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

Call for poems--The Borderlands Project: Western Reading!

Submit work to a series of readings Karen Kovacik is curating on each of Indiana’s state lines, called The Borderlands Project. The western reading will bring together Hoosier poets with writers from Illinois to share poems about immigration, migration, borders or home.

It will be held at the Sheldon Swope Art Museum, located at 25 S. Seventh Street in Terre Haute, on Friday, November 1, 2013, at 7 p.m.

Poets whose work is selected and who can attend the reading will receive a modest honorarium, paid from my own slender laureate’s stipend, and they will be able to sell copies of their books at the reading.

To submit, send up to three poems as Word files on any of the four themes listed above to kkovacik@iupui.edu by Friday, August 30, 2013. Put “Borderlands West” in the subject line. Early submissions (before August 1) will be will be considered for display in an accompanying art exhibit.

Feel free to forward this call to Illinois and Indiana poets whose work you admire.




Reckless Writing 2013 

Bona fide poetry. Yes, Chatter House Press is in search of bona fide poetry! Poetry that breathes, struts, and evolves into a fruit that can be embraced by the populace. Remembered and recited by young and old voices. Do not submit stagnate and moldy words, but instead focus on a fresh and artful slant.

Selected poets will have up to four poems included in the anthology, allowing readers to satisfy their craving for avant-garde work. There are no theme or form guidelines. Poetry will selected based on the quality and uniqueness of individual poems. Submitted works should provide insight into the breadth and depth of the poet's mind. Previously published poems or works scheduled for publication are not eligible.

Work must be submitted electronically by July 31, 2013. Selected authors will notified in September with publication scheduled for November 2013.

Are you ready to join the writing revolution? To submit your poetry for consideration go to http://chatterhousepress.com/



Naturally Yours:  A Call for Submissions about Indiana State Parks

Submissions of poetry and short stories are now being accepted for the upcoming anthology, Naturally Yours: Poems & Short Stories About Indiana State Parks. Submit up to 3 poems or short stories, with a 32-line limit per poem or 3,000 word limit per story. Poems and stories must be about any Indiana state park. Deadline: July 31, 2013. Expected publication: Fall 2013. Age limit: Any age may submit a poem or short story. Proceeds from the book will be donated to "Discovering the Outdoors Fund in the Indiana Natural Resources Foundation." For more info, visit  http://sellpros.wix.com/parkpoems1 

Claiborne County Genealogy group and poet Stacy Savage present: Ancestor Appreciation Day Poetry Contest


Prize: -1 copy of “The Civil War Research Guide” by Stephen McManus, Donald Thompson and Thomas Churchill. Donated by Civil War Roots. -A CD of 2012 back issues of Family Tree Magazine. Donated by Family Tree Magazine. -Two hours of free genealogy research by genealogist and founder of Claiborne County Genealogy group, Cindy Widner, with copies of the documents found from research sent to winner. -Winning poem published on Genealogy Center’s Facebook page and on their electronic newsletter, Genealogy Gems. Winning poem also published on Claiborne County Genealogy group’s Facebook page. 

Guidelines: Subject: Ancestors Line limit: 40 lines
Deadline: September 16, 2013 Winner announced on Ancestor Appreciation Day, September 27, 2013
E-mail inquiries to: Stacy Savage, srsmith25@yahoo.com  
Mail up to three poems along with a cover sheet with name, address, phone number and titles to: Ancestor Poetry Contest 3121 Mounds Rd. Anderson, IN 46016
Above information can also be found at: www.authorsden.com/stacysavage




Inland Empire California Writers Club 

Fiction, poetry, nonfiction categories
Open to all writers

THEME: The truest wisdom...
DEADLINE: August 15, 2013
Click HERE for flyer.

Details at http://www.angelfire.com/amiga/iecwc/



Call for Submissions:   Essays and Poems on Grief


Maine writer seeking personal essays and poems on grief/grieving for loss of person, pet, or figurative “loss” of someone to Alzheimer’s and the like for anthology in progress. Essays each no longer than 2,000 words; poems any length each up to 4 pages double-spaced.  No limit on number of submissions; cutoff date, Sept. 30, 2013.  

All submissions acknowledged. 
Queries and submissions by USPS to M. Leamon, PO Box 113, Casco ME 04015, or e-mail to:  griefanthology@gmail.com 



 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.


Mark your Calendars!  Weekend Writers Retreat in Columbus
September 27, 28 & 29


Renowned Indiana Author:  Michael Martone will be leading 3 workshops at this event.  

Michael Martone is currently a Professor of English and Director of the Creative Writing Program at the University of Alabama where he has been teaching since 1996. Before that, he taught at Syracuse University, Iowa State University, and Harvard University. He lives with the poet Theresa Pappas and their two sons Sam and Nick.

Martone was born and grew up in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where he attended the public schools. He studied at Butler University in Indianapolis and graduated from Indiana University with a degree in English. He is also a graduate of The Writing Seminars of The Johns Hopkins University. 

You can pay via Check or Money Order to:
Debi Hurt
5110 W County Rd 400 N
Scipio, IN 47273
Or Via Paypal

Weekend Rate: $125. Friday noon to Sunday noon or Day Rate of $55.00 for Friday night Open Mic and Saturday Workshops + 2 meals. Don't MISS THIS ONE!




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  http://www.childrenswritersworkshop.com/



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.




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 http://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



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.



Poets & Writers: New Writing Contest Deadlines!


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


Written by Roxanna Santoro — July 02, 2013


Linda Lee:

Thank you! What a cornucopia of opportunities. I am forwarding the link to several people who have participated in my writing groups.

July 23 2013 at 06:07 PM

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