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,

This year’s edition of the Eckerd Review is unique for a number of reasons. Not only does it feature 25 skilled writers and 13 talented artists, but it reflects the efforts of 19 editors and our amazing and devoted faculty advisor, Gloria Muñoz. This year, eight of our editors were also interns, researching and writing about the field of literary publishing for an entire school year. This school year was, of course, disrupted by a global pandemic. Although we had many obstacles in our way, we did not let this stop us from producing the 2020 edition of the Eckerd Review. Production was challenging, but we sincerely thank our editors, contributors, and readers for their support and understanding of any hiccups along the way. As always, our staff looks forward to discovering the common themes throughout our acceptances. This year, we invite you to explore the ways in which our contributors and editors seamlessly weave together women’s empowerment, family bonds, and the enigma that is the afterlife within the following pages.

The editorial board of the Eckerd Review would like to thank our vast network for the outpouring of support they show us each year. We thank President Donald Eastman for his dedication to literature and lifelong learning and we wish him a happy retirement. We thank Dean Suzan Harrison, Dean James Annarelli, and associate Dean Kathryn J. Watson, who keep our operation going. Thank you to Lova Patterson and the Eckerd College Organization of Students for financing our publication. Thank you to Stacy Sutton for the very helpful editing. We thank Michel Fougeres for helping us with the online issue, and we thank the Creative Writing faculty, the Literature faculty and Professor David Gliem, who have all lended their unwavering support and helped us grow over the past few years.

Thank you to Advancement for helping us showcase our talented contributors to the wider Eckerd community. We are so disappointed we are not able to throw a release party this year, but we look forward to next year. As always, we are extremely thankful to professor of Visual Arts Arthur Skinner for his help in soliciting artwork and making arrangements for the issue release party. Thank you to our printer West Coast Graphics. Also, we would like to extend our gratitude to Ann Hood for allowing our staff to interview her during her time on campus as part of Writers in Paradise. Finally, we would like to thank our editors for their
constant hard work, dedication, and creativity.

We now invite you to explore the visual art, fiction, nonfiction, poetry, hybrid works, and critical essays in the following pages. We are proud to present the 2020 issue of the Eckerd Review.

—Katy Williams, Caity Coutant (fall), & Karly Page (spring), 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, 2020, for its 2021 edition.

Who May Submit

We accept submissions from members of the Eckerd community. That means students, alumni, faculty, staff, trustees, visiting writers 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, hybrid writing (comics), critical essays and visual art. 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. The file name should only include the title of the artwork.

How to Submit

We ask that you submit your written work and visual art 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 art, 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 ecreview@eckerd.edu.

Visual art may be in color or black and white but must be submitted as a Google Drive Folder to ecreview@eckerd.edu. The file name should only include the the title of the artwork. The Google Drive link should be pasted in the body of an email with the subject “Art Submission.”

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 your 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.

Confirmation

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.

Rights

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 ecreview@eckerd.edu, prior to May, that we not publish your work in our online edition.