Wednesday, May 27, 2009
And here I thought that literary scandals only involved faking your memoirs...
And on a completely different note: only 5 days left to enter the 1/2 K prize!
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
We are pleased to announce our 2009 Poetry Prize Winner. But first I'd like to thank final judge was Natasha Trethewey. Ms. Trethewey’s most recent collection Native Guard (Houghton Mifflin 2006), won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry. Her work has appeared in several volumes of Best American Poetry. Thank you, Ms. Trethewey, for reading and selecting our winner! And without further ado:
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Here at IR, we know a thing or two about disappearances. As writers ourselves, we are no stranger to how it feels to submit work--either through snail mail or online systems--and no matter how often I do it, once that envelope/Word file leaves my hands, I feel like I'm facing something like a great unknown. Who knows if my submission will even make it to intended destination!
All this is to say, we feel your pain. We know that we're a little behind in our response time to your submission, but we promise that we are doing our utmost to get back to you as soon as we can. One pitfall to not being able to read a submission as soon as it hits our mailbox is that the story/essay/poem might get picked up by another journal. If that happens, congratulations! We always knew that you were awesome! Also, please send us an email as soon as you know. The email should look something like this:
The poem/story/essay that I sent to you on [date] by [snail mail/your online submissions mangaer] has been [taken by another journal/beamed up into space/eaten by my dog] and I would like to withdraw it.
The information that you send us (genre, date submitted, and snail mail vs online) helps us locate your submission quickly so that we are not searching for you in all the wrong places.
If you submitted online, you can withdraw your fiction or nonfiction piece yourself. For poetry, we still ask you send us a version of the email above. And don't worry about withdrawing just one poem from your submission--the rest of your work will still be considered.
Monday, May 18, 2009
Hello! It's my first time blogging here so let me introduce myself.
I am Alessandra, the new Associate Editor. I am excited to be settling into to my new desk, learning the ropes and the happenings around here. One of the things I am still getting used to is Indiana Summer rainstorms. Just last week I was jumping out of my chair nearly every 5 minutes due to the thunder and lightning. I swear thunder is louder in
I've also been enjoying reading the submissions again. Speaking up submissions there are two important announcements:
1) We'll be closing Poetry and Non-Fiction submission on June 1st 2009 -- so if you've been hanging to your submissions, hesitate no longer--mail or click and send us your work!
2) June 1st also marks the deadline of our 1/2k prize with Final Judge Lydia Davis!!! Click here for the guidelines. Contests are so exciting. You too can join in the party!
I have been thinking about starting my Quote of the Day collection, so in honor of QoTD I leave you with the inspirational musings of Teddy Roosevelt:
Far and away the best prize life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
As you have probably garnered from our previous posts, IR has changed its guard once more. I'll be moving up to editor and welcoming Alessandra, Marcus, Catalina, and Lana into the office. I cannot thank our 2008/9 editors--Jenny, Ryan, Chad, and Andy-- enough for all of their hard work and dedication. I learned an incredible amount this past year as associate editor from these guys and I will miss them dearly.
I'm looking forward to another year of fantastic fiction, poetry, non-fiction, and all that's in between! (Speaking of which, don't forget that our 1/2K Prose Poem-Short Short deadline is June 1st.) Thank you to all of our submitters, subscribers, and well-wishers: we couldn't do it without you.
All my IR love, Nina
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Monday, May 4, 2009
It's the end of the semester for us here at Indiana Review, and that means transition, transition, transition! Spring seems to be here to stay (knocking on wood), our Summer issue, 31.1, is at the printers, so we're focusing on 31.2, and we've got a new batch of editors. Speaking of which, congrats to our new senior editorial staff:
Nina Mamikunian steps up as Editor
Alessandra Simmons, Associate Editor
Marcus Wicker, Poetry Editor
Catalina Bartlett, Fiction Editor
Lana Spendl, Non-fiction Editor
As for me, I'm looking forward to spending time outdoors and, in between searching for an elusive J.O.B., diving into my summer reading list. My list includes, but isn't limited to:
Paradise by Toni Morrison
Refresh, Refresh by Benjamin Percy
The Sweet Hereafter by Russell Banks
Philadelphia Fire by John Edgar Wideman
Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
Terrarium by Scott Russell Sanders
Women in Love by D.H. Lawrence
Please, tell us what's on your reading list for the summer?