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

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 and, her effort to see the good in a place she never dreamed of living.

Call for Papers – Issue 4

Issue 3 is at the printer! That means it is time for another call for papers:

The Indian River Review is currently soliciting submissions for its 4th issue scheduled for publication in Summer 2016. The theme for this issue is “Knowledge” or “The Knowledge Commons,” and we plan to take a very broad view of this theme. With the development of digital media, our relationship to knowledge has changed dramatically. In the current digital age, anything we want or need to know is just a click away, something that is both potentially liberating and stifling; the amount of information available staggers the imagination. Even so, what defines knowledge? Is knowledge different from information? Can or should it be organized? Who decides? How does knowledge affect community and culture?

The deadline for submissions is October 31, 2015. Genres include short fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, critical essays, black and white photography, and book reviews. Please do not send explicit content. See formatting and submission instructions below.

All work is peer reviewed. The journal accepts only electronic submission, no hard copies. Please inform us if you are sending simultaneous submissions, and follow the requirements listed below for all submissions:

• Text files must be sent as .doc, .docx, or .rtf email attachments.
• Photography files must be sent as .tiff or .jpg email attachments.
• Send short fiction attachments to
• Send poetry attachments to
• Send creative non-fiction and photography attachments to
• Send critical essays and book review attachments to
• Text-based submissions must use 12 point font and correct MLA format.
• Short fiction, creative non-fiction, and critical essays are limited to 4,000 words.
• Book reviews are limited to 1,000 words.
• In your email, make sure to include your full name, phone number, address, institutional affiliation (if you have one), and the title(s) of the work you submit.
• In your email, include a 50 to 100 word author biographical paragraph.
• Send no more than 5 submissions for poetry.

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.