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

Call for Submissions

Poetry for Children

Brick Street Poetry Inc. is seeking submissions of original children’s poetry – poetry for children written by either adults or kids of any age. Poems submitted must have never been published anywhere before. Poets are permitted to submit a maximum of three poems.

Each poem is to be contained to one page of a Microsoft Word document, prepared in Times New Roman 12-point font, with one- inch margins on all four sides. The poet’s contact information - name, address, email and phone number - are to be placed at the top of each page. Preference will be given to poems that contain one or more of the following characters: a frog, a moose, bees and bears. However, poems without these characters will still be considered.

Deadline for submissions is Aug. 31. Please email your submissions to: specialprojectsbsp@gmail.com with your poems sent as attachments.
The poems selected will be published in a book before the end of 2016 and given to children who are patients in Indianapolis hospitals.  The cost of publishing was made possible by a grant from the Nicholas H. Noyes, Jr., Memorial Foundation.

Brick Street Poetry Inc. is a 501 (c) 3 not-for-profit based in Zionsville, Indiana that sponsors the monthly poetry series, Poetry on Brick Street, publishes the Tipton Poetry Journal, and hosts a wide variety of other poetry-related projects.

The Matador Review

The Matador Review is currently accepting work for our second issue, the Fall 2016 publication. The call for submissions will end on August 31.

The Matador Review is an online literature and art quarterly based in Chicago, Illinois. We publish poetry, fiction, flash fiction, creative non-fiction, and visual art.

We call ourselves an "alternative" magazine; that is to say: our purpose is to promote work that is thought-provoking and unconventional; we want the controversial and the radical, the unhinged and the bizarre; we want the obsessive, the compulsive, the pervasive, the combative, and the
seductive. We believe that every work of quality art has a home where it belongs, and for the "alternative", The Matador Review is a home.

Submission information can be found at:

Any questions can be directed to editors@matadorreview.com


Aesthetica Creative Writing Award 2016 Call for Entries


 The Aesthetica Creative Writing Award 2016 is now open for entries, presenting an opportunity for emerging and established writers and poets to showcase their work to new international audiences and further their involvement in the literary world.

Now in its ninth year, the award is an internationally renowned prize presented by Aesthetica Magazine and judged by literary experts, including Arifa Akbar, book reviewer for Monocle Radio and BBC Radio 5 Live and former Literary Editor at The Independent.

Prizes include:

  • £500 each (Poetry Winner and Short Fiction Winner)
  • Publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual
  • Consultation with Redhammer Management (Short Fiction Winner)
  • Full Membership to The Poetry Society (Poetry Winner)
  • Selection of books courtesy of Bloodaxe and Vintage
  • One year subscription to Granta

Short Fiction entries should be no more than 2,000 words. Poetry entries should be no more than 40 lines. Works previously published elsewhere are accepted.

  Deadline for submissions is 31 August 2016. To enter, visit www.aestheticamagazine.com/cwa


The 2016 Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award is pleased to offer a special workshop on creative writing just for educators.
Go here to get more information and register.

Saturday, October 29, 2016 from 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Central Library - 40 East Saint Clair Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204

Are you an educator struggling with teaching creative writing because it’s been years since you last sat down to unleash your own thoughts and stories on paper? 2016 Genre Excellence – Children’s Picture Book Author winner April Pulley Sayre, 2011 Regional Author winner Helen Frost and 2012 Regional Author Winner Barbara Shoup understand the difficulty in creatively teaching creative writing. Sayre, Frost and Shoup will bring their experience as both authors and educators to equip teachers with the tools and inspiration they need so they can get writing and encourage their students to do the same. Classes are free, but pre-registration is required. Certificates confirming professional development hours will be provided.

Full descriptions of each workshop are below:   
    Wild Words: Growing Readers & Writers With Read Aloud for Pre-K and 1st Grade - taught by April Pulley Sayre: Early childhood is the time for word joy and absorbing voice and pre-writing patterns via read aloud. Taste read alouds about rain, snow, vultures, vegetables, and fish. Refresh your read aloud with techniques and extensions that carry books into writing, art, exercise, science.  Rev up your storytimes with behind-the-scenes info on the rain forest adventures and midwest garden goofiness of author/photo illustrator April Pulley Sayre’s 60 books.  

