About NER


By publishing new fiction, poetry, and nonfiction that is both challenging and inviting, New England Review encourages artistic exchange and thought-provoking innovation, providing publishing opportunities for writers at all stages in their careers.

The selection of writings in each issue presents a broad spectrum of viewpoints and genres, including traditional and experimental fiction, long and short poems, translations, criticism, letters from abroad, reviews in arts and literature, and rediscoveries. New England Review exists in a place apart from mass culture, where speed and information overload are the norm. At NER, serious writing is given serious attention, from the painstaking selection process through careful editing and publication, where finally the writer’s words meet up with a curious and dedicated readership.


Vol. 1, #1 (1978)

NER was founded by poets Sydney Lea and Jay Parini in New Hampshire in 1978. In the fall of 1982 the magazine established an affiliation with the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and adopted the name NER/BLQ (New England Review/Bread Loaf Quarterly). In 1987, the magazine came under full sponsorship of Middlebury College, and in 1990 returned to its original name, New England Review.

The list of writers whose work has been published in NER is long and distinguished. Many highly regarded authors—among them Ann Beattie, Kathryn Davis, Mark Doty, Louise Erdrich, and Jorie Graham—were published in NER before they achieved international recognition, and works published in the magazine are chosen every year for prestigious awards, including the Pushcart Prize, O. Henry Prize, and inclusion in the Best American anthologies.

In addition to founding editors Jay Parini and Sydney Lea and current editor-at-large Stephen Donadio, former editors and editorial staff include David Bain, Jessica Dineen, Maura High, David Huddle, T. R. Hummer, Devon Jersild, William Lychack, Jim Schley, Jodee Stanley, and C. Dale Young. Toni Best served as office manager for twenty-three years.

The Millions: “The Golden Child: Literary Editors Pick Their Favorite Issues (2016)
Essay Daily: On New England Review‘s nonfiction and taking the long view (2015)
The Review Review: “Middlebury College Delivers a Seriously Good Lit Mag” (2014)
Top Lit Mags that Really Do Publish Emerging Writers (Michael Alexander Chaney, 2013)
Middlebury News: Carolyn Kuebler to Become Editor of NER (2013)
Bookfox: Ranking of Literary Journals (2011, updated annually)
Writer’s Relief: Lit Mag Spotlight (2011)
Every Writer’s Resource lists top Lit Mags (2010)
Middlebury Magazine: “The Future of the New England Review” (2009)
Boston Globe surveys New England lit mags (2008)
Seven Days:
Interview with Stephen Donadio (2007)


Carolyn Kuebler Editor
Marcia Parlow Managing Editor
Rick Barot  Poetry Editor
Jennifer Bates, Janice Obuchowski  Fiction Editors
J. M. Tyree  Nonfiction Editor
Lexa de Courval Office Manager
Ellen Hinsey International Correspondent
Stephen Donadio Editor-at-Large

Editorial Panel
Rick Canning  Joy Henry • Ernest McLeod
Tom PaineRose Whitmore

Luke Brekke • Eli Cohen • Evgeniya Dame • Benjamin Ehrlich • Eliza Gilmore • Karin Gottshall • Matthew Harrison • Kerry Hill • Richie Hofmann • Elizabeth Kadetsky • Andrew Mitchell • Greg November • Meadow Osmun • Lori Ostlund • Jeremy Parker • Laura Pollard • Stacy Reardon • Alicia Romero • Amy Sauber • Gretchen Schrafft •  Rachel Siviski • Erin Somers • Michael Thompson • Angela Torres • David Weinstock

Summer Interns 2016
Natalie Figueroa • Elana Schrager
Spring Interns 2016
Katie O’Neill • Ethan Peterson-New
Winter Term Interns 2016
Paulina ChohIsabelle Stillman
Fall Interns 2015
Christina Denbow  Emilie Munson



New England Review offers internships to Middlebury College students each semester and during winter term and summer. In these internships, students gain hands-on experience in publishing a literary magazine. Middlebury students interested in applying for an internship should send a resume and letter of interest to Carolyn Kuebler.

Please note the following deadlines for internship applications:
Summer—March 10
Fall—April 30
Winter—October 26
Spring—December 1



Mailing address
New England Review
Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT 05753