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State Poet Laureate Nomination Deadline Extended


The deadline for nominations for the next Indiana State Poet Laureate has been extended to 4:30 (EDT) August 30, 2013.

Nomination should be limited to one, single-page cover letter and resume or CV detailing the nominee's qualifications and accomplishments. Successful nominees must be a current resident of Indiana and remain residents during their two-year term of service. Nominees should be published poets, with experience in educational program development.

For more information about the Poet Laureate Program, visit: www.in.gov/arts/2393.htm.

Nominations should be sent to the attention of Lewis C. Ricci: lricci@iac.in.gov.




2013 Fiction Contest

Entry Deadline: November 15th, 2013
Winners Announced: March 15th, 2014
Judges: Victor LaValle and Emily Raboteau
Entry Fee: $25.00

2013 One-Act Play Contest

Entry Deadline: November 1st, 2013
Winners Announced: March 1st, 2014
Judges: University of New Orleans’ Creative
Writing Workshop and the Department of Film, Theatre, and Communication Arts
Entry Fee: $25


Self-Publishing classes in Brown County

Starting on September 4, the Career Resource Center of Nashville, Indiana, will offer an innovative new course for people who have a book inside them, just waiting to get out: "Self-Publish Your Book in Paperback at Little or No Cost."  It will consist of six weekly 90 minute sessions covering topics from preparation of manuscripts in Word format for self-publication, to actual publication of books at Lulu.com and Amazon's CreateSpace.com, to methods for developing an audience for a self-published book after publication.  The instructor is Harvard graduate Danny O. Snow, editor of SelfPublishersMonthly.com, a new worldwide Kindle e-Book series available exclusively from Amazon US-UK-EU.  The course will emphasize what Snow calls "Do-it-Yourself-Publishing" with low-to-no investment, versus paying a vanity press hundreds -- if not thousands -- of dollars.  In 2012, 17 of Amazon's top 100 sellers in the UK were self-published.  This timely new course from the CRC brings a hot international trend close to home.  Registration is limited to 18 students at $95 for six 90-minute sessions, Wednesdays at 6 pm, starting 9/4.  Please call 812-988-5880 for more information.


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.




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




Short Story Contest from The Jennings County Writers Group:


Up to 5 pages: Double spaced, 12 point font. Each page must have your name and the name of the story on it and be numbered. $10.00 entry fee for the first short story and $5.00 for each subsequent story submitted.

Entries must be postmarked by October 1, 2013. Cover page must be included and must have: Name, Address, Email, Phone Number and name of Story.

First prize is $50.00
Second Prize is $25.00
Third Prize is a Email subscription to Pen It! Magazine

Write checks to The Jennings County Writers Group (JCWG)
Send your entries to: Debi Hurt, 5110 W County Rd 400 N, Scipio, IN 47273  




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 




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/




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



Magna cum Murder

crime writing festival
October 25-27, 2013
The Columbia Club, Indianapolis, IN

-Attend panels and discussions that will give you insight into the writing and publishing world.
-Talk and dine with more than 30 published authors.
-Visit onsite booksellers and vendors throughout the weekend.
-Enjoy an exciting weekend in the magnificent Columbia Club.
Guest of Honor - Steve Hamilton
Banquet Keynote Speaker - Hank Phillippi Ryan
Click here for complete information.



Keep the date-more to come!

Knox County Public Library :2nd Annual Southern Indiana Book Festival


November 1 & 2, 2013
Writer’s workshops
Author sales & book signing Nov. 2
(Expander Hours– 12-2 p.m.)
Opening Workshop –Margaret McMullen 

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 — August 05, 2013

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