Thank Yous and New Journal Staff Welcome

Six years have passed since the notion of a literary journal first became a reality for the English Department at Indian River State College. Over time, the journal has grown and changed with the help of faculty, administrators,and staff. Without the help of so many, the journal would not have been able to continue to develop, and we want to take this opportunity to thank all of you.

Work towards our fifth journal issue has brought new growth to The Indian River Review, and while some have moved onto other projects, new editors and staff have stepped in to take the journal into its next phase. Therefore, while we look back and thank those who are no longer directly connected with the journal’s everyday operation, we welcome a number of new journal members. For more information on the 2017 journal additions, see our About page.


2017 Call for Submissions

The Indian River Review is currently soliciting submissions for its fifth issue scheduled for publication in late spring 2018. The theme for this issue is home: home as place, as idea, as state of being. In a society that seems increasingly unrooted and atomized, does home still have its gravitational force and tug? Against the warp and disruption of the current tumult, does it persist? Has it devolved to a walled-off and gated insularity? Can we take it with us when we go? Does it belong to us or we to it?

The deadline for submissions is March 31, 2017. 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; 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 attachments to
• Send 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 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.

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

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