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

Workshop: Fantasy Roundtable
Hosted by the Butler Bridge Program
Saturday, January 28   1 PM - 3 PM
Butler University Efroymson Center for Creative Writing
530 W Hampton Dr, Indianapolis, Indiana 46208

Love J.R.R. Tolkien or Rick Riordan? If so, join Bridge for our Fantasy Roundtable as explore the highs and lows of the fantastical genre by creating wild new ideas, discussing our worlds, and having a whole lot of wacky fun with weird prompts.


The Children of Indiana Nature Park has teamed up with Indiana Poet Laureate Shari Wagner for a nature-inspired poetry contest for kids.  Shari’s poetry prompt invites children to write a poem about their favorite wild animal (with preference to animals native to Indiana). Teachers, librarians and youth leaders are encouraged to have their students participate in this contest. Selected young poets may win a visit from the Indiana Poet Laureate Shari Wagner to their school or group!

The poetry prompt, models, and rules about how to submit can all be found at The Children of Indiana Nature Park website: http://www.ilovemyland.org/Outdoor-Fun

Deadline:  January 27, 2017

What a coincidence! The Indiana Arts Commission has grant money available for individual artists interested in career development.

We are now accepting applications for the Individual Artist Program grants! The Individual Artist Program (IAP) provides support to artists at all stages of their career development in selected disciplines. Applicants may request a maximum of $2,000.

View the guidelines here.
Program Timeline
    Grant Period.............July 1, 2017-June 30, 2018
    Deadline to Apply......................February 3, 2017
    Application Review Panel Meetings.....April 2017
    Awards Announcement.......................June 2017
    Final Grant Report Due....................July 2, 2018

Eligible disciplines for this cycle include:
    Literary Arts

Writing in Place: McCormick’s Creek State Park

Frankfort, recently received a $3,000 grant through the Indiana Arts Commission’s Arts in the Parks and Historic Places program to offer a program for writers at all levels called Writing in Place: McCormick’s Creek State Park. The program offers two ways for writers to participate, as well as opportunities for the general public to get involved.

First, up to 30 writers at any level can participate in a one-day writing workshop called Writing in Place at 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, March 18, 2017, at Canyon Inn inside the park. The workshop, led by Craig, will include sessions on establishing a setting, building characters, incorporating history, drawing on personal memories, and integrating research. Short instructional presentations about the history and natural resources of the park by Interpretive Naturalist Sam Arthur also will be integrated into the sessions, as well as writing exercises throughout the day.

The second way writers can participate in the program is to submit essays, poems, and short stories about or inspired by McCormick’s Creek State Park to a chapbook being compiled, edited, and published by Craig, who also is a freelance editor and writing coach. Writers don’t have to attend the Writing in Place workshop or be a resident of Indiana to participate, but they do have to have visited McCormick’s Creek State Park and must write about or from their experiences there. Submissions must be received by midnight, Sunday, April 30, 2017, and are limited to 1,000 words of prose or two poems (no more than 1,000 words combined) per participant.

The public can participate in the Writing in Place program by purchasing copies of the chapbook, which also will be titled Writing in Place: McCormick’s Creek State Park, at the park’s annual Arts in the Park Festival on Saturday, June 10, 2017. All proceeds will benefit the Friends of McCormick’s Creek State Park.
Get more details here:
http://writinginplace.charitysingletoncraig.com/. Those interested can also find more details at the program’s Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/writinginplace/.

Teen Creative Writing and Other Classes Now Offered by Lafayette Writers' Studio
Wednesdays Feb. 1, 8, 15 & 22 from 6-7:30 p.m.
MatchBOX Coworking Studio, 17 S. 6th Street, Lafayette
Open to writers ages twelve and older.
To register visit https://www.lafayettewritersstudio.com/

Storytelling is the basis for all modes of creative writing. Whether you write poems, are working on a memoir, or are penning your seventh fan fiction novel, if you can tell a good story, you can write anything. Teen Creative Writing will offer a place for you to discover how the foundations of writing can help you develop your story-writing strengths while meeting other writers.

Each week we will read excerpts of a variety of short pieces to explore how writers apply foundational techniques in their work. These discussions will include lessons on imagery, character development, elements of plot, dialogue, narration and revision. Writers will then work on exercises to further build their understanding of these building blocks of effective stories. By the conclusion of the course all students will have written one complete story, and will have both the spark and the knowledge to keep writing.

Writing Your Book: From Start to Finish and Everything In Between
Wednesday, Jan. 25 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
This is the year you write your book. Sound daunting? It doesn't need to be if you follow your idea's lead and create a routine that not only builds on your initial inspiration, but also takes into account your lifestyle and personality. At the conclusion of this class you will be ready to begin your project with the excitement and know-how that will help you not only start your book, but finish it.



