Opportunities, Writers Conferences and Workshops, Contests and Submissions

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

*Advice on Writing Contests:

When considering contests, look to see how they handled winners' work from previous years: Is there a list of previous winners? Where you can go to read or have access to the winning pieces of writing? Who are the judges? Are they people who you would read yourself? If you win, what kind of audience would you receive for your work? Research contests and their reputations online. Use places like duotrope.com, Poets and Writers (pw.org), the New Pages (newpages.com), or The Review Review (thereviewreview.net), to see whether there is any other information about the contest from other sources.

 

 

Go here for the Submission Page
 

Go here for the December Submission Calendar




The Indianapolis Review
is an online journal based in Indianapolis looking to publish fresh poetry and art. We have a focus on connecting and promoting the writers and artists of our region, but we also want to showcase poetry from all over the country and the world. We are interested in all aesthetics and voices, and only concerned with the art itself. We are assembling our current issue, and we would be happy to receive your submission! Please see the guidelines under “Submissions” in the Menu. Visit us at https://theindianapolisreview.com/.


 

 
Cosmonauts Avenue is an online, monthly literary journal run by women and non-binary folks dedicated to elevating and amplifying underrepresented voices. We publish fiction, poetry, nonfiction, interviews, and more, from writers around the world, in English and in translation. Submissions are free and always will be. This is one way we hope to remain accessible to all writers, whether new or emerging or established.

We are committed to providing a platform for folks who are marginalized in the literary community, including but not limited to people of color, ciswomen, trans men and women, nonbinary people, members of the LGBQA community, and people with disabilities. We want to elevate underrepresented voices and include a wide range of identities and experiences. We want work that pays careful attention to craft while remaining urgent and surprising.

As Beyoncé might say, we want your most flawless work. We can’t wait to read it. We believe in you.
Go here to learn more and submit



 
Poor Joker Press is a Chicago-based indie publisher focusing on meaningful, well-crafted, short-form writing.  All titles from Poor Joker Press are printed in a 3.5 x 5-inch format, allowing readers to carry our stories with them -- in pockets, on city trains, in purses and on the move.

Call for submissions:

 Poor Joker Press publishes literary fiction, nonfiction and memoirs. We only accept submissions between 4,000 and 7,000 words. All submissions that follow our guidelines are considered. Please submit to poorjokersubmissions@gmail.com and ensure:

  • Name, email, phone number and brief bio are included on first page
  • PDF file (no other file types are accepted)
  • Page numbers are included
  • Genre is listed (non-fiction/fiction/memoir, etc.)
  • Get all the details here: https://www.poorjokerpress.com/submissions


     

    The Northwest Indiana Literary Journal is seeking submissions of short stories, flash fiction, poetry, humor, photography, and art. https://northwestindianaliteraryjournal.wordpress.com/submissions/



     




    Call for submissions
    BRANCHES invites submission of essays, artwork, poetry, and photographs. Submissions must be written or created by Hoosiers or feature topics directly related to life in Indiana.  Send essays, artwork, and/or calendar items to the editor.  Branches has rolling monthly deadlines.
    Go here for all the submission details:
    http://www.branches.com/submissions/


     

    Entrophy Magazine

    Where to Submit: December, January, and February 2018-19

    Static submission guidelines can always be found here, as well as on our current calls for submissions page. Thanks for considering us as a home for your work!





    The Butler Bridge Program


    Students grades 3-12 are invited to join us to strengthen and explore their writing skills during an afternoon of fun and adventure.

    We are pleased to offer the Butler Bridge Program to students in grades 3–12. The program draws on Butler's remarkable resources to build a bridge between Butler and its community, as well as between students who aspire to higher education and the professors, professional writers, teachers, and college mentors who are eager to share what they know.

    Our Vision: Butler Bridge programs combine learning, laughter, and compassion to inspire young writers and readers. The programs connect bright, young people with talented mentors and like-minded peers to nurture intellectual and artistic discovery.

    This learning-rich community rejects a narrow version of education, in which, too often, assessment structures learning. We reach for a goal that is harder to define:  enhancing creativity, developing the imagination, finding our own voices. We help our students and campers be so engaged with the joys of the literary arts that they don’t even notice how much they are learning.

    Click here for more information.

    For accessibility information or to request disability-related accommodations, please visit www.butler.edu/event-accommodations/.

     

    speakyourstory.org


    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.  

     

     

    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 Here

    Written by Roxanna Santoro — December 04, 2018

    Events Around Indiana

    There are many great literary events around Indianapolis and beyond.  Looking for something to do?  Here are just a few ideas:

    The Writers Guild at Bloomington
    https://writersguildbloomington.com/event/players-pub-spoken-word-series-17/?instance_id=409

    Players Pub Spoken Word Series
    Thursday, December 13 @ 6:00–9:00 pm

    $5 cover (added to your tab)
    Players Pub
    424 S Walnut St, Bloomington, IN 47401

    Featuring award-winning audio theatre troupe Cricket’s Bone Caravan, plus audio explorations by Urban Deer

    Radio Theare Triple Feature!
    “The Junky’s Christmas” by William S. Burroughs
    “Sorry, Wrong Number” by Lucille Fletcher
    “It Burns Me Up!” by Ray Bradbury


     

    My Friend Mickey: Common Decency and the American Dream
    Friday, December 14 at 5–7:30 PM
    Albert G. and Sara I. Reuben Community Room at WFYI
    Tickets $12 via Eventbrite
    Join us for this special screening of My Friend Mickey: Common Decency and the American Dream! Mickey and Janie Maurer will answer questions from the audience following the film. Thank you to our friends at WFYI for making this special screening possible. Popcorn and soda will be provided. Tickets are limited so reserve yours today!

    The Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library (KVML) is excited to produce multi-year film projects on the theme of "Common Decency," an important value to Kurt Vonnegut. The first film explores Indiana history through the life of Hoosier Michael S. Maurer, known to most as "Mickey." KVML CEO Julia Whitehead, who has known Mickey for several years, shares the Maurer family's fascinating story on screen. From Russian immigrant Morris Maurer fleeing religious persecution to start a better life in America to the efforts Mickey has taken to raise awareness of injustices including those suffered by minority communities, the story tells how Mickey and his wife Janie created a family 17 individuals strong while leading busy lives.

    Indiana Historical Society and Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library members receive a $2 discount. Discount code will be sent in each organization's upcoming newsletter/e-blast.
    Go here to learn more...

     



    Join us for our final 2018 Book Club. We are reading, Joy Comes in the Morning, writing through darkness at the Julian Center for Domestic Violence. Facing fears of the past and exploring dreams of the future, women from the Julian Center shelter for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault reclaim their lives through writing. You will be moved by this collection of short stories. Even if you are living a different life than the women in the book, it will help you ask yourself the questions:

    • What am I tolerating in my life?
    • Am I living the dream I have for myself?
    Get your free ticket and join us for the discussion! And order your book from the Indiana Writers Center.

    The Julian Center is a place that provides support and shelter for women of domestic violence and sexual abuse.



    Indy Reads Books
    http://www.indyreadsbooks.org/
    911 Massachusetts Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46202

    Fat Turtle Theater Company presents "Letters Sent" by Janice Hibbard
    Friday, December 14, 7:00pm – 8:30pm

    A staged reading of a new play by an Indianapolis playwright!

    This free event is open to the public and is meant to introduce the mission of Fat Turtle Theatre Company and their Incubator program, which works exclusively with producing new plays by local playwrights.

    For more information, please visit: www.fatturtletheatre.com or facebook.com/fatturtletheatre

     
     
    Second Flight Books
    https://www.facebook.com/pg/SecondFlightBooks/events/?ref=page_internal
    2200 Elmwood Ave. Suite D-7, Lafayette, Indiana 47904

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    Jonathan Janz Reading and Signing
    Sunday, December 16, 2018 at 1 PM – 3 PM
     

    Come meet horror author Jonathan Janz. He will do a reading at 1:00 PM and will stay to sign books until 3:00 PM. Goodreads chose his recent novel THE SIREN AND THE SPECTER as a Goodreads Choice Nominee for Best Horror of 2018!

    Jonathan Janz grew up between a dark forest and a graveyard, which explains everything. Brian Keene named his debut novel The Sorrows "the best horror novel of 2012." The Library Journal deemed his follow-up, House of Skin, "reminiscent of Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House and Peter Straub's Ghost Story."

    Since then Jonathan's work has been lauded by writers like Jack Ketchum, Edward Lee, Tim Waggoner, Bryan Smith, and Ronald Kelly. Novels like The Nightmare Girl, Wolf Land, Savage Species, and Dust Devils prompted Thunderstorm Books to sign Jonathan to an eleven-book deal and to give him his own imprint, Jonathan Janz's Shadow Side.

    His novel Children of the Dark received a starred review in Booklist and was chosen by their board as one of the Top Ten Horror Books of the Year (August 2015-September 2016). Children of the Dark will soon be translated into German and has been championed by the Library Journal, the School Library Journal, and Cemetery Dance. In early 2017, his novel Exorcist Falls was released to critical acclaim.

    Jonathan's primary interests are his wonderful wife and his three amazing children, and though he realizes that every author's wife and children are wonderful and amazing, in this case the cliché happens to be true. You can learn more about Janz at www.jonathanjanz.com.
     

    Backlist Bookclub: Last Christmas in Paris (Also at Second Flight Books)
    Sunday, December 16 at 2:30–3:30 PM


    For our December book, we've picked Last Christmas in Paris, by Hazel Gaynor, a historical novel set in part during WWII. All are welcome for our monthly book discussion! Please note we're starting 30 minutes later so as not to interfere with a book signing prior to this meeting!

    About the book: New York Times bestselling author Hazel Gaynor has joined with Heather Webb to create this unforgettably romantic novel of the Great War.

    August 1914. England is at war. As Evie Elliott watches her brother, Will, and his best friend, Thomas Harding, depart for the front, she believes—as everyone does—that it will be over by Christmas, when the trio plan to celebrate the holiday among the romantic cafes of Paris.

    But as history tells us, it all happened so differently… 

     


    Written by Roxanna Santoro — December 04, 2018

    Events Around Indiana

    There are many great literary events around Indianapolis and beyond.  Looking for something to do?  Here are just a few ideas:

    The Poets Laureate of Lawrence
    (www.artsforlawrence.org)
     
    Tuesday, November 27 from 7-9 pm
    The Theater at the Fort on Indy's east side
    Sterrett Center

    8920 Otis Avenue, Lawrence, 46226
    (Take 56th Street to Post Road. Go North on Post and West on Otis.)
     
    Join us for our monthly featured author/open mike series that happens every 4th Tuesday of the month. This month our featured author is Norbert Krapf, former Indiana Poet Laureate.
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    Norbert will read from his twelfth poetry collection, The Return of Sunshine: Poems by a Laureate for Ecstatic Grandparents, about his Colombian-German-American grandson. He will read poems dealing with Peyton’s multicultural heritage, his evolving skills in speaking English and German, and spending time with his grandson in his outdoor kindergarten deep in the woods near Regensburg, Germany.  Norbert received the Lucille Medwick Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America, a Glick Indiana Author Award, and a Creative Renewal Fellowship from the Arts Council of Indianapolis to combine Poetry and the blues. He released a poetry and jazz cd with pianist-composer Monika Herzig, Imagine, and combines poetry and the blues with bluesman Gordon Bonham. He taught American Poetry as a Fulbright Fellow at the Universities of Freiburg and Erlangen-Nuremberg in Germany and is an emeritus professor of English at Long Island University, where he directed the C.W. Post Poetry Center.  Norbert is completing an adaptation of his poetry collection Catholic Boy Blues into a play with music.
     


