Events Around Indiana

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


Poets Laureate of Lawrence


Tuesday, August 27     6:30 - 8:30pm
at the Lawrence Art Center,
4437 N. Franklin Rd. Indianapolis 46226.

Each month we feature a guest poet and this month our guest poet is Shari Wagner whose new book of poetry, The Harmonist at Nightfall: Poems of Indiana has just been published. Click here for more information about Shari Wagner

Following Shari's reading there will be an open mike in which all are invited to share their work.  Come learn about poetry, meet local poets, and be an ambassador for the art of poetry on Indy's east side!

More info about the Lawrence Art Center can be found at: www.lawrenceartcenter.net

And mark your calendar for upcoming months - we always meet on the 4th Tuesday of the month:
September 24, featured poet Bonnie Maurer

 

 

 

The Writers Guild at Bloomington 

http://writersguildbloomington.com/

 

The Spoken Word Stage at the Fourth Street Festival of Arts & Crafts

Presented by the Writers Guild at Bloomington
and supported in part by the Bloomington Arts Commission
and the Fourth Street Festival of the Arts & Crafts

 


Saturday, August 31, 10:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, September 1, 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Location: at the Corner of 4th Street and Dunn.

The Writers Guild at Bloomington once again presents the Spoken Word Stage at this year’s Fourth Street Festival of Arts & Crafts. The Spoken Word Stage features poets, fiction writers, storytellers, the Firehouse Follies (LIVE radio theatre), comedy, street theatre, and Poetry On Demand.

Always popular, Poetry On Demand gives you the opportunity to order up a poem on a theme, subject, or idea of your choice and, for a suggested donation, a poet will concoct a personalized masterpiece of wordsmithery inspired by you!   Visit us at the Writers Guild’s table by the Stage and chat with a guild member. We’d love to meet and speak with you!

This event is free and open to the public.


From Visual To Verse:
An Evening of African American Art and Poetry

with poets Nandi Comer, Ife-Chudeni Oputa, Abegunde

Friday, Sept. 6
7: to 8:30 pm

IU Art Museum, Bloomington, IN
1133 East. Seventh St.

Free

 

 

Poetry on Brick Street Presents


Poet Gerburg Garmann

Thursday, September 5, 2013 6:30 p.m.
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.

Gerburg Garmann, a native of Germany, teaches German and French at the University of Indianapolis. Her scholarly publications appear in both German and French in international journals. Her poems have appeared in various magazines and anthologies around the world.

 

 


Vivian S. Delbrook Visiting Writers Series/Butler University

http://news.butler.edu/blog/2013/07/visiting-writers-series/


D. A. Powell

7:30 p.m. Sept. 10
Clowes Memorial Hall Krannert Room

Powell, D.A. (Trane DeVore)D. A. Powell is the author of a trilogy of books, including Tea (1998), Lunch (2000), and Cocktails (2004), the last of which was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award. His most recent book, Chronic (2009), received the Kingsley Tufts Award and was nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award.


 

Notre Dame Creative Writing Program

http://english.nd.edu/creative-writing/

Sept 18, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.
Daniel Tobin

Hammes Bookstore
More details:
http://english.nd.edu/creative-writing/events/

 

Visiting Writers Series-DePauw University

http://www.depauw.edu/academics/departments-programs/english/visitingwritersseries/

 

Poet Rodney Jones

Wednesday, September 25

7:30 PM Peeler Auditorium


 

Daly Walker Reading



Tuesday, October 8  7-9 pm
Lilly Library, Indianapolis Art Center

Daly Walker will read from his newly released book Little Creek: Finding Elemental Life in Brown County at a reception at the Lilly Library, Indianapolis Art Center in Broad Ripple Tuesday, October 8 7-9 p.m. The public is invited to this opening party for the book.
He is a resident writer of Brown County and describes the renewing of his spirit and talent as he rebuilt a cabin on a hill with his companion Toni Wolcott, whose paintings illustrate the chapters of this large-size color book. Daly Walker’s essays have been published in Atlantic Monthly and his short story collection, Surgeon Stories, was published by Fleur De Lis Press in 2011. He is a member of both the Indiana Writers’ Center and the Writers’ Table of Indianapolis.




 

Greenwood Public Library Writer's Group

www.greenwoodlibrary.us



Monday, September 9th 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:


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

 

Written by Roxanna Santoro — August 05, 2013

An Evening with the Muse

Sunday, August 11, 2013   at  7:00 PM

Presents Featured Poet

Jayne Marek

 

FREE!

