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Announcing Our 2016 Poetry Prize Winner!

We are proud to announce that judge Camille Rankine has selected “His Father’s Wake” by Alicia Wright as the winner of Indiana Review‘s 2016 Poetry Prize! Thank you to everyone who submitted their work for consideration and made this year’s Prize possible. “His Father’s Wake” will appear in our Winter 2016 Issue.

2016 Poetry Prize Winner:

“His Father’s Wake”
Alicia Wright

Camille Rankine says about the winning piece: “What strikes me first about ‘His Father’s Wake’ is the unmoored energy of it. The phrases drift and crash into one another. They collide, they ricochet and spin away. These movements make a voice that is both wild and deliberate, steady and reckless in turn. The effect is captivating. I feel each shift and slow and quickening in my breath, in my heart’s beat.”


“Witch Questions the So-Called Higher Power” by Annah Browning

“Abduction” by Cara Dees

“Kaleidoscope” by Rochelle Hurt

“The First Year We Lived Underground” by Anna Leigh Knowles

“Self Portrait as Siren, as Fig” by Clare Paniccia

“To Body for its Apertures” by Avia Tadmor

“Hibernation” by Talin Tahajian

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Deadline Extended! 2016 Poetry Prize

Do you need a little more time to polish your poems for our 2016 Poetry Prize, judged by Camille Rankine? Good news: We’ve extended our deadline to April 7, 2016 at midnight EST!

Send your best, and soon. Full contest guidelines can be found here.

We look forward to reading your work!

Camille Rankine’s first book of poetry, Incorrect Merciful OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAImpulses, was recently published from Copper Canyon Press. She is the author of the chapbook Slow Dance with Trip Wire, selected by Cornelius Eady for the Poetry Society of America’s 2010 New York Chapbook Fellowship, and a recipient of a 2010 “Discovery”/Boston Review Poetry Prize. Her poetry has appeared in Atlas Review, American Poet, The Baffler, Boston Review, Denver Quarterly, Gulf Coast, Octopus Magazine, Paper Darts, Phantom Books, A Public Space, Tin House, and elsewhere. She is Assistant Director of the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Manhattanville College and lives in New York City.


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2016 Poetry Prize Twitter Contest!


Remember how much fun you had playing Mad Libs as a kid? Well, IR is bringing it back. As a warm-up for our 2016 Poetry Prize, we’re challenging you to fill in the blanks. Show us a poetic masterpiece you can create with your chosen nouns, verbs, and adjectives!

The IR-Lib prompt:

  • When I say <NOUN> what I mean is <NOUN>. / It’s <ADJECTIVE> to <VERB> / how something <VERB> on your <BODY PART>. #IRPoetryPrize
  • When I say love what I mean is lust. / It’s easy to forget / how something tastes on your tongue. #IRPoetryPrize

To enter this contest, please reply to our tweet and fill in the brackets with your own unique words! We’re looking for the most inventive, hilarious, heart-breaking Mad Lib poems that you can dream up. Make sure to include #IRPoetryPrize in your tweet!

Our favorite titles will win free entry to our 2016 $1K poetry prize, a grab bag of Indiana Review swag, and a notable mention on our blog! Twitter contest entries are due by March 21, so get to work!

Good luck! And don’t forget to submit to our 2016 Poetry Prize judged by the incredible Camille Rankine. The Prize submission deadline is April 1, 2016 at Midnight EST.

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Interview with 2015 Poetry Prize Winner Caitlin Scarano

While getting ready to submit to our 2016 Poetry Prize judged by Camille Rankine, read our interview with Caitlin Scarano, the 2015 Poetry Prize winner selected by Eduardo C. Corral. Here, Scarano discusses her inspiration for her winning poem “Between the Bloodhounds and My Shrinking Mouth,” collections that move her, and her best tips for contest submitters.


Caitlin Scarano is a poet in the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee PhD creative writing program. She was a finalist for the 2014 Best of the Net Anthology. She has two poetry chapbooks. Her recent work can be found or is forthcoming in Granta, Ninth Letter, and Colorado Review. This winter, she will be an artist in residence at the Hinge Arts Residency program in Fergus Falls and the Artsmith’s 2016 Artist Residency on Orcas Island.


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