Official literary magazine

The best of Eckerd writing and art since 1966

Eckerd College saw its first literary magazine, Incite, published in 1966. Since that time, almost everything about that publication has changed several times over; from the title to the page size to the editorial tastes, from the funding and scope to the print run, our magazine has led many lives. But one thing has remained constant: students’ commitment to publishing the best literature and art from Eckerd College.

If you are curious about the arts at Eckerd College, our annual journal is likely the best place to start exploring our community of writers and artists. As students, we know that the work in our pages represents not just the individual talent at Eckerd but also the collaborative spirit of our artistic endeavors. Workshops and intense discussions late into the morning, the tight bond of artists sharing studio space, and the free critique of colleagues’ work: these are the ideals and characteristics of the Eckerd community.

Faculty, alumni, staff, ASPEC and OLLI colleagues all know this. That is why their work also appears in our pages. Once a developing craftsperson encounters the free exchange of ideas that we have grown to value above all else, he or she continues to support and participate in that exchange, often for his or her whole life. As a publication, Eckerd Review always has and always will rely on that intellectual generosity.

Please take a moment to get acquainted with Eckerd Review. Explore our site and read through our journal (it’s free!). Bookmark us and stay updated on the latest happenings and editions. Take a look at our submission policies, and if you are a member of the Eckerd community, please send us your work!

We are proud to be a part of Eckerd Review, and we’re grateful for the support of the Eckerd College community. Thanks for visiting our site.

Sincerely, Eckerd Review Staff

Current Issue

Dear Reader,

For nearly 60 years, the Eckerd Review has cultivated the creative works of students, alumni, faculty, ASPEC, OLLI and PEL members of Eckerd College. Whether it be prose, poetry or visual arts, Eckerd Review is proud to publish writers and artists within our diverse Eckerd community. As editors and writers ourselves, we understand that the creative process takes time and a lot of hard work. It is with great honor that we are able to showcase emerging and seasoned writers and artists in the 2017 edition of Eckerd Review. We hope you enjoy this issue and that you will share it with your friends and family.

Eckerd Review would not be the magazine it is today without the support of everyone within the Eckerd College community. We would like to thank President Donald Eastman for his continued support in this endeavor and his submission of a poem in this issue. Thanks as well to Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty Suzan Harrison, and Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students James Annarelli for helping keep this tradition alive. Many thanks to Lova Patterson and the Eckerd College Organization of Students for the financial aid and management that keeps Eckerd Review running. We would also like to thank the faculty in the Creative Writing Department for their dedication to the written word and the fostering of Eckerd’s talent. We would especially like to thank Professor of Visual Arts Arthur Skinner for his immense help and guidance for soliciting artwork and helping us make our visual arts exhibit in Cobb Gallery and the Reading and Art Party possible.

The Editorial Board and Staff are grateful for our new faculty adviser, Gloria Muñoz. She has been incredibly supportive in helping us create new positions among the staff. We would like to recognize the talented Josh Keeler (’14), who provided skilled assistance in layout and planning. We also want to thank our genre editors and the editorial board for helping us edit the prose and poetry you’ll find in these pages.

Please join us in congratulating Fiction Editor E. Ashling Jackson and Poetry Editor Sorella Andersen for their promotions to next year’s Editors-in-Chief. We know they will do a great job at keeping Eckerd Review alive and well in the 2017-18 school year.

Dearest reader, prepare yourself for an engaging series of prose, poetry and visual art before you flip to the next page. We are pleased to present to you the 2017 edition of Eckerd Review.

—Marlene Heyning & Sam Santos, Editors-in-Chief

Call for submissions

Eckerd Review will accept submissions from Eckerd College students, alumni, trustees, faculty, staff, and ASPEC and OLLI members beginning August 1, 2017, for its 2018 edition.

Who May Submit

We accept submissions from members of the Eckerd community. That means residential and PEL students, alumni, faculty, staff, trustees, and ASPEC and OLLI members are all welcome to send us their work.

What to Submit

Although we are a literary journal, we pride ourselves in the diversity of the arts represented in our pages. We welcome fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and visual art; though we are open to other possibilities. We have no specific stylistic preference, but the aesthetic tastes of our staff will change from year to year.

We will attempt to make all decisions about publication with aesthetic quality as our primary concern.

We ask that you be conscious of length issues. Please submit no more than five poems or three flash fiction/nonfiction pieces. For longer works, please limit the number of submissions to two. No single piece should be longer than about 15 typed, double-spaced pages.

Visual art may be in color or black and white but must be submitted as a Google Drive Folder to The file name should only include the the title of the artwork.

How to Submit

We ask that you submit your written work electronically through our Submittable form. Please note that we read work anonymously. While you’ll record your name on this submission form, you must delete your name from each page of your poems, stories, or essays before attaching them to the form through the browser. We will read work only if it’s submitted anonymously. If you have difficulty  submitting through our website, send us an email at

Visual art may be in color or black and white but must be submitted as a Google Drive Folder to The file name should only include the the title of the artwork.

Repeat Submissions

We request that you do not submit the same work more than once, unless you’ve been invited to do so. If your work is not accepted, however, we invite you to submit new work in the next yearly cycle.

If we publish you once, we’d love to see more of your work in the future!

Technical Specifications

Text should be double-spaced, 12 pt. Times New Roman or other standard font. Each piece should be saved as its own file. We can accept Word documents (.doc or .docx) and text documents (.rtf) only.

Visual art may be in JPEG, GIF or TIFF format only. Color coding can be RBG, CMYK or Grayscale. Images should have a resolution of at least 300 dpi at 5 inches wide by 7 inches high (1500 pixels wide by 2100 pixels high). Our printed page is 5×7 inches.


You should receive online confirmation once your electronic submission has been processed. If you haven’t heard back from us by the end of January following the submission deadline, however, you are welcome to contact us to make sure we have received and reviewed your submission.


We’re not rich so cannot pay, but you will receive contributor’s copies of the journal. If possible, we’ll also throw you a party when the issue comes back from the press. But trust us—we think your stuff is worth a million bucks.


By submitting your work to Eckerd Review, you grant us the right to publish your work in print. Once the magazine is published, you retain all rights, and you are welcome to submit your work elsewhere. If you wish to retain first rights to your work, however, you must request via email to, prior to May, that we not publish your work in our online edition.