    Indiana Humanities Poetry Tour with Tracy K. Smith
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    Indiana Humanities, in partnership with Brick Street Poetry and the Indianapolis Public Library, are excited to welcome U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith to Indiana for a poetry tour from November 27 to November 29. The events will be held in Greencastle, Hanover, Indianapolis and Shelbyville and will be free and open to the public. However, advance tickets are required and seating is limited. 
    Reserve yours today. More information at: http://quantumleap.indianahumanities.org/qlpoetrytour/…

    The tour will serve as the closing program for Indiana Humanities’ two-year thematic initiative called Quantum Leap which explores the spirit of possibility and problem solving that happens when we bridge the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields with the humanities (poetry, literature, history, philosophy, religion, world languages and culture, etc.). 

    Smith, whose book of poetry Life on Mars won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 2011, was in part inspired by her father’s work as an engineer for the Hubble Space Telescope and includes science fiction and cosmic themes.

    INconversation with Tracy K. Smith: Hanover
    Tuesday, November 27  7:30-9:00pm
    Hanover College Science Center

    607 Ball Dr, Hanover, IN 47243
    Doors open at 7 p.m. and a book signing will follow (a limited number of books will be available for purchase). Smith will be joined by Dr. Dee Goertz of Hanover College for the conversation.
     
    INconversation with Tracy K. Smith: DePauw University
    Wednesday, November 28  7:30-9:00pm
    Moore Theatre, Green Center for the Performing Arts

    313 South Locust St, Greencastle, IN 46135
    Doors open at 7 p.m. and a book signing will follow (a limited number of books will be available for purchase). Smith will be joined by Dr. Joseph Heithaus of DePauw University for the conversation.

    INconversation with Tracy K. Smith: Indianapolis
    Thursday, November 29  6:30-8:00pm
    Indianapolis Public Library - Central Library

    40 East Saint Clair St, Indianapolis, IN 46204
    Smith will be joined by Indiana Poet Laureate Adrian Matejka. Matejka, who grew up in Indianapolis and now teaches at Indiana University, has also written about space themes in his critically acclaimed book of poetry Map to the Stars. The INconversation will be held in the Clowes Auditorium at the Central Library. Doors open at 6 p.m. and a book signing will follow (a limited number of both Smith's and Matejka's books will be available for purchase).



    Where the Colors Blend
    Indy Reads Books
    https://www.facebook.com/IndyReadsBooks/
    911 Massachusetts Ave, Indianapolis, Indiana 46202

    Where the Colors Blend Book Release & Author Event
    Tuesday, November 27  5-7 PM

    Come hang out at my favorite bookstore in Indianapolis on the RELEASE DATE of my first book in my own voice, "Where the Colors Blend: An Authentic Journey through Spiritual Doubt and Despair ... and a Beautiful Arrival at Hope." I'm excited to come home to the state where this journey began! Swing by to get a copy for the first time, discuss themes from the book like doubt, spirituality, and suffering, or simply hang out and re-connect. This book might also make for a good Christmas gift for anyone who is questioning their faith, needs some inspiration, or feels alone in their suffering. We'll be continuing the conversation after the event at St. Joseph's Brewery down the street. I can't wait to see you at Indy Reads Books!

    About the Book:
    Stephen's present-tense narrative, mysteriously unfolding all the way, is free-thinking and free-flowing, swinging from humor to complex theology, from someone else's story to sudden introspectiveness and application, creating a unique experience for readers as it challenges them to adopt their own lifestyle of introspection and contemplation. 
     
     

    Purdue University Literary Reading Series
    https://www.cla.purdue.edu/english/gradstudies/creativewriting/series.html

    Presents poet Natalie Diaz
    Thursday, November 29 at 7:30 p.m.
    Krannert Auditorium,
    Room 140, on the Purdue campus.
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    Natalie Diaz was born and raised in the Fort Mojave Indian Village in Needles, California, on the banks of the Colorado River. She is Mojave and an enrolled member of the Gila River Indian Tribe. Her first poetry collection, When My Brother Was an Aztec, was published by Copper Canyon Press. She is a MacArthur Fellow, a Lannan Literary Fellow, and a Native Arts Council Foundation Artist Fellow. She was awarded a Bread Loaf Fellowship, the Holmes National Poetry Prize, a Hodder Fellowship, a PEN/Civitella Ranieri Foundation Residency, as well as being awarded a US Artists Ford Fellowship. She teaches at the Arizona State University Creative Writing MFA program. Q&A to be held in BRNG 2290 at 4:30pm.  Event sponsors include the Purdue Native American Educational and Cultural Center and the Purdue LGBTQ Center. This event is free and open to the public.


    University of Notre Dame Creative Writing Program
    https://english.nd.edu/events/2018/11/29/writers-in-the-no-mans-land-literary-translation-as-anti-colonial-practice-in-israel-palestine/

    “Writers in the No-Man's Land: Literary Translation as Anti-Colonial Practice in Israel/Palestine.”
    Thursday November 29, 2018, 6:30PM - 7:45PM

    1030 Jenkins-Nanovic Hall, Notre Dame University

    Dr Hana Morgenstern is a scholar, writer and translator. She is University Lecturer in Postcolonial and Middle East Literature at Cambridge University and a Senior Fellow at Newnham College. Dr Morgenstern is co-director of the Documents of the Arab Left Project. She is currently at work on a book manuscript titled, A Literature for All Its Citizens: Aesthetics of Coexistence in Israel/Palestine.




    Thursday, November 29 at 5 PM – 7:30 PM
    The Indianapolis Propylaeum
    1410 N Delaware St, Indianapolis, Indiana 46202

    Grab a drink at the bar and start your holiday shopping early at this beautiful, historic mansion elegantly decorated for the season. Come discover titles for all ages and interests by local authors and get your books signed and personalized! What better gift for the readers in your life?
    Featuring special themed readings by:
    Rj Sullivan, author of Blue Christmas
    Matthew Barron, author of Temple of Secrets



    Holiday Author Fair
    Saturday, December 1 at 12 PM – 4 PM
    Indiana Historical Society
    450 W. Ohio St., Indianapolis, Indiana 46202

    A signed book is a one-of-a-kind gift!

    Author Fair has something for everyone on your shopping list – and for you, too! More than 70 Indiana authors will pack the William H. Smith Memorial Libray for this fun-filled day of mixing, mingling and book signing.

    Book topics range from sports and biographies to youth historical fiction and politics and more. Meet your favorite local authors such as basketball star and Olympic athlete Tamika Catchings, Philip Gulley, and James Alexander Thom and Dark Rain Thom. This year, meet 8-year-old author Samiah Turner and pick up a copy of her book, My Life as an 8 Year Old Engineer, to inspire the child in your life.

    Author Fair is a day of fun for all ages. Join in the Festival of Trees fun, including photos and storytime with Santa and book-themed crafts for kids and kids at heart. Be sure to enter to win an Author Fair gift basket, too!

    Free admission includes the Indiana Experience and Festival of Trees. Complimentary parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

    See list of authors https://indianahistory.org/wp-content/uploads/Author-Fair-2018-Catalog.pdf



    Writers Guild at Bloomington
    https://writersguildbloomington.com/

    First Sunday Prose Reading and Open Mic
    Featured readers are: Bill Breeden, Glenda Breeden and Tonia Matthew
    Sunday, December 2, 2018 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
    Thomas Gallery

    107 N College Ave, Bloomington, IN 47404
    (The Thomas Gallery is tucked in the little entry patio that belongs to Darn Good Soup.  Walk boldly in as though you were heading for soup- -and then look to your right.  We’ll post signs.)

    Bill Breeden is a native Hoosier born and reared about five miles east of Odon near theborder of the Naval Surface Warfare Center locally known as Crane.  He is one half of the third and last set of twins his mother bore along with scattered singles or “spares” as his Pappy called them.
    He began preaching at the age of fifteen in tent revivals, and holiness meetings.  His religious beliefs have changed over the years, and taken him from the sawdust trails to several jails for acts of civil disobedience.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Religion and Philosophy and an Master of Divinity in the same.  He also did graduate work at IU in Criminal Justice.

    Bill is a retired Unitarian Universalist Minister, an agnostic and hell-raiser.  He is continuing to work on his memoirs, entitled “Billy Pilgrim and the Black Female Jesus.”  It has consumed much more time than he expected, and hopefully will consume less time than he has.  He lives in Owen County with Glenda, his partner of nigh on to fifty years, and Obi, the best dog in the world.


    Glenda Breeden,
    lover of peace and kindness, people and critters, and this beautiful Mother Earth,  writes songs, poetry, essays, and creative nonfiction.  She embraces Mary Oliver’s sentiment “My work is loving the world… which is mostly standing still and being astonished.” She gives thanks for the many gifts life has offered her and aspires to pass them on whenever she can. Glenda lives in a cabin in the Owen County woods with her husband Bill, her dog Obi, and just down the path from her son Dietrich


    Antonia Matthew,
    born in England, grew up there during WWII.  She has been in Bloomington since 1968, is a member of Five Women Poets, a writing group that has been going since 1974.  They have put out three chapbooks, a Renga poem and a cd.  She has been a member of the Writers Guild since the beginning.  She mostly writes poetry but is also writing memoir, and has a short play Home Front which will be staged by the Writers Guild sometime in 2019.



    Poetry on Brick Street
    https://www.facebook.com/poetryonbrickstreet/

    Presenting Jenny Kalahar
    Thursday, December 6 at 7 pm
    SullivanMunce Cultural Center

    225 West Hawthorne, Zionsville, IN

    We can only guess what intriguing thoughts Jenny will share with us as she reads from her book "I Imagined a Dragon", but we know Jenny's keen wit and imagination will take us on a literary adventure. Bring the kids, bring grandma, Jenny's writing entertains all ages.
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    Jenny Kalahar is a used & rare bookseller in Elwood with her husband, Patrick. She is the author of Shelve Under C, The FInd of a Lifetime, Bindings, This Peculiar Magic, One Mile North of Normal, I Imagined a Dragon, All the Dear Beasties, and The Soggy Doggy. These are four novels, a collection of poetry, a children's story/poetry book, an anthology of magazine columns, and a children's picture book. Jenny is on the executive board of the Poetry Society of Indiana and is their publisher, she helms Last Stanza Poetry Association and has begun work as the president of the Youth Poetry Society of Indiana. She is taking submissions for an anthology of Indiana poets age 12 to 18 that will be published early in 2019 as a joint project of PSI and YPSI. She was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in poetry. Jenny has been published in the National Federation of State Poetry Societies' annual prize-winning anthology, Encore, in The Poets of Madison County, Words and Other Wild Things, The Polk Street Review, Bards Against Hunger, Diamonds, Indiana Voice Journal, Tipton Poetry Journal, Trillium, in newspapers, and her radio play was performed and broadcast in Michigan. She has been a proofreader for a publishing company, has owned and operated bookshops in Michigan and Ohio with Patrick, and is the humor columnist for Tails Magazine.

     



    Written by Roxanna Santoro — November 06, 2018

    Opportunities, Writers Conferences and Workshops, Contests and Submissions

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

     

    Go here for the Submission Page
     

    Go here for the November Submission Calendar




    The Indianapolis Review
    is an online journal based in Indianapolis looking to publish fresh poetry and art. We have a focus on connecting and promoting the writers and artists of our region, but we also want to showcase poetry from all over the country and the world. We are interested in all aesthetics and voices, and only concerned with the art itself. We are assembling our current issue, and we would be happy to receive your submission! Please see the guidelines under “Submissions” in the Menu. Visit us at https://theindianapolisreview.com/.


