Joseph Levens — Editor
Erin Murphy — Poetry Editor
Nick Sweeney — Associate Editor
Meredith Davies Hadaway — Poetry Editor Emerita
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.
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 over forty issues of literary magazines, including 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 many other places. He has completed a two-novel series (thus far unpublished), and has adapted the first for the screen. He lives and teaches on Long Island. www.josephlevens.com
Erin Murphy is the author or editor of eleven books, including Human Resources (forthcoming from Salmon Poetry of Ireland) and Assisted Living (Brick Road Poetry Prize, 2018), a collection of demi-sonnets, a form she devised. Her most recent co-edited anthology, Bodies of Truth: Personal Narratives on Illness, Disability, and Medicine (University of Nebraska Press, 2019), won the Foreword INDIES Gold Medal Book of the Year Award. Her awards include the Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Prize, the Foley Poetry Award, the National Writers' Union Poetry Award judged by Donald Hall, a Best of the Net award judged by Patricia Smith, and The Normal School Poetry Prize judged by Nick Flynn. She is Professor of English and Creative Writing at Penn State Altoona. www.erin-murphy.com
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 and his work has been published in Nassau Review, Dead Mule, and Bartleby Snopes.
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?