February 25 - Events Around Indiana

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

 

Poets Attack! Featuring Kitty Marie, Mat Davis, & Devon Ginn
Wed, Feb. 26, 2020
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Irvington Vinyl & Books: 9 Johnson Ave, Indianapolis IN 46219

Featuring Kitty Marie, Devon Ginn, and Mat Davis. Join us for this monthly series, one of Indianapolis' only curated reading events!

Kitty Marie is an Indianapolis poet, illustrator, artist and educator. Kitty has featured for multiple Face A Face events, Women317, and Indy Symposium. She’s won 3/5 slam competitions she has competed in over the last year and was a finalist in the 2019 PRIDE slam. She will be published in the 2020 issue of Sidepiece magazine and has been awarded the 2020 Lilly Teacher Creativity Fellowship, which she intends to use for expanding poetry opportunities for Indianapolis youth.

Devon Ginn (he/him/they/them) is the Visual Art & Entertainment Curator at the historic Madam Walker Legacy Center and serves as the Vice President of the board at the Indiana Writers Center. Ginn is an Americans for the Arts 2019-2020 Fellow, an Arts Council of Indianapolis 2020-2021 Creative Renewal Fellow, a 200-hour vinyāsa teacher training student, a curator, a placekeeper + placemaker, and a poet. As a freelance teaching artist, Ginn travels from state-to-state implementing his performance poetry and creative writing workshops. Deliberately collaborating with ground-breaking institutions at the forefront of change, his work as a visual artist, writer, nonprofit administrator, and performance artist is a reflection of all his learned and unlearned experiences.

Mat Davis has been a writer, performing artist, and curator in the Indy arts community for more than a decade. His favorite styles of performance are poetry, prose, and storytelling. Mat is particularly known for all age performing events in neighborhoods like the Near Eastside, Fountain Square, and Downtown Indy.

Art & Soul 2020


Spoken Word by Manon Voice
Friday, February 28, 2020, 12:15 pm

Indianapolis Artsgarden in Circle Center Mall
110 W Washington St, Indianapolis, IN 46204


Notre Dame MFA Reading Series: Ahmad Aljawad, Maxime Berclaz, Elise Houcek, and Jasmine Ortiz
Wed. Feb 26, 2020
7:30PM - 9:00PM
Decio Hall Gallery A|AH|D Gallery
233 Decio Hall, Notre Dame, IN 46556

Depauw University Kelly Writers Series: English Department Faculty Reading
Wednesday, February 26, 2020
7:30 P.M.
Peeler Art Center Auditorium
10 W. Hanna St, Greencastle, IN 46135

Join us at this annual event to hear English Department professors reading from their latest works.

 

Dr. Joy Ladin reading The Soul of the Stranger
Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020
7:00 pm, $10
Jewish Community Center (JCC Indy)
6701 Hoover Rd., Indianapolis, IN 46260

Dr. Joy Ladin is a professor of English. A nationally recognized speaker on gender and Jewish identity, she has spoken around the country and has been featured on a number of NPR programs including "On Being with Krista Tippet." In her latest book, The Soul of the Stranger: Reading God and Torah from a Transgender Perspective, Joy reads some of the best-known Torah stories through the lens of transgender experience. She explores fundamental questions about how religious texts, traditions, and the understanding of God can be enriched by transgender perspectives, and how the Torah and trans lives can illuminate one another.

 

Laura Dassow Walls: “The Terrennial Turn from Humboldt to Gaia”
Thu. Feb 27, 2020
5pm
Indiana Memorial Union Bldg - University Club Presidents Room: 900 E 7th St., Bloomington, IN 47405

For more than 20 years, Laura Dassow Walls has been telling us that you cannot explore humanity’s place in the cosmos without bringing in poetry and science. A Ph.D. from IU English, she visits this month.
 

The Future of Writing: An Afternoon with Dave Eggers
February 29 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm    $5
IUPUI Hine Hall Auditorium
875 W. North St.
Indianapolis, IN 46202

Join KVML founder and CEO Julia Whitehead and bestselling writer Dave Eggers for a discussion about Dave’s literary work, including his work with youth writing programs around the world from 4 to 6 pm at the Madam Walker Legacy Center, 617 Indiana Avenue. Come share your ideas about how youth writing can be improved in our community. A book signing follows. Bring your favorite Dave Eggers book or purchase his books at the event. Students, their parents or guardians, and educators: this event is free to you. Please email EggersEvent@vonnegutlibrary.org to register. For all other attendees, tickets are $5 on Eventbrite.

Shonda Buchanan Reading & Lecture
Saturday, February 29, 2020 at 1 PM – 2 PM
Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art
500 W. Washington St., Indianapolis, Indiana 46204

Award-winning poet and educator Shonda Buchanan will discuss her new memoir, Black Indian, and her family’s legacy of being African-American with Native American roots and how they dealt with not just society's ostracization but the consequences of this dual inheritance. A book signing of Black Indian: A Memoir by Shonda Buchanan will follow.

Cost:
Eiteljorg Members: Reading and lecture is Free
Non-Members/Public: Reading and lecture is included with museum admission

Bloomington Writers Guild: First Sunday Prose Reading and Open Mic
featuring Zilia Balkansky-Selles and Joan Hawkins
Sunday, March 1, 2020
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Bear's Place
1316 E Third St., Bloomington, IN 47401

Come early to sign up for Open Mic!

Zilia Balkansky-Sellés is a Bloomington-based writer, and occasional dancer and actor. She earned a master’s in information science degree from the University of Michigan and a Ph.D. in folkloristics from  the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology at Indiana University. She has worked as an academic advisor for the Groups Scholars Program at Indiana University and currently works as the Extracurricular Coordinator for the Hutton Honors College at Indiana University. Her poetry has appeared in Comparative Woman, from Louisiana State University. She has written for Wild Swan Theater, which produces plays for Michigan schools and libraries.

Joan Hawkins is the Chair of the Writers Guild and an Associate Professor in Cinema and Media Studies at Indiana University. She works mainly in creative memoir and Spoken Word; her creative work has appeared in Sand, Avalanches in Poetry, n+1,and Performing Arts Journal. Her most recent book, a critical anthology on the writer William S. Burroughs, has been nominated for an Indiana Author Award and a Modern Language Association Award.

Purdue Visiting Writers Series: Rebecca Makkai
Tue. March 3, 2020
featuring two events:
Q&A held at 4:30 pm in Brown Laboratory of Chemistry room 1154
500 Oval Dr., West Lafayette, IN 47907

Reading at 7:30pm in Fowler Hall
128 Memorial Mall Dr., West Lafayette, IN 47907

Rebecca Makkai is the Chicago-based author of the novels The Great Believers, The Hundred-Year House, and The Borrower, as well as the short story collection Music for Wartime. The Great Believers was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, and received the ALA Carnegie Medal and the LA Times Book Prize, among other honors. Makkai is on the MFA faculties of Sierra Nevada College and Northwestern University, and she is Artistic Director of StoryStudio Chicago.