     

     
    Cosmonauts Avenue is an online, monthly literary journal run by women and non-binary folks dedicated to elevating and amplifying underrepresented voices. We publish fiction, poetry, nonfiction, interviews, and more, from writers around the world, in English and in translation. Submissions are free and always will be. This is one way we hope to remain accessible to all writers, whether new or emerging or established.

    We are committed to providing a platform for folks who are marginalized in the literary community, including but not limited to people of color, ciswomen, trans men and women, nonbinary people, members of the LGBQA community, and people with disabilities. We want to elevate underrepresented voices and include a wide range of identities and experiences. We want work that pays careful attention to craft while remaining urgent and surprising.

    As Beyoncé might say, we want your most flawless work. We can’t wait to read it. We believe in you.
    Go here to learn more and submit



     
    Poor Joker Press is a Chicago-based indie publisher focusing on meaningful, well-crafted, short-form writing.  All titles from Poor Joker Press are printed in a 3.5 x 5-inch format, allowing readers to carry our stories with them -- in pockets, on city trains, in purses and on the move.

    Call for submissions:

     Poor Joker Press publishes literary fiction, nonfiction and memoirs. We only accept submissions between 4,000 and 7,000 words. All submissions that follow our guidelines are considered. Please submit to poorjokersubmissions@gmail.com and ensure:

  • Name, email, phone number and brief bio are included on first page
  • PDF file (no other file types are accepted)
  • Page numbers are included
  • Genre is listed (non-fiction/fiction/memoir, etc.)
  • Get all the details here: https://www.poorjokerpress.com/submissions


     

    The Northwest Indiana Literary Journal is seeking submissions of short stories, flash fiction, poetry, humor, photography, and art. https://northwestindianaliteraryjournal.wordpress.com/submissions/



     




    Call for submissions
    BRANCHES invites submission of essays, artwork, poetry, and photographs. Submissions must be written or created by Hoosiers or feature topics directly related to life in Indiana.  Send essays, artwork, and/or calendar items to the editor.  Branches has rolling monthly deadlines.
    Go here for all the submission details:
    http://www.branches.com/submissions/


     

    Greetings from Brad King & The Geeky Press Partners:

    I’m sad to write that—after much internal deliberation and conversation with the partners—The Geeky Press experiment has come to an end.

    I started The Geeky Press on April 3, 2014 as a birthday present. I had recently moved to Indianapolis and wanted to find a writing community. While I met scores of great people, I didn’t find the community I’d longed for. And so I decided to see if I could build the thing I wanted

    Without any idea of what would happen, I put together a reading series—The Downtown Writers Jam—that asked writers of all genres to set aside their work and instead TELL a story to a crowd of onlookers who would respond to them in real time. I was terrified that nobody would show up, that writers would tell me no, and that I’d be standing in a mostly empty room after hours at Indy Reads Books.

    But came out you did. More than 50 people came to our first event. And in the next year, you continued showing up.  And with your help, The Geeky Press went from an idea to a thing.

    But I never wanted this thing to be something I ran. I wanted this to be a community of ideas! And so I sought out other writers who were looking for the same thing. Before too long, The Geeky Press had four other amazing partners: Elise Lockwood,and Jessica Dyer Campbell.

    I seriously cannot imagine my life without these amazing humans! And The Geeky Press would not have grown into the community it did without their tireless energy, work, and love!

    With their help and guidance and energy and effort, The Geeky Press went from that little reading series and to a group that hosted weekly writing meetups and day-long and weekend-long retreats. We ran a podcast. We hosted other series besides my weird Jam. We published books and a literary magazine.

    More than 150 people participated in our reading series. We published more than 50 writers, many of those who published for the first time. We had more than 600 people on our email lists. We’ve had more than 3,000 listeners on the podcast. We were lucky enough to watch Jim Naremore and Linda Mansfield write—and publish—books.

    In short, The Geeky Press became the writing community I so longed to be a part.

    But in 2017, I took a job as an editor in Pittsburgh. And Elise moved to Portland. And Nicole began working on a national podcast. And Amber’s writing company expanded. And Jessica grew her family by +1.

    I promised the partners that the day The Geeky Press felt like a job—and not a community—that we would re-evaluate the project. And in the last few months that is what happened. We found ourselves actively avoiding conversations because we knew—we knewthat we would eventually end up talking about the end of The Geeky Press.

    As much as I loved The Geeky Press, I loved my partners more. I missed them. And I wanted us to get back to our friendship.

    And so here we are: at the end of the road.  Don’t despair. The Geeky Press will live on in spirit over at my newsletter.

    Until then: Goodbye, Farewell, Amen.


     

    Entrophy Magazine

    Where to Submit: September, October, and November 2018

    Static submission guidelines can always be found here, as well as on our current calls for submissions page. Thanks for considering us as a home for your work!





    The Butler Bridge Program


    Students grades 3-12 are invited to join us to strengthen and explore their writing skills during an afternoon of fun and adventure.

    We are pleased to offer the Butler Bridge Program to students in grades 3–12. The program draws on Butler's remarkable resources to build a bridge between Butler and its community, as well as between students who aspire to higher education and the professors, professional writers, teachers, and college mentors who are eager to share what they know.

    Our Vision: Butler Bridge programs combine learning, laughter, and compassion to inspire young writers and readers. The programs connect bright, young people with talented mentors and like-minded peers to nurture intellectual and artistic discovery.

    This learning-rich community rejects a narrow version of education, in which, too often, assessment structures learning. We reach for a goal that is harder to define:  enhancing creativity, developing the imagination, finding our own voices. We help our students and campers be so engaged with the joys of the literary arts that they don’t even notice how much they are learning.

    Click here for more information.

    For accessibility information or to request disability-related accommodations, please visit www.butler.edu/event-accommodations/.

     

    speakyourstory.org


    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.  

     

     

    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 Here

    Written by Roxanna Santoro — November 06, 2018

    Events Around Indiana

    There are many great literary events around Indianapolis and beyond.  Looking for something to do?  Here are just a few ideas:

    Ann Katz Festival
    Oct 17-Nov 12, 2018

    The JCC’s 20th annual Ann Katz Festival of Books & Arts presented by the Herbert Simon Family Foundation with generous annual support from the Irwin and Ann Katz Cultural Arts and Education Endowment Fund is a three-week festival featuring local, national and international authors, films and filmmakers, performing artists and fine artists!

    Go here to see all the events: https://jccindy.org/community/festival-books-arts/


    Indiana University-Department of English
    https://apps.iu.edu/ccl-prd/events/view/17889295?pubCalId=GRP22041&type=month

    Reading with Jesse Lee Kercheval and Silvia Guerra - Tuesday October 30th, at 8pm (Faculty Club - IMU)

    Silvia Guerra was born in 1961 in Maldonado, Uruguay. Her books include Un mar en madrugado (Hilos Editora, Buenos Aires, 2018), Pulso (Amargod ediciones, Madrid, 2011), and Estampas de un tapiz (Plaquette, Pen Press, New York, 2006). She is also the author of Todo comienzo lugar, co-edited with the Cuban poet José Kozer (Editorial Casa Vacía, RichmondVirginia, 2016) and Fuera del relato (Bassarai, Spain, 2007), a fictionalized biography of Lautréamont. From 2009-2011, she was the co-editor of the seminal Uruguayan poetry press La Flauta Mágica. In 2012 she was awarded the Morosoli Prize in Poetry for her career.

    Jesse Lee Kercheval is the author of fourteen books of poetry, fiction and nonfiction including the poetry collection America that island off the coast of France, which won The Dorset Prize and is forthcoming from Tupelo Press. Her other books include Cinema Muto, winner of a Crab Orchard Award; The Alice Stories, winner of the Prairie Schooner Fiction Book Prize; and the memoir Space, winner of an Alex Award from the American Library Association. She is also a translator, specializing in Uruguayan poetry. Her translations include The Invisible Bridge: Selected Poems of Circe Maia and Fable of an Inconsolable Man, by Javier Etchevarren. She is also the editor of América invertida: an anthology of Emerging Uruguayan Poets and Earth, Water and Sky: A Bilingual Anthology of Environmental Poetry. She is the Zona Gale Professor of Poetry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she directors the Program in Creative Writing.


    Uncle Dan and Sophie Jam Dan Wakefield
    October 31 at 6:30pm
    The Jazz Kitchen

    5377 N College Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46220

    We will feature the great saxophone player Sophie Faught and I will talk about our own favorite mentors, and our guest will be Steve Allee, the piano player/composer who has been a mentor to many of the musicians of this city (including Sophie herself, and all-star drummer Kenny Phelps).
    I hope you can come if you haven't already purchased tickets. You can learn more and buy tickets here.

    Yes, the Jam is Halloween night and no, we're not dressing up. But it'll be a great time with great friends. I hope to see you there.
     


    Poetry on Brick Street
    https://www.facebook.com/poetryonbrickstreet/

    We welcome wonderful poet and IUPUI Associate Professor Mitchell L.H. Douglas!
    Thursday, November 1  at 7 PM
    SullivanMunce Cultural Center

    225 West Hawthorne
    Zionsville IN.
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    Mitchell L. H. Douglas is the author of dying in the scarecrow’s arms, \blak\ \al-fə bet\, winner of the Persea Books Lexi Rudnitsky/Editor's Choice Award, and Cooling Board: A Long-Playing Poem, an NAACP Image Award, and Hurston/Wright Legacy Award nominee. In her review of dying in the scarecrow’s arms in the April 2018 issue of O: The Oprah Magazine, U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith says Douglas’ latest is among a crop of recent poetry collections that “deliver truth with originality and grace.”

    His poetry has appeared in Callaloo, The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South (University of Georgia Press), The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop(Haymarket Books), Crab Orchard Review, and Ninth Letter, and among others. He is a co-founder of the Affrilachian Poets, a Cave Canem graduate, and Associate Professor of English at IUPUI.



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    Go here to view all the festival events.



    Indy Reads Books
    https://www.facebook.com/IndyReadsBooks/
    911 Massachusetts Ave, Indianapolis, Indiana 46202

    Abe Aamidor reading Letting Go
    Saturday, November 3, 6pm – 8pm
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    Memory of war always loomed large for Dwight Bogdanovic. After all, his immigrant grandfather volunteered to fight in World War I and his working-class father joined up with the Canadian Army to fight the Nazis early in World War II. Yet it is only when Dwight's soldier son, Bertrand, is killed under mysterious circumstances in Afghanistan that he really tries to understand why men fight and die.

    You can learn more about book and the author here.



    Writers Guild at Bloomington
    https://writersguildbloomington.com/


    First Sunday Prose Reading & Open Mic
    November 4, 2018 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
    Thomas Gallery

    107 N College Ave, Bloomington, IN 47404
    The Thomas Gallery is tucked in the little entry patio that belongs to Darn Good Soup.  Walk boldly in as though you were heading for soup- -and then look to your right.
    We’ll post signs.
    Come early to sign up for Open Mic!
    FREE!
    Guest readers are:  Amy Cornell, James Dorr and Lisa Shanahan.
     

     
    Kellogg Writers Series/UIndy
    https://events.uindy.edu/events/category/kellogg-writers-series/


    Indiana Writers Spotlight featuring Angela Palm
    Wednesday, November, 7, 
    7:30-8:30 p.m
    Schwitzer Student Center, Trustees Dining Room (University of Indianapolis)

    FREE, open to public

    Angela Palm is the author of Riverine: A Memoir from Anywhere but Here, which won the 2014 Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize. Short-listed for the Vermont Book Award and the Indiana Author Award/Emerging Author Award, Riverine was also noted for being an Indie Next selection, a Kirkus Best Book of 2016, and a Powerful Memoir by Powerful Women selected by Oprah.


