Our mission

The magazine aims to surprise and delight readers through an eclectic mix of storytelling which includes fiction, personal essay, poetry, songwriting, drama, graphic narrative, and photography; as well as creative reportage, including coverage of music, film, creativity and collaboration, and the intersection of faith and culture.

On authors

We seek to publish new and established writers passionate about their craft, fearlessly encountering difficult ideas, seeking to explore human experience in all its broken blessedness.

On staff and institutional goals

Finally, in addition to bringing engaging narratives in all its forms 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 community of learning and service.

Belmont Story Review is produced through Belmont University’s Publishing Program under the auspices of assistant professor Richard Sowienski, a 30-year publishing veteran, which included a five-year stint as managing editor of The Missouri Review.


Richard Sowienski Associate Professor, Publishing Director

Poetry Editor
Gary McDowell Assistant Professor, English

Founding Editors
Samantha Denlinger
Krista Walsh
Ethan Blackbird
Jennifer Cantrell
Caroline George
Katherine Puckett

Krista Walsh
Matt Hollingsworth
Audrey Fenstermaker
Macy Schreiber

Erin Ogilvie
Maela Oldham
Kassandra Tidland
Alivia Baker
Gloria Smith

Jacob Stovall
Arah Hans
Meg Bruce
Vanessa Keiper
Emily Lewis
Max Mason
Jaclyn Emmons