Events Around Indiana

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


Poetry on Brick Street Presents

 

Poet Sean Patrick Hill
Thursday, May 2, 2013   6:30 pm
Eagle Creek Coffee Company (http://www.eaglecreekcoffee.com/)
10 South Main Street; Zionsville, Indiana 46077
Coffee, food and drinks from Eagle Creek’s menu will be available for sale.

Sean Patrick Hill is the author of The Imagined Field (Paper Kite Press, 2010) and Interstitial(BlazeVOX, 2011). He was awarded the Zoland Poetry Fellowship as a resident at the Vermont Studio Center. He reviews poetry for Rain Taxi and Bookslut, and he lives and teaches in Kentucky. He blogs at theimaginedfield.blogspot.com.

 

Presented by the Writers Guild

http://writersguildbloomington.com/

First Sunday Reading & Open Mic
Sunday, May 5  3:00 to 5:00 pm
Boxcar Books  408 E. 6th Street, Bloomington, IN

With Guest Readers Annette Oppenlander and Tony Brewer
Come early to sign up for the Open Mic

 

Bookmamas

http://www.bookmamas.com/

Where: 9 S. Johnson Avenue, Indianapolis 
When:  Saturday, May 4, @ 1:30 pm

S.J. Swan will be signing and discussing her new book, Soul Mate, (Book 1 of The Mating Series). 

 

 

Indy Reads Books

http://indyreadsbooks.org

Where: 911 Mass Ave Indianapolis, IN 46202
When:  May 9, 2013 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Local poet Norman Minnick comes to Indy Reads Books to read his work, speak, and sign copies of his books, including his new collection of poetry, “Folly.”

 

 

Listen to Your Mother

 

Celebrate Mother's Day with Live Readings by Local Writers

10% of the ticket proceed go to Partners in Housing
Tickets:  $16.00 through April 15/$20.00 after April 15th and at the door
Buy tickets online at www.indianahistory.org

FEATURING:  Natalie Cheung Hall, Danielle Havens, Liza Hyatt, Amy Linneman, Amy Magan, Bonnie Maurer, Michelle McNally, Hillary Melchiors, Judy Miller, Amber Page, Rachel Snyder, Heather Sokol, Robyn Welling, Katrina Willis

 

George Bilgere Poetry Reading

www.artsland.org
Presented by Arts Place, Inc.

Where: 131 E. Walnut St., Portland, IN, 47371-0804 (Jay County)
When:  Friday, May 17, 2013   7:30 PM    

Arts Place will host George Bilgere's Poetry Reading. George Bilgere is the author of five books of poetry. The White Museum was chosen by Alicia Ostriker for the Autumn House Poetry Series in 2010. His 2006 collection, Haywire, was chosen from over 800 manuscripts to win the May Swenson Poetry Award in 2006.  His other honors include a Witter Bynner Fellowship through the Library of Congress, the Cleveland Arts Prize, the Ohioana Award, the Midland Authors Prize, and a Fulbright Fellowship.  Visit George Bilgere’s website at www.georgebilgere.com.

Go here for complete details and directions.

 

Greenwood Public Library Writer's Group


www.greenwoodlibrary.us
Monday,  May 13th    6 pm

Join us for this writers' critique group, a place where beginning and veteran writers can receive feedback on their work. All genres of work  are accepted.  Readers and those who enjoy books are also welcome as  their feedback is important. If you'd  like to have a sample of your work critiqued at the group, please email your sample to  Valerie at vmoore@greenwoodlibrary.us

We hope to see you there!

 

Written by Roxanna Santoro — May 01, 2013

An Evening with the Muse

Sunday, April 14    7pm

Featured Poet
Frank Montesonti

FREE!

Followed by refreshments, booksignings and an open mic session
 

Frank Montesonti is the author of two full-length collections of poetry, Blight, Blight, Blight, Ray of Hope, Winner of the 2011 Barrow Street Book Prize chosen by D.A. Powell, and the book of erasure, Hope Tree (How To Prune Fruit Trees) by Black Lawrence Press. He is also author of the chapbook, A Civic Pageant, also from Black Lawrence Press. His poems have appeared in journals such as Tin House, AQR, Black Warrior Review, Poet Lore, and Poems and Plays, among many others. A long time resident of Indiana, he now lives in Los Angeles and is the lead faculty of the MFA program at National University.  www.frankmontesonti.com 

 

Location:
The Indiana Writers Center
812 E. 67th St
Just Northwest and behind the Main Gallery Bldg of the Indianapolis Art Center in the Arts Complex foyer.

Any questions:  Call the Indiana Writers Center 317-255-0710 or Muse coordinator, Richard Pflum: 317-356-2048  

 

Written by Roxanna Santoro — April 02, 2013

Events Around Indiana

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


Celebrate National Poetry Month by experiencing poetry at the Greenwood Public Library


With a new exhibit and a visit from the Indiana Poet Laureate.  The Indiana Poetry exhibit will feature the work of 20 living Indiana poets and be available for viewing during the month of April in the Library's first floor exhibit hall. The exhibit is made possible by Indiana Humanities and Indiana Poet Laureate, Karen Kovacik.  "I'm grateful to Indiana Humanities and to the Greenwood Public Library for showcasing the fine work of poets from around the state." states Kovacik.  To learn more about Indiana Humanities visit their website www.indianahumanities.org.

Young poets in kindergarten through 5th grade can make poetry fit to eat at an Edible Poetry program on Thursday, April 25th from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.  The program is free, but registration is required.  Register by calling 881-1953 or by visiting www.greenwoodlibrary.us.

Poets Represented in the Indiana Poetry exhibit include: Jennifer Luebbers, Francisco Aragon, JL Kato, Mary Sexson, Gaye McKenney, Stephen R. Roberts, Darla K. Crist, Allyson Horton, Catherine Tufariello, Jean Harper, Michael Brockley, Marcus Wicker, Angela Elles, Katerina Tsiopos Wills, Roger Pfingston, Edward Byrne, Matthew D. Jackson, George Kalamaras, Dana Roeser, and Mary Fell. 

 

 

Novelist Ann Patchett Presents 2013 McFadden Lecture


Celebrated author and champion of literary culture Ann Patchett will present the 36th annual Marian McFadden Memorial Lecture, sponsored by The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation, on Friday, April 26 at 7 p.m. at the North Central High School Auditorium, 1801 E. 86th Street. Click here for more details.

 

 

April's Poet Laureate of Lawrence


April 23, from 6:30 - 8:30pm
Lawrence Art Center
4437 N. Franklin Rd. Indianapolis 46226. 
Featuring Richard Pflum

Richard Pflum was born on July 2, 1932 in Indianapolis. He has published two collections (A Dream of Salt and A Strange Juxtaposition of Parts) His poems have appeared in Conceit Magazine, Sparrow, Event, Kayak, The Reaper, Flying Island, The Hopewell Review, Ploplop, The Indiana Experience (anthology), A New Geography of Poets (anthology), Bear Crossings (anthology), Glassworks (anthology), Art & Poems (Arts Kaleidoscope, Muncie 2008), Chopin With Cherries (anthology 2010) and the Tipton Poetry Journal.  His most recent collections are the chapbooks: The Haunted Refrigerator and Other Poems, (Pudding House Publications, 2007) and Listening With Others (The Muse Rules Press, 2007). He was a MacDowell Fellow at the MacDowell Colony in the mid 1970’s, was nominated for a Pushcart Prize both in the spring of 2008 and in the fall of 2010. He was a co-winner of the Moving Forward – Cultural Trail Prize where poems have been chosen to be placed in bus stop shelters along a path of esthetic interest through central Indianapolis, 2010.

Following Richard's reading there will be an open mike in which all are invited to share their work.
www.lawrenceartcenter.net    Mark your calendar for upcoming months - we always meet on the 4th Tuesday of the month: Next months poet: May 28, featured poet Linda Lee




Poetry on Brick Street Presents

Poet Sean Patrick Hill
Thursday, May 2, 2013   6:30 pm
Eagle Creek Coffee Company (http://www.eaglecreekcoffee.com/)
10 South Main Street; Zionsville, Indiana 46077
Coffee, food and drinks from Eagle Creek’s menu will be available for sale.

Sean Patrick Hill is the author of The Imagined Field (Paper Kite Press, 2010) and Interstitial(BlazeVOX, 2011). He was awarded the Zoland Poetry Fellowship as a resident at the Vermont Studio Center. He reviews poetry for Rain Taxi and Bookslut, and he lives and teaches in Kentucky. He blogs at theimaginedfield.blogspot.com.

