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

Poetry in Free Motion/Call for Poets

Poetry in Free Motion is recruiting Indiana poets for a joint venture between quilters and poets. (Mary Beth Wren and Tracy Mishkin have taken over the project from J.L. Kato and his wife Mary Hawn). If you would like to write a poem inspired by a quilt and you can attend a meeting in Indianapolis on May 12 to meet your quilter partner, please email me at tracymishkin@gmail.com  and Tracy will send you a registration form.  Preference will be given to poets who have not previously participated. Poems will be written between mid-May and mid-July, and the theme is Transitions. Free Motion refers to a sewing machine modification where the quilter isn't restricted to straight lines.

Glick Indiana Authors Award Seeks Nominations

Nominate your favorite Hoosier author for the  2018 Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award!

Nearly $25,000 in awards will honor Indiana authors who inspire and educate
You are invited to submit nominations for the 10th annual Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award, which seeks to inspire Hoosiers’ love of reading by celebrating the written arts in Indiana.

Click here to submit a nomination form online; nominations are due by Friday, March 16.

The nine members of the statewide Award Panel evaluate all nominations and determine the finalists and winners each year.

Nominations remain valid for five years. If you nominated an author from 2014 through 2017, the author is still under consideration. Please email any updates necessary to iaa@indyplfoundation.org.

Nomination Categories
Published writers who were born in Indiana or have lived in Indiana for at least five consecutive years are eligible for nomination in the following categories:

National Author – $10,000 prize: Honors a writer with Indiana ties, but whose work is known and read nationwide. National authors will be evaluated on their entire body of work.
Regional Author – $7,500 prize: Honors a writer who is well-known and enjoyed throughout the state of Indiana. Regional authors will be evaluated on their entire body of work.
Emerging Author – $5,000 prize: Honors a writer with no more than two published books in his/her lifetime. The title(s) must have been published within the last 10 years. Emerging authors will be evaluated on these published works.

This year, because it’s the 10th anniversary of the Indiana Authors Award, The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation has selected James Alexander Thom to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award in lieu of a Genre Excellence award. The Genre Excellence category will return in 2019.

Complete eligibility guidelines are available here.

Writing about Difficult Relationships

Saturday, March 24
Oldenburg Franciscan Center

Liza Hyatt and Norbert Krapf look forward to giving a workshop on Writing about Difficult Relationships (of any kind) again at Oldenburg Franciscan Center (OFC) on March 24. You can write in any form that feels right for your topic. For more info about the workshop, including responses of previous participants and bios of the presenters, go to http://www.krapfpoetry.com/cbb_mining.html. For registration details, etc. use this link to the Oldenburg Franciscan Center website: http://www.oldenburgfranciscancenter.org/store/p178/March_24th%3A_Bless_This_Mess.html

Submissions are now being accepted for "Bards Against Hunger: Indiana Edition".

The book will include current residents, people who have called Indiana home for at least five years, or Indiana-born poets. We are open to submissions of poems with various subjects, but please do not send any poems containing profanity, sexual content, or drug usage. You may submit up to three poems of up to 35 lines. We will accept any meter, rhyme scheme, and free verse. We will accept any previously published work that the writer maintains the rights to. The rights of any poem(s) published will remain with the writer. We ask that you would include a short bio of 3-5 sentences with your submission. Please send your bio and poems in the body of the email to Indianabards@yahoo.com . The deadline for submissions is May 31, 2018. Bards Against Hunger is an annual national event held close to Thanksgiving that has raised thousands of pounds of food for food pantries and shelters since its start in 2012. For more information about Bards Against Hunger, visit their website: www.bardsagainsthunger.com. The book will benefit the Homeless Advocacy Center of Anderson and Madison County. For more information about the Homeless Advocacy Center of Anderson and Madison County, visit their Facebook page: https://m.facebook.com/Homeless-Advocacy-Center-of-Anderson-and-Madison-County-771346143047049/

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 poorjokersubmissions@gmail.com and ensure:

  • Name, email, phone number and brief bio are included on first page
  • PDF file (no other file types are accepted)
  • Page numbers are included
  • Genre is listed (non-fiction/fiction/memoir, etc.)

Get all the details here: https://www.poorjokerpress.com/submissions

Come join us at the Main Branch of Tippecanoe County Public Library for our third Authors Fair!

