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

Making Literature Conference


February 28 - March 2, 2013
The William A. Fry Undergraduate Conference on Literature and Writing at Taylor University will feature Bret Lott (fiction), Susanna Childress (poetry), and Hal Bush (American Lit scholar/author).
To get details about attending this year's conference click here


 Mounds State Park Poetry Contest


 Mounds State Park and Anderson poet Stacy Savage have joined together in appreciation for the environment with a poetry contest that is running now through April 1, 2013. The winner will receive a 2013 Indiana DNR Annual Entrance Permit, a Mounds State Park t-shirt and mug, and a copy of the 2013 Earth Love: Poetry for the Environment anthology. For contest guidelines, visit Mounds State Park’s Facebook page or go to: www.authorsden.com/stacysavage. For inquiries, email Steve Thompson: moundsstateparknc@dnr.in.gov or Stacy Savage: srsmith25@yahoo.com. Winner will be announced on Earth Day, April 22, 2013.


Mini Book Festival at Spades Park Library


On March 30, 2013 12pm to 4 pm. we will have a mini book festival for children and children authors. Authors are welcome to sell their book(s) and they are not required to pay a vendor fee. If you would like more information please contact Rodney Freeman at 317-437-5339 or 317.275.4525 


Seeking Submissions from Mothers of Children with Special Needs for Anthology Project:


We believe in the transitive power of story. Our hope is that your stories will illustrate a realistic tableau of the lives of mothers of children with special needs. This anthology is the vision of mothers, writers, disability advocates, professors, and editors Darolyn "Lyn" Jones and Liz Whiteacre . Mothers of children with special needs, please consider submitting previously unpublished nonfiction essays 6,000 words or less (they may be memoir, graphic/illustrated, or photo essays) and no more than 6 unpublished poems that address the challenges you face, empowerment you've felt, joy you've experienced, or providence you've explored. Multiple submissions are allowed. Email Liz Whiteacre at lizwhiteacre@gmail.com for more detailed submission guidelines. Submissions must be received by Monday, April 22, 2012. 

Poetry contest to benefit Children's Organ Transplant Association in Bloomington, IN


Submissions now being accepted for "In Memory" poems. There is $1 per poem entry fee and all proceeds go to COTA. $100 for first place winner and $50 for second place. Both winners will also have trees planted by the Arbor Day Foundation in memory of the loved ones the winning poems are about. Contest runs through February 28, 2013. For contest guidelines, go to: http://cota.donorpages.com/MiracleMakers/MemoriesforLife.


2013 Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award!


Nominate your favorite Hoosier author today for the 2013 Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award!

The Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award is now accepting nominations for the fifth annual award, recognizing Indiana authors who have shaped the literary landscape in Indiana and across the nation.
Click here  to submit a nomination form online; nominations are due by March 22!   
If you have previously nominated an author who has not been selected as a winner, you can add new comments to your existing nomination by emailing iaa@indyplfoundation.org.  
The eight members of the statewide Award Panel evaluate all nominations and determine the finalists and winners each year. 
Published writers who were born in Indiana or have lived in Indiana for at least five consecutive years are eligible for nomination in the following categories:
National Author - $10,000 prize: Honors a writer with Indiana ties, but whose work is known and read nationwide. National authors will be evaluated on their entire body of work.   
Regional Author - $7,500 prize: Honors a writer who is well-known and respected throughout the state of Indiana. Regional authors will be evaluated on their entire body of work.
Emerging Author - $5,000 prize: Honors a writer with no more than two published books in his/her lifetime. The title(s) must have been published within the last 10 years. Emerging authors will be evaluated on these published works.
Complete eligibility guidelines are available here.  



Midwest Writers Workshop


Mini-conference: Mark Your Calendar!
Saturday, March 16, 2013
We're taking our MWW road show to Cicero, Indiana! "Getting Serious About Your Writing"
Hamilton North Public Library in Cicero: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for $10, which includes refreshments!

Featured speakers: Kelsey Timmerman, Terence Faherty, and special guest Megan Powell
Each mini-conference attendee will receive a $20-off voucher for their registration for 2013 Midwest Writers Workshop scheduled at Ball State University July 25-27th. 

Register here. To receive further information, please phone 317-984-5623 or go to www.midwestwriters.org.


Do you know a teen who loves to write?