 

Presented by the Writers Guild

http://writersguildbloomington.com/

First Sunday Reading & Open Mic
Sunday, May 5  3:00 to 5:00 pm
Boxcar Books  408 E. 6th Street, Bloomington, IN

With Guest Readers Annette Oppenlander and Tony Brewer
Come early to sign up for the Open Mic


 

Indy Reads Books

http://indyreadsbooks.org

Where: 911 Mass Ave Indianapolis, IN 46202
When:  April 26, 2013 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Author Brian Sweamy will sign his debut novel and speak at Indy Reads Books. Sweamy’s novel, “Exotic Music of the Belly Dancer,” which was described as “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas meets Leave it to Beaver,” by Hunter S. Thompson biographer William McKeen. Sweamy, an Indiana native, has been in the book business since 1996, first as an editor, then as an audiobook publisher, and recently signed a two-book deal with the Writer\\'s Coffee Shop, the independent publishing house that discovered E.L. James, author of “50 Shades of Gray

 

 

Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship Retrospective Event

 

 Please join us as we celebrate the 2011-2012 Creative Renewal Arts Fellows with a special retrospective group exhibition and a separate evening of performance at the Indianapolis Art Center - 820 E 67th Street, Indianapolis.
Wednesday, April 24, 2013 6-8 pm
A special evening of performances by select Creative Renewal Arts Fellows including poetry, music, and theatrical performances in the Ruth Lilly Library.
 

 

Kelly Visiting Writers Series/Depauw University

 

http://www.depauw.edu/academics/departments-programs/english/visitingwritersseries/
When: Wednesday, April 24th,  7:30 PM
Where: Meharry Hall, East College
George Saunders, fiction writer



Listen to Your Mother

 

Celebrate Mother's Day with Live Readings by Local Writers

10% of the ticket proceed go to Partners in Housing
Tickets:  $16.00 through April 15/$20.00 after April 15th and at the door
Buy tickets online at www.indianahistory.org

FEATURING:  Natalie Cheung Hall, Danielle Havens, Liza Hyatt, Amy Linneman, Amy Magan, Bonnie Maurer, Michelle McNally, Hillary Melchiors, Judy Miller, Amber Page, Rachel Snyder, Heather Sokol, Robyn Welling, Katrina Willis

 

George Bilgere Poetry Reading

www.artsland.org
Presented by Arts Place, Inc.

Where: 131 E. Walnut St., Portland, IN, 47371-0804 (Jay County)
When:  Friday, May 17, 2013   7:30 PM    

Arts Place will host George Bilgere's Poetry Reading. George Bilgere is the author of five books of poetry. The White Museum was chosen by Alicia Ostriker for the Autumn House Poetry Series in 2010. His 2006 collection, Haywire, was chosen from over 800 manuscripts to win the May Swenson Poetry Award in 2006.  His other honors include a Witter Bynner Fellowship through the Library of Congress, the Cleveland Arts Prize, the Ohioana Award, the Midland Authors Prize, and a Fulbright Fellowship.  Visit George Bilgere’s website at www.georgebilgere.com.

Go here for complete details and directions.

 

Greenwood Public Library Writer's Group


www.greenwoodlibrary.us
Monday,  May 13th    6 pm

Join us for this writers' critique group, a place where beginning and veteran writers can receive feedback on their work. All genres of work  are accepted.  Readers and those who enjoy books are also welcome as  their feedback is important. If you'd  like to have a sample of your work critiqued at the group, please email your sample to  Valerie at vmoore@greenwoodlibrary.us

We hope to see you there!

 

Written by Roxanna Santoro — April 02, 2013

Opportunities and Submissions

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

  

Announcing the 2013 Pikes Peak Branch National League of American Pen Women Flash Fiction Contest

 

A complete, but very short story of 100 words or fewer
Deadline: Postmarked/received by email by May 1, 2013
Entry Fee: $10 first manuscript, $8 each additional manuscript, $10 optional critique fee
Prizes: First-$100, Second-$50, Judge’s Merit-$25
Theme: Hidden Amongst These Worlds (Can be any genre)


Flash Fiction is a complete, but very short story of 100 words or fewer.  The title is not included in the word count.  The story must pertain to the theme, “Hidden Amongst These Worlds”  All genres are welcome, and multiple entries may be submitted.  An entry fee is required for each entry, however each entry after the first is discounted to $8 per.  You can also opt for a completely optional critique of your piece by a published author for an additional $10 per entry.  A self-addressed, stamped envelope must be included with mailed entries if you would like it returned by mail.  Winners will be notified by May 31, 2013.  For complete rules and entry blank, please go to www.ppb-nlapw.org/contests.php or www.ppb-nlapw.org and click on the Contests tab or email thewarriormuse@gmail.com. 

 

 

2013 Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition



Our competition is an internationally respected short fiction contest, now in its 33rd year. We are proud to say that many of our past winners (and honorable mention recipients) have gone on to make an indelible mark in the world of literary fiction. Among them: Heidi Durrow, afirst-place winner in our competition, whose novel, The Girl Who Fell from the Sky, won The Bellwether Prize for Fiction and was, in 2011, on The New York Times Bestseller list; Naomi Benaron, also a past winner, won The Bellwether in 2010.  Her novel Running the Rift was published by Algonquin in January, 2012. The list is quite extensive, including National Book Award nominees and NEA recipients. 

We take fine writing very seriously and do not go by the rule books. New and unique voices are what we seek because theirs shall become the cornerstone of literary legacy. Our 2013 winner, Amelia Skinner Saint, will have her winning story "Ship Full of Beasts" published in the next print edition of Cutthroat: A Journal of the Arts.   The deadline to enter is May 15th.

Get all the details of our Short Story Competion here:    http://www.shortstorycompetition.com/Guidelines.php

 

Dear Poet Project


This spring the Academy of American Poets is inviting students to engage with poetry by handwriting letters to the acclaimed poets who serve on our Board of Chancellors. Select letters will receive a personalized reply and will be featured on Poets.org!

To help teachers involve their classes, we are happy to present a version of the Dear Poet project for grades 7-10 that has been prepared by a curriculum specialist and aligns with Common Core standards.  Go here to get all the details

Forward this information to a teacher now!

 

Writers Conference with Workshops in Greensburg, Indiana
 

Please note that the date has been changed for the Spring Writers Workshop in Greensburg, Indiana from April 27th to Saturday, May 18th.

NOTE:   There are still a few slots left to get your work of up to 7,000 words in to Ron Collins for a 30 minute one-on-one critique.Additionally, due to the date change, I have lost a couple of workshop leaders, so there will be changes sent later.

If you wish to have books placed on the Book Sales Table the fee is $5.00 for up to 5 titles…(5 copies each), and then $2.00 for each additional title (5 copies each).

Tickets are $35.00 which includes lunch or if you choose not to have the lunch provided, the fee is $25.00.There may be a few vendor spots available if anyone is interested for $25.00.

This Workshop/Conference will focus on grooming your writing for publication. Workshops include:  The Novel Pitch (Vickie Weaver);  Character Development (Suzanne Purewal);  Ask the Agents, Writing a Killer First Chapter & Six Secrets to Novel Writing (Suzy Milhoan);  Beyond The First Draft (Dan Logan) (2nd & 3rd sessions only);   Writing and Publishing Your Memoir or Autobiography (Sherry Traylor – 9:30 to 11:00 session ONLY); Marketing (C.S. Marks);  Deep Point of View (JJ Keller – Sessions 1 and 2 only); Blog, Blog, Blog – Using Social Media (Katie Boller)

Please mail your fees to:   (Write checks to Debi Hurt)
Debi Hurt , 5110 W Co Rd 400 N, Scipio, IN  47273

Tickets can also be paid for through PayPal using email  debih7606@frontier.com 

Greensburg Community Learning Center
422 East Central Avenue
Greensburg, IN  47240
Debi Hurt, Pen It! Magazine
(812) 371-4128  or  debih7606@frontier.com

 

 Institute of Spoken Word and Poetry Slam

June 23–29, 2013
Gustavus Campus

An academic camp that invites high school students from all over the country to attend a seven day intensive course that is facilitated by the most successful poetry slam artists in the past decade. Students should expect to leave camp with an initial mastery of both stage and page poetry, their first completed poetry set and product (CD, chapbook, etc), all while belonging to a permanent network of artists who can offer advice and mentorship in the future.
Get the details and your application here:  https://gustavus.edu/camps/slamcamp/index.php

 

          

 Arts Commission Accepting Nominations for State Poet Laureate



The Indiana Arts Commission is now accepting nominations for Indiana State Poet Laureate.
The Indiana Poet Laureate represents the State of Indiana and the art of poetry through the development and implementation of programming to the education community and general public. The Poet Laureate makes formal presentations at various educational facilities and events, and offers advice to the Commission regarding ways to further the art of poetry in Indiana.

