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

Bookmamas/Independent Bookstore Day
Saturday, April 29 - 10:00am to 4:00pm
9 Johnson Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46219

The first 10 customers will receive swag bags. We will have "Make Your Own" Golden Books, an in-store scavenger hunt, authors Sherri Wood Emmons and Brian Sweeney, and many special IBD items for sale. (http://www.indiebookstoreday.com/shop-1/)
1:00 pm - We will begin reading A Man Without a Country by Kurt Vonnegut. Anyone wishing to volunteer to read, please  contact us at info@bookmamas.com  
Three Gift Drawings -
There will be a Bookmamas drawing for a gift basket.
A special drawing will be held for those who visit 2 of the Indianapolis participating stores (Bookmamas, Kids Ink and The History Market at Indiana History Center)and a very special drawing for people who visit all 3 stores. 

We are excited for the debut of Booth Books, a natural extension of the Publishing Lab at Butler University. Our first project will be an anthology: 'Birth of the White House Cool: Reflections on the Obama Years.' We are actively seeking submissions of literature and art. More info here: http://www.boothbooks.org/     Deadline 04/30/2017

So It Goes Literary Journal

The submission period for our sixth annual So It Goes Literary Journal opens March 1, 2017 and ends on June 1, 2017 at 11:59 pm. This year’s theme is A Little More Common Decency.
The Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library was founded in 2009 to keep the literary, artistic, and cultural legacy of Hoosier author Kurt Vonnegut alive, and in 2016, Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett declared 2017 the “Year of Vonnegut.” In celebration of Vonnegut’s legacy, KVML, Visit Indy, and the Mayor’s Office, along with other community partners, have joined to offer monthly programming around the theme of common decency – an ideal that was very important to Kurt. In fact, this is what he had to say about common decency in his 1976 novel, Slapstick:

“I have had some experiences with love, or think I have, anyway, although the ones I have liked best could easily be described as “common decency.” I treated somebody well for a little while, or even for a tremendously long time, and that person treated me well in return. Love need not have anything to do with it…Love is where you find it. I think it is foolish to go looking for it, and I think it can often be poisonous. I wish that people who are conventionally supposed to love each other would say to each other, when they fight, ‘Please – a little less love, and a little more common decency'” (1976, p. 2).  Go here to learn more and submit.


Writing in Place: McCormick’s Creek State Park

Frankfort, recently received a $3,000 grant through the Indiana Arts Commission’s Arts in the Parks and Historic Places program to offer a program for writers at all levels called Writing in Place: McCormick’s Creek State Park.

Writers can participate in the program by submitting essays, poems, and short stories about or inspired by McCormick’s Creek State Park to a chapbook being compiled, edited, and published by Craig, who also is a freelance editor and writing coach. Writers don’t have to attend the Writing in Place workshop or be a resident of Indiana to participate, but they do have to have visited McCormick’s Creek State Park and must write about or from their experiences there. Submissions must be received by midnight, Sunday, April 30, 2017, and are limited to 1,000 words of prose or two poems (no more than 1,000 words combined) per participant.

The public can participate in the Writing in Place program by purchasing copies of the chapbook, which also will be titled Writing in Place: McCormick’s Creek State Park, at the park’s annual Arts in the Park Festival on Saturday, June 10, 2017. All proceeds will benefit the Friends of McCormick’s Creek State Park.
Get more details here:
http://writinginplace.charitysingletoncraig.com/. Those interested can also find more details at the program’s Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/writinginplace/.

Proudly announces it's 2nd International Writing Contest for Fiction, Poetry and Nonfiction
Deadline 04/30/2017
Go here for all the details and to submit: https://hourglassonline.org/


Mother’s Day 2017 Essay Contest

This year for Mother’s Day, in honor of the strength and commitment mothers provide for their children and families, Swift River and Shame Kills are proud to sponsor the “My Mother, My Hero” essay contest with a $200 prize for the winning essay!
In the world of addiction, it is often the families who help pull a loved one out of the clutches of substance abuse. It’s through their support that many people find healing, and quite often it is a mom (or a mother figure) who is always there in a time of need. Of course, it’s also likely that a mom has been hurt most in watching her child suffer the pain of addiction, which doesn’t just affect the addict, it touches everyone in their life.  In 250 words or less, tell us why your mother is your hero.  Deadline 05/01/2017.

Go here for all the details: http://www.swiftriver.com/my-mother-my-hero/

Go here for many April submission deadlines.


Brebeuf Jesuit Creative Writing Workshop for Rising 6th, 7th, and 8th Grade Students

Instructor:  Chuck Wagner
June 12-16, 2017, Noon-3:00 PM
Cost: $160

 Do you have children in 6th, 7th, or 8th grade who are interested in exploring the craft of Creative Writing? Brebeuf Jesuit's Creative Writing Workshop will remind young writers to value and nurture their imaginations. Activities will include journaling, community creativity circles, character creation, drafting, and more. To register and for more information on the complete list of engaging programs offered by Prep@Brebeuf Academic & Sports Summer Camps, please visit  https://campscui.active.com/orgs/BrebeufJesuitPreparatorySchool1


Essays for Democracy- Call for Submissions

In an effort to document what is proving to be a unique era in American political history on several fronts, Dr. Betty Wells and I have developed a project we are calling Essays for Democracy. The purpose is to provide the venue whereby women's voices can create the historical record of this era.  To this end, we are soliciting essays from women
activists for a book, tentatively titled "Resist: Women's Voices Speaking Truth to Power" being published by McFarland Publishers.

We are inviting any women members of various writing groups to submit an essay for this book, on a topic of their choosing.  This might be immigration, health care, the environment, a living wage, or any other concern they feel passionate about and are committed to protecting and defending.

Anyone who is interested should contact us at womenresisting@gmail.com for further details.  We will work with essayists on the deadline.

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.

Submission Opportunities from the Geeky Press

We are accepting submissions for an anthology titled Dear America: Reflections on Race http://thegeekypress.com/dear-america-reflections-on-race-a-call-for-submissions/. This collection takes the issue that most divides this country, and moves it to the quiet, intimate stories of people from across the country. This collection isn't meant to advocate a position. Instead, we want the personal stories and reflections from people who come from diverse backgrounds and want to share their American story. I'm particularly excited about this anthology because it will be both a book and a digital experience - we are accepting photo and video essays as well as more traditional formats.
Deadline July 31, 2017.

Finally, we have just started a new 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.

Seeking Indiana Authors for Book signing Event

I am hosting this event on May 20, 2017 at the Garrett Public Library, Garrett, Indiana 107 w. Houston st. Garrett, Indiana, 1PM – 3PM.  260-357-5485.

This event is free to any author from Indiana who wishes to participate.  Since I am hosting this event the Garrett Library will not be paying authors to participate.  You will keep all your money you make from selling your books.  The event will be advertised in the newspapers, on facebook, & twitter.  Please help spread the word and encourage all your author friends to come and join us.

Light refreshments will be offered.  Contact me Janie Ebinger chefjanie@hotmail.com 260 908 0827 or Andrea at the Garrett

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.

Have some work ready? Send it out to Entrophy!

Where to Submit: April + May 2017

Happy spring—brought to you in part by “Hit,” the digital collage you see at the top of this post, by artist Marcos Morales: Marcos Morales is a graphic designer from Buenos Aires,…

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 has a new poetry editor: Sarah Skwire

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 — April 11, 2017

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