The Northern Virginia Review


America where is your soul? --Ikysha Jones


We are currently accepting original fiction, poetry, essays, fine art, and photography from NOVA faculty, staff, and alumni, and from writers and artists from across the Mid-Atlantic region. At this time of transformative resistance to racial brutality and indifference, TNVR especially welcomes work that breaks down racial barriers, fosters empathy, and shares what needs to be heard and seen to spark change.

DEADLINE: October 10, 2020.


In a time of social distancing and self-quarantine, stay connected with your NOVA family by sharing your COVID-19 inspired Poetry, Fiction, Creative non-fiction, Art, and Photography. 

Accepted submissions will be published on TNVR’s Pandemic Sightings page. For details, see Submission Guidelines.


The Northern Virginia Review Volume 34

This year’s journal has been printed and delivered to NOVA. Distribution and sales, however, will be delayed until staff can return to campus. In the meantime, we hope you will enjoy viewing the online version of Volume 34. We are grateful to NOVA’s faculty, and to contributors from across the region, for their outstanding submissions, and to all who made NOVA’s beautiful literary and arts journal possible.  

CONTEST WINNERS: The Robert Bausch Fiction Prize goes to Ace Boggess for “Fighting Marlin,” the Poetry Prize to Matthew Roth for “Against Machines” and “Innogen,” and the Art Prize to Terry Cox-Josephfor “Hummingbird Fairy” and “Whangaparoa in the Morning.” Profiles of this year’s contest winners are forthcoming.




“The World Doesn’t Require You” reminds us that "having to fight racism has a strange way of distorting everything one touches."

Rion Amilcar Scott

To protect the health and safety of students and staff, Northern Virginia Community College canceled events this spring, including our annual Launch celebration to honor this year’s contributors and award prizes.

We especially regret being unable to bring you  our keynote speaker, award-winning author Rion Amilcar Scott, reading from his latest collection of stories “The World Doesn’t Require You,” a finalist for the coveted Pen/Jean Stein Book Award and a Washington Post “Best Books.”

Featured in The New York Times Book Review, “Rion Amilcar Scott’s The World Doesn’t Require You reminds us that having to fight racism has a strange way of distorting everything one touches.” For the full review see: “First He Imagined a Town Founded by Rebel Slaves. Now He’s Exploring the Lives There.

We look forward to Rion Scott’s joining us at next year’s Launch to read from this remarkable work.




The Northern Virginia Review is published in a handsome print edition each spring. We intend each issue to be saved and re-read and valued for the variety of voices and images reflecting the rich cultural diversity of the Washington D.C. Metropolitan area and the surrounding Mid-Atlantic region. TNVR is also available in digital form. 


Now In its 35th year, TNVR was originally founded to showcase the talents of Northern Virginia Community College’s faculty and staff. In 2006, we expanded submissions.  We now publish outstanding work of noted and emerging regional writers and artists along side of NOVA faculty’s best work. Prizes are awarded each spring at TNVR’s celebration to launch the new issue and honor its contributors. Recent nationally known speakers have included, T. R. Hummer, David Baldacci, Sydney Blumenthal, Claudia Emerson, and Richard Bausch.

TNVR Video History & Overview


  • Ruth Stewart, Editor-in-Chief
  • Nicholas E. Bomba, Managing Editor
  • Jonathan Harvey, Associate / Poetry Editor
  • Aya Takashima, Art Editor
  • Adam Chiles
  • Jeremy Cook
  • Susanna Ferrara
  • Jonathan Marine
  • Bryan Peters
  • Jessica Rapisarda
  • Meredith Reynolds
  • James Udall

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