Have a short story, poem or other work you're just dying to share? Check out these publication, workshop and contest opportunities:


Call for Submissions:

The IU Simon Cancer Center Art Cart program is seeking poetry and short prose (1-2 pages) for publication in a creative writing collection to be published this fall. Anyone whose life has been affected by cancer (patients, family members, caregivers) is invited to submit his/her writing for consideration.

Deadline: Friday, August 1, 2014
Email submissions to: Liza Hyatt at lhyatt@iuhealth.org.

Indiana Bicentennial Poetry Contest

Indiana marks its bicentennial in 2016.  One project approved by the Bicentennial Commission is the “Birthday Book” poetry project.   Brick Street Poetry, Indianapolis is looking for poems that will capture the history and spirit of each county.
Current residents having lived in Bartholomew County at least a year, and any non-resident born in Bartholomew County having been a resident for at least twelve years, can submit one poem for the book.  The poem may be up to 40 lines in any form, but the subject must be one that represents Bartholomew County.
Submit your poem by September 20th.  Poems should be submitted to reference@barth.lib.in.us.  Alternately you can drop your poem at the main library’s Reference Desk, the Hope Branch Library or on the Bookmobile.  All entries need to include your full name, phone number and mailing address.
A panel of local judges will review the entries and submit 5 poems to Brick Street Poetry by early October.  Brick Street will make the final selections and have the book containing at least one poem from each of the 92 countries published by 2015, as we begin to celebrate the birthday of America’s great nineteenth state, our Hoosier Home. 
Winning poet selected from Bartholomew County will receive a check for $50.00.


We All Have a Story

Here is your chance to write yours. It is that time of year again, when fans from all over the world gather with coolers in hand, headsets tuned to one of the many race broadcasts, a sense of nostalgia while Jim Nabors sings Back Home Again in Indiana, and growing anticipation to find out who will be drinking the milk this year. The Indy 500 is billed as The Greatest Spectacle in Racing, and is considered one of the three most prestigious motorsports events in the world. Its international acclaim is deeply embedded, which I'm reminded of whenever I travel - it is the first reference people make as soon as I tell them where I live. This season the IMS is presenting a 2015 VIP experience to the winner of their We All Have a Story Contest on the theme Your Experience at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Event. Works must be non-fiction, and are due by August 30, 2014.

Click here for more details...


Free Magazine for Writers

Writers Wheel Magazine
Click here to read and download the first issue:

It’s published by Compass Books http://www.compass-books.net,  which offers a list of helpful titles on practical tips for writers, all written by writers from a company run by writers. The most recent title we have published is The Writer’s Group Handbook. All the titles are available internationally.

If you would like the next issue of the magazine emailed to you, join our mailing list: http://www.compass-books.net/list-signup.html

We’re also looking for new authors and have a range of imprints they could fit into at http://www.johnhuntpublishing.com.




Hip Mama magazine is looking for unique, creative, strong, edgy, alternative parenting stories for upcoming issues.

Send submissions to: hipsubmissions@gmail.com    


Palettes & Quills Fourth Biennial Chapbook Contest 2014

With Kelly Cherry Judging
Open to All Writers -Now accepting Manuscripts

Prize: A $200 cash award plus 50 copies of the published book. Additional copies will be available at an author’s discount. All finalists will receive one free copy of the published book. All contest entrants will be offered a special discount on the purchase price of the published book.

Deadline: September 30th, 2014. Manuscripts postmarked after September 30th will not be read.
Go here for details:  http://www.palettesnquills.com


Aesthetica Creative Writing Competition 2014: Call for Entries

The Aesthetica Creative Writing Competition has launched its Call for Entries, presenting a fantastic opportunity for established and emerging writers to showcase their poetry and short fiction to an international audience.  

Previous winners and finalists from the Aesthetica Creative Writing Competition have gone on to achieve recognition around the world, having been selected from over 3,000 entries to be published the anthology. Last year, poetry winner and award-winning novelist Sylvia Adams was selected for her piece Hands A Choice, and Jennifer Roe championed the Short Fiction category with Roses are Red.

