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.

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on the title of your submission; click on the "Messages" tab; and send a message detailing which piece(s) should be withdrawn.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All submissions must be previously unpublished.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 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.

“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!