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Announcing Our 2016 Half K Prize Winner

We are excited to announce that judge Aimee Nezhukumatathil has selected “The Flock” by Rachael Peckham as the winner of Indiana Review’s 2016 Half K Prize! Thank you to everyone who submitted their work and made this year’s prize possible. “The Flock” will appear in our Summer 2017 issue.

2016 Half K Prize Winner:

“The Flock” by Rachael Peckham

Aimee Nezhukumatathil says about the winning piece: “‘The Flock’ teaches us how to write tenderness, how to write with restraint and breath joined with tension and elegy. I thought about this piece and others for weeks as I carefully considered the supremely talented finalists, but this is the one I couldn’t shake off. And I realized: I don’t want to. I want to always recall this intimate portrait of an inquiry, its beautiful coil into the past.”

Runners-up

“Us, at Kroger” by Claire Luchette

“Weathering” by Brenda Peynado

Finalists

“Harriet’s Fall” by Jenny Fleming

“Minnesota Child would like to scream why she can’t play Paul Bunyan” by Ash Goedker

“Adoration of the J Girls” by Rochelle Hurt

“The Orchid” by John William McConnell

“It’s a Long Way to Empty” by Mary Mullen

“Esme” by Julia Strayer

“Ode to Phantoms” by Khaty Xiong

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Microreview: Chinelo Okparanta’s Under the Udala Trees

Under the Udala Trees by Chinelo Okparanta (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015)

Chinelo Okparanta’s novel Under the Udala Trees opens with a vivid depiction of Nigeria’s civil war through the eyes of coming-of-age protagonist Ijeoma. A child at the war’s beginning in 1967, Ijeoma is sent by her mother to live with a grammar-school teacher and his wife under the assumption she will be safer with them. The circumstances of this foster care arrangement are fairly grim, and yet Ijeoma’s relative good fortune is thrown into sharp relief through the images of warfare around her: decapitated bodies flanking streets, starving children with swollen bellies, a still-live boy rising in shock from a pile of corpses.

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Interview with 2015 1/2 K Prize Winner Nghiem Tran

Our 2015 1/2 K Prize Winner was Nghiem Tran for his flash piece “House.” In this interview, he discusses his inspiration for the piece, favorite reads, and advice for this year’s submitters.

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June 26, 2015. Kundiman retreat at Fordham University, Bronx NY. Photoggraphy Margarita Corporan

Nghiem Tran was born in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam and moved to Wichita, Kansas when he was seven years old. He is a Kundiman Fellow and a graduate of Vassar College with a BA in Educational Studies. His fiction has been published or is forthcoming in Gulf Coast, Hyphen, Duende, and Reservoir.

 

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Listen to “The Tough Part” by Allegra Hyde

“The Tough Part” by Allegra Hyde appears in 38.1 Summer 2016 issue.

Listen to her read “The Tough Part” here.

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Allegra Hyde’s first book, Of This New World, won the John Simmons Short Fiction Award and will debut October 2016. She is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize, as well as a notable mention in Best American Essays 2015. She has been awarded fellowships and grants from The Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing, the National University of Singapore, the Jentel Foundation, The Island School, and the U.S. Fulbright Commission. A perpetual traveler, she recorded this story in Greece. For more about Allegra, visit www.allegrahyde.com.