Indiana Review accepts general submissions of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry from February 1–March 31 and from September 1–October 31. We also periodically accept submissions for a number of prizes, as described on our prizes page, as well as for special print and online features.

We welcome translated work across genres. Please ensure you have the proper rights to the work prior to submitting.

Simultaneous submissions are permitted. However, please withdraw your work immediately if it has been accepted for publication elsewhere. If you need to withdraw a single work from a submission containing multiple pieces, please click on the title of your submission; click on the "Messages" tab; and send a message detailing which piece(s) should be withdrawn.

Indiana Review typically has a response time of ~2–4 months, though our response time may occasionally be longer, especially if you submit near the end of a submissions period or if your work is under serious consideration. Please do not query us about the status of your submission unless at least 6 months have passed. 

All submissions must be previously unpublished. Publication includes works posted to personal blogs, online journals, or magazines, and to any part of a thesis or dissertation that has been published electronically. Indiana Review cannot consider work from anyone who is currently a student or employee of Indiana University or who has been within the past 4 years. We also do not consider same-genre submissions from authors we have published within the last year.

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 inreview@indiana.edu to request a fee waiver.

For more information regarding payment, author rights, and submitting by mail (included for incarcerated writers), please refer to our website.

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Send us one to three pieces of 500 words (or fewer!) each, for a chance at $1000 + publication. Fiction, nonfiction, and poetry are all welcome, as long as each individual piece is 500 words or fewer.

Each paid submission also gets you a year-long subscription to Indiana Review. Please be sure to omit your name from your submission.

Please note the following:

  • Previously published works and works forthcoming elsewhere cannot be considered. 
  • Multiple and simultaneous submissions are permitted; however, each submission requires a separate reading fee. Please withdraw your piece immediately if it is accepted elsewhere. If you need to withdraw one piece from a packet with multiple, please leave a note on your submission.
  • IR cannot consider work from anyone currently or recently affiliated with Indiana University or the prize judge(s). This includes people who have studied or taught at Indiana University in the past four years.
  • All entries will be considered for regular publication in Indiana Review.

This year's judge will be announced soon!

Please only submit through this category if you are a writer who identifies as Black and/or Indigenous.

Send us one to three pieces of 500 words (or fewer!) each, for a chance at $1000 + publication. Fiction, nonfiction, and poetry are all welcome, as long as each individual piece is 500 words or fewer.

Each submission also gets you a year-long subscription to Indiana Review. Please be sure to omit your name from your submission.

Please note the following:

  • Previously published works and works forthcoming elsewhere cannot be considered.
  • Please only submit once in this category. Please withdraw your piece immediately if it is accepted elsewhere. If you need to withdraw one piece from a packet with multiple, please leave a note on your submission.
  • IR cannot consider work from anyone currently or recently affiliated with Indiana University or the prize judge(s). This includes people who have studied or taught at Indiana University in the past four years.
  • All entries will be considered for regular publication in Indiana Review.

This year's judge will be announced soon!

Friends, we are officially running out of shelf space! For $6 we'll mail you two back issues of Indiana Review, randomly selected unless you have specific requests (subject to availability).

“Well, it is here. The possibility is here. Not there. Next to me. And I am next to you.” - from June Jordan's response to the moon landing, published in the New York Times in 1969

The Possibility Is Here is a project attempting to, in some way, break the division the state tries to build physically, emotionally, and mentally between incarcerated and non-incarcerated people; acknowledging that this division is not only a logistical barrier but one that lives in our hearts and minds. 

When we write or create art collaboratively across prison walls, we exercise our ability to dream together with the very people the state has attempted to isolate us from. Buoyed by kinship, conversation, and relationships, we can collectively create worlds that acknowledge brutal realities while laying bare, too, the watershed of love that exists despite.

This project is one tributary in the wide river of people working against dehumanization and carceralism, and we are overjoyed to be a part of this movement. We open this project from a place of love and all its riparian possibility.

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Please see our website for a detailed FAQ about this project, including how we define "incarcerated", what qualifies as collaboration, and the various kinds of support we are offering as part of the submission and, later, editing process.

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All submissions should be original and unpublished and should adhere to our general submissions guidelines. We're accepting work of any genre, whether it's fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, or something we’ve never imagined.

Please note: submissions for this feature will also be considered for publication as general fiction, nonfiction, or poetry. 

We look forward to reading your work!