    Poetry Writing for the Elementary Crowd - taught by Helen Frost: In a poetry-writing workshop for teachers of grades 3-6, Helen Frost will encourage teachers to write poetry for the joy of writing as well as give some guidance in introducing poetry in the classroom.

    Teaching Creative Writing to Secondary Students - taught by Barbara Shoup: This session with YA author Barbara Shoup will address the issues middle and high school teachers often face, both with students and administration, when introducing creative writing to the curriculum. Shoup will offer insight into the creative process, tips for generating lively writing, and a rationale for the use of creative writing illustrating how it fulfills state standards. Participants will engage in a series of writing exercises that they will find effective in their own classrooms.   

Check out these Frequently Asked Questions for more information: http://www.indianaauthorsaward.org/uploads/gallery/Creative-Writing-Teacher-Workshops-Frequently-Asked-Questions-and-Additional-Information.pdf
Space is limited, so reserve your spot now!   

 Two free poetry workshops!

There is limited space and you must register. Go to http://namiworkshops.homestead.com/

The workshops are: MINING THE DARK FOR HEALING GOLD facilitated by Norbert Krapf AND Liza Hyatt on Saturday, September 24, 2016  9:30am-12:30pm at the Alumni Center, Ball State University 2800 W Bethel Ave, Muncie.

IN A WORKSHOP ON LONELINESS, BEING ALONE, AND WRITING with Lorraine Marshall-Rey, Michael Brockley, and
Jeffrey Owen Pearson, Saturday, October 15 at the Alumni Center, Ball State University 2800 W Bethel Ave, Muncie, IN 10am-1pm.

These are part of the National Alliance on Mental Illness Arts Festival. It includes an exhibit of art and poetry focused on mental illness and the breakthrough into mental health entitled Through An Open Window The Light Shines held at Minnetrista in Muncie, IN from September 9-October 31 with an opening on September 9, 5:30-7:30pm. All are welcome! http://www.namiworkshops.homestead.com/

Keep writing this fall with the Lafayette Writers' Studio. Attend a class or join us for our inaugural conference featuring keynote Cathy Day on Oct. 29 and become the writer you want to be.  Visit https://www.lafayettewritersstudio.com/

Words on Paper

Central Indiana Writers' Association is kicking off their annual short story contest, Words On Paper. 
This contest is open to all writers. Membership in the Central Indiana Writers’ Association is not necessary.  The subject matter for entries is open, however, short stories that have already been published or have won in other contests are not welcome.

Entries must be postmarked by October 17, 2016 or brought to the CIWA meeting on the same date, at Barnes & Noble, Greenwood. The meeting begins at 7:00 PM.

Please go to http://www.centralindianawritersassoc.org/?page_id=109 for complete guidelines and entry details.



Make Some Noise

Unsure where to publish your literary works, unusual art, and social commentaries?
Go to http://noisemedium.com/.
Submit as many ideas as you like to contests@noisemedium.com. We’ll publish anything as long as it’s interesting—stories, images, essays, creative balance sheets, videos, or whatever else you can send us.  We care more about originality than anything else. Make it new. Make it great.

Every month, we award a $500 grand prize to our favorite submission and publish our next favorite 50 submissions. 

Questions? Contact us at contests@noisemedium.com. As we editors suffer from hyper-connectivity and crippling caffeine addictions, you’ll hear from us promptly.


The Geeky Press Weekend Writers Retreat (Nov 2016)
Go here to get the details


Have some work ready? Send it out to Entrophy!

Hello writers! Here’s another round of submissions opportunities.

This month’s featured artwork is from Nazifa Islam, a poet and painter from Michigan now living in Oregon. “#87″ is 10″ by 8”, acrylic on stretched canvas. Of her paintings, Nazifa says:

I think of my paintings as surreal emotional landscapes informed by the connotations of color and movement. I strive for emotional clarity through the chaos of color and motion, to make the abstract and subconscious suddenly concrete and visible.

As usual, send me an email (dennis@entropymag.org) if you would like to be included on the next list, or leave a comment below to be seen in this one. Thanks for supporting Entropy, and good luck out there!

The Butler Bridge Program

Registration is open!

With our first fall event right around the corner, it's time to fill in our calendars and get you registered.

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.

If you have any additional questions about the Butler Bridge Program or its programs, please email the Bridge Program Coordinator, Mindy Dunn, at mdunn1@butler.edu.

