Opportunities, Writers Conferences and Workshops, Contests and Submissions
Indiana Humanities and Indy Reads are teaming up to host a 5×5 event on Thursday, May 14. 5×5 is a platform for new and innovative ideas related to the arts. We eagerly seek inventive and inspiring proposals on the theme READ INDY.
We’re looking for ideas that use literature, reading, and/or the written word to create powerful arts and humanities experiences for the people of Indianapolis. We’re inspired by projects like St. Paul’s Sidewalks Poetry and Maine’s “Stories for Life”alternative sentencing program, the tantalizing blurriness between the words “story” and “game,” and the myriad work of the Indiana-based Center for Civic Reflection. We think reading and literature can address important needs, like sustaining the bonds between an incarcerated father and his child or helping veterans reflect on and make sense of their military service. We believe everyone should get a chance to encounter the beauty and pleasure of literature, in unexpected places and during even our most mundane activities.
We invite you—artist, scholar, student, organizer, educator, Hoosier—to think big about how reading and the written word can deeply and positively impact people’s lives, and how the creative potential of the arts and humanities can help make it happen in Indianapolis. We challenge you to find ordinary places or everyday experiences that could be transformed by the infusion of reading and words. We encourage you to think of ways that reading together might change how we do our work, how we understand our lives and our world, or how we relate to each other.
The winning project, selected by a panel of judges with audience input at a live event on May 14, will receive $10,000 to take the proposal from idea to action.
Mining the Dark for Healing Gold: Writing About Difficult Relationships workshop
The Mining the Dark for Healing Gold: Writing About Difficult Relationships workshop by Norbert Krapf and Liza Hyatt, cancelled on Feb. 21 because of bad weather, has been rescheduled for June 20 at the Oldenburg Franciscan Center. Click here for the updated flyer with relevant details. Below is a link for registering online, but you may also call the phone number on the flyer.
Indiana University Writing Conference:
The Indiana University Writers’ Conference is open to writers of all levels. We invite a faculty of prominent writers who are equally skilled and involved teachers, people who have made writing their life’s work. Participants join faculty-led workshops in fiction and poetry, and take classes in fiction, poetry, and various prose narrative styles. For seventy-five years we have prided ourselves on a craft-based writers’ conference, a multidisciplinary approach, and a focus on writing.
Go here to register and find out more: http://www.iuwc.indiana.edu/registration/
Register now for MWW15!
July 23-25, 2015
All MWW programs and sessions are hosted at the Ball State University Alumni Center
2800 Bethel Avenue, Muncie, IN
Go here for more details and to register
Midwest Writers is offering a NEW intensive session for our Part I format on Thursday, July 23, 2015!
"Short Story Fellows Workshop" taught by (writer, teacher, bossy narrator) Cathy Day (Blog: The Big Thing
www.cathyday.com) is limited to six participants who will spend the day reading and responding to each other's manuscripts. It's an intensive intensive.
Those accepted into this intensive will have the opportunity to have their 5-10 page short story critiqued by the whole group. Specifically, participants will be working to improve their facility with scenecraft (when to dramatize, when to summarize), point of view, setting, suspense, and readability. All work will be discussed anonymously and read aloud. To apply, send a 5-10 page writing sample in manuscript form (as an attachment) to Cathy Day at email@example.com. Applications will be taken until midnight on (DEADLINE EXTENDED) April 6. Participants will be notified of acceptance by April 18 so that they can sign up for another intensive if not selected. [Note: the writing sample submitted as an application does not need to be the same story you will workshop at the conference. Those who are accepted will be notified at a later date about sending their story for the workshop to Cathy.]
Aesthetica Creative Writing Award 2015: Call for Entries
The Aesthetica Creative Writing Award is open for submissions. Now in its eighth year, the award is an internationally renowned prize presented by Aesthetica Magazine and judged by industry experts including Arifa Akbar, literary editor of The Independent. Prizes include £500 and publication in an anthology of new writing, giving you the chance to showcase your work to a wider, international audience.
- £500 Poetry winner
- £500 Short Fiction winner
- Publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual
- One year subscription to Granta
- Selection of books courtesy of Bloodaxe and Vintage
- Complimentary copy of the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual
There are two categories for entry: Short Fiction (maximum length 2,000 words each) and Poetry (maximum length 40 lines each).
Deadline for submissions is 31 August 2015. Entry is £15 plus VAT (approximately $22.42)
To enter, visit www.aestheticamagazine.com/creativewriting
Submit your #poetry #shortfiction to @AestheticaMag Creative #Writing Award. Win #publication to showcase your talent http://tinyurl.com/ckktess
Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition 2015We are including a link to our updated website below. On it you will find our guidelines for both by-mail and online submissions:
Our first-place winner will be published in Cutthroat: A Journal of the Arts and will receive a cash award of $1,500. Second and third-place winners will receive $500 each. Honorable Mentions will appear on our website.
Please contact us with any questions you may have at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline for our 2015 competition is May 1, 2015.
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 April 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 May issue – fiction of all styles, poetry, essays and other assorted writings, and book promotions. http://www.writingraw.com/
A new digital literary magazine edited by Dr. Darolyn “Lyn” Jones and Jennifer Palilonis at Ball State University.
Rethinking Children’s Literature: Read for Change
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)
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!
Or Facebook https://www.facebook.com/rethinkingkidlit
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: email@example.com
Poets & Writers: New Writing Contest Deadlines!
For information regarding writing contests and deadlines: Go to the Writing Contest Database