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

Author Fair at the Frankfort Community Public Library

Clinton County Reads will be having an author fair October 8 from 2 p.m.- 4 p.m. in room 219. The fair will feature 13 amazing Indiana authors, many award winning. Authors include: Othello Bach, Debbie Baker, J. Brent Bill, Susan Crandall, Tricia Fields, Bryan Furuness, Nicole R. Kobrowski, Jennifer McSpadden, Susan Neville, John Riggs, Janice Thornton, James Alexander Thom, and Bud Wainscott.
Go here for a brochure!

Free poetry workshop!

There is limited space and you must register. Go to http://namiworkshops.homestead.com/

IN A WORKSHOP ON LONELINESS, BEING ALONE, AND WRITING with Lorraine Marshall-Rey, Michael Brockley, and
Jeffrey Owen Pearson, Saturday, October 15 at the Alumni Center, Ball State University 2800 W Bethel Ave, Muncie, IN 10am-1pm.

This is part of the National Alliance on Mental Illness Arts Festival. It includes an exhibit of art and poetry focused on mental illness and the breakthrough into mental health entitled Through An Open Window The Light Shines held at Minnetrista in Muncie, IN from September 9-October 31 with an opening on September 9, 5:30-7:30pm. All are welcome! http://www.namiworkshops.homestead.com/

Attention 4th Grade Teachers! Bicentennial Essay Contest

Not sure how to celebrate the Bicentennial during the 2016-2017 school year? 

This is a great opportunity for 4th Grade Classrooms during the first school semester. 

The Indiana State House Tour Office, in conjunction with the Indiana Center for the Book, holds an essay competition to commemorate Indiana Statehood Day each year. Indiana’s 200th birthday is December 11, 2016. Winners of the essay contest are honored at a Statehood Day Celebration at one of four participating locations in downtown Indianapolis. 

Group entries and individual entries are accepted each year. Fourth grade teachers are encouraged to use our Lesson Plan and previous winners to assist in their participation.

For more information, visit the essay website at:  http://www.in.gov/library/statehood.htm.  Our theme this year is Bicentennial and Beyond!  How did the Bicentennial change you?  What is next for Indiana?

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.



The 2016 Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award is pleased to offer a special workshop on creative writing just for educators.

Go here to get more information and register.

Saturday, October 29, 2016 from 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Central Library - 40 East Saint Clair Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204

Are you an educator struggling with teaching creative writing because it’s been years since you last sat down to unleash your own thoughts and stories on paper? 2016 Genre Excellence – Children’s Picture Book Author winner April Pulley Sayre, 2011 Regional Author winner Helen Frost and 2012 Regional Author Winner Barbara Shoup understand the difficulty in creatively teaching creative writing. Sayre, Frost and Shoup will bring their experience as both authors and educators to equip teachers with the tools and inspiration they need so they can get writing and encourage their students to do the same. Classes are free, but pre-registration is required. Certificates confirming professional development hours will be provided.

Full descriptions of each workshop are below:   
    Wild Words: Growing Readers & Writers With Read Aloud for Pre-K and 1st Grade - taught by April Pulley Sayre: Early childhood is the time for word joy and absorbing voice and pre-writing patterns via read aloud. Taste read alouds about rain, snow, vultures, vegetables, and fish. Refresh your read aloud with techniques and extensions that carry books into writing, art, exercise, science.  Rev up your storytimes with behind-the-scenes info on the rain forest adventures and midwest garden goofiness of author/photo illustrator April Pulley Sayre’s 60 books.  

    Poetry Writing for the Elementary Crowd - taught by Helen Frost: In a poetry-writing workshop for teachers of grades 3-6, Helen Frost will encourage teachers to write poetry for the joy of writing as well as give some guidance in introducing poetry in the classroom.

    Teaching Creative Writing to Secondary Students - taught by Barbara Shoup: This session with YA author Barbara Shoup will address the issues middle and high school teachers often face, both with students and administration, when introducing creative writing to the curriculum. Shoup will offer insight into the creative process, tips for generating lively writing, and a rationale for the use of creative writing illustrating how it fulfills state standards. Participants will engage in a series of writing exercises that they will find effective in their own classrooms.   

Check out these Frequently Asked Questions for more information: http://www.indianaauthorsaward.org/uploads/gallery/Creative-Writing-Teacher-Workshops-Frequently-Asked-Questions-and-Additional-Information.pdf
Space is limited, so reserve your spot now!   



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



Keep writing this fall with the Lafayette Writers' Studio. Attend a class or join us for our inaugural conference featuring keynote Cathy Day on Oct. 29 and become the writer you want to be.  Visit https://www.lafayettewritersstudio.com/

Go here to get your registration form

Go here to get your invitation to participate in the Author Meet & Greet


Words on Paper

Central Indiana Writers' Association is kicking off their annual short story contest, Words On Paper. 
This contest is open to all writers. Membership in the Central Indiana Writers’ Association is not necessary.  The subject matter for entries is open, however, short stories that have already been published or have won in other contests are not welcome.

Entries must be postmarked by October 17, 2016 or brought to the CIWA meeting on the same date, at Barnes & Noble, Greenwood. The meeting begins at 7:00 PM.

Please go to http://www.centralindianawritersassoc.org/?page_id=109 for complete guidelines and entry details.



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.


The Geeky Press Weekend Writers Retreat (Nov 2016)
Go here to get the details


Have some work ready? Send it out to Entrophy!

Hello writers! Here’s another round of submissions opportunities.

This month’s featured artwork is from Nazifa Islam, a poet and painter from Michigan now living in Oregon. “#87″ is 10″ by 8”, acrylic on stretched canvas. Of her paintings, Nazifa says:

I think of my paintings as surreal emotional landscapes informed by the connotations of color and movement. I strive for emotional clarity through the chaos of color and motion, to make the abstract and subconscious suddenly concrete and visible.

As usual, send me an email (dennis@entropymag.org) if you would like to be included on the next list, or leave a comment below to be seen in this one. Thanks for supporting Entropy, and good luck out there!

The Butler Bridge Program

Registration is open!

With our first fall event right around the corner, it's time to fill in our calendars and get you registered.

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:


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/

Rethinking Children’s Literature: Read for Change

A new digital literary magazine edited by Dr. Darolyn “Lyn” Jones and Jennifer Palilonis at Ball State University.

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 this free app to your tablet through the App Store or the Android Market. (Tablet only)

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

Check out our webpage and information about how to submit your work for publication at: http://cms.bsu.edu/academics/collegesanddepartments/english/getexperience/rethinking-childrens-literature

Join the conversation!

Twitter https://twitter.com/rethinkkidlit 

Or Facebook https://www.facebook.com/rethinkingkidlit ​ 


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 — August 29, 2016

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