Nandi Comer selected J Girls TV by Rochelle Hurt as the winner of the 2021 Blue Light Books Prize!



Because Indiana Review's offices are at the end of a long, often dark hallway in a university building, we place a lamp with a blue light bulb outside the door to let folks know we're in. The blue light has come to represent the open and quirky community that Indiana Review cultivates. When we decided to partner with Indiana University Press on a book series, it only felt right to name it Blue Light. We accept full-length poetry and fiction manuscripts in alternating years and host a reading series to celebrate the release of each title. This year's prize will be given to a collection of poetry. Check out past winners on the IU Press website!




Nandi Comer is the author of the American Family: A Syndrome (Finishing Line Press) and Tapping Out (Northwestern University Press). She is a Cave Canem Fellow, a Callaloo Fellow, and a Kresge Arts in Detroit Fellow. Her poems have appeared in Crab Orchard Review, Green Mountains Review, Muzzle, The Offing, and Southern Indiana Review. She currently serves as an assistant poetry editor for Four Way Review and as a poetry editor for Obsidian Literature and Arts in the African Diaspora.



Submissions are now closed.

A $20 submission fee is required. The first two weeks, you can submit for 1/2 off so prepare your manuscripts now! Payment must be submitted online through the submit button below.

After making your payment, you will be redirected to our submissions manager and may then submit your Prize entry.

Writers are welcome to include an acknowledgments page if portions of the manuscript have been previously published. Please leave names and other identifying information off the submission.

Manuscripts should be 48-75 pages, not including table of contents and acknowledgements. This year IR is reading collections of poetry.

Please note that we are not considering manuscripts with interior art or translations at this time.

Also, IR and IU Press cannot consider work from anyone currently or recently affiliated with Indiana University or the prize judge. This includes those who have studied or taught at Indiana University in the past four years.

The prize winner will receive a $1,000 prize from Indiana Review at the time of the Blue Light Reading, along with a publishing contract including $1,000 against future royalties from IU Press.

The winning Blue Light Books collection will be published in trade paperback format and displayed at the following Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference. The winner will also be flown out to read a selection of their work at the annual Blue Light Reading in beautiful Bloomington, IN.


Thank you for your interest. We look forward to reading your work!

We are closed for submissions. We will update this page with a link to our submissions manager when submissions reopen.