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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.
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.
The Bloomington chapter of the National Society of Arts and Letters will again sponsor a literature competition for aspiring writers, ages 18-29. A top prize of $1000 will be awarded.
Categories include poetry, novel (1 chapter), short fiction, play (complete 1-act play or 1 act of a longer play), an essay of literary merit (non-fiction), and a TV script. The competition is open to all eligible Indiana residents as well as students enrolled in an Indiana school. Deadline January 26, 2018.
It gives us great pleasure to be able to support rising talent in our state.
Announcing the Etchings Press 2018 Book Prizes
Etchings Press, a student-run publisher at University of Indianapolis, welcomes submissions of any theme for its annual contests: a chapbook of poetry, a chapbook of prose, and a novella.
The deadline for all contests is Monday, January 29, 2018.
UIndy graduate and undergraduate students will read the submitted manuscripts and choose a winner in each category. The students will then edit, design, publish and promote the chapbooks and the
novella. Please visit our website to review past winners.
Chapbook winners will receive a $200 honorarium and 15 copies of the published chapbook.
The novella winner will receive a $400 honorarium and 15 copies of the published novella.
Contest details may be found at etchings.submittable.com.
Winners will be notified in March, 2018. Books will be released and available
for sale in May, 2018.
2018 WILLIAM SAROYAN INTERNATIONAL PRIZE FOR WRITING
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 Indiana Center for the Book is pleased to announce the 2017-2018 Letters About Literature Competition.
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.
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 28, 2018. 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.
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. New this year, National Honor Winners in each competition level will receive a $200 cash award. Deadlines, guidelines and more information are included on the Indiana Entry Form.
Deadline (all competition levels): January 12, 2018
$3000 Winter Short Story Award, Publication, and Agency ReviewWelcome to our Winter Short Story Award For New Writers. The winning story will be awarded $3000 and publication online. Second and third place stories will be awarded publication and $200 and $100 respectively. All winners and honorable mentions will receive agency review. Deadline: January 15, 2018
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com.
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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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Poets & Writers: New Writing Contest Deadlines!
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