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Announcing the 2021 1/2 K Prize Winner

We are excited to announce the winner and finalists of the 2021 1/2 K Prize, judged by Taylor Johnson. Thank you to everyone who submitted their work!


“Not forgetting, but choosing to.” by Sanam Sheriff

What Taylor Johnson had to say about this piece:

“One of poetry’s mediums is time— playing with it, being in and out of it, knowing its malleability. This poem I dig because the energy in it is trying to live outside of a marked sense of time, it moves through time sensually, has no borders in that feeling. The lines break in a measured, exacting way but somehow move loose in themselves, in the world the poem has planted in me. I am not convinced of anything by this poem, it doesn’t try to persuade, it offers and I dig that. And what it offers is a creation myth where the deity appears as a voyeur to the scene, coy and fleeting in their looking. I am open to the many variations upon the theme of “field” presented in the last line, as a space of labor, yes, but also its numinous and illumined iterations as a range of study, a desystematized known space.”


“Aubade After Earth” by Ariana Benson

“The Hearing We Inherit” by Joshua Burton

“When I finally leave New York I am going to burn everything” by Jason B. Crawford

“Self Portrait as Ophelia Floating in the River” by Sadia Hassan

“Blued Moon, Crossing the Fence” by Richard Hamilton

“i can tell you” by Chantel Massey

“jamal dies and then” by Shakirah Peterson

“When mama wept” by Dāshaun Washington

“When people tell me that dancing hula makes you exotic” by Danielle P. Williams

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Don Belton Fiction Reading Period: Free Submissions for Black or Indigenous Writers

Indiana Review is currently able to offer free submissions for up to fifty Black or Indigenous writers for the 2021 Don Belton Fiction Reading Period! Each entry includes a year-long subscription to IR. Click here to submit.


As with our general submissions, we seek literary fiction that has an intelligent sense of language, assumes a degree of risk, and has consequence beyond the world of its narrators. We are drawn to vivid, fresh characters and plots we haven’t seen before.

Before submitting, please note that all manuscripts must…

  • be works of fiction: novels, novellas, or story collections.
  • be under 80,000 words, not including the table of contents or an acknowledgements page.
  • consist of a single .doc, .docx, or .pdf file.
  • be double-spaced with standard margins.
  • be unpublished (portions of the manuscript, such as individual stories, may have appeared in other publications, but the manuscript as a whole must remain unpublished.)
  • contain no interior art or translations.
  • contain no identifying information (a brief author bio / cover letter may be included in the “comments” section on our submissions manager).

Further, IR and IUP cannot consider work from anyone currently or recently affiliated with Indiana University. This includes those who have studied or taught at IU in the past four years.