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Student Driven |  Nationally Recognized

A magazine of literary arts, faith and culture.


Statement of
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Belmont Story Review is committed to publishing stories, poetry and essays that are inclusive of diverse opinions and uplift typically underrepresented populations.

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


See below for our staffing roster


Sophie Slusher

Co-Managing Editor

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

Sophie Slusher Belmont University 2023 graduate who majored in publishing and minored in music business. 


Journey Mathewson

Co-Managing Editor

V8 Staff, V9 & V10 Co-M.E.

Journey Mathewson is a current senior at Belmont University studying publishing and journalism. Born with a book in hand, Journey is delighted to work for BSR and help publish numerous talented writers.


Sara Wigal


Sara Wigal is an assistant professor of cinema, television & media and the director of publishing at Belmont University. Wigal trained under literary agents, magazine editors and a major publishing house’s marketing department, specializing in literary PR. She began as an assistant and worked 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 VIII Editorial Staff


Copy Editors

Kendal Cliburn

Jessie Lang

Cayla Rusielewicz

Journey Mathewson

Phoebe Bloomfield

Social Media Managers

Chris Kang

Sunny Urben

Lauren Neely

Ruthie Helfer

El Wilson

Art Director

Josie Montrose

Submission Coordinator

Kailee Lingelbach

Poetry Editors

Margot Pierson

Mikayla McGrory

Julia Ziepfel

Olivia Peppiatt 

Josie Montrose

Sophie Slusher

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