Opportunities, Writers Conferences and Workshops, Contests and Submissions
Applications for The Kerouac Project Open on January 1, 2017
The Kerouac Project provides four residencies a year to writers of any stripe or age, living anywhere in the world. In the past we have accepted writers with no formal writing education alongside those with MFA’s and impressive résumés. You will be judged on the quality of the writing sample you submit. Each residency consists of approximately a three month stay in the cottage where Jack Kerouac wrote his novel Dharma Bums. Utilities and a food stipend of $1,000 are included. As writer-in-residence, all you are required to do is live in the Kerouac House during your residency, work on your writing project, and participate in two events—a Welcome Potluck dinner for you, and a Final Reading of your work at the Kerouac House at the end of your residency. Should you desire them, the Kerouac Project can also offer opportunities for you to participate in other readings, lead workshops, and interact in other ways with the vibrant Central Florida literary community.
Go here to learn about the project and submit.
Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship
Every two years, the Arts Council of Indianapolis offers the Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship opportunity to artists and arts administrators. This bi-annual initiative is designed to re-energize and revitalize the individuals who form the central Indiana arts community. As the Chief Executive of a local arts organization in Indianapolis, we wanted to make sure you were aware of the next round and ask you to identify someone within your organization to apply for the 2017 Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship Program. The online application is now open, and the deadline to apply is Friday, January 20, 2017. To download the Application Guidelines, please visit indyarts.org/renewal. Click here to download the flyer.
What a coincidence! The Indiana Arts Commission has grant money available for individual artists interested in career development.
We are now accepting applications for the Individual Artist Program grants! The Individual Artist Program (IAP) provides support to artists at all stages of their career development in selected disciplines. Applicants may request a maximum of $2,000.
View the guidelines here.
Grant Period.............July 1, 2017-June 30, 2018
Deadline to Apply......................February 3, 2017
Application Review Panel Meetings.....April 2017
Awards Announcement.......................June 2017
Final Grant Report Due....................July 2, 2018
Eligible disciplines for this cycle include:
The Geeky Press: Downtown Writer Jam Podcast
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New Submission Opportunities from the Geeky Press
First, we are starting a biannual literary journal titled HoosierLit. http://thegeekypress.com/hoosier/ We're accepting a variety of genres - nonfiction, fiction, poetry, plays - for a spring issue, deadline February 28, 2017. That means there's plenty of time to get something written and submitted, but we are excited to see what rolls in!
We are also accepting submissions for an anthology titled Dear America: Reflections on Race http://thegeekypress.com/dear-america-reflections-on-race-a-call-for-submissions/. This collection takes the issue that most divides this country, and moves it to the quiet, intimate stories of people from across the country. This collection isn't meant to advocate a position. Instead, we want the personal stories and reflections from people who come from diverse backgrounds and want to share their American story. I'm particularly excited about this anthology because it will be both a book and a digital experience - we are accepting photo and video essays as well as more traditional formats.
Finally, we have just started a new 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.
WHY I LOVE THIS WILD ANIMAL POETRY CONTEST
The Children of Indiana Nature Park has teamed up with Indiana Poet Laureate Shari Wagner for a nature-inspired poetry contest for kids. Shari’s poetry prompt invites children to write a poem about their favorite wild animal (with preference to animals native to Indiana). Teachers, librarians and youth leaders are encouraged to have their students participate in this contest. Selected young poets may win a visit from the Indiana Poet Laureate Shari Wagner to their school or group!
The poetry prompt, models, and rules about how to submit can all be found at The Children of Indiana Nature Park website: http://www.ilovemyland.org/Outdoor-FunDeadline: January 27, 2017
The Indiana Center for the Book is pleased to announce the 2016-2017 Letters About Literature Competition.
Letter Writing Contest supported by the Library of Congress: Letters About Literature is open to youth in grades 4-12. Students are asked to write a letter to an author in response to a book that changed how they perceive the world. Letters About Literature awards prizes on both the state and the national levels. State Winners win cash prizes and advance to the national level. A panel of national judges for the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress will select one National Winner per competition level to receive a $1,000 cash award. Deadlines, guidelines and more information are included on the Indiana Entry Form.
