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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/activitiesandopportunities/rethinking-childrens-literature

Join the conversation!

Twitter https://twitter.com/rethinkkidlit 

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


November is National Novel Writing Month

South Bend has a great support group for Nanawrimo (which is a challenge to write an entire novel in the month of November). You can access them here: http://nanowrimo.org/regions/usa-indiana-south-bend

Greenwood Public Library
"Come Write In" to GPL every Tuesday from 5-8pm and Saturday from 1-4pm during the month of November to work on your novel.  We'll have snacks and motivation ready for you.  So bring your notepad, laptop, whatever and write away at GPL during NaNoWriMo!

Hoosier Artists Encouraged to Apply for Career Development Grants

iac logo The Indiana Arts Commission (IAC) encourages Hoosier artists in the disciplines of dance, literature, music, theatre, and folk arts related to these traditional disciplines to apply for career development grants through the Individual Artist Program. Artists with disabilities are also encouraged to apply for projects related to the eligible disciplines either through the discipline directly or through the access category. The application guidelines and the online grant application system are currently accessible on the IAC website and can be found by clicking here. Deadline to apply for a grant of up to $2,000 is 4:30 p.m. Friday, February 6, 2015.


Spring 2015 Seminar - Call for Applications for The Religion, Spirituality, and the Arts

I would like to invite you to apply for this amazing seminar opportunity offered by Rabbi Sandy Sasso, funded by Lilly Endowment Inc, in partnership with Christian Theological Seminary. This series of 4 workshops and 2 presentation evenings are truly inspiring and will involve collaboration with artists from other media. The artists previously involved have said their involvement with this seminar has been transforming and life changing. The camaraderie has been exceptional. The Religion, Spirituality, and the Arts symposium brings people together from diverse artistic disciplines, practices and religious/spiritual perspectives for a sustained study and reflection on a Biblical text.

Twelve selected participants will be part of a seminar that will engage the sacred text as they seek inspiration to create new work (music, poetry, visual art, dance, drama, narrative, liturgical art). These works will be shared in the seminar and in a final community exhibition.
Applications will be accepted beginning November 1st for the 3rd series of workshops with Religion, Spirituality and the Arts. The workshops run from 6-8:30pm on Thursday evenings on the following dates: 2/5, 2/12, 2/26, 3/5, 3/19, and 3/26. Selection committee will review these three items:
* Completed Application Form
* Artist Resume
* 3 Work Samples
For more details and the application form: http://www.butler.edu/faith-vocation/how-to-apply/<http://butler.us9.list-manage.com/track/click?u=1638bd149d9ccd0c48953e4cc&id=d3cf38e501&e=b2e1cba34b>



Nimrod International Journal of Prose and Poetry

For our Spring/Summer 2015 issue, Circulatory Systems: Current and Connection, Nimrod International Journal is looking for poems, short stories, and creative nonfiction pieces that play with the idea of circulatory systems. Ideas of what to send might include work about
  • Rivers, roads, and other pathways that connect us and take us on expected or unexpected journeys
  • Movement, passages, and transitions of all kinds
  • The human body or medicine
  • The connections of family and relationships, both those that renew us and those in which the circuit must be severed
  • Cycles of history, rituals, etc.
  • Technology—the circuits of computers or the connecting webs of social media -- and how they can bring us together or pull us apart
  • The myriad connections and currents of nature, including the ways that we fit in as humans and/or writers 
  • Surprise us! Send something that plays with the theme in a way that we haven’t even thought of!
Go here for all the details.  Postmark Deadline: November 30th, 2014.  Publication Date: April 2015
Send manuscripts to:
 Nimrod Journal
The University of Tulsa
800 S. Tucker Dr.
Tulsa, OK 74104
Questions? Email nimrod@utulsa.edu, call (918) 631-3080.

Civil Right Commission Accepting Entries for Writing and Multi-Media Contest

The Indiana Civil Rights Commission is now accepting entries for the 2015 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Art, Writing and Multimedia Contest.  The fourth annual contest asks Indiana high school students to use art, writing or multimedia to describe the lasting footprint left by Dr. King.
One overall winner will be selected and will receive:
    A $500 college scholarship from Indiana Black Expo, Inc.
    An invitation to attend the 24th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Indiana Holiday Celebration at the Indiana Statehouse on     Thursday, January 15, 2015.   At the program, the student will be honored with the prestigious Passing the Torch award.

The contest is sponsored by Indiana Black Expo, Inc., the Indianapolis Recorder and the Indiana Arts Commission. All entries must be received by December 22, 2014.

Click here to view the contest brochure.
For more information, call 317-232-2651 or email bmeadows@icrc.in.gov.

Call for Entries- Wandering Hermit Press

Wandering Hermit Press is sponsoring chapbook contests for collections of poetry, fiction and nonfiction. The submission fee is $20 per entry. Manuscripts should be 20-30 pages long. Deadline: January 31st, 2015. Winning author receives $500, 40 copies and publication of 400 copies (+ overage for prepublication review and promotional copies) by Wandering Hermit Press. We intend to promote the titles in our catalog assertively. All chapbooks will be assigned an ISBN and distributed nationally. Additional finalist manuscripts may be chosen for publication by the press and individual poems within manuscripts will be considered for publication in Wandering Hermit Review. For complete information visit our Submittable page at: https://wanderinghermitpress.submittable.com/submit
and/or contact us at: wanderinghermitreview@hotmail.com.




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!



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    


Publish Your Book

Great opportunity to learn about the publishing process from local authors. Publish Your Book in 2015 will be a daylong workshop exploring traditional and self-publishing options. Saturday, November 22.

Click here to get all the details


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 — November 04, 2014

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