February 11 - Opportunities, Writers Conferences and Workshops, Contests and Submissions
Have a short story, poem or other work you're just dying to share? Check out these publication, workshop and contest opportunities:
*Advice on Writing Contests:
When considering contests, look to see how they handled winners' work from previous years: Is there a list of previous winners? Where you can go to read or have access to the winning pieces of writing? Who are the judges? Are they people who you would read yourself? If you win, what kind of audience would you receive for your work? Research contests and their reputations online. Use places like duotrope.com, Poets and Writers (pw.org), the New Pages (newpages.com), or The Review Review (thereviewreview.net), to see whether there is any other information about the contest from other sources.
Applications are now open for Taleamor Park's 2020 artists' and writers' residencies. www.taleamorpark.org
Prepare. Pitch. Publish. #preppitchpub
You want agents. We’ve got agents.
Here’s an opportunity to pitch your book directly to vaunted agents in search of new voices! Advocate for your book in a high-energy environment, and you might just become another MWW success story.
Connect with literary agents who are actively searching for the next big thing across all genres including fiction, nonfiction, children’s, young adult and more. During the Agent Fest, you’ll have a chance to meet agents one-on-one and capture their attention with the basic concept of your book.
We’ve assembled a dynamic roster of top-tier agents to participate in our Agent Fest. We have two days of valuable sessions on how to write a query letter and a synopsis, what agents are looking for, what makes an agent/editor stop reading your manuscript, and more. No matter what you’re writing — fiction or nonfiction — the sessions will help point you in the right direction. Writers of all genres are welcome.
Our Agent Fest is designed to squeeze as much into two days of learning as possible. You can ask any questions you like during the sessions, and get your specific concerns addressed. The literary agents will give feedback and take pitches from writers. We also have a Query Letter Critique Team — an opportunity for a one-on-one consultation! Our faculty includes: (Read their bios & wish lists),
- Ian Bonaparte, Janklow & Nesbit Associates
- Kerry D’Agostino, Curtis Brown, Ltd.
- Jennifer Grimaldi, Charlberg & Sussman
- Amanda Luedeke, MacGregor & Luedeke
- Eric Myers, Myers Literary Management
- Patricia Nelson, Marsal Lyon Literary Agency
- Abby Saul, The Lark Group
- Dani Segelbaum, New Leaf Literary & Media
- Loan Le, Assistant Editor, Atria Books
You’ll meet one-on-one with at least two agents and possibly three depending on the number of registrants. Each pitch lasts three minutes, composed of a 90-second pitch and a 90-second response from the agent with feedback.
Each winner will receive $500 and 25 copies of a letterpress broadside designed and produced by students from UIndy’s Hullabaloo Press, and each winner will be invited to participate in an episode of a literary podcast with the student judges, which will air winter 2021. Graduate and undergraduate students will read the submitted books and choose the two winners. The postmark deadline for submission is Friday Sept. 4, 2020.
If your child is spending these wintry days working on their fanfiction, poetry, novel, comic book, graphic novel, or reading one...ask them if they'd like to come write with us this summer.
Registrations are open now for our writing camp for kids who will be in 3rd - 12th grades for 2020-21.
We have some exciting plans for this summer--including a partnership with The Brain Lair Bookstore, writing downtown, and using improv techniques to spark plot and create conflict in our stories. Also based on requests, we have changed the format of the camp for our younger group to be full days for one week.
Session 1: June 22-26 M-TH 9:00-3:00/ F 9:00-noon
Session 2: June 29-July 3 M-TH 9:00-3:00/ F 9:00-noon
Writers may choose the session that fits best within their summer plans, or opt to attend both! Also former campers can choose to return the summer after their high school graduation.
Space is limited. The registration form is attached.
Hope to see you when it's warmer.
Meanwhile, check out our featured author for this month, Stella Chrystler. You can read her work from the summer camp on our website: http://michianawriterscenter.pbworks.com/w/page/20853203/FrontPage
Hip Mama magazine is looking for unique, creative, strong, edgy, alternative parenting stories for upcoming issues.
Check out the magazine here.
Send submissions to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Poets & Writers: New Writing Contest Deadlines!
For information regarding writing contests and deadlines: Go Here