Gardner-Webb University founded its literary magazine in 1968 under the name One Little Candle. In 1973, the name was changed to Reflections, and, finally, in 2002, to the Broad River Review. At that time, the magazine was also upgraded from side-staple to a perfect bound publication.
The Broad River Review is proud to offer an outlet for our undergraduate students, faculty, staff, and local community members. Each year, the Broad River Review may recognize certain undergraduate students for outstanding achievement and publish their works. The J. Calvin Koonts Poetry Award is awarded to a senior English major at Gardner-Webb University whose group of poems is judged most outstanding by a committee of department members. The Broad River Review Editors’ Prizes in Poetry and Prose are selected from among all Gardner-Webb student submissions for a given issue.
However, since 2002, we have made a conscious effort to broaden the scope of our writers to include regional and national writers. Maintaining this balance of university-affiliated writers and non-affiliated writers is important to us. In 2010, we added two contests, the Rash Award in Fiction and Poetry, open to all writers and judged by outside, accomplished fiction writers and poets.
The Broad River Review is published annually in late spring.