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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.

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

Three Manuscript Makeover sessions: Oct 10, 2015

MWW offers One-Day Intensive “Manuscript Makeover” Sessions
October 10, 2015 at Ball State Alumni Center, 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. On Saturday, October 10, MWW offers THREE intensive sessions in our very popular Manuscript Makeover format, where participants submit the first 10 pages of their works-in-progress for evaluation.

“Manuscript Makeover for FICTION” led by Holly Miller and Dr. Dennis E. Hensley

“Manuscript Makeover for MYSTERY” led by Terence Faherty

“Manuscript Makeover for NONFICTION” led by Hank Nuwer

Give your writing a boost with hands-on help for your work-in-progress! These special intensive sessions will be held at the Ball State Alumni Center, (Muncie, IN) from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm. Class size is limited! Attend the session of your choice for $155 (includes a brown bag lunch so the work continues to flow).


Project 411: Inviting You to Participate in Writing an Indiana Collaborative Poem!

State poet laureate, George Kalamaras, invites public to submit lines for statewide collaborative poem
Deadline: Sept. 30

We all have a well of creativity in us—so poets AND non-poets may participate. Continue to read on, and then stretch yourself and try something new!  As you may know, the Wabash River, a symbol of our state, is a 503 mile long river, 411 miles of which flow freely from where it is dammed. Here’s an excerpt from my introduction to The Wabash Watershed website:
Rivers have always intrigued me, in part because they mirror the intricate, interconnected movements of our world.
As a poet, I can’t resist the Wabash as a metaphor of free-flowing power and connection . . .I trust you’ve noticed the subtitle, Where the Rivers of Tradition Meet the Rivers of Innovation. Rivers are rarely complete in themselves. They feed something larger and—just as significantly—are fed by many tributaries. . . .

So, the Wabash is fed by many tributaries. So it is with poetry and poets. It is the small, seemingly invisible, currents that form something larger. We are all part of something much larger than the individual could ever be. As “tributaries” we feed that “something larger,” and in the process become it, flowing into it. If we are the Eel River, as just one example, we maintain that individual identity, yet we flow into the Wabash, contributing to a great movement no individual could ever achieve alone.

Thus, I am inviting you to participate in helping write a large freely flowing river-of-a-poem. Here’s what I invite you each to do:
Send six poetic lines or sentences, making each as imagistic a line of poetry as possible; number each and list them separately from one another (they need not connect to one another but should read as six individual separate lines of poetry).  Go to the Wabash Watershed Website for all the details.

Send your entry to IndianaLaureate@gmail.com

Youth Poetry Challenge

The African American History Committee of the Indianapolis Public Library presents Slammin' Rhymes Challenge X to recognize promising young poets, grades 9-12.  Teen Poets show off your talents!  Do verses just run through your head?  Do you love writing poetry and giving it a voice?  WIN CASH AWARDS and the opportunity to perform at FALL FEST 2015.
Saturday, November 21, 2015,  12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Central Library - Clowes Auditorium, 40 East St. Clair Street

The CHALLENGE: Write with the inspiring thoughts of:  Still I Rise!
How to Enter: To be eligible, participants must be Marion County students, grades 9-12. All entries must be the original work of entrants. Keep it clean: absolutely no profanity will be allowed! Entries will be read and judged by the African American History Committee. The judges will consider originality, quality of writing and theme development. Each entry MUST be attached to an official Entry Form. Please submit a typed or legible written copy of your original poem and a recording (cassette or CD) of your reading to: LaShonda El, Eagle Library, 3325 Lowry Road, Indianapolis, Indiana, 46222, deliver to your local IMCPL library.
You can also submit your poem online at www.imcpl.org.
Winners will be notified. Participants must be registered by 12:00pm on event day.  DEADLINE TO ENTER- Saturday, October 31, 2015

WINNERS AND PRIZES:  All participants will receive participation gift cards. Ten teen poets will be selected to receive $25.00 gift cards and perform their winning entries at FALL FEST 2015 - Saturday, November 21, 2015, at Central Library Clowes Auditorium. Each winner will be given three minutes to perform his or her work.  The Teen Poetry performance will be followed by an AWARDS CEREMONY.  All participants are encouraged to be present to receive their awards.  A photo shoot for all participants will be at 3:30pm. Award presentation will be given by Nikki Giovanni, World-renowned poet, writer, commentator, activist, and educator.

Made possible by the Donna D. Talley Story Theatre Fund, the Dr. Michael R. Twyman Endowment Fund and Friends of the Library through gifts to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation.


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.

Announcing $2000 Fall Fiction Contest with Jeff VanderMeer

Plan on taking some time to hone your craft this weekend? Well, let the Masters Review give you something to shoot for! Submissions are now open for our Fall Fiction Contest featuring Jeff VanderMeer as judge. $2000 will be awarded to the winner ($200 / $100 awarded for second / third) and publication on The Masters Review or all three winners. Additionally Jeff and his wife Ann will be crafting personalized feedback on the winning stories!  Go here to learn more.




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 — September 01, 2015

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