2019 Creative Nonfiction Prize

Send us one creative nonfiction piece, up to 5k words, for a chance at $1000 + publication. Submissions open September 1-October 31, 2020, 11:59 PM EST.

Keith S. Wilson’s “Lobster Shy” was selected by Hanif Abdurraqib as the winner of the 2019 prize.

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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, 2019.

  • Be sure to select the genre “2019 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!


Hanif Abdurraqib is from the eastside of Columbus, Ohio. He is the author of four books: The Crown Ain't Worth Much, They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us, Go Ahead In The Rain: Notes To A Tribe Called Quest, and A Fortune For Your Disaster.