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

Playwriting Lab/Wisdom Tooth Theatre Project 

Our playwriting workshop with Jess Shoemaker is coming up on June 7th from 9am to 5pm at the Indy Fringe building, and thanks to substantial underwriting, we're able to keep the cost of the workshop low! The $100 fee incudes a ticket to any performance BEFORE the workshop.  More information, as well as opportunities to sign up, can be found at our website: http://www.wisdomtooththeatreproject.org/labs.html

Jess Shoemaker is a multi-talented theatre artist whose work has been produced in both Chicago and Los Angeles. Shoemaker is an actor, director, co-founder of (re)discover theatre and will be serving as text coach for the Great River Shakespeare Festival this summer. Currently, she is working on two projects that feature strong women: Queen Margaret and Wonder Woman! She can be found writing, acting, directing and reading in sunny Los Angeles.

Arts Council of Indianapolis Arts Journalism Fellowship Program

The Arts Council of Indianapolis, in partnership with The Indianapolis Star and through a grant promoting arts journalism from the National Endowment for the Arts, is now accepting Arts Journalism Fellowship applications for the fall semester. Journalism students enrolled in central Indiana universities and interested in arts journalism are encouraged to apply. The deadline for submissions is June 19, 2015 at 5 p.m. and earlier application submissions will be immediately considered. Please see the application for additional details.

General fellowship questions can be directed to: Danielle M. Dove, Director of Marketing & Community Engagement, Arts Council of Indianapolis at ddove@indyarts.org
Click here for the application.

Mining the Dark for Healing Gold: Writing About Difficult Relationships workshop

With rebirth all around us in nature, it is time to start thinking about new life. Norbert Krapf and Liza Hyatt are excited about the chance to give their Mining the Dark for Healing Gold: Writing About Difficult Relationships workshop, snowed out this winter, at the Oldenburg Franciscan Center on the rescheduled date of Saturday, June 20. The workshop begins at 9:30 and ends at 2:30, with an hour for lunch. If you signed up before, you know the very reasonable $45 price includes lunch, and for an additional $35, you could spend the night before or after the workshop. Not mentioned on the flyer or online is the fact that Norbert (guitar) and Liza (harp) will provide musical backing for one another when they present some of the poems in Liza's The Mother Poems and Norbert's Catholic Boy Blues, newly taken over by ACTA Publications of Chicago with a new cover and design.
If you’d like to learn from our experience how your writing about a difficult relationship of any kind can bring about healing and create new life, please join us in gaining some hands-on experience. Maybe someone would like to give you this workshop as a Mother’s or Father’s Day gift, or you might like to give it to a spouse, relative, or friend.
You can register online or by phone. We look forward to spending a day of writing, sharing, and being reborn with you.

Click here for the flyer with relevant details. Below is a link for registering online, but you may also call the phone number on the flyer.


Go here to find out more and get an application:  https://www.butler.edu/religion-arts


Indiana University Writing Conference- 75th Anniversary
May 30 – June 3, 2015

The Indiana University Writers’ Conference is open to writers of all levels. We invite a faculty of prominent writers who are equally skilled and involved teachers, people who have made writing their life’s work. Participants join faculty-led workshops in fiction and poetry, and take classes in fiction, poetry, and various prose narrative styles. For seventy-five years we have prided ourselves on a craft-based writers’ conference, a multidisciplinary approach, and a focus on writing.
Lynda Barry
Dan Chaon
Adrian Matejka
Alissa Nutting
Gabrielle Calvocoressi
Lou Berney
John-Paul Zaccarini

Go here to register and find out more:  http://www.iuwc.indiana.edu/registration/

 Call for Submissions for Christmas Poetry Anthology

Submissions are now being accepted for a Christmas poetry anthology. Poets may submit one to two Christmas poems, up to 32 lines each, for consideration. The editor is looking for poems that embrace the Christmas spirit. Poems about soldiers at Christmas are also welcome since the proceeds from the book will be going to Operation Gratitude – an organization that sends care packages to U.S. Military. Previously published poems are acceptable. The deadline for submissions is August 15, 2015. Complimentary copies will not be given to contributors since the proceeds and copies of the book will be going to Operation Gratitude, but copies will be available at a reasonable price. The title of the anthology will be chosen from one of the poem titles featured in the book. Email submissions to stacyrsavage@yahoo.com or mail to: Christmas poetry book, 3121 Mounds Rd., Anderson, IN 46016.



Register now for MWW15!
July 23-25, 2015
All MWW programs and sessions are hosted at the Ball State University Alumni Center
2800 Bethel Avenue, Muncie, IN
Go here for more details and to register

Midwest Writers is offering a NEW intensive session for our Part I format on Thursday, July 23, 2015! 

"Short Story Fellows Workshop" taught by (writer, teacher, bossy narrator) Cathy Day (Blog: The Big Thing

www.cathyday.com) is limited to six participants who will spend the day reading and responding to each other's manuscripts. It's an intensive intensive.

