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This year, Indiana Review and Indiana University Press expanded the Blue Light Books partnership to include the Don Belton Fiction Reading Period. Thanks to everyone who sent novels, novellas, and short story collections! It really was an honor to read your work. We’re excited now to announce the inaugural selection, set for publication in Fall 2019:

THE ARTSTARS by Anne Elliott


Anne Elliott is the author of The Beginning of the End of the Beginning (Ploughshares Solos, 2014). Her stories can be found in Crab Orchard Review, Witness, Hobart, Bellevue Literary Review, Fifth Wednesday Journal, Fugue, The Normal School, and elsewhere. Elliott is a veteran of the New York spoken word circuit, with stage credits including The Whitney Museum, Lincoln Center, PS122, and St. Mark’s Poetry Project. She earned an MFA degree in visual art from University of California, San Diego, and now lives in Southern Maine. Learn more at


Let’s also celebrate the two finalists for this year’s reading period:

Other Forms of Life by Matthew Di Paoli


Unnatural by Aimee Pogson




Indiana Review and IU Press are proud to present the Don Belton Fiction Reading Period, an exciting extension to our Blue Light Books partnership. Between April 15 and May 31, we read fiction manuscripts of up to 80,000 words. The winning manuscript was selected by a panel of judges consisting of representatives from IU Press, Indiana Review editors, and our guest judge, Michael Martone, and will be published by IU Press in trade paperback format as part of the Blue Light Books Series. The writer will receive $1,000 against future royalties and a standard publication contract with IU Press.