The Delmarva Review announced publication of its ninth annual literary journal presenting original prose and poetry from thirty-six writers in 11 states. The review welcomes submissions from all writers.
“From almost 2,000 submissions, the we selected eight short stories, 10 essays, forty-seven poems, and five books to review. They probe common human themes, each presenting the author’s unique literary voice,” said Wilson Wyatt, executive editor. “They address love, loss, aging, addiction, physical and mental illness, personal identity, a sense of place, and, of course, death.”
The cover photograph, “Significant Other,” by George Merrill, of St. Michaels, Maryland, is suggestive of human relationships, depicted by two weathered picket gateposts (in Oxford, MD), with expressive “eyes,” bound together by the arms of a simple tether. The image invites one’s imagination.
In recognition of the 400th birthday of William Shakespeare, the Review features an essay and poems by actor James Keegan, from Milton, Delaware. The veteran actor describes how he draws human qualities from his Shakespearean roles on stage to build characters in his poetry. Mythological undertones surface throughout much of the writing in this edition.
True to the regional namesake (the Delmarva Peninsula), this issue includes a special section listing 114 current books published by authors from the Chesapeake region. The new books cover most genres and provide an excellent view of the diversity of creative work by regional authors.
Published by the Eastern Shore Writer’s Association (ESWA), The Delmarva Review has printed the original literary work of 254 authors over a nine-year history. Some are newly discovered. In all, they have come from twenty-eight states, the District of Columbia, and nine other countries. Over half are from the Delmarva and Chesapeake region.
The Review’s published work has earned over 40 nominations for a Pushcart Prize, as well as notable mentions in published anthologies and critical journals.
For writers, the submissions period for new poetry, short fiction, and creative nonfiction is open from November 1, 2016 through March 31, 2017, to be considered for the tenth annual edition in 2017. All submissions are made from the website’s Guidelines page at www.delmarvareview.com.
The journal produces print and digital editions. Both are available worldwide via Amazon.com and other online booksellers. It is downloadable in a digital format (Kindle) for tablets, computers, smart phones, and other reading devices.
It is sold regionally at the News Center, in Easton, Mystery Loves Company, in Oxford, The Writer’s Center, in Bethesda, and other bookstores for $10. The e-book edition is $3.99. It is also available at many public libraries in the region. Subscriptions are available on the website.
In addition to ESWA, publication is supported by private tax-deductible contributions, sales, and a grant from the Talbot County Arts Council, with funds from the Maryland State Arts Council.
The Review is nonprofit and produced entirely by volunteers from the tri-state writing community. In addition to Wyatt, they include Emily Rich, as the incoming executive editor for 2017, managing editor Bill Gourgey, poetry editor Anne Colwell, poetry reader Wendy Ingersoll Perry, fiction co-editors Harold O. Wilson and Melissa Reddish, nonfiction co-editors George Merrill and Cheryl Somers Aubin, prose reader Cheril Thomas, book section editor Gerald Sweeney, copyeditor Jodie Littleton, proofreader Charlene Marcum, and grants and contributions advisor Denise Clemons.
Additional information about the Review and the authors is available on the website: www.delmarvareview.com. ESWA information is available at: www.easternshorewriters.org.