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IR Staff Tells All: Our Favorite Laura van den Berg Stories!

We’re proud to have Laura van den Berg judge our 2015 Fiction Prize. Her story in IR, “Where We Must Be,” is oneLauraAuthorPhoto(1) of our favorites and was recently republished in the always-excellent Electric Literature‘s Recommended Reading. Here, some of our staff weighs in on only a few of van den Berg’s many exquisite and unforgettable short stories. Read more…

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Micro-Review: Tasha Cotter’s SOME CHURCHES

Some Churches by Tasha Cotter (Gold Wake Press 2013)

Reviewed by Emily Corwin


“Hold that bird your heart.” I have been thinking about this line lately, with the cold autumn temperatures, with my coat buttoned all the way up. Hold that bird your heart. An instruction, an incantation. It is about tending to your rawest parts. It is about desire—for people, for air, for safety, for something un-nameable. Read more…

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2015 Fiction Prize Twitter Contest!


According to Kevin Brockmeier, “The title is the target toward which you hit the arrow of your story.” Well, Indiana Review is giving you the opportunity to test your aim for a shot at some great IR prizes. For this Twitter contest, we’re challenging you to title our story.

And our twitter story is. . .

You were stranded on a desert island with a copy of IR and a newborn piglet. You did the only thing you could do to survive. #IRFictionPrize

To enter this contest, find one of the tweets over at our Twitter account @IndianaReview, “quote retweet” us your most inventive, hilarious, heart-breaking titles to our story. Make sure to include #IRFictionPrize.Twitter Screenshot

Our favorite titles will win free entry to our 2015 1K fiction prize, a grab bag of Indiana Review swag, and a notable mention on our blog! Twitter contest entries are due by October 20, so get to work!

Good luck titling! And don’t forget to submit to our 2015 Fiction Prize judged by the incredible Laura van den Berg. The Prize submission deadline is October 31 at Midnight EST.

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Announcing Our 2015 Pushcart Prize Nominees!

We’re very proud to have published such great short fiction, nonfiction, and poetry in our pages this year. Our warm congratulations to our 2015 Pushcart Prize nominees!

Halimah Marcus, “Self-Portrait” from Indiana Review 37.1, Summer 2015
Emily Temple, “A Hundred Ways to Do It Wrong” from Indiana Review 37.1, Summer 2015

Cara Dees, “John Roberts” from Indiana Review 37.2, Winter 2015
Corey van Landingham, “King of Hearts” from Indiana Review 37.1, Summer 2015
Poorna Swami, “Etymology” from Indiana Review 37.2, Winter 2015

Janelle DolRayne, “An Ocean Existing Somewhere Without Us” from Indiana Review 37.1, Summer 2015

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Online Feature: “A Girl-Thief’s Illustrated Primer”

To guarantee safety, go back inside & count
to noon. To make honey by honest trees,
press for time. Either way, all numbers are hellhound
as well as holy, but what did you expect?

A little divine torture has always been
the way in, and waiting for daylight
robbery won’t leave you deadly. Or, take my
word away and light up the teeth in the tumbler

all at once, like the locked door is a yawning
god and you the very last Alleluia—
at once, as if your heart shredded its school
-skirt and shotgunned over the yard for home.

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