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Announcing the 2020 Blue Light Books Prize Winner

We are thrilled to announce that prize judge Michelle Pretorius has selected The World of Dew and Other Stories by Julian Mortimer Smith as the winner of the 2020 Blue Light Books Prize! We received a record number of submissions this year and are honored to have read so many beautiful books. Thank you all for your submissions and for making this year’s Blue Light Books Prize possible. The World of Dew and Other Stories will be published by Indiana University Press in 2021 as part of the Blue Light Books Series, which includes previous prize-winning collections Fierce Pretty Things by Tom Howard, Girl with Death Mask by Jenn Givhan, and God Had a Body by Jennie Maria Malboeuf.

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2020 Blue Light Books Prize Winner

THE WORLD OF DEW AND OTHER STORIES

by Julian Mortimer Smith

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And congratulations to prize finalists…

Us Girls by Shasta Grant

They Kept Running by Michelle Ross

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Interested in more publishing opportunities with IR / IU Press? The Don Belton Fiction Reading Period is open May 1 – May 31. Send fiction manuscripts up to 80,000 words for a chance to win $1,000 and publication.

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Announcing the 2019 Creative Nonfiction Prize Winner

We are excited to announce the winner of the 2019 Creative Nonfiction Prize, judged by Hanif Abdurraqib. Many thanks to everyone who submitted their work and made this year’s prize possible!

2019 Creative Nonfiction Prize Winner:

“Lobster Shy” by Keith Wilson

Hanif Abdurraqib says, “I was — very literally — moved by this work. It is a meditation that refuses a stationary angle, winding and breathless. But, mostly, I’m thankful for such an intimate look at the interior of both the pleasure and anguish of existence.”

Keith S. Wilson is an Affrilachian Poet and Cave Canem fellow. He is a recipient of an NEA fellowship as well as fellowships/grants from Bread Loaf, Kenyon College, Tin House, MacDowell, Vermont Studio Center, UCross, and Millay Colony, among others. Keith serves as Assistant Poetry Editor at Four Way Review and Digital Media Editor at Obsidian Journal. His first book, Fieldnotes on Ordinary Love, was published by Copper Canyon in 2019.

Finalists:

“On Girls & Rabbits & Women” by Amanda Goemmer

“Biscuits” by D. Nolan Jefferson

“Relics, Registries, and Other Bastard Things” by Taylor Kirby

“Enough for a Lifetime of Sundays” by Ashley Mallick

“Rubbish House” by Shaw Patton

“An Incomplete, Personal History of Isolation Through Video Games” by Reyes Ramirez

“Noble Silence” by Robert Julius Schumaker

The prize winner will be published in the Summer 2020 issue of Indiana Review. Happy reading!

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2019 1/2 K Prize Winner

Indiana Review is thrilled to announce that the winner of our 1/2 K Prize is Emily Lawson for “Coal Hollow Fire, UT.”

The prize was open to any piece under 500 words. We want to express our appreciation to everyone who submitted and made this year’s prize a success!

2019 1/2 K Winner

“Coal Hollow Fire, UT” by Emily Lawson

“The writer really impressed me with how much was built–nostalgia, regret, danger, intimacy–into this short piece that utilized sparse, beautiful language. There was such a contrast in the icy, distant language that they used while describing something so hot, so dangerous that it made me read it several times.” — Megan Giddings

Finalists

“Autopsy,” “Between Hospital Visiting Hours,” and “I Drop a White Pill in My Sink,” by A.D. Lauren-Abunassar

“How to Make Breakfast” by John Paul Martinez

“hymns to the word” by Carrie Jenkins

“Touch” by Eric Burger

Stay tuned for more prize and submission opportunities.

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Announcing the 2019 Blue Light Books Prize Winner

 

We are thrilled to announce that prize judge Adrian Matejka has selected God Had a Body by Jennie Maria Malboeuf as the winner of the 2019 Blue Light Books Prize! We received a record number of submissions to this year’s prize and are honored to have read so many powerful poetry collections. Thank you all for your submissions and for making this year’s Blue Light Books Prize possible. God Had a Body will be published by Indiana University Press in 2020 as part of the Blue Light Books Series, which includes previous prize-winning collections Fierce Pretty Things by Tom Howard and Girl with Death Mask by Jenn Givhan.

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