Opportunities, Writers Conferences and Workshops, Contests and Submissions
PEN America, a human rights and literary arts nonprofit, is pleased to announce that the 2019 Emerging Voices Fellowship application period is now open nationwide.
The deadline for applications is August 1, 2018. For information visit
2018-2019 Grants & Fellowships offered this cycle:
PEN/Phyllis Naylor Working Writer Fellowship for Children’s/YA Fiction ($5,000)
The PEN/Phyllis Naylor Working Writer Fellowship is offered annually to an author of children’s or young-adult fiction whose work is of high literary caliber, and is designed to assist a writer at a crucial moment in their career to complete a book-length work-in-progress. Deadline October 1, 2018.
PEN/Jean Stein Grant for Literary Oral History ($10,000)
The PEN/Jean Stein Grant for Literary Oral History is offered annually to an author of a literary work of nonfiction that uses oral history to illuminate an event, individual, place, or movement, and is designed to assist a writer at a crucial moment in their work-in-progress. Deadline August 15, 2018.
PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grant ($2,000-4,000)
The PEN/Heim Translation Fund provides grants to support the translation of book-length works of fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, or drama that have not previously appeared in English in print or have appeared only in an outdated or otherwise flawed translation. Deadline July 20, 2018.
PEN America Writing for Justice Fellowship
The inaugural PEN America Writing for Justice Fellowship will commission six writers—emerging or established—to create written works of lasting merit that illuminate critical issues related to mass incarceration and catalyze public debate. Deadline July 1, 2018.
Inside the Levi & Catharine Coffin House: A Poetry Workshop
When: Saturday, August 25, 10 AM-4 PM
Where: The Levi & Catharine Coffin State Historic Site, Interpretive Center, 201 US 27 North, Fountain City, IN
Who: Adults and High School Students; from beginning to advanced poets
To Register: Email Shari Wagner through her website at
Registration is limited to 10 participants.
Join Shari Wagner, IWC Instructor and Former Indiana Poet Laureate, for an all-day writing workshop at the Underground Railroad’s Grand Central Station. Activities will include a discussion of prompts and models, collaborative and individual writing exercises, and a guided tour of the Coffin House ($10 Adults, $8 Seniors, $5 High School Students 17 and under).
Except for the cost of the tour, this workshop is free, supported by the Arts in the Parks and Historic Sites program, an initiative of the Indiana Arts Commission
2018 Steel Pen Creative Writers' Conference
The full-day conference will be held on Saturday, October 27, with keynote speaker Michael Poore. Come join us at the conference center at Fair Oaks Farms, located on I-65 just north of Rensselaer, Indiana.
Although registration runs through October 15, there are advantages to registering early.
Early registration fees are $60 for Indiana Writers' Consortium members and $70 for nonmembers. These prices will increase by $10 on July 15 and by an additional $10 on September 15. Students can register for $45 throughout the registration period.
There are limited slots available for manuscript reviews, and we expect them to fill up early. Later registrants will not have this opportunity. More details about manuscript reviews can be found on the website at www.steelpenconference.org.
To register, go to www.steelpenconference.org. This is also the place to find additional information about the keynote speaker, the break-out sessions, making hotel reservations, consigning books to the conference bookstore, and applying for scholarships.
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/.
Described by The Irish Times as a 'Dragon's Den for writers', the Novel Fair is an Irish Writers Centre initiative which aims to introduce up-and-coming writers to top publishers and literary agents, giving novelists the opportunity to bypass the slush pile, pitch their ideas and place their synopsis and sample chapters directly into the hands of publishers and agents.
Find out more about Novel Fair here >>>DEADLINE: 5pm, Friday 28 September, 2018
Registration is still open! New 1- and 2-day tickets for local writers.
The first-ever conference for 10 Minute Novelists will be held at the Embassy Suites in the greater Cincinnati, OH area.
Register with this link!
Our Summer Short Story Award for New Writers is now open to submissions! 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. DEADLINE: July 31. Check out all the details here.
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.
Go here to learn more and submit
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 email@example.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
The University of New Orleans Press is excited to announce that our fourth annual UNO Press Publishing Lab Prize
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/
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:
The biggest impediment to writing: making time. Need motivation? The 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.
Where to Submit: June, July, and August 2018
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.
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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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Poets & Writers: New Writing Contest Deadlines!
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