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

You can download a PDF of this flyer here.

Indy Author Fair: Meet Hoosier Authors Registration
For Saturday, October 13, 2018
The Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award

The Indianapolis Public Library is excited to announce the 2018 Indy Author Fair, a day devoted expressly to Indiana's talented writers.
The 2018 Author Fair registration period will run from June 11 - July 22.

Authors must register to be considered for participation in the Indy Author Fair. Participants will receive table space to network with other authors, meet the public and promote books.
Registration does not guarantee participation.

Go here to register: http://www.indypl.org/indyauthorfair/
Registered authors will receive a notification confirming or declining participation no later than September 7, 2018.

PEN America, a human rights and literary arts nonprofit, is pleased to announce that the 2019 Emerging Voices Fellowship application period is now open nationwide.
The deadline for applications is August 1, 2018. For information visit


. Follow updates on Facebook and Twitter @pen_ev


2018-2019 Grants & Fellowships offered this cycle:

PEN/Phyllis Naylor Working Writer Fellowship for Children’s/YA Fiction ($5,000)
The PEN/Phyllis Naylor Working Writer Fellowship is offered annually to an author of children’s or young-adult fiction whose work is of high literary caliber, and is designed to assist a writer at a crucial moment in their career to complete a book-length work-in-progress. Deadline October 1, 2018.

PEN/Jean Stein Grant for Literary Oral History ($10,000)
The PEN/Jean Stein Grant for Literary Oral History is offered annually to an author of a literary work of nonfiction that uses oral history to illuminate an event, individual, place, or movement, and is designed to assist a writer at a crucial moment in their work-in-progress. Deadline August 15, 2018.

PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grant ($2,000-4,000)
The PEN/Heim Translation Fund provides grants to support the translation of book-length works of fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, or drama that have not previously appeared in English in print or have appeared only in an outdated or otherwise flawed translation. Deadline July 20, 2018.

PEN America Writing for Justice Fellowship
The inaugural PEN America Writing for Justice Fellowship will commission six writers—emerging or established—to create written works of lasting merit that illuminate critical issues related to mass incarceration and catalyze public debate. Deadline July 1, 2018.


Presented by Asante Children's Theatre of Indianapolis and Harrison Center and Indiana Writers Center at Harrison Center for the Arts, Indianapolis IN

Did you know? When people write together they learn more about each other. Join us for a unique experience in writing, talking, reading and eating…Yes eating! 
Eating together builds relationships

WHEN – June 26, 2018 (See all remaining dates below)
TIME – 6p-8p
WHERE – The Harrison Center 1505 North Delaware Street, 46202
 -We will gather families in the gallery to share a meal from various caterers. Let’s call it  “FOOD FOR THOUGHT”.
-We will host workshops featuring local and nationally recognized writers
-There will be field trips and the opportunity to have at least one of your completed
works published.
-What will this cost?….your time. We will meet every Tuesday ‘til July 10, 2018.
-REGISTRATION: Send an email to info@asantechildrenstheatre.org
-Tell us the names and ages of the family members who will be attending the classes.
Class size limit is (24) That’s at least 4 -6 families…So register quickly
-WORD DANCE is designed to be an inter-generational bonding experience. Any
combination of Mom, Dad, Grandparents, Aunts, or Uncles and children. Children
should be 7 or older accompanied by a parent or guardian at each meeting.
FMI:  www.asantechildrenstheatre.org

WORD DANCE is a new initiative of the Asante Children’s Theatre, it is sponsored by the Margot S. & Robert L. Eccles Fund, a fund of CICF – Our partners are: Indiana Writers Center and Harrison Center
Dates left to attend this program:

  • Jun 26, 2018 at 06:00 pm - 08:00 pm (Tue)
  • Jul 3, 2018 at 06:00 pm - 08:00 pm (Tue)
  • Jul 10, 2018 at 06:00 pm - 08:00 pm (Tue)

Teaching Vonnegut 2018 in Chicago, Illinois

2018 dates will be July 18, 19, and 20. Schedule coming soon!
You’ll earn professional development credit! Librarians can earn LEUs.

Teachers, we know that getting your students to engage with reading can be a challenge. But when we introduce them to Vonnegut, something magical happens. Students are laughing; they’re discussing; they’re thinking deeply and grappling with every complex facet of what it means to be human. 2018 Applications are OPEN. Click Here to Apply.

Go here for the details about the program.


Described by The Irish Times as a 'Dragon's Den for writers', the Novel Fair is an Irish Writers Centre initiative which aims to introduce up-and-coming writers to top publishers and literary agents, giving novelists the opportunity to bypass the slush pile, pitch their ideas and place their synopsis and sample chapters directly into the hands of publishers and agents.

