Literary Events around Indiana - September 16

There are many great literary events around Indianapolis and beyond.  Looking for something to do?  Here are just a few ideas: 

Many events are virtual. Please confirm with venue for scheduled events.

A Curse of Gold Virtual Launch Party with Annie Sullivan

Tuesday, September 22, 2020 at 8 PM – 10 PM

Come celebrate Annie Sullivan's latest release, A Curse of Gold, with the author herself at this online release party!
A Curse of Gold is the sequel and stunning conclusion to the Touch of Gold duology, and we couldn't be more excited about this new release.
Join Author Annie Sullivan and co-hosts Savannah J. Goins and Michele Israel Harper for a fun night of games, trivia, and prizes, all to celebrate this lovely new book.

Fiction Reading with Patricia Henley - Indiana Writers Spotlight Night

Wednesday, September 23, 2020 at 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Online event hosted by University of Indianapolis

Patricia Henley’s first novel, Hummingbird House, was a finalist for The National Book Award and The New Yorker Fiction Prize. Join her for a free, virtual book reading (part of the Kellogg Writers Series at University of Indianapolis).

 KVML Banned Books Week

September 27-October 3

The Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library hosts our Banned Books Week celebration September 27 through October 32020!  Banned Books Week is the annual national celebration of the freedom to read, sponsored by the  American Library AssociationThe week-long celebration raises awareness about censorship and freedom of expression. One highlight of our annual programming is inviting an artist, educator, or other passionate visitor to become our Activist in Residence and “live” in the museum for the entire week behind a wall of banned books. This act protests the infringement of the right to free expression. This year, we are honored to host Indianapolis resident and poet Manon Voice, who will take up the torch to educate and enthrall our visitors during this special week.

In addition to Manon, other headliners include Slaughterhouse-Five graphic novelist Ryan North, IUPUI Professor of Education Dr. Lasana Kazembe, and many more.

Creative Writing Reading with Joyelle McSweeney & Valerie Sayers

Wednesday, September 30, 2020 at 7 PM – 9 PM

Hosted by Notre Dame MFA in Creative Writing

This will be a faculty book launch for Professor Joyelle McSweeney's Toxicon and Arachne and Professor Valerie Sayers' The Age of Infidelity and Other Stories. This reading will be taking place via zoom on Wednesday, Sept. 30th at 7:00 pm.
Registration for the event must take in advance of the reading. Registration can be completed here: https://notredame.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0kcuqqqzsqHNYfe6w0D6kcLzwM6J1eW2KI

 

An Evening with Adrian Matejka

Wednesday, October 7, 2020 at 7 PM – 8 PM

The Carlson-Stauffer Reading Series and INconversations from Indiana Humanities welcome Adrian Matejka for a reading and conversation hosted by the English and Creative Writing Department at Franklin College.

 

INconversation with Jean Thompson and Barbara Shoup

Tuesday, November 10, 2020 at 7 PM – 8 PM

Online event hosted by Indiana Humanities

Join a discussion with Jean Thompson, author of "The Year We Left Home" and Barb Shoup!

Written by Rachel Sahaidachny — September 16, 2020

Indiana Writers Center honored as 2020 Literary Champion - September 2, 2020

INDIANAPOLIS (Sept. 2, 2020) – The Indiana Writers Center has been declared Indiana’s 2020 Literary Champion by the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Awards.

For more than four decades, the Indiana Writers Center has instructed, coached and encouraged Indiana writers ranging from novices embarking on their first literary adventures to accomplished authors with long lists of publications. Founded in 1979 by the late writer and teacher Jim Powell, the Indiana Writers Center is the only statewide organization dedicated to writers and writing.

Awarded to an individual or organization that has made significant contributions to the community of readers and writers in Indiana, the Literary Champion Award is part of the biennial Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Awards, designed by Indiana Humanities with support from Glick Philanthropies.

“The Indiana Writers Center is a champion of Indiana writing in the truest sense of the word,” said Keira Amstutz, president and CEO of Indiana Humanities. “It not only has allowed countless Indiana writers to raise their voices and sharpen their skills, but it has also given them a community and worked tirelessly to put the works of Indiana writers in front of readers.”

