UIndy Is Proud To Announce The Etchings Press Whirling Prize

by Salvatore Pane

Etchings Press, a student-run publisher at University of Indianapolis, announces the Whirling Prize for a recently published book of poetry, fiction or nonfiction. Each year, the category or genre will rotate. For this inaugural year, two $500 prizes will be awarded in poetry and in prose. Graduate and undergraduate students will read the submitted books and choose a winner in poetry and a winner in prose. The winners will be invited to campus in Spring or Fall 2014 to participate in the Kellogg’s Writer Series.

“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



This year, students are interested in reading and reviewing books from authors in our region. The students are using the 370 miles between Flannery O’Connor’s Milledgeville, Georgia, and William Faulkner’s Oxford, Mississippi, as the relative mileage for a regional literature. Using UIndy’s campus on the southside of Indianapolis as a starting point, that distance makes a circle which includes all of Illinois, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, and West Virginia, most of Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Missouri, and parts of Minnesota, Pennsylvania, New York, Georgia, Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, Arkansas, South Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi, and even Ontario. To see if you’re eligible for submission, please see the circle on the map.

Entry and judging details

All books in poetry, fiction or nonfiction published since January 2012 are eligible. (No chapbooks or novellas please. Poetry should be 48 or more pages.)
The books or authors must have a connection to the geographic area shown on the map.
Undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Indianapolis will read all entries and choose a winner to invite to campus.
A winner will be announced in December 2013.
The winner must agree to give a reading and a class talk at University of Indianapolis.
After the announcement, faculty at UIndy will work with the winner to bring him or her to campus the following spring or fall.
All entries will be housed in the English department for future student use.
The reading fee is $15 (payable to University of Indianapolis).
All entries must be postmarked by August 25, 2013.

Submission and reading fee

Please send one copy of your book and a reading fee of $15 (payable to University of Indianapolis) to:

UIndy English Department
c/o Etchings Press
1400 E. Hanna Ave.
Indianapolis, IN 46227