the ihlr photofinish



For the IHLR annual PhotoFinish, we seek well-crafted and very brief ekphrastic work that pushes beyond the absolute literal details of a photo prompt; we're looking for work that recognizes what's hidden in the world we see. We provide the photo right here every May. Responses should be no longer than 500 words for prose or 15 lines for poetry, and they should be submitted electronically via our Submittable page beginning July 1 through August 15. Winner receives $250. The winner and nine finalists are published in the e-edition, released at midnight on Dec 31--our last horse over the year's finish line. $5 fee. Except on our free day: July 17, 2020.

Read our past PhotoFinish Issues (FREE!) at IHLR Online!

2020 winner: tba september 2020

2020 finalists: tba september 2020

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The winner and all finalists will be included in the 2020 PhotoFinish, released at midnight on New Year's Eve. We will announce the release on social media, with the link to read the issue for free!

2020 photo prompt




Photo credit: Zastolskiy Victor.