Based at the Circle City Industrial Complex in Indianapolis, the Indiana Writers Center offers a variety of workshops and classes for writers, as well as events that have attracted nationally known authors such as W.S. Merwin, Mary Oliver, Thomas Mallon, Tim O’Brien and Rita Dove. It also publishes a magazine featuring Indiana writers and provides enrichment opportunities that include memoir projects and a summer learning program for at-risk youth.

“This award is truly an honor, and we are so grateful to be recognized for one of the best parts of our mission: supporting writers and writing in Indiana,” said Rachel Sahaidachny, executive director of the Indiana Writers Center.  “It’s thrilling that after 40 years the Indiana Writers Center is still here helping writers in Indiana achieve their goals. IWC’s founder, Jim Powell, passed away this year—and he is on my mind as we accept this award, and we hope to thrive for another 40 years (and more).”

“I am delighted to see the Indiana Writers Center honored as Literary Champion because we share the same passion: to raise the profile of Indiana writers and encourage them in their work,” said Marianne Glick, chair of the Glick Family Foundation and daughter of Eugene and Marilyn Glick. “The Writers Center has done immeasurable good for writers and writing in Indiana, and I look forward to seeing how they help Hoosiers tell their unique stories for many years to come.”

On Sept. 1, the Indiana Authors Awards announced the eight books being recognized with awards in 2020. Chosen from among 35 shortlisted works, the winning submissions were written by a diverse collection of authors who all have deep connections to Indiana. To see the list of winners, go to www.IndianaAuthorsAwards.org.

 

About the Indiana Authors Awards

The Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Awards honor the best books written by Indiana authors. Awarded every two years, they celebrate Indiana writers, shine a light on the Hoosier state’s literary community and deepen connections between Indiana writers and readers. They were established in 2009 as a vision of Eugene and Marilyn Glick and are a new component of Indiana Humanities’ rich and diverse literary programming.

About Glick Philanthropies

Glick Philanthropies is a family of charitable initiatives, programs and organizations focused on building community and creating opportunity. Together, Glick Philanthropies strives to strengthen the quality of life in central Indiana and in communities where Gene B. Glick Company properties are located to ensure that people in those local communities can reach their full potential and lead lives of dignity. Glick Philanthropies includes the Glick Family Foundation, Glick Family Housing Foundation, Glick Fund at Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF), and Glick Fund at the Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis (JFGI). Since 1982, Glick Philanthropies has awarded over $150 million to charitable causes and has led a transformative effort to improve education and economic opportunity on Indianapolis’ far eastside where the Gene B. Glick Company was originally headquartered. Learn more at www.glickphilanthropies.org.

About Indiana Humanities

Indiana Humanities connects people, opens minds and enriches lives by creating and facilitating programs that encourage people to think, read and talk. Learn more at www.indianahumanities.org.

 


         

Written by Rachel Sahaidachny — September 01, 2020

INDIANA WRITERS CENTER RECEIVES GRANTS TOTALING OVER $26,000 FROM REGIONAL AND NATIONAL FOUNDATIONS - July 9, 2020

INDIANA WRITERS CENTER RECEIVES GRANTS TOTALING OVER $26,000 FROM REGIONAL AND NATIONAL FOUNDATIONS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Rachel Sahaidachny, Indiana Writers Center, Executive Director

317-255-0710;  rachel@indianawriters.org


INDIANAPOLIS, IN (JUNE 29, 2020)  – Indiana Writers Center is pleased to announce it has received five separate grants totaling $26,504 from four community foundations: Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation, Indiana Arts Commission (annual grant and emergency relief fund), Arts Council of Indianapolis, and Amazon Literary Partnership.

“Entering a new fiscal year, after a brutal spring, these funds are monumental in sustaining the Indiana Writers Center’s operational integrity, supporting our programming,” said Rachel Sahaidachny, Executive Director. “These monies are crucial to our upcoming year.”

The largest grant of $10,000 was awarded by the Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation. Per the award letter, the Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation “recognizes that this COVID – 19 moment is a time of change and uncertainty for organizations, and it is our intent that this grant for operating purposes be used to strengthen the present mission of the recipient organization.”

The Indiana Arts Commission awarded two grants, including their annual grant award of $6,054 and an Emergency Relief Fund of $3,000. This FY21 Arts Organization Support is made possible by “the appropriated funds from the Indiana State Legislature, in conjunction with federally appropriated funds from the National Endowment of the Arts,” per the award letter.

