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Announcing the 2017 Fiction Prize Winner!

Congratulations to Tom Howard, who has won the 2017 Fiction Prize for his short story “Fierce Pretty Things.” Thank you to all who submitted their work and made this year’s selection process so (delightfully) difficult. “Fierce Pretty Things” will appear next winter in IR 40.2.

2017 Fiction Prize Winner:

“Fierce Pretty Things” by Tom Howard

On the winning story, prize judge Caitlin Horrocks says: “Everyone around the narrator, Vardy, thinks they’ve got him figured out: he’s a bad apple, a loose cannon, a violent weirdo to be avoided in the school hallways. Vardy worries they may be right. His unforgettable, alternately hilarious and agonizing first-person narration, pulls the reader into his life and doesn’t let us out. When he starts wondering if there’s a way things could be different—if he could be different—he struggles to even guess what that might look like, let alone how to get there. Surrounded by enemies of his own making, and few allies, Vardy is a blazingly memorable character, his story one that will stick with me.”

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2018 BLB Prize Twitter Contest #IRBlueLight

The 2018 Blue Light Books Prize for a story collection is open until February 9! For this winter’s Twitter contest, we’re asking you to feature the prize’s namesake. In 280 characters or less, write a story that includes a blue light. Maybe it’s a set piece, maybe it’s the main character, maybe it’s the hinge on which the whole daring narrative turns. That’s up to you. Be sure to hashtag your story with #IRBlueLight. Entries are due by Friday, January 26.

Example Tweets:

  • That morning the sun rose blue, dousing the town in an aquarium glow. While our parents watched the weather report and fretted, we embraced our new roles, and flopped on our bellies like beached fish. #IRBlueLight
  • When I’m in new groups–for a job, a class, whatever–& that superpower question that always comes up comes up, I just stare at the light bulbs overhead, change them white to blue. At this rate, I’ll end up in a room with somebody who can change them back. #IRBlueLight

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Interview with 2018 Blue Light Books Prize Judge: Samrat Upadhyay

The 2018 Blue Light Books Prize for an outstanding story collection is open until February 9. In this interview, final prize judge Samrat Upadhyay discusses writing politics, madness, and what he expects from a powerful short story collection.

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Samrat Upadhyay is the author of the short story collections Arresting God in Kathmandu (Houghton Mifflin, 2001), The Royal Ghosts (Houghton Mifflin, 2006), and Mad Country (Soho Press)and the novels The Guru of Love (Houghton Mifflin, 2003), Buddha’s Orphans (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2010), and The City Son (Soho Press 2014). Upadhyay has also co-edited the anthology Secret Places: New Writing from Nepal (University of Hawai’i Press). His honors include a Whiting Writers’ Award, an Asian American Literary Award, and the Society of Midland Authors Book Award. He teaches in the MFA program at Indiana University – Bloomington.

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Indiana Review IU Undergraduate Internships

Indiana Review seeks three interns for Spring 2018. During this time we will be in production for our Summer 2018 issue, running two of our annual Literary Prize contests, promoting the 2018 Blue Light Books Prize and Reading Series, and participating in readings and other events. The IR interns are immersed in the day-to-day management of the journal. They will also have the chance to proofread and attend genre deliberation meetings, allowing for an insider look at the literary and creative decision-making process.

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