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

The Indiana Arts Commission is currently accepting nominations for Indiana State Poet Laureate.  The Indiana Poet Laureate represents the state and the art of poetry through the development and implementation of programming to the educational community and general public.

Nominations for Indiana Poet Laureate should be limited to one, single-page letter and a resume or CV detailing the nominee's qualifications and accomplishments. No additional materials should be included with the initial nomination.

Nominations must be submitted to the Indiana Arts Commission by email only, and must be received by 4:30 p.m. (EDT) Friday, September 1, 2017.

Nominations should be sent to Stephanie Haines: shaines@iac.in.gov.

In Gene Stratton-Porter's Footsteps: A Poetry Workshop
Instructor: Shari Wagner, IWC Teacher and Indiana Poet Laureate 2016-17
Date: Saturday, August 26  Time: 9 AM-3 PM
Location: Limberlost State Historic Site, Loblolly Marsh Shelter
Cost: Free except for the guided hike fee, $4 Adults / $3 High School Students (17 and under)
Registration: Starts July 26 until full
Contact Shari Wagner at sharimwagner@aol.com

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.

Call for submissions: 2017 Etchings Press Whirling Prize (Prose/Poetry)  


Etchings Press, a student-run publisher at University of Indianapolis, welcomes recently published books on issues related to social justice. Students are employing a broad interpretation of this criteria in their reading and judging and are especially interested in reading books with a focus on urban life, environmentalism, and historical movements. Two $500 prizes will be awarded, and the winners will be invited to campus in Spring 2018 to participate as a speaker in the Kellogg Writers Series. Graduate and undergraduate students will read the submitted books and choose the two winners, which will be announced in December 2017. The postmark deadline for submission is Sept. 1, 2017.

Please send one copy of your book and a reading fee of $20 (payable to University of Indianapolis) to:

UIndy English Department
c/o Etchings Press
1400 E. Hanna Ave.
Indianapolis, IN 46227
Please include a cover letter that shares your contact information (name, address, phone number, and email address). We also welcome short bios. For more information, please visit: http://www.uindy.edu/cas/english/etchings-prize.  View online at http://www.uindy.edu/cas/english/etchings-prize

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


Rail Lines

An invitation to poets and writers in support of saving the Nickel Plate railroad tracks and the Indiana Transportation Museum.

When poets and writers feel strongly about something, we take to our pens, typewriters and keyboards. Lines of that literary self-expression will be published on the Facebook page, Rail Lines.

To submit a poem or short essay, email it to WritersforRails@gmail.com. Writers of all ages are welcome. Please keep your work brief, succinct and suitable for even the youngest readers’ eyes. If we think edits are needed, you will be contacted for approval.

Rail Lines is a project of Brick Street Poetry Inc., a 501 (c) 3 not-for-profit that publishes a literary journal and hosts a monthly reading series in Zionsville and other poetry-related events throughout central Indiana.

IUPUI professor offers grants to creative types to battle Islamophobia

Edward Curtis, a professor of religious studies at IUPUI who researches Islam and Islamophobia, is offering 10 $1,000 grants to local artists, writers, musicians, religious congregations, linguists and others. For the Community Competition to Prevent Islamophobia, he is looking for highly original projects that tackle anti-Muslim prejudice through performance, social media, dialogue and producing objects and other ideas.

Collaborations between Muslims and non-Muslims are especially welcome. All individuals who are not currently employed by or enrolled at IUPUI are eligible to apply. Applicants must submit three- to four-page, double-spaced, carefully crafted proposals that outline (1) what the project is, (2) who will be involved, (3) who the audiences will be, (4) how the project will be accomplished, (5) where it will take place, (6) how it will be marketed, and (7) why it is likely to reduce anti-Muslim prejudice and discrimination. A timeline should be included.

Proposals are due by Sept. 1, 2017, with notification of awards expected by Sept. 15, 2017. All projects must be implemented sometime between October 1, 2017, and May 1, 2018. Please send inquiries and/or final proposals to Prof. Edward Curtis, ecurtis4@iupui.edu. Proposals must be sent as a Microsoft Word file or PDF attachment to an email. The email must include the applicant's address and phone number.  Half of the award will be payable immediately, with the other half contingent upon completion of the project.  The specifics are available at http://liberalarts.iupui.edu/religious_studies/pages/event-view-folder/news_article.php?id=298


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. Currently, we are assembling our inaugural 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/.

Split Lit: A Book Fair is an intimate gathering of authors and comic book creators and storytellers.
This is a great opportunity to meet indie authors – network with other emerging authors and attend some cool panels. All writers are encouraged to attend on August 27th from 12pm-6pm.  Cost $10

Nationally renowned author Troy Taylor and the Midwest’s favorite son Brian K. Morris acclaimed film maker John Borowski will be doing panels as well as storytellers and publishing advice from a variety of writers.

Split Lit: A Book Fair is brought to you by the Dead Pen Garden.

The University of New Orleans Press is excited to announce that our third annual UNO Press Publishing Lab Prize is now open.  We are looking to publish the best novel/short story collection written this year.
The Publishing Laboratory at the University of New Orleans is a project of UNO Press and UNO Center for the Book.

The University of New Orleans Press is looking for full-length fiction manuscripts, either novels or short story collections, for the third annual Publishing Lab Prize. The selected author will receive a thousand dollar ($1,000) advance on royalties and a contract to publish with UNO Press. The work does not have to be regionally focused. There is no word limit. There is no limit on subjects covered. Submissions are open from April 5-August 15. More information, including the Submittable link, can be found at: http://www.unopress.org/lab.aspx

The Matador Review

Alternative art and literature magazine The Matador Review is now accepting submissions for the Fall 2017 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 August 31.

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:


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.


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.

Entrophy Magazine

Where to Submit: June + July

I’ve been thinking about all that goes into these Where to Submit posts, and have been grateful for the kind words that I hear about it more and more these days. One fact you may have observed: I include only a few short story/essay/poetry contests in our literary magazine section. While full manuscript submissions are often organized around contests, I worry that having a “contest” mentality toward literary publications (particularly in the short form) can be discouraging, especially to newer writers. I like thinking of magazines and presses as living breathing organisms rather than as slot machines, and it makes me happy when our list can reflect that.

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

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 — July 11, 2017

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