Submissions are open for special features throughout 2022 for: The Altars of Writers and Artists.


email us at Include your third person bio, as well as the following, DUE BY OCT. 1st (our last altar feature will be in the fall of 2022)

Step 1–Send at least ONE photo of an altar/ sacred space for creativity in your home. I would say up to 5 photos if you want to do more than one. 

Step 2–Answer the 3 questions below–

How did you begin the practice of creating an altar or spiritual space in your home? What does the process of tending to the space entail for you?

How does this altar or spiritual space interact with your creativity? How do you see it relating to your writing or art?

What is at least one valuable thing you have learned from your practice of creating a sacred space? This lesson doesn’t necessarily have to be about art or writing or creativity; it can just be something about life.

***We will get back to you within 3-4 months on whether or not we will feature your altar/sacred space in an upcoming issue of The Indianapolis Review.

To see a sample of this, click here


Things to remember:

Submissions are FREE. However, because of this, we are not a paying market at this time. Also note that we are an online only publication. We do not have print versions of our journal.

We accept submissions of poetry, art and visual poetry via our email– theindianapolisreview at gmail dot com

Title of Email–When submitting, please put your name and the type of submission (poetry, art, or visual poetry) in the title of your email.

Poetry Guidelines–You may submit up to 5 poems at a time in a single attached file. Please do not exceed 10 pages total.

We do NOT accept poems that have been previously published in other journals; however, we DO consider poems that you have previously written and published on your personal social media.

Art & Visual Poetry Guidelines–If submitting visual poetry or artwork, please send up to 10 .jpg’s of your work, attached to your email. Previously published artwork is fine.

Third Person Bio & Other Info–Artists and writers both should include a third person bio, along with any links to personal websites (optional), and an author photo (optional). Artists may also send artist statements as well as dimensions and materials of works, in addition to titles of works (these 3 things are optional). Send all of this to If your poetry is accepted for publication, you also have the option to send us a recording of yourself reading the work(s).

Ethics–We welcome writers of all backgrounds, and we actively strive to represent a diverse array of voices. We do not tolerate racism, discrimination, hate-speech, bullying or harassment of any kind. We will not accept works that exhibit or promote these qualities.

Local, Regional, Global–As stated, we work to promote local artists and writers, but we also want to showcase work from around the country and the world. Writers and artists of all geographic locations are encouraged to submit. If you are from or currently residing in the surrounding region, please do let us know.

Simultaneous submissions–are allowed, but please email us if one of your pieces is accepted elsewhere. You are more than welcome to just reply to us (to our email saying that your submission was received) and let us know which poem(s) were accepted, or you may send us a whole new email (in that case, please put something in the title about a poem being withdrawn).

Temporal Matters–Please allow 3-4 months for a response. If you have not heard from us regarding your submission in four months, feel free to inquire to make sure that we haven’t lost it!

–Please submit only once per reading period (once a season, or once every 3 months).

Donations— We appreciate any donations made to us, but want to assure you that a donation or absence of donation will not affect any decision made on your work, acceptance or rejection.

We are a volunteer organization, but we do have some administrative costs, such as our web platform. We believe in keeping our submissions free, so that the artists aren’t burdened with the cost. 

Thank you for your interest in us, and for trusting us with your work! We look forward to reading your submissions.