An Evening with the Muse

Sunday, June 9, 2013   at  7:00 PM

Presents Featured Poet and Poetry Publisher


Penny Dunning


FREE!


Followed by Refreshments, Book Signings and an Open Mic

Penny Dunning will not only read from her own poetry but also from the poetry of some of the authors she has published and also other poems she just likes. She will discuss her own taste concerning the language of poetry and the kind of things that get her attention when she reads a new manuscript. She is the founder and institutional flame of Chatter House Press.


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 — June 03, 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:

MWW will celebrate their 40th summer workshop, July 25-27, 2013!

35+ different instructional sessions with top quality faculty during our 3-day program on everything from fiction to nonfiction, marketing, and ways to get your creative juices flowing. Thursday focuses on genre-specific intensive sessions. Friday and Saturday are packed with sessions on the craft of writing and the business of writing.

Some of the 2013 MWW Faculty include:  Hank Phillippi Ryan, John Gilstrap, Barbara Shoup, Colleen Coble, Matthew Clemens, D.E. Johnson, Roxane Gay, Jane Friedman, Lou Harry, and Hank Nuwer

2013 MWW Extras include:
    Agent Pitch Sessions
    Manuscript Evaluations (additional fee)
    Query Letter Critiques (additional fee)
    Social Media Tutoring
    Writing Contests (win money & prizes!)
    Popular “Buttonhole the Experts” informal session
    Awards Banquet
Download the brochure here or go to http://www.midwestwriters.org/ to get all the details.


Young Writers Workshop at UIndy

UIndy would like to invite you to learn more about our inaugural Young Writers Workshop, a week-long writing workshop in Indianapolis for high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors. From June 24th through the 28th, students will have the opportunity to work in small groups with nationally recognized writers and teachers, Kevin McKelvey and Sal Pane on the UIndy campus. Students can focus on fiction, poetry, or a combination of the two. In addition to hearing local and national authors read their work and discuss the writing craft, students will focus on their own writing and their peers'. Students can choose a one-week room and board option, or They can attend as a commuter. At the end of the week, family and friends are invited to join the young writers for a public reading of their work.
 
For more information and to register, please visit http://www.uindy.edu/cas/english/writing-camp. If you have any questions,
please email Kevin McKelvey at mckelveyk@uindy.edu.

 

 

Call for Submissions about Indiana State Parks

Submissions of poetry and short stories are now being accepted for the upcoming anthology, Naturally Yours: Poems & Short Stories About Indiana State Parks. Submit up to 3 poems or short stories, with a 32-line limit per poem or 3,000 word limit per story. Poems and stories must be about any Indiana state park. Deadline: July 31, 2013. Expected publication: Fall 2013. Age limit: Any age may
submit a poem or short story. Proceeds from the book will be donated to "Discovering the Outdoors Fund in the Indiana Natural Resources Foundation." For more info, visit www.parkpoems.com.

 
 
 

Creative Writing and Self-Publishing Workshop

June 15, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., Red Room
Bartholomew County Library,  Free!
Register at www.barth.lib.in.us or call 379-1266
Learn how to spice up your writing efforts with Debi Hurt, author of Writing Creatively!  From 10:00 a.m. to noon you will work on fun exercises to help sharpen your writing skills.  Self-publishing topics such as query letters; submissions; pricing; eBooks; copyright; editing and marketing will be covered from noon – 2:00 p.m.   Bring paper and pens/pencils.

 

Writing Your Spiritual Biography

A short course with Dan Wakefield July 7-11, 2013
Evocative exercises and group sharing in a nuturing setting allow us to remember and to write about the most meaningful parts of our life's journey.  Click here to get all the details about this wonderful workshop.

