Have a short story, poem or other work you're just dying to share?  Check out these publication, workshop and contest opportunities:

Register now for annual IU Writers’ Conference!
The 77th annual IU Writers’ Conference is June 3 to 7 on the IU Bloomington campus.
Workshops include fiction, science fiction and poetry, and there are classes in fiction, poetry and comics.

Have questions? A complete schedule, a list of faculty and information about scholarships and registration are available on the conference website: http://www.iuwc.indiana.edu/

Rail Lines

An invitation to poets and writers in support of saving the Nickel Plate railroad tracks and the Indiana Transportation Museum.

When poets and writers feel strongly about something, we take to our pens, typewriters and keyboards. Lines of that literary self-expression will be published on the Facebook page, Rail Lines.

To submit a poem or short essay, email it to WritersforRails@gmail.com. Writers of all ages are welcome. Please keep your work brief, succinct and suitable for even the youngest readers’ eyes. If we think edits are needed, you will be contacted for approval.

Rail Lines is a project of Brick Street Poetry Inc., a 501 (c) 3 not-for-profit that publishes a literary journal and hosts a monthly reading series in Zionsville and other poetry-related events throughout central Indiana.

The Summer 2017 submission window is officially open! We are accepting any and all creative fiction for consideration! Please, email your submissions to 1932quarterly@gmail.com no later than June 10th! See the following for the submission guidelines:
Poetry: 1. You may submit up to ten pieces of poetry with any type of formatting.
2. Each piece must be in a separate word processing document (Microsoft Word preferred but not mandatory) WITHOUT your name in the document.
Prose: 1. You may submit up to three pieces of short prose, no more than 10 pages each.
2. Each piece must be in a separate word processing document (Microsoft Word preferred but not mandatory) WITHOUT your name in the document. In your submission email, please denote which files are prose and which are poetry and include a short third-person biography of no more than 40 words. Also, keep in mind you may choose to resubmit work if it was not accepted for publication in either our Winter 2016 or Spring 2017 issue! Your adherence with following these guidelines is greatly appreciated as our team of editors will be going through a lot of work.

Brebeuf Jesuit Creative Writing Workshop for Rising 6th, 7th, and 8th Grade Students

Instructor:  Chuck Wagner
June 12-16, 2017, Noon-3:00 PM
Cost: $160

 Do you have children in 6th, 7th, or 8th grade who are interested in exploring the craft of Creative Writing? Brebeuf Jesuit's Creative Writing Workshop will remind young writers to value and nurture their imaginations. Activities will include journaling, community creativity circles, character creation, drafting, and more. To register and for more information on the complete list of engaging programs offered by Prep@Brebeuf Academic & Sports Summer Camps, please visit  https://campscui.active.com/orgs/BrebeufJesuitPreparatorySchool1


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. Currently, we are assembling our inaugural 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/.

So It Goes Literary Journal

The submission period for our sixth annual So It Goes Literary Journal opens March 1, 2017 and ends on June 1, 2017 at 11:59 pm. This year’s theme is A Little More Common Decency.
The Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library was founded in 2009 to keep the literary, artistic, and cultural legacy of Hoosier author Kurt Vonnegut alive, and in 2016, Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett declared 2017 the “Year of Vonnegut.” In celebration of Vonnegut’s legacy, KVML, Visit Indy, and the Mayor’s Office, along with other community partners, have joined to offer monthly programming around the theme of common decency – an ideal that was very important to Kurt. In fact, this is what he had to say about common decency in his 1976 novel, Slapstick:

“I have had some experiences with love, or think I have, anyway, although the ones I have liked best could easily be described as “common decency.” I treated somebody well for a little while, or even for a tremendously long time, and that person treated me well in return. Love need not have anything to do with it…Love is where you find it. I think it is foolish to go looking for it, and I think it can often be poisonous. I wish that people who are conventionally supposed to love each other would say to each other, when they fight, ‘Please – a little less love, and a little more common decency'” (1976, p. 2).  Go here to learn more and submit.

The University of New Orleans Press is excited to announce that our third annual UNO Press Publishing Lab Prize is now open.  We are looking to publish the best novel/short story collection written this year.
The Publishing Laboratory at the University of New Orleans is a project of UNO Press and UNO Center for the Book.

