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Announcing the 2017 Fiction Prize Winner!

Congratulations to Tom Howard, who has won the 2017 Fiction Prize for his short story “Fierce Pretty Things.” Thank you to all who submitted their work and made this year’s selection process so (delightfully) difficult. “Fierce Pretty Things” will appear next winter in IR 40.2.

2017 Fiction Prize Winner:

“Fierce Pretty Things” by Tom Howard

On the winning story, prize judge Caitlin Horrocks says: “Everyone around the narrator, Vardy, thinks they’ve got him figured out: he’s a bad apple, a loose cannon, a violent weirdo to be avoided in the school hallways. Vardy worries they may be right. His unforgettable, alternately hilarious and agonizing first-person narration, pulls the reader into his life and doesn’t let us out. When he starts wondering if there’s a way things could be different—if he could be different—he struggles to even guess what that might look like, let alone how to get there. Surrounded by enemies of his own making, and few allies, Vardy is a blazingly memorable character, his story one that will stick with me.”

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2017 Fiction Prize #SpookyIR Twitter Contest Winners!

Indiana Review is proud to announce the winner of our 2017 #SpookyIR Twitter Contest! We received some pretty terrifying tweets and after a careful vote, we chose one winner who will receive an IR prize pack and free entry to our 2017 Fiction Prize.

Join us in congratulating the winner, Paul Williams!

And a hat tip to our runner up, Andrew Moore! He will also be receiving a prize pack in the mail!

Thank you to everyone who participated, look out for more contests in the future, and don’t forget to submit your stories to the 2017 Fiction Prize by October 31st. Have a spooky Halloween!


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2017 Fiction Prize Twitter Contest: #SpookyIR

The 2017 Fiction Prize is in full swing! We’re getting submissions of short stories from all over, and now it’s your turn to give something a little shorter a try. Instead of the 8,000 word limit, what about 140 characters? For this fall’s Twitter contest, we at Indiana Review are asking you to take a special interest in our DEADline of October 31st.

Are you dressing up this Halloween? Share your costume with us! But share it by using your costume as a character in a tweet-sized spooky story. Be sure to hashtag your story with #SpookyIR. Entries are due by Wednesday, October 18, 10 AM EST.

Example Tweets:

  • A growl sounded from around the corner. Slowly, surely, it crept to me: Doge. It spoke. “Much scare. Wow. Such Halloween.” #SpookyIR
    • (I’m going as the doge meme for Halloween)
  • With a trembling hand, I reach up to touch my cheek, but pull away when I feel blood oozing down my hand. Carrie makeup is messy. #SpookyIR
  • Wind howled through the dark alley, chilling me to my core. Marilyn Monroe had a hard job, I thought as I pushed my skirt down. #SpookyIR

One lucky (and clever) winner will receive a free entry into our 2017 Fiction Prize and an IR Prize Pack. Our favorite runner-ups will also receive IR Prize packs and, most importantly,will achieve eternal glory in our blog posts and on our Twitter page.

Send shivers down our spines, and don’t forget to showcase your talents further by entering the Fiction Prize by October 31!