2020 Creative Nonfiction Prize

Send us one creative nonfiction piece, up to 5k words, for a chance at $1000 + publication. Submissions are now closed. We will update this page with a link to our submissions manager when we reopen for submissions.

Bassey Ikpi selected “On Desire” by Caitlin McGill as this year’s winner!

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To Submit

  • Remember to send one creative nonfiction piece, up to 5k words

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

  • A cover letter is not required but can be included in the comments box if you like.

  • Each $20 fee gets you a year-long subscription of the journal. International addressees, please add $12 for postage ($7 for addresses in Canada). If the fee provides a hardship, please submit during the discounted rate period: September 1-15, 2020.

  • Be sure to select the genre “2020 Creative Nonfiction Prize” on the submission form. Submissions with incorrectly designated genres will not be read.

  • Hit "Submit Entry" below to get started. You will be redirected to the Submissions Manager to upload your submission after making the PayPal payment. If you are not automatically redirected, please contact inreview@indiana.edu and we will ensure you are able to complete your submission.

Thank you. We look forward to reading your work!




New York Times Best Selling author Bassey Ikpi is a Nigerian-American, ex-poet, current writer, constant mental health advocate, underachieving overachiever and memoir procrastinator. She lives in Maryland and is working on various creative projects.