Creative Nonfiction Prize

Send us one creative nonfiction piece, up to 5k words, for a chance at $1000 + publication. Submissions are now open!

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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).

Keep in Mind:

  • IR doesn't 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 judges. This includes people who have studied or taught at Indiana University in the past four years.

  • If you are unable to submit through our Submitttable 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!


2021 Prize Judge Anna Qu



Anna Qu is a Chinese American writer. Her critically acclaimed debut memoir, Made In China: A Memoir of Love and Labor, was published in August 2021.  Her work has appeared in Poets & Writers, Lithub, Threepenny ReviewLumina, Kartika, Kweli, Vol.1 Brooklyn, and Jezebel, among others. She teaches at the low-residency MFA program at New England College, Sackett Street Writers’ Workshop, and Catapult. She holds an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Sarah Lawrence College. Find her at