The Belmont Story Review (BSR) is turning a new page…a new homepage. The Belmont Story Review revealed their rebranded website and logo on February 1. The student and faculty-run national literary journal recently received a grant from the Tennessee Arts Commission which allowed them to create a solid brand for their publication.
Editor of the BSR Sara Wigal, assistant professor of cinema, television and media and director of publishing, began working on the grant in 2020 and was funded in 2021. That summer, she recruited the help of two professional designers as well as the co-managing editors of the BSR, students Tiffany Alexander and Laura Huie, to bring the rebrand to life.
Going into the rebranding process, the team didn’t have much to work with. The BSR never had an official logo and the original website was plain and outdated. Together, the team envisioned the future of the BSR and what it would take to get them there.
“We wanted a sleek, professional design,” said Wigal. “The funding gave us a vehicle to upgrade our website which we will continue to use and to have a fresh design.”
The BSR is deserving of a new, sleek digital space to showcase their excellent work. The BSR has received a significant amount of attention from anthology publishers nationwide. The journal’s fourth volume was named a notable issue in “Best American Essays 2020.” Additionally, one of the essays published in the journal was reprinted in an anthology containing best nonfiction essays.
This rebrand comes just in time as the BSR prepares to launch the seventh volume of their magazine. Visit the new and improved BSR website here to find out more about the magazine and how to contribute.