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2018 BLB Prize Twitter Contest #IRBlueLight

The 2018 Blue Light Books Prize for a story collection is open until February 9! For this winter’s Twitter contest, we’re asking you to feature the prize’s namesake. In 280 characters or less, write a story that includes a blue light. Maybe it’s a set piece, maybe it’s the main character, maybe it’s the hinge on which the whole daring narrative turns. That’s up to you. Be sure to hashtag your story with #IRBlueLight. Entries are due by Friday, January 26.

Example Tweets:

  • That morning the sun rose blue, dousing the town in an aquarium glow. While our parents watched the weather report and fretted, we embraced our new roles, and flopped on our bellies like beached fish. #IRBlueLight
  • When I’m in new groups–for a job, a class, whatever–& that superpower question that always comes up comes up, I just stare at the light bulbs overhead, change them white to blue. At this rate, I’ll end up in a room with somebody who can change them back. #IRBlueLight

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Interview with 2018 Blue Light Books Prize Judge: Samrat Upadhyay

The 2018 Blue Light Books Prize for an outstanding story collection is open until February 9. In this interview, final prize judge Samrat Upadhyay discusses writing politics, madness, and what he expects from a powerful short story collection.

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Samrat Upadhyay is the author of the short story collections Arresting God in Kathmandu (Houghton Mifflin, 2001), The Royal Ghosts (Houghton Mifflin, 2006), and Mad Country (Soho Press)and the novels The Guru of Love (Houghton Mifflin, 2003), Buddha’s Orphans (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2010), and The City Son (Soho Press 2014). Upadhyay has also co-edited the anthology Secret Places: New Writing from Nepal (University of Hawai’i Press). His honors include a Whiting Writers’ Award, an Asian American Literary Award, and the Society of Midland Authors Book Award. He teaches in the MFA program at Indiana University – Bloomington.

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2017 Fiction Prize Twitter Contest: #SpookyIR

The 2017 Fiction Prize is in full swing! We’re getting submissions of short stories from all over, and now it’s your turn to give something a little shorter a try. Instead of the 8,000 word limit, what about 140 characters? For this fall’s Twitter contest, we at Indiana Review are asking you to take a special interest in our DEADline of October 31st.

Are you dressing up this Halloween? Share your costume with us! But share it by using your costume as a character in a tweet-sized spooky story. Be sure to hashtag your story with #SpookyIR. Entries are due by Wednesday, October 18, 10 AM EST.

Example Tweets:

  • A growl sounded from around the corner. Slowly, surely, it crept to me: Doge. It spoke. “Much scare. Wow. Such Halloween.” #SpookyIR
    • (I’m going as the doge meme for Halloween)
  • With a trembling hand, I reach up to touch my cheek, but pull away when I feel blood oozing down my hand. Carrie makeup is messy. #SpookyIR
  • Wind howled through the dark alley, chilling me to my core. Marilyn Monroe had a hard job, I thought as I pushed my skirt down. #SpookyIR

One lucky (and clever) winner will receive a free entry into our 2017 Fiction Prize and an IR Prize Pack. Our favorite runner-ups will also receive IR Prize packs and, most importantly,will achieve eternal glory in our blog posts and on our Twitter page.

Send shivers down our spines, and don’t forget to showcase your talents further by entering the Fiction Prize by October 31!

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Interview with Kimberly King Parsons: 2016 Fiction Prize Winner

 The 2017 Fiction Prize is open September 1 through October 31! In this interview, the 2016 Fiction Prize winner, Kimberly King Parsons, discusses the real/surreal divide of “Nothing Before Something,” writerly obsessions, and advice to those submitting pieces for this year’s Fiction Prize.

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Fiction by Kimberly King Parsons has been published or is forthcoming in Best Small Fictions 2017, No Tokens, New South, Black Warrior Review, Ninth Letter, Kenyon Review, and elsewhere. Her literary criticism has appeared in Bookforum, Time Out New York, Fanzine, and elsewhere. She was the winner of the 2016 Indiana Review Fiction Prize, placed second in the Joyland Open Border Fiction Prize, and was runner-up in the 2017 Kenyon Review Short Fiction Contest. Find her at kimberlykingparsons.com

 

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Interview with 2017 Fiction Prize Judge Caitlin Horrocks

The 2017 Fiction Prize is open September 1 through October 31! In this interview, prize judge Caitlin Horrocks discusses “Sleep,” bad habits, momentum, the pitfalls of research, and what she looks for in submissions.

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Caitlin Horrocks is the author of the story collection This Is Not Your City, a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice and a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers selection. Her stories and essays appear in The New Yorker, The Best American Short Stories, The PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories, The Pushcart Prize, The Paris Review, The Atlantic, Tin House, One Story, and other journals and anthologies. Her awards include the Plimpton Prize and fellowships to the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and the MacDowell Colony. She is the fiction editor of The Kenyon Review and teaches at Grand Valley State University, and occasionally in the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. She is at work on a novel and a second story collection, both forthcoming from Little, Brown. She lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with the writer W. Todd Kaneko.

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