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

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.

The Indiana Center for the Book is pleased to announce the 2017-2018 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. New this year, National Honor Winners in each competition level will receive a $200 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 28, 2018. 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.

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


The Northwest Indiana Literary Journal is seeking submissions of short stories, flash fiction, poetry, humor, photography, and art. https://northwestindianaliteraryjournal.wordpress.com/submissions/

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



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 Winter 2018, 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 November 30.

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:


We're only about three weeks away from closing submissions for HoosierLit, our literary magazine that celebrates writing by Indiana writers. This means you.

You can read up on our guidelines and submit your work on Submittable. There's no reading fee and no hidden strings. You even maintain ownership of your work.

In other words: You've got nothing to lose, and everything to gain! So gather up your best work, and submit to HoosierLit.


We publish fiction, nonfiction (creative nonfiction, essays), screenplays, scripts, black-and-white photography, and poetry. There are standards. We can’t articulate them.


  • Essays and Creative Nonfiction: Submit completed work no more than 5,000 words
  • Fiction + Short Stories: Submit completed work between 1,000 and 5,000 words
  • Scripts: no more than 15 pages
  • Poetry: Submit completed work; no more than 5 pages
  • Photo Essay: No more than 5 black-and-white pictures and 100 words per picture
    Deadline: September 30th

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 — September 05, 2017

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