Posts Categorized: Prizes

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Announcing the 2016 Blue Light Books Prize Winner!

We are proud to announce that judge Michael Martone has selected Andrea Lewis’s short story collection WHAT MY LAST MAN DID as the winner of the IR/IU Press 2016 Blue Light Books Prize! We received many excellent short story collections and the competition was fierce. Thank you to everyone who submitted their work for consideration and made this year’s Blue Light Books Prize possible. WHAT MY LAST MAN DID will be published by IU Press in Spring 2017.

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Deadline Extended! 2016 Poetry Prize

Do you need a little more time to polish your poems for our 2016 Poetry Prize, judged by Camille Rankine? Good news: We’ve extended our deadline to April 7, 2016 at midnight EST!

Send your best, and soon. Full contest guidelines can be found here.

We look forward to reading your work!

Camille Rankine’s first book of poetry, Incorrect Merciful OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAImpulses, was recently published from Copper Canyon Press. She is the author of the chapbook Slow Dance with Trip Wire, selected by Cornelius Eady for the Poetry Society of America’s 2010 New York Chapbook Fellowship, and a recipient of a 2010 “Discovery”/Boston Review Poetry Prize. Her poetry has appeared in Atlas Review, American Poet, The Baffler, Boston Review, Denver Quarterly, Gulf Coast, Octopus Magazine, Paper Darts, Phantom Books, A Public Space, Tin House, and elsewhere. She is Assistant Director of the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Manhattanville College and lives in New York City.


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Interview with 2015 Poetry Prize Runner-Up Jennifer Givhan

Indiana Review‘s 2016 Poetry Prize is now underway, with submissions open February 15th through April 1st. In celebration, we’ve tapped 2015 Poetry Prize Runner-Up Jennifer Givhan to tell us more about her writing process, sources of inspiration, how she deals with writers block, and advice to future submitters.


Jennifer Givhan is the author of the poetry collectionLandscape with Headless Mama, which won the 2015 Pleiades Editors’ Prize. Her work has appeared in Best New Poets 2013, AGNI, The Kenyon Review, Rattle, Columbia Poetry Journal, Prairie Schooner, Indiana Review, and Southern Humanities Review, among over one hundred other publications.

She currently works as Poetry Editor at Tinderbox Poetry Journal and teaches poetry workshops at The Poetry Barn.

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2016 Poetry Prize Twitter Contest!


Remember how much fun you had playing Mad Libs as a kid? Well, IR is bringing it back. As a warm-up for our 2016 Poetry Prize, we’re challenging you to fill in the blanks. Show us a poetic masterpiece you can create with your chosen nouns, verbs, and adjectives!

The IR-Lib prompt:

  • When I say <NOUN> what I mean is <NOUN>. / It’s <ADJECTIVE> to <VERB> / how something <VERB> on your <BODY PART>. #IRPoetryPrize
  • When I say love what I mean is lust. / It’s easy to forget / how something tastes on your tongue. #IRPoetryPrize

To enter this contest, please reply to our tweet and fill in the brackets with your own unique words! We’re looking for the most inventive, hilarious, heart-breaking Mad Lib poems that you can dream up. Make sure to include #IRPoetryPrize in your tweet!

Our favorite titles will win free entry to our 2016 $1K poetry prize, a grab bag of Indiana Review swag, and a notable mention on our blog! Twitter contest entries are due by March 21, so get to work!

Good luck! And don’t forget to submit to our 2016 Poetry Prize judged by the incredible Camille Rankine. The Prize submission deadline is April 1, 2016 at Midnight EST.