Nominations for Indiana Poet Laureate should be limited to one, single-page cover letter and resume or CV detailing the nominee's qualifications and accomplishments. No additional materials should be included with the initial nomination. Successful nominees must be current residents of Indiana and remain residents during their two-year term of service as State Poet Laureate. Nominees should be published poets, with experience in educational program development.
Nominations must be submitted to the Indiana Arts Commission by email only, and must be received by 4:30 p.m. (EDT) Thursday, August 1, 2013. Nominations should be sent to the attention of Susan Britsch: sbritsch@iac.in.gov.
All nominations will be reviewed by a committee comprised of representative from Indiana's major institutions of higher education. The committee will be convened later this fall to begin review of the nominations.

Joyce Brinkman was the first State Poet Laureate selected under legislation signed into law in 2005 creating the program. Norbert Krapf succeeded Ms. Brinkman, and Karen Kovacik is the current Indiana Poet Laureate.


11th Annual PACIFIC COAST CHILDREN’S WRITERS


Whole-Novel Workshop & Retreat
October 4-6, 2013 • Santa Cruz, CA.

“Scenes to Arcs: Envision and Edit Your Story with the Pros” Are you an accomplished novelist, seeking a distinctive type of workshop? Our seminar for 16 writers offers top-level editor or agent feedback on whole-novel manuscripts, including two in-person consults (45 minutes each, on different days). We also offer team-taught, editor and agent critiques on opening and mid-book chapters.

For details and faculty interviews, and to request an application, visit  www.ChildrensWritersWorkshop.com.


 

The 35th Nimrod Literary Awards

The Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction & The Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry
Founded by Ruth G. Hardman

FIRST PLACE: $2,000 and publication
SECOND PLACE: $1,000 and publication

Contest Rules:
Contest Begins: January 1, 2013
Postmark Deadline: April 30, 2013

Poetry: 3-10 pages of poetry (one long poem or several short poems).
Fiction: 7,500 words maximum (one short story or a self-contained excerpt from a novel)
Get detail:  http://www.utulsa.edu/nimrod/awards.html

 

 

Open to Interpretation Contest


Open to Interpretation brings together photographers and writers in an exciting and innovative book project that has never been done before. Each book begins with a themed call for photos. The chosen photos become the literary inspiration for the writers' submissions. A book is created that matches each winning photo with two stories or poems that offer different interpretations of the image.

Announcing Love + Lust
The photographers sent us their images and interpretations of Love + Lust.  Now it's the writers turn to use the images to inspire your words. Poems and stories may include a literal description of the work, personal memories, metaphorical associations, or your mood inspired by the image.
Poetry, flash fiction, narrative, ekphrastic poetry, short story, memoir, non-fiction, song lyrics, myth, tall tale or fairy tale - all genres are
acceptable.

Judge: Dorianne Laux
Submission Fee: $15 for first submission, $10 additional
Deadline for submission: August 6, 2013
Awards:  $500 Judge's Selection Award
For full details go to Open to Interpretation's site.



Martha’s Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing- Summer Writing Seminar July 7-12, 2013

 

The Martha’s Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing was founded in order to give writers the opportunity to develop their craft amongst established authors. The Institute offers a comprehensive week-long focus on writing, providing writers with the necessary time to devote to their art, in the idyllic setting of the Vineyard. Each summer, the institute invites published authors, literary journal editors, and university creative writing faculty from around the country to lead writing workshops, work one-on-one with individuals, and provide the necessary tips and tools for editing and publishing their work.

http://mvicw.com/

 

Aesthetica Creative Writing Competition


 
The Aesthetica Creative Writing Competition is now open for entries! The competition celebrates and champions creative writing, nurturing talent and bringing work to international attention. Aesthetica is inviting all writers and poets to submit to the Aesthetica Creative Writing Competition 2013. There are two categories for entry, Poetry and Short Fiction, and a selection of fantastic prizes including:
·         £500 prize money – Poetry winner
·         £500 prize money – Short Fiction winner
·         Publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual
·         Complimentary copy of the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual
·         A selection of books from our competition partners
Submissions previously published elsewhere are accepted. Deadline: 31 August 2013. 

Entry is £10 and allows for the entry of two works into any one category. For more information and to enter please visit: www.aestheticamagazine.com/creativewriting

 

 

Butler Bridge Program

 

The Butler Bridge workshops are designed to develop the writing skills of pre-college students(grades 3-12). Participation in such an individualized writing workshop program will help students prepare for college while also nurturing their talents and imaginations.  This semester we are particularly lucky to have YA writers Ben Winters and John Green on board! 
Go to http://www.butler.edu/english/writing-camp/butler-bridge/ to get all the details.

Registration:
If you are interested in signing up for any (OR ALL!) of the Butler Bridge Programs, please fill out a registration sheet found at http://www.butler.edu/english/writing-camp/butler-bridge/ or by emailing coordinator Mindy Dunn at butlerbridge@butler.edu. Your registration will be confirmed upon payment. 


Kid's Magazine

 

Indiana Kids magazine, a brand new family project (not a commercial one) written, edited and published for kids, about kids and by kids, is seeking submissions from Indiana kids across the state. 

This online quarterly magazine is a family project of the Miller and Anderson families of central Indiana, founded to teach our own family's Indiana kids how to work together, how to interview people (which involves a lot of listening), how to interpret and write about what they've learned, and to introduce them to many other interesting Indiana kids around the state they might otherwise not get to meet.  Please send us your poetry, short stories, art work and photography. Make sure the photographs are a jpg file. The drawings can be pdf files. The poems and stories can be either Microsoft Word or just written in the body of the email. 

If your submission fits the themes and mission of the magazine, we will publish it in future issues of Indiana Kids. Please send your work to indianakidsmag@gmail.com  and put "submission" in the subject line.  Please let us know what you would like to see us write about in Indiana Kids in future issues. Take a look at the magazine via this link: http://issuu.com/indianakids

 

 

2013 Bristol Short Story Prize 


http://www.bristolprize.co.uk is open to all writers, UK and non-UK based, over 16 years of age. Stories can be on any theme or subject and entry can be made online via the website or by post. Entries must be previously unpublished with a maximum length of 4,000 words (There is no minimum). The entry fee is £8 (about $12.83) per story.

The closing date for entries is April 30th 2013.

Full details and rules at http://www.bristolprize.co.uk/rules.html

 


Freight Stories   

 

The best new fiction on the web. Or anywhere else, for that matter.Freight Stories is now reading submissions for their next issue. Writers of excellent fiction should consider submitting via the online submission manager. Or drop in and read the stories in our current issue.

http://www.freightstories.com



Tipton Poetry Journal

 

Now accepting submissions: http://tiptonpoetryjournal.com/submission.html

Tipton Poetry Journal asks for one-time rights for publication in (1) print and  (2) digital or electronic downloadable format and also the right to retain an HTML archive.   Poets may opt out of digital or online formats by specific request.   Author retains all future rights to the poem, following publication in print.  Payment is one contributor copy of the printed journal.

Simultaneous submissions and previously published poems are ok. Please withdraw poem immediately if a poem under simultaneous submission becomes unavailable.  If a poem has been previously published, please indicate publication in order to be properly acknowledged.

Submit 1-5 poems per submission.  If submitting a simultaneous submission through our online submissions manager, please submit SEPARATELY.   Should you need to later withdraw one of your poems, this will leave your others to remain under consideration.  Only submit multiple poems in one online submission if it is NOT a simultaneous submission.

Include name, address & phone number.  A phone number will only be used for urgent contact (in case of last-minute issues before publication when email doesn't suffice). Including a short bio is preferred.

Electronic submissions are preferred and are processed more quickly by being entered into our system. Submit online to Tipton Poetry Journal through our submissions manager. If you must, submissions are still  accepted by mail. If you should find yourself submitting by U.S. mail and including your email address, please include a note to explain, because we don't understand why.

Include the following information on each page:

Name
Address
Phone
Email Address (if available)

Including a short bio is preferred.

Mail with SASE to: Barry Harris, Editor, Tipton Poetry Journal, P.O. Box 804, Zionsville, IN 46077 


Poets & Writers: New Writing Contest Deadlines!

 

For information regarding writing contests and deadlines: Go to the Writing Contest Database

 

Written by Roxanna Santoro — April 02, 2013

An Evening with the Muse for March 2013

Sunday, March 10, 2013       7:00 PM


Featuring :  Gregg DeBoor

 

FREE!

