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Delmarva Review

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 2015 edition presents new poetry and prose from thirty-five contributors in 12 states, the District of Columbia, and Canada. They probe diverse human themes including individualism, acceptance, loss, birth, death, love, healing, and a sense of belonging in the larger world. The issue opens with a conversation between our poetry editor, Anne Colwell, and Sue Ellen Thompson about her celebrated book, They, in which Ms. Thompson uses poetry to explore family and generational issues of acceptance over having a transgender child.

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 9 (2016 edition) is open from November 1, 2015 to March 31, 2016.

Volume 8 of the Review, published in November 2015, is available in print and digital editions worldwide from major online booksellers (, Kindle, etc.), as well as regional libraries and bookstores on the Delmarva Peninsula. Please click here to learn more.

The Delmarva Review is published by the Education Fund (tax exempt) of 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, in Maryland, as well as private contributions and sales.

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