2016 Fiction Prize
Final Judge: Aimee Bender

Submissions to the 2016 Fiction Prize are now open until OCTOBER 31st midnight EST.

Winner receives $1,000 and publication in Indiana Review. All entries are considered for publication.

The reading fee for one entry is $20 and includes a year subscription to the journal.

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2016 Indiana Review Fiction Prize

Contest is now open until October 31st.

Final Judge: Aimee Bender

Aimee Bender is the author of five books, including The Girl in the Flammable Skirt, and The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake. Her short fiction has been published in Granta, Harper’s, The Paris Review, Tin House, and more, as well as heard on This American Life and Selected Shorts. She lives in Los Angeles and teaches creative writing at USC.


Reading Fee: $20 USD—Includes a subscription to Indiana Review

The winner of our contest will receive $1,000 and publication in Indiana Review.

All entries are considered for publication.

All entries are considered anonymously.

Previously published works and works forthcoming elsewhere cannot be considered.

Simultaneous submissions are okay, but the entry fee is non-refundable if the submitted work is accepted elsewhere.

Multiple entries are okay, as long as a separate reading fee is included with each entry.

Further, IR cannot consider work from anyone currently or recently affiliated with Indiana University or the prize judge.


  • Send only one short story of up to 8,000 words.
  • As of September 2014 we no longer accept hard-copy submissions.
  • Entrant’s name must not appear on the submission.
  • Cover letter must include name, address, phone number, and title. Entrant’s name should appear ONLY in the cover letter.
  • Each fee entitles entrant to a subscription of the journal. International addresses, please add $12 for postage ($7 for addresses in Canada).
  • Be sure to select the genre “2016 Fiction Prize” on the submission form.
  • The Prize deadline is October 31, 2016 at midnight EST.
  • Entries submitted before the opening date or after the deadline will not be considered.
  • You will be redirected to the Submissions Manager to complete your entry after completing the PayPal payment. If you are not automatically redirected, please follow the link "Indiana Review Submissions" to arrive at the Submissions Manager.

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