Joseph Levens — Editor
Meredith Davies Hadaway — Poetry Editor
Amy Leigh Owen — Associate Editor
Lindsay Denninger — Assistant Editor
Nick Sweeney — Assistant Editor
Abigail Guise — Poetry Intern
The Summerset Review is a literary journal released quarterly on the 15th of March, June, September, and December on the Internet, and periodically in print form. Founded in 2002, the journal is exclusively devoted to the review and publication of unsolicited fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.
All correspondence and submissions should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Postal mailing address: 25 Summerset Drive, Smithtown, New York 11787, USA. See our guidelines for more information.
This publication is made possible, in part, with grants from the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP), supported by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), a state agency. We are very thankful for the support and encouragement these organizations have given our journal and the literary community.
The Summerset Review is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, incorporated in New York State.
Republication or redistribution of any material on this web site should not be done without permission from the originator.
Joseph Levens has had fiction and nonfiction appear in The Gettysburg Review, Florida Review (Editors' Award for Fiction), New Orleans Review, AGNI, Sou'wester, Meridian, Other Voices, The Literary Review, Zone 3, The Good Men Project and Swink, among others. He has taught fiction writing a number of years, and currently works in Manhattan and Washington DC. He lives on Long Island. www.josephlevens.com
Meredith Davies Hadaway is the author of three poetry collections. Her most recent, At The Narrows, won the 2015 Delmarva Book Prize for creative writing. Hadaway has received fellowships from the Virginia Center for Creative Arts, an Individual Artist Award from the Maryland State Arts Council and multiple Pushcart nominations. She is a former Rose O'Neill Writer-in-Residence at Washington College, where she taught English and creative writing in addition to serving as vice president for communications and marketing.
Amy Leigh Owen joined The Summerset Review when it first launched in 2002. Leigh has a BA in Communications from the University of Alabama where she majored in journalism and minored in creative writing with a fiction emphasis. Her background includes work in magazines, publishing, special events, and film production. Leigh is also the assistant editor of Columns for Moondance and currently freelances as an editor/copy editor in Alabama.
Lindsay Denninger reads submissions and writes book reviews for the journal, enjoying the experience of finding new and talented authors. She received a BA in English Literature and Public Relations from Long Island University in 2008, graduating Summa Cum Laude, and has recently completed an MA in British and American Literature at Hunter College in New York City.
Nick Sweeney reads prose submissions, writes book reviews, and coordinates the social media for The Summerset Review. He received his bachelor's degree in English from Marist College in 2011 and his work has been published in Nassau Review, Dead Mule, and Bartleby Snopes.
Abigail Guise is a senior at Washington College, where she is an English major and a creative writing minor. After graduation, she hopes to pursue a career in communications.
History of the Journal
The Summerset Review started as an online literary quarterly in 2002, publishing exclusively fiction and nonfiction. With a staff of three volunteers, the magazine faithfully produced its issues on time, reviewing unsolicited submissions year-round, the great majority of which were made electronically and sent through email from hopeful writers ranging from high school students to authors with many published books to their names.
Since 2002, the magazine gained several staff members (still all volunteers), has taken on poetry, book reviews, and occasionally art, and produced a few print issues collecting a sampling of work that previously appeared online. Remaining ad-free and simple to navigate and read, the publication has continued to release all issues on time and full of variety.
The Summerset Review has read at The New York Public Library, national conferences, colleges, and other places, including events sponsored by the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP), the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), and the Association of Literary Scholars and Critics (ALSC). Print issues of the magazine are frequently donated to book fairs across the country, with all proceeds going to charitable causes in the respective areas.
Work originally published in The Summerset Review has been reprinted in the Pushcart Prize, the Best American series, the PEN America Award series, the Best of the Net anthology, notable collections such as the Iowa Short Fiction Award, and a great many books published by our contributors.
We think of ourselves as simply people who like to read good contemporary literature, who want to share the best of our experiences with others. The highest form of retribution for our efforts is a lasting impact on a few sensitive readers of our journal—people we don't know, people we will never meet. We received an email from a reader once, who said a story in our current issue (at the time) changed her life. Assuming this change was for the better, what more could we ask for?