The Delmarva Review is a literary journal dedicated to the discovery of compelling new fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. We publish annually to inspire readers and writers who pursue excellence in literary writing. 

The 2016 edition presents new poetry and prose from thirty-six contributors in 11 states; their works probe a number of topics: love, loss, aging, addiction, physical and mental illness, personal identity, relationships, and, of course, death.   

In recognition of William Shakespeare's 400th birthday, we are featuring in this issue the work of Shakespearean actor and poet James Keegan, from Milton, Delaware. His essay explores how the veteran actor draws human qualities from his Shakespearean roles on stage to build contemporary characters in his poetry. Mythological undertones surface throughout much of the writing in this edition.

The Review welcomes prose and poetry submissions, in English, from all authors. We encourage outstanding story-telling and moving poetry. Our standards are for memorable prose and poetry exhibiting skillful expression. Please consult the Submission Guide for all submissions. We also seek illustrative work in the form of photography or other art to be considered for the cover and inside pages.

The submission period for Volume 10 (2017 edition) is open from November 1, 2016 to March 31, 2017. 

Note: the submission period for the Chesapeake Voices contest ends on May 31, 2017.

Volume 9 of the Review, published November 1, 2016, will be available in print and digital editions worldwide from major online booksellers as well as regional libraries and bookstores on the Delmarva Peninsula. 

The Delmarva Review is published by the Eastern Shore Writers Association (ESWA), supporting the literary arts across the tristate region of the Delmarva Peninsula, including portions of Maryland, Delaware, and Virginia. Publication is supported by a grant from the Talbot County Arts Council, with revenues provided by the Maryland State Arts Council, as well as private contributions and sales.

Volume 9

in print and 
ebook editions at online  booksellers
and regional

Coming Soon!
Featuring Cover Photo by Cal Jackson