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

In this journal, everyone gets to write

IndyStar, The Public Collection team up for community journal initiative

Last year The Public Collection formed to improve literacy and foster a deeper appreciation for the arts by commissioning artists to create a series of book-sharing stations across the city. Anyone can take a book at his or her leisure.

As an arts journalism fellow with the Arts Council of Indianapolis and IndyStar, I approached The Public Collection with a new idea in which the community would have an opportunity to read and write about their own life experiences. New or old. Past or present. Frustrations. Hopes and dreams. The enigma of life.  The goal would be similar to what the book-sharing initiative is doing but with a communal narrative we could all take part in.

Blank journals are now being placed in the book-sharing stations for you to write in. Six of them. The program is set to run through Nov. 30. IndyStar will later report on what the community had to say.  But here’s the deal: This all depends on what a writer — you— is willing to share.

Anyone who has ever kept a journal knows that words carry great power: power to influence, incite, entertain and inspire. Journals are the world’s literary timekeepers, and the topics we choose to write about tell us just as much about the world as it does about our own introspective journey. For some it’s a catharsis. For others it’s meditation.  We all share hopes and fears. Career possibilities. Relationships. Possibly a Netflix or Hulu addiction. It’s in our blood to want to be heard.  Describing it can be painful or hilarious or even bittersweet.  But gaining insight into the community through diverse voices can break new ground.

What gives you inspiration? What gives you concern? What’s one of your fondest memories growing up? The most painful?  Write it down.  Need inspiration? Here are some guidelines and tips.

If you want to date your entry in the community journals and sign your name, we encourage you to do so. But you can remain anonymous, too.  Take five minutes. Take an hour.

Saturday, December 3, 2016


Author Fair has something for everyone on your shopping list – and for you, too! More than 60 Indiana authors pack Eli Lilly hall at the History Center every year for a fun-filled day of mixing, mingling and book signing.

Meet retired Indiana Fever basketball player and Olympic gold medalist Tamika Catchings, who has a book out. You can also look forward to favorites Dan Carpenter, Philip Gulley and James Alexander Thom.

This year's books ranger in topics from sports and biographies to youth historical fiction and politics, with a lot of Indiana history. You'll find a wide variety of fiction, nonfiction and children's titles.

Free admission includes the Indiana Experience and Festival of Trees. Complimentary parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Free admission presented by Franciscan Health

Check out all the authors and their books here

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
Click here to register for an informational webinar being held on December 5, 2016 at 6 p.m. (EST)


The Geeky Press One Day Writers Retreat (Dec 2016)
Go here to get the details

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 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

The Indiana Center for the Book is pleased to announce the 2016-2017 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. 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 27, 2017. 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.


The 2017 Art and Scholastic Writing Awards - Call for Youth Entries

The 2017 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are open from now until Friday, December 16, 2016 for creative teens in grades 7-12.

Get your sketchbooks, notepads, easels, and pens ready because it’s almost time to enter your masterpiece for the opportunity to receive recognition, exhibition, publication, and scholarships! With 29 categories of art and writing, there’s a place for whatever you create. From paintings to poetry, comic art to critical essay, the Scholastic Awards have many opportunities for you to share your vision and have your voice heard.

Last year, nationally, the Scholastic Awards received more than 320,000 submissions from talented students across the country and provided access to more than $10 million in scholarships. Since 1923, the Scholastic Awards have recognized the exceptional vision of our nation’s talented teens.

So what are you waiting for? Join the ranks of alumni like Sylvia Plath, Andy Warhol, Lena Dunham, Robert Redford, Ken Burns, Kay WalkingStick, Zac Posen, Paul Chan, and many more. You can start your submission process in three easy steps:

Get the info!
Find program guidelines and deadlines here.


 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 ​ 



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



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.

Like us on Facebook!  Spring 2016: Schedule announced, registration now open!

Please note that registration is limited for many Butler Bridge programs, as specified.
Click here to register!

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 — November 01, 2016

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