Publishing Issue 6 in the Works

The Indian River Review is working on a “reboot,” as we pick up the last issue the journal staff was working on in 2018 and prepare issue 6 for publication. The theme for this issue is “passion.” We currently estimate a publication date of early 2022.

As part of the process, we have done our due diligence to contact authors and photographers whose submitted work was accept for publication to update them on the return of the journal and query their interest in still being published in this issue. Per item 2 in the journal agreement published through our blog, “by submitting work(s), the contributor agrees to one-time rights and reprint rights of the work(s) in any binding or medium to the Publisher.”

We look forward to bring the journal back and supporting the literary community.


Issue 5 Is Published!


Issue 5 of The Indian River Review just returned from the printer and will be mailed out to contributors in a few days. The theme was “home,” and we had some amazing work submitted. Thank you to everyone who participated.

Copies of this issue will be provided at a number of creative writing events held at Indian River State College this spring semester. Additionally, we are working on a way to provide print on demand copies in the near future. Follow this blog to keep up to day with related announcements.

There are a few days left to submit your work for issue 6. You can find out guidelines post here.

April 7, 2018 Writer’s Day


Writer’s Day is on Saturday, April 7, 2018 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at IRSC’s Main Campus, in Room Y-102.

Get inspired, nurture your muse, and spark your own creative spirit at the 13th Annual IRSC Writer’s Day, and explore this year’s theme “Beginnings. Middles. Ends.” 60-minute sessions will allow writers to learn from three published writers with lectures and interactive activities that inspire and engage writers in the process from beginning, to middle, to end. Attend a Special pre-event Evening Reading with the authors at the Wynne Black Box Theatre on the IRSC Main Campus, Friday, April 6 at 6 p.m.

The cost is $40 ($10 for students) includes lunch served Noon to 1:00 p.m. For more information, contact Kim Laffont 772-336-6296 or

Issue 6 Call for Submissions

The Indian River Review is currently soliciting submissions for its sixth issue scheduled for publication in late spring 2019. The theme for this issue is “passion.” Of course, this word immediately proposes romantic passion, and while the editors are not against submissions that go in that direction, submitters should be careful. Think Wuthering Heights or even When Harry Met Sally, not Fifty Shades of Grey, specifically no erotica.

With that said, keep in mind that passion doesn’t have to suggest only romance. Passion means a strong emotion. You may be passionate about your job or a cause, for example. Photographers (we are always in need of wonderful photos) might have captured a landscape that invokes a strong emotion of excitement or awe. So, “yes,” to some romantic passion submissions, but keep it PG-rated, and more so, think beyond romance and send us work that will make us think and feel.

The deadline for submissions is March 31, 2018. Genres include short fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, critical essays, black and white photography, and book reviews. Please do not send explicit content. All work is peer reviewed. The journal accepts only electronic submission, no hard copies. Simultaneous submissions and previously published works are allowed. See formatting and submission instructions below. Submissions received that do not comply with the instructions below may not be reviewed for consideration.

File and Submission Requirements:

  • All submissions should be sent as email attachments to the corresponding editor’s email address as indicated below. (For example, book reviews submissions must be sent to the book reviews editor, not the short fiction editor.) The first page of the attached submission must include your name (as you would want it included in a by line); email address; mailing address; and short third-person bio (about 3 to 5 sentences). Use left justification and proper grammar, including use of the Oxford comma and initial capitalization. Titles of journals and books should be italicized. If you are sending photography, this may be included in a separate text file and should include titles for each photograph submitted; however, for any other submissions, make sure this information is inside the submission at the top of page 1. Also include your full name and email address in the header so that it is on every page. However, do not type it on every page.
  • Text files must be sent as .doc, .docx, or .rtf email attachments. Include your full name in the file name as well as the title of the work you are submitting. (For example, your file might be name MaryJones-Flowers-for-Eden.rtf.). Include your full name in the header of the work you are submitting as well. Please use a header versus typing your name on every single page.
  • Photography files must be sent as .tiff or .jpg email attachments. Include your full name in the file name of the photo along with the title of the photo. (For example, your file might be name MaryJones-Flowers-for-Eden.jpg.)
  • Send short fiction attachments to
  • Send poetry attachments to
  • Send creative non-fiction attachments to
  • Send book review and critical essays attachments to
  • Send photography attachments to

Format Requirements: Text-based submissions must use 12 point font, left justification, and correct MLA format, which includes in-text citations and Works Cited using the latest version of MLA formatting for critical essays. Double space text (which does not include hitting the enter key at the end of each line of text) and only use one space between sentences. Use proper grammar, including use of the Oxford comma and initial capitalization. Do not include endnotes.

