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General submissions & submissions to our Special Folio: Metallic Grit are now closed.

As of September 2014, we no longer accept hard copy submissions. Any hard copy manuscripts received will be recycled unread.

We do not accept unsolicited email submissions.

Please be sure to select the appropriate genre designation in your submission. If a submission is made with a blank genre designation, the submission will not be read.

Please also note that because we are not influenced by cover letters it is perfectly fine to not include a cover letter with your submission. If you do submit a cover letter, please include it in the comments box in the Submissions Manager.


Indiana Review is published biannually in May and December. Our response time is usually 1 – 4 months, but may at times be longer. IR accepts less than half of 1% of work submitted. Payment for publication is $5.00 per page ($10.00 minimum) and one year's subscription, beginning with the issue in which their work appears. Rights revert to author upon publication but we ask that Indiana Review be credited if the work is republished elsewhere.

IR publishes 6-10 stories, 40-60 pages of poetry, 1-2 nonfiction pieces per issue, as well as occasional art inserts and special folios. We look for poems, stories, and nonfiction that are well-crafted and lively, have an intelligent sense of form and language, assume a degree of risk, and have consequence beyond the world of their speakers or narrators. At this time we are not accepting unsolicited book reviews.

There is a $3.00 reading fee for all General & Special Folio Submissions.

If you are a current subscriber, enter your subscriber code; otherwise leave blank and continue by hitting the submit button.

If you are submitting a contest entry, you must submit through the button on the Contests page.

We are closed for all submissions. Any submissions made at this time will not be read.



Send only one submission per genre and wait for a response before sending another. Simultaneous submissions are welcome. Additional submissions per genre will be unread.

Our general submission period is September 1, 2016 to October 31, 2016.

Stories & Nonfiction: We consider prose of up to 8,000 words in length, and we prefer manuscripts that are double-spaced in 11- or 12-point font with numbered pages. Submissions should be formatted as .doc files. Translations are welcome.

Poems: Send only 3-6 poems per submission. Do not send more than 4 poems if longer than 3 pages each. Translations are welcome. Please include all poems into one .doc, .docx, or .pdf file.

Visual Arts: We are not accepting art submissions at this time. When we are, paintings, photographs, comics, and drawings are welcome. Send up to five pieces that are up to 6 x 9 in dimensions or may be later reduced to this size. Visual works must also be publishable in black and white, but, when funding allows, may be published in full color.

Submissions to our Special Folio: Metallic Grit must be submitted under the genre: 2016 Folio: Metallic Grit. For this folio, we wonder about the raw materials that go into the creation of a metallic object or being. The process requires work and heat to arrive at its luster. There is a lasting grit when something undergoes such change. We call for work that will not only interrogate what creates something or someone resilient but also investigate this hybridity—its multifaceted nature. For more information on what we see as Metallic Grit, please follow the link here.

There is no need to query editors about submitting work. Submission status may be queried by email, but please allow at least four months before querying.

IR cannot consider work (other than book reviews, author interviews, or blog posts) from anyone currently or recently affiliated with Indiana University, which includes those who have studied at or worked for Indiana University within the past 4 years.

If you have been published in IR, including contest finalists, please wait two years before submitting again.

All work must be previously unpublished, which includes works posted to personal blogs, online journals or magazines, or any part of a thesis or dissertation that has been published electronically.


If you have submitted a simultaneous submission that is accepted elsewhere or have another reason to withdraw your submission, we ask that you please include the following information when you contact us:

  • Author’s name (and, if submitted by someone else, the name of the person who submitted the work)
  • Date on which the work was submitted
  • Genre
  • Title of the piece