February 25 - 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.
Sustainable Arts Foundation: 2020 Individual Awards
Deadline: February 28, 2020, 5pm ET
This year, we will make awards of $5,000 each to twenty artists and writers with children. Additionally, we will name twenty finalists. Our program is an award program that rewards excellence in a creative field. Artists and writers with at least one child and a strong portfolio of polished work are welcome to apply. We are inspired by anyone who is making creative work while raising a family. Our application fee is $20.
Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library’s So It Goes Journal
Deadline: March 1, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. EST.
The year 2020 marks another big national election for the people of the United States of America, and we know some of our friends in other countries around the world also will be electing national leaders. As such, the year’s journal theme is civic engagement. We are looking for work that celebrates, critiques, or works for positive change related to democracy, freedoms, ideals, and country. Submissions are limited to one work of prose (1,250 words max or you’ll be automatically disqualified) OR up to five poems (1,250 words max for all five or you’ll automatically be disqualified) OR five photographs or artwork.
Great Midwest Writing Contest
Deadline March 1, 2020
We’re looking for thoughtful and thought-provoking writing and visual art that examines, interprets, and redefines the wide spectrum of life, past and present, in the Midwest.
$500 prize and publication in Midwest Review for the winning entry in each category: nonfiction, fiction, and poetry.
Enter the contest via Submittable by March 1, 2020. There is a $15 entry fee.
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.
Indiana Review 2020 Poetry Prize
Send us up to three poems for a chance at $1000 + publication. Submissions open February 1-March 31, 2020, 11:59 PM EST. Final Judge: Javier Zamora!
Indiana Review 2020 Fiction Prize
Send us one short story, up to 6K words, for a chance at $1000 + publication. Submissions open February 1-March 31, 2020, 11:59 PM EST. Final judge: Angela Flournoy!
The Ryser Scholarship
Deadline: March 31, 2020
Annual support for a writer from South Central Indiana to pursue excellence by attending a formal workshop or conference in the craft of writing. The $350 2020 Ryser Scholarship will be awarded to a High School junior or senior student in Monroe County, Brown County, Lawrence County, or Owen County.
Oxford American Magazine Fall 2020 Issue
Deadline: Wednesday April 1, 2020
For its Fall 2020 issue, the Oxford American is seeking submissions from writers who have not yet been published in a print publication with a circulation over 5000 copies. The editor’s primary consideration is quality, though they would be “especially pleased to include the work of an author with ties to the South and/or a story that furthers our mission of exploring the complexity and vitality of the South”. Limit 10,000 words.
Entries for the 2020 Adroit Prizes for Poetry and Prose will be accepted until April 1st, 2020 at 11:59pm Pacific Time.
The Adroit Prizes are awarded annually to two students of secondary or undergraduate status. We’re fortunate to receive exceptional work from emerging writers in high school and college, and the best of the best will be recognized by the Adroit Prizes.
The 2020 Adroit Prize for Poetry will be selected by Jericho Brown, author of The Tradition (Copper Canyon Press, 2019), a finalist for the 2019 National Book Award, and The New Testament (Copper Canyon Press, 2014). The 2020 Adroit Prize for Prose will be selected by Kristen Arnett, author of Mostly Dead Things (Tin House Books, 2019).
All high school/secondary and undergraduate/college students are eligible, including international students and students who have graduated a semester early (in this case, in December 2019). Submissions may include up to six poems (maximum of ten pages single-spaced) and/or up to three works of prose (combined word limit of 3,500 words). Excerpts of longer works are acceptable, as are simultaneous submissions.
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
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