Posts Categorized: Prizes

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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

Interview with 2021 Creative Nonfiction Prize Judge Anna Qu

Indiana Review is accepting submissions for the Creative Nonfiction Prize until October 31st. This year, Anna Qu, author of the memoir Made In China: A Memoir of Love and Labor, will be selecting the winner.

Check out what Anna had to say about sentimentality, the memoir-writing process, and much more in this interview with Creative Nonfiction Editor, Tyler Raso. And then don’t forget to send in your work!

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Announcing the 2021 Don Belton Prize Winner

We are excited to announce the winner and finalists of the 2021 Don Belton Fiction Reading Period, judged by Anjali Sachdeva. Thank you to everyone who submitted their work!


In This World of Ultraviolet Light by Raul Palma

Raul Palma is an assistant professor of writing at Ithaca College. His work has appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, Chattahoochee Review, Greensboro Review, and the Best Small Fiction 2018. His fiction has been supported with fellowships from the CubaOne Foundation, the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center, the Santa Fe Writer’s Conference, the Sewanee Writer’s Conference, and the Sundress Academy for the Arts. He is, presently, at work on a novel titled A Haunting in Hialeah Gardens.


A Wild Region by Robin Lovelace

Unmanned Systems by Matt Broaddus

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We are excited to announce the winner and finalists of the 2021 Fiction Prize, judged by Kali Fajardo-Anstine. Many thanks to everyone who submitted their work and made this year’s prize possible!

2021 Fiction Prize Winner

“Seance” by Suphil Lee Park

Kali Fajardo-Anstine says, “Seance is an imaginative gem of a short story that evokes feelings of adolescence while gripping the reader from the very first line: “The dead girl’s indoor slippers got on everyone’s nerves, but no one in the class 7 had the gall to throw them away.” Wholly inventive with characters like The Class Clown, The Poet, and The Thinker, Séance is also filled with nostalgia, those leftover echoes of adolescence and its shared communal spaces of education. This a short story set within its own universe, a world that is as striking as its realistic and lifelike characters. Seance is a warm, inventive, and charming short story.”


“Tank” by Jenna Abrams

“Cabin” by K.W. Oxnard

“Faceless Styrofoam Heads” by Holly Pekowsky

“The Precarious Births of Giraffes” by Keya Mitra

“Poochi” by Avrina Prabala-Joslin

The winner will be published in the Winter 2021 issue of Indiana Review.