All Indiana semifinalists and finalists for both contests will be invited to the Indiana Youth Literary Day and Awards Ceremony sponsored by the James & Madeleine McMullan Family Foundation on April 27, 2017. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in creative writing workshops presented by Indiana writers, and will be honored at a ceremony following the day’s activities. All attendees will receive free books and are invited to an exclusive book-signing reception at the beautiful Indiana State Library in downtown Indianapolis following the ceremony.
Please feel free to share this information with your school systems, your public librarians, teachers, homeschooling families, and anyone else who might have Indiana youth interested in participating in these inspirational competitions. For more information visit http://www.in.gov/library/lal.htm.
The Matador Review is an online literature and art quarterly based in Chicago, Illinois. We publish poetry, fiction, flash fiction, and creative non-fiction, inviting all unpublished literature written in the English language (and translations that are accompanied by the original text) as well as many forms of visual art. We are accepting submissions for our Spring 2017 publication through February 28.
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: www.matadorreview.com/submissions Any questions can be directed to editors(at)matadorreview.com Our Twitter handle is @matadorreview (twitter.com/matadorreview) Our Facebook page can be found here: www.facebook.com/The-Matador-Review-909831419093935
Our Winter Short Story Award is open! $2000, publication, and agency review to the best story under 7000 words. Three winners. For full details, see our Short Story Award Page.
Deadline: January 15, 2017
Go here for submission details
Seeking Indiana Authors for Book signing Event
I am hosting this event on May 20, 2017 at the Garrett Public Library, Garrett, Indiana 107 w. Houston st. Garrett, Indiana, 1PM – 3PM. 260-357-5485.
This event is free to any author from Indiana who wishes to participate. Since I am hosting this event the Garrett Library will not be paying authors to participate. You will keep all your money you make from selling your books. The event will be advertised in the newspapers, on facebook, & twitter. Please help spread the word and encourage all your author friends to come and join us.
Light refreshments will be offered. Contact me Janie Ebinger email@example.com 260 908 0827 or Andrea at the Garrett
Rethinking Children’s and Young Adult Literature
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.
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DEADLINE FEBRUARY 1, 2017
It’s a “graduation party” at Heartland Theatre! We’re looking for 10-minute plays that explore the fleeting moments when people realize they’re finishing a journey together.
You’re also going to have to decide what the journey was all about, of course. Did the co-workers really bond during that five-day survival course in the wilderness? When one spouse earns an MBA, is the other half of the relationship cheering or grimacing? Whether your graduates are leaving a vacation bible school or a Ph.D. program, let us see them say good-bye.
Our theme for the 2017 10-Minute Plays is “The Graduation Party.” Follow the links to learn more about our competition and subsequent event. If you’re inspired to write a 10-minute play set at a graduation party, you’ll find all the rules and guidelines here, as well as info on how to send us your play. Get to work and write us a great little GRADUATION PARTY play! http://heartlandtheatre.org/2017-10-min/
…No more than 4 characters…
…No more than 10 minutes…
…And unlimited possibilities to write a winning play for Heartland Theatre’s THE GRADUATION PARTY 10-Minute Play Festival.
2017 10-MINUTE PLAY FESTIVAL PERFORMANCES:
June 8,9,10 and 15,16,17 and 22,23,24,25 and 29,30 and July 1, 2017
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com. As we editors suffer from hyper-connectivity and crippling caffeine addictions, you’ll hear from us promptly.
Have some work ready? Send it out to Entrophy!
As you search for places to submit your writing, don’t forget the rest of Entropy’s cornucopia of offerings, which includes the Small Press Database, a compendium of small press interviews that has recently reached 115 presses. Do your research, keep writing, and good luck!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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For accessibility information or to request disability-related accommodations, please visit www.butler.edu/event-accommodations/.
The Freeman has a new poetry editor: Sarah SkwireThe following is a note from Sarah Skwire:
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:
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/
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.
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Poets & Writers: New Writing Contest Deadlines!
For information regarding writing contests and deadlines: Go to the Writing Contest