 

 

Art Workshop International celebrates its 33nd year in Italy!

http://www.artworkshopintl.com/rw/About.aspx

Crime Writing and Genre Fiction

Instructor:  S.J. Rozan
July 30 - August 10
All novelists work with the same building blocks: character, setting, dialogue, plot, theme, pace. Genre novels must also satisfy criteria unique to their forms -- crime stories lean heavily on plot, for example, and speculative fiction on setting. For the best genre novels, these requirements are additions to all the other elements of good writing, not substitutes for them. This course invites genre- and non-genre writers in any subject and on all levels to a supportive, non-competitive workshop led by critically-acclaimed S.J. Rozan, winner of the Edgar, Shamus, Anthony, Nero, Macavity, and Japanese Maltese Falcon awards for Best Novel.


 

"Pathways to Publication: Choosing the Best Way to Reach Your Readers"


Registration required, early enrollment discount through 5/24:
http://www.wherearewegoingchicago.com/events/pathways-to-publication/

Add to your Printers Row Lit Fest experience and join us Friday, June 7 for a workshop on how to navigate the maze of options and challenges in the changing world of publishing. Instructors April Eberhardt and Susan Bearman bring a wealth of knowledge and experience and will discuss:

• clarifying your goals
• identifying your options
• creating a business plan
• defining your market
• building your platform
• raising the bar

Space is limited, so register today.
http://www.wherearewegoingchicago.com/events/pathways-to-publication/



 

Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library Seeks Submissions for Literary Journal


The Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library is now accepting submissions for their second annual edition of So It Goes: The Literary Journal of the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library. This is an exciting opportunity for creative Kurt Vonnegut readers everywhere to help us continue our annual literary tradition.

War and Peace was the theme of our inaugural issue of So It Goes, and we were delighted to release the journal during “Veterans Reclaim Armistice Day: Healing through the Humanities,” their 11/11/12 event, which also happened to be Kurt Vonnegut’s birthday. Contributors to the first issue included Morley Safer, Tim O'Brien, Dan Wakefield, as well as several other Hoosiers, veterans, students, and Vonnegut lovers across the planet. The first issue is now available in the library's online gift shop through www.vonnegutlibrary.org. Copies are also available in person at our location in Indianapolis.

Humor is the theme of this year’s edition of So It Goes. They want your whimsy, levity, dark satire, political parody, topical tomfoolery, sarcastic spoofs, and wit. Keep in mind that they are looking for your unique voice and not just an imitation of Vonnegut’s trademark, humorous humanism.  Click here to get the details

Deadline: July 15, 2013. Submitted materials will not be returned.


Teaching Teachers to Teach Vonnegut



Free weeklong workshop is July 15-19
Registration now open

At the 2013 Teaching Teachers to Teach Vonnegut workshop, high school teachers will hear from Vonnegut scholars on how to introduce one of our nation’s best authors to young people. And you’ll earn professional development credits for each hour you attend.
Click here for the details

 

 

Call for Submissions:   Essays and Poems on Grief

 

Maine writer seeking personal essays and poems on grief/grieving for loss of person, pet, or figurative “loss” of someone to Alzheimer’s and the like for anthology in progress. Essays each no longer than 2,000 words; poems any length each up to 4 pages double-spaced.  No limit on number of submissions; cutoff date, Sept. 30, 2013.  

All submissions acknowledged. 
Queries and submissions by USPS to M. Leamon, PO Box 113, Casco ME 04015, or e-mail to:  griefanthology@gmail.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.


Mark your Calendars!  Weekend Writers Retreat in Columbus (September 27, 28 & 29)

 

Renowned Indiana Author:  Michael Martone will be leading 3 workshops at this event.  

Michael Martone is currently a Professor of English and Director of the Creative Writing Program at the University of Alabama where he has been teaching since 1996. Before that, he taught at Syracuse University, Iowa State University, and Harvard University. He lives with the poet Theresa Pappas and their two sons Sam and Nick.

Martone was born and grew up in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where he attended the public schools. He studied at Butler University in Indianapolis and graduated from Indiana University with a degree in English. He is also a graduate of The Writing Seminars of The Johns Hopkins University.