Prizes include publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual, a compelling anthology of new writing loved by audiences internationally including literary students and fellow writers, a selection of inspirational books from our competition partners and £500 prize money.

Visit http://www.aestheticamagazine.com/creativewriting for more information and to register your entry today. Entry is £10 and the deadline to submit your work is August 31, 2014. One entry permits the submission of two works into any one category.


Poetry Contest

Tim Harmon is doing an art project with the Harrison Center. He is inviting people to write a poem about the King Park neighborhood. ( Fall creek to the North.  The interstate to the south.  Monon Trail to the east and Pennsylvania Ave. to the west. Poems will be included in art pieces that Tim makes.  Each poem used will receive $50.00 if and when the art sells. He will be doing one piece a month for 2014.

Accepting poems from now till September 14. Mail your poems to: timjharmon@gmail.com or mail to 1035 Hosbrook st. Indianapolis, IN. 46203.  If you have more questions, call: 317-627-0498



Save the date!

Magna cum Murder Crime Writing Festival

in association with CrimeFest
October 24-26, 2014
The Columbia Club, Indianapolis, IN
Magna cum Murder online registration is up and running! Authors and readers are beginning to register, so now's your time to get on board for what promises to be weekend of great mystery fun!
Join 2014 Guest of Honor John Gilstrap and International Guest of Honor Robert Wilson ... and many more!
Click below to register:



Butler Bridge Program


The Butler Bridge workshops are designed to develop the writing skills of pre-college students(grades 3-12). Participation in such an individualized writing workshop program will help students prepare for college while also nurturing their talents and imaginations. 
Go to http://www.butler.edu/english/writing-camp/butler-bridge/ to get all the details.

If you are interested in signing up for any (OR ALL!) of the Butler Bridge Programs, please fill out a registration sheet found at http://www.butler.edu/english/writing-camp/butler-bridge/ or by emailing coordinator Mindy Dunn at butlerbridge@butler.edu. Your registration will be confirmed upon payment. 


Kid's Magazine


Indiana Kids magazine, a brand new family project (not a commercial one) written, edited and published for kids, about kids and by kids, is seeking submissions from Indiana kids across the state. 

This online quarterly magazine is a family project of the Miller and Anderson families of central Indiana, founded to teach our own family's Indiana kids how to work together, how to interview people (which involves a lot of listening), how to interpret and write about what they've learned, and to introduce them to many other interesting Indiana kids around the state they might otherwise not get to meet.  Please send us your poetry, short stories, art work and photography. Make sure the photographs are a jpg file. The drawings can be pdf files. The poems and stories can be either Microsoft Word or just written in the body of the email. 

If your submission fits the themes and mission of the magazine, we will publish it in future issues of Indiana Kids. Please send your work to indianakidsmag@gmail.com  and put "submission" in the subject line.  Please let us know what you would like to see us write about in Indiana Kids in future issues. Take a look at the magazine via this link: http://issuu.com/indianakids



Freight Stories   


The best new fiction on the web. Or anywhere else, for that matter.Freight Stories is now reading submissions for their next issue. Writers of excellent fiction should consider submitting via the online submission manager. Or drop in and read the stories in our current issue.



Poets & Writers: New Writing Contest Deadlines!


For information regarding writing contests and deadlines: Go to the Writing Contest Database

Written by Indiana Writers Center — July 08, 2014


Tim Harmon:

I have pulled the poetry/ art project at the Harrison Center. Now we are going to have one big show 2/15. All works will be in this show. Also show is open to poems about all neighborhoods. Any poem about any community/neighborhood will be considered. Poet still gets $50.00 if their poem is used and sell. All poems due by the first of October 2014. Everything else is the same. Thank you, Tim Harmon 627-0498.

July 29 2014 at 11:07 PM


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