Like us on Facebook!  Spring 2016: Schedule announced, registration now open!

Please note that registration is limited for many Butler Bridge programs, as specified.
Click here to register!

For accessibility information or to request disability-related accommodations, please visit www.butler.edu/event-accommodations/.



The Freeman has a new poetry editor: Sarah Skwire

The following is a note from Sarah Skwire:
Writerly types!
I am now going to be handling poetry submissions for the good folks at the Freeman. That means you know the poetry editor! Send me good stuff--liberty related or not. I like formal verse and free verse. I like elegant and exciting use of language.
The things I want to read do what e.e.cummings said here:
"At least my theory of technique, if I have one, is very far from original; nor is it complicated. I can express it in fifteen words, by quoting The Eternal Question And Immortal Answer. of burlesk, viz., 'Would you hit a woman with a child?-No, I'd hit her with a brick.' Like the burlesk comedian, I am abnormally fond of that precision which creates movement."
Accepted poems get $50, publication online, and possible inclusion in the print quarterly. If you're included in the print version, we'll send you a copy of the issue in which your poem appears.
Submissions should go to: poetry@fee.org
Full submission guidelines are available here. Ignore them at your peril:


Creating a new female narrative one story at a time.


Every form of personal expression has a home at speakyourstory.org. SpeakYourStory passionately believes in a future where all women, from all walks of life, are empowered to say, “I exist and my stories matter.” Our story sharing platform is designed to be inclusive, compassionate and safe. We will not edit your stories and we publish everything that we receive. We honor every woman’s unique voice and encourage all forms of self-expression. Your story may be a song, a poem, an audio recording, video, a painting, written words, or a photograph. Literally, anything that speaks to your true self has a home here. Please share your pictures, paintings, poems, videos and writing HERE.  

The current edition of WritingRaw.com is NOW online! Stop in and discover a new voice today… Help spread the word and share this with anyone who enjoys the written word. We are looking for submissions for the current issue – fiction of all styles, poetry, essays and other assorted writings, and book promotions. http://www.writingraw.com/

Rethinking Children’s Literature: Read for Change

A new digital literary magazine edited by Dr. Darolyn “Lyn” Jones and Jennifer Palilonis at Ball State University.

In this innovative free, digital, interactive literary magazine, join us in hearing from celebrated children’s book writer and featured Ted speaker, Jarrett J. Krosoczka, who writes about the importance of imagination in story telling, viewing featured book trailers from a variety of authors including Leslea Newman, Patricia Polacco’s, and Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan, checking out teacher resources and ideas, and reading rewritten and original stories such as Goodnight Hospital Room, a piece that parodies Brown and Hurd’s classic book and is meant to provide comfort to children who are in need of chronic care, Syd the Fellah about a prince looking for his partner, and The Shot Heard Around the Town: The Story About How One Boy Can Change the World, an original tale that advocates for nonviolence in our communities.

Download this free app to your tablet through the App Store or the Android Market. (Tablet only)

App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id818562642?mt=8

Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.frogbabyapps.rethinkchildrensliterature&hl=en

Check out our webpage and information about how to submit your work for publication at: http://cms.bsu.edu/academics/collegesanddepartments/english/getexperience/rethinking-childrens-literature

Join the conversation!

Twitter https://twitter.com/rethinkkidlit 

Or Facebook https://www.facebook.com/rethinkingkidlit ​ 


Free Magazine for Writers

Writers Wheel Magazine
Click here to read and download the current issue:

It’s published by Compass Books http://www.compass-books.net,  which offers a list of helpful titles on practical tips for writers, all written by writers from a company run by writers. The most recent title we have published is The Writer’s Group Handbook. All the titles are available internationally.

If you would like the next issue of the magazine emailed to you, join our mailing list: http://www.compass-books.net/list-signup.html

We’re also looking for new authors and have a range of imprints they could fit into at http://www.johnhuntpublishing.com.



Hip Mama magazine is looking for unique, creative, strong, edgy, alternative parenting stories for upcoming issues.
Check out the magazine here.

Send submissions to: hipsubmissions@gmail.com 

Poets & Writers: New Writing Contest Deadlines!

For information regarding writing contests and deadlines: Go to the Writing Contest


Written by Roxanna Santoro — August 02, 2016

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