River Voices

River Voice Cover Spring 2020River Voices, Muskegon Community College’s literary magazine, showcases the work of current students, faculty, and alumni. For more information on submitting your work or joining the River Voices team, please contact MCC English Instructor Shauna Hayes at (231) 777-0695 or by email at: shauna.hayes@muskegoncc.edu.

The archival depository for Muskegon Community College is in the Hendrik Meijer Library/Information Technology Center. The Archives contains student literary magazine publications of original prose, poetry and artwork dating back to 1959. The publication, which has changed names over the years, was first titled Chanticleer, then Stark Naked, and is currently titled River Voices. An index to these publications is available in Excel format or in HTML format. The index includes the name of student, title of work, genre, publication, issue and date.

Click here to view the MCC Spring 2020 River Voices
Click here to view the MCC Spring 2019 River Voices
Click here to view the MCC Spring 2018 River Voices
Click here to view the MCC Spring 2017 River Voices


Submitting Your Work to River Voices

We are looking for submissions in the following four categories: Artwork, Photography, Fiction and Poetry.

All submissions must be submitted by February 15, 2021.


  • Short fiction must be fewer than 2,000 words in length.
  • Poems must be 100 lines or fewer.
  • No previously published work may be submitted.
  • Work must be original. Any borrowed ideas or language must be appropriately acknowledged.


  • All entries must be titled and paginated.
  • Fiction must be double-spaced unless alternate formatting is an integral part of the story’s aesthetic effect.
  • Poems may be spaced and arranged according to the poet’s intent.
  • Fiction and Poetry entries must be submitted in.docx or doc. format. (pdf formatted entries will not be accepted)
  • Photography and Artwork must be submitted in .jpeg format and must be formatted with quality resolution.
  • Please indicate the medium used if submitting Artwork.

For more information on submitting your work, please contact Sean Colcleasure at (231) 777-0245 or sean.colcleasure@muskegoncc.edu or Shauna Hayes at (231) 777-0695 or shauna.hayes@muskegoncc.edu.

Please complete the submission form completely and attach your entry before clicking on the submit button. Be sure to check that your submission form was fully completed and that you did not receive an error message.

River Voices Winter 2021 Submission Form

  • Please select the category for which you are submitting your entry. You may choose only one.
  • Here is your opportunity to provide some context to how and why you chose this entry. For example, what was the inspiration for your artistic drawing or photograph? Where was the photograph taken? What medium was used in creating your artistic drawing?
  • Drop files here or
    Accepted file types: docx, doc, jpg, mp4.
  • If your piece is chosen to be part of the magazine, we would like to include a little personal information about each author/artist. For example, “Natalie is an art student who hopes to travel the world, sharing her vision through the camera lens. She finds inspiration by walking the city streets and by eating gourmet pizza!” Please share a brief bio/anecdote below: