Belmont Story Review is an online and print national magazine of literary arts, faith and culture. They publish issues annually.
I was curious how and why this art and literary magazine began, so I asked Co-Managing Editor Lauren Ash a few questions to find out. See my interview with Ash and a link to submission guidelines below.
HOPKINSON: Tell me a little bit about Belmont Story Review.
ASH: Belmont Story Review (est. 2016) is a national magazine of literary arts, faith and culture. We publish annually in both print and online with the aim to surprise and delight readers through an eclectic mix of storytelling from new and established writers passionate about their craft, fearlessly encountering difficult ideas, seeking to explore human experience in all its broken blessedness.
HOPKINSON: How/why was Belmont Story Review originally started?
ASH: Belmont Story Review is published through Belmont University’s Publishing Program, which offers one of the nation’s only undergraduate majors in Publishing. The program was founded by Richard Sowienski, a 30-year publishing veteran, which included a five-year stint as managing editor of The Missouri Review. Professor Sowienski created Belmont Story Review as a way for students to gain real world publishing experience and hone their skills as readers, writers, editors, artists, and entrepreneurs.
HOPKINSON: Who is your target reader audience?
ASH: Because we publish work ranging from literary fiction and narrative poetry to sci-fi and abstract poetry, our target audience is anyone ready to find something new and exciting that challenges them to explore themselves and the world around them with fresh eyes.
HOPKINSON: What type of work are you looking for?
ASH: We are looking for fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. To quote Montaigne, “Every man has within himself the entire human condition,” and what we want to see most is just that: the unity of human experience told through a unique lens.
HOPKINSON: What do you wish you’d see submitted, but rarely comes in?
ASH: Compared to fiction and poetry, we see fewer submissions of creative nonfiction and would love to change that. Referring back to the Montaigne quote above, sometimes the most impactful stories are the ones we experience. However, we do encourage authors to submit no matter their category!
HOPKINSON: What are some of your favorite lit mags/journals?
ASH: We have so much respect for many, many journals, but we have to spotlight The Missouri Review on this one. We highly admire their team, their writers, and the culture-shaping stories they put into the world. We were honored to publish The Missouri Review‘s associate editor Evelyn Somers in the 2018 double issue of Belmont Story Review.
HOPKINSON: What is your favorite part of being on staff with Belmont Story Review?
ASH: I know I speak for the whole staff when I say our favorite part of this magazine is the authors. The magazine would never be possible without them, and we are beyond grateful to offer them payment for their work so they can continue doing what they love. We believe wholeheartedly in the stories they tell, and we are overjoyed to take part in sharing those stories!
HOPKINSON: Where can folks send submissions?
ASH: Visit our submission page at https://belmontstoryreview.wixsite.com/website/submissions
HOPKINSON: If someone has a question, how can they contact you?
ASH: Please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
DEADLINE: February 1, 2020
FORMAT: online / print
SUBMISSION FEE: None
PAYMENT: Belmont Story Review pays honorariums in the form of a check in US dollars ($50 for prose, $25 for poetry). If you are unable to receive payments in this form, we will be unable to afford you payment for your piece. We make no exceptions to this rule.
FORMS: poetry and prose
SUBMISSION METHOD: Google form