Bloomington Writers Guild: First Wed Spoken Word Series
Wed. March 4, 2020
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Bear's Place: 1316 E Third St
Bloomington, IN 47401

Featuring storytellers Nell Weatherwax and Mary Armstrong-Smith, stand-up comedy with Shanda Sung, music by Trillium (structured improv), + an open mic
$5 suggested donation
TRILLIUM is a perennial herb with three bracts and three petals which grows from a rhizome. The band Trillium is a collaborative musical project featuring Kyle Quass, Norbert Herber and Julian Douglas. The trio, like the perennial, grows from the rhizome:  non-hierarchical with no beginning or end; always in the middle, between things, interbeing, intermezzo. Each piece is a character study in which ideas transform and develop, new ideas emerge and recede, form dissolves and re-emerges, a multiplicity in which each idea can and must be connected to any other.

 

Depauw University Kelly Writers Series: Matthew G. Frank
Wed. March 11, 2020
7:30 P.M.
Peeler Art Center Auditorium
10 W. Hanna St, Greencastle, IN 46135

Matthew Gavin Frank is the author of the nonfiction books, The Mad Feast: An Ecstatic Tour Through America’s FoodPreparing the Ghost: An Essay Concerning the Giant Squid and Its First Photographer, Pot Farm, and Barolo; the poetry books, The Morrow Plots, Warranty in Zulu, and Sagittarius Agitprop, and 2 chapbooks“Preparing the Ghost” was a New York Times Editors' Choice, an NPR Notable Book, and a New Yorker Book to Watch Out For.  “The Mad Feast” was selected as a Staff Pick by The Paris Review, a Best Book of 2015 by PloughsharesThe Millions, and Paste Magazine, and featured in The Wall Street Journal, Saveur, and Entertainment Weekly. His forthcoming nonfiction book, A Brief Atmospheric Future, is due out in 2021 from W.W. Norton. His work appears widely in journals and magazines, including The Kenyon Review, The Paris Review, Guernica, The New Republic, Iowa Review, Salon, Conjunctions, The Believer, The Normal SchoolThe Best Travel Writing anthologies, The Best Food Writing anthologies, The Poetry Foundation, and as Notable selections in The Best American Essays anthologiesAfter spending 17 years in the restaurant industry, he now teaches creative writing in the Masters of Fine Arts Program at Northern Michigan University, where he is the Nonfiction/Hybrids Editor of the literary magazine, Passages North.

 

 

 

Johnson County Public Library Author Fair

Meet local authors, find great spring reads and enter to win prizes during JCPL’s 2nd Annual Local Author Fair.

 

Butler Visiting Writers Series: Kate Bornstein
Tuesday, March 24, 2020, 7:30 PM
Shelton Auditorium
1000 W 42nd St, Indianapolis, IN 46208

Written by Rachel Sahaidachny — February 25, 2020

February 25 - 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.

Sustainable Arts Foundation: 2020 Individual Awards
Deadline: February 28, 2020, 5pm ET
This year, we will make awards of $5,000 each to twenty artists and writers with children. Additionally, we will name twenty finalists. Our program is an award program that rewards excellence in a creative field. Artists and writers with at least one child and a strong portfolio of polished work are welcome to apply. We are inspired by anyone who is making creative work while raising a family. Our application fee is $20.

 

Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library’s So It Goes Journal
Deadline: March 1, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. EST.
The year 2020 marks another big national election for the people of the United States of America, and we know some of our friends in other countries around the world also will be electing national leaders. As such, the year’s journal theme is civic engagement. We are looking for work that celebrates, critiques, or works for positive change related to democracy, freedoms, ideals, and country. Submissions are limited to one work of prose (1,250 words max or you’ll be automatically disqualified) OR up to five poems (1,250 words max for all five or you’ll automatically be disqualified) OR five photographs or artwork.

 

Great Midwest Writing Contest
Deadline March 1, 2020

We’re looking for thoughtful and thought-provoking writing and visual art that examines, interprets, and redefines the wide spectrum of life, past and present, in the Midwest.

$500 prize and publication in Midwest Review for the winning entry in each category: nonfiction, fiction, and poetry.

Enter the contest via Submittable by March 1, 2020. There is a $15 entry fee.

 

Applications are now open for Taleamor Park's 2020 artists' and writers' residencies. www.taleamorpark.org




Prepare. Pitch. Publish. #preppitchpub

You want agents. We’ve got agents.

Here’s an opportunity to pitch your book directly to vaunted agents in search of new voices! Advocate for your book in a high-energy environment, and you might just become another MWW success story.

Connect with literary agents who are actively searching for the next big thing across all genres including fiction, nonfiction, children’s, young adult and more. During the Agent Fest, you’ll have a chance to meet agents one-on-one and capture their attention with the basic concept of your book.

We’ve assembled a dynamic roster of top-tier agents to participate in our Agent Fest. We have two days of valuable sessions on how to write a query letter and a synopsis, what agents are looking for, what makes an agent/editor stop reading your manuscript, and more. No matter what you’re writing — fiction or nonfiction — the sessions will help point you in the right direction. Writers of all genres are welcome.

Our Agent Fest is designed to squeeze as much into two days of learning as possible. You can ask any questions you like during the sessions, and get your specific concerns addressed. The literary agents will give feedback and take pitches from writers. We also have a Query Letter Critique Team — an opportunity for a one-on-one consultation! Our faculty includes: (Read their bios & wish lists),

AGENTS:

  • Ian Bonaparte, Janklow & Nesbit Associates
  • Kerry D’Agostino, Curtis Brown, Ltd.
  • Jennifer Grimaldi, Charlberg & Sussman
  • Amanda Luedeke, MacGregor & Luedeke
  • Eric Myers, Myers Literary Management
  • Patricia Nelson, Marsal Lyon Literary Agency
  • Abby Saul, The Lark Group
  • Dani Segelbaum, New Leaf Literary & Media

EDITORS:

  • Loan Le, Assistant Editor, Atria Books

You’ll meet one-on-one with at least two agents and possibly three depending on the number of registrants. Each pitch lasts three minutes, composed of a 90-second pitch and a 90-second response from the agent with feedback.

Go here to get more details and sign up.

 

Indiana Review 2020 Poetry Prize

Send us up to three poems for a chance at $1000 + publication. Submissions open February 1-March 31, 2020, 11:59 PM EST. Final Judge: Javier Zamora!

Indiana Review 2020 Fiction Prize

Send us one short story, up to 6K words, for a chance at $1000 + publication. Submissions open February 1-March 31, 2020, 11:59 PM EST. Final judge: Angela Flournoy!

 

The Ryser Scholarship
Deadline: March 31, 2020
Annual support for a writer from South Central Indiana to pursue excellence by attending a formal workshop or conference in the craft of writing. The $350 2020 Ryser Scholarship will be awarded to a High School junior or senior student in Monroe County, Brown County, Lawrence County, or Owen County.

 

Oxford American Magazine Fall 2020 Issue
Deadline: Wednesday April 1, 2020
For its Fall 2020 issue, the Oxford American is seeking submissions from writers who have not yet been published in a print publication with a circulation over 5000 copies. The editor’s primary consideration is quality, though they would be “especially pleased to include the work of an author with ties to the South and/or a story that furthers our mission of exploring the complexity and vitality of the South”. Limit 10,000 words.

 

Entries for the 2020 Adroit Prizes for Poetry and Prose will be accepted until April 1st, 2020 at 11:59pm Pacific Time.

The Adroit Prizes are awarded annually to two students of secondary or undergraduate status. We’re fortunate to receive exceptional work from emerging writers in high school and college, and the best of the best will be recognized by the Adroit Prizes.

