January 28 -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.
Call for Submissions: Indianapolis Anthology-Belt Magazine
Belt Publishing will be compiling an anthology of essays about Indianapolis in 2020 as part of our City Anthology Series.
Indianapolis is known as the Crossroads of America for the several major interstate highways that intersect the city. Is Indianapolis just another Midwestern city to fly over or pass through as we travel to bigger and better destinations, or is it a crossroads where diverse peoples and ideals converge to create a rich and vibrant cultural center?
What is Indianapolis’s identity in the 21st century? Surely, it’s more than the home of the Indianapolis 500, John Dillinger, David Letterman, Little Orphan Annie, Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, Kurt Vonnegut, Van Camp’s pork and beans, Prozac, and Wonder Bread.
The purpose of this anthology is to show how and what the city is in contemporary terms, and how writers reflect and unearth that in their work. We want the unique perspectives about what it means to be in Indianapolis, with an eye on history but a contemporary understanding of the place the city occupies in both reality and the imagination.
Submissions are due by January 31, 2020. Go here for all the details.
Editor: Norman Minnick is the editor of the anthologies Between Water and Song: New Poets for the Twenty-First Century (White Pine Press) and Work toward Knowing: Beginning with Blake by Jim Watt (Kinchafoonee Creek Press). His collections of poetry are To Taste the Water (winner of the First Series Award from Mid-List Press) and Folly (Wind Publications). Minnick’s poems and essays have appeared widely in anthologies and journals including The Writer’s Chronicle, The Georgia Review, World Literature Today, Teachers & Writers Magazine, The Oxford American, The Columbia Review, Poetry East, Crab Orchard Review, Southern Indiana Review, and Notre Dame Review.
The Big Moose Prize
Deadline January 31, 2020
Each year Black Lawrence Press will award The Big Moose Prize for an unpublished novel. The prize is open to new, emerging, and established writers. The winner of this contest will receive book publication, a $1,000 cash award, and ten copies of the book. Prizes will be awarded on publication.
The Big Moose Prize is open to traditional novels as well as novels-in-stories, novels-in-poems, and other hybrid forms that contain within them the spirit of a novel.
All entries are read blind by our panel of editors. All manuscripts should include a title page (listing only the title of the work), and when appropriate, an acknowledgments page and table of contents. Manuscripts should be paginated and formatted in an easy-to-read font such as Garamond or Times New Roman. Manuscripts should be 90-1,000 pages in length, not including front and back matter (table of contents, title page, etc.). Identifying information for the author should not be included anywhere on the manuscript itself, including in the name of your file or in the "title" field in Submittable. You are welcome to include a brief bio or something about yourself in your cover note on Submittable, which will only be made accessible to the editorial panel after the group of Semi-Finalist and Finalist manuscripts has been chosen.
Simultaneous submissions are acceptable and encouraged, but please notify us by withdrawing your manuscript on Submittable immediately if it is accepted for publication elsewhere.
The annual deadline is January 31.
New Stories from the Midwest 2020
New Stories from the Midwest will celebrate its tenth anniversary by presenting selected stories from previous volumes alongside new stories published in 2018 or 2019. Journals may submit six stories published 2018–2019 for free; writers may submit unlimited stories published 2018–2019 for $3 each. A $100 Heartland Fiction Prize will be awarded to a story of exceptional power. All contributors receive two copies and discount on more. Guest editor is Michael Martone. Deadline: February 1, 2020. https://www.newamericanpress.com/newmidwest.php
IT IS THE FINAL WEEK FOR SUBMISSIONS TO THE INDIANAPOLIS NEW PLAY FESTIVAL!!!!! Please make sure to get your submissions to us no later than February 1st at 10 pm. Many plays have been submitted and we are enjoying the reads. We look forward to yours as well! Help us bring new life to the Indianapolis Theatre Scene!
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.
The Masters Review Winter Short Story Award
Judged by Kimberly King Parsons!
$3000 + Publication + Agency Review
The Winter Short Story Award judged by Kimberly King Parsons is NOW OPEN for submissions. Submissions will close on January 31st. The winning story will be awarded $3000 and publication online. Second and third place stories will be awarded publication and $300 and $200 respectively. All winners and honorable mentions will receive agency review by: Nat Sobel from Sobel Weber, Victoria Cappello from The Bent Agency, Andrea Morrison from Writers House, Sarah Fuentes from Fletcher & Company and Samantha Fingerhut from Compass Talent. We want you to succeed, and we want your writing to be read. It's been our mission to support emerging writers since day one.
Go here for the Submission Page
The Greenberg Playwright Competition
Named for Educator, Actress, and Encourager, CLARICE GREENBERG, the annual GREENBERG PLAYWRIGHT COMPETITION (GPC) is sponsored and hosted by THE ALLEY THEATRE in Anderson, Indiana.
