Posts Categorized: Prizes
There’s no question: Writing short can be difficult. And short is what our annual 1/2K Prize is all about. There’s the limited word count (500 words) and the unlimited genre constraints (fiction, nonfiction, poetry, short-shorts, prose poetry–a welcome collapse of genre). We asked Seuss to tell us more about her excellent piece, “Wal-Mart Parking Lot,” which won our 1/2K Prize in 2013 and appears in our Summer 2014 issue. Here she divulges which Wal-Mart inspired her, her approach to writing the piece, and the challenges and triumphs of the compressed form.
We hope this helps all you current and prospective Half-K authors. Submissions for this year’s contest are now open through August 15th. Click here for a full list of guidelines.
Judge Eileen Myles has selected “2006,” by Cecilia Woloch, as the winner of Indiana Review‘s 2014 Poetry Prize! Her poem will appear in the Winter 2014 issue of Indiana Review. We received more than 1000 poems of impressive quality and range, all of which were read anonymously by our editors. We’re happy to also announce the runners-up and finalists.
2014 Indiana Review Poetry Prize Winner
On why she chose Woloch’s poem, Myles writes: It’s “2006” no question. I like the incantatory structure and it’s full of timely modal shifts to season (Spring) and nature becomes a train. It rhymes with itself to create a somber effect and glints with dark humor just when you want it. And then it slides away with anonymity and beauty. It’s sad like history and nature is sad. It’s a profound and simple poem and very rich and kinetic. I admire it a lot. This is a very smart and talented poet.
“To the Falcon Next to Me on Qatar Airways Flight 835”
Congratulations to our winner and runners-up and thank you to everyone who submitted. We truly appreciate your thoughtful and excellent work.
Caitlin Scarano, “The City that Taught You”
francine j. harris, “canvas”
Joshua Bennett, “Still Life with Best Friend”
Talin Tahajian, “Aviary”
Samiya Bashir, “Universe as an Infant: Fatter than Expected, and Kind of Lumpy”
Danez Smith, “Pitch for a Movie: Dinosaurs in the Hood”
Brandon Rushton, “Portrait of the Body with Bear Trap”
Judge Claire Messud has selected “Boomerang,” by Summer Wood, as the winner of Indiana Review‘s 2013 Fiction Prize! We received more than 300 short story submissions of impressive quality and range, all of which were read anonymously by our editors. We’re happy to also announce the runner-up and finalists.
Of the finalists, Ms. Messud writes, “The stories I read were so full of talent, so diverse, so lively and so interesting. The authors’ gifts are so distinct, and each so different. Each of these stories is a winner.”
2013 Indiana Review Fiction Prize Winner
On why she chose Wood’s story, Messud writes: The story that I’ve chosen as the winner is BOOMERANG: not only is the prose precise, evocative and at times gorgeous, the author manages to move seamlessly between the narrator’s present voice — as an adult gay man in San Francisco — and his childhood experiences. The complexity of the characters and relationships evoked is impressive, and profoundly moving; and this story manages to imbue the narrative with both subtlety and tenderness, when it could, in less adroit hands, have run the risk of cliché.
Messud: As runner-up, I’ve chosen WOLVES. Again, it is the resonant richness of character that strikes me most. There are no grand dramas, here, but rather a wise and thoughtful attentiveness to the force of the interior life, and a close attention to detail. The story takes place in the course of an afternoon and evening (with a coda the following morning), but its protagonist’s thoughts and memories give us the delicate outline of an individual and of her life. The prose in this piece is beautifully controlled; the authorial voice is strong and effective; the story, in its simplicity, is haunting.
Congratulations to our winner and runner-up, whose work will be published in Indiana Review summer 2014 issue. Thank you to everyone who submitted. We truly appreciate your thoughtful and excellent work.
Lisa Beebe, “Wildflowers”
Michael Campbell, “What Are You Doing? What Are You Doing Now?”
Gwen E. Kirby, “The Disneyland of Mexico”
Mary McMyne, “Camille”
Amy Rossi, “When I Say I Am Fine, What I Mean Is Empty”
Dominic Russ-Combs, “Manglevine”
“Patrón,” by Oliver Bendorf (poetry)
“Two on a Horse,” by J. Bowers (fiction)
“The Sweeper,” by Jessica Masterton (fiction)
Forthcoming in Winter 2013 IR 35.2:
“Eduardo,” by David J. Daniels (poetry)
“Cartesian Anxiety in a Bleeding I,” by Camellia Freeman (nonfiction)
“Cheek Teeth,” by Annie Hartnett (fiction)
Our fingers are crossed for these exceptional works!