Find out more about Novel Fair here >>>

DEADLINE: 5pm, Friday 28 September, 2018 

Writers Retreat Space

The Writers' Workshop of Asheville is excited to offer their Mountain Muse room rentals at their headquarters in the historic Kenilworth neighborhood of Asheville, NC. Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the city, but still just a few minutes to downtown by car, bike, or bus, the Workshop's historic farmhouse is an idyllic location for your personal or business retreat, vacation, or long-term stay. Come get in touch with your muse - the mountains are calling!



Our Summer Short Story Award for New Writers is now open to submissions! The winning story will be awarded $3000 and publication online. Second and third place stories will be awarded publication and $300 and $200 respectively. All winners and honorable mentions will receive agency review. DEADLINE: July 31. Check out all the details here.

July 27-28 at the Ball State Alumni Center, Muncie, Indiana.
Friday through Saturday 12:30 pm. {Just $199}  A dynamic day-and-a-half with a decidedly different structure—shorter, smaller, less expensive, with a strong emphasis on helping you reach your writing goals.

This MWW Craft + Community super mini is designed for writers of every level in their careers.

Our programming focuses on key areas such as craft improvement, genre knowledge, finding critique partners, and forming writing support groups to help improve your writing. Get feedback from experts and friendly peers. Sharing your work and reading your work will allow you to pinpoint sagging plot lines, breaks in character and more. The give-and-take, along with honest feedback, is a win for all.

Whether you’re a published author or a novice exploring writing for the first time, you’ll find your place here, among teachers and fellow writers in a small group environment. It’s time to grow your network and nurture your identity as a writer. We have mentors to help.
Go here to register and learn more.


Registration deadline is July 15!  New 1- and 2-day tickets for local writers.

The first-ever conference for 10 Minute Novelists will be held at the Embassy Suites in the greater Cincinnati, OH area.

 Register with this link!

Cosmonauts Avenue is an online, monthly literary journal run by women and non-binary folks dedicated to elevating and amplifying underrepresented voices. We publish fiction, poetry, nonfiction, interviews, and more, from writers around the world, in English and in translation. Submissions are free and always will be. This is one way we hope to remain accessible to all writers, whether new or emerging or established.

We are committed to providing a platform for folks who are marginalized in the literary community, including but not limited to people of color, ciswomen, trans men and women, nonbinary people, members of the LGBQA community, and people with disabilities. We want to elevate underrepresented voices and include a wide range of identities and experiences. We want work that pays careful attention to craft while remaining urgent and surprising.

As Beyoncé might say, we want your most flawless work. We can’t wait to read it. We believe in you.
Go here to learn more and submit

Poor Joker Press is a Chicago-based indie publisher focusing on meaningful, well-crafted, short-form writing.  All titles from Poor Joker Press are printed in a 3.5 x 5-inch format, allowing readers to carry our stories with them -- in pockets, on city trains, in purses and on the move.

Call for submissions:

 Poor Joker Press publishes literary fiction, nonfiction and memoirs. We only accept submissions between 4,000 and 7,000 words. All submissions that follow our guidelines are considered. Please submit to poorjokersubmissions@gmail.com and ensure:

  • Name, email, phone number and brief bio are included on first page
  • PDF file (no other file types are accepted)
  • Page numbers are included
  • Genre is listed (non-fiction/fiction/memoir, etc.)

Get all the details here: https://www.poorjokerpress.com/submissions


The University of New Orleans Press is excited to announce that our fourth annual UNO Press Publishing Lab Prize


The University of New Orleans Press is looking for full-length fiction manuscripts, either novels or short story collections, for the fourth annual Publishing Lab Prize. The selected author will receive a thousand dollar ($1,000) advance on royalties and a contract to publish their winning manuscript 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 until August 15. More information, including the Submittable link, can be found at: http://www.unopress.org/lab.aspx


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:


Has many opportunities for writers.  Check their website: http://thegeekypress.com/

Check here for submissions: https://thegeekypress.submittable.com/submit

Join the #WritersHack Meet Up Group.

The biggest impediment to writing: making time. Need motivation? The 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.

Entrophy Magazine

Where to Submit: June, July, and August 2018

Static submission guidelines can always be found here, as well as on our current calls for submissions page. Thanks for considering us as a home for your work!

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.

Click here for more information.

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: hipsubmissions@gmail.com 

Poets & Writers: New Writing Contest Deadlines!

For information regarding writing contests and deadlines: Go Here




Written by Roxanna Santoro — June 05, 2018

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