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 purchases One Time, First North American Serial 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.

WHAT WE PAY:

FICTION
Over 2,500 Words: $50
Under 2,500 Words: $25

POETRY
$5 per page (maximum $25)

CREATIVE NONFICTION
Over 2,500 Words: $75
Under 2,500 Words: $50

MISCELLANEOUS
$5 per page (maximum $25)

ARTWORK
$50 for Cover Artwork



SPOTS REMAINING: 11/12   


Start Date: Monday, October 24, 2016
End Date: Monday, November 21, 2016
Cost: $99
 
What to expect after clicking submit . . .

FIRST: Prior to the workshop start date, you will receive a PayPal invoice. We must receive payment before the workshop begins. If for any reason you need to withdraw before the start date, just let us know. We don't bill until immediately prior to the start date, so we're flexible.

NEXT: You will receive a welcome email on the first day of the workshop, which will contain a link to upload your fiction. You'll be added to our staff roster that same day. All relevant info will be provided in your welcome email, as well as a "Sample Submission" assigned to you, which will help familiarize you with the behind-the-scenes workings of the submissions system. As you read and review your peers' work, you'll be provided with instructive materials developed by our staff, including advice on cover letters, format, and our most common reasons for declining work—our goal is to arm you with a better sense of what it takes to procure that elusive "YES." Following the initial two-week critique/instruction phase, you'll receive a full report, containing all feedback on your fiction. Next, we'll devote an entire day of discussion, via our closed FB group, to the strengths and weaknesses of your work—an in-depth round table for each story in the workshop.

Ideally, you'll then go on to take over the world and remember to give us a shout out in your Pulitzer acceptance speech. Otherwise, we hope you'll stay connected in our growing network of workshop writers and share your victories—we love hearing about your acceptances.

And, as always, if we love your work, we may very well offer you a paid acceptance ourselves.

We can't wait to work with you!

—The Editors


  • START DATE: October 24
  • DURATION: Four Weeks
  • PARTICIPANTS: Each Workshop is limited to TWELVE participants
  • FICTION GUIDELINES: One Story, up to 7,500 words, or Three Flashes, up to 1,000 words each.
  • TIMELINE: After we receive your payment, you'll be sent a link inviting you to join the IR Staff account. From there, you'll familiarize yourself with your behind-the-scenes Submittable access. When the workshop begins, all participants will upload their work, and the discussion will commence. At the end of the two-week critique period, you'll be provided with your collected feedback in an MS Word document. From there, we'll enter our two-week discussion period, your chance to engage other participants over the commentary you received. These engagements will take shape as live chats. At the end of the workshop, if we love your work, we'll buy it from you. Either way, we encourage all workshop participants to submit their revised work for consideration. 
  • CRITIQUE GUARANTEE: You'll receive thorough feedback from at least one IR Editor.
  • NOTE:  As writers, all workshop participants are expected to pull their weight. If for some reason this isn't the case with one or more individuals, we'll try and make up the difference with critiques from staff members, but this is not always possible. However, we have enjoyed excellent participation in the past. Please note that your entry fee is nonrefundable once the workshop begins. If for any reason you need to withdraw before the start date, just let us know. We don't bill until immediately prior to the start date, so we're flexible.
  • QUESTIONS: Contact Danny Judge, Editor: editor@indianolareview.com.



7,500 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.

NOTE: All fiction and poetry submissions will also be considered for online publication. We can't pay for our online features, but we more than make up for it in publicity. However, you can opt out of online consideration by selecting the "Print Only" check box. It won't hurt our feelings, we promise.

We look forward to reading your work!



 

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.

All fiction and poetry submissions will also be considered for online publication. We can't pay for our online features, but we more than make up for it in publicity. However, you can opt out of online consideration by selecting the "Print Only" check box. It won't hurt our feelings, we promise.

Fiction: 7,500 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.

NOTE: All fiction and poetry submissions will also be considered for online publication. We can't pay for our online features, but we more than make up for it in publicity. However, you can opt out of online consideration by selecting the "Print Only" check box. It won't hurt our feelings, we promise.

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.

All fiction and poetry submissions will also be considered for online publication. We can't pay for our online features, but we more than make up for it in publicity. However, you can opt out of online consideration by selecting the "Print Only" check box. It won't hurt our feelings, we promise.

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.


7,500 word limit. We want to read unpredictable, insightful, and well-crafted creative nonfiction. Outside of that? Surprise us, although you'll have better luck with a skillfully developed narrative and quality prose than with other techniques. We love nontraditional work—so much so that we have a category for it: Miscellaneous. Feel free to submit your odder creations there.

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 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.


NONFICTION: 7,500 word limit. We want to read unpredictable, insightful, and well-crafted creative nonfiction. Outside of that? Surprise us.




1,200 words maximum. Currently for website publication only. We want original articles about books, the publishing world, and literary culture in general. Interesting takes on regional happenings are especially welcome.

Response Time:  We do our absolute best to answer within 6 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 1 month. 

We look forward to reading your work!

Between 700 and 900 words. Currently for website publication only. We want reviews that are thoughtful and which offer a critical analysis of the book - not just a summary of the plot. But they should also be reader-friendly (as opposed to overly academic) and generally fun to read. 

Response Time:  We do our absolute best to answer within 6 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 1 month. 

We look forward to reading your work!

Surprise us. Off-the-wall stuff we haven't thought of. Humor goes to the front of the line in this category, as does the oddly inspired: The hilarious photo you caught on your iPhone on the way to work. Your son or daughter’s outstanding drawing of your dog eating a ham sandwich. Your rant about the empty promises of Axe Body Gel. No politics; no religion. If you think someone else may want to see it, send it along.

Upload a few files if you think you really want to. We'll be happy to take a look at all of them.


We'll get back to you when it makes sense. Seriously. Make it funny. Make us loathe to reject you.
 
Submit your best original artwork. 

If we love it, we'll pay you $50, not to mention some pretty sweet exposure. 

Please, only original, previously unpublished artwork.

7,500 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.

NOTE: All fiction and poetry submissions will also be considered for online publication. We can't pay for our online features, but we more than make up for it in publicity. However, you can opt out of online consideration by selecting the "Print Only" check box. It won't hurt our feelings, we promise.

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.

NOTE: All fiction and poetry submissions will also be considered for online publication. We can't pay for our online features, but we more than make up for it in publicity. However, you can opt out of online consideration by selecting the "Print Only" check box. It won't hurt our feelings, we promise.

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!

7,500 word limit. We want to read unpredictable, insightful, and well-crafted creative nonfiction. Outside of that? Surprise us, although you'll have better luck with a skillfully developed narrative and quality prose than with other techniques. We love nontraditional work—so much so that we have a category for it: Miscellaneous. Feel free to submit your odder creations there.

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!