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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.   The deadline to enter is May 15th.

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


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!


Writers Conference with Workshops in Greensburg, Indiana

Please note that the date has been changed for the Spring Writers Workshop in Greensburg, Indiana from April 27th to Saturday, May 18th.

NOTE:   There are still a few slots left to get your work of up to 7,000 words in to Ron Collins for a 30 minute one-on-one critique.Additionally, due to the date change, I have lost a couple of workshop leaders, so there will be changes sent later.

If you wish to have books placed on the Book Sales Table the fee is $5.00 for up to 5 titles…(5 copies each), and then $2.00 for each additional title (5 copies each).

Tickets are $35.00 which includes lunch or if you choose not to have the lunch provided, the fee is $25.00.There may be a few vendor spots available if anyone is interested for $25.00.

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)

Please mail your fees to:   (Write checks to Debi Hurt)
Debi Hurt , 5110 W Co Rd 400 N, Scipio, IN  47273

Tickets can also be paid for through PayPal using email  debih7606@frontier.com 

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


 Institute of Spoken Word and Poetry Slam

June 23–29, 2013
Gustavus Campus

An academic camp that invites high school students from all over the country to attend a seven day intensive course that is facilitated by the most successful poetry slam artists in the past decade. Students should expect to leave camp with an initial mastery of both stage and page poetry, their first completed poetry set and product (CD, chapbook, etc), all while belonging to a permanent network of artists who can offer advice and mentorship in the future.
Get the details and your application here:  https://gustavus.edu/camps/slamcamp/index.php



 Arts Commission Accepting Nominations for State Poet Laureate

The Indiana Arts Commission is now accepting nominations for Indiana State Poet Laureate.
The Indiana Poet Laureate represents the State of Indiana and the art of poetry through the development and implementation of programming to the education community and general public. The Poet Laureate makes formal presentations at various educational facilities and events, and offers advice to the Commission regarding ways to further the art of poetry in Indiana.

Nominations for Indiana Poet Laureate should be limited to one, single-page cover letter and 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 as State Poet Laureate. 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) Thursday, August 1, 2013. Nominations should be sent to the attention of Susan Britsch: sbritsch@iac.in.gov.
All nominations will be reviewed by a committee comprised of representative from Indiana's major institutions of higher education. The committee will be convened later this fall to begin review of the nominations.

Joyce Brinkman was the first State Poet Laureate selected under legislation signed into law in 2005 creating the program. Norbert Krapf succeeded Ms. Brinkman, and Karen Kovacik is the current Indiana Poet Laureate.


Whole-Novel Workshop & Retreat
October 4-6, 2013 • Santa Cruz, CA.

“Scenes to Arcs: Envision and Edit Your Story with the Pros” Are you an accomplished novelist, seeking a distinctive type of workshop? Our seminar for 16 writers offers top-level editor or agent feedback on whole-novel manuscripts, including two in-person consults (45 minutes each, on different days). We also offer team-taught, editor and agent critiques on opening and mid-book chapters.

For details and faculty interviews, and to request an application, visit  www.ChildrensWritersWorkshop.com.


The 35th Nimrod Literary Awards

The Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction & The Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry
Founded by Ruth G. Hardman

FIRST PLACE: $2,000 and publication
SECOND PLACE: $1,000 and publication

Contest Rules:
Contest Begins: January 1, 2013
Postmark Deadline: April 30, 2013

Poetry: 3-10 pages of poetry (one long poem or several short poems).
Fiction: 7,500 words maximum (one short story or a self-contained excerpt from a novel)
Get detail:  http://www.utulsa.edu/nimrod/awards.html



Open to Interpretation Contest

Open to Interpretation brings together photographers and writers in an exciting and innovative book project that has never been done before. Each book begins with a themed call for photos. The chosen photos become the literary inspiration for the writers' submissions. A book is created that matches each winning photo with two stories or poems that offer different interpretations of the image.

Announcing Love + Lust
The photographers sent us their images and interpretations of Love + Lust.  Now it's the writers turn to use the images to inspire your words. Poems and stories may include a literal description of the work, personal memories, metaphorical associations, or your mood inspired by the image.
Poetry, flash fiction, narrative, ekphrastic poetry, short story, memoir, non-fiction, song lyrics, myth, tall tale or fairy tale - all genres are

Judge: Dorianne Laux
Submission Fee: $15 for first submission, $10 additional
Deadline for submission: August 6, 2013
Awards:  $500 Judge's Selection Award
For full details go to Open to Interpretation's site.

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.



Aesthetica Creative Writing Competition

The Aesthetica Creative Writing Competition is now open for entries! The competition celebrates and champions creative writing, nurturing talent and bringing work to international attention. Aesthetica is inviting all writers and poets to submit to the Aesthetica Creative Writing Competition 2013. There are two categories for entry, Poetry and Short Fiction, and a selection of fantastic prizes including:
·         £500 prize money – Poetry winner
·         £500 prize money – Short Fiction winner
·         Publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual
·         Complimentary copy of the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual
·         A selection of books from our competition partners
Submissions previously published elsewhere are accepted. Deadline: 31 August 2013. 

Entry is £10 and allows for the entry of two works into any one category. For more information and to enter please visit: www.aestheticamagazine.com/creativewriting



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



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 — April 02, 2013

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