Welcome to Swamp Lily Review. We’re proud to bring you fine short stories, poetry, photography, and interviews with leading novelists, poets, and playwrights. If you are thinking of submitting, please check our Submissions page first for guidelines and to see whether we are currently open to submissions.
Louisiana is a beautiful state and a varied one, from the Gulf shore beaches, marshes, swamps, rivers, and bayous, into the fertile prairies where rice, soybeans, and many other crops grow. Further north, we cross into pine and hardwood forests and up into the forests, cities, and hills of north Louisiana. New Orleans is our shining jewel, though not our only one. Cities like New Orleans in the southeast corner, Baton Rouge, Lafayette, and points between to Lake Charles in the southwest corner, line Interstate 10. Shreveport and Monroe anchor the northwest and northeast corners, respectively, and Alexandria holds us down in the center. Every part of Louisiana is unique, has its own accents, pace, and pride of place.
Each part of the state also has its own talented writers, poets, and artists, as unique as the scenery and culture. We’re looking for new and established talent, especially from Louisiana. But no matter where you’re from, we want to see your work.
Please check our Submissions Page and share your world.
Jan Rider Newman, editor, co-founder and publisher, has an MFA in creative writing from McNeese State University in Lake Charles, LA. She has published short stories, poetry, and nonfiction in the New Orleans Review, Louisiana Literature, A Small, Good Magazine, Oasis Journal (2007, 2008, & 2009 editions), Sweet Tea and Afternoon Tales (a 2009 Gulf Coast Writers’ Association anthology), Magnolia Blossoms and Afternoon Tales (a 2010 Gulf Coast Writers’ Association anthology), and broadsides for Yellow Flag Press’s Vision/Verse2 poetry and art collaboration. She is past VP and Gator Talk newsletter editor of the Bayou Writers Group and its first webmaster. She is a member of She Writes and Women’s Fiction Writers Association. Her first collected short stories, A Long Night’s Sing and other stories, is available in paperback and Kindle from Amazon.
Jessica Roach Ferguson, editor and co-founder, has a BA in English from Stephen F. Austin University in Nacogdoches, Texas. She has published poetry in Cedar Rock Poetry and Fiction Journal and The Woman. She was contributing editor to Metro-Airlines In-Flight Magazine, assistant editor of The Times of Southwest Louisiana, and a reader for Sotto Voce. Much of her nonfiction has appeared in regional magazines, newspapers, and anthologies. Jess teaches a nonfiction course for Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas, and coordinates their Write Site courses. She is the author of one romantic comedy entitled The Groom Wore Blue Suede Shoes. When asked what she wants to be when she grows up, Jess says, “Everything!” She is past president of the Bayou Writers’ Group in Lake Charles, Louisiana.
Associate editor Marymarc Armstrong has been writing stories most of her life. She started when she was thirteen and decided, after reading a very thick science fiction anthology, that storytelling was a great way to influence people’s attitudes about both outer and inner space.