Followed by refreshments, booksignings and an open mic session


Gregg DeBoor is a touring and spoken-word performance artist. For the past three years he has toured through out the Midwest and East Coast at some of the most prominent spoken-word venues. He has been published in several online journals including Critiphoria and has recently won an Indianapolis Grand Slam prize. He spends non writing time teaching workshops at local high schools in central Indiana and working at various day jobs including voice over, voice dubbing both artistic and commercial. Gregg also paints, sculpts, and has involved himself with various aspects of film making in the past.

 

 

While Gregg has been active in the Indianapolis poetry scene for more than a decade, this is his first book, Street Girls Have Guns.

 

 

“You are heart, rhythm, pressure toned down in meter,

pronounced sacred, as you are all the love

the world didn’t want rolled into one.”

 

 

 


Location:
The Indiana Writers Center
812 E. 67th St
Just Northwest and behind the Main Gallery Bldg of the Indianapolis Art Center
in the Arts Complex foyer.

Any questions:  Call the Indiana Writers Center 317-255-0710 or Muse coordinator, Richard Pflum: 317-356-2048   


 

Written by Roxanna Santoro — March 04, 2013

Events Around Indiana


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

[Indiana] Poem in Your Pocket



On Thursday, April 18, 2013

The idea is simple: select a poem you love and carry it with you all day Thursday, April 18 to share with friends, family, co-workers, and people you meet on the street.

"Poem in Your Pocket" is a nationwide initiative to celebrate the pleasures of poetry during National Poetry Month. Poems will be unfolded throughout the day with events in parks, libraries, schools, workplaces and bookstores all over America!

Join members and friends of the Indiana Writers Center celebrate [Indiana] Poem in Your Pocket by distributing poems by Indiana poets and other poets you love as you go about your day.  Indiana has its share of accomplished contemporary poets.

Click on the links to download some great poems by Indiana poets to share with family, friends, and colleagues on Poem in Your Pocket Day.

Poem Group #1   Poem Group #2   Poem Group #3   Poem Group #4  Go to the National Poem in Your Pocket page here

 

  

The Indianapolis Branch of the Vonnegut Library Book Club will meet on Thursday, March 28, at the Emelie Building in downtown Indianapolis (340 N. Senate Avenue) at 11:30 a.m. The library does not open until noon, but you can enter through Katz & Korin and come back to the board room. We will be studying Vonnegut's Fates Worse Than Death. Please join us, even if you haven't read it in a while. 

 

Celebration of National Poetry Month


Midwest Writers Workshop presents a POETRY READING, Tuesday, April 2, 2013, 7:30 p.m. at Vera Mae's Bistro, 209 South Walnut Street, Muncie, Ind.
 
To celebrate April's National Poetry Month, join us to hear Indiana's Poet Laureate Karen Kovacik and poet Mark Neely.   

 

Poetry on Brick Street

 

Presenting Alessandra Lynch as the featured poet at 6:30 p.m., Thursday April 4, 2013

Eagle Creek Coffee Company (http://www.eaglecreekcoffee.com/),
10 South Main Street; Zionsville, Indiana 46077.
Coffee, food and drinks from Eagle Creek's menu will be available for sale.

Alessandra Lynch is the author of two collections of poetry: It Was a Terrible Cloud at Twilight (Louisiana State University Press, 2008) and Sails the Wind Left Behind (Alice James Books, 2002). Her poems have appeared in The American Poetry Review, jubilat, The Massachusetts Review, Ploughshares, and The Virginia Quarterly Review, among other journals. Lynch teaches in the creative writing program at Butler University. An open mic for other poets will follow the guest poet's reading.

 

Celebrate National Poetry Month by experiencing poetry at the Greenwood Public Library


With a new exhibit and a visit from the Indiana Poet Laureate.  The Indiana Poetry exhibit will feature the work of 20 living Indiana poets and be available for viewing during the month of April in the Library's first floor exhibit hall. The exhibit is made possible by Indiana Humanities and Indiana Poet Laureate, Karen Kovacik.  "I'm grateful to Indiana Humanities and to the Greenwood Public Library for showcasing the fine work of poets from around the state." states Kovacik.  To learn more about Indiana Humanities visit their website www.indianahumanities.org.

Kovacik will be at the Library for an "Evening of Poetry" on Tuesday,April 9th from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.  Participants will have a chance to meet the Poet Laureate, enjoy a few poetry readings and try their hand at writing a few poems of their own.  Young poets in kindergarten through 5th grade can make poetry fit to eat at an Edible Poetry program on Thursday, April 25th from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.  Both programs are free, but registration is required.  Register by calling 881-1953 or by visiting www.greenwoodlibrary.us.

Poets Represented in the Indiana Poetry exhibit include: Jennifer Luebbers, Francisco Aragon, JL Kato, Mary Sexson, Gaye McKenney, Stephen R. Roberts, Darla K. Crist, Allyson Horton, Catherine Tufariello, Jean Harper, Michael Brockley, Marcus Wicker, Angela Elles, Katerina Tsiopos Wills, Roger Pfingston, Edward Byrne, Matthew D. Jackson, George Kalamaras, Dana Roeser, and Mary Fell. 

 
 

The Writers Guild at Bloomington 

 

 http://writersguildbloomington.com/

Poetry & Prose Reading in honor of Women's History Month
With Jenny Kander, Alyce Miller and Shana Ritter
Friday March 29,  6:00 pm
The Venue   114 S. Grant St.

First Sunday Reading & Open Mic
Sunday, April 7    3:00 to 5:00 pm
Boxcar Books, 408 East 6th Street
With guest readers: Rebekah Spivey, Molly Gleeson, Beau Vallance and special guest Frank Montesonti, who is on book tour.
Come early to sign up for the OPEN MIC.
 
 

 

Kellogg Writing Series


http://english.uindy.edu/kellogg/kellogg.html
When:  Thursday, April 4,  7:30PM
Where: TBD
Quan Barry, Poet
 
 
 

The Rufus & Louise Reiberg Reading Series/IUPUI

 

When: Thursday, April 11, 7:30 p.m.
Where: University Library Lilly Auditorium
Fiction Writer Donald Ray Pollock   


Notre Dame Creative Writing Program

When: Wednesday, April 3,  7:30 p.m.|
Where: Eck Center Auditorium
Alex MacLeod & Valerie Sayers, fiction writers


When: Monday, April 8,  7:30 p.m.
Where: Eck Center Auditorium
Aase Berg, Poet



Vivian Delbrook Visiting Writing Series


http://www.butler.edu/english/visiting-writers-series/spring-2013/
When: Monday, April 1 (No foolin'!)  7:30 pm
Where:  Johnson Room, Robertson Hall
Albert Goldbarth

When: Wednesday, April 17   7:30
Johnson Room, Robertson Hall
Julianna Baggott


  

Purdue University Visiting Writers Series


http://www.cla.purdue.edu/english/CreativeWriting/readingseries.html
Karen Russell, Fiction Reading
Tuesday, April 2, 7:30 p.m.
Krannert Auditorium, Room 140

Purdue Literary Awards
Featuring Poet and Memoirist Mark Doty
Monday, April 8  8 pm
Fowler Hall, Stewart Center
Free



Kelly Visiting Writers Series/Depauw University

 

http://www.depauw.edu/academics/departments-programs/english/visitingwritersseries/
When: Wednesday, April 10,  7:30 PM
Where: Peeler Auditorium
Poet, Shane Book

When: Wednesday, April 24th,  7:30 PM
Where: Meharry Hall, East College
George Saunders, fiction writer


Listen to Your Mother

 

Celebrate Mothers's Day with Live Readings by Local Writers

10% of the ticket proceed go to Partners in Housing
Tickets:  $16.00 through April 15/$20.00 after April 15th and at the door
Buy tickets online at www.indianahistory.org

FEATURING:  Natalie Cheung Hall, Danielle Havens, Liza Hyatt, Amy Linneman, Amy Magan, Bonnie Maurer, Michelle McNally, Hillary Melchiors, Judy Miller, Amber Page, Rachel Snyder, Heather Sokol, Robyn Welling, Katrina Willis

 

Greenwood Public Library Writer's Group


www.greenwoodlibrary.us
Monday,  April 8th   6 pm

Join us for this writers' critique group, a place where beginning and Join us for this writers' critique group, a place where beginning and veteran writers can receive feedback on their work. All genres of work  are accepted.  Readers and those who enjoy books are also welcome as  their feedback is important. If you'd  like to have a sample of your work critiqued at the group, please email your sample to  Valerie at vmoore@greenwoodlibrary.us

We hope to see you there!

