We could not be more excited to announce the winner (and finalists) of Indiana Review’s 2012 Fiction Prize!
2012 Indiana Review Fiction Winner
“It’s Not All Cause and Effect, Miss Carbin”
When asked to say a few words of the winning piece, “Mavak Tov,” contest judge Dana Johnson writes:
This story haunted me. The main character’s longing and desire for comfort, for a place to be, is so powerful and recognizable, as is the conflict and question this story poses, not just for the main character but for all of us: At what price do we achieve comfort? At what point do we reject what is easy and familiar for something far more necessary, which is true agency and power? This essential question is explored through a beautifully rendered relationship between a mother and her daughter and between the wives of one polygamist man, in gorgeous, unflinching detail.
The winning story will appear in Indiana Review 35.1, due out in late spring 2013. You can order a single issue or a subscription here.
A huge congratulations to our winner and runner-up, and a million more thanks to the hundreds of writers who submitted and made this contest a success! We appreciated the chance to read such varied, surprising and often wonderful work.
Adrienne Celt, “The Boy with the Open Mind”
Annie Hartnett, “Cheek Teeth”
Rachel May, “The Gold Dust Room”
Jane Ridgeway, “Creation Groans”
Michael Tasker, “For the Killing”
Tara Wright, “The Lives that Come before You, the Lives that Never End”