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on the title of your submission; click on the "Messages" tab; and send a message detailing which piece(s) should be withdrawn.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All submissions must be previously unpublished.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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
We consider fiction submissions of up to 6,000 words in length, and prefer documents that are double-spaced in 12-point Times New Roman font with numbered pages. You may include up to three pieces of flash prose (<1,000 words) in a single document.
We consider submissions of 3–6 poems. Do not send more than 4 poems if longer than 3 pages each. Please include all poems in a single file.
We consider creative nonfiction of up to 6,000 words in length, and we prefer files that are double-spaced in 12-point Times New Roman with numbered pages. Up to three pieces of flash prose (<1,000 words) may be included in a single document.
Please only submit through this category if you are a writer who identifies as Black and/or Indigenous.
For fiction and nonfiction submissions, we consider prose submissions of up to 6,000 words in length and prefer documents that are double-spaced in 12-point Times New Roman font with numbered pages. You may include up to three pieces of flash prose (<1,000 words) in a single document.
For poetry, we consider submissions of 3–6 poems. Do not send more than 4 poems if longer than 3 pages each. Please include all poems in a single file.
Whether your worlds are real or imagined, literal or metaphorical, for a special feature in our Summer 2022 issue, we're seeking work that examines the borders between them. Send us your work about crossing borders, blurred borders, collapsed borders, about living on the edge. Think natural borders, socially constructed and geopolitical borders, or perhaps the space between life and death. Send us your haunted places and portals to fairylands; explore the boundaries that keep out and keep in. Cross the stratosphere, go deep underground, get lost in the wilds. Whatever your borders, wherever your worlds, we want to see them.
Character-driven speculative work is welcome, and we are especially excited by work that engages deeply with place.
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 our summer feature will also be considered for publication as general fiction, nonfiction, or poetry.
We look forward to reading your work!
Send us one creative nonfiction piece, up to 5000 words, for a chance at $1000 + publication. Each paid submission also gets you a year-long subscription to Indiana Review. For non-US mailing addressees, please add $9 for postage ($5 for addresses in Canada). 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.
- IR cannot consider work from anyone currently or recently affiliated with Indiana University or the prize judges. This includes people who have studied or taught at Indiana University in the past four years.
This year's judge is Anna Qu!
Anna Qu is a Chinese American writer. Her critically acclaimed debut memoir, Made In China: A Memoir of Love and Labor, was published in August 2021. Her work has appeared in Poets & Writers, Lithub, Threepenny Review, Lumina, Kartika, Kweli, Vol.1 Brooklyn, and Jezebel, among others. She teaches at the low-residency MFA program at New England College, Sackett Street Writers’ Workshop, and Catapult. She holds an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Sarah Lawrence College. Find her at annaqu.com.