    University of Notre Dame/Creative Writing Series
    https://english.nd.edu/events/2018/11/07/sayers-gernes-alumni-reading-featuring-peter-twal-and-thirii-myint/

    Sayers/Gernes Alumni Reading, featuring Peter Twal and Thirii Myint
    Wednesday, November 7, 7:30-9:00PM
    Hesburgh Center Auditorium/Notre Dame

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    Peter Twal is a Jordanian-American, an electrical engineer, and the author of Our Earliest Tattoos which won the 2018 Etel Adnan Poetry Prize. His work has appeared in The Believer, Best New Poets, Kenyon Review, West Branch, and elsewhere.
    Thirii Myo Kyaw Myint
    Thirii Myo Kyaw Myint is the author of the lyric novel The End of Peril, the End of Enmity, the End of Strife, a Haven (Noemi Press, 2018) and the family history project Zat Lun, which won the 2018 Graywolf Nonfiction Prize. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate in creative writing at the University of Denver, the associate editor of Denver Quarterly, and an instructor at Lighthouse Writers Workshop, where she teaches hybrid/experimental forms.



    November 7 – 10, 2018
    VonnegutFest 2018, the only Vonnegut-centric event in the world, is a city-wide festival in Vonnegut’s hometown of Indianapolis that champions the power of the the arts and humanities to better us as individuals and as a society.  Go here to see all the events.


    Ball State University

    https://www.bsu.edu/calendar/calendars/academics/english

    Visiting Writers Series: Reading by YA Author and Alumnus Jay Coles
    Thursday, November 8, 7:30 p.m.
    Arts and Journalism Building #225

    1001 N McKinley Ave, Muncie, IN 47306
       
    English alumnus Jay Coles reads from his work. Jay is the author of "Tyler Johnson Was Here," an acclaimed young adult novel inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement.


    The Return of Sunshine Reading by Norbert Krapf

    http://www.krapfpoetry.com/sunshine.htm

    Saturday, November 10 , 2:00 pm
    Dubois County Museum

    2407 N. Newton St., Jasper,Indiana
    (812) 634-7733.
    Books for sale before, during, and after the reading at the Gift Shop, http://www.duboiscountymuseum.org/.

    My new and recently retitled The Return of Sunshine: Poems by a Laureate for Ecstatic Grandparents, is now out. The volume of 67 poems deals with my grandson, Peyton’s multicultural heritage, his evolving skills in speaking English and German, visiting with his American grandparents in both Indianapolis and Regensburg, and his adventures in Germany and Europe with his Colombian-American mother and Franconian (northern Bavaria) father. The third and last section describes Norbert’s visit for a day with Peyton in his outdoor WaldKiga, a kindergarten deep in the woods near Regensburg, Germany.


    Second Flight Books
    https://www.facebook.com/pg/SecondFlightBooks/events/?ref=page_internal
    2200 Elmwood Ave. Suite D-7, Lafayette, Indiana 47904

    The Great Big Birthday Reading at Second Flight
    Saturday, November 10, at 2 PM – 3:30 PM


    IT'S OUR BIRTHDAY, so we're bringing lots of our friends together for our biggest reading yet. Hear from lots of Indiana writers including:  Melissa Fraterrigo, Silas Hansen, John Leo, Lauren Mallet, Susan Neville, and Emily Jo Scalzo..
    Also, there will be cake!


    Vivian S. Delbrook Visiting Writers Series/Butler University
    https://www.butler.edu/vws

    Teju ColeTeju Cole
    Tuesday, November 13, 7:30 PM
    Schrott Center for the Arts

    A prodigious novelist, critic, and photographer, Teju Cole was born in the United States and raised in Nigeria—a biographical fact that informs much of his work. His first novel, Open City, won the PEN/Hemingway Award, the Rosenthal Family Foundation Prize of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the New York City Book Award for Fiction, the Internationaler Literaturpreis, and the Windham Campbell Prize for Fiction and was also nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Award. Additionally, Open City was named to “best of the year” lists in many publications including The Guardian, Newsweek, The Atlantic, and The New York Times.

    His novella Every Day Is for the Thief  has been “widely praised as one of the best fictional depictions of Africa in recent memory” (The New Yorker) and was named one of the best books of the year by The New York Times, The Telegraph, The Globe and Mail, and NPR.

    Named one of Time’s Top 10 Nonfiction Books of 2017, Cole’s most recent book, Blind Spot, is a synthesis of his own full-color photos, each accompanied by selections of lyrical prose. His previous title, Known and Strange Things, was named to that same Time list in 2016 and also was chosen for Kirkus Reviews’ Best Nonfiction of 2016 list and Harper’s Bazaar’s 13 Best Books of 2016.

    Cole teaches literature and art history at Bard College, where he is Distinguished Writer in Residence and Achebe Fellow.


    Brick Street Poetry South

    Wednesday, November 14 at 7pm
    Featuring Poetry in Free Motion, a collaboration of quilters and poets
    Tube Factory artspace
    1125 Cruft St., Indianapolis.

    The final session of the Brick Street Poetry South series will feature a reading and display of 14 art quilts and 14 poems. Poetry in Free Motion is a collaboration between local poets and quilters in response to the theme "Transitions."

    Featured poets are LeVonda Brown, Dawn Fable, Kyle Hunter. JL Kato, Elizabeth Krajeck, Norbert Krapf, Bonnie Maurer, Teresa Middleton, Tracy Mishkin, Lylanne Musselman, Mary Sexson, John Sherman, Christopher Stolle, and Ayla Walter.

    Quilters include Jeanette Bagley, Tina Brauer, Wilma Davidson, Myrtle Duty, Jo Ann Gates, Mary Hawn, Cynthia Holman, Mary Kenworthy, Suzanne Miller, Tracy Mishkin, Karen Ratliff, Linda Rowda, Ann Ward, Sandra Wilson, and Mary Beth Wren.

     

    Indiana Humanities Poetry Tour with Tracy K. Smith
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    Indiana Humanities, in partnership with Brick Street Poetry and the Indianapolis Public Library, are excited to welcome U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith to Indiana for a poetry tour from Nov. 27 to Nov. 29. The events will be held in Greencastle, Hanover, Indianapolis, and Shelbyville and will be free and open to the public. However, advance tickets are required and seating is limited. Reserve yours today. More information at: http://quantumleap.indianahumanities.org/qlpoetrytour/…

    Written by Roxanna Santoro — October 02, 2018

    Opportunities, Writers Conferences and Workshops, Contests and Submissions

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

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    First Fridays at the Indiana Writers Center Come Write in!
    Come in to write, and meet other writers.
    FREE!

    No membership required. Fresh baked goods will be provided. BYOB
    Bring snacks to share if you want.
    1125 E Brookside Ave., Ste B26 Indianapolis, IN 46202
    First Fridays, 6-9 p.m.

    Over sixty artists have galleries and exhibits open First Fridays at Circle City Industrial Complex.

     




    Go here to enter the 2018 Slammin' Rhymes Challenge


     

     

    Go here for the Submission Page
     

    Go here for the October Submission Calendar





    The Indianapolis Review
    is an online journal based in Indianapolis looking to publish fresh poetry and art. We have a focus on connecting and promoting the writers and artists of our region, but we also want to showcase poetry from all over the country and the world. We are interested in all aesthetics and voices, and only concerned with the art itself. We are assembling our current issue, and we would be happy to receive your submission! Please see the guidelines under “Submissions” in the Menu. Visit us at https://theindianapolisreview.com/.


     

     
    Cosmonauts Avenue is an online, monthly literary journal run by women and non-binary folks dedicated to elevating and amplifying underrepresented voices. We publish fiction, poetry, nonfiction, interviews, and more, from writers around the world, in English and in translation. Submissions are free and always will be. This is one way we hope to remain accessible to all writers, whether new or emerging or established.

    We are committed to providing a platform for folks who are marginalized in the literary community, including but not limited to people of color, ciswomen, trans men and women, nonbinary people, members of the LGBQA community, and people with disabilities. We want to elevate underrepresented voices and include a wide range of identities and experiences. We want work that pays careful attention to craft while remaining urgent and surprising.

    As Beyoncé might say, we want your most flawless work. We can’t wait to read it. We believe in you.
    Go here to learn more and submit



     
    Poor Joker Press is a Chicago-based indie publisher focusing on meaningful, well-crafted, short-form writing.  All titles from Poor Joker Press are printed in a 3.5 x 5-inch format, allowing readers to carry our stories with them -- in pockets, on city trains, in purses and on the move.

    Call for submissions:

     Poor Joker Press publishes literary fiction, nonfiction and memoirs. We only accept submissions between 4,000 and 7,000 words. All submissions that follow our guidelines are considered. Please submit to poorjokersubmissions@gmail.com and ensure:

  • Name, email, phone number and brief bio are included on first page
  • PDF file (no other file types are accepted)
  • Page numbers are included
  • Genre is listed (non-fiction/fiction/memoir, etc.)
  • Get all the details here: https://www.poorjokerpress.com/submissions


     

    The Northwest Indiana Literary Journal is seeking submissions of short stories, flash fiction, poetry, humor, photography, and art. https://northwestindianaliteraryjournal.wordpress.com/submissions/



     




    Call for submissions
    BRANCHES invites submission of essays, artwork, poetry, and photographs. Submissions must be written or created by Hoosiers or feature topics directly related to life in Indiana.  Send essays, artwork, and/or calendar items to the editor.  Branches has rolling monthly deadlines.
    Go here for all the submission details:
    http://www.branches.com/submissions/


     

    Has many opportunities for writers.  Check their website: http://thegeekypress.com/

    Check here for submissions: https://thegeekypress.submittable.com/submit

    Join the #WritersHack Meet Up Group.

    The biggest impediment to writing: making time. Need motivation? The Writers Hack (#WritersHack) is a group of Indianapolis writers who gather in local coffee shops and eateries for short bursts of awesomeness.

    Our gatherings are sometimes as small as two people and sometimes as large as ten. We usually do some quick introductions, and then start writing. We keep talking to a minimum until there’s about 10 or 15 minutes left. Then all bets are off.

    Here’s what is important for you to know: There are no requirements for attending. We aren’t just looking for professionals (although some of us are). We aren’t looking for people who can help us get published (although some of us might). This is just a group of people who want to carve out time to write without justifying why. This is a group of people who want to commune with other writers over words, coffee, beer, or food.



    Entrophy Magazine

    Where to Submit: September, October, and November 2018

    Static submission guidelines can always be found here, as well as on our current calls for submissions page. Thanks for considering us as a home for your work!





    The Butler Bridge Program


    Students grades 3-12 are invited to join us to strengthen and explore their writing skills during an afternoon of fun and adventure.

    We are pleased to offer the Butler Bridge Program to students in grades 3–12. The program draws on Butler's remarkable resources to build a bridge between Butler and its community, as well as between students who aspire to higher education and the professors, professional writers, teachers, and college mentors who are eager to share what they know.

    Our Vision: Butler Bridge programs combine learning, laughter, and compassion to inspire young writers and readers. The programs connect bright, young people with talented mentors and like-minded peers to nurture intellectual and artistic discovery.

    This learning-rich community rejects a narrow version of education, in which, too often, assessment structures learning. We reach for a goal that is harder to define:  enhancing creativity, developing the imagination, finding our own voices. We help our students and campers be so engaged with the joys of the literary arts that they don’t even notice how much they are learning.

    Click here for more information.

    For accessibility information or to request disability-related accommodations, please visit www.butler.edu/event-accommodations/.

