The submission period for Vol. 32, to be published in March 2018, is now open! Deadline for submissions: October 30.

TNVR is now accepting submissions of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and art. Submissions are open to NOVA faculty, staff, alumni, and to residents of the Mid-Atlantic region. For detailed guidelines, see the Submissions link.

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


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.

Cover Art by Cristin Hand

Now in its 31st 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.

All published work is eligible for best-in-genre cash prizes, awarded each spring at a reception 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.

Editorial Board

  • Nicholas E. Bomba
  • Adam Chiles
  • Jen Daniels
  • Steven Drasner, Managing Editor
  • J. Indigo Eriksen
  • Jonathan Harvey, Associate Editor
  • Bryan Peters
  • Meredith Reynolds
  • Charles W. Scarborough, Jr.
  • Ruth Stewart, Editor-in-Chief
  • Aya Takashima, Art Editor
  • LeeAnn Thomas

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