Whirling Prize

Etchings Press Whirling Prize

 

Etchings Press, a student-run publisher at University of Indianapolis, welcomes recently published books on issues related to disability. Students are employing a broad interpretation of this criteria in their reading and judging and are especially interested in reading books with a focus on disabilities either visible (manifesting in symptoms people see and respond to) or invisible (like mental illness, addiction, learning disabilities). All writers focusing on related topics are welcome to participate. Two $500 prizes will be awarded, and the winners will be invited to campus in Spring 2019 to participate as a speaker in the Kellogg Writers Series. Graduate and undergraduate students will read the submitted books and choose the two winners. The postmark deadline for submission is Sept. 1, 2018. 

“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

 

Past Winners

2017

Children of the New World by Alexander Weinstein

Thief in the Interior by Phillip B. Williams

2016

Open Mouth of the Vase by Amy Ash

What Was Mine by Helen Klein Ross

2015

My Mother’s Funeral  by Adriana Paramo

Sad Math by Sarah Freligh

2014

Larissa Takes Flight  Teresa Milbrodt  

Wytchfire Michael Meyerhofer 

2013

Boxing the Compass by Sandy Florian

Dear Hero by Jason McCall

 

Eligibility

This year, students are interested in reading and judging recently published books on issues central to disability. Students are employing a broad interpretation of this criteria in their reading and judging and are especially interested in reading books with a focus on disabilities either visible (manifesting in symptoms people see and respond to) or invisible (like mental illness, addiction, learning disabilities). All writers focusing on related topics are welcome to participate.

Entry and Judging Details

  1. All books connected to the topic of disability published since January 2016 are eligible.
  2. Books can be any genre (or mixed genre), including poetry, memoir, creative nonfiction, short stories, or novels.
  3. All writers with published books connected to the topic may participate.
  4. Undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Indianapolis will read all entries and choose two winners to invite to campus.
  5. Winners will be announced in December 2018.
  6. Winners must agree to give a reading and a class talk at University of Indianapolis.
  7. After the announcement, UIndy faculty will work with the winners to coordinate their visit in Spring 2018.
  8. All entries will be housed in UIndy’s Krannert Memorial Library for future student use. 
  9. The reading fee is $20 (payable to University of Indianapolis).
  10. All entries must be postmarked by Sept. 1, 2018.

Submission and Reading Fee

Please send one copy of your book and a reading fee of $20 (payable to University of Indianapolis) to:

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

Please include a cover letter that shares your contact information (name, address, phone number, and email address). We also welcome short bios.

If you have any questions, please contact Liz Whiteacre (whiteacree@uindy.edu).