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Tangier Island Light, by Jay P. Fleming

Delmarva Review announced publication of its 14th annual literary journal presenting new poetry, short stories, and creative nonfiction from seventy authors in twenty-five states, the District of Columbia and four other countries.

“The fourteenth issue is our largest, with over four hundred pages of exceptional new poetry and prose selected from thousands of submissions during the year,” said Wilson Wyatt, executive editor.

The review also announced a writers’ submission period for the 15th anniversary issue, open now through March 31, 2022. It does not charge submission or reading fees. Writers’ guidelines are posted on the website: DelmarvaReview.org.

The cover of the 14th issue is “Tangier Island Light,” by contributing photographer Jay P. Fleming, of Annapolis, from his new book, Island Life.

As a literary collection, the focus is on outstanding new writing. Topics for this issue open with an essay about dealing with death over a lifetime. They continue with subjects about desire, loss, aging, bullying, equality, beliefs, the pandemic, and many others.

“Ultimately, all of the themes revolve around change,” Wyatt said. “It’s through human change that we face the truths that guide us on our journeys or help us make sense of where we’ve been.” 

The journal is divided into three major sections: poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Each is an impressive collection of literary work. The sections open with an editor’s interview of a featured author, giving more in-depth perspective of the writing that follows. The book ends with seven reviews of recent books, and biographies of the writers.

Delmarva Review was created to offer writers a valued home to publish their best writing at a time when many commercial publications were reducing literary content or closing their doors. The review makes room for new authors, as well, including a featured high school student.

While favoring the permanence of the printed word, the review also publishes electronic versions to meet the digital preferences of readers. Both paperback and electronic editions are immediately available at Amazon and other major online booksellers. It can also be purchased at regional specialty book stores.

Since its origin in 2008,the Delmarva Review has published new poetry and prose by over 400 authors. They are from most of the United States and sixteen other countries. About forty percent are from the Delmarva and Chesapeake region of the Mid-Atlantic. Seventy-eight have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Some have attained notable attention in “best of” anthologies or received public acclaim from other literary critics and editors.

In addition to Wyatt, the journal’s staff for this edition includes Bill Gourgey, the managing editor who designs and publishes the review, poetry editor Anne Colwell, poetry assistant editors Katherine Gekker and Wendy Elizabeth Ingersoll, fiction senior editor Harold O. Wilson, fiction coeditors James O’Sullivan and Lee Slater, creative nonfiction editor Ellen Brown, book section editor Gerald Sweeney, treasurer Judy Reveal, and copyeditor Jodie Littleton.

Published by the Delmarva Review Literary Fund Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, the journal receives partial financial support from individual tax-deductible contributions and a public grant from Talbot Arts, with revenues from the Maryland State Arts Council. For more information, see the website DelmarvaReview.org.