The 2020 Adroit Prize for Poetry will be selected by Jericho Brown, author of The Tradition (Copper Canyon Press, 2019), a finalist for the 2019 National Book Award, and The New Testament (Copper Canyon Press, 2014). The 2020 Adroit Prize for Prose will be selected by Kristen Arnett, author of Mostly Dead Things (Tin House Books, 2019).

All high school/secondary and undergraduate/college students are eligible, including international students and students who have graduated a semester early (in this case, in December 2019). Submissions may include up to six poems (maximum of ten pages single-spaced) and/or up to three works of prose (combined word limit of 3,500 words). Excerpts of longer works are acceptable, as are simultaneous submissions.

 

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 — February 25, 2020

February 18 - Events Around Indiana

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

Chrissy Stroop and Lauren O'Neal Reading

"Empty the Pews: Stories of Leaving the Church"
Wed. Feb 19, 2020
5pm – 7pm
Indy Reads Books
911 Massachusetts Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46202

Religion, Spirituality and the Arts: The Story of Jonah

Thursday, February 20, 2020
5:30PM - 8:30PM
JCC Indianapolis
6701 Hoover Rd
Indianapolis, Indiana 46260

FREE, but pre-registration is appreciated. Artist reception 5:30 pm, performances 6:45 pm. Exhibit runs Feb 14-Mar 29

Religion, Spirituality, and the Arts (RSA) is a program of the IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute directed by Rabbi Sandy Sasso that brings together artists, religious leaders and more for discussions of religious texts that inspire new works of visual and performance art. This year, the group will be exploring the contemporary and psychological implications of the story of Jonah, who is sent by God to prophesy the destruction of the city of Nineveh but runs away from his responsibility, and in doing so winds up in the belly of a whale.

Spring 2020 IUPUI Student Readings
Thursday, February 20,2020, 7 p.m.
The Athenaeum Damenverein Room
401 E. Michigan St, Indianapolis IN 46204

* Parking is available on New Jersey Street, Michigan Street, and nearby Massachusetts Avenue, as well as at Needler’s Fresh Market

 

The Inaugural Carol Schuck
#IvyWrites Workshop

 

Art & Soul 2020

Poetry Performance by Devon Ginn
Saturday, February 22, 2020, 12:15 pm

Spoken Word by Manon Voice
Friday, February 28, 2020, 12:15 pm

Indianapolis Artsgarden in Circle Center Mall
110 W Washington St, Indianapolis, IN 46204


Notre Dame MFA Reading Series: Ahmad Aljawad, Maxime Berclaz, Elise Houcek, and Jasmine Ortiz
Wed. Feb 26, 2020
7:30PM - 9:00PM
Decio Hall Gallery A|AH|D Gallery: 233 Decio Hall, Notre Dame, IN 46556

The Future of Writing: An Afternoon with Dave Eggers
February 29 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm    $5
IUPUI Hine Hall Auditorium
875 W. North St.
Indianapolis, IN 46202

Join KVML founder and CEO Julia Whitehead and bestselling writer Dave Eggers for a discussion about Dave’s literary work, including his work with youth writing programs around the world from 4 to 6 pm at the Madam Walker Legacy Center, 617 Indiana Avenue. Come share your ideas about how youth writing can be improved in our community. A book signing follows. Bring your favorite Dave Eggers book or purchase his books at the event. Students, their parents or guardians, and educators: this event is free to you. Please email EggersEvent@vonnegutlibrary.org to register. For all other attendees, tickets are $5 on Eventbrite.

 

Shonda Buchanan Reading & Lecture
Saturday, February 29, 2020 at 1 PM – 2 PM
Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art
500 W. Washington St., Indianapolis, Indiana 46204

Award-winning poet and educator Shonda Buchanan will discuss her new memoir, Black Indian, and her family’s legacy of being African-American with Native American roots and how they dealt with not just society's ostracization but the consequences of this dual inheritance. A book signing of Black Indian: A Memoir by Shonda Buchanan will follow.

Cost:
Eiteljorg Members: Reading and lecture is Free
Non-Members/Public: Reading and lecture is included with museum admission

 

 

 

Johnson County Public Library Author Fair

Meet local authors, find great spring reads and enter to win prizes during JCPL’s 2nd Annual Local Author Fair.

 

Butler Visiting Writers Series: Kate Bornstein
Tuesday, March 24, 2020, 7:30 PM
Shelton Auditorium
1000 W 42nd St, Indianapolis, IN 46208

Written by Rachel Sahaidachny — February 18, 2020

February 18 - 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.

Sustainable Arts Foundation: 2020 Individual Awards
Deadline: February 28, 2020, 5pm ET
This year, we will make awards of $5,000 each to twenty artists and writers with children. Additionally, we will name twenty finalists. Our program is an award program that rewards excellence in a creative field. Artists and writers with at least one child and a strong portfolio of polished work are welcome to apply. We are inspired by anyone who is making creative work while raising a family. Our application fee is $20.

 

Great Midwest Writing Contest
Deadline March 1, 2020

We’re looking for thoughtful and thought-provoking writing and visual art that examines, interprets, and redefines the wide spectrum of life, past and present, in the Midwest.

$500 prize and publication in Midwest Review for the winning entry in each category: nonfiction, fiction, and poetry.

Enter the contest via Submittable by March 1, 2020. There is a $15 entry fee.

 

Applications are now open for Taleamor Park's 2020 artists' and writers' residencies. www.taleamorpark.org




Prepare. Pitch. Publish. #preppitchpub

You want agents. We’ve got agents.

Here’s an opportunity to pitch your book directly to vaunted agents in search of new voices! Advocate for your book in a high-energy environment, and you might just become another MWW success story.

Connect with literary agents who are actively searching for the next big thing across all genres including fiction, nonfiction, children’s, young adult and more. During the Agent Fest, you’ll have a chance to meet agents one-on-one and capture their attention with the basic concept of your book.

We’ve assembled a dynamic roster of top-tier agents to participate in our Agent Fest. We have two days of valuable sessions on how to write a query letter and a synopsis, what agents are looking for, what makes an agent/editor stop reading your manuscript, and more. No matter what you’re writing — fiction or nonfiction — the sessions will help point you in the right direction. Writers of all genres are welcome.

Our Agent Fest is designed to squeeze as much into two days of learning as possible. You can ask any questions you like during the sessions, and get your specific concerns addressed. The literary agents will give feedback and take pitches from writers. We also have a Query Letter Critique Team — an opportunity for a one-on-one consultation! Our faculty includes: (Read their bios & wish lists),

AGENTS:

  • Ian Bonaparte, Janklow & Nesbit Associates
  • Kerry D’Agostino, Curtis Brown, Ltd.
  • Jennifer Grimaldi, Charlberg & Sussman
  • Amanda Luedeke, MacGregor & Luedeke
  • Eric Myers, Myers Literary Management
  • Patricia Nelson, Marsal Lyon Literary Agency
  • Abby Saul, The Lark Group
  • Dani Segelbaum, New Leaf Literary & Media

EDITORS:

  • Loan Le, Assistant Editor, Atria Books

You’ll meet one-on-one with at least two agents and possibly three depending on the number of registrants. Each pitch lasts three minutes, composed of a 90-second pitch and a 90-second response from the agent with feedback.

