Submission Guidelines

The submission period for Volume 7 of The Delmarva Review, for 2014, ended on February 28, 2014, for publication in October 2014. All selections will be made by May 2014 and authors will be notified. The next submission period will open on November 1, 2014, for the 2015 issue.

Please review these guidelines for submissions.

The Delmarva Review is a literary journal publishing original short fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and short book reviews in print and digital editions. The review welcomes work from all authors, writing in English.

We seek great storytelling, memorable poetry, and creative nonfiction exhibiting skillful expression. 

We will consider photography or artwork for the cover. Images should be submitted as a 300 dpi file attachment (.jpg or .tiff). The minimum size is: 6” wide x 9”. 

The Delmarva Review is published annually by the Eastern Shore Writers' Association to inspire and encourage literary writing. It is copyrighted, and all rights revert to the author after publication.

How to Submit:
We only consider e-mail submissions. Editors review work on a rolling basis, so early submissions are encouraged. While you may hear from us within a month, we often hold some pieces longer for compatibility with the issue as it develops. All authors will hear from the editors no later than May 2014.

Please use the link at the bottom of this page for all submissions, during the scheduled submissions period.

Submitted material must be unpublished. On occasion, the editor will invite previously published work with a credit to the original publication. “Unpublished” means work that has not been previously published in print or online in electronic journals, e-zines, or publishing websites. Works posted on personal blogs and websites will be considered on an individual basis. Please note this at the time of submission.

For fiction, our preference is literary writing. While the lines between literary and genre fiction are narrowing today, we are not interested in formulaic or plot-driven writing so often characterizing genre fiction. We seek evocative storytelling with well-developed characters who take hold and lead our imaginations. Memorability is the ultimate reward.  

We will consider simultaneous submissions. Please inform us immediately if the work has been accepted by another publication. 

Cover sheet: 
The author’s name, mailing address, phone, and e-mail address, followed by the genre, and word count (for prose) should be included in a cover sheet with the attached file. 

What to Submit:
 Poetry - up to 6 poems, no more than 50 lines each
 Short fiction - up to 5,000 words
 Flash fiction - up to 1,500 words
 Creative nonfiction - up to 3,000 words

Please limit your submissions to one short story or nonfiction piece, two “flash” or short short stories, or six poems per submission period. 

Prose Submissions:
Fiction and nonfiction submissions must be double-spaced and formatted in a 12-point font. Please number the pages of prose submissions.  

Poetry Submissions:
Poetry should be single-spaced. Please send multiple poems in one attachment.  

Short Book Reviews:
Our short reviews generally run about 250 words and focus on books by writers from the greater Delmarva and Chesapeake region. Reviews are by assignment only. If you wish to review books for The Delmarva Review, please contact us via email at:  

If your work is selected: 
Payment will be two contributor’s copies of the publication. You will also receive a discount on multiple orders of the issue.

Useful Help to Writers:
It is helpful for writers to familiarize themselves with the review prior to submitting work. For purposes of style, you may want to refer to the current edition of The Chicago Manual of Style, our preferred style and usage guide.

Ordering Past Issues:
Past issues in print can be ordered for $10 each (check or M.O.) from: 

The Delmarva Review
P.O. Box 544
St. Michaels, MD 21663. 

Or buy a downloadable digital edition at