Questions about Prizes

Below find answers to your questions about the contests offered by Indiana Review. If you think there is a question that should be included, please send an email to inreview@indiana.edu.

What is the Indiana Review Poetry Prize?
The Poetry Prize is IR’s yearly contest. Poets can submit a packet of three poems by the deadline with the $20 (USD) reading fee to be considered for the $1,000 prize money and publication in IR. (The reading fee also includes a year’s subscription.) After IR’s editors go over the submissions, a guest editor will make the final choice of the winner.
When does the Poetry Prize take place?
The Prize occurs once a year, usually in the spring. Please check our Prize page for this year’s deadline.
What should my submission include for the Poetry Prize?
• Send no more than three poems per entry, 8 pages maximum. Entrant’s name must not appear on the submission.
• Cover letter must include name, address, phone number, and titles. Entrant’s name should appear ONLY in the cover letter. When submitting online, the cover letter can be included as the first page of the uploaded file.
When does the Fiction Prize take place?
The Prize occurs once a year, usually in the fall. Please check our Prize page for this year’s deadline.
When does the 1/2k Prize take place?
The Prize occurs once a year, usually in the summer. Please check our Prize page for this year’s deadline.
What does the winner of the Prize receive?
The winner of our contest will receive $1,000 USD and publication in Indiana Review.
What do entrants receive?
Each reading fee entitles the entrant to a one-year subscription, an extension of a current subscription, or a gift subscription. Please indicate your choice and enclose complete address information for subscriptions. International addresses, please add $12 for postage ($7 for addresses in Canada).
Who reads for the contest? How many finalists are sent to the judge?
The submissions are read only by IR editors, who choose the finalists to be sent to the judge (a fluctuating number, usually between 8 and 12). Finalists not selected by the judge, along with other strong submissions, are read by our associate editors, who vote on the pieces’ inclusion in the journal. All prize submissions are read blind, meaning the editors and the judge do not know which entrant submitted which poems. To find out more about the process, check out this blog post: http://indianareview.org/2013/02/05/behind-the-blue-light-how-contests-work/
My piece has been published or will be published elsewhere. Can I submit it to the Prize?
Previously published works and works forthcoming elsewhere cannot be considered.
Can I submit my piece for the Prize if it’s a simultaneous submission?
Simultaneous submissions are okay, but the fee is non-refundable if accepted elsewhere.
Can I submit multiple entries?
Multiple entries are okay, as long as a separate reading fee is included with each entry.
Who CANNOT submit to the Prize?
IR cannot consider work from anyone currently or recently affiliated with Indiana University or the prize judge.
Where should my name go on my submission?
The entrant’s name should appear ONLY on the cover letter. The name must not appear on the submission.
How can I pay my reading fee?
We prefer that you pay online. If online payment is impossible, please make checks payable to Indiana University. Please note that we cannot accept money orders or checks from foreign banks. We cannot accept checks made out to Indiana Review.
Send checks to:
Poetry Prize, Fiction Prize, or 1/2k Prize
Indiana Review
Ballantine Hall 465
1020 E. Kirkwood Ave.
Bloomington, IN
47405-7103
Reading Fee: Who should my check be made out to?
Please make checks payable to Indiana University.
Reading Fee: Where should I send my check?
Poetry Prize, Fiction Prize, or 1/2k Prize
Indiana Review
Ballantine Hall 465
1020 E. Kirkwood Ave
Bloomington, IN
47405-7103
 

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