Creative Nonfiction Prize

Send us one creative nonfiction piece, up to 6k words, for a chance at $1000 + publication. Submissions are open February 1 until March 31.

This year’s final judge is Camonghne Felix.


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To Submit

  • Send one creative nonfiction piece, up to 6k 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).

Keep in Mind:

  • IR does not accept emailed submissions.

  • All entries are considered anonymously.

  • Previously published works and works forthcoming elsewhere cannot be considered.

  • Multiple and simultaneous submissions are permitted; however, each submission requires a separate reading fee. Please withdraw your piece immediately if it is accepted elsewhere.

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

  • If you are unable to submit through our Submittable page for any reason, you may mail us your submission. Please include a self-addressed stamped envelope and a check with the applicable submission and shipping fee; checks must be made out to Indiana University.

Thank you. We look forward to reading your work!


2023 JUDGE: Camonghne Felix

Camonghne Felix, poet and essayist, is the author of Build Yourself a Boat (Haymarket Books, 2019), which was long-listed for the 2019 National Book Award in Poetry, shortlisted for the PEN/Open Book Awards, and shortlisted for the Lambda Literary Awards. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Academy of American Poets, Harvard Review, LitHub, The New Yorker, PEN America, Poetry Magazine, Freeman’s and elsewhere. Felix's next book, Dyscalculia: A Love Story of Epic Miscalculation, was released in February 2023 from One World, an imprint of Penguin Random House.