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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 – May 29, 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:

  • May 29, 2018 at 06:00 pm - 08:00 pm (Tue)
  • Jun 5, 2018 at 06:00 pm - 08:00 pm (Tue)
  • Jun 12, 2018 at 06:00 pm - 08:00 pm (Tue)
  • Jun 19, 2018 at 06:00 pm - 08:00 pm (Tue)
  • 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)

Special Opportunity!
Write Here, Write Now! Social Action Writing Camp June 11-15

Have a passion for social justice? High school students interested in writing and developing community-based solutions to social justice issues can register now for Marian University’s June 11-15 Social Action Writing Camp in Indianapolis.

Sponsored by the Marian University Writing Center and the Hoosier Writing Project, this summer camp is intended for high school students in grades 9-12. 

Participants will take a deep dive into social justice issues like affordable housing, racial and gender inequality, food insecurity, environmental justice, community safety, access to quality educational programs, and related local and national challenges.

Collaborate with community advocates and scholars to build your writing skills while serving as an advocate for tackling tough issues locally. You’ll combine your creative writing and journalism skills with research to explore critical perspectives on social justice issues. You’ll produce both narrative and argumentative writings.

Upon conclusion of the camp, you’ll be encouraged to present and publish your work to Indianapolis political, cultural, civic, and business leaders during a community celebration.

We only have a few spots left!  To register, please complete and submit the registration form. We’ll send you more information as well as a financial aid application for your parent or guardian. The cost is just $250 and includes all materials, supplies, lunch, snacks, and a T-shirt.  Financial scholarships are available.

For more information email mlatta@marian.edu or call 317.955.6234.

Apply to Participate in the 2018-19 the Religion, Spirituality & the Arts Seminar

The Religion, Spirituality, and the Arts Program (RSA) is a program of the IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute that brings together artists, religious leaders, religious communities, humanities experts, and a broad range of publics from diverse backgrounds and disciplinary perspectives for sustained study, analysis, and discussion of religious texts in a classroom environment. Directed by Rabbi Sandy Sasso, these textual discussions, which explore the varieties of religious experience and understanding, provide the inspiration for creating new artistic works (e.g. music, poetry, fiction, drama, visual art, dance). Artists share their creations through exhibitions and presentations to members of the Central Indiana community, including religious organizations, congregations, schools, libraries, and community groups. 

2018-19 Theme
Genesis 19 tells the story of Lot’s Wife who turns to see the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah and becomes a pillar of salt. Did she act in disobedience or out of compassion? What is our responsibility to bear witness? Is looking back redemptive or paralyzing? Might we see contemporary events (mass tragedies, refugees) in the light of this text?  These are just a few of the questions we will explore as we examine Genesis 19 through religion, art, poetry, and music.

Julie Muney Moore, Director of Public Art for the Arts Council of Indianapolis
Sandy Sasso, Rabbi Emerita of Congregation Beth-El Zedeck
Steven Stolen Host of WFYI's Stolen Moments and CEO of The Humane Society of Indianapolis
Shari Wagner, Author and Indiana Poet Laureate (2016-2017)

Dates: 9/17, 10/11, 10/18, 11/1, 12/6/ 1/17, 2/17 from 6-8:30 pm at the Jewish Community Center.    And exhibition will be sometime in February or early March.
Link to apply - https://www.culturalecologies.org/rsa-apply/

CALLING ALL AUTHORS! Join IWPA Under the Tent at Printer’s Row Lit Fest 2018!

June 9 @ 10:00 am - June 10 @ 6:00 pm
| $105-120 - Only Sunday slots left!

Printers Row Lit Fest was founded in 1985 by the Near South Planning Board to attract visitors to the Printers Row neighborhood (once the city’s bookmaking hub). By 2002, it had grown to five city blocks (on Dearborn, from Congress to Polk), attracting more than 200 booksellers from across the country displaying new, used and antiquarian books, and featuring seven stages with more than 100 free literary programs.

As part of its ongoing commitment to the written word and its support of literacy and literary endeavor, the Chicago Tribune purchased the Printers Row Book Fair in 2002 from the Near South Planning Board. Renamed the Printer’s Row Lit Fest, it is considered the largest free outdoor literary event in the Midwest, drawing more than 125,000 book lovers to the two-day showcase.

The Illinois Woman’s Press Association will once again host a tent at the Printers Row Lit Fest – one of the highlights of our membership year.

Just a couple Sunday slots are left!

Although PRLF has raised IWPA’s tent costs for 2018, we are pleased to offer members and non-members single-day pricing below our 2017 rates. Our “thanks” to the book authors of Chicago. These rates are far below prices offered by like organizations.
Go here to apply or learn more:


Submissions are still being accepted for "Bards Against Hunger: Indiana Edition".

The book will include current residents, people who have called Indiana home for at least five years, or Indiana-born poets. We are open to submissions of poems with various subjects, but please do not send any poems containing profanity, sexual content, or drug usage. You may submit up to three poems of up to 35 lines. We will accept any meter, rhyme scheme, and free verse. We will accept any previously published work that the writer maintains the rights to. The rights of any poem(s) published will remain with the writer. We ask that you would include a short bio of 3-5 sentences with your submission. Please send your bio and poems in the body of the email to Indianabards@yahoo.com . The deadline for submissions is May 31, 2018. Bards Against Hunger is an annual national event held close to Thanksgiving that has raised thousands of pounds of food for food pantries and shelters since its start in 2012. For more information about Bards Against Hunger, visit their website: www.bardsagainsthunger.com. The book will benefit the Homeless Advocacy Center of Anderson and Madison County. For more information about the Homeless Advocacy Center of Anderson and Madison County, visit their Facebook page: https://m.facebook.com/Homeless-Advocacy-Center-of-Anderson-and-Madison-County-771346143047049/

Two weeks left to send us your best flash! The winning writer will be awarded $3000 and publication on The Masters Review site. Second and third place will be awarded $200 and $100, respectively, as well as publication in The Masters Review. So here it is: a home for your very best small fiction. Ends May 31st.

The Ultimate Poet of 2018 Competition


The requirements for this contest is two poems. Each poem time limit is two minutes.  You will make a video of introduction and of the reading of your 2 poems.

You can submit your vidoes to this form:

The date for the competition will be June 21, 2018 on facebook.
There will be online voting available. The person who gets the most votes
on their poem wins. The person will be named The Ultimate Poet of 2018.

If you have questions or need assistance with recording your video, please contact Darika Middlebrooks at darikamiddlebrooks@yahoo.com.


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:


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 elise@thegeekypress.com.

  • 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 elise@thegeekypress.com

    Join the #WritersHack Meet Up Group.

    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.

    Entrophy Magazine

    Where to Submit: March, April, and May 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 — May 01, 2018

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