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

Arts Journalism Fellowship Program

The Arts Council of Indianapolis and IndyStar are thrilled to launch the second round of the highly successful Arts Journalism Fellowship Program. Application materials, qualifications, and deadline (June 10, 2016) can be found here: http://indyarts.org/funding/individuals/arts-journalism-fellowship-program

The Arts Journalism Fellowship Program is a partnership with the Arts Council of Indianapolis and our media partner *The Indianapolis Star (IndyStar) *to promote and increase arts coverage. Launched in 2015 through a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, the program continues in 2016-2017 as an Arts Council of Indianapolis signature initiative. As part of this program, Arts Journalism Fellows receive in-depth engagement with the arts community in Indianapolis as facilitated by staff of the Arts Council of Indianapolis, and in-depth journalism training as facilitated by staff of *IndyStar.* The Arts Council of Indianapolis Arts Journalism Fellowship Program will award up to three (3) $2,000 fellowships to qualified and talented students (undergraduates and post-undergraduates) to research and write engaging articles or create content and videos on artists and arts organizations in music, dance, theatre, literature, media, and/or the visual arts. The fellowship program seeks to introduce and provide students with connections, and to build relationships with professional journalists and artists in central Indiana.

Religion, Spirituality and the Arts with Rabbi Sandy Sasso / Round V

We are happily Announcing Round V of the Religion, Spirituality and the Arts Initiative. This Fall the seminar, with the new subject of “Creation”, will be led by Rabbi Sandy Sasso, along with seminar faculty, Shari Wagner, Julia Muney Moore and Michael Schelle. We are looking for artists in all mediums to join us for this one of a kind seminar and exhibition.

Applications will be accepted starting May 2 and continue until June 6. Please see our website at https://www.butler.edu/religion-arts or the information attached for details. Please find the application form on our website.

Applicants may be anyone in the community who is active in one of the artistic disciplines. Selected applicants must be able to make a commitment to attend a minimum of six seminar sessions and engage in open and respectful dialogue. There will be a matriculation fee of $50 at acceptance into the program. Seminar participants will produce creative work to be performed and/or exhibited in a public forum. Seminar participants will receive a $150 stipend at the conclusion of the group exhibition.

Session V Fall 2016 seminar dates are Thursdays, September 22, 29, October 6, 13, November 3, December 1, January 12, 2017 and February 2.


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

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: The Geeky Press and Youshare Project are teaming up for a Storytellers Reading Series in Indianapolis on July 15, 2016!

DEADLINE: July 4, 2016

THEME: The Moment Everything Changed—Everyone has experienced a pivotal moment that forever shifted the direction of their life. Tell us yours.

GUIDELINES: A true, personal story around 800 to 2,000 words in length that fits the above theme. Previously published stories are accepted.

WHY: We’ll publish your story on the Youshare Project website as part of this series. Then, if you live in the Indianapolis, Indiana area, you can also join our LIVE reading series on July 15 at Metonymy Media in Fountain Square from 6-7:30 p.m., where a handful of authors will read their stories to a live audience.

HOW: Submit your stories through the Youshare Project website by July 4, 2016. Be sure to include a note at the top of your essay stating that your submission is part of The Geeky Press/Youshare Project Reading Series. To submit, register on the site (www.youshareproject.com) by clicking the “Sign In” button on the top right of any page, then click “register” at the bottom of the pop up box. Once you’re signed in, you can submit your story through the website by clicking on the “Submit a Story” tab on the home page.

Questions? Email Ashlee Blewett at ashlee@youshareproject.com

This summer, University of Indianapolis is excited once again to offer the Young Writers Workshop--a five-day residential creative writing retreat in which high school juniors and seniors practice the craft of writing fiction and poetry in a supportive, communal environment.

The Workshop is open to all creative writers who will be juniors or seniors in the fall of 2016.
Dates: June 19-24, 2016; participants stay overnight
Cost: $450; includes room & board
Contact: Dan J. Vice, Director (viced@uindy.edu)
Register at: http://www.uindy.edu/summer/academic-camps

2016 Indiana Golden Opportunity Contest

We welcome you to the Indiana Golden Opportunity (IGO) Contest, one of the premier chapter contests in RWA®. The Indiana chapter of Romance Writers of America (IRWA) has a well-deserved reputation for offering detailed constructive comments to our entrants from published authors and trained judges. Designed to identify the fundamentals of storytelling and grammar, our four-page category-specific score sheets will assist entrants by defining the elements in their manuscript that require more attention. Our goal is to assist IGO entrants with constructive feedback to help them polish their manuscripts. Many past winners have successfully gone on to catch an editor’s eye and/or final and win in RWA’s Golden Heart Contest. IGO attracts some of the most respected names in the industry as category and final judges.

Many past winners have gone on to successfully catch an editor's eye and/or final and win in RWA's Golden Heart Contest.  OPEN FOR ENTRIES: May 1, 2016 /DEADLINE FOR ENTRY: July 1, 2016

Go here to get all the details:   https://www.rwa.org/p/cm/ld/fid=1796


Make Some Noise

Unsure where to publish your literary works, unusual art, and social commentaries?
Go to http://noisemedium.com/.
Submit as many ideas as you like to contests@noisemedium.com. We’ll publish anything as long as it’s interesting—stories, images, essays, creative balance sheets, videos, or whatever else you can send us.  We care more about originality than anything else. Make it new. Make it great.

Every month, we award a $500 grand prize to our favorite submission and publish our next favorite 50 submissions. 

Questions? Contact us at contests@noisemedium.com. As we editors suffer from hyper-connectivity and crippling caffeine addictions, you’ll hear from us promptly.


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


Register now!

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

Midwest Writers' Workshop Scholarships Available

MWW scholarship deadline is May 31st!

Midwest Writers awards a limited number of scholarships for participation in Part II. Awards are based on financial need, interest and a writing sample of five pages. Scholarship applications must be postmarked on or before May 31, 2016. If you are applying for a scholarship, find the 2016 Scholarship application on their What We Offer page, print out the registration form, and mail it and a brief note with an overview explaining why coming to our conference would be a financial stretch for you and how you believe you would benefit. Attach a 5-page, double-spaced writing sample. 



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.
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/.


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.

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 — May 09, 2016

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