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

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.

Check out the terrific panels and activities for Magna XXI!:http://cms.bsu.edu/-/media/WWW/DepartmentalContent/EBBall/PDFs/Magna2015_Schedule.pdf

One StoryOnline Class

Become Your Own Best Editor: Learning from
“Claire, the Whole World” by Jonathan Durbin
With Contributing Editor Will Allison

November 13th - 22nd, 2015
Price: $60/Members and previous students of this class: $50

In this latest edition of our popular editing course, you’ll get a rare, behind-the-scenes look at the editorial process. You’ll also learn to bring the same sharp editorial eye to your own work that the editors of One Story bring to each issue. Daily online lectures will guide you through a case study of a One Story debut, issue #191, “Claire, the Whole World,” by Jonathan Durbin. You’ll follow the story from first draft to publication—studying actual marked-up manuscripts—as the author and editors work together to make the story the best it can be.

Along the way, you’ll learn about the three different types of editing—content editing, line editing, and copyediting—and you’ll apply what you learn to one of your own manuscripts. Daily assignments will help keep you focused and on track. And you’ll become part of an active writing community on our message board, where you can share ideas and manuscripts with other writers who are committed to becoming better editors of their own work.

More details and registration.

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.

$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! Deadline 10/31/2015  Go here to learn more.

Mining the Dark for Healing Gold: Writing About Difficult Relationships Workshop

November 20 and 21, 2015
John XXIII Retreat Center in Hartford City

Liza Hyatt and Norbert Krapf are happy to let you know that they will be giving their Mining the Dark for Healing Gold: Writing About Difficult Relationships workshop at the John XXIII Retreat Center in Hartford City on Nov. 20 and 21. It begins at 6:30 on Friday the 20th and concludes on Saturday the 21st at 4:00. The cost for the whole workshop, including overnight accommodations and breakfast and lunch on Saturday is $90. For those who commute, the cost, including the two meals, is $65. Students receive a discount.

About the workshop: We have made some improvements since we gave the successful premiere workshop (see half a dozen rave reviews on Norbert’s website) at the Oldenburg Franciscan Center in June and added some new materials, two original prayer-poems we created and will present with guitar and harp accompaniment. If you clink on the following link, you can find a detailed description, schedule, and registration information for the workshop on the retreat center website, which at the end also includes a link to a brochure. For the most complete discussion of what we do and why we do it, follow the links to our websites after our closing below. http://www.john23rdretreatcenter.com/index.php/2015/08/24/writing-about-difficult-relationships-retreat/.

Please join us and get started on a project of writing about any challenging relationship you would like to put in perspective. We will share examples from our recent books, Catholic Boy Blues (Norbert) and The Mother Poems (Liza) and will give you tips about how we got started and what we did to find healing and spiritual growth through our writing experience.  If you have already started such a project, we will be glad to help you move farther along on it or start a new one. It will be a pleasure to show you how our coming to work together has helped us heal one another, grow as writers, and start anew, both as individual writers and as a team.

Norbert Krapf www.krapfpoetry.com
Liza Hyatt http://lizahyatt.com/services-provided/upcoming-2015-prog

The Freeman has a new poetry: Sarah Skwire

The following is a note from Sarah Skwire:
Writerly types!
I am now going to be handling poetry submissions for the good folks at the Freeman. That means you know the poetry editor! Send me good stuff--liberty related or not. I like formal verse and free verse. I like elegant and exciting use of language.
The things I want to read do what e.e.cummings said here:
"At least my theory of technique, if I have one, is very far from original; nor is it complicated. I can express it in fifteen words, by quoting The Eternal Question And Immortal Answer. of burlesk, viz., 'Would you hit a woman with a child?-No, I'd hit her with a brick.' Like the burlesk comedian, I am abnormally fond of that precision which creates movement."
Accepted poems get $50, publication online, and possible inclusion in the print quarterly. If you're included in the print version, we'll send you a copy of the issue in which your poem appears.
Submissions should go to: poetry@fee.org
Full submission guidelines are available here. Ignore them at your peril:
Enter Writer Advice’s Fourth SCINTILLATING STARTS Contest
Grab and hold us with your opening paragraphs. Submit up to 1500 words of any unpublished memoir or novel by 11/10/15.
For details and link to Submittable at www.writeradvice.com.

2015 Get Inked Teen Writing Conference.

Saturday, November 21st
The daylong event will be held at Saint Mary's College in South Bend, IN. The cost is only $40 and includes lunch and a signed book! 
Teachers are welcome to attend morning sessions FREE! Just please RSVP.
Space is limited--so register today. The form is attached.
Registration form

The Indiana Center for the Book is pleased to announce the 2015-2016 Letters About Literature Competition.

Letter Writing Contest supported by the Library of Congress:  Letters About Literature
is open to youth in grades 4-12.  Students are asked to write a letter to an author in response to a book that changed how they perceive the world.  Letters About Literature awards prizes on both the state and the national levels.  State Winners win cash prizes and advance to the national level.  A panel of national judges for the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress will select one National Winner per competition level to receive a $1,000 cash award.   Deadlines, guidelines and more information are included on the attached Indiana Entry Form.
All Indiana semifinalists and finalists for both contests will be invited to the Indiana Youth Literary Day and Awards Ceremony sponsored by the James & Madeleine McMullan Family Foundation on April 30, 2016.  Participants will have the opportunity to engage in creative writing workshops presented by Indiana writers, and will be honored at a ceremony following the day’s activities.  All attendees will receive free books and are invited to an exclusive book-signing reception at the beautiful Indiana State Library in downtown Indianapolis following the ceremony.
Please feel free to share this information with your school systems, your public librarians, teachers, homeschooling families, and anyone else who might have Indiana youth interested in participating in these inspirational competitions.  For more information visit http://www.in.gov/library/lal.htm.

Indiana Form

Call for Submissions

Go to http://www.artandwriting.org/the-awards/guidelines-deadlines/


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.  

SpeakYourStory is seeking story submissions for consideration in our first SYS Anthology! Our Anthology will be a collection of creative, enchanting, coffee-table style books curated on specific themes with written stories, photography and artwork that express the same hope, triumph and redemption as the stories on our website. Deadline is November 15, 2015.

The theme of our first book in this Anthology is the strength and power of women. We are soliciting your true stories of finding resilience and courage to overcome circumstances that threatened to destroy your will. This book isn’t about what brought you to your knees, but rather about what you called upon to lift you up and carry you through – the part of you that saved you.  Go here to get all the details: http://www.speakyourstory.org/book-submissions/


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 — October 13, 2015

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