Followed by Refreshments, Book Signings and an Open Mic

 

Jayne Marek is an author, photographer, and teacher who  received the B.A. in English from St. Olaf College, the M.A. in English from Washington State University, the Ph.D. in English and American Literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Notre Dame.  She has taught at colleges and universities in Illinois, Washington, Wisconsin, and Indiana and in Hungary, where she was a Fulbright Senior Scholar in English at the University of Debrecen.  Currently she teaches creative writing, literature, film studies, and other topics at Franklin College.

Along with Lylanne Musselman and Mary Sexson, Jayne is a member of the poetry group Company of Women, whose book Company of Women:  New and Selected Poems appeared in 2013 from Chatter House Press.  Jayne has also published the poetry chapbook Imposition of Form on the Natural World with Finishing Line Press (2013).  Her work has appeared in publications such as Lantern Journal, Siren, Spillway, Driftwood Bay, Tipton Poetry Journal, Isthmus, The Occasional Reader, Wisconsin Academy Review, and Windless Orchard and in anthologies:  And Know This Place: Poetry of Indiana and the 2012 Cincinnati Writers Project collection A Few Good Words

You may want to visit Finishing Line Press at https://www.finishinglinepress.com/product_info.php?products_id=1579to  preview or purchase her new chapbook, Imposition of Form on the Natural World.  Visit Chatter House Press at   http://chatterhousepress.com/ to view and purchase her newest poetry book, Company of Women: New and Selected Poems, written in partnership with Lylanne Musselman and Mary Sexson.

 

 

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 — August 01, 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:

Reconfiguration

 


A reading
by Bonnie Maurer
 

Wednesday, August 7    7pm
BJE Maurer Library

6711 Hoover Road, Indianapolis

Reconfigured will be a poetry reading packed tightly with feeling and song, sensuous as home-grown tomatoes.  But this harvest gives us measure after measure of what it means to be human, to be woman and mother and artist-- and cancer survivor.  Bonnie Maurer creates a world of large welcoming spaces.  This reading is recommended to anyone who wants to live inside poetry's healing power for a spell.

Bonnie will have copies of her books available for sale.  An exhibit of her Arts Council of Indianapolis 2012 Creative Renewal Fellowship poetry on visiting Holocaust sites will also be on display.

 

 

Indy Reads Books
http://indyreadsbooks.org/
911 Massachusetts Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46202


Katherine Ritter Reading

Saturday, August 10,    5pm – 7pm
A reading and signing with the author of "Conversations With My Father". Her books will be available for purchase.

 

An Evening with Darlene Burns

Tuesday, August 13      6:00pm – 7:30pm
Darlene Burns, author of the new horror novel 'Midnight Comes With the Dawn', will visit Indy Reads Books. Learn more about the book here: http://www.dburnsauthor.com/




 
 

The Writers Guild at Bloomington 

 

http://writersguildbloomington.com/

 

The Spoken Word Stage at the Fourth Street Festival of Arts & Crafts

Presented by the Writers Guild at Bloomington
and supported in part by the Bloomington Arts Commission
and the Fourth Street Festival of the Arts & Crafts

 


Saturday, August 31, 10:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, September 1, 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Location: at the Corner of 4th Street and Dunn.

The Writers Guild at Bloomington once again presents the Spoken Word Stage at this year’s Fourth Street Festival of Arts & Crafts. The Spoken Word Stage features poets, fiction writers, storytellers, the Firehouse Follies (LIVE radio theatre), comedy, street theatre, and Poetry On Demand.

Always popular, Poetry On Demand gives you the opportunity to order up a poem on a theme, subject, or idea of your choice and, for a suggested donation, a poet will concoct a personalized masterpiece of wordsmithery inspired by you!   Visit us at the Writers Guild’s table by the Stage and chat with a guild member. We’d love to meet and speak with you!

This event is free and open to the public.




Carnegie Center Rensselaer

 


September 10,   7:00pm
Norbert Krapf will be reading from American Dreams at the Carnegie Center, 301 N. Van
Rensselaer St., Rensselaer, IN, Free.

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Prairie-Arts-Council/168003630268
https://sites.google.com/site/prairieartscouncilrenss

 

 

 

Greenwood Public Library Writer's Group

 

 

www.greenwoodlibrary.us
Monday, August 12th  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:

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 — July 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:

Call for poems--The Borderlands Project: Western Reading!


Submit work to a series of readings Karen Kovacik is curating on each of Indiana’s state lines, called The Borderlands Project. The western reading will bring together Hoosier poets with writers from Illinois to share poems about immigration, migration, borders or home.

It will be held at the Sheldon Swope Art Museum, located at 25 S. Seventh Street in Terre Haute, on Friday, November 1, 2013, at 7 p.m.

Poets whose work is selected and who can attend the reading will receive a modest honorarium, paid from my own slender laureate’s stipend, and they will be able to sell copies of their books at the reading.

