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Gluestick 2017
Saturday, July 8  12-5PM
Irving Theater
5505 E. Washington St, Indianapolis, IN 46219

Gluestick is Indianapolis' zines & small publishing festival. This will be our second year as a festival. We have more than doubled the amount of participants this year and will be expanding into The Irving as well as Irvington Vinyl and 10 Johnson Ave.

-*The festival runs from 12pm-5pm on July 8th & is an ALL AGES event! *-

Gluestick is a block party of sorts featuring booklets, prints, stickers, pins, publishing workshops, and more! The goal of Gluestick is to encourage community through small publishing. Whether this takes the form of a zine, chapbook, comic, etc. we want to give Indianapolis one day during the summer to meet other local and regional artists. Indianapolis has been a home for distros, DIY spaces, and collective bookstores for a long time and we want to honor and continue what they started.

Sponsored by: Irvington Vinyl, 10 Johnson Ave., Excess Comics, Get Dirty Ceramics, Square Cat Vinyl, Calliope Sno-Balls, PRN Graphics, The Knightstown Banner, Black Acre Brewing, & Clark Giles at Your Reality Link

Inside Gene Stratton-Porter’s Cabin: A Poetry Workshop
Instructor: Shari Wagner, IWC Teacher and Indiana Poet Laureate 2016-17
Date: Saturday, July 22    Time: 10 AM-4 PM
Location: Limberlost State Historic Site, 200 6th St., Geneva, IN
Cost: Free except for the Cabin Tour fee, $6 Adults / $5 Seniors, 60+
Registration: Starts June 22 until full;
Contact Shari Wagner at

The naturalist Gene Stratton-Porter was not only a novelist and non-fiction writer, she was also a poet who loved creating music and imagery through the crafting of language. I’m excited to be celebrating Gene’s poetic spirit through a series of poetry workshops I’ll be leading at the Limberlost State Historic Site in Geneva. These workshops are part of the Arts in the Parks and Historic Sties program sponsored by the Indiana Arts Commission. Each workshop will include poetry prompts, models, collaborative exercises, onsite writing, and information about Porter’s relationship to the Limberlost. All participants will be invited to share their poems at a celebratory event in October. The first workshop will focus on writing poems inspired by Gene’s historic home in Geneva.

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.

IUPUI professor offers grants to creative types to battle Islamophobia

Edward Curtis, a professor of religious studies at IUPUI who researches Islam and Islamophobia, is offering 10 $1,000 grants to local artists, writers, musicians, religious congregations, linguists and others. For the Community Competition to Prevent Islamophobia, he is looking for highly original projects that tackle anti-Muslim prejudice through performance, social media, dialogue and producing objects and other ideas.

Collaborations between Muslims and non-Muslims are especially welcome. All individuals who are not currently employed by or enrolled at IUPUI are eligible to apply. Applicants must submit three- to four-page, double-spaced, carefully crafted proposals that outline (1) what the project is, (2) who will be involved, (3) who the audiences will be, (4) how the project will be accomplished, (5) where it will take place, (6) how it will be marketed, and (7) why it is likely to reduce anti-Muslim prejudice and discrimination. A timeline should be included.

Proposals are due by Sept. 1, 2017, with notification of awards expected by Sept. 15, 2017. All projects must be implemented sometime between October 1, 2017, and May 1, 2018. Please send inquiries and/or final proposals to Prof. Edward Curtis, ecurtis4@iupui.edu. Proposals must be sent as a Microsoft Word file or PDF attachment to an email. The email must include the applicant's address and phone number.  Half of the award will be payable immediately, with the other half contingent upon completion of the project.  The specifics are available at http://liberalarts.iupui.edu/religious_studies/pages/event-view-folder/news_article.php?id=298

Vallum is accepting original and previously unpublished poetry submissions
for the Vallum Award for Poetry 2017!

Our judge this year is Nicole Brossard. An important voice in poetry over
the last 40 years, she has been shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize
and has twice won the Governor General's Award for Poetry. We are honoured
to have her as our judge!

Submit up to 1-3 poems of maximum 60 lines each. The $25 entry fee covers
3 poems. You may submit more than once. Poems may be on any theme or subject, but must be original and not previously published. Begin each poem on a new page, use 12-point font and single spacing.
1st prize is $750, 2nd $250. Both 1st and 2nd prize-winning poems will be
published in Vallum Magazine and on Vallum's website. Honourable Mentions
may be selected and published but are not eligible for cash prizes.

Send us your best work!  DEADLINE: July 15th, 2017

It's that time of the year! Find the 2017 Indiana Holiday Author Fair Information and Application. The deadline for applications is August 4th.


Go here for a PDF with all the details.


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/.

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 now accepting submissions for the Fall 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 August 31.

Our purpose is to promote "alternative work" from both art and literature, and to encourage the new-wave of respect for online publications. In each issue, we offer a selection of work from both emerging and established artists, as well as exclusive interviews and book reviews from creators who are, above all else, provocative. For us, alternative is a way of voice and experience. It is the distinction from what is conventional, and it advocates for a progressive attitude. Submission information can be found at: www.matadorreview.com/submissions

Submissions can be sent to editors@matadorreview.com
Questions and concerns can be sent to contact@matadorreview.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/matadorreview
Twitter: https://twitter.com/matadorreview




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.

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.

Entrophy Magazine

Where to Submit: June + July

I’ve been thinking about all that goes into these Where to Submit posts, and have been grateful for the kind words that I hear about it more and more these days. One fact you may have observed: I include only a few short story/essay/poetry contests in our literary magazine section. While full manuscript submissions are often organized around contests, I worry that having a “contest” mentality toward literary publications (particularly in the short form) can be discouraging, especially to newer writers. I like thinking of magazines and presses as living breathing organisms rather than as slot machines, and it makes me happy when our list can reflect that.

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

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 30, 2017

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