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

Pathways to History: Poetry Writing Workshop
Instructor:  Shari Wagner, IAC Poet in Residence at Fort Harrison
Date:  Wednesday, July 13
Time:  9 a.m.-Noon

Location:  Fort Harrison State Park, Camp Glen Building 702
Cost:  Free (Limit 10 participants)
Register:  Contact Shari through her Facebook page or website
http://www.throughthesycamores.com/      https://www.facebook.com/IndianaPoetLaureateShariWagner/
Fort Harrison Walnut Plantation edited
Join IWC Instructor and Indiana Poet Laureate Shari Wagner for a free poetry writing workshop at Fort Harrison State Park. Activities will include a discussion of strategies for writing poems inspired by history, an examination of models, a visit to Fort Harrison’s nature center and military museum, and writing exercises. Participants are encouraged to read the poems they write at a poetry celebration at Fort Harrison on Saturday, August 20.



 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

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

Register now!

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

The conference is open to writers of all genders, members and non-members. This full-day event features expert local and regional speakers in many genres. A light breakfast, Panera lunch, and all-day beverages will be provided in the cost of the event.

Our keynote speaker will be Victoria Murden McClure, the president of Spalding University and the first woman and first American to row solo across the Atlantic Ocean in 1999. She authored A Pearl in the Storm: How I Found My Heart in the Middle of the Ocean. The luncheon panel will be edible Louisville authors Tomese Buthod, Sarah Fritschner, and Janeen Wiche. Conference participants will be able to select from 12 workshops to attend. 



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/



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!

Happy summer! cool Since we’ve been doing these posts for a couple of years now, I thought a word about the process of compiling them was due. Making the “Where to Submit” list doesn’t take as long as you’d think; while I scour several databases and websites and am on a lot of mailing lists, I also keep a file of all the previous submission periods we’ve included and draw from that. When people ask to be added to the list, I add them. I’ve turned a few organizations away because they are more what you’d call “vanity presses.” I’m hesitant to include contests with exorbitant entry fees, but ultimately I think it should be up to the writer to decide where and when to pay entry fees, not up to me.

I don’t go out of my way to include the “big magazines,” many of which you’ll find on Clifford Garstang’s helpful Pushcart Prize rankings or John Fox’s Bookfox. The magazines at the top of those lists already receive substantial recognition, and it would be almost redundant to include them here. Our mission is rather to spread the word about lesser-known presses, magazines, and opportunities. (We’re also doing this work in Entropy’ Small Press Database, which is nearing 100 interviews.) I hope you’ll take the time to get to know the publications you submit to, and that for you this list will eventually become obsolete.

The featured artwork this month is a mono print by Dan Cassidy, “Rome 3.3.1,” which is part of a series based on images of the corners of hotel rooms; this one is from the Domus Livia in Rome. The print is 22″ x 30″ using Renaissance inks on Arches paper. Find more of his work here.

As usual, send me an email (dennis@entropymag.org) if you would like to be included on the next list, or leave a comment below to be seen in this one. Thanks for supporting Entropy, and good luck out there!

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 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 — June 07, 2016

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