     

    speakyourstory.org


    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.  

     

     

    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 Here

    Written by Roxanna Santoro — October 02, 2018

    Events Around Indiana

    There are many great literary events around Indianapolis and beyond.  Looking for something to do?  Here are just a few ideas:

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    2018 Indy Literary Pub Crawl
    Saturday, October 6th at 5:30pm
    Fountain Square!


    All proceeds will go to Indiana Writers Center to help promote literacy in Indiana. Please note that this is a 21+ event, as all of the locations we are stopping at are bars. Though there is no requirement to drink, it is Indiana state law that no one under this age can enter these establishments.

    Indiana has a great literary history, and we’re excited to share that with you (as well as a drink or two) and also help out a great organization!

    Check out our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter @indylitpubcrawl for ongoing developments in our planning!

    Guest Author: Francesca Zappia
    Raffle – There will be a raffle the night of the event with some great prizes from our wonderful sponsors!
    Costume Contest – Dress as your favorite literary character for your chance to win fabulous prizes!

    After last years Banned Book theme, we decided we should have a little hope. This year our theme is Sanctuaries and Secret Societies in Literature. Crawl begins at the Hi-Fi, then breaks into groups and crawl to various stops.
     
    Go here for all the details and to register.


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    Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library
    https://www.vonnegutlibrary.org/events/bannedbooksweek/

    Indianapolis Celebrates Freedom to Read with Banned Books Week “Prisoner” and Week of Programming.
    Join us as we transform the Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library into a cozy salon where community members can gather to ask big questions about art, citizenship and humanity. This year, Banned Books Week is September 24-September 29, and we are thrilled to welcome a host of guests to discuss censorship, book banning, and many other topics. Please RSVP for the celebrations here!
     

     
    The Poets Laureate of Lawrence

    (www.artsforlawrence.org)
     
    Tuesday, September 25 from 7-9 pm
    The Theater at the Fort on Indy's east side
    Sterrett Center

    8920 Otis Avenue, Lawrence, 46226
    (Take 56th Street to Post Road. Go North on Post and West on Otis.)
     
    Join us for our monthly featured author/open mike series that happens every 4th Tuesday of the month. This month our featured author is Sarah Layden.
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    Sarah Layden
    is the author of the novel Trip Through Your Wires (Engine Books), and her short stories appear in Boston Review, Booth, PANK, Artful Dodge, and elsewhere. Her essays can be found in Salon, Ladies' Home Journal, and The Humanist, among others. The Story I Tell Myself About Myself, flash fiction, won the Sonder Press 2017 Chapbook Competition. She teaches creative writing at IUPUI and the Indiana Writers Center.    http://www.sarahlayden.com.



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    Tuesday, September 25 at 7 PM – 8:30 PM
    Irvington Vinyl & Books

    9 Johnson Ave, Indianapolis, Indiana 46219
    Free
    Go here to register for the event.

    Join us For Colored Girls Book Club for our September meeting! We will be discussing Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi.  The story of two half-sisters, Effia and Esi, are born into different villages in eighteenth-century Ghana. Effia is married off to an Englishman and lives in comfort in the palatial rooms of Cape Coast Castle. Unbeknownst to Effia, her sister, Esi, is imprisoned beneath her in the castle's dungeons, sold with thousands of others into the Gold Coast's booming slave trade, and shipped off to America, where her children and grandchildren will be raised in slavery. One thread of Homegoing follows Effia's descendants through centuries of warfare in Ghana, as the Fante and Asante nations wrestle with the slave trade and British colonization. The other thread follows Esi and her children into America. From the plantations of the South to the Civil War and the Great Migration, from the coal mines of Pratt City, Alabama, to the jazz clubs and dope houses of twentieth-century Harlem, right up through the present day, Homegoing makes history visceral, and captures, with singular and stunning immediacy, how the memory of captivity came to be inscribed in the soul of a nation.  Donations are welcome!



    Poets Attack! With Adrian Matejka, Noah Baldino, & Manon Voice
    https://www.facebook.com/events/328920967675545/

    Wednesday, September 26 at 7 PM – 8:30 PM
    Irvington Vinyl & Books
    9 Johnson Ave, Indianapolis, Indiana 46219

    Get in, get culture, get out. This is the motto of Poets Attack. The last Wednesday of each month, for 90 minutes or less, Irvington Vinyl & Books hosts two talented local poets and pairs them with visiting writers from out of state. The goal is to connect Hoosier poets with writers from across the United States, and to build relationships between our local scene and the world outside. We believe poetry is meant for everybody; that’s why we keep our readings short and our admission free. Poetry For All.

    Noah Baldino's poems have appeared in Poetry Magazine, Black Warrior Review, Kenyon Review, and elsewhere. They are a poetry editor for the Sycamore Review. They were a finalist for the 2018 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Poetry Prize.

    Adrian Matejka is the author of four books, including Map to the Stars and the Big Smoke, which earned him a nomination for the National Book award and the Pulitzer Prize in poetry. Indianapolis's own hometown hero, his long list of prizes includes a Pushcart, a fellowship from the Guggenheim Foundation, and many many more. He is the poet laureate of Indiana.


    Vivian S. Delbrook Visiting Writers Series/Butler University
    https://www.butler.edu/vws

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    Thursday, September 27, 7:30 PM
    Atherton Union, Reilly Room

    Lynda Barry is the Chazen Family Distinguished Chair in Art at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery. In 1979, while pursuing a career as a painter, she began drawing a weekly comic strip that incorporated stories considered to be incompatible with comics at the time: stories, as Barry puts it, “that had a lot of trouble in them.” Widely credited with expanding the literary, thematic, and emotional range of American comics, Barry’s ground-breaking weekly strip, Ernie Pook's Comeek, ran for 30 years. Her graphic novel, What It Is, won the 2009 Eisner Award for Best Reality-Based Work, and in 2016 she was inducted into the Eisner Hall of Fame. 

    Barry has authored seventeen books, worked as a commentator for NPR, and had a regular monthly feature in Esquire, Mother Jones Magazine, and Mademoiselle, and on Salon.com. She created an album-length spoken word collection of stories called, The Lynda Barry Experience, and was a frequent guest on the Late Show with David Letterman.

    She also adapted her novel The Good Times Are Killing Me into a long-running off-Broadway play. In 2008, her book One! Hundred! Demons! was required reading for all incoming freshmen at Stanford University. Her novel Cruddy has been translated into French, Italian, German, Catalan, and Hebrew. She is currently at work on an illustrated novel called Mr. Birdis and a documentary in comic book form about industrial scale wind farms in Wisconsin.

     


    Marilyn K. Cory Speaker Series/Ball State University
    https://www.bsu.edu/calendar/events/academics/english/2018/9/27/hanif-abdurraqib?date=2018-09-27

    Presents Hanif Abdurraqib
    Thursday, September 27  7-9 PM
    Teacher's College, Room 121

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    Poet, essayist, and cultural critic Hanif Abdurraqib will speak and read from his work. His books include "They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us" and "The Crown Ain't Worth Much," and his work addresses a range of topics, including the n-word, racial profiling, and contemporary music and sports. The event will be held in TC 121.


    Indy Reads Books
    https://www.facebook.com/IndyReadsBooks/

    911 Massachusetts Ave, Indianapolis, Indiana 46202

    PFLAG presents: Sophie Labelle @ Indy Reads Books

    Friday, September 28, 6pm – 9pm
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    Sophie Labelle is a Canadian author, cartoonist, and public speaker. She is transgender and known for her webcomic Assigned Male detailing her experiences as a trans woman.She is active in the transgender rights movement and speaks on the subjects of trans history and transfeminism. PFLAG (Indianapolis Chapter) is sponsoring her visit.
    http://assignedmale.tumblr.com/
    https://www.assignedmale.com/

    They Said: A Multi-Genre Anthology of Contemporary Collaborative Writing
    Saturday, September 29, 7:00pm – 8:30pm

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    Collaboration is one of the many ways that a conversation may happen between a reader and a text, or two writers. A They Said reading both encourages and celebrates that discourse. They Said: A Multi-Genre Anthology of Contemporary Collaborative Writing includes poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, as well as hybridized forms that push the boundaries of concepts like “genre” and “author.”
    https://www.blacklawrence.com/they-said-a-multi-genre-anthology-of-contemporary-collaborative-writing/


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    FAF Collective presents: Reflections
    Public · Hosted by Face A Face


    Saturday, September 29 at 7–9 PM
    Hoy Polloy

    2121 E 10th St, Indianapolis, Indiana 46201

    Join FAF Collective fam for another poetry reading!
    Our theme, "Reflections."
    Featuring:
    ~ Elysia Lucinda, amazing local poet
    ~ John Leo, amazing local poet
    ~ Wendy Spacek, amazing poet and Monster House Press fam
    ~ Geno Jones, amazing poet/writer
    ~ Ari Attack + Spaceyammz, FAF Founders

    $5 suggested donation



    Writers Guild at Bloomington
    https://writersguildbloomington.com/

    Last Sunday Poetry Reading and Open Mic
    Featuring Maria Hamilton Abegunde & Breon Rochelle Tyler
    September 30, 2018 @ 3:00–4:30 pm
    Monroe County Convention Center

    Followed by an Open Mic
    It’s all free!
    Free parking in the back too.

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    Bios are available here



    The Rufus & Louise Reiberg Reading Series at IUPUI
    https://www.facebook.com/The-Rufus-Louise-Reiberg-Reading-Series-at-IUPUI-187997164587825/

    The IUPUI Arts & Humanities Institute and the Rufus & Louise Reiberg Readings Series present writer Michael Martone- A celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the Reiberg Series!
    With special guests R. Craig Sautter, Karen Kovacik, and Terry Kirts
     

    Wednesday, October 3, 7 PM – 8:30 PM
    IUPUI University Library

    755 W Michigan St, Indianapolis, Indiana 46202
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    Michael Martone's recent books are The Moon Over Wapakoneta, Brooding, Winesburg, Indiana, and Four for a Quarter. The University of Georgia Press published his book of essays, The Flatness and Other Landscapes, winner of the AWP Award for Nonfiction, in 2000. His stories and essays have appeared in Harper's, Esquire, North American Review, Iowa Review, and other magazines. Martone has won two Fellowships from the NEA and a grant from the Ingram Merrill Foundation. His stories and essays have appeared and been cited in the Pushcart Prize, The Best American Stories and The Best American Essays anthologies. In 2013 he received the national Indiana Authors Award, and in 2016, the Mark Twain Award for Distinguished Contribution to Midwestern Literature. Martone was born and grew up in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He attended Butler University and graduated from Indiana University. He holds the MA from The Writing Seminars of The Johns Hopkins University. Martone is currently a Professor at the University of Alabama where he has been teaching since 1996. He has been a faculty member of the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College since 1988.


    Kellogg Writers Series/UIndy

    https://events.uindy.edu/events/category/kellogg-writers-series/

    John Jodzio: Fiction Reading
    Wednesday, October 3, 7:30-8:30pm
    Schwitzer Student Center, Trustees Dining Room (University of Indianapolis)

    FREE, open to public
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    John Jodzio’s work has been featured in a variety of places including This American Life, McSweeney’s, and One Story. He’s the author of the short story collections, Knockout, Get In If You Want To Live and If You Lived Here You’d Already Be Home.


    Kelly Writers Series/Depauw University
    https://www.depauw.edu/academics/departments-programs/english/visitingwritersseries/fall-2018/

    Joshua Bennett (poet) is the author of The Sobbing School (National Poetry Series Winner, selected by Eugene Gloria).

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    He will read Wednesday, October 3, 2018, at 7:30 PM in Peeler Art Center Auditorium.

