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Announcing Our Ghost Theme Issue Call for Submissions!

Indiana Review will be accepting submissions of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction for our Ghost issue starting on September 1, 2015. We are seeking work that addresses this theme and welcome all creative interpretations. In considering the Ghost theme, we wonder: How can we excavate disappearance and evaporation, loss in all its forms? How can what is left materialize before us or vanish noiselessly into the dark? This issue will be full of cool fog and soft light—the living glow inside the body.


General theme issue submissions are open from SEPTEMBER 1 until OCTOBER 31 (MIDNIGHT EST). We will only accept general submissions related to the Ghost theme during this submission window.

There is a $3.00 reading fee for all non-subscribing submitters.

Stories & Nonfiction: We consider prose of up to 8,000 words in length, and we prefer manuscripts that are double-spaced in 11- or 12-point font with numbered pages. Submissions should be formatted as .doc files. Translations are welcome.

Poems: Send only 3-6 poems per submission. Do not send more than 4 poems if longer than 3 pages each. Translations are welcome.

If you have been published in IR, including contest finalists, please wait two years before submitting again.

All submitted work must be previously unpublished, which includes works posted to personal blogs, online journals or magazines, or any part of a thesis or dissertation that has been published electronically.

IR cannot consider work (other than book reviews, author interviews, or blog posts) from anyone currently or recently affiliated with Indiana University, which includes those who have studied at or worked for Indiana University within the past 4 years.

We look forward to reading your work and seeing how you interpret our theme.

The Editors

4 Responses to “Announcing Our Ghost Theme Issue Call for Submissions!”

  1. Theresa Braun

    I would love to submit a story for the ghost themed issue. Where can I submit? Who can I send the story to? Thanks so much.


    • Peter Kispert


      Please read our guidelines and submit through this page:

      We look forward to reading your work!

      The Editors
      Indiana Review

  2. Joe Cottonwood

    How can I submit to the ghost poetry theme? There’s no link. Did it close early?

    • Peter Kispert


      Please read our guidelines and submit through this page: We have not yet closed to submissions; our deadline is 10/31 at midnight EST.

      We look forward to reading your work!

      The Editors
      Indiana Review