2022 1/2 K Prize

We are excited to announce this year’s final judge is Geffrey Davis. We will announce one $1000 winner. All finalists will be considered for publication. 

Submissions are now open!

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To Submit

  • Remember to send up to three pieces. Any genre for this contest! Each piece should be 500 words or fewer and in a single document (.doc, .docx. or .pdf).

  • Entrant’s name must not appear on the submission.

  • A cover letter is not required but can be included if you so choose.

  • Each $20 fee gets you a year-long subscription of the journal. International addressees, please add $6 for postage ($3 for addresses in Canada).

  • We're offering free entries for Black or Indigenous writers.

Keep in Mind:

  • IR doesn't accept mailed or emailed submissions.

  • 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• Simultaneous submissions are okay, but the entry fee is non-refundable if the submitted work is accepted elsewhere or withdrawn for another reason.

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

  • Finally, IR cannot consider work from anyone currently or recently affiliated with Indiana University or the prize judges. This includes people who have studied or taught at IU in the past four years.

Thank you. We look forward to reading your work!



Geffrey Davis is the author of Night Angler (BOA Editions, 2019), winner of the James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets, and Revising the Storm (BOA Editions, 2014), winner of the A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize. A recipient of the Anne Halley Poetry Prize, the Dogwood Prize in Poetry, the Porter Fund Literary Prize, and the Wabash Prize for Poetry, Davis has also received fellowships from Bread Loaf, Cave Canem, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Whiting Foundation for his involvement with The Prison Story Project. His poems have appeared in New England ReviewNew York Times MagazineThe New YorkerPBS NewsHourPloughshares, and elsewhere. Raised by the Pacific Northwest, Davis teaches for the University of Arkansas’s Program in Creative Writing & Translation and teaches with The Rainier Writing Workshop. He also serves as Poetry Editor for Iron Horse Literary Review.