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.

Go here to register for Barb Shoup's workshop at the Lafayette Writer's Studio

Call for Spirit and Place Poems

The World We Live(d) In

How have our views on issues like race, inequality, climate change, gender, and immigration changed through the course of history? How have past poets and contemporary poets—like you— interpreted these views? Join the Indiana Writers Center, Dance Kaleidoscope, Indianapolis Art Center, Jewish Community Relations Council and JCC for an artistic exploration of our community’s ideas, values, and revolutionary thoughts. The IWC will publish an online anthology of poetry about social justice issues, a selection of which will be choreographed and performed by DK dancers at the JCC on Sunday, November 12 as part of the 2019 Spirit & Place Festival. Attendees will also have the opportunity to create their own “blackout” or “book” poems in a guided art-making experience with Indianapolis Art Center teaching artists.

Submission Guidelines for “The World We Live(d) in Anthology"

  • Indiana poets may submit up to five original poems on any topic related to social justice. Prose poems are acceptable. (May be previously published)
  • You may submit up to five poems by other poets on any topic related to social justice, preferably published before 2000.
  • Your name/mailing address/phone number/email should appear in the upper left corner of the first page of your submission. If you are submitting more than one poem, please put this information on each one.
  • Include a brief bio in the body your email. If you have publishing credits, please list them.
  • If your poem has been previously published, please say where.
  • You do not have to be a published writer to submit your work.
  • Email your submission as an attached word document with your name and “Poetry Submission” in the subject line of the email to spiritandplace@indianawriters.org

 Deadline for all submissions: Friday, October 11

Poets will be notified of choices no later than October 25.

Questions may be addressed to spiritandplace@indianawriters.org



"SIGHTS, SOUNDS, & SILENCES": A Poetry Workshop for Kids at Loblolly Marsh in the Limberlost
Shari Wagner, Indiana Writers Center Instructor and Former Indiana Poet Laureate, will lead a poetry workshop for home schooled kids and their accompanying adults on Wednesday, September 25, 10 AM-2 PM at Loblolly Marsh and Pavilion (near Geneva, IN). You can register 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. The event is free, except for a small fee for the guided walk with a Limberlost naturalist. Spaces are limited.

Irvington Vinyl & Books
9 Johnson Ave, Indianapolis, Indiana 46219

Sunday, September 29th from 5:00-8:00PM
7$ donations

In the celebration of Unlearn: Language Through Black Women Writers 1 year anniversary, Unlearn: Spell Binding Poetry is happening September 29th at Irvington Vinyl & Books! There will be snacks and beverages! We will be looking at black women identifying writers' work and how they approach magical realism in their writing

This is a poetry workshop exploring the fantastical and mystical in the work of black writers and creating our own!
Go to https://www.chantelmassey.com/ to register for this event.

Tomorrow, September 25th at the Statehouse South Steps

The IWC is participating as part of this initiative:
"Coming in the Spring 2020- Women Writing, Women Heard Writing Workshops at the Indiana Writers Center"


Every student that participates will receive an award. However, ten students will be selected to read their entries at our Fall Fest event which will be held on Saturday, November 16, 2019, at the Central (Downtown) Library, Clowes Auditorium, 40 East St. Clair Street.  This building is located on Meridian and St. Clair Street.  The event time is 12:00pm – 4:00pm.  At the Fall Fest event, there is always a special guest who will assist with acknowledging and awarding the students.  This year we are excited  to have with us for the presentation of the awards, special guest 11 year old chef, author and entrepreneur Step Stool Chef.  He is scheduled to speak to the students, provide a cooking demonstration and all of the ten selected students will receive a meal kit to take home to try on their own.   Each year we select a theme to guide the students to strive towards.  This year’s theme:  “In it to Win It.”  Some of our past guests presenters have included:  Lonnie Johnson(inventor of the super soaker water gun); Kwame Alexander(author, educator, poet); Robb Armstrong(cartoonist); and Nikki Giovanni(author, activist, poet)to name a few

The Fall Fest is an annual event that we sponsor to bring families and the community as a whole to the library, to celebrate and promote the African American culture through activities, storytelling and music of all spectrums.  Our program this year is set and we have many talented groups that will be performing.  This event is free and open to the public!

 Download the entry form here.



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.

