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Welcome to the Heartland Review´s webpage!

We appreciate your visit. Founded in 2001, THR is a biannual digest-sized journal published in spring and fall. Reading submissions is year-round. We try to respond in 2-3 months.

Our mission is to complement the writing community of Kentucky but welcome writers from far and near. In addition to having published writers from most states, we are proud to have had submissions from France, Japan, and Iran.

Not only do we wish to publish established writers, but emerging and younger writers may find an audience here. In fact, when possible, we feature a Younger Artists section in our issues.

And to encourage young people in all facets of the publishing world, our experienced editorial assistants work with members of The Heartland Review Creative Writing Club--students of Elizabethtown Community and Technical College and young emerging artists in the community of Elizabethtown, KY--to generate our issues.

The Heartland Review is published with generous funds from Dr. Thelma White, President/CEO of Elizabethtown Community and Technical College, and donations from friends, contributors, and contest entrants. We want to thank everyone for the continued support of this journal.


The 2015 Joy Bale Boone Poetry Prize Winners!

First Place

  • Metal Arts I, II, III ~ Therese Broderick ~ Albany, NY

Second Place

  • Before Garbage Pickup ~ Judy Gill Milford ~ Paducah, KY

Third Place

  • After the Workshop ~ Valerie Nieman ~ Greensborough, NC


Journal Archives

Fall 2015 Journal edition.

Fall 2015 Journal edition.

Fall 2012 Journal edition.

Literary Journal History

ECTC's literary journal began with the publication Gyres, which was founded by Dr. Donna Lee Hill, advisor to the student writing group the Jabberwocks. Ruth Redel, who taught English at Elizabethtown Community College for many years and who continues to facilitate the writing group known as the Reader's Room, succeeded Dr. Hill as advisor of Gyres.

The journal went through several name changes, becoming Vox Humana and then ECCO. English instructor Linda Beattie succeeded Ruth Redel as advisor, with counselor Chuck Spataro joining her as co-advisor and then co-editor, as faculty took on a greater share of the responsibility for the journal. At this time ECCO focused primarily on publishing work from the ECC community.

Since 2001 the journal has been known as the Heartland Review. ECTC faculty, staff, students and members of the literary community at large serve on its editorial board. The Heartland Review receives hundreds of submissions every year, including submissions from Canada, Italy and other countries. In 2002 the board established the Joy Bale Boone Poetry Prize in order to honor this long-time Elizabethtown resident's contributions to the development of Kentucky poetry. In 2007 the Heartland Review received the Silver Medallion Marketing Award from KCTCS.

Literary Reading Series


October 7, 2015

Poets: Nickole Brown and Jessica Jacobs.
They say "Write what you know: This most common of writing advice can also be the most con-fining-but only when limited to your own personal experiences. Instead. . . take on other lives and voices in your poems, to write from perspectives, time periods, and even genders not your own."

The Heartland Review Creative Writing Club hosted poets Nickole Brown and Jessica Jacobs in ECTC´s Morrison Gallery. Nickole read from her latest volume Fanny Says, a biography of her grandmother told through poems and prose. Jessica entertained the audience with poems from her debut collection Pelvis with Distance and a slide show and some historical accounts of Georgia O´Keefe, the artist who inspired several of Jessica´s works. The poets are concluding a nation-wide book tour.


November 5, 2015

On November 5, from 6:30-8:00 pm, The Heartland Review Creative Writing Club will host an open mic in ECTC´s Behen Community Room (JSO building room 112). All are invited to this reading; however, if you wish to read some of your own creative work, you should arrive at 6pm to get on the list (readers will be limited to 10 minutes). Light refreshments will be served.

This event is free and open to the public.


November 12, 2015

On November 12, from 6.30-8.30 pm, The Heartland Review Creative Writing Club will host a local writing group The Bard´s Corner in ECTC´s Behen Community Room (JSO building room 112). The reading will feature members´ works in progress or finished/published work of that group. Light refreshments will be served.

This event is free and open to the public.

