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

The Indiana Arts Commission is currently accepting nominations for Indiana State Poet Laureate.  The Indiana Poet Laureate represents the state and the art of poetry through the development and implementation of programming to the educational community and general public.

Nominations for Indiana Poet Laureate should be limited to one, single-page letter and a resume or CV detailing the nominee's qualifications and accomplishments. No additional materials should be included with the initial nomination.

Nominations must be submitted to the Indiana Arts Commission by email only, and must be received by 4:30 p.m. (EDT) Friday, September 1, 2017.

Nominations should be sent to Stephanie Haines: shaines@iac.in.gov.

Among Sights, Sounds, and Silences: A Poetry Workshop for Children
Each child, 1st-8th grade, must be accompanied by an adult.
Instructor: Shari Wagner, IWC Teacher and Indiana Poet Laureate 2016-17
Date: Saturday, September 23  Time: 10 AM-2 PM
Location: Limberlost State Historic Site, Loblolly Marsh Shelter
Cost: Free except for the guided hike fee, $4 Adults / $3 kids
Registration: Starts July 26 until full

Contact Shari Wagner at sharimwagner@aol.com

Gene Stratton-Porter was not only a novelist and non-fiction nature 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. The August and September workshops will include a tour of Loblolly Marsh, poetry prompts, models, collaborative exercises, onsite writing, and information about Porter's relationship to the Limberlost. The September workshop is for children accompanied by an adult. All participants will be invited to share their poems at a celebratory event on October 14 at the Limberlost Visitors Center.

Upcoming workshops:  https://butlerartscenter.org/workshops

And here is the info link for our region (Central and Southern Indiana)

2017 Submission window is September 13 - December 13


Call for submissions: 2017 Etchings Press Whirling Prize (Prose/Poetry)  


Etchings Press, a student-run publisher at University of Indianapolis, welcomes recently published books on issues related to social justice. Students are employing a broad interpretation of this criteria in their reading and judging and are especially interested in reading books with a focus on urban life, environmentalism, and historical movements. Two $500 prizes will be awarded, and the winners will be invited to campus in Spring 2018 to participate as a speaker in the Kellogg Writers Series. Graduate and undergraduate students will read the submitted books and choose the two winners, which will be announced in December 2017. The postmark deadline for submission is Sept. 1, 2017.

Please send one copy of your book and a reading fee of $20 (payable to University of Indianapolis) to:

UIndy English Department
c/o Etchings Press
1400 E. Hanna Ave.
Indianapolis, IN 46227
Please include a cover letter that shares your contact information (name, address, phone number, and email address). We also welcome short bios. For more information, please visit: http://www.uindy.edu/cas/english/etchings-prize.  View online at http://www.uindy.edu/cas/english/etchings-prize


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

Liza Hyatt and Norbert Krapf present their BLESS THIS MESS workshop on writing about difficult relationships
Saturday, September 9
Oldenburg Franciscan Center

In presenting some of their poems on this subject, she plays Celtic harp and he plays guitar. A grant has made this workshop very affordable. For details and registration, follow this link: http://www.oldenburgfranciscancenter.org/store/p178/September_9th%3A_Bless_This_Mess.html
For participant responses to previous offerings of the workshop and additional information on it and background on Liza and Norbert:  http://www.krapfpoetry.com/cbb_mining.html.

Submissions are now being accepted for "Celestial Musings: Poems Inspired by the Night Sky".

Submit up to three poems with a line limit of 32 lines each. The poems do not have to be entirely about the night sky, but the more the poems relate to the stars, constellations or the moon, the better the chance for publication. Previously published poems are acceptable. The proceeds from the book will go to the Charles W. Brown Planetarium at Ball State University, which offers free programs to the public and school groups. Complimentary copies will not be given to contributors since the proceeds will be going to the planetarium, but copies will be available for purchase at a very reasonable price. To submit, email submissions to: nightskypoems@yahoo.com .

The deadline for submissions is December 31, 2017 and publication will be by Spring 2018. www.facebook.com/poetrycontestsforacause


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 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. Visit us at https://theindianapolisreview.com/.

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.


Go to https://fixional.co/write/
Fixional publishes new, original stories every week, so we are open for new submissions on a rolling basis. If you’d like to become a Fixional author, send us as many submissions as you’d like via Submittable. We mainly publish short fiction, but we’ll also consider novels, novellas, poetry, and creative non-fiction for publication.

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: August + September 2017

We’re delighted to bring you this month’s Where to Submit, featuring a collage by author, publisher, and collage fanatic Kevin Sampsell. His collages can be seen in various publications and at kevinsampsellcollages.tumblr.com. He hosts a monthly collage-making night at the Independent Publishing Resource Center in Portland, Oregon.

My only other words for you are these: Email me at dennis@entropymag.org if you’d like your press/mag/opportunity included on the next Where to Submit list. If you’re a writer, subscribe to and buy books from the venues you submit to. If you’re a publisher, make submitting accessible and affordable to everyone. Thanks for being a part of this thing.

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/.



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 — August 15, 2017

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