Written by Roxanna Santoro — March 02, 2013

Opportunities, 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: 

  

Announcing the 2013 Pikes Peak Branch National League of American Pen Women Flash Fiction Contest

 

A complete, but very short story of 100 words or fewer
Deadline: Postmarked/received by email by May 1, 2013
Entry Fee: $10 first manuscript, $8 each additional manuscript, $10 optional critique fee
Prizes: First-$100, Second-$50, Judge’s Merit-$25
Theme: Hidden Amongst These Worlds (Can be any genre)


Flash Fiction is a complete, but very short story of 100 words or fewer.  The title is not included in the word count.  The story must pertain to the theme, “Hidden Amongst These Worlds”  All genres are welcome, and multiple entries may be submitted.  An entry fee is required for each entry, however each entry after the first is discounted to $8 per.  You can also opt for a completely optional critique of your piece by a published author for an additional $10 per entry.  A self-addressed, stamped envelope must be included with mailed entries if you would like it returned by mail.  Winners will be notified by May 31, 2013.  For complete rules and entry blank, please go to www.ppb-nlapw.org/contests.php or www.ppb-nlapw.org and click on the Contests tab or email thewarriormuse@gmail.com. 

 

 

2013 Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition



Our competition is an internationally respected short fiction contest, now in its 33rd year. We are proud to say that many of our past winners (and honorable mention recipients) have gone on to make an indelible mark in the world of literary fiction. Among them: Heidi Durrow, afirst-place winner in our competition, whose novel, The Girl Who Fell from the Sky, won The Bellwether Prize for Fiction and was, in 2011, on The New York Times Bestseller list; Naomi Benaron, also a past winner, won The Bellwether in 2010.  Her novel Running the Rift was published by Algonquin in January, 2012. The list is quite extensive, including National Book Award nominees and NEA recipients. 

We take fine writing very seriously and do not go by the rule books. New and unique voices are what we seek because theirs shall become the cornerstone of literary legacy. Our 2013 winner, Amelia Skinner Saint, will have her winning story "Ship Full of Beasts" published in the next print edition of Cutthroat: A Journal of the Arts.

Get all the details of our Short Story Competion here:    http://www.shortstorycompetition.com/ 

 

 

 "How to Ramp Up Your Writing"
 

Midwest Writers Workshop will conduct a mini-conference, "How to Ramp Up Your Writing," Saturday, April 13, 9 a.m.-noon at the Brownsburg Public Library, 450 South Jefferson Street, Brownsburg, Ind.

Three writers will be presenters at the mini-conference, which will include talks about getting published, participation in break-out groups and a panel question-and-answer session. This 3-hour intensive mini-conference is just $10, and registration is required. Light refreshments will be served. The mini-conference is a service project of MWW, now in its 40th year.

The speakers include: Holly Miller, contributing editor for The Saturday Evening Post, a sought-after conference speaker, and co-author of the textbook, Feature & Magazine Writing; Dianne Drake, international best-selling and award-winning author of more than 50 books; Special MWW guest Kate Watterson, suspense author of Frozen. Writing as Emma Wildes, she was named by Booklist as one of the rising stars of historical fiction. Moderator will be Cathy Shouse, workshop coordinator of special events.

Each mini-conference attendee will receive a $20-off voucher for their registration for 2013 Midwest Writers Workshop scheduled at Ball State University July 25-27th.  Register NOW. For additional information: 317-852-3167.

 

Dear Poet Project


This spring the Academy of American Poets is inviting students to engage with poetry by handwriting letters to the acclaimed poets who serve on our Board of Chancellors. Select letters will receive a personalized reply and will be featured on Poets.org!

To help teachers involve their classes, we are happy to present a version of the Dear Poet project for grades 7-10 that has been prepared by a curriculum specialist and aligns with Common Core standards.  Go here to get all the details

Forward this information to a teacher now!

 

Mounds State Park Poetry Contest

 

 Mounds State Park and Anderson poet Stacy Savage have joined together in appreciation for the environment with a poetry contest that is running now through April 1, 2013. The winner will receive a 2013 Indiana DNR Annual Entrance Permit, a Mounds State Park t-shirt and mug, and a copy of the 2013 Earth Love: Poetry for the Environment anthology. For contest guidelines, visit Mounds State Park’s Facebook page or go to: www.authorsden.com/stacysavage. For inquiries, email Steve Thompson: moundsstateparknc@dnr.in.gov or Stacy Savage: srsmith25@yahoo.com. Winner will be announced on Earth Day, April 22, 2013.

  

Poets Sought for Sexual Assault Awareness Ceremony



Every two minutes someone in the United States is sexually assaulted.  Nationally, 1 in 4 women will experience sexual violence, 54% of those assaults will go unreported.  Sadly, 97% of the perpetrators never spend a day in jail.
On April 28, 2013, J.Lyn Productions will be hosting its first annual R.O.S.E. (Restoring Our Sister's Environment) experience and ceremony.  The R.O.S.E., experience includes an evening of powerful poetry honoring survivors of Sexual Assault and their Allies. This poetically charged experience, will leave guests empowered, educated and sensitive to the silent plague on the women in this community. The Rose Ceremony will follow this performance. Roses will be presented to all Survivors and Allies in the audience as a symbol of solidarity.

They are looking for poets interested in performing. This show and ceremony will be held at Indy Fringe, 719 East St. Clair St. Indianapolis IN.  If you are interested, please contact J.Chantel (JC) Burks or Lynell Westbrook, directly at j.lynproductions@gmail.com or 317-518-3251. The actual event will take place on April 28th. Requirements are outlined below, should you have any questions.

Featured Poet Criterion:
1. Participate in all requested auditions
2. Compose 2-4 poems that focus on the following topics: Rape, Abuse, Incest Molestation,     Breaking free from sexual abuse/violence, Healing and Recovery as it relates to sexual violence
3. Participate in all rehearsal during the month of March
Please note that poems are subject to approval by J. Lyn Productions as event will be for families and will focus solely on increasing the awareness of sexual assault and how it impacts our community. All profits from this event will support local sexual assault recovery programs in Marion County. 

 

Mini Book Festival at Spades Park Library

 

On March 30, 2013 12pm to 4 pm. we will have a mini book festival for children and children authors. Authors are welcome to sell their book(s) and they are not required to pay a vendor fee. If you would like more information please contact Rodney Freeman at 317-437-5339 or 317.275.4525 

            

Seeking Submissions from Mothers of Children with Special Needs for Anthology Project:

 

We believe in the transitive power of story. Our hope is that your stories will illustrate a realistic tableau of the lives of mothers of children with special needs. This anthology is the vision of mothers, writers, disability advocates, professors, and editors Darolyn "Lyn" Jones and Liz Whiteacre . Mothers of children with special needs, please consider submitting previously unpublished nonfiction essays 6,000 words or less (they may be memoir, graphic/illustrated, or photo essays) and no more than 6 unpublished poems that address the challenges you face, empowerment you've felt, joy you've experienced, or providence you've explored. Multiple submissions are allowed. Email Liz Whiteacre at lizwhiteacre@gmail.com for more detailed submission guidelines. Submissions must be received by Monday, April 22, 2012. 


 

Do you know a teen who loves to write?

 

Atlantic Center for the Arts in Florida
presents:   your word Teen Creative Writing Residency #6
 
July 21 – August 3, 2013
Application Deadline: April 3, 2013 

 A one-of-a-kind, multi-genre summer writing residency that offers 9th through rising 12th grade writers workshops and mentorship by distinguished authors in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction/memoir, on the grounds of a breathtakingly beautiful ecological preserve.
 
