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

Seeking Authors

Greenwood Public Library will be holding an author fair on Oct. 18, 2014, from 1-4 pm.  We are seeking authors who would be interested in participating.  The library would provide a table at no charge.  Authors would be responsible for creating any displays or decorating and selling their own books.  If think you might like to participate, please reply to this message and further information will be forthcoming.  If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.  You may also contact Valerie Moore by email at vmoore@greenwoodlibrary.us, or either of us by phone at 885-5036.



Teaching Vonnegut Workshop 


   Teaching Teachers 2014 now taking applications
    Free weeklong workshop is July 14-18

Students find Kurt Vonnegut’s sense of humor and willingness to speak out irresistible, once you get them to open the book.

At the 2014 Teaching Teachers to Teach Vonnegut workshop, high school teachers and librarians will hear from Vonnegut scholars on how to introduce one of our nation’s best authors to young people. And you’ll earn professional development credits for each hour you attend. Rodney Allen, PhD, Vonnegut scholar and author of  Conversations with Kurt Vonnegut and Understanding Kurt Vonnegut, will lead the workshop once again. Other presenters include Dr. Gregory Sumner, author of Unstuck in Time: A Journey Through Vonnegut's Life and Works, and Dr. Jon Eller, author of Becoming Ray Bradbury.

As always, the goal is to give teachers information they need to effectively share Vonnegut’s work with students. Vonnegut’s writing is relevant to social issues today – environmentalism, militarism, human rights, censorship, religion’s place in civic life – and students will find his humor and insights into the human condition fascinating and challenging.
Space is limited, so contact the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library today by email: teachingKV@vonnegutlibrary.org. The workshop is free.

The Downtown Writers Jam hosted by The Geeky Press is an storytelling and literary extravaganza. We'll choose six writers and give them 10 minutes to tell a story from a piece they've either completed or published. There will be no podium, no reading, and no silent audience. Just a writer cast out amongst the crowd. The event will take place at Indy Reads Books on Wednesday, July 23 from 6:30-8:30.

It's easy to submit your work to the Jam. Just send an excerpt of your story (no more than 5-single spaced pages) so we can pick the best six. You retain all rights and copyrights, and we promise not to use it for any reason.

Exploring the Writer’s Craft

Registration Opens for “Exploring the Writer’s Craft”
Speakers at July 12 workshop include novelist Allie Pleiter and biographer Alanna Nash; registration discounted until June 15
Writers across the region are invited to the third annual writing workshop organized by Louisville-based Women Who Write, July 12, at Jefferson Community and Technical College, 505 Buffalo Run Rd., Shepherdsville, Ky. The full-day workshop, “Exploring the Writer’s Craft,” focuses on helping writers build skills.

Online registration is now open at www.WomenWhoWrite.com or attendees can register by mail: Women Who Write, PO Box 6167, Louisville, KY 40206.

 41st Midwest Writers Workshop, July 24-26, 2014

The mission of MWW is to give all writers the opportunity to improve their craft, to associate with highly credentialed professionals, and to network with other writers.

How It Works:

We have 35+ different instructional sessions with top quality faculty during our three-day program on everything from fiction to nonfiction, marketing, and ways to get your creative juices flowing. Thursday focuses on genre-specific intensive sessions. Friday and Saturday are packed with sessions on the craft of writing and the business of writing.

Go here to get the details:  http://www.midwestwriters.org/

Religion, Spirituality and the Arts Seminar Opportunity

Rabbi Sandy Sasso is offering another opportunity for inspiration in a 6-week seminar that she will be directing this Fall on Tuesday evenings.  Applications to participate in this program are now being accepted.  Please see the attached flyer and the link below for more detailed information.

Call for Submissions:

The IU Simon Cancer Center Art Cart program is seeking poetry and short prose (1-2 pages) for publication in a creative writing collection to be published this fall. Anyone whose life has been affected by cancer (patients, family members, caregivers) is invited to submit his/her writing for consideration.

Deadline: Friday, August 1, 2014
Email submissions to: Liza Hyatt at lhyatt@iuhealth.org.


We All Have a Story

Here is your chance to write yours. It is that time of year again, when fans from all over the world gather with coolers in hand, headsets tuned to one of the many race broadcasts, a sense of nostalgia while Jim Nabors sings Back Home Again in Indiana, and growing anticipation to find out who will be drinking the milk this year. The Indy 500 is billed as The Greatest Spectacle in Racing, and is considered one of the three most prestigious motorsports events in the world. Its international acclaim is deeply embedded, which I'm reminded of whenever I travel - it is the first reference people make as soon as I tell them where I live. This season the IMS is presenting a 2015 VIP experience to the winner of their We All Have a Story Contest on the theme Your Experience at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Event. Works must be non-fiction, and are due by August 30, 2014.

Click here for more details...

Sledgehammer 36-Hour Writing Contest

Form a team or write solo in this quirky writing contest to shatter writer’s block! Contest involves completing a scavenger hunt to collect writing prompts (either online from anywhere or in person in Portland, Ore.), writing a story within 36 hours, and competing for prizes collectively worth over $25,000. Judges include writing experts at Indigo Editing & Publications and New York Times bestseller Ariel Gore. Cost: $40 for adults, $10 for ages 11–17, and $5 for ages 10 and under.
Preregistration opens in June.


Free Magazine for Writers

Writers Wheel Magazine
Click here to read and download the first 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.

Send submissions to: hipsubmissions@gmail.com    


Palettes & Quills Fourth Biennial Chapbook Contest 2014

With Kelly Cherry Judging
Open to All Writers -Now accepting Manuscripts

Prize: A $200 cash award plus 50 copies of the published book. Additional copies will be available at an author’s discount. All finalists will receive one free copy of the published book. All contest entrants will be offered a special discount on the purchase price of the published book.