Our 2018 event is scheduled for:Saturday, April 14, 11-2 p.m.
Light refreshments will be provided.

This activity will provide an opportunity for local published authors to meet readers, and each other.Authors are invited to bring their books and materials for sale.Each registered author will be allottedtable/display space, and should plan to manage the sale of materials. Space is limited, so if you would like to be a featured participant, please complete the attached application and send to me at the address below.You may snail-mail, fax or scan-email. If you would like to do a 20-30 minute presentation on a writing, publishing, etc., related topic (or a reading of your work or any subject you think might be of interest to other participants/attendees) during the event, please include topic/title and summary.
Click here for the form.

The University of New Orleans Press is excited to announce that our fourth annual UNO Press Publishing Lab Prize is now open.

The University of New Orleans Press is looking for full-length fiction manuscripts, either novels or short story collections, for the fourth annual Publishing Lab Prize. The selected author will receive a thousand dollar ($1,000) advance on royalties and a contract to publish their winning manuscript with UNO Press. The work does not have to be regionally focused. There is no word limit. There is no limit on subjects covered. Submissions are open until August 15. More information, including the Submittable link, can be found at: http://www.unopress.org/lab.aspx

The Northwest Indiana Literary Journal is seeking submissions of short stories, flash fiction, poetry, humor, photography, and art. https://northwestindianaliteraryjournal.wordpress.com/submissions/


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. We are interested in all aesthetics and voices, and only concerned with the art itself. We are assembling our current issue, and we would be happy to receive your submission! Please see the guidelines under “Submissions” in the Menu. Visit us at https://theindianapolisreview.com/.


Call for submissions
BRANCHES invites submission of essays, artwork, poetry, and photographs. Submissions must be written or created by Hoosiers or feature topics directly related to life in Indiana.  Send essays, artwork, and/or calendar items to the editor.  Branches has rolling monthly deadlines.
Go here for all the submission details:


Reading series titled Scripted http://thegeekypress.com/scripted/ - it is an opportunity for playwrights to showcase new work and to have it read by local actors. It's a monthly reading with a rolling deadline.

Scripted is a monthly reading series that takes place on Second Sunday from 3pm-5pm at New Day Craft in Indianapolis. Every month, we will feature a script written by a local playwright and read by local actors. The goal is to show the process of playwriting – what it takes to get from the page to the stage.

We are interested in featuring all genres of theatre – comedy, drama, musicals – we just have a few guidelines for submissions that have to be followed.

All submissions should be emailed to elise@thegeekypress.com.

  • Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis.
  • Scripts must be submitted by the 1st of the month to be considered for that month’s reading.
  • Scripts must be at least 30 minutes long.
  • No more than 8 actors per script (double-casting is fine, just indicate it clearly).
  • If there is music, the playwright must provide tracks to play or help find musicians. Otherwise, lyrics will just be read.
  • Precedence will be given to new work – unproduced, in development, or in the process of revision.
  • We organize the actors! If you have actors in mind, please include their contact information with your submission.

    Please include a 150-200 word bio with your submission. We will write a blog post every month about the upcoming reading, and we want to talk about you!


    If this hasn’t answered your questions, please email elise@thegeekypress.com

    Join the #WritersHack Meet Up Group.

    The biggest impediment to writing: making time. Need motivation? The Downtown Writers Hack (#WritersHack) is a group of Indianapolis writers who gather in local coffee shops and eateries for short bursts of awesomeness.

    Our gatherings are sometimes as small as two people and sometimes as large as ten. We usually do some quick introductions, and then start writing. We keep talking to a minimum until there’s about 10 or 15 minutes left. Then all bets are off.

    Here’s what is important for you to know: There are no requirements for attending. We aren’t just looking for professionals (although some of us are). We aren’t looking for people who can help us get published (although some of us might). This is just a group of people who want to carve out time to write without justifying why. This is a group of people who want to commune with other writers over words, coffee, beer, or food.

    Entrophy Magazine

    What Entropy Editors Want to Publish in 2018

    What are Entropy editors looking for in 2018? Here’s your section-by section guide to the kind of submissions we’re hoping to publish in the new year. 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.

    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.

    Click here for more information.

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



    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.  



    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 Here

    Written by Roxanna Santoro — February 05, 2018

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