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

Poetry in Free Motion/Call for Poets

Poetry in Free Motion is recruiting Indiana poets for a joint venture between quilters and poets. (Mary Beth Wren and Tracy Mishkin have taken over the project from J.L. Kato and his wife Mary Hawn). If you would like to write a poem inspired by a quilt and you can attend a meeting in Indianapolis on May 12 to meet your quilter partner, please email me at
tracymishkin@gmail.com  and Tracy will send you a registration form.  Preference will be given to poets who have not previously participated. Poems will be written between mid-May and mid-July, and the theme is Transitions. Free Motion refers to a sewing machine modification where the quilter isn't restricted to straight lines.

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

Walk this way: Sidewalk poetry contest is back for second year

Zionsville’s second annual contest to transform downtown sidewalks


Got a rhyme? Got a thought? Got a poem for a sidewalk? Put that poem in writing and submit it to the Zionsville Cultural District (ZCD). That organization is sponsoring the second annual “Step-On-Us Sidewalk Poetry Contest.”

Last year’s contest drew 169 entries from 22 Indiana communities. “It was an impressive response. We struck a poetic nerve,” said poetry contest committee member Donna Monday.

“The Zionsville Cultural District extends a heartfelt thank you to everyone who participated in last year’s sidewalk poetry contest,” said Carla Howie, President of the ZCD. “It was a tremendous success, and we look forward to determining who will have their poems stamped in the sidewalks in 2018. Our partnerships with the town government, local merchants and area donors attest to the value of public art, and it is with pride we extend this opportunity again.

The winning poems will be imprinted in conjunction with the Zionsville Street & Stormwater Department’s ongoing sidewalk repair schedule.

Poems may be simple or profound but may not be political or profane. They must be short. Poets are divided into two categories—youth (17 and under, Zionsville residents) and adult (18 and over, Indiana residents). Entry fees are $5 for youth and $10 for adults.

Entries are due Feb. 14 with the winners announced in March. Entries can be mailed to Zionsville Cultural District (225 W. Hawthorne St., Zionsville, IN 46077) or submitted online at www.zionsvilleculturaldistrict.org. Submitted poems will be judged without the authors’ names on them.

The 2018 Indiana Writing Workshop: February 10, 2018

After successful events in 2014 and 2015, the Indiana Writing Workshop is back for 2018! Writing Day Workshops is excited to announce The 2018 Indiana Writing Workshop — a full-day “How to Get Published” writing event in Indianapolis, on February 10, 2018.

This writing event is a wonderful opportunity to get intense instruction over the course of one day, pitch a literary agent or editor (optional), get your questions answered, and more. Note that there are limited seats at the event (150 total). Go here for all the details about the event schedule and registration.


Call for Submissions -- Deadline for entries: January 31, 2018
Submissions are now being accepted for the 8th William Saroyan International Prize for Writing. Given by Stanford University Libraries in partnership with the William Saroyan Foundation, the award recognizes newly published works of fiction and nonfiction with a $5,000 award for the winner in each category. The prize is designed to encourage new or emerging writers and honor the Saroyan literary legacy of originality, vitality and stylistic innovation. Entries must be received by January 31, 2018. For entry forms and more information on the prize, visit the Saroyan Prize website: http://library.stanford.edu/saroyan.

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


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/.


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:


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.

Scripted is a monthly reading series that takes place on Second Sunday from 3pm-5pm at New Day Craft in Indianapolis. Every month, we will feature a script written by a local playwright and read by local actors. The goal is to show the process of playwriting – what it takes to get from the page to the stage.

We are interested in featuring all genres of theatre – comedy, drama, musicals – we just have a few guidelines for submissions that have to be followed.

All submissions should be emailed to elise@thegeekypress.com.

  • Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis.
  • Scripts must be submitted by the 1st of the month to be considered for that month’s reading.
  • Scripts must be at least 30 minutes long.
  • No more than 8 actors per script (double-casting is fine, just indicate it clearly).
  • If there is music, the playwright must provide tracks to play or help find musicians. Otherwise, lyrics will just be read.
  • Precedence will be given to new work – unproduced, in development, or in the process of revision.
  • We organize the actors! If you have actors in mind, please include their contact information with your submission.

    Please include a 150-200 word bio with your submission. We will write a blog post every month about the upcoming reading, and we want to talk about you!


    If this hasn’t answered your questions, please email elise@thegeekypress.com

    Join the #WritersHack Meet Up Group.

    The biggest impediment to writing: making time. Need motivation? The Downtown Writers Hack (#WritersHack) is a group of Indianapolis writers who gather in local coffee shops and eateries for short bursts of awesomeness.

    Our gatherings are sometimes as small as two people and sometimes as large as ten. We usually do some quick introductions, and then start writing. We keep talking to a minimum until there’s about 10 or 15 minutes left. Then all bets are off.

    Here’s what is important for you to know: There are no requirements for attending. We aren’t just looking for professionals (although some of us are). We aren’t looking for people who can help us get published (although some of us might). This is just a group of people who want to carve out time to write without justifying why. This is a group of people who want to commune with other writers over words, coffee, beer, or food.

    Entrophy Magazine

    Where to Submit: December 2017 + January 2018

    We’re pleased to bring you the newest installment of the Where to Submit list, headlined by a photo from Pelle Cass’s “Selected People” series. Cass writes:

    If you run a small press, magazine, fellowship, or other opportunity, we’re happy to include you on the next Where to Submit list—email Dennis James Sweeney with the appropriately formatted listing at dennis@entropymag.org. As for the current post, we are only able to update it in case of mistakes or corrections.

    Sending our best wishes your way for the holidays and for submitting your writing into the world! ❄

    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 — January 09, 2018

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