Martone is the author of five books of short fiction including Seeing Eye published in September of 1995 by Zoland Books as well as Pensées: The Thoughts of Dan Quayle (Broad Ripple Press, 1994), Fort Wayne Is Seventh on Hitler's List (Indiana University Press, 1990), Safety Patrol (The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1988), and Alive and Dead in Indiana (Alfred A. Knopf, 1984). He has edited two collections of essays about the Midwest: A Place of Sense: Essays in Search of the Midwest and Townships: Pieces of the Midwest (University of Iowa Press, 1988 and 1992). He edits Story County Books, and his newest book, The Flatness and Other Landscapes (University of Georgia Press, 2000), a collection of his own essays about the Midwest, won the AWP Prize for Creative Nonfiction in 1998.



 

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.

 

 

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

 

 

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 — May 15, 2013

Events Around Indiana

 

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


Poetry on Brick Street Presents

 

Poet Norbert Krapf

Thursday, June 6, 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.

Krapf was Indiana’s Poet Laureate from 2008-2010. Since 1976 Norbert Krapf has written or edited 24 books, two of which are his translations from the German. Eighteen of these books are collections of his own poetry, including Somewhere in Southern Indiana: Poems of Midwestern Origins (1993), Blue-Eyed Grass: Poems of Germany (1997), and Looking for God's Country (2005), all available from Time Being Books, and Bittersweet Along the Expressway: Poems of Long Island (2000) and The Country I Come From (2002), sixty poems set in Indiana.
Check out his entire bio at http://www.krapfpoetry.com/author.htm




Say happy birthday to James Alexander Thom and Dark Rain Thom!


June 7, 2013, from 6 to 9 p.m.
 
Two beloved Indiana authors will mark their birthdays at the IDADA First Friday Gallery Tour on June 7 at the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial LibraryJames Alexander Thom, 80, and his wife, Dark Rain, 71.  The Thoms have supported the Vonnegut Library since its inception, and Jim Thom was a longtime friend of Kurt Vonnegut. Join us in wishing them well!
 
Those who can’t attend can give a gift to the Vonnegut Library to a new fund, “In Honor of James Alexander Thom.”

Bonus: Live music by Jeff Bowen!    Admission is free.


 

Presented by the Writers Guild

http://writersguildbloomington.com/

Laura Bates: Shakespeare Saved My Life  
Memoir Reading

Tuesday, June 4   7:00 pm
Boxcar Books  408 E. 6th Street
Bloomington, IN


 

Bookmamas

http://www.bookmamas.com/

9 S. Johnson Avenue, Indianapolis

Theresa McMiller book signing
Saturday, June 1, @ 2:00pm
Theresa will be signing and discussing her wonderful children’s book, Bessie Goes All Over the World.

 


Greenwood Public Library Writer's Group

www.greenwoodlibrary.us
June 10th 6pm

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!

 

 

The Indiana Historical Society will be hosting its annual Author Series this summer

The talks, free and open to the public, begin at noon in the multipurpose room at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center, 450 W. Ohio St., Indianapolis. Here is the schedule:

June 18--Ray E. Boomhower, "The People's Choice: Congressman Jim Jontz of Indiana"

July 16--Wes D. Gehring, "Robert Wise: Shadowlands"

August 20--Richard Feldman, "Home before the Raven Caws: The Mystery of a Totem Pole"

September 17--Kenneth L. Turchi, "L.S. Ayres and Company: The Store at the Crossroads of America"

 

Written by Roxanna Santoro — May 15, 2013

An Evening with the Muse

Presents A Special Open Reading
In Honor of Mother's Day

Sunday, May 12, 2013  7PM

Open  Reading of poems on Spring, New Birth, Love, Spring Blues, Etc.
Featuring all who sign up and want to read their own or other favorite poems, or just want to listen.  

FREE!

