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Our FAQ page for our Summer 2023 feature “The Possibility Is Here” is here.

Indiana Review accepts general submissions of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry from February 1–March 31 and from September 1–October 31. (For details about our annual contests, please visit the Prizes page.)

Please submit on Submittable.

We strongly encourage you to submit through Submittable. However, if you are unable to do so for any reason, you may mail your manuscript to our office. Cover letters are not required, but please be sure to let us know the genre of your submission. All mailed submissions should include a self-addressed, stamped envelope and a check with the applicable submission fee (made out to Indiana University). Please note that response times for mailed submissions will be considerably slower than for online submissions. We welcome submissions from incarcerated writers.

We do not accept unsolicited email submissions.


Indiana Review is published biannually in May and December. Our response time is usually ~2–4 months, but may at times be longer, especially if you submit near the end of a submissions period or if the work is under serious consideration. IR accepts less than half of 1% of work submitted. Payment for publication is $5.00 per page ($25.00 minimum) and two contributor copies of the issue in which the work appears. Contributors may purchase additional copies of the issue their work is published in at a discounted rate. Rights revert to author upon publication, but we ask that Indiana Review be credited if the work is republished elsewhere.

IR publishes about 6–8 stories, 40–60 pages of poetry, and 4–6 nonfiction pieces per issue, as well as occasional art inserts and special folios. Send us your best "carefully strange" work. We are especially interested in 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 General Submissions. Black and/or Indigenous writers may submit for free. If our submission fee presents a hardship to you for any reason, please email us at to request a fee waiver.

Any submissions made outside the reading dates will not be read.

Please note that by submitting to Indiana Review, you are aligning your work with the standards outlined in our Value Statement

Simultaneous submissions are welcome. However, you must withdraw your piece ASAP if your work has been accepted elsewhere.

Fiction & Nonfiction: We consider prose of up to 6,000 words in length, and we prefer .docx files that are double-spaced in 12-point Times New Roman with numbered pages. Up to three pieces of flash prose (<1,000 words) may be included in a single document.

Poems: Send 3-6 poems per submission, up to 12 pages in total. Please include all poems in a single file.

Visual Arts: We are not accepting art submissions at this time. When we are, 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.

Translations: We welcome translated work across genres. Please ensure you have the proper rights to the work prior to submitting. Submit using the general genre categories in Submittable.

There is no need to query editors before submitting work. Please do not query us about the status of your submission unless at least 6 months have passed.

IR cannot consider work from anyone currently or recently affiliated with Indiana University, which includes those who have studied at or worked for IU in the past 4 years.

If you have been published in IR, please wait 1 year before submitting again in the same genre.

All work must be previously unpublished, which includes works posted to personal blogs, online journals, or magazines.


If you have submitted a simultaneous submission that is accepted elsewhere or have another reason to withdraw your submission, please withdraw through Submittable. If you need to withdraw a single work from a submission containing multiple pieces, please use Submittable's "Message" feature to send us a message detailing which piece(s) should be withdrawn.

Please note that we are unable to refund submission fees in the event of a withdrawal.