For more information, please visit
http://www.aca35.org/about-your-word-teen-creative-writing-program
or phone 386.423.1753


Martha’s Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing- Summer Writing Seminar July 7-12, 2013

 

The Martha’s Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing was founded in order to give writers the opportunity to develop their craft amongst established authors. The Institute offers a comprehensive week-long focus on writing, providing writers with the necessary time to devote to their art, in the idyllic setting of the Vineyard. Each summer, the institute invites published authors, literary journal editors, and university creative writing faculty from around the country to lead writing workshops, work one-on-one with individuals, and provide the necessary tips and tools for editing and publishing their work.

http://mvicw.com/

 


April 27th Writers Conference with Workshops in Greensburg, Indiana  

 

This Workshop/Conference will focus on grooming your writing for publication. Workshops include:  The Novel Pitch (Vickie Weaver);  Character Development (Suzanne Purewal);  Ask the Agents, Writing a Killer First Chapter & Six Secrets to Novel Writing (Suzy Milhoan);  Beyond The First Draft (Dan Logan) (2nd & 3rd sessions only);   Writing and Publishing Your Memoir or Autobiography (Sherry Traylor – 9:30 to 11:00 session ONLY); Marketing (C.S. Marks);  Deep Point of View (JJ Keller – Sessions 1 and 2 only); Blog, Blog, Blog – Using Social Media (Katie Boller)

$20.00 per person for Conference/Workshop.  If you wish to include the Buffet the cost is $30.00 per person. Tickets will be mailed prior to the event.   Tickets may be purchased at the door the day of the event for $25.00 (Conference only) or $35.00 (Conference and buffet). Click here to see the workshop flyerClick here for directions.
Please mail your fees to:   (Write checks to Debi Hurt)
Debi Hurt , 5110 W Co Rd 400 N, Scipio, IN  47273

Greensburg Community Learning Center
422 East Central Avenue
Greensburg, IN  47240
Debi Hurt, Pen It! Magazine
(812) 371-4128  or  debih7606@frontier.com 

 

Butler Bridge Program

 

The Butler Bridge workshops are designed to develop the writing skills of pre-college students(grades 3-12). Participation in such an individualized writing workshop program will help students prepare for college while also nurturing their talents and imaginations.  This semester we are particularly lucky to have YA writers Ben Winters and John Green on board! 
Go to http://www.butler.edu/english/writing-camp/butler-bridge/ to get all the details.

Registration:
If you are interested in signing up for any (OR ALL!) of the Butler Bridge Programs, please fill out a registration sheet found at http://www.butler.edu/english/writing-camp/butler-bridge/ or by emailing coordinator Mindy Dunn at butlerbridge@butler.edu. Your registration will be confirmed upon payment. 


Kid's Magazine

 

Indiana Kids magazine, a brand new family project (not a commercial one) written, edited and published for kids, about kids and by kids, is seeking submissions from Indiana kids across the state. 

This online quarterly magazine is a family project of the Miller and Anderson families of central Indiana, founded to teach our own family's Indiana kids how to work together, how to interview people (which involves a lot of listening), how to interpret and write about what they've learned, and to introduce them to many other interesting Indiana kids around the state they might otherwise not get to meet.  Please send us your poetry, short stories, art work and photography. Make sure the photographs are a jpg file. The drawings can be pdf files. The poems and stories can be either Microsoft Word or just written in the body of the email. 

If your submission fits the themes and mission of the magazine, we will publish it in future issues of Indiana Kids. Please send your work to indianakidsmag@gmail.com  and put "submission" in the subject line.  Please let us know what you would like to see us write about in Indiana Kids in future issues. Take a look at the magazine via this link: http://issuu.com/indianakids

 

Juniper Summer Institute for Writers

June 23 - 29, 2013

 

The University of Massachusetts MFA Program, one of the nation's oldest and finest creative writing programs, invites you to the beautiful Pioneer Valley for a week of intensive writing workshops, readings, craft sessions, Q&As, and manuscript consultations.

http://www.umass.edu/juniperinstitute/



Juniper Institute for Young Writers

June 22-30, 2013

 

The Juniper Institute for Young Writers is an extraordinary nine-day creative writing program for students who are finishing their sophomore, junior, or senior years of high school. Hosted by the University of Massachusetts MFA Program for Poets and Writers, the Institute offers participants a unique opportunity: intensive workshops in fiction and poetry, craft sessions and studio courses designed especially for young writers, as well as unparalleled exposure to world-renowned authors through readings and Q&As with its companion program for adults.

http://www.umass.edu/juniperyoungwriters/index.html


 

2013 Bristol Short Story Prize 


http://www.bristolprize.co.uk is open to all writers, UK and non-UK based, over 16 years of age. Stories can be on any theme or subject and entry can be made online via the website or by post. Entries must be previously unpublished with a maximum length of 4,000 words (There is no minimum). The entry fee is £8 (about $12.83) per story.

The closing date for entries is April 30th 2013.

Full details and rules at http://www.bristolprize.co.uk/rules.html

 


Freight Stories   

 

The best new fiction on the web. Or anywhere else, for that matter.Freight Stories is now reading submissions for their next issue. Writers of excellent fiction should consider submitting via the online submission manager. Or drop in and read the stories in our current issue.

http://www.freightstories.com



Tipton Poetry Journal

 

Now accepting submissions: http://tiptonpoetryjournal.com/submission.html

Tipton Poetry Journal asks for one-time rights for publication in (1) print and  (2) digital or electronic downloadable format and also the right to retain an HTML archive.   Poets may opt out of digital or online formats by specific request.   Author retains all future rights to the poem, following publication in print.  Payment is one contributor copy of the printed journal.

Simultaneous submissions and previously published poems are ok. Please withdraw poem immediately if a poem under simultaneous submission becomes unavailable.  If a poem has been previously published, please indicate publication in order to be properly acknowledged.

Submit 1-5 poems per submission.  If submitting a simultaneous submission through our online submissions manager, please submit SEPARATELY.   Should you need to later withdraw one of your poems, this will leave your others to remain under consideration.  Only submit multiple poems in one online submission if it is NOT a simultaneous submission.

Include name, address & phone number.  A phone number will only be used for urgent contact (in case of last-minute issues before publication when email doesn't suffice). Including a short bio is preferred.

Electronic submissions are preferred and are processed more quickly by being entered into our system. Submit online to Tipton Poetry Journal through our submissions manager. If you must, submissions are still  accepted by mail. If you should find yourself submitting by U.S. mail and including your email address, please include a note to explain, because we don't understand why.

Include the following information on each page:

Name
Address
Phone
Email Address (if available)

Including a short bio is preferred.

Mail with SASE to: Barry Harris, Editor, Tipton Poetry Journal, P.O. Box 804, Zionsville, IN 46077 


Poets & Writers: New Writing Contest Deadlines!

 

For information regarding writing contests and deadlines: Go to the Writing Contest Database

 

Written by Roxanna Santoro — March 02, 2013

Opportunities, 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: 


Making Literature Conference

 

February 28 - March 2, 2013
The William A. Fry Undergraduate Conference on Literature and Writing at Taylor University will feature Bret Lott (fiction), Susanna Childress (poetry), and Hal Bush (American Lit scholar/author).
To get details about attending this year's conference click here

 

 Mounds State Park Poetry Contest

 

 Mounds State Park and Anderson poet Stacy Savage have joined together in appreciation for the environment with a poetry contest that is running now through April 1, 2013. The winner will receive a 2013 Indiana DNR Annual Entrance Permit, a Mounds State Park t-shirt and mug, and a copy of the 2013 Earth Love: Poetry for the Environment anthology. For contest guidelines, visit Mounds State Park’s Facebook page or go to: www.authorsden.com/stacysavage. For inquiries, email Steve Thompson: moundsstateparknc@dnr.in.gov or Stacy Savage: srsmith25@yahoo.com. Winner will be announced on Earth Day, April 22, 2013.

 


Mini Book Festival at Spades Park Library

 

On March 30, 2013 12pm to 4 pm. we will have a mini book festival for children and children authors. Authors are welcome to sell their book(s) and they are not required to pay a vendor fee. If you would like more information please contact Rodney Freeman at 317-437-5339 or 317.275.4525 

            

Seeking Submissions from Mothers of Children with Special Needs for Anthology Project:

 

We believe in the transitive power of story. Our hope is that your stories will illustrate a realistic tableau of the lives of mothers of children with special needs. This anthology is the vision of mothers, writers, disability advocates, professors, and editors Darolyn "Lyn" Jones and Liz Whiteacre . Mothers of children with special needs, please consider submitting previously unpublished nonfiction essays 6,000 words or less (they may be memoir, graphic/illustrated, or photo essays) and no more than 6 unpublished poems that address the challenges you face, empowerment you've felt, joy you've experienced, or providence you've explored. Multiple submissions are allowed. Email Liz Whiteacre at lizwhiteacre@gmail.com for more detailed submission guidelines. Submissions must be received by Monday, April 22, 2012. 


Poetry contest to benefit Children's Organ Transplant Association in Bloomington, IN

 

Submissions now being accepted for "In Memory" poems. There is $1 per poem entry fee and all proceeds go to COTA. $100 for first place winner and $50 for second place. Both winners will also have trees planted by the Arbor Day Foundation in memory of the loved ones the winning poems are about. Contest runs through February 28, 2013. For contest guidelines, go to: http://cota.donorpages.com/MiracleMakers/MemoriesforLife.

 

2013 Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award!

