2017 Creative Writing Contest for Scholarships Call for Entries

The Indian River State College (IRSC) English/Communications/Modern Languages (ECML) Department is currently seeking submissions for its annual Creative Writing Contest for Scholarships for 2017. This contest is open to all public and private high school students in Martin County, St. Lucie County, Indian River County, and Okeechobee County (in Florida).

Below find submissions guidelines for entries. Only entries conforming to format/submission guidelines will be considered.

Format/Submissions Guidelines:

• Each contestant may submit one sample of his/her writing on any subject in only one of the following categories: short story; one-act play; poetry.
• All entries must be typed and sent as hardcopies. No digital submissions will be accepted.
• Double space with 1 inch margins. Use 12 point Times Roman or Arial font.
• Include a cover page with the following information: author’s full name; author’s phone number; author’s email address; author’s mailing address; author’s grade level; teacher’s full name; teacher’s email address; and school name.
• Mark “Creative Writing Contest” on the outside of the submission envelope.
• Mail entries to Dr. Tammy Powley, Indian River State College, English/Communications/Modern Languages Department, 3209 Virginia Avenue, Fort Pierce, Florida 34981.
• Entries must be postmarked no later than March 1, 2017.
Seniors will be eligible for one of two IRSC Scholarships. All admission requirements for the established scholarship will apply. Complete information is available from the IRSC Financial Aid Office and/or the ECML Department. Contact Dr. Tammy Powley at tpowley@irsc.edu.

The IRSC ECML Department looks forward to your submissions. IRSC faculty will judge the contest. Only award winners will be contacted. An award ceremony for winning submissions will be held Thursday, March 30, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. at the Brown Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship (Y-102).

Publication Break

Issue 4 of the journal has been sent out to all authors and photographers published in this issue. Thank you to everyone for your patience.

At this point, the editors will be taking a break before moving onto issue 5 of the journal. The length of this break is yet to be determined, but we wanted our followers to know just the same. Please make sure to follow this blog for any future call for papers.

Issue 4 Is Published!


The editors of The Indian River Review are very happy to finally announce that the fourth issue of the journal is published and out to subscribers and contributors. With each issue, we receive better and better quality submissions, and we wish to thank those who submitted work to this issue for their patience. Publishing a journal in this format with our limited resources continues to be full of obstacles, but when the final copy is in everyone’s hands, it makes the effort worthwhile. We may be taking a little break between this issue and the next; however, keep an eye on this blog for future information about our plans and, hopefully, a call for papers related to issue 5.

Call for B&W Photos

We have wrapped up reviewing initial writing selections for issue 4 of The Indian River Review. This means one more step in the review process before we can start putting it all together. We had a massive amount of writing submissions this time, but sadly, we did not get many photo submissions. Photographs really make the layout and look of the journal come together, so we are putting out another call for black and white photography. Right now, there is no specific deadline.

The theme for issue 4 is “knowledge.” You can read more about the theme from the original call for papers, but as with writing submissions, the editors use a broad view of any theme for the journal.

Feel free to share this on various social media. Submissions should be in .jpg or .tiff format and sent as attachments to tpowley@irsc.edu.

Message from the Editors

Thank you to everyone who has submitted works for the fourth issue of the journal. This is just a brief update to let you know that we are working on reviewing submissions, and we appreciate your patience as we move through this lengthy process. For this past call for papers and photographs, we received a huge response, which is wonderful! However, this means it will take us more time than usual to read and review each submission. Our goal is to finish the first round of reviews and contact participants by the end of the year.

Another Bio Addition!

In a rush to get out issue 3 of The Indian River Review, the following contributor biography was inadvertently not included. We apologize for the mistake, and thank the author for her understanding:

A freelance writer and memoir writing teacher, Jennifer Lang has been published in the South Loop Review, Dumped: Stories of Women Unfriending Women, and Chicken Soup for the Soul, among others. She is currently pursuing a MFA in Writing at Vermont College of Fine Arts. Since relocating to Israel in 2011, she has been blogging at http://blogs.wsj.com/expat/ and www.opentoisrael.com, her effort to see the good in a place she never dreamed of living.