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Rajnesh Chakrapani Wins 2021 David Hamilton Prize for Iowa Review Alumni

TIR Staff

We are delighted to announce that Rajnesh Chakrapani’s work has been selected as the winner of the 2021 David Hamilton Prize for Iowa Review Alumni. This year’s contest was for fiction. As winner, Chakrapani will receive a $1,000 prize, and his work will be published in the Spring 2022 issue of The Iowa Review. Many thanks to all who submitted their work to the prize.

Winners of the 2021 Iowa Review Awards

TIR Staff

The results are in: we are very excited to announce the winners of the 2021 Iowa Review Awards! The work of the winners will be published in our Winter 2021 issue. Thank you to everyone who participated in the contest, and a huge thank you to our contest judges: Jamel Brinkley (fiction), Melissa Febos (nonfiction), and Tracie Morris (poetry). Meet our winners:


Pallavi WakharkarWinner: Pallavi Wakharkar, “Simple Animal”

TIR Editors on Racial Justice

Over the past months of seemingly daily reports of racialized violence—and especially now, as we’ve celebrated the accountability the jury decision in Derek Chauvin’s case represents while also acknowledging how far it is from true justice—the staff of The Iowa Review have felt conflicting impulses toward urgent response and toward communicating the earnest and personal. 

Deer Crossing Ahead

TIR Staff

We are delighted to present Sydney Schnepel's story "Deer Crossing Ahead," winner of the David Hamilton Undergraduate Creative Writing Prize. This prize is sponsored by anonymous donors who wish to honor the mentorship and support they and other students at the University of Iowa received from Emeritus Professor of English David Hamilton. In addition to publication online, Schnepel will will be awarded a $500 scholarship. This year's judge was David Hamilton himself.

When it was over, one of its heels was stuck in the windshield. The other sparkled pink in the middle of the highway. I found the deer lying on the side of the road, looking dead. I put it in the backseat with its heels and drove it home. I cleaned it up in the bathtub and left it on my bed until I could bury it.

Hot Off the Presses!

TIR Staff

With grateful thanks for the patience of our readers and writers, we wanted to provide a cover reveal of our delayed Fall 2020 issue, freshly arrived from the printer yesterday. The pandemic shut down our physical office starting in March 2020 and contributed to delays in filling staff vacancies. But our remaining team kept going, even headquartered in their cars, even as children interrupted at home to ask for help with long division, or even as their own lives as students were being upturned. 


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