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

Call for Entries, Six Word Short Story Writing Contest

Grand Prize $100 and publication on Short Writing Contest website, and mention in ad in: Poets & Writers Magazine, AWP, and The Writer's Chronicle. Second place publication on Short Writing Contest website, and mention in ads in Poets & Writers Magazine, AWP, and the Writer's Chronicle. Deadline for entry is September 30, 2013. Entry fee and details can be found here.

Indiana Writers’ Consortium 5th Annual Banquet

Avalon Manor, 3550 E. U.S. 30, Merrillville, Indiana
October 10, 2013 at 6:00 p.m.
Contact: Janine Harrison at 219.448.9299; indianawritersconsortium@gmail.com

Indiana Writers’ Consortium welcomes current Indiana Poet Laureate Karen Kovacik as the keynote speaker at the IWC 5th Annual Banquet to be held at Avalon Manor in Merrillville, Indiana, on October 10, 2013, beginning at 6 p.m. There will be a buffet style dinner followed by Kovacik’s address that will appeal to poets and prose writers alike titled, “Falling through Time: Writing the Self into History.” There will be time allotted for open mic participation after the presentation. Ticket prices are $27 for members and $30 for non-members through September 30 and $30 for members and $35 for non-members after September 30. Book table sales space is available for $10.

Indiana Poet Laureate Karen Kovacik was born in East Chicago and grew up in Highland. She is the author of four collections of poetry, most recently Metropolis Burning. Her work has won numerous honors and in 2004 she was awarded a Fulbright Research Grant to Poland. She is professor of English at IUPUI, where she directs the creative writing program.

Indiana Writers' Consortium inspires and builds a community of creative writers. We are the premier group in Northwest Indiana dedicated to educating writers from the ground up through speakers, seminars, and children's programs. IWC provides educational and networking opportunities for writers in all stages of their careers. We also sponsor an annual children's project, where we partner with local schools to bring poetry into the classroom. For more information please visit our website indianawritersconsortium@gmail.com

To purchase tickets please send checks to Jackie Huppenthal, IWC Treasurer, 13374 W. 101st Ave., Dyer, IN 46311 or contact Jackie at js.jm4huppenthal@sbcglobal.net.

The Missouri Review

23rd Annual Jeffrey E. Smith Editors’ Prize in
Fiction, Essay and Poetry
Not Just Any Contest!

Select winning entries in the past have been reprinted in the Best American series.
$5,000 Fiction | $5,000 Poetry | $5,000 Essay  
Deadline: October 1st, 2013.

Submit online now or download the entry form (PDF) for print submissions.


An Indianapolis Community Writing Initiative

CityWrite is now part of the Indiana Writers Center family!  Want to volunteer for the 2013 CityWrite?  CityWrite will run an entire week this year, from October 14-20, and expand to 50 sites throughout Indianapolis.  To accomplish this, we’ll need lots of people to help out in facilitating CityWrite sessions.  What does facilitating a CityWrite site entail? You’ll help guide people through writing down their stories, memories, and opinions by leading attendees through a few suggested writing prompts and exercises.  It’s okay if you’ve no prior experience teaching or tutoring– CityWrite sessions aren’t supposed to be like an English class.  They are supposed to be about starting conversations, sharing stories, and reinforcing the belief that everyone has a story to tell and telling it will benefit everyone.  To do this, we need people from all walks of life to not only participate in writing their stories down, but to also encourage others in showing them how to approach memoir writing.

And don’t worry– we’ll train you!  Also, most sessions will be staffed by two facilitators, so you’ll never be alone.  CityWrite sessions typically last 1-2hrs and require attending a 90 minute training session.

In addition to the public literacy training you’ll receive, you’ll also walk away from your experience with a lot of stories to tell.  Volunteers will also receive a copy of the upcoming CityWrite printed anthology.

To volunteer, please sign up here:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1Ex_EOx7DD_5rn-8RNP0zzejOpLswbEF-WOTK0S1FSaI/viewform


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




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 




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!




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
(Expanded Hours– 12-2 p.m.)
Opening Workshop –Margaret McMullan 

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 — September 03, 2013

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