Clear River Review 2023 Cover

The Academy’s Journal of Creative Writing and Visual Arts

Clear River Review Submission Guidelines


For several years running, the Academy has published editions of an original creative writing and visual arts journal, the Clear River Review.


We are accepting submissions for the 2024 edition from Academy students. We accept submissions of fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, and visual artwork. Please take a moment to read the submission guidelines listed below before submitting. All submissions are due by January 29, 2024 at 8 a.m. You will be notified of the Editorial Board’s decisions on your piece by February 9, 2024. 


Email our editors with any questions:


Submission Guidelines


1. Number of Submissions


Each student may only submit two pieces in each genre for consideration: 2 poems, 2 fiction, 2 creative non-fiction, 2 visual. Submission of more than this limit may result in disqualification of publication of a student’s works.


2. Written Work

  • All written work must be submitted as a Word document or a Google Doc. Please do not submit work as a PDF.

  • Fiction/Non Fiction: 2500 word limit

  • Poetry: 40 line limit

  • Your work should not quote any source that is copyrighted and/or not in the public domain. It should be entirely your own; ask the editors if you need clarification. 


3. Visual Work

  • Please digitize your artwork and submit a high resolution JPEG. For help scanning your work, please see any of the Fine Arts faculty in Morse. Allow plenty of extra time for this step of the submission process.

  • The cover piece will be chosen from among the visual submissions.

  • You must follow all formatting guidelines as listed above to be considered for publication!

  • Identify the SJA art faculty member who guided you or oversaw the creation of your piece

  • Technique and Process (100 words or less)

    • Medium

    • Size

    • Describe the piece (do one of two things)

      • Explain your inspiration or the meaning of the piece

      • If it was an assignment, what were the objectives or goals 


4. Colwell Center Travel Prizes in Writing and Photography


In conjunction with the Clear River Review, the Colwell Center for Global Understanding will be offering awards for the best Travel Writing and best Travel Photography, with first place and a runner up prizes. These pieces must meet the criteria for Non-Fiction and Visuals as outlined above. The pieces will be considered for placement in the magazine even if they do not win a Colwell Center Travel Prize.


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Once you submit, your work will be reviewed by the Clear River Review Editorial Board, and you will receive notification on whether your submission has been accepted for publication by February 9, 2024. Please email with any questions.