To submit, send up to three poems as Word files on any of the four themes listed above to kkovacik@iupui.edu by Friday, August 30, 2013. Put “Borderlands West” in the subject line. Early submissions (before August 1) will be will be considered for display in an accompanying art exhibit.

Feel free to forward this call to Illinois and Indiana poets whose work you admire.

 

 

 

Reckless Writing 2013 

Bona fide poetry. Yes, Chatter House Press is in search of bona fide poetry! Poetry that breathes, struts, and evolves into a fruit that can be embraced by the populace. Remembered and recited by young and old voices. Do not submit stagnate and moldy words, but instead focus on a fresh and artful slant.

Selected poets will have up to four poems included in the anthology, allowing readers to satisfy their craving for avant-garde work. There are no theme or form guidelines. Poetry will selected based on the quality and uniqueness of individual poems. Submitted works should provide insight into the breadth and depth of the poet's mind. Previously published poems or works scheduled for publication are not eligible.

Work must be submitted electronically by July 31, 2013. Selected authors will notified in September with publication scheduled for November 2013.

Are you ready to join the writing revolution? To submit your poetry for consideration go to http://chatterhousepress.com/

 

 

Naturally Yours:  A 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  http://sellpros.wix.com/parkpoems1 


Claiborne County Genealogy group and poet Stacy Savage present: Ancestor Appreciation Day Poetry Contest

 

Prize: -1 copy of “The Civil War Research Guide” by Stephen McManus, Donald Thompson and Thomas Churchill. Donated by Civil War Roots. -A CD of 2012 back issues of Family Tree Magazine. Donated by Family Tree Magazine. -Two hours of free genealogy research by genealogist and founder of Claiborne County Genealogy group, Cindy Widner, with copies of the documents found from research sent to winner. -Winning poem published on Genealogy Center’s Facebook page and on their electronic newsletter, Genealogy Gems. Winning poem also published on Claiborne County Genealogy group’s Facebook page. 

Guidelines: Subject: Ancestors Line limit: 40 lines
Deadline: September 16, 2013 Winner announced on Ancestor Appreciation Day, September 27, 2013
E-mail inquiries to: Stacy Savage, srsmith25@yahoo.com  
Mail up to three poems along with a cover sheet with name, address, phone number and titles to: Ancestor Poetry Contest 3121 Mounds Rd. Anderson, IN 46016
Above information can also be found at: www.authorsden.com/stacysavage

 

  

 

Inland Empire California Writers Club 


2013 CONTEST NOW OPEN!
Fiction, poetry, nonfiction categories
Open to all writers
CASH PRIZES 

THEME: The truest wisdom...
DEADLINE: August 15, 2013
Click HERE for flyer.

Details at http://www.angelfire.com/amiga/iecwc/

 

 

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 

 

          

 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. 

You can pay via Check or Money Order to:
Debi Hurt
5110 W County Rd 400 N
Scipio, IN 47273
Or Via Paypal

Weekend Rate: $125. Friday noon to Sunday noon or Day Rate of $55.00 for Friday night Open Mic and Saturday Workshops + 2 meals. Don't MISS THIS ONE!

 

 

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  http://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.

 

 

 

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 http://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


Poets & Writers: New Writing Contest Deadlines!

 

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

 

Written by Roxanna Santoro — July 02, 2013

An Evening with the Muse

Sunday, July 14, 2013   at  7:00 PM

Presents Featured Poet


Eric Rensberger

FREE!

Followed by Refreshments, Book Signings and an Open Mic

 

Eric Rensberger is originally from Elkhart County in northern Indiana, but he has lived in southern Indiana, mainly in Bloomington, since 1974. He first conceived the ambition to be a poet when he was in grade school, but kept his sense of vocation to himself, since he was sure that his fellow students would think he was aiming too high. He wrote sporadically for many years, but starting in his mid-twenties he began to write with conviction toward his goal of becoming a poet.

His work has been published in numerous journals and anthologies. He is represented in the anthology And Know This Place, which was selected as the 2012 winner of the Best Poetry Books in Indiana prize from the Indiana State Library. Other publications include the chapbooks Letters, Standing Where Something Did, and Blank of Blanks; as well as more fugitive forms of publication including poems posted anonymously on public kiosks, street lamp poles, and bulletin boards in restaurants.  Eric Rensberger is a convinced and persistent self-publisher. His collected works can be found at the website www.ericrensbergerpoetry.net, which is home to his major work, the ongoing chronological series Account of My Days, at present consisting of more than 1,000 poems.

It has been many years since Mr. Rensberger has done a reading in Indianapolis, and he looks forward to connecting with old and new friends from the writing community there.