The remaining local award of $2,000 was distributed by the Arts Council of Indianapolis. “Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the City of Indianapolis and Arts Council have partnered to accelerate the approval and distribution of funds to 70 arts and cultural organizations participating in the Annual Grants Program.” The Arts Council Board expedited funding 60 days earlier than scheduled.

The final award of $5,000 came from Amazon Literary Partnership. Relief donations from the Artist Relief and PEN America Writer's Emergency Fund allowed the Amazon Literary Partnership to expand support with more than $1 million in funding to 66 nonprofits dedicated to serving writers. Indiana Writers Center is honored to be one of the selected organizations.

“We are so lucky to have an active board and especially our in-house team, Sarah Ginter and Rachel Sahaidachny, who have tirelessly applied for grant after grant,” said Celeste Williams, Board President. “With these grants, the Indiana Writers Center can continue to offer our regular programming, which we’ve moved to online, including The Indiana Playwright Circle, Summer Learning Programs, Mentor Programs, library partnerships, and instructive classes. Many of our programs allow Indiana residents to process the cumulative and universal trauma we all face with Covid-19.”

The Indiana Writers Center celebrates its 40th year in 2020. They embody their mission by offering classes and programs taught by published authors, providing support for Indiana writers working at all levels, and providing enrichment opportunities to a diverse often underserved audiences in the community. You can learn more about Indiana Writers Center at indianawriters.org.

Written by Rachel Sahaidachny — July 09, 2020

June 30, 2020 - Opportunities, Writers Conferences and Workshops, Contests and Submissions

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

 

*Advice on Writing Contests:  

When considering contests, look to see how they handled winners' work from previous years: Is there a list of previous winners? Where you can go to read or have access to the winning pieces of writing? Who are the judges? Are they people who you would read yourself? If you win, what kind of audience would you receive for your work? Research contests and their reputations online. Use places like duotrope.com, Poets and Writers (pw.org), the New Pages (newpages.com), or The Review Review (thereviewreview.net), to see whether there is any other information about the contest from other sources.

Indiana Creatives Emergency Response Program

One-on-One consultations

The Indiana Arts Commission, in partnership with gener8tor is assisting artists in Indiana area one-on-one affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.

Staff will be available to help participants understand and help artists secure and understand resources available to withstand the current crisis. Free, one-on-one consultations will be available for participants to ask specific questions about various federal, state, local and private programs (unemployment benefits, loans/grants/etc.).

Artists wishing to enroll in the program should sign up using the form at this link.

 


The Indianapolis Review seeks Visual Poetry.

Deadline August 1.

Email up to 10 images to theindianapolisreview@gmail.com.

https://theindianapolisreview.com/submit/

 

Call for holiday plays for the Carmel Community players. Deadline July 15!

HOLIDAY SHORTS will be a part of the Carmel Community Players 2020-21 season. CCP is looking for 6 (or so) 10 minute plays. Must be holiday or Christmas themed. Limit submission of 1 per playwright. Family friendly (rated g-pg), small casts, minimal sets easy to arrange between each show, your own props as needed for your production. The stage will be decorated with Holiday decorations, a Christmas tree, fake presents, etc. Option to direct and cast your show will be considered.

While CCP is actively looking for a permanent theatre home, if that falls through before this December, the show will be performed at The Cat, 254 Veterans Way in Carmel. Show dates are Dec 3, 4, 5, 6 & 10, 11, 12, 13. Show times 7:30 pm Thurs-Sat, 2:30 pm Sunday matinee. Again, CCP is a not-for-profit but royalties are typically paid so a small fee per playwright per performance will be allocated at the end of the run.

Submissions will be accepted for consideration until July 15, final notification made August 15. Indiana playwrights ONLY. Send plays via pdf to info@carmelplayers.org - please put Playwrights name and contact info in the email and on the cover page of the script.
For more information email dltimi@swbell.net or by messenger thru Facebook to Dee Timi.

Borrowed Solace: Fall Issue
Deadline: July 31, 2020
borrowed solace is looking for “Mystical” works for the fall themed 2020 literary journal. We accept nonfiction, fiction, poetry, and art. We want to read what mystifies you!
Submit here!