Go here to get more details and sign up.

 

Indiana Review 2020 Poetry Prize

Send us up to three poems for a chance at $1000 + publication. Submissions open February 1-March 31, 2020, 11:59 PM EST. Final Judge: Javier Zamora!

Indiana Review 2020 Fiction Prize

Send us one short story, up to 6K words, for a chance at $1000 + publication. Submissions open February 1-March 31, 2020, 11:59 PM EST. Final judge: Angela Flournoy!

 

The Ryser Scholarship
Deadline: March 31, 2020
Annual support for a writer from South Central Indiana to pursue excellence by attending a formal workshop or conference in the craft of writing. The $350 2020 Ryser Scholarship will be awarded to a High School junior or senior student in Monroe County, Brown County, Lawrence County, or Owen County.

 

Entries for the 2020 Adroit Prizes for Poetry and Prose will be accepted until April 1st, 2020 at 11:59pm Pacific Time.

The Adroit Prizes are awarded annually to two students of secondary or undergraduate status. We’re fortunate to receive exceptional work from emerging writers in high school and college, and the best of the best will be recognized by the Adroit Prizes.

The 2020 Adroit Prize for Poetry will be selected by Jericho Brown, author of The Tradition (Copper Canyon Press, 2019), a finalist for the 2019 National Book Award, and The New Testament (Copper Canyon Press, 2014). The 2020 Adroit Prize for Prose will be selected by Kristen Arnett, author of Mostly Dead Things (Tin House Books, 2019).

All high school/secondary and undergraduate/college students are eligible, including international students and students who have graduated a semester early (in this case, in December 2019). Submissions may include up to six poems (maximum of ten pages single-spaced) and/or up to three works of prose (combined word limit of 3,500 words). Excerpts of longer works are acceptable, as are simultaneous submissions.

 

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 — February 18, 2020

February 11 - Events Around Indiana

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

VOCAB: The New New
February 12, 2020
7:00PM-10:00PM
The White Rabbit Cabaret
1116 Prospect St, Indianapolis, IN 46203

Indianapolis has some of the most talented artists in the game. This month's show features two that you might not know the name but you will never forget.

Poetry feature: Ayla Walter
Music Feature: Pearl Scott
As always we have our coveted open-mic.
Sign up is at the event and limited to 6 spots.

This is a 21+ event.
Show starts at show starts at 8pm
Cover is $10 cash at the door

 

 

Poetry Open Mic
Every Thursday
7 p.m.
Irving Theater
5505 E Washington St
Indianapolis, IN 46219

 

75th Anniversary of the Firebombing in Dresden
February 13 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm    $12
Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library
543 Indiana Ave
Indianapolis, IN 46202

On the 75th anniversary of the firebombing of Dresden and on the eve of the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage, we celebrate women veterans. Come hear a history of women in the armed services and take part in an art exhibition and an original poetry reading by female vets. Hosted by former Indiana Poet Laureate Shari Wagner and Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs women’s coordinator Laura McKee. Tickets on Eventbrite.

Notre Dame Creative Writing Reading Series: Zeyn Joukhadar
Thu Feb 13, 2020
7:30PM - 9:00PM
Decio Faculty Hall room 232: Decio Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556


IUPUI Difficult Conversations Series: Multilingual Writers: Supporting Agency in Academic Institutions
Thu. Feb 13, 2020
4-5pm
Cavanaugh Hall Room 427: 425 University Blvd. Indianapolis, IN 46202

 

Faculty/Alumni Reading featuring Sarah Layden and poet Drew Blanchard
Wednesday, February 12, 2020
4:30 PM
Cavanaugh Hall 508: 425 University Blvd, Indianapolis, IN 46202

 

Poetry at The Yard
Mon. Feb 17, 2020
7 PM – 9:30 PM
Coal Yard Coffee: 5547 Bonna Ave. Indianapolis, IN 46219

We are back for our February installment of the Poetry at the Yard open mic series. Come join us and enjoy some great spoken word and poetry from Indy's freshest poets. We are free and open to everyone. But do enjoy a cup of some of the best coffee you will ever experience from the folks at Coal Yard Coffee. We have a special treat this month. Badfaerie will be warming us up with some great spins from her deck of many beautiful mood setting tracks. Tell friends, family and random folks on the street! Let's fill this place up and shake the dust off of a seemingly mediocre winter as we begin the build up to April, National Poetry Month!

Religion, Spirituality and the Arts: The Story of Jonah

Thursday, February 20, 2020
5:30PM - 8:30PM
JCC Indianapolis
6701 Hoover Rd
Indianapolis, Indiana 46260

FREE, but pre-registration is appreciated. Artist reception 5:30 pm, performances 6:45 pm. Exhibit runs Feb 14-Mar 29

Religion, Spirituality, and the Arts (RSA) is a program of the IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute directed by Rabbi Sandy Sasso that brings together artists, religious leaders and more for discussions of religious texts that inspire new works of visual and performance art. This year, the group will be exploring the contemporary and psychological implications of the story of Jonah, who is sent by God to prophesy the destruction of the city of Nineveh but runs away from his responsibility, and in doing so winds up in the belly of a whale.

 

The Future of Writing: An Afternoon with Dave Eggers
February 29 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm    $5
IUPUI Hine Hall Auditorium
875 W. North St.
Indianapolis, IN 46202

 

Join KVML founder and CEO Julia Whitehead and bestselling writer Dave Eggers for a discussion about Dave’s literary work, including his work with youth writing programs around the world from 4 to 6 pm at the Madam Walker Legacy Center, 617 Indiana Avenue. Come share your ideas about how youth writing can be improved in our community. A book signing follows. Bring your favorite Dave Eggers book or purchase his books at the event. Students, their parents or guardians, and educators: this event is free to you. Please email EggersEvent@vonnegutlibrary.org to register. For all other attendees, tickets are $5 on Eventbrite.


Shonda Buchanan Reading & Lecture
Saturday, February 29, 2020 at 1 PM – 2 PM
Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art
500 W. Washington St., Indianapolis, Indiana 46204

Award-winning poet and educator Shonda Buchanan will discuss her new memoir, Black Indian, and her family’s legacy of being African-American with Native American roots and how they dealt with not just society's ostracization but the consequences of this dual inheritance. A book signing of Black Indian: A Memoir by Shonda Buchanan will follow.

Cost:
Eiteljorg Members: Reading and lecture is Free
Non-Members/Public: Reading and lecture is included with museum admission

 

 

 

Johnson County Public Library Author Fair

Meet local authors, find great spring reads and enter to win prizes during JCPL’s 2nd Annual Local Author Fair.

Written by Rachel Sahaidachny — February 11, 2020

February 11 - 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.

Applications are now open for Taleamor Park's 2020 artists' and writers' residencies. www.taleamorpark.org




Prepare. Pitch. Publish. #preppitchpub

You want agents. We’ve got agents.

Here’s an opportunity to pitch your book directly to vaunted agents in search of new voices! Advocate for your book in a high-energy environment, and you might just become another MWW success story.

Connect with literary agents who are actively searching for the next big thing across all genres including fiction, nonfiction, children’s, young adult and more. During the Agent Fest, you’ll have a chance to meet agents one-on-one and capture their attention with the basic concept of your book.

