We at Indiana Review are thrilled to announce Blue Light Books, a new book series partnership with the excellent Indiana University Press. The Blue Light Book Prize will rotate each year between short story and poetry collections. The inaugural Prize, awarded in 2016, will be for a short story collection. The first awarded Prize aims to display a stunning collection of fiction and will be published through IU Press. The winner will be awarded $2,000, publication, be flown out to read at our 2017 Blue Light Reading here in beautiful Bloomington, IN, and will be selected through an anonymous reading by Michael Martone.
The name for the collaboration was inspired by a blue light outside of the Indiana Review offices, which are located at the end of a long hallway. When the office is open, the blue light is turned on. Our annual spring Blue Light Reading has come to symbolize our sense of openness and larger dedication to the literary community, and we are proud to expand this commitment with our Blue Light Books Prize.
The short story collection submissions window is December 1, 2015 to February 15, 2016 (midnight EST). No translations will be accepted. Work previously published in journals can be included in the collection, provided IU Press can be granted rights to reprint the work.
The award-winning work will be fresh, innovative, and exciting, and aims to showcase the talents of both emerging and established writers. There are no restrictions on subject matter.
A $20 submission fee is required upon manuscript submission.
IR does not accept hard-copy submissions. Any hard-copy manuscripts received will be recycled unread.
Manuscripts should be submitted online through IR’s website. During the contest period, guidelines can be found at: www.indianareview.org/contests.
Manuscripts should be 35,000-45,000 words (140-180 manuscript pages) in length.
No manuscripts with interior art will be considered.
Entrant’s name must not appear on the submission.
Cover letter must include name, address, phone number, and title. Entrant’s name should appear ONLY in the cover letter.
Be sure to select the genre “2016 Blue Light Book Prize” on the submission form after payment.
Entries submitted before the opening date or after the deadline will not be considered.
Simultaneous submissions are okay, but the entry fee is non-refundable if the submitted work is accepted elsewhere.
Further, IR cannot consider work from anyone currently or recently affiliated with Indiana University. Previous IR contributors are eligible to submit.