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

Jewish Writers Group

If you are seriously engaged in the process of writing…
If you are interested in meeting with other Jewish writers…

You are invited to come to the inaugural meeting of a Jewish Writers Group on Sunday, January 25, 2015, from 11:00 to noon, hosted by Congregation Beth-El Zedeck.  Our plans are to discuss Jewish themes, generate ideas and share our work.  We’ll meet once a month, and our hope is to produce an in-house publication annually.

If you’d like to join (or if you have any questions) please contact Rabbi Sandy Sasso at ssasso@bez613.org or Jennifer Hodes at jhodes@bez613.org.
Our address is: Congregation Beth-El Zedeck, 600 W. 70th Street, Indianapolis

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 ​


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.



Open Enrollment Playwriting Workshop

Presented by and Khaos Company Theatre
January 17 - March 28, 2015

In a ten-week, workshop-structured course, writers will develop germinal ideas and create a working script for a one-act play. Students will read the works of other developed writers as well as those of their classmates and engage in a positive, collaborative artistic environment.

Their final pieces will be presented in a reading and open talk-back for an audience of friends, family, and various members of the Indianapolis Theater Community at Indy Reads Books - an independent bookstore and local venue for the literary and theatrical arts. Sponsored by Khaos Company Theatre, with thanks to the 10th Street Civic Association.

Enrollment opens BEFORE THE HOLIDAYS  Click here for more info or to register.

Every Saturday 9.30-10.30 (Grades 6-11)*
Every Saturday 1.30- 2.30 (Ages 17+)

TUITION: $50 (Tuition covers space rental, class materials, and the support of professional artists in Indianapolis) *You may request a class outside of your particular group should conflicts arise, depending on over-all enrollment and prior writing experience. Time outside of class may be scheduled for script discussion, questions, formatting help, etc., so long as you schedule a time to meet with the instructor.



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 

Letters About Literature:

Students in grade 4-8 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.   Deadline:  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.



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   


Poets & Writers: New Writing Contest Deadlines!

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

Written by Indiana Writers Center — December 16, 2014

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