We’ve assembled a dynamic roster of top-tier agents to participate in our Agent Fest. We have two days of valuable sessions on how to write a query letter and a synopsis, what agents are looking for, what makes an agent/editor stop reading your manuscript, and more. No matter what you’re writing — fiction or nonfiction — the sessions will help point you in the right direction. Writers of all genres are welcome.

Our Agent Fest is designed to squeeze as much into two days of learning as possible. You can ask any questions you like during the sessions, and get your specific concerns addressed. The literary agents will give feedback and take pitches from writers. We also have a Query Letter Critique Team — an opportunity for a one-on-one consultation! Our faculty includes: (Read their bios & wish lists),

AGENTS:

  • Ian Bonaparte, Janklow & Nesbit Associates
  • Kerry D’Agostino, Curtis Brown, Ltd.
  • Jennifer Grimaldi, Charlberg & Sussman
  • Amanda Luedeke, MacGregor & Luedeke
  • Eric Myers, Myers Literary Management
  • Patricia Nelson, Marsal Lyon Literary Agency
  • Abby Saul, The Lark Group
  • Dani Segelbaum, New Leaf Literary & Media

EDITORS:

  • Loan Le, Assistant Editor, Atria Books

You’ll meet one-on-one with at least two agents and possibly three depending on the number of registrants. Each pitch lasts three minutes, composed of a 90-second pitch and a 90-second response from the agent with feedback.

Go here to get more details and sign up.

 

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 — February 11, 2020

February 4 - Events Around Indiana

Butler University Vivian S. Delbrook Visiting Writers Series Presents:
Carmen Machado
Wednesday, February 5, 7:30 PM
Shelton Auditorium

Carmen Maria Machado is an essayist, critic, and fiction writer. Her work defies and blends genres of nonfiction and surrealism, fantasy and fable, memoir and horror.

Her debut short story collection, Her Body and Other Parties, was long-listed for the National Book Award before it was even published in 2017. It was a finalist for both the National Book Award and the Kirkus Prize, and it was the winner of the Bard Fiction Prize, the Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Fiction, the Brooklyn Public Library Literature Prize, the Shirley Jackson Award, and the National Book Critics Circle’s John Leonard Prize. 

Machado’s much-awaited second book, a speculative memoir In the Dream House, just released in November 2019, is, as Lila Shapiro has written in Vulture, “both a memoir of her toxic relationship with her first girlfriend and a history of queer domestic violence with chapters that dance between genres. Some read like fairy tales, others like horror stories; there’s a choose-your-own-adventure section.”

Growing up in Pennsylvania, an hour north of Philadelphia, in a household where story-telling was always present, Machado learned about stories through reading, as well as oral tradition. Her grandparents were immigrants; one of her grandfathers left Cuba at 18.

Machado holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and has been awarded fellowships and residencies from the Guggenheim Foundation, Michener- Copernicus Foundation, Elizabeth George Foundation, CINTAS Foundation, Yaddo, Hedgebrook, and the Millay Colony for the Arts. Currently, she is the Writer in Residence at the University of Pennsylvania, and lives in Philadelphia with her wife. 

IUPUI Reiberg Reading Series: Hieu Minh Nguyen
Thursday February 6, 2020
7:30-9p
Herron School of Art and Design
735 W New York St, Indianapolis, Indiana

Hieu Minh Nguyen is the author of This Way to the Sugar (Write Bloody Press, 2014) and Not Here (Coffee House Press, 2018). In 2019 Hieu was awarded the Wallace Stegner Fellowship from Stanford University. He is also 2018 Ruth Lily and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellow, 2018 McKnight Writing Fellow, a Kundiman Fellow, a 2017 National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellow, and a poetry editor for Muzzle Magazine.

This event is made possible by the Reiberg Family, IUPUI's Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and the LGBTQ+ Center at IUPUI. This event is free and open to the public.

 Poetry on Brick Street featuring Dana Roeser
Thursday, Feb. 6
7pm
Sullivan Munce Cultural Center: 225 W. Hawthorne St., Zionsville, IN 46077

Please welcome special guest Dana Roeser for Poetry on Brick Street at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, at SullivanMunce Cultural Center, 225 W. Hawthorne St., Zionsville. An open mic follows. Free admission.

Dana Roeser’s fourth book, All Transparent Things Need Thundershirts, won the Wilder Prize at Two Sylvias Press and was published in September 2019. She is also the author of The Theme of Tonight’s Party Has Been Changed, recipient of the Juniper Prize, as well as Beautiful Motion and In the Truth Room, both winners of the Samuel French Morse Poetry Prize. Among her many awards and honors are the Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writers Award, the Jenny McKean Moore Writer-in-Washington Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a Pushcart Prize, and numerous residencies in the U.S. and abroad. She has read her work widely and taught in the MFA programs in poetry at Purdue, Butler, and Wichita State Universities. Recent poems have appeared, or are forthcoming, in Pushcart Prize XLIII, Crazyhorse, Laurel Review, North American Review, Indianapolis Review, and Notre Dame Review. For more about Dana Roeser, please see www.danaroeser.com.

 

Storytelling Art of Indiana Presents Regi Carpenter

WHAT: “Where There's Smoke, There's Dinner: Stories of a Seared Childhood”
              Told by Regi Carpenter
              Sponsored by Jim Obermaier and Sally Perkins
              In partnership with Indiana Writers Center
              Interpreted for the deaf and hearing impaired
             
WHEN: Saturday, February 8, 2020, 7:00-9:00 p.m.

WHERE: Frank and Katrina Basile Theater at Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center,
450 W Ohio St., Indianapolis

COST: $20 in advance, $25 at the door, $15 for students with a valid ID. Members of the Indiana Writers Center are eligible for tickets at the $15 price- use the promo code "Writers". Tickets can be purchased online at Storytellingarts.org or by calling 317-232-1882.

 

VOCAB: The New New
February 12, 2020
7:00PM-10:00PM
The White Rabbit Cabaret
1116 Prospect St, Indianapolis, IN 46203

Indianapolis has some of the most talented artists in the game. This month's show features two that you might not know the name but you will never forget.

Poetry feature: Ayla Walter
Music Feature: Pearl Scott
As always we have our coveted open-mic.
Sign up is at the event and limited to 6 spots.

This is a 21+ event.
Show starts at show starts at 8pm
Cover is $10 cash at the door

 

75th Anniversary of the Firebombing in Dresden
February 13 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm    $12

On the 75th anniversary of the firebombing of Dresden and on the eve of the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage, we celebrate women veterans. Come hear a history of women in the armed services and take part in an art exhibition and an original poetry reading by female vets. Hosted by former Indiana Poet Laureate Shari Wagner and Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs women’s coordinator Laura McKee. Tickets on Eventbrite.

Notre Dame Creative Writing Reading Series: Zeyn Joukhadar
Thu Feb 13, 2020
7:30PM - 9:00PM
Decio Faculty Hall room 232: Decio Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556

 

Religion, Spirituality and the Arts: The Story of Jonah

Thursday, February 20, 2020
5:30PM - 8:30PM
JCC Indianapolis
6701 Hoover Rd
Indianapolis, Indiana 46260

FREE, but pre-registration is appreciated. Artist reception 5:30 pm, performances 6:45 pm. Exhibit runs Feb 14-Mar 29

Religion, Spirituality, and the Arts (RSA) is a program of the IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute directed by Rabbi Sandy Sasso that brings together artists, religious leaders and more for discussions of religious texts that inspire new works of visual and performance art. This year, the group will be exploring the contemporary and psychological implications of the story of Jonah, who is sent by God to prophesy the destruction of the city of Nineveh but runs away from his responsibility, and in doing so winds up in the belly of a whale.

