2013 Fiction Prize Guidelines

Final Judge: Claire Messud

Now Closed!


photo credit Lisa Cohen

photo credit Lisa Cohen 

Claire Messud‘s novels include The Emperor’s Children, which was a New York Times Best Book of the Year in 2006 and long-listed for the Man Booker Prize. The author most recently of The Woman Upstairs, she teaches in the MFA program at Hunter Colllege (CUNY), and lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts with her family.


Contest Opens: September 1, 2013

DEADLINE: October 31, 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.


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