    Joshua Bennett received his Ph.D. in English from Princeton University. He was a member of the Society of Fellows at Harvard University, and has received fellowships from the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop, the Josephine de Karman Fellowship Trust, the Hurston/Wright Foundation, and the Ford Foundation. Bennett tours nationally and internationally as a performance artist and has recited his original work at the Sundance Film Festival, the NAACP Image Awards, and President Obama’s Evening of Poetry, Music, and the Spoken Word at the White House.


    Poetry on Brick Street
    https://www.facebook.com/poetryonbrickstreet/

    Featuring Tracy Mishkin
    Thursday, October 4;  7 p.m.

    SullivanMunce Cultural Center
    225 W. Hawthorne St., Zionsville.
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    Tracy Mishkin, a frequent guest of Poetry on Brick Street, is back with a new chapbook, This Is Still Life (Brain Mill Press). Tracy is a call center veteran with a PhD and an MFA in creative writing from Butler University.Her previous chapbooks include I Almost Didn't Make It to McDonald's (Finishing Line Press) and The Night I Quit Flossing (Five Oaks Press).
    An open mic follows this free program.


    Purdue University Literary Reading Series
    https://www.cla.purdue.edu/english/gradstudies/creativewriting/series.html

    Presents author Mary Leader
    Thursday, October 4th at 7:30 p.m.
    Krannert Auditorium, Room 140

    This event is free and open to the public.

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    Mary Leader began writing poems in the midst of a career as a lawyer in her home state of Oklahoma. She holds a PhD in literature from Brandeis University and is currently Professor Emerita at Purdue University. Winner of the Iowa Poetry Prize and the National Poetry Series, Leader has just published her fourth book of poems, She Lives There Still (Shearsman Books, May 2018).


    Visting Writers' Reading Series, Franklin College
    https://www.facebook.com/events/2149409325318830/

    An Evening with Emily Wilson
    Thursday, October 4, 2018 at 7 PM
    Richardson Chapel, Franklin College

    101 Branigin Blvd, Franklin, IN 46131
    Free and open to the public!
    A reading and discussion with Dr. Emily Wilson. Books available for purchase from our friends at Wild Geese Bookshop.
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    Dr. Emily Wilson, the first female translator of the Odyssey into English, is a Professor in the Department of Classical Studies and Chair of the Program in Comparative Literature and Literary Theory at the University of Pennsylvania. Her books include The Death of Socrates, 2007, and a new translation of selected tragedies by Seneca, 2010. She is the Classics editor of the Norton Anthology of Western Literature, 2013, and the revised Norton Anthology of World Literature, forthcoming later this year. She published The Greatest Empire: A life of Seneca, in 2014, and four translations of plays by Euripides in the Modern Library The Greek Plays (2016). Her verse translation of the Odyssey was published in November 2017.



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    Thursday, October 11 at 6 PM - 8 PM
    Indiana Writers Center
    https://www.facebook.com/events/289007995227726/

    Join visiting writer Michael Martone and poet Jessica Reed for an evening of prose and poetry. Both writers will present a reading of their work, followed by a book signing.
    FREE EVENT!

    Michael Martone, native of Fort Wayne, has been writing fiction and nonfiction about indiana and the Midwest for 40 years. His newest books are BROODING and THE MOON OVER WAPAKONETA: FICTIONS AND SCIENCE FICTIONS FROM INDIANA AND BEYOND. He has taught creative writing at Iowa State, Harvard, and Syracuse universities and currently teaches at the University of Alabama.

    Jessica Reed’s chapbook, World, Composed (Finishing Line Press), is a dialogue with the ancient poet Lucretius about atoms. Her work has appeared in Crazyhorse; Conjunctions; The Indianapolis Review; North American Review; Bellingham Review; New American Writing; Colorado Review; Waxwing; 111O; Tinderbox Poetry Journal; Spiral Orb; The Fourth River; and elsewhere. She has a MFA in Poetry and a BS in Physics, both from Purdue University. She taught creative writing at Scottsdale Community College in Arizona and Ivy Tech Community College, and for the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth, where she designed special writing courses, such as “Writing Workshop: Where Art Meets Science”. She has taught science-themed poetry at an all-female STEM summer program in Dammam, Saudi Arabia and in Beijing, China for the Center for Excellence in Education. She teaches a year-long seminar at Butler University called “Physics and the Arts.” She lives in Danville, Indiana.

     


    Indiana Humanities Poetry Tour with Tracy K. Smith
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    Indiana Humanities, in partnership with Brick Street Poetry and the Indianapolis Public Library, are excited to welcome U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith to Indiana for a poetry tour from Nov. 27 to Nov. 29. The events will be held in Greencastle, Hanover, Indianapolis, and Shelbyville and will be free and open to the public. However, advance tickets are required and seating is limited. Reserve yours today. More information at: http://quantumleap.indianahumanities.org/qlpoetrytour/…

    Written by Roxanna Santoro — September 04, 2018

    Opportunities, Writers Conferences and Workshops, Contests and Submissions

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

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    First Fridays at the Indiana Writers Center Come Write in!
    Come in to write, and meet other writers.
    FREE!

    No membership required. Fresh baked goods will be provided. BYOB
    Bring snacks to share if you want.
    1125 E Brookside Ave., Ste B26 Indianapolis, IN 46202
    First Fridays, 6-9 p.m.

    Over sixty artists have galleries and exhibits open First Fridays at Circle City Industrial Complex.

     




    Go here to enter the 2018 Slammin' Rhymes Challenge


     

     

    Go here for the Submission Page
     

    Go here for the October Submission Calendar





    2018 Steel Pen Creative Writers' Conference


    The full-day conference will be held on Saturday, October 27, with keynote speaker Michael Poore. Come join us at the conference center at Fair Oaks Farms, located on I-65 just north of Rensselaer, Indiana.

    Although registration runs through October 15, there are advantages to registering early.

    Early registration fees are $60 for Indiana Writers' Consortium members and $70 for nonmembers. These prices will increase by $10 on July 15 and by an additional $10 on September 15. Students can register for $45 throughout the registration period.

    There are limited slots available for manuscript reviews, and we expect them to fill up early. Later registrants will not have this opportunity. More details about manuscript reviews can be found on the website at www.steelpenconference.org.

    To register, go to www.steelpenconference.org. This is also the place to find additional information about the keynote speaker, the break-out sessions, making hotel reservations, consigning books to the conference bookstore, and applying for scholarships.





    The Indianapolis Review
    is an online journal based in Indianapolis looking to publish fresh poetry and art. We have a focus on connecting and promoting the writers and artists of our region, but we also want to showcase poetry from all over the country and the world. We are interested in all aesthetics and voices, and only concerned with the art itself. We are assembling our current issue, and we would be happy to receive your submission! Please see the guidelines under “Submissions” in the Menu. Visit us at https://theindianapolisreview.com/.


     

     
    Cosmonauts Avenue is an online, monthly literary journal run by women and non-binary folks dedicated to elevating and amplifying underrepresented voices. We publish fiction, poetry, nonfiction, interviews, and more, from writers around the world, in English and in translation. Submissions are free and always will be. This is one way we hope to remain accessible to all writers, whether new or emerging or established.

    We are committed to providing a platform for folks who are marginalized in the literary community, including but not limited to people of color, ciswomen, trans men and women, nonbinary people, members of the LGBQA community, and people with disabilities. We want to elevate underrepresented voices and include a wide range of identities and experiences. We want work that pays careful attention to craft while remaining urgent and surprising.

    As Beyoncé might say, we want your most flawless work. We can’t wait to read it. We believe in you.
    Go here to learn more and submit



     
    Poor Joker Press is a Chicago-based indie publisher focusing on meaningful, well-crafted, short-form writing.  All titles from Poor Joker Press are printed in a 3.5 x 5-inch format, allowing readers to carry our stories with them -- in pockets, on city trains, in purses and on the move.

    Call for submissions:

     Poor Joker Press publishes literary fiction, nonfiction and memoirs. We only accept submissions between 4,000 and 7,000 words. All submissions that follow our guidelines are considered. Please submit to poorjokersubmissions@gmail.com and ensure:

  • Name, email, phone number and brief bio are included on first page
  • PDF file (no other file types are accepted)
  • Page numbers are included
  • Genre is listed (non-fiction/fiction/memoir, etc.)
  • Get all the details here: https://www.poorjokerpress.com/submissions


     

    The Northwest Indiana Literary Journal is seeking submissions of short stories, flash fiction, poetry, humor, photography, and art. https://northwestindianaliteraryjournal.wordpress.com/submissions/



     




    Call for submissions
    BRANCHES invites submission of essays, artwork, poetry, and photographs. Submissions must be written or created by Hoosiers or feature topics directly related to life in Indiana.  Send essays, artwork, and/or calendar items to the editor.  Branches has rolling monthly deadlines.
    Go here for all the submission details:
    http://www.branches.com/submissions/


     

    Has many opportunities for writers.  Check their website: http://thegeekypress.com/

    Check here for submissions: https://thegeekypress.submittable.com/submit

    Join the #WritersHack Meet Up Group.

    The biggest impediment to writing: making time. Need motivation? The Writers Hack (#WritersHack) is a group of Indianapolis writers who gather in local coffee shops and eateries for short bursts of awesomeness.

    Our gatherings are sometimes as small as two people and sometimes as large as ten. We usually do some quick introductions, and then start writing. We keep talking to a minimum until there’s about 10 or 15 minutes left. Then all bets are off.

    Here’s what is important for you to know: There are no requirements for attending. We aren’t just looking for professionals (although some of us are). We aren’t looking for people who can help us get published (although some of us might). This is just a group of people who want to carve out time to write without justifying why. This is a group of people who want to commune with other writers over words, coffee, beer, or food.



    Entrophy Magazine

    Where to Submit: September, October, and November 2018

    Static submission guidelines can always be found here, as well as on our current calls for submissions page. Thanks for considering us as a home for your work!





    The Butler Bridge Program


    Students grades 3-12 are invited to join us to strengthen and explore their writing skills during an afternoon of fun and adventure.

    We are pleased to offer the Butler Bridge Program to students in grades 3–12. The program draws on Butler's remarkable resources to build a bridge between Butler and its community, as well as between students who aspire to higher education and the professors, professional writers, teachers, and college mentors who are eager to share what they know.

    Our Vision: Butler Bridge programs combine learning, laughter, and compassion to inspire young writers and readers. The programs connect bright, young people with talented mentors and like-minded peers to nurture intellectual and artistic discovery.

    This learning-rich community rejects a narrow version of education, in which, too often, assessment structures learning. We reach for a goal that is harder to define:  enhancing creativity, developing the imagination, finding our own voices. We help our students and campers be so engaged with the joys of the literary arts that they don’t even notice how much they are learning.

    Click here for more information.

    For accessibility information or to request disability-related accommodations, please visit www.butler.edu/event-accommodations/.

     

    speakyourstory.org


    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.  

     

     

    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 Here

    Written by Roxanna Santoro — September 04, 2018

    Opportunities, Writers Conferences and Workshops, Contests and Submissions

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



    Last days to send in your book for the Etchings Press 2018 Whirling Prize: postmark deadline 9/1/18!
    For this annual competition, students at the University of Indianapolis have selected the theme of disability. They are interested in reading books with a focus on disabilities either visible
    (manifesting in symptoms people see and respond to) or invisible (like mental illness, addiction, learning disabilities). Students will judge the competition, selecting two books to honor. All writers focusing on related topics of any genre are welcome to participate if their books have been published since January 2016.

