2023 1/2 K Prize

We are excited to announce this year’s final judge is Jasmine Sawers. We will announce one $1000 winner. All finalists will be considered for publication. Submissions will open on July 1.

The winner of the 2022 contest is “roe” by Sophia Holtz, selected by Geffrey Davis.

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Simultaneous submissions are okay, but the entry fee is non-refundable if the submitted work is accepted elsewhere or withdrawn for another reason.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



Our 2023 judge, Jasmine Sawers, is the author of The Anchored World (Rose Metal Press, 2022), which was a finalist for the 2023 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Short Story Collection. Their fiction and creative nonfiction have appeared in Ploughshares, The Offing, Barren Magazine, and SmokeLong Quarterly. Since 2014, Sawers has served as Prose Editor for Osedax Press out of Lexington, Kentucky. In 2018, they joined the staff of Fairy Tale Review. In 2019, they received a Kundiman fellowship in fiction. In 2022, they won the Octavia Butler Scholarship for Speculative Fiction from the Mendocino Coast Writers’ Conference. They received the Random House Book of Fairy Tales in 1988 and never got over it.