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

Last days to send in your book for the Etchings Press 2018 Whirling Prize: postmark deadline 9/1/18!
For this annual competition, students at the University of Indianapolis have selected the theme of disability. They are interested in reading books with a focus on disabilities either visible
(manifesting in symptoms people see and respond to) or invisible (like mental illness, addiction, learning disabilities). Students will judge the competition, selecting two books to honor. All writers focusing on related topics of any genre are welcome to participate if their books have been published since January 2016.

Winners will receive a $500 cash prize and 25 copies of a letterpress broadside designed by students of Hullabaloo Press. The winners will also be featured in an episode of a literary podcast that will air in winter 2019, discussing their work and craft with the student judges. The guidelines may be found at http://blogs.uindy.edu/etchings/whirling-prize/.

Go here to learn all the details

Indiana Teachers of Writing is excited to announce that the Indiana Department of Education will be presenting at our 38th Annual Fall Conference!  They will be sharing information about the new ILEARN writing prompts and rubrics. 

We have also confirmed interactive sessions and roundtable discussions for the conference on September 22nd.  Presenters range from elementary to college Indiana educators. 

There is only one more week until Early Bird Registration closes on August 24th.  Register soon to qualify for the discount! Please check out our website to register.  


Our love of flash fiction runs deep. We are proud to now offer a contest dedicated solely to flash twice a year. This is the first time we have offered a summer contest for tiny and mighty fiction. The winning writer will be awarded $3000 and publication on The Masters Review site. Second and third place will be awarded $300 and $200, respectively, as well as publication in The Masters Review. So here it is: a home for your very best small fiction.
Deadline to submit, September 28th.
Go here to submit

September Deadlines: 13 Lit Mags & Contests with Deadlines This Month


2018 Steel Pen Creative Writers' Conference

The full-day conference will be held on Saturday, October 27, with keynote speaker Michael Poore. Come join us at the conference center at Fair Oaks Farms, located on I-65 just north of Rensselaer, Indiana.

Although registration runs through October 15, there are advantages to registering early.

Early registration fees are $60 for Indiana Writers' Consortium members and $70 for nonmembers. These prices will increase by $10 on July 15 and by an additional $10 on September 15. Students can register for $45 throughout the registration period.

There are limited slots available for manuscript reviews, and we expect them to fill up early. Later registrants will not have this opportunity. More details about manuscript reviews can be found on the website at www.steelpenconference.org.

To register, go to www.steelpenconference.org. This is also the place to find additional information about the keynote speaker, the break-out sessions, making hotel reservations, consigning books to the conference bookstore, and applying for scholarships.

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.


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/.


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 

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 Northwest Indiana Literary Journal is seeking submissions of short stories, flash fiction, poetry, humor, photography, and art. https://northwestindianaliteraryjournal.wordpress.com/submissions/


    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 — August 07, 2018

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