About Place Journal: Works of Resistance, Resilience
Deadline: August 1, 2020
About Place Journal seeks submissions of creative non-fiction, poetry, fiction, hybrid work, video and artwork that explores the questions: How do we live and work towards a long-term dream for the continuation of our planet? How do we change our relationship to our earth; to each other to reflect social and economic equality? Poetry/Lyric: up to 3 pieces which do not exceed 50 lines each. Fiction, essays, creative nonfiction and other prose: up to 3 pieces which do not exceed 4000 words each.
Find out more!


ode to Queer
Deadline: September 1, 2020
ode to Queer is an unabashedly queer literary and artistic journal looking for art from LGBTQIA+ artists that is experimental, fringe, and vulnerable. Writing submissions should be under 4,000 words and include a cover letter and short biography with your submission (you can also include a picture if you'd like).

Etchings Press Whirling Prize

Each winner will receive $500 and 25 copies of a letterpress broadside designed and produced by students from UIndy’s Hullabaloo Press, and each winner will be invited to participate in an episode of a literary podcast with the student judges, which will air winter 2021. Graduate and undergraduate students will read the submitted books and choose the two winners. The postmark deadline for submission is Friday Sept. 4, 2020.

McSweeney’s Internet Tendency: A Force Outside Myself: Citizens Over 60 Speak
Deadline: Rolling
If you are 60 or older, we’re interested in your thoughts right now and hope you can write a short first-person narrative. (100-500 words) Send entries to Kitania Folk at aforce@mcsweeneys.net and watch our site for ongoing updates.

 

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 Rachel Sahaidachny — June 30, 2020

May 27, 2020 - Opportunities, Writers Conferences and Workshops, Contests and Submissions

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

 

*Advice on Writing Contests:  

When considering contests, look to see how they handled winners' work from previous years: Is there a list of previous winners? Where you can go to read or have access to the winning pieces of writing? Who are the judges? Are they people who you would read yourself? If you win, what kind of audience would you receive for your work? Research contests and their reputations online. Use places like duotrope.com, Poets and Writers (pw.org), the New Pages (newpages.com), or The Review Review (thereviewreview.net), to see whether there is any other information about the contest from other sources.

IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute: Religion, Spirituality, and the Arts
Deadline:  May 30, 2020
Stipend:  $500 (12 participants selected), open to working artists in any medium, living in central Indiana. 2020-21 Theme: Noah’s Ark and the Environmental Imagination. In a world in the midst of an environmental crisis and an unprecedented need for quarantine, the story of Noah provides a window through which to consider current realities. Where do the floodwaters reach first? What do we choose to preserve?
Find out more!


Wild Atlantic Writing Awards: Flash Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

Deadline: May 31, 2020
This is a competition we hope will provide challenge, diversion and enjoyment for you as a wordsmith in the strange times we live in right now. The winner will receive 500 euro in cash. An added bonus of 990 euro in value in the form of free participation - including all excursions, by land and sea, food and drinks tastings, concerts and dance performances, and all writing workshops and author talks – at one of our retreats of your choice, either this autumn in either Paris or Donegal, or one of our retreats next year. In effect, a total prize equal to almost 1,500 euro.

Find out more!

Fifth Annual H. Gene Murtha Contest
Sponsored by Failed Haiku
Deadline: May 31, 2020
Brent Goodman, Editor of Prune Juice Journal, and Mike Rehling will be judges for the Murtha Contest this year. PLEASE READ THE RULES, and we look forward to seeing your work!

The MacGuffin’s 25th Annual Poet Hunt Contest
Featuring guest judge Matthew Olzmann.
The contest opens on April 1 and closes June 15.

One (1) First Place Winner will receive a prize of $500 and publication. Up to two (2) Honorable Mentions may also be awarded and published. Each entrant will receive one free issue of The MacGuffin that includes the winners of the 25th Annual Poet Hunt Contest.
Find out more!


The NEA Foundation: COVID-19 Rapid Response Grants
Deadline: June 11, 2020
To be considered for this opportunity, applicants must submit: a) a narrative of 500-1000 words describing the proposed project; and b) a simple project budget. The budget should indicate the total amount requested (any amount between $1,500 - $5,000) and the basic costs of the proposed project.
Find out more!

Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne: Artist Relief Fund
Deadline: June 26, 2020
Applicants may request up to $500 to compensate for lost work or income. Open to self-employed artists of all disciplines, artists contracted by arts and culture nonprofit organizations, and employees who have been laid off or furloughed by a nonprofit arts and culture organization or venue. Grant applications will be due each Friday during the months of May and June.
Find out more!