 

Nominate your favorite Hoosier author today for the 2013 Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award!

The Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award is now accepting nominations for the fifth annual award, recognizing Indiana authors who have shaped the literary landscape in Indiana and across the nation.
Click here  to submit a nomination form online; nominations are due by March 22!   
If you have previously nominated an author who has not been selected as a winner, you can add new comments to your existing nomination by emailing iaa@indyplfoundation.org.  
 
The eight members of the statewide Award Panel evaluate all nominations and determine the finalists and winners each year. 
Published writers who were born in Indiana or have lived in Indiana for at least five consecutive years are eligible for nomination in the following categories:
 
National Author - $10,000 prize: Honors a writer with Indiana ties, but whose work is known and read nationwide. National authors will be evaluated on their entire body of work.   
Regional Author - $7,500 prize: Honors a writer who is well-known and respected throughout the state of Indiana. Regional authors will be evaluated on their entire body of work.
Emerging Author - $5,000 prize: Honors a writer with no more than two published books in his/her lifetime. The title(s) must have been published within the last 10 years. Emerging authors will be evaluated on these published works.
Complete eligibility guidelines are available here.  

 

 

Midwest Writers Workshop

 

Mini-conference: Mark Your Calendar!
Saturday, March 16, 2013
We're taking our MWW road show to Cicero, Indiana! "Getting Serious About Your Writing"
Hamilton North Public Library in Cicero: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for $10, which includes refreshments!

Featured speakers: Kelsey Timmerman, Terence Faherty, and special guest Megan Powell
Each mini-conference attendee will receive a $20-off voucher for their registration for 2013 Midwest Writers Workshop scheduled at Ball State University July 25-27th. 

Register here. To receive further information, please phone 317-984-5623 or go to www.midwestwriters.org.

 

Do you know a teen who loves to write?

 

Atlantic Center for the Arts in Florida
presents:   your word Teen Creative Writing Residency #6
 
July 21 – August 3, 2013
Application Deadline: April 3, 2013 

 A one-of-a-kind, multi-genre summer writing residency that offers 9th through rising 12th grade writers workshops and mentorship by distinguished authors in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction/memoir, on the grounds of a breathtakingly beautiful ecological preserve.
 
For more information, please visit
http://www.aca35.org/about-your-word-teen-creative-writing-program
or phone 386.423.1753


Martha’s Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing- Summer Writing Seminar July 7-12, 2013

 

The Martha’s Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing was founded in order to give writers the opportunity to develop their craft amongst established authors. The Institute offers a comprehensive week-long focus on writing, providing writers with the necessary time to devote to their art, in the idyllic setting of the Vineyard. Each summer, the institute invites published authors, literary journal editors, and university creative writing faculty from around the country to lead writing workshops, work one-on-one with individuals, and provide the necessary tips and tools for editing and publishing their work.

http://mvicw.com/

 


Announcing The Missouri Review’s Audio Literary Competition:

 

$1,000 prizes awarded in 3 categories

The Missouri Review invites all writers and writer/producers to send us your recordings of original poetry or prose or your audio documentaries on any subject. All you need is a computer, microphone, software such as GarageBand or Audacity, and a great script!

Winners and select runners up will have their work featured on The Missouri Review’s website and as part of our iTunes podcast series. Entries will be judged by TMR’s editors in collaboration with guest judge Laura Starecheski, producer with NPR’s State of the Re:Union.

Deadline: March 15th, 2013

Get all the details: http://www.missourireview.com/audiovisual/submissions/

 

Indiana Wants My Story Contest

 

Show us your Hoosier.
Rule 1: Stories have to be set in Indiana.
Rule 2: Stories must be 1,000 words or fewer.
Rule 3: Entry deadline is 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, March 3.

Winner will receive $50 and publication in Punchnel’s. Up to four runners up will receive $20 and publication. Other entries will be considered for publication and purchase at our usual rates.
http://www.punchnels.com/fiction/indiana-wants-my-story-contest/



The Ticket To Write Festival



The Ticket To Write Festival is a showcase of original plays based on The Beatles. The plays are selected and produced by experienced industry professionals, to be showcased in the form of a competition , guaranteeing a £150 prize for the winning play.

Ticket To Write...from page to stage.
For details of this year's competition, click here.
http://www.acedrama.co.uk/6.html


Save the Date:  April 27th Writers Conference with Workshops in Greensburg, Indiana  

 

This Workshop/Conference will focus on grooming your writing for publication.
Details of presenters and sessions comming soon!

$20.00 per person for Conference/Workshop.  If you wish to include the Buffet the cost is $30.00 per person. Please prepay by March 15th to ensure your spot.  Tickets will be mailed prior to the event.   Tickets may be purchased at the door the day of the event for $25.00 (Conference only) or $35.00 (Conference and buffet).
Please mail your fees to:   (Write checks to Debi Hurt)
Debi Hurt    
5110 W Co Rd 400 N
Scipio, IN  47273

Greensburg Community Learning Center
422 East Central Avenue
Greensburg, IN  47240
Debi Hurt, Pen It! Magazine
(812) 371-4128  or  debih7606@frontier.com 

 

NEA Accepting Applicantions for Literture Fellowship Grants

 

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Literature Fellowships program offers $25,000 grants in prose (fiction and creative nonfiction) and poetry to published creative writers that enable the recipients to set aside time for writing, research, travel, and general career advancement.

The NEA Literature Fellowships program operates on a two-year cycle with fellowships in prose and poetry available in alternating years. For FY 2014, which is covered by the current NEA guidelines, fellowships in prose (fiction and nonfiction) are available.

For more information, please contact the Literature staff at 202-682-5034 or email: LitFellowships@arts.gov. Details about the program, eligibility, how to submit and application and other useful tips can be found on the NEA Literature Fellowships page of the NEA website. The deadline for application is February 28, 2013

 

Butler Bridge Program

 

The Butler Bridge workshops are designed to develop the writing skills of pre-college students(grades 3-12). Participation in such an individualized writing workshop program will help students prepare for college while also nurturing their talents and imaginations.  This semester we are particularly lucky to have YA writers Ben Winters and John Green on board! 
Go to http://www.butler.edu/english/writing-camp/butler-bridge/ to get all the details.

Registration:
If you are interested in signing up for any (OR ALL!) of the Butler Bridge Programs, please fill out a registration sheet found at http://www.butler.edu/english/writing-camp/butler-bridge/ or by emailing coordinator Mindy Dunn at butlerbridge@butler.edu. Your registration will be confirmed upon payment. 


Kid's Magazine

 

Indiana Kids magazine, a brand new family project (not a commercial one) written, edited and published for kids, about kids and by kids, is seeking submissions from Indiana kids across the state. 

This online quarterly magazine is a family project of the Miller and Anderson families of central Indiana, founded to teach our own family's Indiana kids how to work together, how to interview people (which involves a lot of listening), how to interpret and write about what they've learned, and to introduce them to many other interesting Indiana kids around the state they might otherwise not get to meet.  Please send us your poetry, short stories, art work and photography. Make sure the photographs are a jpg file. The drawings can be pdf files. The poems and stories can be either Microsoft Word or just written in the body of the email. 

If your submission fits the themes and mission of the magazine, we will publish it in future issues of Indiana Kids. Please send your work to indianakidsmag@gmail.com  and put "submission" in the subject line.  Please let us know what you would like to see us write about in Indiana Kids in future issues. Take a look at the magazine via this link: http://issuu.com/indianakids

 

Juniper Summer Institute for Writers

June 23 - 29, 2013

 

The University of Massachusetts MFA Program, one of the nation's oldest and finest creative writing programs, invites you to the beautiful Pioneer Valley for a week of intensive writing workshops, readings, craft sessions, Q&As, and manuscript consultations.

http://www.umass.edu/juniperinstitute/



Juniper Institute for Young Writers

June 22-30, 2013

 

The Juniper Institute for Young Writers is an extraordinary nine-day creative writing program for students who are finishing their sophomore, junior, or senior years of high school. Hosted by the University of Massachusetts MFA Program for Poets and Writers, the Institute offers participants a unique opportunity: intensive workshops in fiction and poetry, craft sessions and studio courses designed especially for young writers, as well as unparalleled exposure to world-renowned authors through readings and Q&As with its companion program for adults.

http://www.umass.edu/juniperyoungwriters/index.html


 

2013 Bristol Short Story Prize 


http://www.bristolprize.co.uk is open to all writers, UK and non-UK based, over 16 years of age. Stories can be on any theme or subject and entry can be made online via the website or by post. Entries must be previously unpublished with a maximum length of 4,000 words (There is no minimum). The entry fee is £8 (about $12.83) per story.

