Indiana Review is proud to have the incomparable Aimee Bender judging our 2016 Fiction Prize. If you’re taking a break from preparing your submission, check out the senior editors’ favorite Bender stories. Perhaps her spellbinding prose and uncanny premises will inspire you.
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Our 2016 Fiction Prize is open until October 31! While you’re preparing to submit, read our interview with 2015 winner, Simon Han, selected by Laura van den Berg. Here, he discusses his winning story, “Be Tanly,” the short story writers who inspire him, his current project, and advice for 2015 Fiction Prize entrants. Simon’s story will appear in our 38.2 Winter 2016 issue.
Simon Han was born in Tianjin, China, and
grew up in Dallas. His stories have appeared or will appear in Guernica, West Branch, Narrative, and The Texas Observer. He received his MFA from Vanderbilt University and will begin a 2017-2018 Tulsa Artist Fellowship in January.
Remember watching VHS tapes rewind? Like when Jack and Rose are alone in freezing waters but are saved by the magically appearing Titanic, which bursts up from the bottom of the sea only to take them back to Southampton. Or like watching the truce between the Montagues and Capulets slowly break apart by the spontaneous re-animations of Romeo and Juliet.
This time, we at Indiana Review are asking for you to not only reverse a story, but also do it in under 140 characters. Take a classic tale and tweet it from finish to start. Remember to always hashtag the title of the work as well as the official hashtag #IRrewind.
“The story of a jaded boy who leaves his family to go to college and join the fencing team #CatcherintheRye #IRrewind”
“A scientist buries different body parts in the cemetery and they all grow into people who live happy lives #Frankenstein #IRrewind”
“A teenage wizard is robbed of his magical talent until he must resign himself to living under a family’s stairs #HarryPotter #IRrewind”
After the deadline, October 17 @ 12 PM EST, the IR team will pick out our one, favorite rewind, the writer of which will receive free entry into the 2016 Fiction Prize and an IR Prize Pack. While there will only be one winner, we will also be awarding several runner-ups IR Prize Packs as well. This will include the glorious privilege of being re-tweeted and mentioned in future blog posts from Indiana Review.
If you aren’t a 90’s kid and can’t remember how to rewind, you can always submit to general submissions or to the 2016 Fiction Prize, judged by the wonderful Aimee Bender! More information can be found on our website: https://indianareview.org/contests/
Good luck and remember to be kind and rewind!
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.
“The Tough Part” by Allegra Hyde appears in 38.1 Summer 2016 issue.
Listen to her read “The Tough Part” here.
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.