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


New Harmony Project Seeks Play Scripts, Musicals, Screenplays, and Teleplays

The New Harmony Project is now accepting submissions of unproduced stage play scripts, musicals, screenplays and teleplays through October 1, 2014 http://scripts.newharmonyproject.org/
Now in its 29th year, The New Harmony Project has become one of the most sought after script development workshops in the American Theater landscape.  Founded by nine creative visionaries in 1986, the Project exists to support, nurture, and serve playwrights and screenwriters in the development of a particular work.  The New Harmony Project takes place in the idyllic and historic town of New Harmony, IN where the spirit of its utopian roots still endure in the collaborative and inspirational nature of our work, which serves to “Celebrate the Human Spirit.”
The process of The New Harmony Project provides writers space, resources, and the respect necessary to do their work with integrity and ease in a safe and supportive community atmosphere. What is the Project looking for in a script? If you’ve read our mission statement and you’re still not sure your work is right for NHP, you can gain a fuller sense of our aesthetic and philosophical interests by perusing their roster of writers and scripts that have recently found an artistic home at their conference. New Harmony recognizes that we live in complex times, and they seek stories that honor a multiplicity of perspectives.
Questions may be directed to:  info@newharmonyproject.org

Vermont Studio Center Fellowships for Artists and Writers In 2014
VSC has dramatically increased the number of VSC fellowships available to all artists and writers based on merit.

The following 34+ fellowships are available at their October 1, 2014 deadline:

Vermont Studio Center (VSC) Fellowships Open to All
Twenty-five awards open to all artists and writers, based entirely on merit.

Clowes Fund Fellowships
Four fellowships, one each for visual artists living in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Indiana and Washington. Each award includes a $400 travel stipend.

Rona Jaffe Foundation Fellowship
One fellowship for an emerging woman writer who will be a first-time resident at VSC. This award includes a stipend of $1,250 to help cover expenses associated with taking the residency, including but not limited to travel, rent, child-care, or to replace lost income.

For more information, visit http://www.vermontstudiocenter.org/fellowships.



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Magna cum Murder Crime Writing Festival

in association with CrimeFest
October 24-26, 2014
The Columbia Club, Indianapolis, IN
Go to Magna cum Murder online registration- 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:

Missouri Review

The Missouri Review’s 24th Jeffrey E. Smith Editors’ Prize in fiction, poetry, and nonfiction is now open for submissions. First-place winners in each category receive a prize of $5,000, plus a feature in our spring issue and paid travel to our gala reading and reception in Columbia, Missouri. Contest finalists will receive cash prizes and have their work considered for publication as well.

This opportunity is open to both emerging and establihed writers—we are most of all concerned with finding strong work.
All writers submitting to our contest receive a one-year subscription to The Missouri Review.

We accept submissions online or by mail. The postmark deadline is October 1st, and winners will be announced in January of 2015.  You can find more information about the contest through our website: http://www.missourireview.com/tmrsubmissions/editors-prize-contest/.

Competition & Showcase of the Arts, 2015

National Society of Arts and Letters
Bloomington, Indiana Chapter
Another exciting opportunity for Indiana Writers.  The Bloomington, Indiana chapter of the National Society of arts and Letters (NSAL)  announces the 2015 Writers' Competition  open to Indiana residents and students between the ages of 18 and 29 who are currently enrolled in Indiana schools.
Prizes include the one thousand ($1,000) dollar Chapter Award and other cash awards.  The deadline for submission is January 23, 2015.

For more information about the competition please contact Richard Holl at richardholl9@yahoo.com or call 812-334-8171.

Click here for the application.  Mail your application and entry to be postmarked by January 23, 2015

The Indiana Center for the Book is currently accepting entries to the Letters About Literature national writing contest AND the River of Words national Poetry and Art contests.


Letters About Literature:

Students in grade 4-12 are invited to write a personal letter to an author, living or dead, from any genre (fiction or nonfiction, contemporary or classic, etc.) explaining how that author's work changed the student's way of thinking about the world or their self.  Click HERE for Entry Form.   Deadlines are:  December 15, 2014 (postmark): Level III (Grades 9-12) AND January 15, 2015 (postmark): Level I (Grades 4-6) & Level II (Grades 7 & 8).  Prizes include $100 for First Place and entry into the National competition, $50 for Second Place, and $25 for Third Place.  Several Honorable Mentions are chosen as well with prizes of $10.00.  All semifinalists and winners are invited to an award ceremony at the Indiana State Library and will get to meet nationally recognized author and illustrator, Troy Cummings.  Semifinalists and Winners are also invited to be included in the 2014-2015 Letters About Literature Anthology.  This is a great opportunity for individuals and Language Arts classes alike. For more information including a Teacher Guide visit http://www.in.gov/library/lal.htm.


