Literary Mission

The Florida Review publishes exciting new work from around the world from writers both emerging and well known. We are not Florida-exclusive, though we acknowledge having a jungle mentality and a preference for grit, and we have provided and continue to offer a home for many Florida writers. We have been in more or less continuous semi-annual print publication since 1975 and have recently (2017) added a new literary supplement in Aquifer: The Florida Review Online, which will feature new literary works on a weekly basis, as well as author interviews, book reviews, and digital storytelling. Please see our Submissions page for more information about what we are interested in publishing.


Educational Mission

The Florida Review has always involved the faculty and students of the University of Central Florida. Since 2005 UCF has offered a regular practicum course for students interested in helping with the numerous tasks required to publish The Florida Review. Twenty undergraduate students every semester (fall, spring, and summer), along with two or three MFA students, are given the opportunity to:

  • study and understand the nature of The Florida Review and what we publish;
  • be trained and assist with proofreading, fact checking, and copyediting;
  • learn to articulate the value of literary magazines while selling subscriptions;
  • work on fundraising, marketing, social media, and website projects;
  • learn what it means to be a good literary citizen;
  • become familiar with Submittable, NewPages, Asana, and other useful online tools; and
  • read and discuss submissions (though students do not make final editorial decisions at TFR).

This high-impact, experiential training both makes our students aware of the high level of competition they will face as writers and gives them real-world editorial and marketing job experience. Both of these types of knowledge, we believe, will help them thrive as writers and to appreciate the intense and collaborative nature of publications.

If you are a UCF student interested in taking CRW 4724: Florida Review Editing, please email the editor, Lisa Roney, at lisa.roney@ucf.edu.



Former editors:
Jocelyn Bartkevicius, 2009-2015
Susan Fallows, 2008
Jeanne M. Leiby, 2004-2007
Russ Kesler, 1991-2000
Pat Rushin, 1984-1990, 2001-2003
Patricia Goodwin James, 1982
Susan Hartman, 1978-1981
Wyatt Laurence Wyatt & Jack Reed, 1977
Wyatt Laurence Wyatt, 1975-1976
Jay Taylor, 1973-1974
Doug Frazeur, 1972


The Florida Review Staff

  • Editor & Director: Lisa Roney
  • Chapbook Coordinator/Editor: Susan Fallows
  • Managing Editor: Leah Washburn
  • Fiction Editors: Victoria Campbell and Lisa Roney
  • Fiction Staff: Danielle Armstrong, Geoff Benge, Rebecca Cobb, Joshua Dull, John King, Rachel Kolman, Michael Leavitt, Shawn McKee, Jeffrey Schuster, Melinda Stewart, Meg Sefton, Saakshi Pradhan, and Will Rinc√≥n
  • Poetry Editor: Kenneth Hart
  • Poetry Staff: Vonnie Amey, Lorie Matejowsky, and Judith Roney
  • Creative Nonfiction Editor: Nicole Oquendo
  • Assistant Creative Nonfiction Editor: Michael Shier
  • Graphic Narrative Editor: Nathan Holic
  • Layout/Cover Designer: Lorinda Clark
  • Design Consultant: Ren Morrison
  • Social Media Coordinator: Hana Al-Harastani

Aquifer Staff

  • Editor & Director: Lisa Roney
  • Digital Story Curator: Natalie Underberg-Goode
  • Graphic Narrative Editor: Nathan Holic
  • Book Review Editor: Danita Berg
  • Assistant Book Review Editor: Dianne Turgeon Richardson
  • On-Site Interviewers: Danielle Kessinger and Lisa Roney
  • Website Designer: Matt Dunn
  • Website Assistant: Mike Leavitt

Contact Us


The Florida Review
Department of English
University of Central Florida
PO Box 161346
Orlando, Florida, 32816-1346

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