The Indianola Review

There are presently no open calls for submissions.


  • 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.