News & Events

  • The Heartland Review Creative Writing Club meets every other Thursday from 4:30-6:00 pm. Our next meeting takes place on October 29 in the JSO building, room 121.
  • The Heartland Review Creative Writing Club will sponsor a Flash-fiction Contest for spring 2016 and publish a special issue of The Heartland Review.
To submit your $10 donation for the Joy Bale Boone Poetry Prize, or if you wish to be a friend of THR at the $25, $50, or $100 level with names printed in each issue of the year, select the Paypal link below.
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The Heartland Review announces

The 2016 Joy Bale Boone Poetry Prize

Prizes

  • $350 First Place
  • $100 Second Place
  • $75 Third Place

All finalists will be published in THR´s spring 2016 issue. To enter the contest, participants should mail a $10 donation by check or money order (we cannot accept cash) made out to The Heartland Review and up to three (3) poems to:

2016 Joy Bale Boone Poetry Prize
c/o Sandi Howard
Elizabethtown Community & Technical College
600 College Street Road
Elizabethtown, KY 42701

Or you can enter the contest electronically here... (The subject line should read JBB2016)

The donations will fund the contest, creation of the journal, and scholarships for creative writing students.

No simultaneous submissions please.

Provide a cover page that includes name, address, email, and a 30-40 word biography with the poems. No contact information should appear on the manuscripts. All forms are welcomed. Deadline for entries is postmark February 1, 2016. Winners will be announced in April.

This year´s judge is the award-winning poet Gary Jackson .


To submit your $5 donation for the Flash Fiction Contest, or if you wish to be a friend of THR at the $25, $50, or $100 level with names printed in each issue of the year, select the Paypal link below.

The Heartland Review Creative Writing Club announces

The 2016 Flash-Fiction Contest

What can you create in 1200 words?

Prizes

  • $100 First Place
  • $50 Second Place
  • $25 Third Place

Award-winners and finalists will be published in THR´s special Flash-fiction Issue. To enter the contest, participants should mail a $5 donation by check or money order (we cannot accept cash) made out to The Heartland Review and one (1) 1200-word story per entry to:

2016 Flash Fiction Contest
c/o Sandi Howard
Elizabethtown Community & Technical College
600 College Street Road
Elizabethtown, KY 42701

Or you can enter the contest electronically here... (The subject line should read FF2016)

The donations will fund the contest, creation of the journal, and scholarships for creative writing students.

No simultaneous submissions please.

Provide a cover page that includes name, address, email, and a 30-40 word biography with the poems. No contact information should appear on the manuscripts. All forms are welcomed. Deadline for entries is postmark February 1, 2016. Winners will be announced in April.

From the Editor's Desk

We should soon offer subscriptions to the journal for a nominal donation. Through donations, we will further grow the writing community by offering weekend or weekly writing seminars, supporting visiting writers through The Heartland Review Literary Reading Series, and awarding outstanding students who work toward a creative lifestyle scholarships.

Best,
Mick Kennedy, Ed.

Submissions

If you or someone you love can´t sleep at night because there are too many things swirling in the brain, then we´re here to help. Write those thoughts down and send them to us.

We seek the highest quality, previously unpublished, original fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction and artwork. No simultaneous submissions please. We´re looking at 2-3months response time.

Poetry

(Does not include submissions for the Joy Bale Boone Poetry Contest )

Poets should submit 3-5 previously unpublished poems. Be mindful of lines that might be compromised because of their length. Name, contact information, and a 30-40 word biography should appear on a cover page. Personal information on any other pages of the manuscript(s) will automatically disqualify submission.


Artwork

Submit up to five pieces. (Please include a description of the medium of each piece.) We accept B&W artwork or photography created in the last six months prior to submission. The cover is awarded to the "best" color artwork. From time to time, we might select a single artist´s work for a "focus on the artist" section in our journal.


Fiction

Important! When submitting an entry for the 2016 Flash-Fiction Contest, please add the prefix 'FF2016' to your Submission Title.

Writers should submit 1-2, previously unpublished stories. Submissions should be double-spaced. We ask that stories be no longer than 3,000 words, given the journal´s limited space. Name, contact information, a 30-40 word biography, and word count should appear on a cover page. Personal information on any other pages of the manuscript will automatically disqualify submission.


Non-Fiction / Creative Non-Fiction

The Heartland Review is now accepting creative nonfiction of 3,000 words or less. If you or someone you love can´t sleep at night because there are too many things swirling in the brain, then we're here to help. Write those thoughts down and send them in.

We´re looking for essays and memoir-style writing. No literary criticism, book reviews, or journalism. Though we accept things with epiphanies and happy endings, we want writing that expresses the grit of our human existence. You can reveal old truths and life lessons, but the writing must not be stale.

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