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

Indiana's Poet Laureate Shari Wagner will conduct an innovative and exciting poetry workshop for educators!

4/14  Poetry Workshop for Educators
Barnes & Noble, Westfield / Carmel location (14790 Greyhound Plaza, Carmel, IN 46032)
6:30 p.m., check B&N website:
https://stores.barnesandnoble.com/event/9780061766122-0 for more details

Participants will gain ideas for a variety of prompts and then work together to create a poem. The workshop structure can then be easily implemented in the classroom.  School Educators may receive Professional Development points or Leadership points.
R.S.V.P. required  crm2933@bn.com


The Indianapolis Haiku Group

The Indianapolis Haiku Group (IHG) meets on Sunday, April 24th, from 2-5pm. The purpose of the IHG is to read, write, share, and workshop various forms of Japanese poetry forms (haiku, tanka, haibun, haiga, etc.). All levels of experience (including none) are welcome. Location varies. Please contact group facilitator Kyle D. Craig at kcra4ig@gmail.com if you are interested.


So It Goes Literary Journal

The submission period for our fifth annual edition will open March 1, 2016 and will end on June 1, 2016 at 11:59pm EDT.

So It Goes is designed to bring together work from veterans and civilians, established authors and virtual unknowns, high school students and nonagenarians. It’s a journal that has been, in a way, unstuck in time.

True to Vonnegut’s ethos of kindness, common decency, and free-expression as well as his passion for social justice, environmentalism, and peace, So It Goes is a literary journal with a conscience. Over fifty percent of each issue’s contents come from veteran artists and authors. And each issue revolves around a theme, such as War and Peace (I) , Humor (II), Creativity (III), and Social Justice (IV).

The 2016 theme for So it Goes is Indiana

Go here to submit


Downtown Writers Jam and Writers Retreat

Storytellers reading: http://thegeekypress.com/readings/the-downtown-writers-jam-storytellers/

One-day writers retreat: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/one-day-writers-retreat-camp-nanowrimo-kickoff-hosted-by-the-geeky-press-tickets-22051304044

NAMI Call for Poets- Through an Open Window the Light Shines

An Art and Poetry Exhibit by The National Alliance on Mental Illness, Delaware County (NAMI), in partnership with Minnetrista.

We are calling on all poets to become involved and donate their talents and creativity to aid in this endeavor to bring the Delaware County community together to become more aware of the impact of mental illness. Through an Open Window, the Light Shines is fundraiser and an arts exhibition which seeks poets who can capture through their poems the struggle with the pain of mental illness as well as the subsequent breakthrough into mental health.  NAMI believes that poetry uniquely can reach and educate people about mental illness by providing a window into the very soul of human beings in ways that information and facts cannot. It can open the curtains and let the light shine through. It can sweep away stigma and replace it with fresh air, light and understanding.

Entries for this juried exhibition are due April 18, 2016.

Click here for the Prospectus.


Registration now!

Click here to see our fantastic schedule!
Click here to register online!



Writer's Digest Annual Conference- Write Better. Get Published. Build Your Network.

The Writer's Digest Annual Conference offers everything writers need to advance creatively and professional. And it's all brought to you by Writer's Digest, the experts at nurturing and developing new writers for more than 90 years. This year we are happy to announce that the keynote speakers are Kwame Alexander, David Baldacci and we will be announcing one additional keynote in the near future. Check out all the speakers and schedule by clicking here http://www.writersdigestconference.com/.

A special feature of this conference is the Pitch Slam. The Pitch Slam is a rare opportunity to pitch directly to agents and editors actively looking for new talent to represent! It's a high-energy experience that's both an incredibly useful tool and a very tangible opportunity.

This conference does have an early bird price that ends on April 1st. Registration options can be found by clicking here http://www.writersdigestconference.com/index.php/register.

Aesthetica Creative Writing Award 2016 Call for Entries


The Aesthetica Creative Writing Award 2016 is now open for entries, presenting an opportunity for emerging and established writers and poets to showcase their work to new international audiences and further their involvement in the literary world.

Now in its ninth year, the award is an internationally renowned prize presented by Aesthetica Magazine and judged by literary experts, including Arifa Akbar, book reviewer for Monocle Radio and BBC Radio 5 Live and former Literary Editor at The Independent.

Prizes include:

  • £500 each (Poetry Winner and Short Fiction Winner)
  • Publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual
  • Consultation with Redhammer Management (Short Fiction Winner)
  • Full Membership to The Poetry Society (Poetry Winner)
  • Selection of books courtesy of Bloodaxe and Vintage
  • One year subscription to Granta

Short Fiction entries should be no more than 2,000 words. Poetry entries should be no more than 40 lines. Works previously published elsewhere are accepted.

Deadline for submissions is 31 August 2016. To enter, visit www.aestheticamagazine.com/cwa


Have some work ready? Send it out to Entrophy!