Atlantic Center for the Arts in Florida
presents:   your word Teen Creative Writing Residency #6
July 21 – August 3, 2013
Application Deadline: April 3, 2013 

 A one-of-a-kind, multi-genre summer writing residency that offers 9th through rising 12th grade writers workshops and mentorship by distinguished authors in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction/memoir, on the grounds of a breathtakingly beautiful ecological preserve.
For more information, please visit
or phone 386.423.1753

Martha’s Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing- Summer Writing Seminar July 7-12, 2013


The Martha’s Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing was founded in order to give writers the opportunity to develop their craft amongst established authors. The Institute offers a comprehensive week-long focus on writing, providing writers with the necessary time to devote to their art, in the idyllic setting of the Vineyard. Each summer, the institute invites published authors, literary journal editors, and university creative writing faculty from around the country to lead writing workshops, work one-on-one with individuals, and provide the necessary tips and tools for editing and publishing their work.



Announcing The Missouri Review’s Audio Literary Competition:


$1,000 prizes awarded in 3 categories

The Missouri Review invites all writers and writer/producers to send us your recordings of original poetry or prose or your audio documentaries on any subject. All you need is a computer, microphone, software such as GarageBand or Audacity, and a great script!

Winners and select runners up will have their work featured on The Missouri Review’s website and as part of our iTunes podcast series. Entries will be judged by TMR’s editors in collaboration with guest judge Laura Starecheski, producer with NPR’s State of the Re:Union.

Deadline: March 15th, 2013

Get all the details: http://www.missourireview.com/audiovisual/submissions/


Indiana Wants My Story Contest


Show us your Hoosier.
Rule 1: Stories have to be set in Indiana.
Rule 2: Stories must be 1,000 words or fewer.
Rule 3: Entry deadline is 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, March 3.

Winner will receive $50 and publication in Punchnel’s. Up to four runners up will receive $20 and publication. Other entries will be considered for publication and purchase at our usual rates.

The Ticket To Write Festival

The Ticket To Write Festival is a showcase of original plays based on The Beatles. The plays are selected and produced by experienced industry professionals, to be showcased in the form of a competition , guaranteeing a £150 prize for the winning play.

Ticket To Write...from page to stage.
For details of this year's competition, click here.

Save the Date:  April 27th Writers Conference with Workshops in Greensburg, Indiana  


This Workshop/Conference will focus on grooming your writing for publication.
Details of presenters and sessions comming soon!

$20.00 per person for Conference/Workshop.  If you wish to include the Buffet the cost is $30.00 per person. Please prepay by March 15th to ensure your spot.  Tickets will be mailed prior to the event.   Tickets may be purchased at the door the day of the event for $25.00 (Conference only) or $35.00 (Conference and buffet).
Please mail your fees to:   (Write checks to Debi Hurt)
Debi Hurt    
5110 W Co Rd 400 N
Scipio, IN  47273

Greensburg Community Learning Center
422 East Central Avenue
Greensburg, IN  47240
Debi Hurt, Pen It! Magazine
(812) 371-4128  or  debih7606@frontier.com 


NEA Accepting Applicantions for Literture Fellowship Grants


The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Literature Fellowships program offers $25,000 grants in prose (fiction and creative nonfiction) and poetry to published creative writers that enable the recipients to set aside time for writing, research, travel, and general career advancement.

The NEA Literature Fellowships program operates on a two-year cycle with fellowships in prose and poetry available in alternating years. For FY 2014, which is covered by the current NEA guidelines, fellowships in prose (fiction and nonfiction) are available.

For more information, please contact the Literature staff at 202-682-5034 or email: LitFellowships@arts.gov. Details about the program, eligibility, how to submit and application and other useful tips can be found on the NEA Literature Fellowships page of the NEA website. The deadline for application is February 28, 2013


Butler Bridge Program


The Butler Bridge workshops are designed to develop the writing skills of pre-college students(grades 3-12). Participation in such an individualized writing workshop program will help students prepare for college while also nurturing their talents and imaginations.  This semester we are particularly lucky to have YA writers Ben Winters and John Green on board! 
Go to http://www.butler.edu/english/writing-camp/butler-bridge/ to get all the details.

If you are interested in signing up for any (OR ALL!) of the Butler Bridge Programs, please fill out a registration sheet found at http://www.butler.edu/english/writing-camp/butler-bridge/ or by emailing coordinator Mindy Dunn at butlerbridge@butler.edu. Your registration will be confirmed upon payment. 