The closing date for entries is April 30th 2013.

Full details and rules at http://www.bristolprize.co.uk/rules.html

 

 

Check Out This Online Journal!

 

Submissions are currently closed, but be sure to read past issues to get a sense of what we like, and be sure to check out the new NOÖ Weekly guest edited by stylish Brit Crispin Best! http://www.noojournal.com/



Freight Stories   

 

The best new fiction on the web. Or anywhere else, for that matter.Freight Stories is now reading submissions for their next issue. Writers of excellent fiction should consider submitting via the online submission manager. Or drop in and read the stories in our current issue.

http://www.freightstories.com



Tipton Poetry Journal

 

Now accepting submissions: http://tiptonpoetryjournal.com/submission.html

Tipton Poetry Journal asks for one-time rights for publication in (1) print and  (2) digital or electronic downloadable format and also the right to retain an HTML archive.   Poets may opt out of digital or online formats by specific request.   Author retains all future rights to the poem, following publication in print.  Payment is one contributor copy of the printed journal.

Simultaneous submissions and previously published poems are ok. Please withdraw poem immediately if a poem under simultaneous submission becomes unavailable.  If a poem has been previously published, please indicate publication in order to be properly acknowledged.

Submit 1-5 poems per submission.  If submitting a simultaneous submission through our online submissions manager, please submit SEPARATELY.   Should you need to later withdraw one of your poems, this will leave your others to remain under consideration.  Only submit multiple poems in one online submission if it is NOT a simultaneous submission.

Include name, address & phone number.  A phone number will only be used for urgent contact (in case of last-minute issues before publication when email doesn't suffice). Including a short bio is preferred.

Electronic submissions are preferred and are processed more quickly by being entered into our system. Submit online to Tipton Poetry Journal through our submissions manager. If you must, submissions are still  accepted by mail. If you should find yourself submitting by U.S. mail and including your email address, please include a note to explain, because we don't understand why.

Include the following information on each page:

Name
Address
Phone
Email Address (if available)

Including a short bio is preferred.

Mail with SASE to: Barry Harris, Editor, Tipton Poetry Journal, P.O. Box 804, Zionsville, IN 46077 


Poets & Writers: New Writing Contest Deadlines!

 

For information regarding writing contests and deadlines: Go to the Writing Contest Database

Written by Roxanna Santoro — February 06, 2013

Events Around Indiana

 

It's a new year and that means more great literary events around Indianapolis and beyond. Looking for something to do? Here are just a few ideas:

 

 

Indy Reads Books


http://indyreadsbooks.org/

When: March 2, 2013    6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Where: 911 Massachusetts Ave Indianapolis IN, 46202 

Author Wendy Lee Spacek reads and signs copies of her work.


When: Tuesday, March 5, 2013    7pm
Where: 911 Massachusetts Ave Indianapolis IN, 46202 

Free Screening of Dan Wakefield's "Going All The Way" staring Ben Affleck
Q&A with Dan and Will Higgins


 

Eden's Rubble House Concert Series


Presents A House Concert Poetry in the Key of Blues

When:  Saturday March 2, 2013   7 PM
Where: The concert will be in the home of Michelle and Andrew Sawin at 4153 Central Avenue, Indianapolis, IN. 
 
Featuring Former Indiana Poet Laureate, Norbert Krapf
& Indiana Blues Legend, Gordon Bonham
 
Join this duo as they pool talents to troll the depths of the common origins of song and poem with a blues base. Reservations are required.  Suggested donation is $10 per person and all proceeds go to the artists.  Seating is limited, so please RSVP soon at asawin@att.net  or call 317-927-7478. There are only 40 seats.  There is a social hour at 6:00 and the performance begins at 7:00.  Please arrive BEFORE 7:00 so the music will not be interrupted. Feel free to bring a dish or snack to share!  Bottled water will be available and you are welcome to bring wine, beer, etc.  

 
 

Poetry on Brick Street

 

When:  Thursday March 7, 2013   6:30 pm

Where: Eagle Creek Coffee Company (http://www.eaglecreekcoffee.com/), 10 South Main Street; Zionsville, IN
Coffee, food and drinks from Eagle Creek’s menu will be available for sale.

Liza Hyatt featured poet
Find out more about Lisa here

An Open “mic” for other poets will follow the guest poet's reading.

Poetry on Brick Street is a project of Brick Street Poetry, Inc., which is a 501 (c) 3 not-for-profit based in Zionsville, Indiana. Brick Street Poetry also publishes the Tipton Poetry Journal, and hosts other poetry-related events. For information, call board member Susan Miller at 219-9337 or email at shmwriter@aol.com


 

Diva Fest 2013


When:  March 8-17
Where: IndyFringe Basile Theatre, 719 E. St. Clair Street

DivaFest is a juried playwrighting festival sponsored by the IndyFringe. Nationally, only 19% of published plays have been written by women. We are seeking to change that.

Over the past three years DivaFest has fostered the growth of new works, new audiences, new performing companies, and new fringe festival shows.
The importance of DivaFest:
  • Develop and present voices not often heard as well as showcase the work of established voices.
  • Help new playwrights learn the processes of play production: write the play, pass jury for acceptance, work with production team, market and evaluate.
  • Engage new and established audiences in the art and craft of production.  
  • Bring new excitement to theatre and grow DivaFest as a center for Indiana women playwrights.  
  • Attract regional and national media coverage.

  

Author Visit – Frank Bill


When: March 9, 2:00 p.m.
Where: Red Room, Bartholomew Public Library, Columbus, IN

Frank Bill is the author of the story collection Crimes in Southern Indiana, one of GQ’s favorite books of 2011 and a Daily Beast debut of 2011. He lives and writes in southern Indiana. Frank will read from Donnybrook, his first novel, and take questions.  The book is about, a three-day bare-knuckle tournament held on a thousand-acre plot out in the sticks of southern Indiana, “ called Donnybrook. “As we travel through the backwoods to get to the Donnybrook, we meet a cast of nasty, ruined characters driven to all sorts of evil, all in the name of getting their fix...”

http://barth.lib.in.us/     812-379-1266 

 

Notre Dame Creative Writing Program


http://english.nd.edu/creative-writing/
When: March 20  7:30 p.m.
Where: Hammes Bookstore

Rebecca Hazelton 



Vivian Delbrook Visiting Writing Series


http://www.butler.edu/english/visiting-writers-series/spring-2013/
When:  Wednesday, March 20  7:30 p.m
Where: Reilly Room, Atherton Union

Jennifer Egan  http://jenniferegan.com/


  

Purdue University Visiting Writers Series


http://www.cla.purdue.edu/english/CreativeWriting/readingseries.html
When: Tuesday, March 19, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Matthews Hall, Room 210

Davy Rothbart, Nonfiction Reading & Spoken Word event
Featuring singer-songwriter Peter Rothbart and FOUND Magazine




The Rufus & Louise Reiberg Reading Series

  

liberalarts.iupui.edu/english/index.php/reiberg
When: Thursday, February 28, 2013  7:30 p.m.
Where: Indiana State Musuem Theater, 650 West Washington Street

Graphic Novelist: Alison Bechdel

 

Kellogg Writing Series
 


http://english.uindy.edu/kellogg/kellogg.html
W
hen: Tuesday, March 19, 2013  7:30 pm
Where: UIndy Hall C

Fiction Writer, Stuart Dybek

 

 

Greenwood Public Library Writer's Group


www.greenwoodlibrary.us
Next meeting: March 11th 6 pm
We hope to see you there!




Written by Roxanna Santoro — February 06, 2013

An Evening with the Muse for February 2013

Featuring :   An Open Reading of Love Poems
Sunday, February 10, 2013     7:00 PM

 

Desiring Poems Dealing with Love, Sex and what falls in between (Life, Death  & Time) -An early Valentine Celebration!

FREE!
Followed by refreshments, book signings and selling during intermission

"Please bring some poems about Love: sad, glad, expressive, depressive, repressive, foreign or domestic, explosive, exploitative, reproductive, angular, curved, disjointed, smooth. And read to us so that we are astounded, confounded, rebounded. Lie quivering in agony, ecstasy, slipped from our chairs onto the floor of Love."

-Richard Pflum


Location:
The Indiana Writers Center
812 E. 67th St
Just Northwest and behind the Main Gallery Bldg of the Indianapolis Art Center
in the Arts Complex foyer.

Any questions:  Call the Indiana Writers Center 317-255-0710 or Muse coordinator, Richard Pflum: 317-356-2048   

Written by Roxanna Santoro — February 04, 2013


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