Those accepted into this intensive will have the opportunity to have their 5-10 page short story critiqued by the whole group. Specifically, participants will be working to improve their facility with scenecraft (when to dramatize, when to summarize), point of view, setting, suspense, and readability. All work will be discussed anonymously and read aloud. To apply, send a 5-10 page writing sample in manuscript form (as an attachment) to Cathy Day at cathy@cathyday.com. Applications will be taken until midnight on (DEADLINE EXTENDED) April 6. Participants will be notified of acceptance by April 18 so that they can sign up for another intensive if not selected. [Note: the writing sample submitted as an application does not need to be the same story you will workshop at the conference. Those who are accepted will be notified at a later date about sending their story for the workshop to Cathy.]

Looking for Submissions for Undeniably Indiana

Indiana University Press is launching its first crowd-sourced book, Undeniably Indiana, to be published for the Indiana bicentennial next year. We’re asking Hoosiers to share their offbeat, interesting, and unusual facts and stories about things that could only happen in Indiana. You can read more about it on our blog:


Submit Now - $2000 Short Story Award - How Does Your Summer Read?


The winning story will be paid $2000 and awarded publication online.  Second and third place stories will be awarded $200 and $100 respectively.  All winning stories and any notable Honorable Mentions will be sent to Katherine Fausset at Curtis Brown in a stylized PDF with cover art and author info. We want you to succeed and we want your writing to be read.  It’s been our mission since Day One.

Aesthetica Creative Writing Award 2015: Call for Entries

The Aesthetica Creative Writing Award is open for submissions. Now in its eighth year, the award is an internationally renowned prize presented by Aesthetica Magazine and judged by industry experts including Arifa Akbar, literary editor of The Independent. Prizes include £500 and publication in an anthology of new writing, giving you the chance to showcase your work to a wider, international audience.

Prizes include:

  • £500 Poetry winner
  • £500 Short Fiction winner
  • Publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual
  • One year subscription to Granta
  • Selection of books courtesy of Bloodaxe and Vintage
  • Complimentary copy of the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual

There are two categories for entry: Short Fiction (maximum length 2,000 words each) and Poetry (maximum length 40 lines each).
Deadline for submissions is 31 August 2015. Entry is £15 plus VAT (approximately $22.42)
To enter, visit www.aestheticamagazine.com/creativewriting

Submit your #poetry #shortfiction to @AestheticaMag Creative #Writing Award. Win #publication to showcase your talent http://tinyurl.com/ckktess



Creating a new female narrative one story at a time.

Every form of personal expression has a home at speakyourstory.org. SpeakYourStory passionately believes in a future where all women, from all walks of life, are empowered to say, “I exist and my stories matter.” Our story sharing platform is designed to be inclusive, compassionate and safe. We will not edit your stories and we publish everything that we receive. We honor every woman’s unique voice and encourage all forms of self-expression. Your story may be a song, a poem, an audio recording, video, a painting, written words, or a photograph. Literally, anything that speaks to your true self has a home here. Please share your pictures, paintings, poems, videos and writing HERE.  


The April Edition of WritingRaw.com is NOW online! Stop in and discover a new voice today… Help spread the word and share this with anyone who enjoys the written word. We are looking for submissions for the current issue – fiction of all styles, poetry, essays and other assorted writings, and book promotions. http://www.writingraw.com/

Rethinking Children’s Literature: Read for Change

A new digital literary magazine edited by Dr. Darolyn “Lyn” Jones and Jennifer Palilonis at Ball State University.

In this innovative free, digital, interactive literary magazine, join us in hearing from celebrated children’s book writer and featured Ted speaker, Jarrett J. Krosoczka, who writes about the importance of imagination in story telling, viewing featured book trailers from a variety of authors including Leslea Newman, Patricia Polacco’s, and Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan, checking out teacher resources and ideas, and reading rewritten and original stories such as Goodnight Hospital Room, a piece that parodies Brown and Hurd’s classic book and is meant to provide comfort to children who are in need of chronic care, Syd the Fellah about a prince looking for his partner, and The Shot Heard Around the Town: The Story About How One Boy Can Change the World, an original tale that advocates for nonviolence in our communities.

Download this free app to your tablet through the App Store or the Android Market. (Tablet only)

App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id818562642?mt=8

Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.frogbabyapps.rethinkchildrensliterature&hl=en

Check out our webpage and information about how to submit your work for publication at: http://cms.bsu.edu/academics/collegesanddepartments/english/activitiesandopportunities/rethinking-childrens-literature

Join the conversation!

Twitter https://twitter.com/rethinkkidlit 

Or Facebook https://www.facebook.com/rethinkingkidlit ​ 


Free Magazine for Writers

Writers Wheel Magazine
Click here to read and download the current 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.
Check out the magazine here.

Send submissions to: hipsubmissions@gmail.com 

Poets & Writers: New Writing Contest Deadlines!

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

Written by Indiana Writers Center — April 28, 2015

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