2023 Poetry Prize 

Send us up to three poems for a chance at $1000 + publication. Submissions will be accepted from February 1 – March 31. Final judge: Tommye Blount.

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To Submit

  • Remember to send up to three poems in a single word document.

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

  • A cover letter is not required.

  • 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!





Tommye Blount is the author of the chapbook What Are We Not For (Bull City Press) and Fantasia for the Man in Blue (Four Way Books), which was finalist for the National Book Award. He has received fellowships and grants from: Kresge Arts in Detroit, Cave Canem, Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and the Aninstantia Foundation. Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, Tommye now lives in the nearby city of Novi.