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Online Feature: “Thumbsplitter” by Kerry Cullen

Mom brought home the mantis shrimp on Monday while I was at school. Dad had just last Wednesday, during visitation, bought me the video game that even most of the fifth graders weren’t allowed to play. The game disappeared while I was sleeping, but I guess Mom wanted to make absolutely sure she was still keeping ahead of her competition. “It can see more colors than we can imagine,” she said on the ride back from school, and then, “I don’t know if it’s bigger than a breadbox. Ask another question.”

I’d had eight fish in my aquarium. One of them, Benjamin, had lived there for almost two whole years. By the time I got home, the mantis shrimp had killed them all.

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Interview with 2015 Fiction Prize Finalist Jennifer Popa

While we were anxiously awaiting to read your stories for the 2016 Fiction Prize, we interviewed one of the finalists of last year’s 2015 Fiction Prize, Jennifer Popa, on her short story, “The Lost Boys of the Shirley Marie.” If you’re looking foProcessed with VSCOcam with b1 presetr some inspiration or some writing tips to get you out of a rut, continue reading below.

Jennifer Popa recently relocated from the interior of Alaska, where she did her MFA in Creative Writing, to the South Plains of West Texas where she is now a PhD student of English and Creative Writing at Texas Tech University. In addition, she’s made homes for herself in Seattle, Washington; Hiroshima, Japan; and all over the state of Michigan. She’s currently working on a collection of short stories, some of which can be found at The Citron Review, Green Briar Review, Grist, and Fiction Southeast.

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Interview with 2015 Fiction Prize Winner Simon Han

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.


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IR Fiction Prize 2016 Twitter Contest!!! #IRrewind

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.

Some Examples:

“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:


Good luck and remember to be kind and rewind!