The Northern Virginia Review is now accepting submissions for Volume 34.

The deadline is October 15. All published work is eligible for $200 best-in-genre cash prizes. All fiction accepted for publication will be considered for the Robert Bausch Fiction Prize of $500. For submission guidelines, see our Submissions page.


The Northern Virginia Review presents outstanding original fiction, poetry, essays, fine art and photography from the Mid-Atlantic region and the faculty, staff, and alumni of Northern Virginia Community College. It is published in a handsome print edition each March.

Now in its 34rd year, TNVR was originally founded to showcase the talents of Northern Virginia Community College’s faculty. In 2006, we expanded submissions and now publish the best work of noted and emerging regional writers and artists. We intend each issue to be saved and re-read and valued for the variety of voices and images that connect us to our common humanity.

Prizes are awarded each spring at TNVR’s celebration to launch the new edition and honor its contributors. For the reception, we bring in guest speakers who are at the top of their field. Recent nationally known speakers have included, T. R. Hummer, David Baldacci, Sydney Blumenthal, and Claudia Emerson, and Richard Bausch.


Join us for the Launch of Vol. 33 on Thursday, March 21, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., at the Ernst Cultural Center on NOVA’s Annandale Campus, 8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, VA 22003.

Keynote speaker Eric Pankey, celebrated poet  and George Mason University’s Heritage Chair in Creative Writing, read from his latest collection, Augury, described as “a darkly luminous book by a poet at the height of his considerable poetic power.”

Prizes will be awarded for best poetry and visual art. This year also marks the inaugural Robert Bausch Fiction Prize, honoring the late NOVA English professor and prolific author who passed away last fall. The Bausch Prize will be presented by Robert’s brother, award-winning novelist and short story writer Richard Bausch, who judged the finalists.

Video of the Event: TNVR Vol. 33 Launch & Awards

Robert Bausch Featured at TNVR’s Vol. 32 Celebration

(For full report, see “The Northern Virginia Celebrates Volume 32,” a feature story in NOVAinsider).

Robert Bausch

This year’s celebration honored the contributors to Vol. 32 and included a tribute to the late Steven Drasner, Annandale Associate Professor of Information Systems Technology and longtime managing editor of TNVR, who died last year.

Prizes were awarded for best work of fiction (Jacob Appel), best poem (Jessica Rapisarda), and best artwork (Wayne Guenther)

Our Keynote speaker was NOVA’s own Robert Bausch, Woodbridge professor of English and critically acclaimed author of ten books. He was a 2013 recipient of the prestigious SCHEV Outstanding Faculty Award and the 2009 John Dos Passos Prize in Literature.  He read from his latest novel, In the Fall They Come Back. An invigorating question-and-answer session followed.

Video of the Event: TNVR Vol. 32 Launch & Awards

Kim Roberts Headlines TNVR’s Vol. 31 Launch!

KIM ROBERTS (photo by Mig Dooley)

TNVR and the Lyceum Committee welcomed poet, editor, and Washington D. C.’s pre-eminent literary historian Kim Roberts as keynote speaker at the launch of Vol. 31.

Roberts is editor of the anthology Full Moon on K Street: Poems About Washington, DC (Plan B Press, 2010). She coedits two literary journals, Beltway Poetry Quarterly and the Delaware Poetry Review, and is the web exhibit DC Writers’ Homes. Her work has appeared in over 40 anthologies.

Roberts read from her recently published fifth book of poetry, The Scientific Method (WordTech Editions, 2017), praised as “a master work by a master poet.” Her poems are sometimes playful, other times pensive, but always intimate and unafraid—and an antidote to routine-induced blindness to our surroundings.

Roberts’s book A Literary Guide to Washington, DC from Frances Scott Key to Zora Neale Hurston is forthcoming from the University of Virginia Press in 2018.

Video of the event: TNVR Vol. 31 Launch & Annual Awards

Richard Bausch speaks at the The Northern Virginia Review’s 30th Anniversary Launch Celebration

photo by Jebb Harris

photo by Jebb Harris

Attendees of The Northern Virginia Review’s 30th Anniversary celebration on March 24 had a treat they won’t soon forget. His gifts as a master storyteller on full display,  Richard Bausch recounted from memory James Dickey’s “The Mill Wheel,” a dark ghost tale set in the rural South that, Bausch said, “has everything.” ­­­­­­­He went on to read from Living in the Weather of the World, his latest collection of stories to be released in 2017. In “The Unknown,” Bausch’s eye for the common humanity within flawed characters is unerring and spellbinding. The winner of many literary awards, including the $30,000 Rea Award for the Short Story in 2012, Bausch has written 12 novels, eight collections of short stories, and is editor of The Norton Anthology of Short Fiction. He is currently a professor of creative writing at Chapman University in Orange, California.

Click below to watch a video of the complete event:

The Northern Virginia Review 30th Anniversary Launch

Editorial Board

  • 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 Harvey, Associate Editor
  • Jolene Houston
  • Jonathan Marine
  • Bryan Peters
  • Jessica Rapisarda
  • Meredith Reynolds

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