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Student Driven |  Nationally Recognized

A magazine of literary arts, faith and culture.


Statement of
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

The climate of literary journals has long been dominated by the white male gaze, and Belmont Story Review is committed to publishing stories, poetry, and essays that are inclusive of a diversity of opinions and represent typically underrepresented populations.

Through our editorial discernment, we seek to accept work from typically under-represented groups, whether this is BIPOC, LGTBQIA, ELL or other writers, dreamers, and thinkers.


See below for our staffing roster


Tiffany Alexander

Co-Managing Editor

V6 Staff, V7 & V8 Co-M.E.

Tiffany Alexander is a current undergraduate student at Belmont University majoring in Publishing and minoring in Literature and Journalism. She works on editing and writing journalistic articles for a Nashville-based magazine.


Sophie Slusher

Co-Managing Editor

V7 Staff, V8 & V9 Co-M.E.

Sophie Slusher is a current senior at Belmont University majoring in Publishing and minoring in Music Business. 


Sara Wigal


Sara Wigal is an Assistant Professor of Cinema, Television and Media and Director of Publishing at Belmont University. Wigal trained under literary agents, magazine editors, and a major publishing house’s marketing department, finally working in literary PR, beginning as an assistant and working her way up to a Senior Manager role. She has been published by Library Journal, The Tennessean, Publishers Weekly, Writer's Digest, The Chaffin Journal, Miracle Monocle, Variant Literature, and is a featured interview in the Writer’s Digest “Guide to Literary Agents” 2019 and 2020 editions. Her essay, “Manual Labor Man Cleanse” was a semi-finalist in the Sewanee Review Annual Nonfiction contest and later when published by Variant Lit received a 2021 Pushcart Prize nomination. Wigal is the Co-Chair for the Next Chapter Society which supports the programming made possible by the Nashville Public Library Foundation. She is the founder of the Nashville Publishing Meetup, which connects publishing professionals. When she doesn’t have a book in hand, you can find Wigal snuggling with her two dogs, dancing salsa, or doing DIY projects on her cottage home in East Nashville. She is a personal essay writer and an aspiring historical novelist. Find her on Instagram @shewritespirates and Twitter @sarawigal.


Volume VII Editorial Staff


Megan Rolapp

Matti Churakos

Communications Coordinator

Audrey Harper

Copy Editors

Maddie Grimes

Rhena Curran

Kailee Lingelbach

Reneé Dusseau

Sarah Lawson

Social Media Managers

Phoebe Bloomfield
Lauren Campbell

Ruthie Helfer

Kylie Frye

Art Directors

Claire Gurley
Kendall Miller

Submission Coordinator

Olivia Walker

Poetry Editors

Sophie Slusher
Maddy Hicks
Josie Montrose

Margot Pierson
Anja Reese

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