Deadline: September 30th, 2014. Manuscripts postmarked after September 30th will not be read.
Go here for details:  http://www.palettesnquills.com


Aesthetica Creative Writing Competition 2014: Call for Entries

The Aesthetica Creative Writing Competition has launched its Call for Entries, presenting a fantastic opportunity for established and emerging writers to showcase their poetry and short fiction to an international audience.  

Previous winners and finalists from the Aesthetica Creative Writing Competition have gone on to achieve recognition around the world, having been selected from over 3,000 entries to be published the anthology. Last year, poetry winner and award-winning novelist Sylvia Adams was selected for her piece Hands A Choice, and Jennifer Roe championed the Short Fiction category with Roses are Red.

Prizes include publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual, a compelling anthology of new writing loved by audiences internationally including literary students and fellow writers, a selection of inspirational books from our competition partners and £500 prize money.

Visit http://www.aestheticamagazine.com/creativewriting for more information and to register your entry today. Entry is £10 and the deadline to submit your work is August 31, 2014. One entry permits the submission of two works into any one category.


Poetry Contest

Tim Harmon is doing an art project with the Harrison Center. He is inviting people to write a poem about the King Park neighborhood. ( Fall creek to the North.  The interstate to the south.  Monon Trail to the east and Pennsylvania Ave. to the west. Poems will be included in art pieces that Tim makes.  Each poem used will receive $50.00 if and when the art sells. He will be doing one piece a month for 2014.

Accepting poems from now till September 14. Mail your poems to: timjharmon@gmail.com or mail to 1035 Hosbrook st. Indianapolis, IN. 46203.  If you have more questions, call: 317-627-0498

Self-Publishing Workshop

If you have a story inside waiting to get out, please visit the nonprofit Career Resource Center of Brown County on to learn how you can get it published on Amazon at low-to-no expense.

The CRC now offers two courses for writers who want to get published: "Self-Publish a Paperback at Little or No Cost" and "Self-Publish an e-Book at Little or No Cost."

Each course consists of six one-hour classes. Each class is offered on Tuesdays, repeated on Thursdays. You may attend on Tuesday or Thursday or both each week. The cost is $75 for six weeks. The paperback class starts at 6 pm; the e-Book class starts at 7 pm.  Please see http://www.u-publish.com/crc for details.


The Martha's Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing

The Martha's Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing is now open for registration and scholarship applications for our 2014 Summer Writing Program (July 13-18). A detailed description of the 2014 Summer Writing Program, along with registration and scholarship application information is available at our website: http://mvicw.com/

This year we have an amazing faculty line-up, including award-winning authors and poets, *Amina Gautier, Marcus Wicker, Robert James Russell, and Keith Leonard.*

Each summer, the institute invites published authors and poets, literary journal editors, and university creative writing faculty to lead writing workshops, work one-on-one with writers, and provide the necessary tips and tools for editing and publishing their work.  MVICW offers scholarships to help make the program a possibility for all writers.  Comprehensive details about the program can be found at our website: http://mvicw.com/



Save the date!

Magna cum Murder Crime Writing Festival

in association with CrimeFest
October 24-26, 2014
The Columbia Club, Indianapolis, IN
Magna cum Murder online registration is up and running! Authors and readers are beginning to register, so now's your time to get on board for what promises to be weekend of great mystery fun!
Join 2014 Guest of Honor John Gilstrap and International Guest of Honor Robert Wilson ... and many more!
Click below to register:



Butler Bridge Program


The Butler Bridge workshops are designed to develop the writing skills of pre-college students(grades 3-12). Participation in such an individualized writing workshop program will help students prepare for college while also nurturing their talents and imaginations.  This semester we are particularly lucky to have YA writers Ben Winters and John Green on board! 
Go to http://www.butler.edu/english/writing-camp/butler-bridge/ to get all the details.

If you are interested in signing up for any (OR ALL!) of the Butler Bridge Programs, please fill out a registration sheet found at http://www.butler.edu/english/writing-camp/butler-bridge/ or by emailing coordinator Mindy Dunn at butlerbridge@butler.edu. Your registration will be confirmed upon payment. 


Kid's Magazine


Indiana Kids magazine, a brand new family project (not a commercial one) written, edited and published for kids, about kids and by kids, is seeking submissions from Indiana kids across the state. 

This online quarterly magazine is a family project of the Miller and Anderson families of central Indiana, founded to teach our own family's Indiana kids how to work together, how to interview people (which involves a lot of listening), how to interpret and write about what they've learned, and to introduce them to many other interesting Indiana kids around the state they might otherwise not get to meet.  Please send us your poetry, short stories, art work and photography. Make sure the photographs are a jpg file. The drawings can be pdf files. The poems and stories can be either Microsoft Word or just written in the body of the email. 

If your submission fits the themes and mission of the magazine, we will publish it in future issues of Indiana Kids. Please send your work to indianakidsmag@gmail.com  and put "submission" in the subject line.  Please let us know what you would like to see us write about in Indiana Kids in future issues. Take a look at the magazine via this link: http://issuu.com/indianakids



Freight Stories   


The best new fiction on the web. Or anywhere else, for that matter.Freight Stories is now reading submissions for their next issue. Writers of excellent fiction should consider submitting via the online submission manager. Or drop in and read the stories in our current issue.



Poets & Writers: New Writing Contest Deadlines!


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

Written by Indiana Writers Center — June 03, 2014

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