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

 Go here to download the complete flyer for Dan Wakefield's Workshop.

Call for African-American Playwrights

Conner Prairie, in collaboration with Asante Children’s Theatre, is inaugurating a new residency for an African-American playwright from September 2015 through June 2016.

The selected artist will be invited to work with Conner Prairie and Asante Theatre to create a short play series on issues of African-American history in Indiana to be performed at Conner Prairie and other venues.  The 10-month residency includes writing and workshop space, research support, dramaturgy, and a $4,000 stipend. The schedule of work will be determined at the beginning of the project.

Conner Prairie is an Interactive History Park located in Fishers, Indiana with a mission to inspire curiosity and foster meaningful interaction with unique, engaging experiences - there is no obligation to write a proposal directly related to Conner Prairie but the jury appreciates proposals which take into consideration the place and environment.

Asante Children’s Theatre is a non-profit organization with a focus on youth development through acting, dancing, singing and storytelling, located in Indianapolis, Indiana. The arts are taught from an ethnic perspective within the context of African and African-American culture.

After all the applications have been received, a 5-member jury will review them and the result will be announced by September 14, 2015.

There are no age restrictions or fees to participate.  Deadline for submissions: August 31, 2015.     Documentation required: 5 page samples of 1-2 recent plays Cover letter introducing yourself and short summary describing your interest in the project and Curriculum Vitae.  Total email size not to exceed 5MB

Email your application to: hughes@connerprairie.org & kdixon@asantechildrenstheatre.org 


Poetry Contest for a Cause

Editor Stacy Savage is seeking submissions for a short verse poetry contest. Poems can be up to 20 lines and about any subject. No limit on number of entries submitted. Previously published works are acceptable. There is a $1 per poem entry fee. All proceeds will go to As Wings of Eagles, Inc. to help pay for a larger enclosure for the organization’s resident eagle, Belle.

Send submissions, along with the entry fee and a cover sheet with name, address, email address, and titles of poems submitted, to: Short Verse Poetry Contest, 3121 Mounds Road, Anderson, Indiana, 46016. Make check payable to: Stacy Savage
The winner will receive a copy of the 1865 antique book: Enoch Arden by Alfred Tennyson, the winning poem published in the online journal, Indiana Voice Journal, and on the poetry blog, Whispers, a 5x7 photo signed by As Wings of Eagles, Inc. of Belle, and $30.
The deadline for submissions is August 31, 2015.
The contest judges are Stacy Savage and Janine Pickett. The winner will be announced on the Facebook page, Poetry Contests for a Cause, on Sept 16, 2015.

Midwestern Gothic

The Lake Prize offers annual awards for fiction and poetry that best represents the Midwest. It seeks to reward those who see the beauty of the region, whether that be quiet forests, gutted industrial wastelands, small towns or vibrant urban neighborhoods. We believe the Midwest is filled with immense literary talent, and the intent of The Lake Prize is to illuminate the best stories and writers we have to offer.

Entries should be previously unpublished. Writers and contest entries should have a strong and verifiable connection to the Midwest (see guidelines below).
1st Prizes for Fiction and Poetry: $500 + publication in Issue 20 (Winter 2016)
Two finalists for each category: $100 + publication in Issue 20 (Winter 2016)

Submissions for the 2015 Lake Prize open July 1, 2015 and close August 31, 2015.
Go here for more info:  http://midwestgothic.com/lakeprize/


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


Nominations open for State Poet Laureate

The Indiana Arts Commission is currently accepting nominations for Indiana State Poet Laureate. Nominations for Indiana Poet Laureate should be limited to one, single-page cover letter and a resume or CV detailing the nominee's qualifications and accomplishments. No additional materials should be included with the initial nomination.

Successful nominees must be current residents of Indiana and remain residents during their two-year term of service. Nominees should be published poets, with experience in educational program development.

Nominations must be submitted to the Indiana Arts Commission by email only, and must be received by 4:30 p.m. (EDT) Tuesday, September 1, 2015.  Nominations should be sent to Sarah Fronczek: sfronczek@iac.in.gov.

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:

We’re accepting submissions through September 1 on our Undeniably Indiana Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/UndeniablyIndiana

Call to help create a community poem on the theme of "Dream."

Poets Wendy Vergoz, Terry Ofner, and JL Kato invite the public to submit a line or two for a community poem that will be revealed November 13 at the Indianapolis Artgarden. The event is part of Spirit & Place's week-long "Wrestling With the Infinite" exhibit at the Indianapolis Artsgarden in November. Organizers of the event are alumni members of the first three Religion, Spirituality & the Arts seminars, coordinated by Rabbi Sandy Sasso.

Send submission to DreamIndyPoem@gmail.com
Last day to send submissions is September 15. The completed poem will be unveiled at the Indianapolis Artsgarden on Friday, Nov. 13. Local poets Bonnie Maurer, Rusty C. Moe, and Allyson Horton will read their poems during that time.
Check The Dream Indy Poem Facebook page for more information.


Call for Submissions: Poets Look at Paintings
Submission Deadline: September 21, 2015
Event Date: November 18, 2015

This November, the Poetry Center of Chicago will host a revival of Poets Look at Paintings, its first-ever live event which occurred in the Museum of Contemporary Art in 1974.

This event will revive the original concept: based in ekphrasis, poets perform original poems rooted in visual art in some way, whether that be in response to a piece, in narration, in action, in reflection, etc.

We are opening a call for submissions to create our line-up of poets for this event.

Guidelines: In a doc, docx, or PDF file attachment, send up to three, theme-appropriate poems rooted in visual art, to danielle@poetrycenter.org with the subject line “Poets Look at Paintings.” Title your attachment “LAST NAME_PLAP”

Previously published work is acceptable for submission. It is helpful, also, to note the work of art your poem has been influenced by.

Please do not send work in the body of an email. In submitting you are verifying that you are also available to read your work on the evening of November 18, which begins at 6pm at the Chicago Cultural Center.

Steel Pen Creative Writers' Conference

Presented by the Indiana Writers' Consortium
Saturday, October 10, 2015
Radisson Hotel at Star Plaza
800 E. 81st Avenue
Merrillville, Indiana 46410

The Steel Pen Writers'Conference will include a full-day of breakout sessions; a bookfair; a dinner with keynote speaker, Brian Furuness; an open mic; and off-site events scheduled throughout the weekend.
Click here to view the flyer.  Go here for all the details: http://indianawritersconsortium.org/IWC-creative-writing-conference.asp

Dinner Keynote Speaker: Bryan Furuness
Bryan Furuness is the author of the novel, The Lost Episodes of Revie Bryson, which is set in the Northwest Indiana Region. Along with Michael Martone, he's the co-editor of Winesburg, Indiana. He teaches at Butler University, where he runs the small press, Pressgang. He lives in Indy now, but was born in East Chicago, and grew up near the intersection of 30 & 41.

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.  The deadline is October 1, 2015.

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. 

Magna cum Murder XXI
October 30-November 1, 2015

The Columbia Club - Indianapolis, Indiana

Why attend Magna? Let our readers and writers tell you why they come year after year!
"There are many elements that make Magna Cum Murder special, but if I had to pick just one, it would be how well  writers, aspirants, and readers interact." – Jeffery Deaver

Guest of Honor William Kent Krueger/International Guest of Honor Simon Brett
Go here for more information  and here to register.


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/getexperience/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 — August 04, 2015

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