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Clear River Review

The Academy's Journal of Creative Writing and Visual Arts

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 2020 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 February 3, 2020 at 8 a.m. You will be notified of the Editorial Board’s decisions on your piece.

For answers to questions, contact Editor-In-Chief, Jenny Mackenzie, via email at

Submission Guidelines

1. 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 will result in disqualification of publication of a student’s works.

2. Written Work

  • All written work must be submitted in .docx format
  • Fiction/Non Fiction: 2500 word limit
  • Poetry: 40 line limit
  • Be sure to give your work a title and include it along with your name at the top of the document.
  • Include page numbers in a footer
  • 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 chief editor, Jenny Mackenzie, for clarification.

3. Visual work—guidelines

a) Please digitize your artwork and submit a high resolution (at least 300 DPI) JPEG. Include in the email your name, address, year of graduation, the genre, and the title of the piece. For help scanning your work, please visit Ms. Story in the Fine Arts office in Morse. Allow plenty of extra time for this step of the submission process.

b) Understand that visual pieces will be printed in duotone (grayscale). If color is an integral part of your piece and you feel it would not work in grayscale, do not submit it. The cover piece will be chosen from among submissions. In general, we accept black and white photographs, Intaglio prints, and line drawings.

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

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. Please indicate in the title of your email if this a Colwell Center Travel Prize submission, please add this to the subject line of the email (e.g.”Subject: Non-Fiction/Colwell Prize CRR Submission”). The pieces will be considered for placement in the magazine even if they do not win the Colwell Center Travel Prizes.

Submit to the Clear River Review

To submit your work for consideration for the Clear River Review, please fill out this form for EACH piece you are submitting (one form = one submission). If you have questions or need help with the process, please email the editors at, or see Mrs. Mackenzie in R110 or Ms. Drew in R108.

Cover of the Spring 2020 Clear River Review.

View the Clear River Review Spring 2020 Slide Show

Cover of the Spring 2019 Clear River Review.

Cover of the Spring 2018 Clear River Review.