CALL FOR SPECIAL INDIANAPOLIS ISSUE! We are currently working on an Indianapolis issue that will contain works by Indianapolis (and surrounding area) poets and artists ONLY. We are looking for writers and artists who CURRENTLY live in the area. The content of your submission may be over ANY topic or theme. You are NOT required to write about Indianapolis or Indiana, though we will consider pieces about that.

We are still open for general submissions from anyone, regardless of location, but if you are interested in being considered for our Indianapolis Issue, please put a note in your cover letter and/or title of your email.  theindianapolisreview@gmail.com

DEADLINE: Oct 1st . This will be our Fall 2019 Issue #10!


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!  Deadline is October 1st.

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.




Go here  for the Submission Page


Welcome to CRAFT's first flash fiction contest for unpublished stories up to 1,000 words!

Guest judge Benjamin Percy will select three winning stories and each receive:

  • $1,000 award & a bundle of the Rose Metal Press Field Guides
  • Publication in CRAFT, with an introduction by Benjamin Percy, and an Author's Note (craft essay) to accompany the story
  • A micro-interview with our flash fiction section editor, Tommy Dean

Plus an editors' choice round—we'll be awarding $150 and publication to four stories we just can't let go.

Submit Here


Call for Submissions: Indianapolis Anthology-Belt Magazine

Belt Publishing will be compiling an anthology of essays about Indianapolis in 2020 as part of our City Anthology Series.

Indianapolis is known as the Crossroads of America for the several major interstate highways that intersect the city. Is Indianapolis just another Midwestern city to fly over or pass through as we travel to bigger and better destinations, or is it a crossroads where diverse peoples and ideals converge to create a rich and vibrant cultural center?

What is Indianapolis’s identity in the 21st century? Surely, it’s more than the home of the Indianapolis 500, John Dillinger, David Letterman, Little Orphan Annie, Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, Kurt Vonnegut, Van Camp’s pork and beans, Prozac, and Wonder Bread.

The purpose of this anthology is to show how and what the city is in contemporary terms, and how writers reflect and unearth that in their work. We want the unique perspectives about what it means to be in Indianapolis, with an eye on history but a contemporary understanding of the place the city occupies in both reality and the imagination.

Submissions are due by January 31, 2020.  Go here for all the details. 

Editor: Norman Minnick is the editor of the anthologies Between Water and Song: New Poets for the Twenty-First Century (White Pine Press) and Work toward Knowing: Beginning with Blake by Jim Watt (Kinchafoonee Creek Press). His collections of poetry are To Taste the Water (winner of the First Series Award from Mid-List Press) and Folly (Wind Publications). Minnick’s poems and essays have appeared widely in anthologies and journals including The Writer’s Chronicle, The Georgia Review, World Literature Today, Teachers & Writers Magazine, The Oxford American, The Columbia Review, Poetry East, Crab Orchard Review, Southern Indiana Review, and Notre Dame Review.

Daisy Pettles Women’s Writing Contest, Awards and Residency

WOMEN WRITERS OVER 40 – Have you ever wished you could escape your daily distractions and pesky responsibilities—like rent, utilities, and your day job—and JUST WRITE ALL DAY LONG?

Here’s your chance to use your goddess-given writing talent to “win” a month of free rent and utilities, and a $1,000 cash grant, while living in a beautiful, peaceful, vintage 1920s arts and crafts bungalow and writer’s retreat house. Escape all worries about bills for a month while working distraction free on your master work, be it a mystery or romance novel, an investigative report, a literary opus, political commentary, a graphic novel, a YA novel, short stories, humor essays, or a memoir …

Writing Contest for Women/Award Details:
2 Grand Writer’s Prizes valued at $2,500;
Includes a full month’s rent-and-utility-free-residency in the furnished Daisy Pettles Writer’s House, a vintage 1920s arts and crafts bungalow in historic Bedford, Indiana, just south of Bloomington, Indiana (home of Indiana University) ; PLUS a $1,000 cash stipend, and an Award Certificate as Honorary Writer in Residence at the house for the year awarded.

PLUS — 2 First Runner Up Awards of $250 Cash, with a Winner’s Certificate of Achievement, and an offer of residency if Grand Prize Winners can’t accept their prize.
PLUS — 2 Second Runner Up Awards of $100 Cash, and a Winner’s Certificate of Achievement.
Go here  to learn more and apply.

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: September, October, and November 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 — September 03, 2019

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