THE GPC calls for original one-act plays, suitable for simple, black box, in-the-round, performances by THE ALLEY THEATRE, in the JAKE HOOVER STUDIO THEATRE. Winning plays are announced on the opening night of THE ALLEY THEATRE’S March production. These scripts are cast, work-shopped, and rehearsed during the summer, and performed in the fall of each season, prior to the first production of THE ALLEY THEATRE SEASON.
A winner is chosen from each category:
1) Middle School/6th – 8th Grade
2) High School/9th-12th Grade,
3) College Age/18-26 years,
4) Post-College Age Adult 27 +
AWARDS & PERFORMANCES:
Each of the 4 winners receives a cash prize of $500.
THE ALLEY THEATRE secures Stage Directors/Editors for each script, casts the shows, and they are performed the following fall prior to THE ALLEY season.
(see this year’s application for specific details) Deadline 02/15/2020
The Indianapolis Review is an online journal based in Indianapolis looking to publish fresh poetry and art. We have a focus on connecting and promoting the writers and artists of our region, but we also want to showcase poetry from all over the country and the world.
Daisy Pettles Women’s Writing Contest, Awards and Residency
WOMEN WRITERS OVER 40 – Have you ever wished you could escape your daily distractions and pesky responsibilities—like rent, utilities, and your day job—and JUST WRITE ALL DAY LONG?
Here’s your chance to use your goddess-given writing talent to “win” a month of free rent and utilities, and a $1,000 cash grant, while living in a beautiful, peaceful, vintage 1920s arts and crafts bungalow and writer’s retreat house. Escape all worries about bills for a month while working distraction free on your master work, be it a mystery or romance novel, an investigative report, a literary opus, political commentary, a graphic novel, a YA novel, short stories, humor essays, or a memoir …
Writing Contest for Women/Award Details:
2 Grand Writer’s Prizes valued at $2,500;
Includes a full month’s rent-and-utility-free-residency in the furnished Daisy Pettles Writer’s House, a vintage 1920s arts and crafts bungalow in historic Bedford, Indiana, just south of Bloomington, Indiana (home of Indiana University) ; PLUS a $1,000 cash stipend, and an Award Certificate as Honorary Writer in Residence at the house for the year awarded.
PLUS — 2 First Runner Up Awards of $250 Cash, with a Winner’s Certificate of Achievement, and an offer of residency if Grand Prize Winners can’t accept their prize.
PLUS — 2 Second Runner Up Awards of $100 Cash, and a Winner’s Certificate of Achievement.
Cosmonauts Avenue is an online, monthly literary journal run by women and non-binary folks dedicated to elevating and amplifying underrepresented voices. We publish fiction, poetry, nonfiction, interviews, and more, from writers around the world, in English and in translation. Submissions are free and always will be. This is one way we hope to remain accessible to all writers, whether new or emerging or established.
We are committed to providing a platform for folks who are marginalized in the literary community, including but not limited to people of color, ciswomen, trans men and women, nonbinary people, members of the LGBQA community, and people with disabilities. We want to elevate underrepresented voices and include a wide range of identities and experiences. We want work that pays careful attention to craft while remaining urgent and surprising.
As Beyoncé might say, we want your most flawless work. We can’t wait to read it. We believe in you.
Poor Joker Press is a Chicago-based indie publisher focusing on meaningful, well-crafted, short-form writing. All titles from Poor Joker Press are printed in a 3.5 x 5-inch format, allowing readers to carry our stories with them -- in pockets, on city trains, in purses and on the move.
Call for submissions:
Poor Joker Press publishes literary fiction, nonfiction and memoirs. We only accept submissions between 4,000 and 7,000 words. All submissions that follow our guidelines are considered. Please submit to firstname.lastname@example.org and ensure:
The Northwest Indiana Literary Journal is seeking submissions of short stories, flash fiction, poetry, humor, photography, and art.
Where to Submit: December, January, and February 2019-20
Static submission guidelines can always be found here, as well as on our current calls for submissions page. Thanks for considering us as a home for your work!
The Butler Bridge Program
Students grades 3-12 are invited to join us to strengthen and explore their writing skills during an afternoon of fun and adventure.We are pleased to offer the Butler Bridge Program to students in grades 3–12. The program draws on Butler's remarkable resources to build a bridge between Butler and its community, as well as between students who aspire to higher education and the professors, professional writers, teachers, and college mentors who are eager to share what they know.
Our Vision: Butler Bridge programs combine learning, laughter, and compassion to inspire young writers and readers. The programs connect bright, young people with talented mentors and like-minded peers to nurture intellectual and artistic discovery.
This learning-rich community rejects a narrow version of education, in which, too often, assessment structures learning. We reach for a goal that is harder to define: enhancing creativity, developing the imagination, finding our own voices. We help our students and campers be so engaged with the joys of the literary arts that they don’t even notice how much they are learning.
For accessibility information or to request disability-related accommodations, please visit www.butler.edu/event-accommodations/.
Hip Mama magazine is looking for unique, creative, strong, edgy, alternative parenting stories for upcoming issues.
Check out the magazine here.
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Poets & Writers: New Writing Contest Deadlines!
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