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Announcing the 2013 Pikes Peak Branch National League of American Pen Women Flash Fiction Contest


A complete, but very short story of 100 words or fewer
Deadline: Postmarked/received by email by May 1, 2013
Entry Fee: $10 first manuscript, $8 each additional manuscript, $10 optional critique fee
Prizes: First-$100, Second-$50, Judge’s Merit-$25
Theme: Hidden Amongst These Worlds (Can be any genre)

Flash Fiction is a complete, but very short story of 100 words or fewer.  The title is not included in the word count.  The story must pertain to the theme, “Hidden Amongst These Worlds”  All genres are welcome, and multiple entries may be submitted.  An entry fee is required for each entry, however each entry after the first is discounted to $8 per.  You can also opt for a completely optional critique of your piece by a published author for an additional $10 per entry.  A self-addressed, stamped envelope must be included with mailed entries if you would like it returned by mail.  Winners will be notified by May 31, 2013.  For complete rules and entry blank, please go to www.ppb-nlapw.org/contests.php or www.ppb-nlapw.org and click on the Contests tab or email thewarriormuse@gmail.com. 



2013 Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition

Our competition is an internationally respected short fiction contest, now in its 33rd year. We are proud to say that many of our past winners (and honorable mention recipients) have gone on to make an indelible mark in the world of literary fiction. Among them: Heidi Durrow, afirst-place winner in our competition, whose novel, The Girl Who Fell from the Sky, won The Bellwether Prize for Fiction and was, in 2011, on The New York Times Bestseller list; Naomi Benaron, also a past winner, won The Bellwether in 2010.  Her novel Running the Rift was published by Algonquin in January, 2012. The list is quite extensive, including National Book Award nominees and NEA recipients. 

We take fine writing very seriously and do not go by the rule books. New and unique voices are what we seek because theirs shall become the cornerstone of literary legacy. Our 2013 winner, Amelia Skinner Saint, will have her winning story "Ship Full of Beasts" published in the next print edition of Cutthroat: A Journal of the Arts.

Get all the details of our Short Story Competion here:    http://www.shortstorycompetition.com/ 



 "How to Ramp Up Your Writing"

Midwest Writers Workshop will conduct a mini-conference, "How to Ramp Up Your Writing," Saturday, April 13, 9 a.m.-noon at the Brownsburg Public Library, 450 South Jefferson Street, Brownsburg, Ind.

Three writers will be presenters at the mini-conference, which will include talks about getting published, participation in break-out groups and a panel question-and-answer session. This 3-hour intensive mini-conference is just $10, and registration is required. Light refreshments will be served. The mini-conference is a service project of MWW, now in its 40th year.

The speakers include: Holly Miller, contributing editor for The Saturday Evening Post, a sought-after conference speaker, and co-author of the textbook, Feature & Magazine Writing; Dianne Drake, international best-selling and award-winning author of more than 50 books; Special MWW guest Kate Watterson, suspense author of Frozen. Writing as Emma Wildes, she was named by Booklist as one of the rising stars of historical fiction. Moderator will be Cathy Shouse, workshop coordinator of special events.

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 NOW. For additional information: 317-852-3167.


Dear Poet Project

This spring the Academy of American Poets is inviting students to engage with poetry by handwriting letters to the acclaimed poets who serve on our Board of Chancellors. Select letters will receive a personalized reply and will be featured on Poets.org!

To help teachers involve their classes, we are happy to present a version of the Dear Poet project for grades 7-10 that has been prepared by a curriculum specialist and aligns with Common Core standards.  Go here to get all the details

Forward this information to a teacher now!


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.


Poets Sought for Sexual Assault Awareness Ceremony

Every two minutes someone in the United States is sexually assaulted.  Nationally, 1 in 4 women will experience sexual violence, 54% of those assaults will go unreported.  Sadly, 97% of the perpetrators never spend a day in jail.
On April 28, 2013, J.Lyn Productions will be hosting its first annual R.O.S.E. (Restoring Our Sister's Environment) experience and ceremony.  The R.O.S.E., experience includes an evening of powerful poetry honoring survivors of Sexual Assault and their Allies. This poetically charged experience, will leave guests empowered, educated and sensitive to the silent plague on the women in this community. The Rose Ceremony will follow this performance. Roses will be presented to all Survivors and Allies in the audience as a symbol of solidarity.

They are looking for poets interested in performing. This show and ceremony will be held at Indy Fringe, 719 East St. Clair St. Indianapolis IN.  If you are interested, please contact J.Chantel (JC) Burks or Lynell Westbrook, directly at j.lynproductions@gmail.com or 317-518-3251. The actual event will take place on April 28th. Requirements are outlined below, should you have any questions.

Featured Poet Criterion:
1. Participate in all requested auditions
2. Compose 2-4 poems that focus on the following topics: Rape, Abuse, Incest Molestation,     Breaking free from sexual abuse/violence, Healing and Recovery as it relates to sexual violence
3. Participate in all rehearsal during the month of March
Please note that poems are subject to approval by J. Lyn Productions as event will be for families and will focus solely on increasing the awareness of sexual assault and how it impacts our community. All profits from this event will support local sexual assault recovery programs in Marion County. 


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. 


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.



April 27th Writers Conference with Workshops in Greensburg, Indiana  


This Workshop/Conference will focus on grooming your writing for publication. Workshops include:  The Novel Pitch (Vickie Weaver);  Character Development (Suzanne Purewal);  Ask the Agents, Writing a Killer First Chapter & Six Secrets to Novel Writing (Suzy Milhoan);  Beyond The First Draft (Dan Logan) (2nd & 3rd sessions only);   Writing and Publishing Your Memoir or Autobiography (Sherry Traylor – 9:30 to 11:00 session ONLY); Marketing (C.S. Marks);  Deep Point of View (JJ Keller – Sessions 1 and 2 only); Blog, Blog, Blog – Using Social Media (Katie Boller)

$20.00 per person for Conference/Workshop.  If you wish to include the Buffet the cost is $30.00 per person. 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). Click here to see the workshop flyerClick here for directions.
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 


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


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 — March 02, 2013

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