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The Wabash Watershed Indiana Poetry Awards 2015

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Indiana Poet Laureate George Kalamaras recently announced that submissions are now being accepted for The Wabash Watershed Poetry Awards 2015.

Poems will be split into two categories, "Social Justice" and "Indiana History." One winner will be chosen from from each. Additionally, there will be two finalists chosen from each category. All six poems - each winner and the finalists - will be published on The Wabash Watershed, the official website / web magazine of the current Indiana Poet Laureate.

First prize winners in each category will receive an award of $100. Second and third place in each category will receive $50 each. contestants may submit to both categories, but may submit only one time to each category.

Submit 1 - 3 poems (or a total of 100 lines of poetry for the entire submission) to indianapoetryawardsubmissions@gmail.com.

There is no entry fee. Submissions will be accepted through 11:59 p.m. July 1, 2015.

For more information, visit http://www.wabashwatershed.com/.

Glimmer Train's Fiction Open

Deadline: June 30, 2015  
1st place wins $2,500 and, of course, publication in Glimmer Train Stories.
2nd place wins $1,000 and possible publication.
3rd place wins $600 or, if published, $700.

Other considerations:
  •     Open to all subjects, all themes, and every writer. (Over the last two years, 50% of the winning stories were their authors' 1st publications!)
  •     Word count: Most submissions to the Fiction Open run 2,000 to 8,000 words, but from 2,000 to 20,000-word stories are fine.
  •     Reading fee is $20 per story. Please, no more than 4 submissions per category. Winners and finalists will be officially announced in the September 1 bulletin, and contacted directly the previous week.
  •     Simultaneous submissions are okay. Please notify immediately if your submission is accepted elsewhere.

We look forward to reading your work!  Click here to submit.

Glimmer Train has been discovering, publishing, and paying emerging writers since 1990. One of the most respected short-story journals in print, Glimmer Train is represented in recent editions of the Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses, New Stories from the Midwest, The PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories, New Stories from the South, Best American Mystery Stories, Best of the West, and Best American Short Stories  Every story published in Glimmer Train is unsolicited.  And every year, we pay out over $50,000 to fiction writers.

Click here for more information.

This year’s workshop will take place in July 15-17, 2015.

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 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.

This year’s faculty include:

  • Rodney Allen, PhD, Vonnegut scholar and author of Conversations with Kurt Vonnegut and Understanding Kurt Vonnegut, will lead the workshop again this year.
  • Jonathan R. Eller, PhD, IUPUI English professor and author of Becoming Ray Bradbury
  • Max Goller, English teacher at Hamilton Southeastern Junior High School in Fishers, Indiana. Max will discuss how insights gained from the workshop can be applied in the classroom.
  • Gregory D. Sumner, PhD, University of Detroit-Mercy history chair and author of Unstuck in Time: A Journey Through Kurt Vonnegut’s Life and Novels and author of the “Building the Monkey House,” which appears in the recently released Welcome to the Monkey House: The Special Edition

The goal: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 enroll now! E-mail completed applications to the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library: max.goller@vonnegutlibrary.org The workshop is free.
Go here to download an application:  http://www.vonnegutlibrary.org/teachkv/

 Call for Submissions for Map Points

Shannon Elward and Ben Larson are Indiana poets from Fort Wayne and co-editors of the poetry journal Map Points, where the primary focus is exploring various manifestations of the duende.
We are beginning to prepare issue number three and currently accepting submissions until July 15th.

You can read our first two issues at www.mappoints.org.  Our Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/mappointspoetry

Freedom Poetry Contest

This year’s One City, One Symphony concerts being held November 13-14, 2015, at Music Hall center on the theme of freedom, featuring a new CSO commission of three short works that set selections of Dr. Maya Angelou’s poetry to music, a particularly befitting tribute to this warrior for peace, justice and love, and Dvořák’s New World Symphony, one of the most beloved American symphonies of all time. This celebration of the promise of freedom and American music coincides with the 150th anniversary of the 13th Amendment.

Seeking to engage the community in discussion around One City, One Symphony and the theme of freedom, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, with support from the Haile U.S. Bank Foundation, is holding a poetry contest. The original poem submissions will be responses to the question, “What does freedom mean to you?”

This poetry contest is open to legal residents of the states of Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana enrolled in grades 9-12 or adults age 18 or older at time of entry. Poetry should be between 3 to 25 lines long.  Click here for the details.

For entrants seeking inspiration for their writing, the CSO recommends reading the three poems by Dr. Maya Angelou being used in the CSO commissioned works at One City, One Symphony. Those poems by Dr. Maya Angelou are Forgive, Equality, and Elegy. The CSO also recommends listening to Antonín Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9 From the New World. This recommended reading and listening is merely a suggestion and is not a requirement of entrants and will not be taken into consideration during the judging of submissions. 

Call for Submissions for Christmas Poetry Anthology

Submissions are now being accepted for a Christmas poetry anthology. Poets may submit one to two Christmas poems, up to 32 lines each, for consideration. The editor is looking for poems that embrace the Christmas spirit. Poems about soldiers at Christmas are also welcome since the proceeds from the book will be going to Operation Gratitude – an organization that sends care packages to U.S. Military. Previously published poems are acceptable. The deadline for submissions is August 15, 2015. Complimentary copies will not be given to contributors since the proceeds and copies of the book will be going to Operation Gratitude, but copies will be available at a reasonable price. The title of the anthology will be chosen from one of the poem titles featured in the book. Email submissions to stacyrsavage@yahoo.com or mail to: Christmas poetry book, 3121 Mounds Rd., Anderson, IN 46016.



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 cathy@cathyday.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.]

Looking for Submissions for Undeniably Indiana

Indiana University Press is launching its first crowd-sourced book, Undeniably Indiana, to be published for the Indiana bicentennial next year. We’re asking Hoosiers to share their offbeat, interesting, and unusual facts and stories about things that could only happen in Indiana. You can read more about it on our blog:


Submit Now - $2000 Short Story Award - How Does Your Summer Read?


The winning story will be paid $2000 and awarded publication online.  Second and third place stories will be awarded $200 and $100 respectively.  All winning stories and any notable Honorable Mentions will be sent to Katherine Fausset at Curtis Brown in a stylized PDF with cover art and author info. We want you to succeed and we want your writing to be read.  It’s been our mission since Day One.

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.

Prizes include:

  • £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



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 current issue – fiction of all styles, poetry, essays and other assorted writings, and book promotions. http://www.writingraw.com/

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 ​ 


Free Magazine for Writers

Writers Wheel Magazine
Click here to read and download the current 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.
Check out the magazine here.

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 Roxanna Santoro — June 30, 2015

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