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Announcing the 2015 Poetry Prize Winner

Our Prize judge Eduardo Corral has selected “Between the Bloodhounds and My Shrinking Mouth” by Caitlin Scarano as the winner of the 2015 Poetry Prize! Her poem will appear in the Winter 2015 issue of The Indiana Review. We received a great number of excellent poems for consideration in this contest, and the decision was a difficult one. We thank all prize entrants for their interest in and support of The Indiana Review.

 

2015 Indiana Review Poetry Prize Winner

Caitlin Scarano, “Between the Bloodhounds and My Shrinking Mouth”

Corral says this about the winning poem: “The voice in this poem is ravenous and disciplined. It strikes and it croons. It’s splendid and captivating. It releases gorgeous sonic and visual energies. Vivid images linger in the mind, music beautifully rattles the lines. I’m especially struck by how the voice approaches and retreats from memory. ‘Between the Bloodhounds and My Shrinking Mouth’ is a startling poem.”

 

Runner-Up

Jennifer Givhan, “My God, Nieve”

2015 Indiana Review Poetry Prize Finalists

Graham Barnhart, “Breach Birth”

Gabrielle Bates, “Cinderella As Told By Grackles”

Juliana Daugherty, “Psalm”

Jennifer Givhan, “Town of Foolish Things”

LA Johnson, “Constellarium” & “Split-Level”

Peter LaBerge, “Turbulence”

Lisa McMurtray, “How to Get Out of Failures at Night” & “Floodwater”

Sarah Maria Medina, “Hush the Young Coahuila Sons”

Caitlin Scarano, “To the City With Her Skull Wind”

Paige Quinones, “Blood Sport”

 

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Online Feature: “Sorry for Crashing Your Party and Possibly Killing Your Horse” by Elise Burke

 

I call Niles when I have a good amount of energy and feel sorry for myself. But he isn’t even fun enough to be distracting. When he comes on my stomach, he curses apologies and dabs at the pink scars, as if his little puddle hurts the spot where the tumor used to be. Who knows why he bothers pulling out, like it’s even possible for my body to support another person. At least for that one second he believes I’m a normal girl—one you can count on to be alive nine months later.

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Announcing the 2015 Nonfiction Prize Winner!

Judge Kiese Laymon has selected “Black (in) Time,” by John Murillo III, as the winner of Indiana Review’s inaugural Nonfiction Prize! Murillo’s piece will appear in the 2015 Summer issue of Indiana Review. We received hundreds of submissions of outstanding quality and variety. All work was read anonymously and closely by our editors. Thanks to all who submitted their work for consideration and made this year’s 2015 Nonfiction Prize possible.

2015 Indiana Review Nonfiction Prize Winner:

“Black (in) Time”

John Murillo III

Laymon has this to say about the winning piece: “I’ve never read an essay that so courageously and really out of necessity blended the mystery, ruthless joy and temporality of black life in this country. The piece moves in and out of music, dramatic scene, playwriting and buoyant social critique not effortlessly, but so, so effectively. It’s one of the most amazing pieces of prose I’ve read in the 21st century.

Congratulations also to our finalists, all of whom submitted excellent nonfiction for consideration in our inaugural nonfiction contest that made the final call a close and difficult one.

Nonfiction Prize Finalists:

Kendra Atleework, “Santa Cruz Blur”

Meilan Carter-Gilkey, “Carnival”

Chris Emslie, “Suffer Us to Famish”

Sari Fordham, “The Foreign Government Dances Back and Forth”

Hafeez Lakhani, “Big Enough”

Maurine Ogbaa, “Something Between Us”

Aaron Orbey, “Boy Problems”

Adrienne Perry, “A Dark and Simple Place”

Abel Shifferaw, “Untitled (Oscar, or Me, or Us)”

Don Stoll, “The Aspect of an Unknown Planet”

Jordan Thomas, “The Murder of Crows”

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2015 Poetry Prize Exquisite Corpse!

Our #IRPoetryPrize Exquisite Corpse is now closed–thank you to all who participated! We’ve enjoyed reading the lines you’ve come up with and seeing how much inspiration you got from that starting line. We’re still accepting submissions for our 2015 Poetry Prize, judged by Eduardo C. Corral, who wrote the line that started our Exquisite Corpse.

Important update! We have extended the deadline for our 2015 Poetry Prize to April 15th, 2015. You can find the guidelines and submit here.

You can read all of the responses on our Twitter, but here are some of our favorites!

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