The University of New Orleans Press is looking for full-length fiction manuscripts, either novels or short story collections, for the third annual Publishing Lab Prize. The selected author will receive a thousand dollar ($1,000) advance on royalties and a contract to publish 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 from April 5-August 15. More information, including the Submittable link, can be found at: http://www.unopress.org/lab.aspx

We are putting together a weekend of literary loveliness to celebrate and support small presses and independent authors. The events will take place in the performance and common areas of an artist live/work building in the Uptown Arts District of Michigan City, Indiana. Not only a beautiful place along Lake Michigan to visit in the summer, the Arts District is home to a growing number of art galleries, performance venues and special events. August 4th through 6th is especially busy and brings with it a great increase in foot traffic to the area. Registration is currently open for the book fair and that evening's "Speakeasy." Please take a moment to check out the details on our website and consider participating. http://theliteraryunderground.org/litfest/

The Matador Review

Alternative art and literature magazine The Matador Review is seeking submissions for the Summer 2017 publication. 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. The call for submissions will end on May 31.

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.

Check out our submissions page for more information: www.matadorreview.com/submissions

Submit to: editors(at)matadorreview.com
Questions, concerns? Email contact(at)matadorreview.com
Find us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/matadorreview
Find us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/matadorreview

May submission deadlines


Essays for Democracy- Call for Submissions

In an effort to document what is proving to be a unique era in American political history on several fronts, Dr. Betty Wells and I have developed a project we are calling Essays for Democracy. The purpose is to provide the venue whereby women's voices can create the historical record of this era.  To this end, we are soliciting essays from women
activists for a book, tentatively titled "Resist: Women's Voices Speaking Truth to Power" being published by McFarland Publishers.

We are inviting any women members of various writing groups to submit an essay for this book, on a topic of their choosing.  This might be immigration, health care, the environment, a living wage, or any other concern they feel passionate about and are committed to protecting and defending.

Anyone who is interested should contact us at womenresisting@gmail.com for further details.  We will work with essayists on the deadline.

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 Geeky Press: Downtown Writer Jam Podcast
 Go here to listen.

Submission Opportunities from the Geeky Press

We are 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.
Deadline July 31, 2017.

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.


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.

Download and learn more:
App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id818562642?mt=8
Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.frogbabyapps.rethinkchildrensliterature&hl=en

Write for us: http://cms.bsu.edu/-/media/WWW/DepartmentalContent/English/pdfs/Submission%20Call%20Rethinking%20Magazine.pdf

Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/rethinkkidlit

Or Facebook https://www.facebook.com/rethinkingkidlit ​ 



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 contests@noisemedium.com. 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 contests@noisemedium.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!

Where to Submit: April + May 2017

Happy spring—brought to you in part by “Hit,” the digital collage you see at the top of this post, by artist Marcos Morales: Marcos Morales is a graphic designer from Buenos Aires,…

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 mdunn1@butler.edu.

Click here for more information.

For accessibility information or to request disability-related accommodations, please visit www.butler.edu/event-accommodations/.


The Freeman has a new poetry editor: Sarah Skwire

The following is a note from Sarah Skwire:
Writerly types!
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:
"At least my theory of technique, if I have one, is very far from original; nor is it complicated. I can express it in fifteen words, by quoting The Eternal Question And Immortal Answer. of burlesk, viz., 'Would you hit a woman with a child?-No, I'd hit her with a brick.' Like the burlesk comedian, I am abnormally fond of that precision which creates movement." Accepted poems get $50, publication online, and possible inclusion in the print quarterly. If you're included in the print version, we'll send you a copy of the issue in which your poem appears. Submissions should go to: poetry@fee.org Full submission guidelines are available here. Ignore them at your peril: http://fee.org/freeman/poetry-guidelines/


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.

Send submissions to: hipsubmissions@gmail.com 

Poets & Writers: New Writing Contest Deadlines!

For information regarding writing contests and deadlines: Go to the Writing Contest


Written by Roxanna Santoro — May 01, 2017

© Indiana Writers Center 2012