GUIDELINES:

  • All work should be Double-Spaced, Times New Roman, 12-pt font (Standard Manuscript Form) in a .DOC or .DOCX file format. Poetry may be single spaced. One space between sentences & automatic indents make our lives easier and help your odds.
  • Page numbers, please. Include your name and contact information on the first page of your document on the upper left, single spaced.
  • For prose submissions, include Word Count on the upper right. (Basically, we’re asking for the industry standard. Nothing more, nothing less.)
  • Include a brief cover letter in the Submittable form. Tell us where you’ve been published. Tell us if you are a new writer. Tell us what awards you’ve collected…all that good stuff. No pressing need for a third person bio, but we’ll take it if you have it.
  • PDF Accepted in Miscellaneous Submission Category only.
  • The Indianola Review requests One Time, First Serial and Electronic Rights. All rights revert back to the author upon publication. 
  • We accept simultaneous submissions. Just let us know if your work is accepted elsewhere.
  • No Reprints. We publish original work only. As usual, that means no blog posts.
  • No Multiple submissions, regardless of category. One at a time is great, and we respond quickly. As soon as you hear back on something, feel free to resubmit! 
  • Failure to meet our basic, industry standard manuscript guidelines will likely result in an expedited response. It's just easier to read properly formatted manuscripts. 
Response Time:  We do our absolute best to answer within 8 weeks (often much sooner), but like most journals, we can sometimes take a bit longer, depending on the time of year. Feel free to query after four months. We offer expedited response times (in lieu of asking you for donations, which feels icky), for those of you who are either 1) impatient, or 2) totally open to the idea of helping us pay our contributors and getting bumped to the head of the line in the bargain.

5,000 words maximum. We want original, unpredictable fiction with vivid characters that experience conflict throughout a purposeful, precisely wrought plot. If you decide to break this rule and you do it well, we want that even more.

Response Time:  We do our absolute best to answer within 8 weeks (often much sooner), but like most journals, we can sometimes take a bit longer, depending on the time of year. Feel free to query after four months. We offer expedited response times (in lieu of asking you for donations, which feels icky), for those of you who are either 1) impatient, or 2) totally open to the idea of helping us pay our contributors and getting bumped to the head of the line in the bargain.



 

We run this category instead of asking for donations in our newsletters or a "tip jar" category—we're willing to work a little harder for your support. Consider it a charitable gesture with a tangible return.

Gotta know now? We get it. Submit in this category and your work zooms to the front of the line. By chipping in to help us with our Submittable fees, web-hosting costs, and contributor payments, you're making a pack of poor editors/writers smile. In return, we'll guarantee you top priority. 

You will hear from us in less than four days: that's right, we're guaranteeing a 96-hour response window, but we are often much faster, if you can believe it. We are able to do this because we read often and we read decisively. We know what we want to print; typically, it's just a matter of where your submission falls. This category erases that problem.

Note: All submissions in this category, of course, will be judged on merit. Choosing an expedited response does not bolster your chances of a "yay", nor does it harm your chances, either—it simply sends your submission through the VIP entrance, bringing our decision to your inbox exponentially faster.

Fiction: 5,000 words or less. We want original, unpredictable fiction with vivid characters that experience conflict throughout a purposeful, precisely wrought plot. If you decide to break this rule and you do it well, we want that even more. 




 3 – 5 pieces in one Word Document. We want our poetry to matter. We want to invest ourselves in the voice of the narrator. We welcome all forms, but generally speaking: if you make it a point to impress us with your format alone without investing yourself in the content, we’ll know. Of course, if you can break these rules and break them elegantly, we want your work most of all.

Response Time:  We do our absolute best to answer within 8 weeks (often much sooner), but like most journals, we can sometimes take a bit longer, depending on the time of year. Feel free to query after four months. We offer expedited response times (in lieu of asking you for donations, which feels icky), for those of you who are either 1) impatient, or 2) totally open to the idea of helping us pay our contributors and getting bumped to the head of the line in the bargain.

We look forward to reading your work!


We run this category instead of asking for donations in our newsletters or running a "tip jar" category—we're willing to work a little harder for your support. Consider it a charitable gesture with a tangible return.

Gotta know now? We get it. Submit in this category and your work zooms to the front of the line. By chipping in to help us with our Submittable fees, web-hosting costs, and contributor payments, you're making a pack of poor editors/writers smile. In return, we'll guarantee you top priority. 

You will hear from us in less than four days: that's right, we're guaranteeing a 96-hour response window, but we are often much faster, if you can believe it. We are able to do this because we read often and we read decisively. We know what we want to print; typically, it's just a matter of where your submission falls. This category erases that problem.

Note: All submissions in this category, of course, will be judged on merit. Choosing an expedited response does not bolster your chances of a "yay", nor does it harm your chances, either—it simply sends your submission through the VIP entrance, bringing our decision to your inbox exponentially faster.

Poetry: 3 – 5 pieces in one Word Document. We want our poetry to matter. We want to invest ourselves in the voice of the narrator. We welcome all forms, but generally speaking: if you make it a point to impress us with your format alone without investing yourself in the content, we’ll know. Of course, if you can break these rules and break them elegantly, we want your work most of all.


Submit your best original artwork for our quarterly online issue covers.

Please, only original, previously unpublished artwork.

5,000 words or less. We want original, unpredictable fiction with vivid characters that experience conflict throughout a purposeful, precisely wrought plot. If you decide to break this rule and you do it well, we want that even more.

Response Time:  We do our absolute best to answer within 8 weeks (often much sooner), but like most journals, we can sometimes take a bit longer, depending on the time of year. Feel free to query after four months. We offer expedited response times (in lieu of asking you for donations, which feels icky), for those of you who are either 1) impatient, or 2) totally open to the idea of helping us pay our contributors and getting bumped to the head of the line in the bargain.

We look forward to reading your work!



 
 3 – 5 pieces in one Word Document. We want our poetry to matter. We want to invest ourselves in the voice of the narrator. We welcome all forms, but generally speaking: if you make it a point to impress us with your format alone without investing yourself in the content, we’ll know. Of course, if you can break these rules and break them elegantly, we want your work most of all.

Response Time:  We do our absolute best to answer within 8 weeks (often much sooner), but like most journals, we can sometimes take a bit longer, depending on the time of year. Feel free to query after four months. We offer expedited response times (in lieu of asking you for donations, which feels icky), for those of you who are either 1) impatient, or 2) totally open to the idea of helping us pay our contributors and getting bumped to the head of the line in the bargain.

We look forward to reading your work!