Kid's Magazine


Indiana Kids magazine, a brand new family project (not a commercial one) written, edited and published for kids, about kids and by kids, is seeking submissions from Indiana kids across the state. 

This online quarterly magazine is a family project of the Miller and Anderson families of central Indiana, founded to teach our own family's Indiana kids how to work together, how to interview people (which involves a lot of listening), how to interpret and write about what they've learned, and to introduce them to many other interesting Indiana kids around the state they might otherwise not get to meet.  Please send us your poetry, short stories, art work and photography. Make sure the photographs are a jpg file. The drawings can be pdf files. The poems and stories can be either Microsoft Word or just written in the body of the email. 

If your submission fits the themes and mission of the magazine, we will publish it in future issues of Indiana Kids. Please send your work to indianakidsmag@gmail.com  and put "submission" in the subject line.  Please let us know what you would like to see us write about in Indiana Kids in future issues. Take a look at the magazine via this link: http://issuu.com/indianakids


Juniper Summer Institute for Writers

June 23 - 29, 2013


The University of Massachusetts MFA Program, one of the nation's oldest and finest creative writing programs, invites you to the beautiful Pioneer Valley for a week of intensive writing workshops, readings, craft sessions, Q&As, and manuscript consultations.


Juniper Institute for Young Writers

June 22-30, 2013


The Juniper Institute for Young Writers is an extraordinary nine-day creative writing program for students who are finishing their sophomore, junior, or senior years of high school. Hosted by the University of Massachusetts MFA Program for Poets and Writers, the Institute offers participants a unique opportunity: intensive workshops in fiction and poetry, craft sessions and studio courses designed especially for young writers, as well as unparalleled exposure to world-renowned authors through readings and Q&As with its companion program for adults.



2013 Bristol Short Story Prize 

http://www.bristolprize.co.uk is open to all writers, UK and non-UK based, over 16 years of age. Stories can be on any theme or subject and entry can be made online via the website or by post. Entries must be previously unpublished with a maximum length of 4,000 words (There is no minimum). The entry fee is £8 (about $12.83) per story.

The closing date for entries is April 30th 2013.

Full details and rules at http://www.bristolprize.co.uk/rules.html



Check Out This Online Journal!


Submissions are currently closed, but be sure to read past issues to get a sense of what we like, and be sure to check out the new NOÖ Weekly guest edited by stylish Brit Crispin Best! http://www.noojournal.com/

Freight Stories   


The best new fiction on the web. Or anywhere else, for that matter.Freight Stories is now reading submissions for their next issue. Writers of excellent fiction should consider submitting via the online submission manager. Or drop in and read the stories in our current issue.


Tipton Poetry Journal


Now accepting submissions: http://tiptonpoetryjournal.com/submission.html

Tipton Poetry Journal asks for one-time rights for publication in (1) print and  (2) digital or electronic downloadable format and also the right to retain an HTML archive.   Poets may opt out of digital or online formats by specific request.   Author retains all future rights to the poem, following publication in print.  Payment is one contributor copy of the printed journal.

Simultaneous submissions and previously published poems are ok. Please withdraw poem immediately if a poem under simultaneous submission becomes unavailable.  If a poem has been previously published, please indicate publication in order to be properly acknowledged.

Submit 1-5 poems per submission.  If submitting a simultaneous submission through our online submissions manager, please submit SEPARATELY.   Should you need to later withdraw one of your poems, this will leave your others to remain under consideration.  Only submit multiple poems in one online submission if it is NOT a simultaneous submission.

Include name, address & phone number.  A phone number will only be used for urgent contact (in case of last-minute issues before publication when email doesn't suffice). Including a short bio is preferred.

Electronic submissions are preferred and are processed more quickly by being entered into our system. Submit online to Tipton Poetry Journal through our submissions manager. If you must, submissions are still  accepted by mail. If you should find yourself submitting by U.S. mail and including your email address, please include a note to explain, because we don't understand why.

Include the following information on each page:

Email Address (if available)

Including a short bio is preferred.

Mail with SASE to: Barry Harris, Editor, Tipton Poetry Journal, P.O. Box 804, Zionsville, IN 46077 

Poets & Writers: New Writing Contest Deadlines!


For information regarding writing contests and deadlines: Go to the Writing Contest Database

Written by Roxanna Santoro — February 06, 2013

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