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.

Join IWC board members, staff, and writers for first Fridays that give an *F! Write your own flash fiction, submit for prizes or even for publication in our online magazine the Flying Island, learn about IWC, meet other writers, and explore the CCIC. Each month will feature something special.

Guests of Honor
Award-Winning Authors, Editors, Agents, Publishers, and You!

Sheree Renée Thomas       Diana M. Pho                      Bill Campbell
Author                                      Editor                                   Publisher
Jennifer Udden                  Troy L. Wiggins                   Jason Sizemore   

Agent                                     Author                                   Publisher

Go here for all the details and to register

Go here to learn all about this event.

Unlearn + Word to Vegas
Sunday, April 28 at 5:00PM
​Irvington Vinyl & Books

What does the future of poetry look like?! Meet Word As Bond , a program dedicated to the voice and growth of young writers here in Indianapolis! In honor of #nationalpoetrymonth there will be another Unlearn workshop/poetry gathering at the end of the month April 28th, but all proceeds will go toward Word As Bond as they prepare Brave New Voices competition and other great creative writing opportunities/ access out there for young poets!! We would like to pour into young poets and encourage them to continue! There will be a workshop, open mic to go out of 30/30 with a bang, and give a ways, food, and more!!

About Word As Bond, Inc.
WORD unites Indianapolis metro area writers and multimedia artists from all walks of life to provide and promote creative writing programs in our city.

Our vision is that with exposure to, and self-expression through, creative writing, WORD’s writers will heal, inspire, and lead their communities and our world.

We provide the following programs:
- Summer Youth Writers’ Workshops [for youth]
- School and Community Writers’ Workshops [for youth]
- The Lab Writers’ Collective [for adult writers of all genres]

Check out our website to learn more about our program!

Here’s an opportunity to pitch your book directly to vaunted agents in search of new voices! Prepare. Pitch. Publish.

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. You will 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 new 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.

MWW19 will allow you to connect with fellow writers and gain insight from published authors who will help you move forward in your writing career, regardless of whether you’re currently a beginner or a veteran of several books.

On Thursday and Friday, you can choose from 28 craft sessions according to your own interests. On Saturday, we have options for everyone!

  • If you are a published author or about-to-be-published author, you can choose Author Platform and Career Development Bootcamp with Jane Friedman.
  • Sessions to hone your first 10 pages!
    • If you write fiction and nonfiction, you can choose Manuscript Makeover or Developmental Editing.
    • If you write mystery or romance, you can choose that Intensive with an award-winning instructor.
  • If you have a nonfiction book idea, you can choose Nonfiction Book Proposal Workshop.


Go here  for the Submission Page 

Taylor University's Professional Writers' Conference Registration is now Open!

August 2-3, 2019
Campus of Taylor University,
236 W. Reade Ave, Upland, Indiana

Nestled in central Indiana's cornfields, this conference is for all types
of writers—beginners who have never been to a conference, teens who want to
explore their desire to write, older folks who finally want to put pen to
paper, and even seasoned writers who just want to soak in some training and
be around other writers. This is a perfect conference to begin or continue
your writing journey.

The 2019 conference includes three keynote sessions with Bill Myers and
Angela Hunt. In addition, 35 breakout sessions will cover five categories:
General & First-timer, Fiction, Nonfiction, Platform & Marketing, and
Specialty Writing. We have authors, editors, literary agents, and social
media specialists ready to help you. For a full list of faculty, see the
faculty page on the conference website.

Just $99 gets you two days of sessions, dinner on Friday, breakfast and
lunch on Saturday, and a one-on-one session with the agent and editor of
your choice. Housing is extra.

Registration opened February 1, so act fast! For more information and to
register for the conference, visit taylorwritingconference.com
<https://taylorprofessionalwritersconference.weebly.com/>. Email direct
questions to: TaylorPWRConference@gmail.com"

Wisconsin in summer sounds lovely, especially a few days at the Priory Writers Retreat with writers in residence Nickolas Butler (fiction), Dasha Kelly Hamilton (poetry), David McGlynn (memoir) and Mary Mack (comedy writing for all genres). Former Wisconsin poet laureate Max Garland will deliver the keynote address. The $460.00 price includes three-nights private lodging, all meals, drinks, workshop, instruction, a private concert with the Eggplant Heroes, transport and ticket to a reading in our region's newest art center, the Pablo Center. Check it out!
All info is available at:


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.




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 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


    The Northwest Indiana Literary Journal is seeking submissions of short stories, flash fiction, poetry, humor, photography, and art.



    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: 


    Where to Submit: March, April, and May 2019

    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.

    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 — April 02, 2019

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