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.

Poetry Workshop At the Limberlost State Historic Site
                                      Geneva, Indiana

During my residency at Limberlost State Historic Site, I will lead four poetry workshops with writing activities designed to help participants explore the beauty, history, and ecological importance of the Limberlost, as well as its connection to renown nature writer and novelist Gene Stratton-Porter. Workshops will convene on trails, a covered bridge, and a cabin.
All events will include a small fee for hikes with site naturalist Curt Burnette or for tours of the Cabin with a staff member. Otherwise, these events are free. Registration for the first workshop will begin in June.
                      Saturday, July 13    
                      Inside Gene Stratton-Porter's Cabin: 
                      A Poetry Workshop for Adults and High School Students

You can register for "Inside Gene Stratton-Porter's Cabin: A Poetry Workshop for Adults and High School Students" by emailing Shari through her website https://www.throughthesycamores.com. This workshop is supported by the Indiana Arts Commission's Arts in the Parks and Historic Places program. As part of the workshop, there will be a small fee for a tour of Stratton-Porter's home. Spaces are limited.

  Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship

For updates on grants, workshops, and deadlines

2020-2021 Timeline:

General Grant Information
In the late 1990s, the Lilly Endowment approached the Arts Council of Indianapolis to discuss the idea of creating an arts community version of its long standing Renewal Program, which includes fellowships for pastors, teachers, and social service and youth workers in a sabbatical type program. The collaboration created a new program that ultimately became the Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship, a two-year, $10,000 grant for artists and administrators. Since its launch in 1999, more than 400 grants have been awarded, infusing more than $3.7 million into our community.

The Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship Program awards thirty $10,000 fellowships every other-year to qualified professional artists, or an arts administrator employed by a nonprofit organization. Qualified applicants must also meet the following criteria: (1) At least three years of consecutive residence and/or work in one of the following Indiana counties: Marion, Morgan, Boone, Hamilton, Hendricks, Hancock, Johnson or Shelby; (2) Primary source of income is derived from work in dance, theatre, media arts, music, literature, visual art or multidisciplinary art forms; (3) At least 10 years of experience in the arts and at least three years in which the applicant's primary source of income was employment in the arts; and (4) recipients must agree to share, by way of a public presentation called the “Retrospective," the results of their fellowship with the community.


  Calling Indiana authors!

   Indiana Humanities is now accepting proposals for writing 
   workshops. If accepted, you will travel to give writing workshops at
   schools, libraries and other cultural organizations across the state.



Photo Credit: Jessica Hoffman

Indy Author Fair 2019 - Author Registration

The Library is excited to announce the 2019 Indy Author Fair, a day devoted expressly to Indiana's talented writers. This year's fair will take place on November 9th. 2019. The day includes activities for writers and book lovers of all ages. Workshop sessions provide an opportunity to learn about the writing community in Indianapolis, practice writing exercises, and explore marketing and publishing opportunities. Classes are designed for writers of all skill levels.  Attendees can network with more than 40 up-and-coming Indiana authors who offer a wide variety of writing styles and genres. Book sales and signings will be available.

Are you an author? Would you like a table at the Author Fair?
Author Registration: June 17 - July 28 
Go here to register!

Authors must register to be considered for participation in the Indy Author Fair. Participants will receive table space to network with other authors, meet the public, and promote books. Registration does not guarantee participation. Registered authors will receive a notification confirming or declining participation no later than September 23, 2019.

The Indy Author Fair is presented by The Indianapolis Public Library in association with the Indiana Writers Center.

Call for Submissions: LGBTQ Anthology

Editor’s note: the following is a call for submissions for a new anthology from our partners at Belt Publishing.

Queerness is not uniquely coastal. Queerness is not uniquely urban. Queerness has always existed in “Flyover country,” and it still does today. Belt Publishing is excited to announce an anthology of LGBTQ stories from the Midwest and Appalachia, to be published in Fall 2020.

What we’re looking for:
-Creative nonfiction stories, essays, reportage, and poetry that tell LGBTQ stories, past and present, in the Midwest, Appalachia, Plains, and Rust Belt. Being queer does not have to be the central theme of the piece.
-Detailed, place-based narratives that illustrate the region’s diverse landscapes (wilderness, environment, rural, suburban, urban, etc.) are encouraged.
-First-person stories from communities where queerness is often overlooked or understated by mainstream narratives are encouraged: communities of color, immigrant communities, communities of faith, etc.
-Women, transgender, gender non-conforming, bisexual, asexual, and all queer people (broadly speaking) are encouraged to submit. There’s room for the whole acronym in this anthology.
-Stories about queer joy, humor, love, family, fun, and life are encouraged. There is beauty and nuance to be found in queer mundanity.
-Portraiture. Photography or illustrated portraits of queer people in the Midwest and Appalachia. Show us your beautiful faces!

Belt Magazine Editors:
Ryan Schuessler is a journalist and writer originally from St. Louis. His work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, Public Radio International, and Al Jazeera. He edited Belt’s St. Louis Anthology, and also develops exhibits at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago.

Kevin Whiteneir Jr. is an interdisciplinary artist and art historian whose work focuses the relationships between gender and queer experiences as they relate to race, the effects of (neo)colonialism, and its parallels with magic, religion, and witchcraft. His work is published in various outlets including Howard University Journal of Communication, Dress Costume Society of North America, Venefica Magazine, and the Art Libraries Society of North America Reviews journal.

Go here for more info and guidelines.


Aesthetica Creative Writing Award is Open for Entries

The Aesthetica Creative Writing Award is an international literary prize that is a hotbed for new talent in Poetry and Short Fiction. The Prize, now in its 13th year, is organised by the art and culture publication, Aesthetica Magazine. Every year, we support both emerging and established writers and through the Prize, we offer publication in an anthology that is an inspiring collection of narrative and poetic forms.

The winners also receive the following: £1,000 cash prize for poetry and short fiction, consultation with literary agents Redhammer Management, Membership to The Poetry Society, a subscription to Granta and books courtesy of Bloodaxe and Vintage.

Aesthetica offers opportunities to creative practitioners working in various media through two further awards including: Aesthetica Art Prize and the BAFTA-Qualifying Aesthetica Short Film Festival (ASFF). We are passionate about supporting new creative voices across a range of disciplines and this is at the heart of everything that we do.

Submissions are open until 31 August 2019.

Entry Fee: Short Fiction: £18  |  Poetry: £12
Go here to submit


DETAILS: It’s our Summer Short Story Award for New Writers! Working with five agencies, our winner and honorable mentions earn agency review as well as publication. The winning story earns $3000. Second and third place runners up receive $300 and $200, respectively. Stay tuned for an announcement about our judge! Check out our Summer Award information and last year’s winners, including Caitlin O’Neil, who recently signed with Victoria Marini from Irene Goodman as a result of the contest.

Go here  for the Submission Page 

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.

Call for Submissions/The University of New Orleans Press

The University of New Orleans Press is looking for full-length fiction manuscripts, either novels or short story collections, for the fifth annual Publishing Lab Prize. The selected author will receive a ten thousand dollar ($10,000) 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 31st. More information, including the Submittable link, can be found at: http://www.unopress.org/lab.aspx

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 from 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: June, July, and August 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 — June 04, 2019

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