Indy Arts & Culture COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund

In partnership with the Arts Council of Indianapolis, a coalition of community funders has established the Indy Arts & Culture COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund. The fund will provide rapid response grants to bridge the severe lost wages making many members of our creative community vulnerable, helping to ensure that #IndyKeepsCreating now and into the future.

Artists and qualifying arts and cultural organizations in need of emergency relief funds can apply for a rapid response grant through the COVID-19 Indy Arts & Culture Emergency Relief Fund. Visit www.IndyKeepsCreating.org for guidelines and application instructions.

Rose Metal Press: OPEN READING PERIOD FOR FULL-LENGTH HYBRID MANUSCRIPTS
Deadline: June 1 - June 30, 2020

Rose Metal Press will be having an open reading period during which will be seeking full-length hybrid and cross-genre manuscripts for consideration for publication in 2022 and beyond. Manuscripts should be 48 pages or longer. Submissions will be accepted via Submittable with a $15 reading fee.

Find out more!

 


The Indianapolis Review seeks Visual Poetry.

Deadline August 1.

Email up to 10 images to theindianapolisreview@gmail.com.

Poetry Submissions closing June 1. Submit now!

https://theindianapolisreview.com/submit/

Borrowed Solace: Fall Issue
Deadline: July 31, 2020
borrowed solace is looking for “Mystical” works for the fall themed 2020 literary journal. We accept nonfiction, fiction, poetry, and art. We want to read what mystifies you!
Submit here!

About Place Journal: Works of Resistance, Resilience
Deadline: August 1, 2020
About Place Journal seeks submissions of creative non-fiction, poetry, fiction, hybrid work, video and artwork that explores the questions: How do we live and work towards a long-term dream for the continuation of our planet? How do we change our relationship to our earth; to each other to reflect social and economic equality? Poetry/Lyric: up to 3 pieces which do not exceed 50 lines each. Fiction, essays, creative nonfiction and other prose: up to 3 pieces which do not exceed 4000 words each.
Find out more!

 

Etchings Press Whirling Prize

Each winner will receive $500 and 25 copies of a letterpress broadside designed and produced by students from UIndy’s Hullabaloo Press, and each winner will be invited to participate in an episode of a literary podcast with the student judges, which will air winter 2021. Graduate and undergraduate students will read the submitted books and choose the two winners. The postmark deadline for submission is Friday Sept. 4, 2020.

 

 

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 Rachel Sahaidachny — May 27, 2020

IWC Online Open House Happening on Saturday, May 23, 2020

IWC Online Open House

Hosted by IWC Board Members Mary Karty and Mahasin Ameen

Saturday, May 23, 8 p.m.

We’re having an online open house to share stories, poems, and plays!

Are you a member of Indiana Writers Center, or participating in IWC programs? You are invited to share your creative work live through Zoom and Facebook during our Online Open House.

We have a limited number of spots. Seeking poems, short essay, flash fiction, or short scenes of 3-5 minutes (no longer!). You must be an active member of IWC, or participating in one of our programs, or past participant as an actor.

When: Saturday, May 23rd, 8 p.m.

Hosted by IWC Board Members Mary Karty & Mahasin Ameen

Please email Mary Karty indianapolism@gmail.com with your title, genre, include an excerpt of the work you will read or perform, and membership status or program you are participating in. Also, include whether there are any trigger warnings or subject matter which would require higher than PG rating (We’re not censoring, just want to be able to warn audience members who may have young ones around.)

Put IWC Online Open House as the subject line and email your submission to Mary Karty: indianapolism@gmail.com

Written by Rachel Sahaidachny — May 18, 2020

40 Years Strong! Help us support writers for another 40 years. Buy a limited edition canvas bag or donate today!

For more than forty years the Indiana Writers Center has offered support for Indiana writers of all levels by providing opportunities and community, resources, and education.

The global pandemic has caused a great disruption in our programming. Out of concern for our community and with respect for our civic leaders' requests, we have cancelled all in-person programming for the foreseeable future. This decision will ultimately impact the scope of our goals in the long run.

