for nonfiction memoir, poetry, and fiction selections in the Review's 13th annual edition, published on November 1, 2020.
The first nomination is for “When Friendship Dies,” a memoir by Maryland author Sue Ellen Thompson, of Oxford. She is one of three featured writers in the new edition.
Four poetry nominations are for “Eyes of the Crab,” by Ann LoLordo, of Crownsville, Maryland, “Leaving Spain,” by David Salner, of Millsboro, Delaware, “The Way Her Lover’s Fingers,” by Doris L. Ferleger, of Wyncote, Pennsylvania, and “Franklin Roosevelt’s Hand-controlled Car vs. Eleanor,” by Douglas Collura, of New York City.
“Impulse Control,” a short story by Patrick J. Murphy, of Tallahassee, Florida, was nominated for a fiction award.
Pushcart editors will select the final winners to publish in an anthology, The Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses, due in the fall of 2021.
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 print at a time when many commercial publications are reducing literary content or going out of business.
Since its first annual issue, the Delmarva Review has selected the new work of 390 writers. 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-two have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Some have received notable mention 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 now through 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.com and other major online booksellers, as well as some regional specialty book shops, like Mystery Loves Company, in Oxford.
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Author’s note: The Florida Keys are a place unlike any other and wishful thinking, I suppose, led me to recall the wide expanses of water, the individual islands arrowing through it, and then I remembered the Big Pine Key Road prison and the marinas and roadside bars nearby, where anything could happen. A romance happened, […]
Author’s Note: I learned of the discovery of this exoplanet in the newspaper. What intrigued me was the discussion of the parent star lodged in the constellation Cancer and the "subtle tugs" on that ... [Continue Story]
Author’s Note: It’s pretty quiet right now on the Chester River. We’ve pulled our boats and turned our gardens under. Now gray skies and bare trees come alive with the migratory birds that are my favorite Fall visitors. This poem is just to say, even with the disruption […]
64 Authors Featured
New Submission Period Open November 1
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 5 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 opening of the submission period today (November 1), for the 14th issue. It will remain open until March 31, 2021. Editors read all submissions. There are no reading fees. Submissions are made electronically through Submittable. Guidelines and submission access can be found on DelmarvaReview.org.
“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,” Wyatt writes in the opening Preface. “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, Maryland, captures the feeling of nature’s power and symbolizes the realities of climate change. The “watch house” has since been swept into the sea.
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, Maryland, 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.
Acclaimed Argentinian 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, who was recently named Poet Laureate of Virginia, about influences on her poetry, including seven of her new poems in this edition.
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. They are from 42 states and 14 other countries. About half are from the Delmarva and Chesapeake region of the Mid-Atlantic. Seventy-two 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, the managing editor who designs and publishes the review, fiction senior editor Harold O. Wilson, fiction coeditors 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 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, 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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