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Soundscapes Folio: Special Call for Submissions!

In addition to accepting works of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction for General Submissions starting September 1, Indiana Review is calling for submissions to our SOUNDSCAPES FOLIO.

For so many of us, the idea of place is a complicated one. The occupation of space is contested, both in the physical world and in the mind. We’d like to hear you give voice to the places most difficult and dear to you. How can sound help us define a space?

For a special folio in our Summer 2020 issue, we’re calling for short stories, poems, and essays that invoke sound and place. Send us your characters who make music, or just plain noise. Make us understand a world through its sounds. Is there an important difference between natural and man-made noise? What are the sounds that invoke home, invoke you? We like weird noises, hybrid genres, thought experiments on the relationship between sound and space–we want writing that makes us hear in unexpected ways. This is your sounding board. Make some noise.


General and Special Folio Submissions are open from SEPTEMBER 1 until OCTOBER 31 (11:59 p.m. EST). We will only accept submissions during this submission window.

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

To be considered for publication in our Special Folio, please be sure to select “SOUNDSCAPES Folio – appropriate genre” when submitting.

You may only submit to ONE of the following: General Submissions or the Special Folio. 

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

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

Translations: We welcome translations across genres. Please ensure you have the rights to the translated piece prior to submitting.

If you have been published in IR, 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All submitted work must be previously unpublished, which includes works posted to personal blogs, online journals or magazines, or any part of a thesis or dissertation that has been published electronically.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! To submit, please click here for our Submissions page.