We are navigating a new world like so many others. We ask you to consider purchasing a limited edition canvas tote bag or consider a donation to help us continue to ensure the IWC's support of writers for another 40 years! Go here to get your tote, and view our fundraiser.

The Indiana Writers Center (IWC) recognizes the power of stories and advocates for writing and literature as essential to a community that values clarity of communication and honors diversity, tolerance, and compassion. We believe our programs make our community a better place. Writing is not a solitary experience. The best writers learn from others.

Since 1979 access to successful working writers through the IWC’s various programs provides basic education for beginning writers and offers ongoing instruction, support, and encouragement to those already on the path. Established writers are connected with their readers and new audiences. We actively partner with other organizations in our community in effort to amplify diverse voices. We bring writers together through multiple literary programs. We offer more than 75 classes a year in fiction, poetry, nonfiction, playwriting, memoir, the business of writing, and more, all taught by published writers. Our annual Gathering of Writers serves over 100 writers providing features a nationally recognized, Indiana author for a keynote speech, intensive writing workshop, plus breakout sessions with nine other Indiana writers. Our newly established Writer-in-Residence program provides mentoring and allows additional opportunities to take writing into the community. Our critique groups provide support and feedback for writers in fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction.We provide support for developing playwrights through the Indiana Playwrights Circle which offers playwrights weekly scene nights, monthly table reads, bi-monthly networking events, and manuscript critiques.

Since 2009 IWC has partnered with more than 80 community organizations. Through our partnership with Indianapolis Marion County Public Library we offer more than 35 free writing workshops and book discussions at branches throughout the city. Our summer learning program, Building a Rainbow, teaches at-risk youth in Indianapolis to write about their lives, and share their story. Our "Memoir Project" provides free writing workshops for under-served audiences, such as, seniors, veterans, homeless women and children, and inmates in correctional facilities. Awarded the NUVO Newsweekly’s Cultural Vision Award in 2016, IWC continues to be recognized as the only comprehensive writing center of its kind in Indiana, or even the Midwest. A 2018 Expedia feature, “Where Have You Seen Amazing Art?”, noted the IWC in its description of arts in Indianapolis. In May 2019 IWC was featured in The Independent Book Review's “10 Literary Organizations Promoting Writing Centers, Classes, and Community.

We Appreciate All You Do to Support the Indiana Writers Center
We envision a thriving center where Indiana writers build the writing skills appropriate to their goals and experience the healing, empowering and joyful benefits that engaging in the creative process brings. It is support from community and the relationships built over time which make this vision possible. Thank you to our members, donors, teachers, and volunteers. Your necessary support ensures that we can reach even more writers in the community, and fulfill our mission. Thank you to all the individuals who attend our programs and events, submit to and read our literary journal The Flying Island, for staying connected through our weekly eblast, for the follows and shares on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and for sharing your literary news and events with us.

If you would like to give directly to the organization, we accept donations at: https://www.indianawriters.org/products/support-the-iwc
The Indiana Writers Center is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.

Written by Rachel Sahaidachny — April 06, 2020

April 1 - Opportunities, Writers Conferences and Workshops, Contests and Submissions

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

 

*Advice on Writing Contests:  

When considering contests, look to see how they handled winners' work from previous years: Is there a list of previous winners? Where you can go to read or have access to the winning pieces of writing? Who are the judges? Are they people who you would read yourself? If you win, what kind of audience would you receive for your work? Research contests and their reputations online. Use places like duotrope.com, Poets and Writers (pw.org), the New Pages (newpages.com), or The Review Review (thereviewreview.net), to see whether there is any other information about the contest from other sources.

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the second year we are running a "Poem a Day Challenge" for National Poetry Month. Join our private facebook group to participate: IWC Poem a Day Challenge April 2020.

 

Indy Arts & Culture COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund

In partnership with the Arts Council of Indianapolis, a coalition of community funders has established the Indy Arts & Culture COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund. The fund will provide rapid response grants to bridge the severe lost wages making many members of our creative community vulnerable, helping to ensure that #IndyKeepsCreating now and into the future.

Artists and qualifying arts and cultural organizations in need of emergency relief funds can apply for a rapid response grant through the COVID-19 Indy Arts & Culture Emergency Relief Fund. Visit www.IndyKeepsCreating.org for guidelines and application instructions.

