The Northern Virginia Review



Volume 35 at last! Click cover to open.

Here are the voices and images we most enjoyed. The range of work spans generations, genders, and cultures, from Haitian to Indo-American, from recent NOVA graduates to a Pushcart Prize winner. Together, they enrich our region’s multicultural identity. Individually, they take up residence inside us and stick there. 

CONTEST WINNERS: The Robert Bausch Fiction Prize goes to Lois Wolfe for Boardinghouse, the Poetry Prize to Howard Faerstein for Eight Minutes and Forty-Six Seconds and Winter in Florence, and the Art Prize to Jennifer Frederick for Immigration in Chains.



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 printed journal is available for purchase on NOVA’s Barnes and Noble College website. You may also view the  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-Joseph for “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 NOVA, 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


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