 

The Future of Writing: An Afternoon with Dave Eggers
February 29 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm    $5

Join KVML founder and CEO Julia Whitehead and bestselling writer Dave Eggers for a discussion about Dave’s literary work, including his work with youth writing programs around the world from 4 to 6 pm at the Madam Walker Legacy Center, 617 Indiana Avenue. Come share your ideas about how youth writing can be improved in our community. A book signing follows. Bring your favorite Dave Eggers book or purchase his books at the event. Students, their parents or guardians, and educators: this event is free to you. Please email EggersEvent@vonnegutlibrary.org to register. For all other attendees, tickets are $5 on Eventbrite.

Written by Rachel Sahaidachny — February 04, 2020

February 4 - 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.


OnyxFest 2020
APPLICATIONS CLOSE FEBRUARY 14
Celebration of African American Playwrights presented by Africana Repertory Theatre of IUPUI (ARTI) and IndyFringe Festival
Playwrights notified: Within two weeks of applications closing.

OnyxFest 2020 will showcase four to six original works of Black writers in Indiana during the month of May 2020. The best part of the arrangement is that all production costs - often the major stumbling block for new writers - will be covered by co-sponsors of the event. That includes the venue for performances and rehearsals, technical staff, marketing and promotion, props and costuming, stipend for the director, and talent fees for all performers. The amazing offer is made possible by IndyFringe Indianapolis in collaboration with the newly-formed Africana Repertory Theater of IUPUI (ARTI).

OnyxFest is Indianapolis' first and only theatre festival dedicated to the stories of African American playwrights. For more info and to submit go here.

Applications are now open for Taleamor Park's 2020 artists' and writers' residencies. www.taleamorpark.org




Prepare. Pitch. Publish. #preppitchpub

You want agents. We’ve got agents.

Here’s an opportunity to pitch your book directly to vaunted agents in search of new voices! Advocate for your book in a high-energy environment, and you might just become another MWW success story.

Connect with literary agents who are actively searching for the next big thing across all genres including fiction, nonfiction, children’s, young adult and more. During the Agent Fest, you’ll have a chance to meet agents one-on-one and capture their attention with the basic concept of your book.

We’ve assembled a dynamic roster of top-tier agents to participate in our Agent Fest. We have two days of valuable sessions on how to write a query letter and a synopsis, what agents are looking for, what makes an agent/editor stop reading your manuscript, and more. No matter what you’re writing — fiction or nonfiction — the sessions will help point you in the right direction. Writers of all genres are welcome.

Our Agent Fest is designed to squeeze as much into two days of learning as possible. You can ask any questions you like during the sessions, and get your specific concerns addressed. The literary agents will give feedback and take pitches from writers. We also have a Query Letter Critique Team — an opportunity for a one-on-one consultation! Our faculty includes: (Read their bios & wish lists),

AGENTS:

  • Ian Bonaparte, Janklow & Nesbit Associates
  • Kerry D’Agostino, Curtis Brown, Ltd.
  • Jennifer Grimaldi, Charlberg & Sussman
  • Amanda Luedeke, MacGregor & Luedeke
  • Eric Myers, Myers Literary Management
  • Patricia Nelson, Marsal Lyon Literary Agency
  • Abby Saul, The Lark Group
  • Dani Segelbaum, New Leaf Literary & Media

EDITORS:

  • Loan Le, Assistant Editor, Atria Books

You’ll meet one-on-one with at least two agents and possibly three depending on the number of registrants. Each pitch lasts three minutes, composed of a 90-second pitch and a 90-second response from the agent with feedback.

Go here to get more details and sign up.

 

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.

 

Go here  for the Submission Page




The Greenberg Playwright Competition

Named for Educator, Actress, and Encourager, CLARICE GREENBERG, the annual GREENBERG PLAYWRIGHT COMPETITION (GPC) is sponsored and hosted by THE ALLEY THEATRE in Anderson, Indiana.

THE GPC calls for original one-act plays, suitable for simple, black box, in-the-round, performances by THE ALLEY THEATRE, in the JAKE HOOVER STUDIO THEATRE. Winning plays are announced on the opening night of THE ALLEY THEATRE’S March production.  These scripts are cast, work-shopped, and rehearsed during the summer, and performed in the fall of each season, prior to the first production of THE ALLEY THEATRE SEASON.

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

AGE-GROUP CATEGORIES:
A winner is chosen from each category:
1) Middle School/6th – 8th Grade
2) High School/9th-12th Grade,
3) College Age/18-26 years,
4) Post-College Age Adult 27 +

AWARDS & PERFORMANCES:
Each of the 4 winners receives a cash prize of $500.
THE ALLEY THEATRE secures Stage Directors/Editors for each script, casts the shows, and they are performed the following fall prior to THE ALLEY season.
(see this year’s application for specific details) Deadline 02/15/2020

       

 


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.
https://theindianapolisreview.com/submit/




Daisy Pettles Women’s Writing Contest, Awards and Residency


WOMEN WRITERS OVER 40 – Have you ever wished you could escape your daily distractions and pesky responsibilities—like rent, utilities, and your day job—and JUST WRITE ALL DAY LONG?

Here’s your chance to use your goddess-given writing talent to “win” a month of free rent and utilities, and a $1,000 cash grant, while living in a beautiful, peaceful, vintage 1920s arts and crafts bungalow and writer’s retreat house. Escape all worries about bills for a month while working distraction free on your master work, be it a mystery or romance novel, an investigative report, a literary opus, political commentary, a graphic novel, a YA novel, short stories, humor essays, or a memoir …

Writing Contest for Women/Award Details:
2 Grand Writer’s Prizes valued at $2,500;
Includes a full month’s rent-and-utility-free-residency in the furnished Daisy Pettles Writer’s House, a vintage 1920s arts and crafts bungalow in historic Bedford, Indiana, just south of Bloomington, Indiana (home of Indiana University) ; PLUS a $1,000 cash stipend, and an Award Certificate as Honorary Writer in Residence at the house for the year awarded.

PLUS — 2 First Runner Up Awards of $250 Cash, with a Winner’s Certificate of Achievement, and an offer of residency if Grand Prize Winners can’t accept their prize.
PLUS — 2 Second Runner Up Awards of $100 Cash, and a Winner’s Certificate of Achievement.
Go here  to learn more and apply.



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/


     

    Where to Submit: December, January, and February 2019-20

    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/.

     

     

     

    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 — February 04, 2020

    January 28 -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.


    Call for Submissions: Indianapolis Anthology-Belt Magazine


    Belt Publishing will be compiling an anthology of essays about Indianapolis in 2020 as part of our City Anthology Series.

    Indianapolis is known as the Crossroads of America for the several major interstate highways that intersect the city. Is Indianapolis just another Midwestern city to fly over or pass through as we travel to bigger and better destinations, or is it a crossroads where diverse peoples and ideals converge to create a rich and vibrant cultural center?