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 25, 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:

 


The Indianapolis Branch of the Vonnegut Library Book Club will meet on Thursday, June 27, 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 Conversations with Kurt Vonnegut, edited by Rodney AllenPlease join us, even if you haven't read it in a while.  

Please contact bookclub-indianapolis@vonnegutlibrary.org for more information.




Poets Laureate of Lawrence

June 25 from 6:30 - 8:30pm
at the Lawrence Art Center,
4437 N. Franklin Rd. Indianapolis 46226.

No featured poet this month - so lots of time to share your own poetry.

Come learn about poetry, meet local poets, and be an ambassador for the art of
poetry on Indy's east side!

More info about the Lawrence Art Center can be found at:
www.lawrenceartcenter.net

And mark your calendar for upcoming months - we always meet on the 4th Tuesday
of the month:
July 23, featured poet Norbert Krapf

 

 

Indy Reads Books

indyreadsbooks.org/‎
911 Massachusetts Ave  Indianapolis, IN 46202

A Reading with Authors Peter Lewia and Roger Sicely

Friday, June 28     5pm – 7pm

 

 

Magna cum Murder

Welcomes bestselling author James Rollins on tour for THE EYE OF GOD

 
The Columbia Club
121 Monument Circle, Indianapolis, IN
Sunday, June 30, 7 p.m.

James Rollins is the bestselling author of eight Sigma Force thrillers (Sandstorm, Map of Bones, Black Order, The Judas Strain, The Last Oracle,The Doomsday Key, The Devil Colony and Bloodline), two connected novellas (The Skeleton Key and Tracker), the novelization of Lucasfilm's blockbuster movie, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, five individual adventure thrillers and The Blood Gospel, the first novel in a new series written with Rebecca Cantrell.



Encyclopedia Show Indianapolis

 

Thursday, July 11, 2013  

$8 general / $5 student-senior

Doors 7:00pm. Show 7:30pm.

All original storytelling, music, poetry, and comedy, PLUS an extra special presentation by 2 Dope Boys in a Cadillac (Shayne Avec I Grec and Johnny MacRae) all the way from VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA.

Part Hollywood Palace, part Mystery Science Theater 3000, part Prairie Home Companion, The Encyclopedia Show presents all original, never before seen content from an all new cast of contributors every time. Each show is ONE NIGHT ONLY and it’s never the same show twice!




Greenwood Public Library Writer's Group

www.greenwoodlibrary.us
July 8th  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:

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 — June 05, 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!

We have 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.




Mini-Summer Writing Retreat for Women

July 14 - 17, 2013

Join long time Women Writing for (a) Change facilitator Mary Ann Jansen for a mini-retreat of writing and renewal in lovely Oldenburg, Indiana.  Our retreat will follow a pattern of structured and free time, alone and together, with mornings for individual writing, afternoons for small groups and evenings for large group activities and readings.  We will allow ample space for writing, walking, dreaming, and resting.  This is an opportunity to go deep with a project, or to start something you’ve been imagining anew.

Arrive the afternoon of Sunday July 14th to settle in, and share our first community meal.  Departure will be after lunch Wednesday, July 17th.

Cost: $320 all inclusive. A payment plan is available.  No deposit required if paid in full upon registration.  Call or email for more
information. (513) 272-1171 / info@womenwriting.org

Deposit: A $50 non-refundable deposit is due upon registration (if not paid in full at time of registration).  Please send checks to Women Writing for (a) Change, 6906 Plainfield Road, Cincinnati, OH 45236  Registration Deadline: Register by June 30
Location: Oldenburg Franciscan Retreat Center in Oldenburg, Indiana
(about an hour west of Cincinnati)

 

 

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  http://sellpros.wix.com/parkpoems1

 
 

 

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.

 


 

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

 

 

 

Inland Empire California Writers Club 



2013 CONTEST NOW OPEN!
Fiction, poetry, nonfiction categories
Open to all writers
CASH PRIZES 

THEME: The truest wisdom...
DEADLINE: August 15, 2013
Click HERE for flyer.

Details at http://www.angelfire.com/amiga/iecwc/



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

 

 

          

 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. 

You can pay via Check or Money Order to:
Debi Hurt
5110 W County Rd 400 N
Scipio, IN 47273
Or Via Paypal

Weekend Rate: $125. Friday noon to Sunday noon or Day Rate of $55.00 for Friday night Open Mic and Saturday Workshops + 2 meals. Don't MISS THIS ONE!



 

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  http://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 http://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



Poets & Writers: New Writing Contest Deadlines!

 

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


Written by Roxanna Santoro — June 05, 2013

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


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