2013 ½ K Prize Guidelines

Final Judge: Dinty W. Moore


Dinty W. Moore is author of The Mindful Writer: Noble Truths of the Writing Life, as well as the memoir Between Panic & Desire, winner of the Grub Street Nonfiction Book Prize in 2009. He also edited The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Nonfiction: Advice and Essential Exercises from Respected Writers, Editors, and Teachers. Moore has published essays and stories in The Southern Review, The Georgia Review, Harpers, The New York Times Sunday Magazine, The Philadelphia Inquirer Magazine, Iron Horse Literary Review, and The Normal School among numerous other venues. A professor of nonfiction writing at Ohio University, Moore has won many awards for his writing, including a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Fiction. He edits Brevity, an online journal of flash nonfiction, and lives in Athens, Ohio, where he grows heirloom tomatoes and edible dandelions.



Contest Opens: June 1, 2013


Reading Fee: $20

(includes one-year subscription)

The winner of our contest will receive $1,000 and publication in Indiana Review.
All entries are considered for publication.
All entries are considered anonymously.

Previously published works and works forthcoming elsewhere cannot be considered.

Simultaneous submissions are okay, but the fee is non-refundable if accepted elsewhere.

Multiple entries are okay, as long as a separate reading fee is included with each entry.

Further, IR cannot consider work from anyone currently or recently affiliated with Indiana University or the prize judge.


  • Send no more than three short shorts or prose poems per entry, maximum 500 words each. Entrant’s name must not appear on the submission.
  • Read examples (by J. Bowers and Megan Moriarty) of 2012 Half-K Finalists to be published in our forthcoming Summer 2013 issue!
  • Each fee entitles 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).
  • 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.
  • If submitting electronically, please click here for our submission manager. Be sure to select the genre “1/2 K Prize 2013.”
  • If submitting by post, please click here for our official entry form. With your entry, include a printout of your payment confirmation receipt e-mail. If desired, include self-addressed stamped envelope for notification. Manuscripts will not be returned.
  • Send entries to:
    ½ K Prize
    Indiana Review

    Ballantine Hall 465
    1020 E. Kirkwood Ave.
    Bloomington, IN 47405-7103

Remember: If submitting payment via regular mail, please make checks payable to “Indiana University.” We cannot accept checks addressed to “Indiana Review,” and correcting this can cause significant delays to your submission.


17 Responses to 2013 ½ K Prize

  1. Hi–Just a quick note to say I included an announcement about the 1/2 K Prize in the latest issue of my e-zine, Latinidad:


    Scroll down to Resources to see it. You are welcome to share the link with all your followers on Twitter, Facebook, etc. I hope the posting results in many strong submissions!

    Marcela Landres
    Publisher, Latinidad

  2. [...] Full submission guidelines can be found here. [...]

  3. Bonnie Kidd says:

    Who owns the rights to the published material? Thanks.

  4. [...] The Indiana Review has a contest going on for prose and poetry.  $20 entry fee and a $1000 first place prize plus publication in the Indiana Review.  Deadline is August 1st and you can read about it here. [...]

  5. Katie Moulton says:

    If you submit and we accept and want to publish your work, then Indiana Review is granted first North American publication rights (we do not publish previously published work). After we publish the piece, then the rights revert to the author.

  6. Crystal Massey says:

    Can the entries be both fiction and nonfiction?

  7. Katie Moulton says:

    Yes, the Half K Prize is open to work under 500 words in any genre. Prose poetry, short-shorts, flash nonfiction, and any work that further defies genre — we’re open to it all. You can submit 3 pieces in a single submission.

  8. Donny Hilgeman says:

    When will the winner of the 2013K find out they’ve won, and when is their piece published? Thanks, Donny

  9. Amy says:

    If one piece in a 3 piece entry is a simultaneous submission and happens to be accepted elsewhere, is it possible to withdraw just that one piece?

  10. Amanda says:

    One of my short stories recently won a competition where the prize is that it will be printed on pillows for our upcoming writers festival. The rights remain my own and the story will not actually be “published” outside a few pillows. I wanted to confirm that this story will count as unpublished for the sake of your prize. Thanks! A

  11. Meleah Heavner says:

    When will winners of the 1/2K be announced and where?

  12. Katie Moulton says:

    Yes, it is possible to withdraw one piece from a submission of three. After the deadline, however, you will not be allowed to substitute another piece for the withdrawn one.

  13. Katie Moulton says:

    We hope to announce the finalists and winner of the 1/2K Prize in mid-September. Everyone who enters the contest will receive notification of the results via email and/or regular mail. The announcement will also be made on IR’s website, blog and social media.

  14. Meleah Heavner says:

    Hi, Just wondering if you know and/or can tell us how many entries you had for the 1/2K

  15. Bee Marie says:

    So excited in anticipation for 1/2 Prize results. Any word? I know, my impatience…

  16. Hayao Yamaneko says:

    Will winners be announced this week?

  17. Katie Moulton says:

    We are still waiting for the final decision on the winner of the 2013 Half K Prize, but we hope to announce soon! Stay tuned, and thanks for your patience.

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