    What is Indianapolis’s identity in the 21st century? Surely, it’s more than the home of the Indianapolis 500, John Dillinger, David Letterman, Little Orphan Annie, Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, Kurt Vonnegut, Van Camp’s pork and beans, Prozac, and Wonder Bread.

    The purpose of this anthology is to show how and what the city is in contemporary terms, and how writers reflect and unearth that in their work. We want the unique perspectives about what it means to be in Indianapolis, with an eye on history but a contemporary understanding of the place the city occupies in both reality and the imagination.

    Submissions are due by January 31, 2020.  Go here for all the details. 

    Editor: Norman Minnick is the editor of the anthologies Between Water and Song: New Poets for the Twenty-First Century (White Pine Press) and Work toward Knowing: Beginning with Blake by Jim Watt (Kinchafoonee Creek Press). His collections of poetry are To Taste the Water (winner of the First Series Award from Mid-List Press) and Folly (Wind Publications). Minnick’s poems and essays have appeared widely in anthologies and journals including The Writer’s Chronicle, The Georgia Review, World Literature Today, Teachers & Writers Magazine, The Oxford American, The Columbia Review, Poetry East, Crab Orchard Review, Southern Indiana Review, and Notre Dame Review.

    The Big Moose Prize
    Deadline January 31, 2020

    Each year Black Lawrence Press will award The Big Moose Prize for an unpublished novel. The prize is open to new, emerging, and established writers. The winner of this contest will receive book publication, a $1,000 cash award, and ten copies of the book. Prizes will be awarded on publication. 

    The Big Moose Prize is open to traditional novels as well as novels-in-stories, novels-in-poems, and other hybrid forms that contain within them the spirit of a novel.

    All entries are read blind by our panel of editors. All manuscripts should include a title page (listing only the title of the work), and when appropriate, an acknowledgments page and table of contents. Manuscripts should be paginated and formatted in an easy-to-read font such as Garamond or Times New Roman. Manuscripts should be 90-1,000 pages in length, not including front and back matter (table of contents, title page, etc.). Identifying information for the author should not be included anywhere on the manuscript itself, including in the name of your file or in the "title" field in Submittable. You are welcome to include a brief bio or something about yourself in your cover note on Submittable, which will only be made accessible to the editorial panel after the group of Semi-Finalist and Finalist manuscripts has been chosen.

    Simultaneous submissions are acceptable and encouraged, but please notify us by withdrawing your manuscript on Submittable immediately if it is accepted for publication elsewhere.

    The annual deadline is January 31.

     

    New Stories from the Midwest 2020

    New Stories from the Midwest will celebrate its tenth anniversary by presenting selected stories from previous volumes alongside new stories published in 2018 or 2019. Journals may submit six stories published 2018–2019 for free; writers may submit unlimited stories published 2018–2019 for $3 each. A $100 Heartland Fiction Prize will be awarded to a story of exceptional power. All contributors receive two copies and discount on more. Guest editor is Michael Martone. Deadline: February 1, 2020. https://www.newamericanpress.com/newmidwest.php



    IT IS THE FINAL WEEK FOR SUBMISSIONS TO THE INDIANAPOLIS NEW PLAY FESTIVAL!!!!! Please make sure to get your submissions to us no later than February 1st at 10 pm. Many plays have been submitted and we are enjoying the reads. We look forward to yours as well! Help us bring new life to the Indianapolis Theatre Scene!

    Submit to Fat Turtle New Play Fest


    Applications are now open for Taleamor Park's 2020 artists' and writers' residencies. www.taleamorpark.org




    Prepare. Pitch. Publish. #preppitchpub

    You want agents. We’ve got agents.

    Here’s an opportunity to pitch your book directly to vaunted agents in search of new voices! Advocate for your book in a high-energy environment, and you might just become another MWW success story.

    Connect with literary agents who are actively searching for the next big thing across all genres including fiction, nonfiction, children’s, young adult and more. During the Agent Fest, you’ll have a chance to meet agents one-on-one and capture their attention with the basic concept of your book.

    We’ve assembled a dynamic roster of top-tier agents to participate in our Agent Fest. We have two days of valuable sessions on how to write a query letter and a synopsis, what agents are looking for, what makes an agent/editor stop reading your manuscript, and more. No matter what you’re writing — fiction or nonfiction — the sessions will help point you in the right direction. Writers of all genres are welcome.

    Our Agent Fest is designed to squeeze as much into two days of learning as possible. You can ask any questions you like during the sessions, and get your specific concerns addressed. The literary agents will give feedback and take pitches from writers. We also have a Query Letter Critique Team — an opportunity for a one-on-one consultation! Our faculty includes: (Read their bios & wish lists),

    AGENTS:

    • Ian Bonaparte, Janklow & Nesbit Associates
    • Kerry D’Agostino, Curtis Brown, Ltd.
    • Jennifer Grimaldi, Charlberg & Sussman
    • Amanda Luedeke, MacGregor & Luedeke
    • Eric Myers, Myers Literary Management
    • Patricia Nelson, Marsal Lyon Literary Agency
    • Abby Saul, The Lark Group
    • Dani Segelbaum, New Leaf Literary & Media

    EDITORS:

    • Loan Le, Assistant Editor, Atria Books

    You’ll meet one-on-one with at least two agents and possibly three depending on the number of registrants. Each pitch lasts three minutes, composed of a 90-second pitch and a 90-second response from the agent with feedback.

    Go here to get more details and sign up.

     

     

     
     

    The Masters Review Winter Short Story Award
    Judged by Kimberly King Parsons!

    $3000 + Publication + Agency Review

    The Winter Short Story Award judged by Kimberly King Parsons is NOW OPEN for submissions. Submissions will close on January 31stThe 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 by: Nat Sobel from Sobel Weber, Victoria Cappello from The Bent Agency, Andrea Morrison from Writers House, Sarah Fuentes from Fletcher & Company and Samantha Fingerhut from Compass Talent. We want you to succeed, and we want your writing to be read. It's been our mission to support emerging writers since day one.
    Submit Here

    Go here  for the Submission Page




    The Greenberg Playwright Competition

    Named for Educator, Actress, and Encourager, CLARICE GREENBERG, the annual GREENBERG PLAYWRIGHT COMPETITION (GPC) is sponsored and hosted by THE ALLEY THEATRE in Anderson, Indiana.

    THE GPC calls for original one-act plays, suitable for simple, black box, in-the-round, performances by THE ALLEY THEATRE, in the JAKE HOOVER STUDIO THEATRE. Winning plays are announced on the opening night of THE ALLEY THEATRE’S March production.  These scripts are cast, work-shopped, and rehearsed during the summer, and performed in the fall of each season, prior to the first production of THE ALLEY THEATRE SEASON.

    CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

    AGE-GROUP CATEGORIES:
    A winner is chosen from each category:
    1) Middle School/6th – 8th Grade
    2) High School/9th-12th Grade,
    3) College Age/18-26 years,
    4) Post-College Age Adult 27 +

    AWARDS & PERFORMANCES:
    Each of the 4 winners receives a cash prize of $500.
    THE ALLEY THEATRE secures Stage Directors/Editors for each script, casts the shows, and they are performed the following fall prior to THE ALLEY season.
    (see this year’s application for specific details) Deadline 02/15/2020

            

     


    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.
    https://theindianapolisreview.com/submit/




    Daisy Pettles Women’s Writing Contest, Awards and Residency


    WOMEN WRITERS OVER 40 – Have you ever wished you could escape your daily distractions and pesky responsibilities—like rent, utilities, and your day job—and JUST WRITE ALL DAY LONG?

