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Announcing Our 2015 1/2K Prize Winner!

Judge Kim Chinquee has selected “House” by Nghiem Tran as the winner of Indiana Review’s 2015 1/2K Prize! “House” will appear in our Summer 2016 Issue. We received a near-record number of contest submissions, and the competition was fierce. Thank you to everyone who submitted their work for consideration and made this year’s Prize possible.

2015 Indiana Review 1/2K Prize Winner:


Nghiem Tran

Kim Chinquee says this about the winning piece: “The personification of Grief in “House” is very affecting. Grief (as character) shows its enormity: first appearing while making something as ordinary, yet odd, as a grilled cheese sandwich. I also love the humor, the narrator’s criticisms of Grief’s inability to properly make something so simple. The narrator’s fear of Grief is very genuine, so true. And Grief’s presence: so powerful, so monstrous, hugging the childhood teddy bear, even stealing the blankets. Very moving piece.


“Draw” by Mary Peelen

“Answers” by Eric Tran

“Decoy” by Felicia Zamora


“The Lizard King” by Chris Childers

“Snow White and the Kiss Deferred” by Tobias Lavon

“Wanted: Internet Rock Star” by Karen Elterman

“The Bank” by Brenda Peynado

“My Debt Collector” by Brenda Peynado

“They Don’t Know What to Do With Her” by N. Michelle AuBuchon

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2015 1/2 K Twitter Contest!

A work of art doesn’t have to be long to be good. Our ½ K prize proves that good stories, much like chicken nuggets, come in all shapes and sizes. Below are thirteen novels and epic poems you might have read, or pretended to have read, at some time or another. We want you to choose one and compress the whole thing into a one-tweet synopsis and send it to us @IndianaReview by July 22. Be sure to use the hashtag #IRHalfKPrize, too, so we’ll see it. Here are your options:

  1. Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace
  2. Ulysses by James Joyce
  3. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  4. 1984 by George Orwell
  5. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  6. Inferno by Dante
  7. The Odyssey by Homer
  8. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  9. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  10. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

We’ll retweet the winners and runners-up, and award prizes. Our top choices will also get to see their tweets in a blog post on our website!

Oh, yeah!

The three most gifted literary shrinkers will receive an IR prize pack of our favorite back issues and official IR beer koozies.

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Good luck with your compressing! And be sure to submit to Indiana Review’s 2015 ½ K Prize.