The Delmarva Review announced publication of its eighth annual literary journal presenting compelling new prose and poetry from thirty-five writers in 12 states, Washington, D.C., and Canada. 
    “From the large number of submissions this year, we selected stories, essays, and poetry addressing a diversity of human themes, each one exploring the author’s unique voice and vision,” said Wilson Wyatt, executive editor.
    The journal opens with a conversation between poetry editor Anne Colwell and poet Sue Ellen Thompson about Ms. Thompson’s celebrated book, They. Her poetry stirs deep emotions while presenting family and generational issues of acceptance over raising a transgender child. The cover photograph “Nude Torso,” by Portuguese photographer Jorge Pereira Rudolfoelias, illustrates the timely subject.
    Other human themes addressed by the stories, essays, and poetry in this edition relate to individualism, birth, loss, death, grief, healing, and discovering one’s sense of place in a larger world.  
    Published by the Eastern Shore Writer’s Association (ESWA), the nonprofit Delmarva Review has published original literary work of 216 writers over an eight-year history. They have come from twenty-seven states, the District of Columbia, and nine other countries. Over half are from the Chesapeake and Delmarva region.
    The Review’s published work has earned thirty-seven nominations for a Pushcart Prize, as well as notable mentions in Best American Essays and critical journals.
    For writers, the submissions period for new poetry, short stories, and creative nonfiction is open now through March 31, 2016, to be considered for the ninth annual edition. Selection is competitive. All submissions are made from our website’s Guidelines page.
    The Review’s print edition is available worldwide via and other online booksellers. It is also downloadable in a digital edition at 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, and The Writer’s Center, in Bethesda, for $10. The e-book edition is $3.99. It is also available at many public libraries in the region.
    In addition to ESWA, publication is supported by private contributions, sales, and a grant from the Talbot County Arts Council, in Maryland.
    The Review is nonprofit and produced entirely by volunteers from the tri-state writing community. In addition to Wyatt, of St. Michaels, and Colwell, of Milford, DE, the editorial board and advisors include managing editor Bill Gourgey, of St. Michaels and D.C., poetry reader Stacey Pounsberry, of DE, fiction co-editors Harold O. Wilson, of Chester, MD, and Cheril Thomas, of Easton, nonfiction co-editors George Merrill, of St. Michaels, and Cheryl Somers Aubin, of Vienna, VA, financial advisor Denise Clemons, of Lewes, DE, editorial advisors Gerald Sweeney, of Trappe, MD, and Emily Rich, of Secretary, MD, copyeditor Jodie Littleton, of Chestertown, and proofreader Charlene Marcum, of Easton. The cover designer was Laura Ambler, of Easton.
    Additional information about the Review, and the authors, is available on this website. Information about the Eastern Shore Writers Association  can be found at: 
The Delmarva Review 
Announces Eighth Annual Edition

New Submissions Period is Open