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.

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Established in 2016, the magazine aims to surprise and delight readers through an eclectic mix of storytelling which includes fiction, personal essay, and poetry at the intersection of faith and culture.

In addition to bringing engaging narratives to a wide audience, we seek to exemplify the mission of Belmont University by venturing into the wider culture-shaping arena of literary arts, extending and honing our skills as readers, writers, editors, artists, entrepreneurs, and citizens within a Christian community of learning and service. Located in Nashville, Tennessee, Belmont University is renowned for its College of Entertainment and Music Business and Social Entrepreneurship programs. Belmont Story Review is produced through the university's Publishing Program, which is one of the nation's only undergraduate majors in Publishing. The journal was founded by former Program Director Richard Sowienski, a 30-year publishing veteran, which included a five-year stint as managing editor of The Missouri Review.  It is now edited by the current Director, Sara Wigal.


Digital Only Content

Sounds .webp

Rebecca Smolen

soft brush on skin

frothy bubbles at glass rim

never conscious of or named

regardless still there


Shaan Hassan

He was shot seven times by a cop from behind,

And we're supposed to act like everything is fine?

Jacob Blake was the black man apparently next in line,

All while George Floyd is still fresh in our minds