It’s a “graduation party” at Heartland Theatre! We’re looking for 10-minute plays that explore the fleeting moments when people realize they’re finishing a journey together.

You’re also going to have to decide what the journey was all about, of course. Did the co-workers really bond during that five-day survival course in the wilderness?  When one spouse earns an MBA, is the other half of the relationship cheering or grimacing? Whether your graduates are leaving a vacation bible school or a Ph.D. program, let us see them say good-bye.

Our theme for the 2017 10-Minute Plays is “The Graduation Party.” Follow the links to learn more about our competition and subsequent event. If you’re inspired to write a 10-minute play set at a graduation party, you’ll find all the rules and guidelines here, as well as info on how to send us your play. Get to work and write us a great little GRADUATION PARTY play!  http://heartlandtheatre.org/2017-10-min/

You have:
…No more than 4 characters…
…No more than 10 minutes…
…And unlimited possibilities to write a winning play for Heartland Theatre’s THE GRADUATION PARTY 10-Minute Play Festival.

June 8,9,10 and 15,16,17 and 22,23,24,25 and 29,30 and July 1, 2017

We are excited for the debut of Booth Books, a natural extension of the Publishing Lab at Butler University. Our first project will be an anthology: 'Birth of the White House Cool: Reflections on the Obama Years.' We are actively seeking submissions of literature and art. More info here: http://www.boothbooks.org/

Daydrifter Magazine will be accepting submissions for the Spring 2017 Issue until February 13.  Daydrifter is a quarterly mini-zine for Indiana authors and artists to share their stories.  We are currently sold in 26 stores in Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky.  In this issue, we are also having a student writing contest. You can visit us online at
https://www.daydriftermag.com/  or Instagram @DaydrifterMag for more information.

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.
Go here for all the submission details:

Go here for submission details

Applications for The Kerouac Project Open on January 1, 2017

The Kerouac Project provides four residencies a year to writers of any stripe or age, living anywhere in the world. In the past we have accepted writers with no formal writing education alongside those with MFA’s and impressive résumés. You will be judged on the quality of the writing sample you submit. Each residency consists of approximately a three month stay in the cottage where Jack Kerouac wrote his novel Dharma Bums. Utilities and a food stipend of $1,000 are included. As writer-in-residence, all you are required to do is live in the Kerouac House during your residency, work on your writing project, and participate in two events—a Welcome Potluck dinner for you, and a Final Reading of your work at the Kerouac House at the end of your residency. Should you desire them, the Kerouac Project can also offer opportunities for you to participate in other readings, lead workshops, and interact in other ways with the vibrant Central Florida literary community.
Go here to learn about the project and submit.

We may be in the throes of winter, but MWW is thinking spring! We’ve planned a one-day mini conference for March 18, at the Ball State Alumni Center, Muncie, IN. Whether you’re missing the summer conference and want a boost, or considering attending in July for the first time, the March mini has a taste of several aspects of our full-sized conference.

There is a choice of four intensives, an expert panel discussion, a book signing, and author/student fellowship. For all of the details and how to register, go here:


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

New Submission Opportunities from the Geeky Press

First, we are starting a biannual literary journal titled HoosierLit. http://thegeekypress.com/hoosier/ We're accepting a variety of genres - nonfiction, fiction, poetry, plays - for a spring issue, deadline February 28, 2017. That means there's plenty of time to get something written and submitted, but we are excited to see what rolls in!

We are also 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.

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.

The Matador Review is an online literature and art quarterly based in Chicago, Illinois. 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. We are accepting submissions for our Spring 2017 publication through February 28.

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. Submission information can be found at: www.matadorreview.com/submissions Any questions can be directed to editors(at)matadorreview.com Our Twitter handle is @matadorreview (twitter.com/matadorreview) Our Facebook page can be found here: www.facebook.com/The-Matador-Review-909831419093935

Seeking Indiana Authors for Book signing Event

I am hosting this event on May 20, 2017 at the Garrett Public Library, Garrett, Indiana 107 w. Houston st. Garrett, Indiana, 1PM – 3PM.  260-357-5485.

This event is free to any author from Indiana who wishes to participate.  Since I am hosting this event the Garrett Library will not be paying authors to participate.  You will keep all your money you make from selling your books.  The event will be advertised in the newspapers, on facebook, & twitter.  Please help spread the word and encourage all your author friends to come and join us.

Light refreshments will be offered.  Contact me Janie Ebinger chefjanie@hotmail.com 260 908 0827 or Andrea at the Garrett

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!

Hello writers! Here’s another round of submissions opportunities.
As you search for places to submit your writing, don’t forget the rest of Entropy’s cornucopia of offerings, which includes the Small Press Database, a compendium of small press interviews that has recently reached 115 presses. Do your research, keep writing, and good luck!

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 — January 03, 2017

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