    Here’s your chance to use your goddess-given writing talent to “win” a month of free rent and utilities, and a $1,000 cash grant, while living in a beautiful, peaceful, vintage 1920s arts and crafts bungalow and writer’s retreat house. Escape all worries about bills for a month while working distraction free on your master work, be it a mystery or romance novel, an investigative report, a literary opus, political commentary, a graphic novel, a YA novel, short stories, humor essays, or a memoir …

    Writing Contest for Women/Award Details:
    2 Grand Writer’s Prizes valued at $2,500;
    Includes a full month’s rent-and-utility-free-residency in the furnished Daisy Pettles Writer’s House, a vintage 1920s arts and crafts bungalow in historic Bedford, Indiana, just south of Bloomington, Indiana (home of Indiana University) ; PLUS a $1,000 cash stipend, and an Award Certificate as Honorary Writer in Residence at the house for the year awarded.

    PLUS — 2 First Runner Up Awards of $250 Cash, with a Winner’s Certificate of Achievement, and an offer of residency if Grand Prize Winners can’t accept their prize.
    PLUS — 2 Second Runner Up Awards of $100 Cash, and a Winner’s Certificate of Achievement.
    Go here  to learn more and apply.



    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/


     

    Where to Submit: December, January, and February 2019-20

    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/.

     

     

     

    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 — January 28, 2020

    January 28 - Events Around Indiana

    The Poets Laureate of Lawrence
     
    Tuesday, January 28 from 7-9 pm
    The Theater at the Fort on Indy's east side
    Poetry reading happens in the Sterrett Center next door
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    8920 Otis Avenue, Lawrence, 46226
    (Take 56th Street to Post Road. Go North on Post and West on Otis.)

    Please join us at The Poets Laureate of Lawrence – we host a monthly featured author followed by an open reading that happens on the 4th Tuesday of each month.  This month
    we will kick off the new year with an all open reading – write something new and share it with us!


    University of Notre Dame Creative Writing Program
    https://english.nd.edu/creative-writing/

    Ernest Sandeen Poetry Prize Reading Featuring Leia Penina Wilson
    Wednesday, January 29, 7:30-9:00PM

    232 Decio Hall, Campus


    Leia Penina Wilson is an afakasi Samoan poet hailing from the Midwest. Most recently, she has work in Burning House Press, Heavy Feather Review, Denver Quarterly, Dream Pop Press, and Split Lip Magazine. She is the author of i built a boat with all the trees in your closet (and will let you drown), from Red Hen Press.




    Second Flight Books
    https://www.facebook.com/events/1068773066810038/
    2200 Elmwood Ave. Suite D-7, Lafayette, Indiana 47904

    Midwinter Poetry
    Thursday, January 30 at 6–7 PM


    Join us for a reading to celebrate Daniel Morris' new book of poems, Blue Poles. Poet J. Peter Moore will also be reading.


    Daniel Morris's poetry has appeared in Agni, Colorado Review, DENVER QUARTERLY, Western Humanities Review, Southern Humanities Review, River City, and other journals. Associate Professor of English at Purdue University, Morris has published scholarly books on William Carlos Williams and on how contemporary American authors have responded to modern painting. He lives in West Lafayette, Indiana, with his wife, Joy, and young sons, Isaac and Aaron. He is the author of four poetry collections published by Marsh Hawk Press: BLUE POLES (2019), HIT PLAY (2015), IF NOT FOR THE COURAGE (2010), and BRYCE PASSAGE (2004).

    J. Peter Moore is a literary critic, poet and editor, working at the intersection of multiple disciplines, including linguistics, architecture, visual arts and black studies. He received his PhD in English at Duke University, his MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas and his BA in English at Rhodes College. He is the author of Southern Colortype (Three Count Pour, 2013) and the editor of Lute & Drum: An Online Arts Quarterly. He teaches in the Honors College at Purdue University. When he is not writing or talking about writing, he can be found behind the three-point line, working on his shot.

     

    IUPUI Reiberg Reading Series: Hieu Minh Nguyen
    Thursday February 6, 2020
    7:30-9p
    Herron School of Art and Design
    735 W New York St, Indianapolis, Indiana

    Hieu Minh Nguyen is the author of This Way to the Sugar (Write Bloody Press, 2014) and Not Here (Coffee House Press, 2018). In 2019 Hieu was awarded the Wallace Stegner Fellowship from Stanford University. He is also 2018 Ruth Lily and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellow, 2018 McKnight Writing Fellow, a Kundiman Fellow, a 2017 National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellow, and a poetry editor for Muzzle Magazine.

    This event is made possible by the Reiberg Family, IUPUI's Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and the LGBTQ+ Center at IUPUI. This event is free and open to the public.

     

    Storytelling Art of Indiana Presents Regi Carpenter

    WHAT: “Where There's Smoke, There's Dinner: Stories of a Seared Childhood”
                  Told by Regi Carpenter
                  Sponsored by Jim Obermaier and Sally Perkins
                  In partnership with Indiana Writers Center
                  Interpreted for the deaf and hearing impaired
                 
    WHEN: Saturday, February 8, 2020, 7:00-9:00 p.m.

    WHERE: Frank and Katrina Basile Theater at Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center,
    450 W Ohio St., Indianapolis

    COST: $20 in advance, $25 at the door, $15 for students with a valid ID. Members of the Indiana Writers Center are eligible for tickets at the $15 price- use the promo code "Writers". Tickets can be purchased online at Storytellingarts.org or by calling 317-232-1882.

     

    VOCAB: The New New
    February 12, 2020
    7:00PM-10:00PM
    The White Rabbit Cabaret
    1116 Prospect St, Indianapolis, IN 46203

    Indianapolis has some of the most talented artists in the game. This month's show features two that you might not know the name but you will never forget.

    Poetry feature: Ayla Walter
    Music Feature: Pearl Scott
    As always we have our coveted open-mic.
    Sign up is at the event and limited to 6 spots.

    This is a 21+ event.
    Show starts at show starts at 8pm
    Cover is $10 cash at the door

     

    Notre Dame Creative Writing Reading Series: Zeyn Joukhadar
    Thu Feb 13, 2020
    7:30PM - 9:00PM
    Decio Faculty Hall room 232: Decio Hall
    Notre Dame, IN 46556

     

    Religion, Spirituality and the Arts: The Story of Jonah

    Thursday, February 20, 2020
    5:30PM - 8:30PM
    JCC Indianapolis
    6701 Hoover Rd
    Indianapolis, Indiana 46260

    FREE, but pre-registration is appreciated. Artist reception 5:30 pm, performances 6:45 pm. Exhibit runs Feb 14-Mar 29

    Religion, Spirituality, and the Arts (RSA) is a program of the IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute directed by Rabbi Sandy Sasso that brings together artists, religious leaders and more for discussions of religious texts that inspire new works of visual and performance art. This year, the group will be exploring the contemporary and psychological implications of the story of Jonah, who is sent by God to prophesy the destruction of the city of Nineveh but runs away from his responsibility, and in doing so winds up in the belly of a whale.

     

     

    Written by Rachel Sahaidachny — January 28, 2020


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