During intermission, refreshments, time to mingle and chat with many of Indy's best poets

Feel free to bring books to sell and sign if you have them.


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 — May 06, 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:  

The 73rd  Indiana University Writers’ Conference

May 26-31, 2013
Fiction Workshop: Arthur Phillips
Poetry Workshop: Catherine Bowman

Also Classes with: Alix Lambert, Scott Hutchins, Nathaniel Perry, Lloyd Suh

Registration now open. Go to:  http://www.indiana.edu/~writecon/register.php
The IUWC is open to writers of all levels. We invite a faculty of prominent writers who are equally skilled and involved teachers. Participants join faculty-led workshops in fiction and poetry, and take classes in fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction.

 

Art Workshop International celebrates its 33nd year in Italy!

http://www.artworkshopintl.com/rw/About.aspx

Crime Writing and Genre Fiction

Instructor:  S.J. Rozan
July 30 - August 10
All novelists work with the same building blocks: character, setting, dialogue, plot, theme, pace. Genre novels must also satisfy criteria unique to their forms -- crime stories lean heavily on plot, for example, and speculative fiction on setting. For the best genre novels, these requirements are additions to all the other elements of good writing, not substitutes for them. This course invites genre- and non-genre writers in any subject and on all levels to a supportive, non-competitive workshop led by critically-acclaimed S.J. Rozan, winner of the Edgar, Shamus, Anthony, Nero, Macavity, and Japanese Maltese Falcon awards for Best Novel.


 

2013 Booth Story Prize

Final Judge: Roxane Gay

Booth wants your best short story between 500 and 7,500 words. No limit on deftness, imagination, and craft. Enter via Submittable.
Entry fee: $20, includes a one-year subscription (two issues).
Prize: $1,000 // Runner-up: $250
Deadline: May 31
http://booth.butler.edu/news/ 



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

 

Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library Seeks Submissions for Literary Journal


The Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library is now accepting submissions for their second annual edition of So It Goes: The Literary Journal of the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library. This is an exciting opportunity for creative Kurt Vonnegut readers everywhere to help us continue our annual literary tradition.

War and Peace was the theme of our inaugural issue of So It Goes, and we were delighted to release the journal during “Veterans Reclaim Armistice Day: Healing through the Humanities,” their 11/11/12 event, which also happened to be Kurt Vonnegut’s birthday. Contributors to the first issue included Morley Safer, Tim O'Brien, Dan Wakefield, as well as several other Hoosiers, veterans, students, and Vonnegut lovers across the planet. The first issue is now available in the library's online gift shop through www.vonnegutlibrary.org. Copies are also available in person at our location in Indianapolis.

Humor is the theme of this year’s edition of So It Goes. They want your whimsy, levity, dark satire, political parody, topical tomfoolery, sarcastic spoofs, and wit. Keep in mind that they are looking for your unique voice and not just an imitation of Vonnegut’s trademark, humorous humanism.  Click here to get the details



Teaching Teachers to Teach Vonnegut



Free weeklong workshop is July 15-19
Registration now open

At the 2013 Teaching Teachers to Teach Vonnegut workshop, high school teachers will hear from Vonnegut scholars on how to introduce one of our nation’s best authors to young people. And you’ll earn professional development credits for each hour you attend.
Click here for the details


 

Writers Conference with Workshops in Greensburg, Indiana
Saturday, May 18th

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)

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.
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

 

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS:   Essays and Poems on Grief

Maine writer seeking personal essays and poems on grief/grieving for loss of person, pet, or figurative “loss” of someone to Alzheimer’s and the like for anthology in progress. Essays each no longer than 2,000 words; poems any length each up to 4 pages double-spaced.  No limit on number of submissions; cutoff date, Sept. 30, 2013.  All submissions acknowledged. 
Queries and submissions by USPS to M. Leamon, PO Box 113, Casco ME 04015, or e-mail to:  griefanthology@gmail.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.

 

 

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

 

 

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 — May 01, 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:


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


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