April showers… You know the rest. Brave the rain, and the sun will come out eventually. Submitting work is a difficult game, but some day you’ll get good news from your favorite magazine, or that book you’ve been sending out for so long will be published by a press that loves your work. Stay with it. May flowers are coming soon.

The Fool For Poetry International Chapbook Competition

The Munster Literature Centre (Cork, Ireland) is pleased to announce that the The Fool For Poetry International Chapbook Competition is now open for submissions, deadline 31 May. 

The first and second prize winners will receive a cash prize (1st prize: €1000, 2nd prize: €500*), chapbook publication, 50 free copies of their chapbooks. The winning poets will be offered a reading and given three nights' accommodation at the 2017 Cork Spring Poetry Festival.
 *€1000 is roughly equivalent to £784 Sterling/ $1120 USD at xe.com on 29 March 2016.
This is a great opportunity for both established and emerging poets, as at least one of the top two winners is guaranteed to be a debutante publication. The judges will be a panel selected from the Southword Editions board of management. Submission guidelines and further details can be viewed here: http://munsterlit.ie/Fool%20for%20Poetry.html , and queries sent to me here at info@munsterlit.ie are very welcome. Any developments will be announce at our website and on social media:


The Butler Bridge Program

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.

If you have any additional questions about the Butler Bridge Program or its programs, please email the Bridge Program Coordinator, Mindy Dunn, at mdunn1@butler.edu.

Like us on Facebook!  Spring 2016: Schedule announced, registration now open!

Please note that registration is limited for many Butler Bridge programs, as specified.
Click here to register!

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



Odyssey Writing Workshop

June 6 through July 15, 2016     
Since its inception in 1996, the Odyssey Writing Workshop has become one of the most highly respected workshops for writers of fantasy, science fiction, and horror in the world. Top authors, editors and agents have served as guests at Odyssey, and 59% of graduates have gone on to be professionally published. The workshop, held annually on the campus of Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire, runs for six weeks, and combines an intensive, advanced curriculum with in-depth feedback on students' manuscripts. College credit is available upon request.    
Early Action Application Deadline--Jan. 31, 2016      
Regular Application Deadline--April 8, 2016

Go here to apply

The Juniper Summer Writing Institute, hosted by the UMass Amherst MFA for Poets & Writers from June 19-26, 2016, is now accepting applications!
We are excited to announce our faculty and guest writers for 2016. Heather Christle, Emily Pettit, Zachary Schomburg, and Evie Shockley will be leading workshops in poetry. Noy Holland, Mitchell S. Jackson and Joy Williams will lead the fiction workshops. Paul Lisicky will teach a workshop in creative non-fiction and memoir. Writers in Residence will be Chris Dombrowski, Arthur Flowers, Amelia Gray, Eileen Myles, Betsy Wheeler, Dara Wier, and Matthew Zapruder.
Complete program information can be found on our new website. Click below to access our online application through Submittable.

Apply Now
We offer both full and partial scholarships and grants, as well as work study opportunities. Scholarship applications are due March 15, 2016.

Join us in June for a week devoted to your writing, a time for wild invention, and a chance to become part of a diverse community of acclaimed and emerging writers from all walks of life!

June 18-26, 2016
The Juniper Institute for Young Writers is an extraordinary nine-day creative writing program for students who are finishing their sophomore, junior, or senior years of high school. Hosted by the University of Massachusetts MFA Program for Poets and Writers, the Institute offers participants a unique opportunity to participate in intensive creative writing workshops, craft sessions, and studio courses designed especially for young writers. Participants also have unparalleled exposure to world-renowned authors through readings and Q&As with its companion program for adults.

Go here for the application.

The Freeman has a new poetry editor: Sarah Skwire

The following is a note from Sarah Skwire:
Writerly types!
I am now going to be handling poetry submissions for the good folks at the Freeman. That means you know the poetry editor! Send me good stuff--liberty related or not. I like formal verse and free verse. I like elegant and exciting use of language.
The things I want to read do what e.e.cummings said here:
"At least my theory of technique, if I have one, is very far from original; nor is it complicated. I can express it in fifteen words, by quoting The Eternal Question And Immortal Answer. of burlesk, viz., 'Would you hit a woman with a child?-No, I'd hit her with a brick.' Like the burlesk comedian, I am abnormally fond of that precision which creates movement."
Accepted poems get $50, publication online, and possible inclusion in the print quarterly. If you're included in the print version, we'll send you a copy of the issue in which your poem appears.
Submissions should go to: poetry@fee.org
Full submission guidelines are available here. Ignore them at your peril:


Creating a new female narrative one story at a time.


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

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

Rethinking Children’s Literature: Read for Change

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

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

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

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

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

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

Join the conversation!

Twitter https://twitter.com/rethinkkidlit 

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


Free Magazine for Writers

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

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

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

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



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

Send submissions to: hipsubmissions@gmail.com 

Poets & Writers: New Writing Contest Deadlines!

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


Written by Roxanna Santoro — April 03, 2016

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