    Winners will receive a $500 cash prize and 25 copies of a letterpress broadside designed by students of Hullabaloo Press. The winners will also be featured in an episode of a literary podcast that will air in winter 2019, discussing their work and craft with the student judges. The guidelines may be found at http://blogs.uindy.edu/etchings/whirling-prize/.




    Go here to learn all the details



    Indiana Teachers of Writing is excited to announce that the Indiana Department of Education will be presenting at our 38th Annual Fall Conference!  They will be sharing information about the new ILEARN writing prompts and rubrics. 

    We have also confirmed interactive sessions and roundtable discussions for the conference on September 22nd.  Presenters range from elementary to college Indiana educators. 

    There is only one more week until Early Bird Registration closes on August 24th.  Register soon to qualify for the discount! Please check out our website to register.  

     




     
    Our love of flash fiction runs deep. We are proud to now offer a contest dedicated solely to flash twice a year. This is the first time we have offered a summer contest for tiny and mighty fiction. The winning writer will be awarded $3000 and publication on The Masters Review site. Second and third place will be awarded $300 and $200, respectively, as well as publication in The Masters Review. So here it is: a home for your very best small fiction.
    Deadline to submit, September 28th.
    Go here to submit

    September Deadlines: 13 Lit Mags & Contests with Deadlines This Month




    https://lafayettewritersstudio.com/
    https://www.facebook.com/lafayettewritersstudio/



    2018 Steel Pen Creative Writers' Conference


    The full-day conference will be held on Saturday, October 27, with keynote speaker Michael Poore. Come join us at the conference center at Fair Oaks Farms, located on I-65 just north of Rensselaer, Indiana.

    Although registration runs through October 15, there are advantages to registering early.

    Early registration fees are $60 for Indiana Writers' Consortium members and $70 for nonmembers. These prices will increase by $10 on July 15 and by an additional $10 on September 15. Students can register for $45 throughout the registration period.

    There are limited slots available for manuscript reviews, and we expect them to fill up early. Later registrants will not have this opportunity. More details about manuscript reviews can be found on the website at www.steelpenconference.org.

    To register, go to www.steelpenconference.org. This is also the place to find additional information about the keynote speaker, the break-out sessions, making hotel reservations, consigning books to the conference bookstore, and applying for scholarships.



    2018-2019 Grants & Fellowships offered this cycle:

    PEN/Phyllis Naylor Working Writer Fellowship for Children’s/YA Fiction ($5,000)
    The PEN/Phyllis Naylor Working Writer Fellowship is offered annually to an author of children’s or young-adult fiction whose work is of high literary caliber, and is designed to assist a writer at a crucial moment in their career to complete a book-length work-in-progress. Deadline October 1, 2018.

    https://pen.org/




    The Indianapolis Review
    is an online journal based in Indianapolis looking to publish fresh poetry and art. We have a focus on connecting and promoting the writers and artists of our region, but we also want to showcase poetry from all over the country and the world. We are interested in all aesthetics and voices, and only concerned with the art itself. We are assembling our current issue, and we would be happy to receive your submission! Please see the guidelines under “Submissions” in the Menu. Visit us at https://theindianapolisreview.com/.



     

    Described by The Irish Times as a 'Dragon's Den for writers', the Novel Fair is an Irish Writers Centre initiative which aims to introduce up-and-coming writers to top publishers and literary agents, giving novelists the opportunity to bypass the slush pile, pitch their ideas and place their synopsis and sample chapters directly into the hands of publishers and agents.

    Find out more about Novel Fair here >>>

    DEADLINE: 5pm, Friday 28 September, 2018 



     
    Cosmonauts Avenue is an online, monthly literary journal run by women and non-binary folks dedicated to elevating and amplifying underrepresented voices. We publish fiction, poetry, nonfiction, interviews, and more, from writers around the world, in English and in translation. Submissions are free and always will be. This is one way we hope to remain accessible to all writers, whether new or emerging or established.

    We are committed to providing a platform for folks who are marginalized in the literary community, including but not limited to people of color, ciswomen, trans men and women, nonbinary people, members of the LGBQA community, and people with disabilities. We want to elevate underrepresented voices and include a wide range of identities and experiences. We want work that pays careful attention to craft while remaining urgent and surprising.

    As Beyoncé might say, we want your most flawless work. We can’t wait to read it. We believe in you.
    Go here to learn more and submit


     
    Poor Joker Press is a Chicago-based indie publisher focusing on meaningful, well-crafted, short-form writing.  All titles from Poor Joker Press are printed in a 3.5 x 5-inch format, allowing readers to carry our stories with them -- in pockets, on city trains, in purses and on the move.

    Call for submissions:

     Poor Joker Press publishes literary fiction, nonfiction and memoirs. We only accept submissions between 4,000 and 7,000 words. All submissions that follow our guidelines are considered. Please submit to poorjokersubmissions@gmail.com and ensure:

  • Name, email, phone number and brief bio are included on first page
  • PDF file (no other file types are accepted)
  • Page numbers are included
  • Genre is listed (non-fiction/fiction/memoir, etc.)
  • Get all the details here: https://www.poorjokerpress.com/submissions


     

    The Northwest Indiana Literary Journal is seeking submissions of short stories, flash fiction, poetry, humor, photography, and art. https://northwestindianaliteraryjournal.wordpress.com/submissions/



     




    Call for submissions
    BRANCHES invites submission of essays, artwork, poetry, and photographs. Submissions must be written or created by Hoosiers or feature topics directly related to life in Indiana.  Send essays, artwork, and/or calendar items to the editor.  Branches has rolling monthly deadlines.
    Go here for all the submission details:
    http://www.branches.com/submissions/


     

    Has many opportunities for writers.  Check their website: http://thegeekypress.com/

    Check here for submissions: https://thegeekypress.submittable.com/submit

    Join the #WritersHack Meet Up Group.

    The biggest impediment to writing: making time. Need motivation? The Writers Hack (#WritersHack) is a group of Indianapolis writers who gather in local coffee shops and eateries for short bursts of awesomeness.

    Our gatherings are sometimes as small as two people and sometimes as large as ten. We usually do some quick introductions, and then start writing. We keep talking to a minimum until there’s about 10 or 15 minutes left. Then all bets are off.

    Here’s what is important for you to know: There are no requirements for attending. We aren’t just looking for professionals (although some of us are). We aren’t looking for people who can help us get published (although some of us might). This is just a group of people who want to carve out time to write without justifying why. This is a group of people who want to commune with other writers over words, coffee, beer, or food.



    Entrophy Magazine

    Where to Submit: June, July, and August 2018

    Static submission guidelines can always be found here, as well as on our current calls for submissions page. Thanks for considering us as a home for your work!





    The Butler Bridge Program


    Students grades 3-12 are invited to join us to strengthen and explore their writing skills during an afternoon of fun and adventure.

    We are pleased to offer the Butler Bridge Program to students in grades 3–12. The program draws on Butler's remarkable resources to build a bridge between Butler and its community, as well as between students who aspire to higher education and the professors, professional writers, teachers, and college mentors who are eager to share what they know.

    Our Vision: Butler Bridge programs combine learning, laughter, and compassion to inspire young writers and readers. The programs connect bright, young people with talented mentors and like-minded peers to nurture intellectual and artistic discovery.

    This learning-rich community rejects a narrow version of education, in which, too often, assessment structures learning. We reach for a goal that is harder to define:  enhancing creativity, developing the imagination, finding our own voices. We help our students and campers be so engaged with the joys of the literary arts that they don’t even notice how much they are learning.

    Click here for more information.

    For accessibility information or to request disability-related accommodations, please visit www.butler.edu/event-accommodations/.

     

    speakyourstory.org


    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.  

     

     

    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 Here

    Written by Roxanna Santoro — August 07, 2018

    Events Around Indiana

    There are many great literary events around Indianapolis and beyond.  Looking for something to do?  Here are just a few ideas:

    The Poets Laureate of Lawrence
    (www.artsforlawrence.org)
     
    Tuesday, August 28  from 7-9 pm
    The Theater at the Fort on Indy's east side
    8920 Otis Avenue, Lawrence, 46226
    (Take 56th Street to Post Road. Go North on Post and West on Otis.)

    Please join us at The Poets Laureate of Lawrence – each month we host a monthly featured poet followed by an open reading that happens every 4th Tuesday of the month.

    This month we are meeting for a poetry gifting and writing night, instead of a featured poet.  Bring 15 photocopies of one poem that currently inspires you (by an author other than yourself).  We will read aloud these poems, then spend time writing our own poems mirroring or responding to what inspires us. Everyone will go home with a collection of the groups’ chosen poems and a draft of a new poem.


    Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library
    https://www.facebook.com/VonnegutLibrary/


    A Vonnegut Reading with Chris Lafave!
    Wednesday, August 29 at 6:30 PM
    at Dorman Street
    901 Dorman St, Indianapolis, IN 46202

    Chris Lafave will be reading selections from Kurt Vonnegut's 1974 collection of essays "Wampeters, Foma and Granfalloons!" Check out our event page for details and let us know if you'll be joining!
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    Our curator likes to talk Vonnegut, not just at the museum but at his favorite Indianapolis bar as well. Dorman Street has the best jukebox, pool table, cocktails, beer, and frozen pizza in town! Come join Chris for a discussion on "Biafra: A People Betrayed," "Address to Graduating Class at Bennington College, 1970," and "Torture and Blubber" from Kurt's 1974 collection of essays "Wampeters, Foma and Granfalloons!"


    Spoken Word Stage at 4th Street Arts Festival
    Presented by the Writers Guild at Bloomington
    Supported in part by the Bloomington Arts Commission

    Labor Day Weekend
    Saturday, September 1: 10am – 6pm
    Sunday, September 2: 10am – 5pm
    Intersection of Dunn and Fourth Streets
    Fourth Street Festival of the Arts and Crafts
    www.4thstreet.org

    Now in its 8th year, the Spoken Word Stage at the 4th Street Arts Festival is one of the largest literary performance events in the Midwest, featuring storytelling, poetry, fiction, non-fiction, live radio theatre, and other unique collaborations.  And of course, the ever-popular Poetry on Demand table will be staffed with a fleet of poets armed with typewriters ready to deliver!

    If you are interested in volunteering for the upcoming SPOKEN WORD STAGE at the 4th Street Festival in September, contact executive director Tony Brewer at contact@writersguildbloomington.com
    Go here to view the entire schedule


    Kelly Writers Series/DePauw University
    https://www.depauw.edu/academics/departments-programs/english/visitingwritersseries/fall-2018/

    Chris White (fiction and dramatic writer) is the author of The Life List of Adrian Mandrick (named a Best New Book of 2018 by The Chicago Review of Books)
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    She will read Wednesday, September 5, 2018, at 7:30 PM in Thompson Recital Hall, Green Center for the Performing Arts.

    “An intense, poignant debut...This engaging, unusual novel successfully combines the best elements of a psychological portrait, a travel adventure, and a suspenseful mystery. —Library Journal (starred review)

    Chris White is professor of English and Creative Writing at DePauw University. The Life List of Adrian Mandrick is her first novel.


    Poetry on Brick Street
    featuring Donald Platt
    Thursday, Sept. 6; 7 p.m.
    at SullivanMunce Cultural Center, 225 W. Hawthorne St., Zionsville.

    Join us to greet Brick Street poetry audience favorite Donald Platt. An open mic will follow the reading. The event is free.
    Donald Platt
    Platt is the author of Tornadoesque (2016), Dirt Angels (New Issues Press, 2009), My Father Says Grace (Arkansas University Press, 2007), Cloud Atlas (Purdue University Press, 2002), and Fresh Peaches, Fireworks, & Guns (Purdue University Press, 1994). His honors include the Discovery/The Nation Poetry Prize, the Paumanok Poetry Prize, two Verna Emery Poetry Prizes, and two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts. He teaches at Purdue University and lives in West Lafayette, Ind.

