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Announcing the 2015 Nonfiction Prize Winner!

Judge Kiese Laymon has selected “Black (in) Time,” by John Murillo III, as the winner of Indiana Review’s inaugural Nonfiction Prize! Murillo’s piece will appear in the 2015 Winter issue of Indiana Review. We received hundreds of submissions of outstanding quality and variety. All work was read anonymously and closely by our editors. Thanks to all who submitted their work for consideration and made this year’s 2015 Nonfiction Prize possible.

2015 Indiana Review Nonfiction Prize Winner:

“Black (in) Time”

John Murillo III

Laymon has this to say about the winning piece: “I’ve never read an essay that so courageously and really out of necessity blended the mystery, ruthless joy and temporality of black life in this country. The piece moves in and out of music, dramatic scene, playwriting and buoyant social critique not effortlessly, but so, so effectively. It’s one of the most amazing pieces of prose I’ve read in the 21st century.

Congratulations also to our finalists, all of whom submitted excellent nonfiction for consideration in our inaugural nonfiction contest that made the final call a close and difficult one.

Nonfiction Prize Finalists:

Kendra Atleework, “Santa Cruz Blur”

Meilan Carter-Gilkey, “Carnival”

Chris Emslie, “Suffer Us to Famish”

Sari Fordham, “The Foreign Government Dances Back and Forth”

Hafeez Lakhani, “Big Enough”

Maurine Ogbaa, “Something Between Us”

Aaron Orbey, “Boy Problems”

Adrienne Perry, “A Dark and Simple Place”

Abel Shifferaw, “Untitled (Oscar, or Me, or Us)”

Don Stoll, “The Aspect of an Unknown Planet”

Jordan Thomas, “The Murder of Crows”

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2015 Poetry Prize Exquisite Corpse!

Our #IRPoetryPrize Exquisite Corpse is now closed–thank you to all who participated! We’ve enjoyed reading the lines you’ve come up with and seeing how much inspiration you got from that starting line. We’re still accepting submissions for our 2015 Poetry Prize, judged by Eduardo C. Corral, who wrote the line that started our Exquisite Corpse.

Important update! We have extended the deadline for our 2015 Poetry Prize to April 15th, 2015. You can find the guidelines and submit here.

You can read all of the responses on our Twitter, but here are some of our favorites!

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Poetry Prize Twitter Exquisite Corpse!

Our 2015 Poetry Prize is underway! To celebrate, we’re going to play a little game of Exquisite Corpse on Twitter. Exquisite Corpse is a game of collaborative storytelling in which each player contributes one line of a poem at a time. On Twitter, the challenge will be keeping each line within 140 characters.

Here’s how it’ll work: We’ll post the first line of a poem, written by our very our Prize judge Eduardo Corral, on Twitter, with the hashtag #IRPoetryPrize. Then you, our lovely Twitter friends, will reply to that tweet with the next line of the poem, and the next contributor will respond with the next line, and so on. Remember to use the hashtag #IRPoetryPrize so that we know you’re participating!

We’ll retweet your responses, and the best lines will be posted right here on the Indiana Review blog!

So let’s make something. Check out Eduardo’s first line here!

 

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Announcing Our 2014 Fiction Prize Winner!

Judge Roxane Gay has selected “The Passuer,” by Erin Lyons, as the winner of Indiana Review‘s 2014 Fiction Prize! Lyons’ story will appear in the 2015 Summer issue of Indiana Review. We received more than 500 submissions, a record number of outstanding quality and variety. All work was read anonymously and closely by our editors. Thanks to all who submitted their work for consideration and made this year’s 2014 Fiction Prize possible.

2014 Indiana Review Fiction Prize Winner:

“The Passeur”

Erin Lyons

Gay has this to say about the winning piece: “The Passeur is a subtle and smart story about what it really looks like when “well meaning” Westerners try to insert themselves into countries with fraught and violent climates. The story artfully reveals, among other things, how good intentions are not nearly enough to solve the very real problems of the world.”

Runner-Up:

“Come Go With Me” by Nora Bonner

Honorable Mentions:

“El Gritón” by Jose Alfaro

“Going Mean” by Dana Diehl

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Interview with 2013 Fiction Prize Finalist: Lisa Beebe

lisabeebeWhile you’re waiting to hear the results of our 2014 Fiction Prize, or getting your essays ready for the November 15 opening date of our inaugural nonfiction contest, why not check our this interview with Lisa Beebe–the venerable finalist for our 2013 Fiction Prize–whose story, “Wildflowers,” appears in Indiana Review issue 36.1? Answered here are questions asked her about her piece, the benefits of being open to discovery, and using your phone to this end.

After your check out the interview, be sure to read “Wildflowers” online here.

Lisa Beebe lives in Los Angeles. Her work has appeared in Eleven Eleven, Pacific Review, Psychopomp and Switchback. Find her online at lisabeebe.com.

 

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