  • Short fiction, creative non-fiction, and critical essays are limited to 4,000 words.
  • Book reviews are limited to 1,000 words.
  • Use left justification and proper grammar, including use of the Oxford comma and initial capitalization. Titles of journals and books should be italicized.
  • Send no more than 5 submissions for poetry.

Submissions that do not follow guidelines may not be considered.

Please make sure to spend time proofing and editing your text submissions before sending them. Authors may even want to consider asking a friend to read the work first to help make sure an error free submission is sent. Submissions with incorrect grammar or misspellings may be automatically excluded from the review process. Those submissions that are accepted must be open to receiving minor editorial corrections. Payment upon publication will include one copy of The Indian River Review.

Issue 5 Heading to Print

Everything is on track for issue 5 to publish at the end of March 2018. Copies will be mailed to authors and photographers who participated in this latest issue, and more copies will be available at a number of writing events planned for this Spring at Indian River State College.

This means a new call for submissions will be out soon for issue number 6. Please make sure to follow this blog for updates.

IRSC 2018 High School Writing Contest

Indian River State College
English/Communications/Modern Languages Department
2018 Creative Writing Contest for Scholarships!

Contestants: Open to all public and private high school students in the four-county area of Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River and Okeechobee counties. Seniors will be eligible for an IRSC scholarship. All other entries will be eligible for awards.

Deadline: March 2, 2018

Categories: Each contestant will submit a sample of his/her writing on any subject in only one (1)of the following categories: (1) Short Story or (1) One-Act Play or (1-3) Poems.
Submissions: Mail entries to Professor Suchismita Banerjee, Indian River State College,
English/Communications/Modern Languages Department, 3209 Virginia Avenue,
Fort Pierce, Florida 34981. Entries must be postmarked no later than March 2, 2018.
Please mark the envelope “Creative Writing Contest.”

Format: All entries must be typed using 12 point Times New Roman or Arial font.
Short stories and plays must be double spaced with 1 inch margins.

Include a cover page with the following information:
▪ author’s name, phone number, email address, grade level and school name
▪ teacher’s full name and email address

Entries not conforming will not be considered for competition. Contestants are encouraged to make copies of work submitted. Only Award Winners will be contacted.

Judges: Judges will be members of the Indian River State College English/Communications/Modern Languages Department.

Additional Information: 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 Indian River State College Financial Aid Office and/or the English/Communications/Modern Languages Department. Contact Professor Suchismita Banerjee at or (772) 462-7666.

Awards Ceremony: Thursday, March 29, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. IRSC Main Campus, Brown Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship (Y-102)

For further information, contact the contest coordinator in the English/Communications/Modern Languages Department Professor Suchismita Banerjee at or (772) 462-7666

Archiving Begins

The editors and staff of The Indian River Review are very happy to announce that our first issue has been added to the college’s electronic archives. This means, if you missed this inaugural edition of the journal, you can see if for the first time online.

Just follow this link: . Then, select the journal’s icon to enter the journal’s archive area. Eventually, you will see issues 2, 3, and 4 there as well.

Feel free to share the link. As other editions are added, announcements will be post here on the journal’s blog.

Archives Coming & Issue 5 Update

The journal staff is happy to announce that we have started the process of archiving past issues. These will be available online, and as soon as we have completed the process, details for accessing them will be posted on our blog.

The second cull of submissions for issue 5 is now complete. We have one more final approval to receive and expect that no later than December. Layout will then start in January with a goal of hardcopy publication by early March 2018. As always, we appreciate the patience of those who submitted work for consideration.

Short Fiction and Photo Deadline Extended

Subject editors will be spending part of the summer reviewing and selecting submissions for the journal’s fifth issue. So far, we have received a very large number of poetry entries as well as creative non-fiction works related to our theme for this next issue, which is “home.” However, we are still looking for additional submissions for short fiction as well as photography, and as a result, we are extending the deadline for submitting in these areas to August 1st, 2017, with the stipulation that if we receive enough entries that meet our criteria for publication we may close this extended deadline early.

To submit, please follow the guidelines originally posted in our 2017 Call for Submissions blog post. Please keep in mind that this extension is only for short fiction and photography submissions.

Looking for Short Fiction, Photos, and More for 5th Issue

The deadline (3/31) is approaching for submitting work for the fifth issue of The Indian River Review. While we have so far received a large number of non-fiction and poetry submissions, the editors of the journal are interested in seeing more submissions in the following categories: short fiction, black/white photography, criticism, and reviews.

Our theme for this issue is “home,” so it lends itself to a number of creative and analytical possibilities. For more information on how to submit your work for consideration, see our 2017 Call for Submissions posted on the blog.