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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 magazine 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.





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Belmont Story Review Volume 4: Out of Place was named a Notable Special Issue of 2019 in the Best American series. An essay from V4, Mirror by David Armand, was included in The Best American Essays 2020 anthology.

In summer 2021 Belmont Story Review (via Editor Sara Wigal’s efforts) received state funding through a  Tennessee Arts Commission  grant for the purpose of a logo/brand overhaul as well as other marketing needs, and a rise in honorarium amounts we award contributors. We are grateful for the support of TAC.

Belmont Vision, the award-winning student run newspaper for Belmont University, covered BSR in 2022. Click here to read the article.





Belmont Story Review is honored to showcase established and emerging writers from across the United States and the world. 



The sixth volume of Belmont Story Review captures many ways that Destination can be interpreted. Whether it is physical, spiritual, or emotional, Destination is not only about place, but how one arrives there.



The fifth volume of Belmont Story Review encapsulates the feeling of longing through a collection of essays, stories, and poetry, using them to nurture the soul in a season of catastrophe and so many unknowns.



The fourth volume of Belmont Story Review uncovers a unity of experience that crosses time, boundary, and culture.

VOLUME II & III (Double Issue)


The double issue contains volumes two and three of Belmont Story Review . The writing therein wrestles with how appearances reveal and challenge our individual struggles and aspirations.



The first volume of Belmont Story Review  fittingly explores liminal spaces, or, the process of becoming.

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