River of Words: 

Students ages 5-19 years old are invited to submit poetry or 2 dimensional art works to the national River of Words competition.  The contest focuses on watersheds as a central theme. This opportunity is designed to help youth express themselves through the arts, while exploring their environment and developing a sense of place and appreciation for discovery. River of Words is an excellent opportunity for art and literature classrooms to strengthen their skills and make connections between the watershed theme and their artistic talents.  The deadline for all entries is December 1, 2014.  Prizes include $50 for First Place Winners.   Winners are invited to an award ceremony at the Indiana State Library and will get to meet nationally recognized author and illustrator, Troy Cummings.  Winners are also invited to be included in the 2014-2015 Letters About Literature Anthology.  For more information including all entry forms visit:  http://www.stmarys-ca.edu/center-for-environmental-literacy/contest-entry-forms-and-rules-in-english.  River of Words is a program out of the Center for Environmental Literacy at St. Mary’s College of California.

Teachers and Librarians!  Don’t miss out on these great opportunities for your students!



CALL FOR ENTRIES:  Spirit and Place-Spirit Slam

Poetry and Storytelling Competition
Friday, November 14, 2014, 7pm to 9 pm
Free Admission
Shelton Auditorium, Christian Theological Seminary
1000 W. 42nd Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208,
www.cts.edu  931-2300, welcome@cts.edu
Studio Ninety-Six Link: www.studioninetysix.org
Spirit & Place Link:   http://www.spiritandplace.org/Festival.aspx?access=Details&Year=2014&EventScheduleID=157
This is a Spirit & Place Festival Event presented by Studio Ninety-Six at Christian Theological Seminary and the Worship and Arts Ministry of Light of the World Christian Church Spirit Slam is a poetry and story telling competition open to all ages that explores the theme of journey in scripture. Want to participate? Craft a poem or story about a journey connected to
 a Biblical text. Practice. Practice. Practice some more so you can remember it without notes and can tell
it in five minutes or less. Then, record yourself, post it on YouTube and email the link to welcome@cts.
edu. Entries are due by Thursday, October 16. We’ll notify you by October 31 if you are selected for the
 live competition in November. If selected, you’ll need two pieces for the competition: the one posted on YouTube and another if you make it to the final round of the live competition. Participants will be judged in the live competition based on sticking to the five-minute timeframe, sticking to the theme, offering a compelling presentation and . . . audience feedback. Bring your friends for support!
Prizes will be awarded for top performances.



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

The Indiana Writing Workshop

A full-day “How to Get Published” writing event
Saturday, November 1, 2014   10 a.m. – 5 p.m
Nora Library Branch/IMCPL
8625 Guilford Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46240

Presenter-Chuck Sambuchino (chucksambuchino.com, @chucksambuchino) of Writer’s Digest Books
This is a special one-day “How to Get Published” writing workshop. In other words, it’s one day full of classes and advice designed to give you the best instruction concerning how to get your writing & books published. We’ll discuss your publishing opportunities today, how to write queries & pitches, how to market yourself and your books, what makes an agent/editor stop reading your manuscript, and more. No matter what you’re writing — fiction or nonfiction — the day’s classes will help point you in the right direction. Writers of all genres are welcome.
We will have two literary agents (Jen Karsbaek of Foreword Literary, and Whitley Abell of Inklings Literary) as well as imprint editor (Andrew Scott of Engine Books and Lacewing Books) onsite to give feedback and meet with writers, as well.
Cost: $99 — CURRENT EARLY BIRD sign-up pricing. $99 is the current base price for registration to the event and access to all workshops, all day. The price goes up to $119 as of October 1, 2014.
Add $29 — to secure a 10-minute one-on-one meeting with a literary agent in attendance
Add $59 — for an in-depth, personal critique of your one-page query letter from instructor Chuck Sambuchino.
Go to http://indianawritingworkshop.com/ for all the details and how to register.


Poet Laureate to Lead Writing Workshop

george kalamaras

Indiana State Poet Laureate, George Kalamaras (right) will lead a poetry writing workshop at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, November 6, 2014, at Clowes Memorial Hall of Butler University.

In this hands-on workshop, you will learn to teach (and write) basic poetic techniques like similes, metaphors, and images. You will explore how to write about common objects, and how close examination can lead to rich metaphors and flourishes of poetic insight.

For more information on this workshop and how to register, click here.



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. 
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


Poets & Writers: New Writing Contest Deadlines!


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


Written by Indiana Writers Center — September 03, 2014

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