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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Send poetry attachments to email@example.com.
- Send creative non-fiction attachments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Send book review and critical essays attachments to email@example.com.
- Send photography attachments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.