Submission Guidelines

Students must be enrolled in at least one IVCC credit hour within the last 12 months to be considered for publication. Student should fill out this form for each submission and then email submission file (see below directions) attachment to RiverCurrents.IVCC@gmail.com.

All submissions must be original work, no reproductions accepted. For general submissions, please include your name, the title of your work, and the medium (poetry, oil on canvas, memoir, etc.) in your email. River Currents accepts up to 20 pages of prose (10 page maximum per piece), up to 8 individual poems, and up to 10 visual image submissions per student.

View our IVCC Creates Contest page for contest guidelines.

Submission Guidelines


Written Work

  • send no more than 8 individual poems.
  • limit prose pieces to 7-10 pages; a maximum of 20 pages per student.
  • fill out this form for each submission
    • we will ask you to provide your name as you’d like it to appear in print, the title of your work as you’d like it to appear in print, and whether it’s poetry, essay, fiction, screenplay, creative non-fiction, or memoir.
  • email the submission file as a .doc .docx or .rtf file to RiverCurrents.IVCC@gmail.com with the title of the submission included in the subject line

Visual and Graphic Artwork

  • provide color photograph of physical artwork such as paintings, ceramics, textiles, etc.
  • while River Currents cannot accept the actual paintings, ceramics, textiles, etc. as submissions, we may request gallery time for artwork.
  • send no more than 10 visual submissions.
  • fill out this form for each submission
    • we will ask you to provide your name as you’d like it to appear in print, the title of your work as you’d like it to appear in print, and medium of the artwork.
  • email the submission file as a .jpg or .png file to RiverCurrents.IVCC@gmail.com with the title of the submission included in the subject line

2018 issue submission deadline is October 2, 2017 at 11:59 p.m.

2017 Release Party

Calling all students, faculty, administration, staff, and community members: please join us to celebrate the talented contributors and student staff of River Current’s forthcoming 2017 issue Thursday, April 27 in room C316 of IVCC’s Oglesby campus.

Contributors: staff will provide you with copies of this year’s issue, a thank-you packet for your participation and interest in the publication, and the opportunity to read or present your work to a captive audience at the release celebration.

2017 IVCC Creates Contest winners: bask in the wonder of your achievement!! You will also receive copies of this year’s issue and a thank-you packet for your participation.

Students and public: meet the contributors, view the contributor art gallery, read your poetry/fiction/prose during an open-mic hour, feel the welcoming embrace of those interested in the creative arts, and hob-nob with IVCC’s talented students.

2017 IVCC Creates Contest Results

It’s here!! The results of the River Currents IVCC Creates Contest. This year we included the special guest judge Ari Ochuba–last year’s art/photography category winner (who also took runner-up and honorable mention). All those who placed in the contest will be published in our forthcoming 2017 issue, out in April this year, and will be honored at our release party (date TBA but planned for mid-to-late April).

Our 2017 Selection Process

We reviewed all submissions for the contest this year since it was clear that a few students intended to submit to the contest but used the “general submission” guidelines by mistake. We overlooked that misunderstanding and decided to include everyone in the contest. Because why not?!  River Currents student staff considered all pre-copy-edited written submissions and viewed visual submissions and 3D artwork saved as high quality color files. Our special guest judge, Ari participated in the photography and art categories. Editors voted for their personal winner, runner-up, and honorable mention for each category with the final decision being made by the Editor-in-Chief and Assistant Editor. Results appear below and will be included in our forthcoming 2017 issue (it’s currently being designed and while we may be biased, it’s goals).

Please join us in congratulating the following IVCC student writers and artists:

Fiction

“Freezing” by Brian Kelsey, winner
“Paranoia” by Danny Pfaff, runner-up

Poetry

“Progression” by Amelia Rusk, winner
“To Be” by Angel Kizer, runner-up
“What is Better?” by Aelsa Bulter, honorable mention

Photography

“Mr. Whiskers” by Tess Kopp, winner
“Abstract Fork” by Austin Beyer, runner-up
“Burning” by Kaitlyn Anthony, honorable mention

Art

“Sunset Valley” by Abigail Jordan, winner
“Lost and Found” by Abigail Jordan, runner-up
“Seascape” by Austin Beyer, honorable mention

IVCC Creates Contest Results (2)

First Annual Contest Results

IVCC Creates Contest for more info about the contest.

Spring 2017 Submission Call

We’ve put out another submission call for Spring 2017 students. All submissions must be original work, no reproductions accepted. Please include your name, the title of your work, and the medium (poetry, oil on canvas, memoir, etc.) in your email. River Currents accepts up to 20 pages of prose, up to 8 individual poems, and up to 10 visual image submissions per student.

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Deadline 11:59 p.m. Jan. 31, 2017

Email submissions as a file attachment to RiverCurrents.IVCC@gmail.com. Students whose work is chosen to appear in the forthcoming 2017 issue will be notified in the spring semester and invited to our annual release celebration.

2017 Student Staff

Editorial Staff

Editor-In-Chief: Allison Hawbaker
Assistant Editor: Stephanie Bias
Copy Editor: Akari Oya, Maddi Loiselle, Savanna Weitzel
Designer: Peggy Schneider
Graphic Design Intern: Peggy Schneider

Creative Arts Staff

Fiction Editors: Jibril Church, Allison Hawbaker, Maddi Loiselle
Non-fiction Editors: Makenzie Thompson
Poetry Editors: Jibril Church, Makenzie Thompson, Akari Oya, Savanna Weitzel
Visual Art Editors: Makenzie Thompson, Akari Oya, Mallory Watson

Events and Social Media Staff

Events Coordinator: Stephanie Bias
Social Media Manager: Bri Brooks

Staff Descriptions. If you’re interested in being part of the River Currents student organization, please fill out this form and return it to Tracy Lee in room A-329.

2016 IVCC Creates Contest Winners

Thanks to everyone who submitted work to the 2016 IVCC Creates Contest–as writers and artists ourselves, we know how simultaneously exciting and nerve-racking it is to share your work with others.

Our 2016 Selection Process

The contest results were decided by means of a blind selection process where submissions and file names did not reference author or artist . River Currents student staff editors viewed visual submissions saved as high quality color files. Editors voted for their personal winner, runner-up, and honorable mention for each category and any ties were discussed before a re-vote. Results appear below and were published in our 2016 issue.

Art/Photography Category:

“Pieces to the Puzzle” by Arinze Ochuba, winner
“Land of the Dances” by Arinze Ochuba, runner-up
“Enter Gollum” by Arinze Ochuba, honorable mention

Writing/Prose Category:

“and the sky was made of amethyst,” fiction by Brianna Broooks, winner

Poetry/Experimental Category:

“The Salamander Room,” poem by Joe Czarney, winner
“Haiku Series,” poetry by Elena Cornelius, runner-up