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Etchings Press Whirling Prize

“It is that something in the soul which says, Rage on, Whirl on, I tread master here and everywhere—Master of the spasms of the sky and of the shatter of the sea, Master of nature and passion and death, and of all terror and all pain.”

Walt Whitman

Etchings Press Whirling Prize Logo (Red)

Etchings Press, a student-run publisher at University of Indianapolis, awards The Whirling Prize each fall to two books that demonstrate an excellent and compelling response to a theme that students at the university select.

2021 Theme

Student judges welcome recently published books of prose and poetry in response to the theme of nature published since January 2019. Students are employing a broad interpretation of this criteria in their reading and judging.

 

Contest Prize

Each winner will receive $500 and 15 copies of a broadside designed and produced by students from UIndy’s Hullabaloo Press, and each winner will be invited to participate in an episode of a literary podcast with the student judges, which will be recorded and air in 2022. Graduate and undergraduate students will read the submitted books and choose the two winners. The deadline for submission is midnight EST, Friday Sept. 3, 2021.

 

Eligibility

All writers focusing on topics related to the theme above are welcome to participate. Books can be any genre (or mixed genre), including poetry, memoir, creative nonfiction, short stories, novellas, or novels.

 

Entry and Judging Details
  1. All books connected to the theme of nature published since January 2019 are eligible.
  2. Books can be any genre (or mixed genre), including poetry, memoir, creative nonfiction, short stories, novella, or novels.
  3. Books may have more than one author.
  4. Publishers may submit on behalf of authors.
  5. Undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Indianapolis will read all entries and choose two winners.
  6. Winners will be announced in December 2021.
  7. Winners will receive a $500 prize, as well as 15 copies of a broadside, which will be designed and produced by student designers from UIndy’s Hullabaloo Press.
  8. Winners must agree to participate in a literary podcast with the student judges in 2022, during which they will talk about craft and their winning books.
  9. After the announcement, UIndy faculty will work with the winners to coordinate their podcasts, which will air in 2022.
  10. Due to social distancing at UIndy, digital submissions are requested by participants. We are requesting a PDF that presents the book as it was submitted by the publisher for printing (not a personal Word file), so the student judges may experience the book as closely to its published form as possible. This could be an eProof, the last galley, a PDF that’s being circulated by the publisher/press, etc. You are able to submit a separate PDF of the book’s cover, if it’s not included in the book’s file.
  11. The reading fee is $20.
  12. All entries must be submitted by midnight EST, Sept. 3, 2021.
  13. Please submit your work at Submittable.

 

Submission and Reading Fee

Please submit a printer-ready PDF of your book and its cover (see guidelines above), as well as a reading fee of $20 to Submittable via this link.

This reading fee supports the Whirling Prize and other student-produced projects through Etchings Press.

Contact

If you have questions regarding the contest, please contact:

Liz Whiteacre
Advisor, Etchings Press

whiteacree@uindy.edu
317-662-0308

2020 Winner: Horror

2019: Space

cover of Red Mother shows an illustration of a parasite

Red Mother
by Laurel Radzieski

The Penguin Book of Exorcisms cover red with a black demon

The Penguin Book of Exorcisms
edited by Joseph P. Laycock

2020 Finalists

Enantiodromia cover shows small human figure walking in misty woods

Enantiodromia
by Mike X Welch

Lake County Incidents cover shows a steamer on a river at night

Lake County Incidents
by Alec Cizak

Homesick cover shows small paper houses riding on waves of an ocean

Homesick
by Nino Cipri

2019: Space

Cover image of Unmanned

Unmanned
by Jessica Rae Bergamino

Cover image of Eating the Sun

2019 Finalists

Cover image of Crumb-sized

Crumb-sized: Poems
by Marlena Chertock

Cover image of Vacation Guide to Solar System

Vacation Guide to the Solar System
by Olivia Koski and Jana Grcevich

Cover image of Map to the Stars

Map to the Stars
by Adrian Matejka

Cover image of The Moon over Wapakoneta

The Moon over Wapakoneta
by Michael Martone

Cover image of World Composed

World, Composed
by Jessica Reed

2018: Disability

Cover image of Bluewords Greening

Bluewords Greening
by Christine Stewart-Nuñez

2017: Social Justice

Cover image of Children of the New World

Children of the New World
by Alexander Weinstein

Cover image of Thief in the Interior

Thief in the Interior
by Phillip B. Williams

2016: Women

Cover image of What Was Mine

What Was Mine
by Helen Klein Ross

2015: Coming of Age

Cover image of My Mother's Funeral

My Mother’s Funeral 
by Adriana Paramo

Cover image of Sad Math

Sad Math
by Sarah Freligh

2014: Science Fiction/Fantasy

Cover image of Larissa Takes Flight

Larissa Takes Flight
by Teresa Milbrodt

Cover image of Wytchfire

Wytchfire
by Michael Meyerhofer

2013

Cover image of Boxing the Compass

Boxing the Compass
by Sandy Florian

Cover image of Dear Hero

Dear Hero
by Jason McCall