Ox-Bow School of Arts and Artists’ Residency - Saugatuck, MI
Deadline: May 2, 2020
Two, three, and five week residencies, September 7 - October 11, 2020: Fall residents are given the time, solitude, and focus often unavailable to so many working artists and writers. Each fall approximately 35 artists and 6 writers participate in the residency creating a diverse community of engaged peers. At Ox-Bow, artists can enjoy 24-hour access to their studios, and an inspirational setting, free from the expectations of commercial and academic demands. It’s also a great time to propose group or collaborative work.


The Indianapolis Review seeks Visual Poetry.

Deadline August 1.

Email up to 10 images to theindianapolisreview@gmail.com.

 

Etchings Press Whirling Prize

Each winner will receive $500 and 25 copies of a letterpress broadside designed and produced by students from UIndy’s Hullabaloo Press, and each winner will be invited to participate in an episode of a literary podcast with the student judges, which will air winter 2021. Graduate and undergraduate students will read the submitted books and choose the two winners. The postmark deadline for submission is Friday Sept. 4, 2020.

 

If your child is spending these wintry days working on their fanfiction, poetry, novel, comic book, graphic novel, or reading one...ask them if they'd like to come write with us this summer.

Registrations are open now for our writing camp for kids who will be in 3rd - 12th grades for 2020-21.

We have some exciting plans for this summer--including a partnership with The Brain Lair Bookstore, writing downtown, and using improv techniques to spark plot and create conflict in our stories. Also based on  requests, we have changed the format of the camp for our younger group to be full days for one week.

Camp dates:
Session 1: June 22-26          M-TH 9:00-3:00/ F 9:00-noon
Session 2: June 29-July 3    M-TH 9:00-3:00/ F 9:00-noon
 
Writers may choose the session that fits best within their summer plans, or opt to attend both! Also former campers can choose to return the summer after their high school graduation.

Space is limited. The registration form is attached.
Hope to see you when it's warmer.

Meanwhile, check out our featured author for this month, Stella Chrystler. You can read her work from the summer camp on our website: http://michianawriterscenter.pbworks.com/w/page/20853203/FrontPage

 

 

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 Rachel Sahaidachny — April 01, 2020

How We Can Help the Arts in this Time of Uncertainty

 


Like many institutions, we have made the difficult decision to suspend all in-person programs at IWC. We are working on planning some virtual events, and will update as we go forward. Please continue to follow our website, social media pages, and e-newsletters so you’ll be the first to know when we are able to set specific dates and times for these programs, and for re-opening the center for in-person activities. For now, you can see some of the offerings we hope to be able to schedule in the future on our website. If you are signed up for an upcoming workshop in March or early April, please check your email.

This change in programs means that it’s going to be a tough, lean couple of months for the organization. Here are some ways you can help the arts in this time of uncertainty:

1) If you have purchased a registration to a cancelled event, consider either allowing the IWC to hold on to the purchase for class credit, or making a donation in the same amount. We will supply you with a tax deductible note. If you don’t have any registrations or tickets, donate to your favorite organizations anyway. You can even use crowdfunding resources to make a bigger impact.

2) Donate financially. If you have the ability, please consider purchasing or renewing your membership, and making a financial donation. Registrations and ticket sales rarely cover more than a third or half of the actual cost of delivering arts and cultural experiences. It is important that sponsors, patrons, and donors all stay engaged.

3) Many of the artists you know have likely lost a gig or two and are looking for work. Consider them as a potential solution if you need help with childcare, transportation, groceries, or anything else, and pay them for their time.

4) Be an advocate and promote the projects your favorite organizations and artists. Share their blogs and media, stay signed up to newsletters. When the time comes for events to resume share the information on social media, invite your friends, and most importantly buy your registrations and tickets to those events in advance. The more successful those programs are, the easier it will be for groups to recover financially.

 

We will all get through this together. As always, we are grateful for your continued support and thank you for all you do to make IWC possible. We look forward to seeing everybody soon. Sending care and compassion to you all, as we face this unprecedented event.

Written by Rachel Sahaidachny — March 18, 2020

Update about Programs

Friends, Members, and Writers - all in-person programs at IWC are temporarily suspended. If you are signed up for an upcoming workshop, please check your email.

We are working on planning some virtual events, and will update as we go forward.

Sending care and compassion to you all, as we face this unprecedented event.

Written by Rachel Sahaidachny — March 16, 2020


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