University of Southern Indiana

2017 Thomas A. Wilhelmus Short Prose Award

Submission Guidelines

Southern Indiana Review will award a prize of $2000 and publication for a chapbook-length story collection, novella, novel excerpt, or work of creative nonfiction written in English submitted under the following guidelines. 

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Each submission must:

  • Be available for exclusive manuscript publication (individual pieces may have been previously published in magazines, anthologies, or chapbooks) by SIR Press. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, but if the entry is accepted by another publisher while under consideration, the author must promptly notify SIR in writing to withdraw the entry.
  • Include an entry fee of $20 ($5 for each additional entry submitted). Make check or money order payable to Southern Indiana Review. Please do not send cash.
  • List the author’s name, street address, email address (if applicable), phone number, and title of submission on a cover page.
  • List only the title of individual prose pieces included in manuscript submission on each page thereafter (to preserve anonymity).
  • Include a Table of Contents of prose pieces included in manuscript submission, including page number.
  • Consist of at least 40 and no more than 80 pages of prose in 12-point font per each individual manuscript submission. The cover/content pages do not count towards the 80-page maximum. Publication credits, if included, do not count against page limit.
  • Be addressed to Southern Indiana Review, Thomas A. Wilhelmus Award, University of Southern Indiana, 8600 University Boulevard, Evansville, IN, 47712.
  • Be postmarked or electronically uploaded by June 1, 2017.
  • Include SAS postcard for receipt acknowledgement and/or SASE for contest results. All manuscripts will be recycled. Results will be posted on the SIR web site.
  • Current and former students of David H. Lynn (excluding conference/short-term workshops) are not eligible for the Award.
  • Current and former students and employees of the University of Southern Indiana are not eligible for the Award.

All contest submissions will be considered for publication. All themes and/or subject matters are eligible. Handwritten submissions will not be accepted. All rights revert to the writer upon publication. If the announced judge is unable to reach a decision, SIR editors will select the winner.

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