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Indiana Review Online: an Undergraduate Project

Lost or Found: 2016 Indiana Review Online Undergraduate Issue

Calling all current undergraduate student writers!


The second issue of Indiana Review Online: An Undergraduate Project is on its way–and this time, we are “Lost or Found!” Indiana Review and Indiana University-Bloomington’s Literary Editing & Publishing class have paired up to create the second issue of IR’s undergrad online literary magazine. Composed, edited, and published by undergraduates, we are lucky to be able to work with staff at Indiana University as well at Indiana Review to create an online space where undergraduates from around the world can share their writing.

The theme for this issue is “Lost or Found”. We encourage writing that looks beyond the literal interpretation of this theme. We welcome works about loss, ranging from keys to loved ones, or about discovery, whether taco trucks or “a new purpose” in life. However do not hesitate to send us work that pushes the boundaries of what lost or finding can mean, both in form and substance. Please send us work that puts us at a loss for words!

We are seeking well-written fiction that is willing to explore different facets of objects, places, people, ideas, emotions — lost or found. We are interested in fiction that flabbergasts and electrifies us. Create something vivid. Create something absurd. Create something that makes us feel.

We are looking for poetry that tests boundaries and challenges traditional forms of poetry. We want work that could turn even the biggest skeptic into a poetry lover. Wow us with your language and shake us to the core. Don’t just write about emotion: create it.

Submissions are free and open from SEPTEMBER 25 to NOVEMBER 6, 2016. This issue of Indiana Review Online will be published on the Indiana Review website in January 2017. We are looking forward to sharing with everyone some of the best student-written fiction and poetry out there.

We especially encourage previously unpublished authors to submit.

Submission Guidelines for Indiana Review Online:

Submissions must be in English, and from a student currently enrolled in an undergraduate course of story, and the submission email must come from a university email address. The subject of the email must contain: YOUR NAME, SUBMISSION GENRE, “TITLE OF SUBMISSION” (e.g. John Smith, Fiction, “A Story of Fiction”). In the body of the email, include the following information, in exactly this format:

  • YEAR AT UNIVERSITY (Freshman, Senior, etc.)
  • TITLE OF WORK SUBMITTED (Please include the word count for fiction submissions)

If the submitter chooses to include a cover letter, please include only the above information and a small biography.

Fiction parameters: We ask for stories no longer than 5,000 words. Flash fiction pieces under 1,000 words are also more than welcome. Per submission, we allow up either to two short stories, three flash fiction pieces, or a mix that does not exceed a total word limit of 8,000.

Poetry parameters: Authors can send up to three poems with a limit of six pages in total. Each poem must be submitted on a separate page in a single document.

All submissions need to be emailed as .doc attachments to:



Any submission sent after November 6, 2016 at 11:59pm EST will not be considered, and will be deleted unread.

Only one submission per person during this submission period. The submission must be either poetry or fiction, not both.

Current Indiana University undergraduates from any IU campus cannot submit work.


So, currently enrolled undergrads, wherever you are, from all walks of life: Prepare your best submissions for Lost or Found, the 2016 undergrad issue of Indiana Review Online! We’re accepting submissions now!


*Featured image credit: Leandria Goodman