     

    Vivian S. Delbrook Visiting Writers Series/Butler University
    https://www.butler.edu/vws

    Brando Skyhorse 
    Thursday, September 6, 7:30 PM
    Atherton Union, Reilly Room

    Brando Skyhorse’s debut novel The Madonnas of Echo Park received the 2011 PEN/Hemingway Award and the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. The book was also a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers pick. Take This Man: A Memoir was an Amazon Best Book of the Month selection and was named by Kirkus Reviews as one the Best Nonfiction Books of the year.

    Skyhorse has also co-edited an anthology, We Wear the Mask:15 True Stories About Passing in America. He has been awarded fellowships at Ucross Foundation and the Breadloaf Writers’ Conference and was the Jenny McKean Moore Writer in Washington Fellow at George Washington University. Skyhorse is an Associate Professor at Indiana University Bloomington, where he teaches in the MFA Program in Creative Writing. He is currently writing a new novel.


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    Indiana Prison Writers Workshop
    (program) to hold a traveling exhibit from 6-10pm on Friday, September 7 at Rabble Coffee House in Indianapolis, Ind., featuring work by both free and incarcerated artists. The collection was curated by Indiana Prison Writers Workshop. No monies will be accepted on behalf of the artists work.

    Indiana Prison Writers Workshop's mission is to improve the lives of those incarcerated through writing and expression. The certificate-based workshop, in partnership with the Department of Corrections, advances critical-thinking and problem-solving skills and uncovers issues once buried. IPWW prepares men and women for successful re-entry and the tempo of life in the free society through creative writing and improved communications.


    Indy Reads Books
    https://www.facebook.com/events/188532355142732/
    911 Massachusetts Ave, Indianapolis, Indiana 46202

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    Friday, September 7 at 7 PM - 9 PM

    Sarah and Kate would love to see you at the the launch party for their two new books of flash fiction on First Friday downtown!   They'll read stories that navigate the personal, the political, and the magical, particularly surrounding women's lives and relationships. Snacks and conversation will follow the event.

    Sarah Layden   (www.sarahlayden.com)

    Sarah Layden’s The Story I Tell Myself About Myself, winner of the inaugural Sonder Press Chapbook Competition, is an intimate, deftly crafted collection. The fictions housed here, while brief, are delicate and deliberate, each capturing at once the vast, fleeting fragility of our existence and the singular, profound experience of each moment lived. And while these are stories of abandonment and regret, of desire, guilt and longing, there is love and good intention, faith and wonder here, as well. Layden crafts her prose with precision and a keen understanding of the nuance of language. Each story is a measured mouthful, sweet and full on the tongue. The Story I Tell Myself About Myself tells the story of all of us, the spectrum of our lives laid bare, our own reflection refracted.

    Sarah is the author of the novel Trip Through Your Wires (Engine Books), and her short stories appear in Boston Review, Booth, PANK, Artful Dodge, and elsewhere. Her essays can be found in Salon, Ladies' Home Journal, and The Humanist, among others. The Story I Tell Myself About Myself, flash fiction, won the Sonder Press 2017 Chapbook Competition. She teaches creative writing at IUPUI and the Indiana Writers Center.

    Kate Gehan (www.kategehan.com)

    The Girl and the Fox Pirate (Mojave River Press), Kate Gehan’s debut collection of thirty-four stories, is a wry, tender, and inventive exploration of the ways we manage relationships with our siblings, spouses, children, and even ourselves. Qualities of magic realism permeate her writing as characters navigate problems in a world where tumultuous emotions may literally burst into flight. In “Now They Would Behave” a family’s discord manifests as an escaped dragon they must tame. In “It Grew to a Certain Size,” a mother blames herself for her daughter’s death and finds solace conversing with her talking pet pig. In “New Wavelengths” a woman harnesses unexpected natural power to seek revenge on her harasser. Gehan also lasers her insight to critique narrow definitions of female beauty, ultimately inviting us to envision a more glorious society.

    Kate was born and raised in New York City and is a graduate of Haverford College and Emerson College's MFA program. Among many publications, her writing has appeared in McSweeney's Internet Tendency, Split Lip Magazine, Literary Mama, People Holding, and as a winner of Midwestern Gothic's Flash Fiction Summer 2016 series. Kate read as a cast member of the 2014 Listen to Your Mother Show and her work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, The Best of the Net, and Wigleaf's 50 (Very) Short Fictions. She has lived with her family in the Indianapolis area for over a decade.



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    Come one, come all, to the most joyful poetry event in all America!

    Join us at the Butler University/Efroymson Center for Creative Writing Saturday, Sept 8 from 2 to 8:00PM for the Divedapper Poetry Carnival,
    featuring a rotation of delights: live music, fair food, carnival games conducted by beautiful people with perfect hair, and poetry readings from Nicole Sealey, Ross Gay, and Tarfia Faizullah – they all have perfect hair too. There will be youth workshops and workshops for adults, free swag, free food, free booze—the whole celebration is totally free!

    Presented in cooperation with Butler University, the Divedapper Poetry Carnival aims to obliterate the idea that poetry is obtuse, or unapproachable, or in any way un-fun. Spend the day with us. Listen to words, write some of your own, eat a corn dog. It's going to be a good time.
    Go here to see the entire schedule.


    Second Flight Books
    2200 Elmwood Ave. Suite D-7, Lafayette, Indiana 47904

    YA Author Event: Annie Sullivan signing A Touch of Gold
    Saturday, September 8 at 1 PM - 2 PM
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    We're excited to host author Annie Sullivan, who will be signing her buzzed about her novel, A Touch of Gold.

    Gold is wealth. Wealth is power. Power is a curse. King Midas once had the ability to turn all he touched into gold. But after his gift—or curse—almost killed his daughter, Midas relinquished The Touch forever. Ten years later, Princess Kora still bears the consequences of her father’s wish: her skin shines golden, rumors follow her everywhere she goes, and she harbors secret powers that are getting harder to hide...

    Annie Sullivan graduated in December 2012 with her MFA in creative writing from Butler University. Her work has been featured in Curly Red Stories and Punchnel’s. Her novel, Goldilocks, won the Luminis Books Award at the 2013 Midwest Writers Workshop. She lives in Indianapolis and loves traveling and exploring new cultures. When she’s not off on her own adventures, she’s working as the Copy Specialist at John Wiley and Sons, Inc. publishing company, having also worked there in Editorial and Publicity roles.



    Breakout small
    Monday, September 10 at 7-9 PM
    Tube Factory artspace

    1125 Cruft St, Indianapolis, Indiana 46203
    Free
    Get your free ticket

    Every year PEN America sets aside an evening to celebrate and recognize excellence in writing from people in prison. This year’s program, “Break Out: Voices from the Inside,” commemorates the 1971 Attica Prison Uprising and PEN’s Prison Writing Program, which was founded in its aftermath and now reaches more than 20,000 incarcerated writers annually.

    As part of PEN America’s national outreach initiative, PEN Across America, the Indiana Writers Center has invited local writers to read writing by people incarcerated in the Indiana prison system, and writing by winners of the PEN America Writing Contest on Monday, September 10 at 7:00 pm. The free reading will be held at Tube Factory. Please join us in honoring the struggle for free expression in prison and the importance of writing as an act of creative resistance and triumph.



    silhouette-1992390__340-300x233Indy Story Slam
    September 11, 2018 @ 7:00–8:30 pm
    IndyFringe Basile Theatre
    719 E St Clair St, Indianapolis, IN 46202
    $10.00

    Gather your friends to participate in the Indy Story Slam produced by IndyFringe and Storytelling Arts of Indiana. The Slam theme is “Saving the World.” These up-to-five minute personal stories must be true, told in the first person and based on the theme. The theme is broad and may be interpreted many ways. (no props nor reading from the page.)

    The slam judges are picked from the audience along with a time keeper and score keeper so if you don’t want to tell, you can still participate. Our host, Celestine Bloomfield will pick ten names of those who want to tell from a hat at the top of the show.

    The first place winner will open for Vicki Juditz, a Moth GrandSLAM winner on Saturday, September 22, 2018 at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center. Second and third place winners will receive complimentary tickets to an upcoming storytelling performance and IndyFringe performance.

    Cash Bar and Snacks Available


    Poets Attack! With Adrian Matejka, Noah Baldino, & Manon Voice
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    Wednesday, September 26 at 7 PM – 8:30 PM
    Irvington Vinyl & Books
    9 Johnson Ave, Indianapolis, Indiana 46219

    Get in, get culture, get out. This is the motto of Poets Attack. The last Wednesday of each month, for 90 minutes or less, Irvington Vinyl & Books hosts two talented local poets and pairs them with visiting writers from out of state. The goal is to connect Hoosier poets with writers from across the United States, and to build relationships between our local scene and the world outside. We believe poetry is meant for everybody; that’s why we keep our readings short and our admission free. Poetry For All.

    Noah Baldino's poems have appeared in Poetry Magazine, Black Warrior Review, Kenyon Review, and elsewhere. They are a poetry editor for the Sycamore Review. They were a finalist for the 2018 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Poetry Prize.

    Adrian Matejka is the author of four books, including Map to the Stars and the Big Smoke, which earned him a nomination for the National Book award and the Pulitzer Prize in poetry. Indianapolis's own hometown hero, his long list of prizes includes a Pushcart, a fellowship from the Guggenheim Foundation, and many many more. He is the poet laureate of Indiana.


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    Thursday, October 11 at 6 PM - 8 PM
    Indiana Writers Center
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    Join visiting writer Michael Martone and poet Jessica Reed for an evening of prose and poetry. Both writers will present a reading of their work, followed by a book signing.
    FREE EVENT!

    Michael Martone, native of Fort Wayne, has been writing fiction and nonfiction about indiana and the Midwest for 40 years. His newest books are BROODING and THE MOON OVER WAPAKONETA: FICTIONS AND SCIENCE FICTIONS FROM INDIANA AND BEYOND. He has taught creative writing at Iowa State, Harvard, and Syracuse universities and currently teaches at the University of Alabama.

    Jessica Reed’s chapbook, World, Composed (Finishing Line Press), is a dialogue with the ancient poet Lucretius about atoms. Her work has appeared in Crazyhorse; Conjunctions; The Indianapolis Review; North American Review; Bellingham Review; New American Writing; Colorado Review; Waxwing; 111O; Tinderbox Poetry Journal; Spiral Orb; The Fourth River; and elsewhere. She has a MFA in Poetry and a BS in Physics, both from Purdue University. She taught creative writing at Scottsdale Community College in Arizona and Ivy Tech Community College, and for the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth, where she designed special writing courses, such as “Writing Workshop: Where Art Meets Science”. She has taught science-themed poetry at an all-female STEM summer program in Dammam, Saudi Arabia and in Beijing, China for the Center for Excellence in Education. She teaches a year-long seminar at Butler University called “Physics and the Arts.” She lives in Danville, Indiana.

     


    Indiana Humanities Poetry Tour with Tracy K. Smith
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    Indiana Humanities, in partnership with Brick Street Poetry and the Indianapolis Public Library, are excited to welcome U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith to Indiana for a poetry tour from Nov. 27 to Nov. 29. The events will be held in Greencastle, Hanover, Indianapolis, and Shelbyville and will be free and open to the public. However, advance tickets are required and seating is limited. Reserve yours today. More information at: http://quantumleap.indianahumanities.org/qlpoetrytour/…

    Written by Roxanna Santoro — August 07, 2018


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