Events Around Indiana

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

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2018 Indy Literary Pub Crawl
Saturday, October 6th at 5:30pm
Fountain Square!


All proceeds will go to Indiana Writers Center to help promote literacy in Indiana. Please note that this is a 21+ event, as all of the locations we are stopping at are bars. Though there is no requirement to drink, it is Indiana state law that no one under this age can enter these establishments.

Indiana has a great literary history, and we’re excited to share that with you (as well as a drink or two) and also help out a great organization!

Check out our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter @indylitpubcrawl for ongoing developments in our planning!

Guest Author: Francesca Zappia
Raffle – There will be a raffle the night of the event with some great prizes from our wonderful sponsors!
Costume Contest – Dress as your favorite literary character for your chance to win fabulous prizes!

After last years Banned Book theme, we decided we should have a little hope. This year our theme is Sanctuaries and Secret Societies in Literature. Crawl begins at the Hi-Fi, then breaks into groups and crawl to various stops.
 
Go here for all the details and to register.


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Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library
https://www.vonnegutlibrary.org/events/bannedbooksweek/

Indianapolis Celebrates Freedom to Read with Banned Books Week “Prisoner” and Week of Programming.
Join us as we transform the Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library into a cozy salon where community members can gather to ask big questions about art, citizenship and humanity. This year, Banned Books Week is September 24-September 29, and we are thrilled to welcome a host of guests to discuss censorship, book banning, and many other topics. Please RSVP for the celebrations here!
 

 
The Poets Laureate of Lawrence

(www.artsforlawrence.org)
 
Tuesday, September 25 from 7-9 pm
The Theater at the Fort on Indy's east side
Sterrett Center

8920 Otis Avenue, Lawrence, 46226
(Take 56th Street to Post Road. Go North on Post and West on Otis.)
 
Join us for our monthly featured author/open mike series that happens every 4th Tuesday of the month. This month our featured author is Sarah Layden.
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Sarah Layden
is the author of the novel Trip Through Your Wires (Engine Books), and her short stories appear in Boston Review, Booth, PANK, Artful Dodge, and elsewhere. Her essays can be found in Salon, Ladies' Home Journal, and The Humanist, among others. The Story I Tell Myself About Myself, flash fiction, won the Sonder Press 2017 Chapbook Competition. She teaches creative writing at IUPUI and the Indiana Writers Center.    http://www.sarahlayden.com.



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Tuesday, September 25 at 7 PM – 8:30 PM
Irvington Vinyl & Books

9 Johnson Ave, Indianapolis, Indiana 46219
Free
Go here to register for the event.

Join us For Colored Girls Book Club for our September meeting! We will be discussing Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi.  The story of two half-sisters, Effia and Esi, are born into different villages in eighteenth-century Ghana. Effia is married off to an Englishman and lives in comfort in the palatial rooms of Cape Coast Castle. Unbeknownst to Effia, her sister, Esi, is imprisoned beneath her in the castle's dungeons, sold with thousands of others into the Gold Coast's booming slave trade, and shipped off to America, where her children and grandchildren will be raised in slavery. One thread of Homegoing follows Effia's descendants through centuries of warfare in Ghana, as the Fante and Asante nations wrestle with the slave trade and British colonization. The other thread follows Esi and her children into America. From the plantations of the South to the Civil War and the Great Migration, from the coal mines of Pratt City, Alabama, to the jazz clubs and dope houses of twentieth-century Harlem, right up through the present day, Homegoing makes history visceral, and captures, with singular and stunning immediacy, how the memory of captivity came to be inscribed in the soul of a nation.  Donations are welcome!



Poets Attack! With Adrian Matejka, Noah Baldino, & Manon Voice
https://www.facebook.com/events/328920967675545/

Wednesday, September 26 at 7 PM – 8:30 PM
Irvington Vinyl & Books
9 Johnson Ave, Indianapolis, Indiana 46219

Get in, get culture, get out. This is the motto of Poets Attack. The last Wednesday of each month, for 90 minutes or less, Irvington Vinyl & Books hosts two talented local poets and pairs them with visiting writers from out of state. The goal is to connect Hoosier poets with writers from across the United States, and to build relationships between our local scene and the world outside. We believe poetry is meant for everybody; that’s why we keep our readings short and our admission free. Poetry For All.

Noah Baldino's poems have appeared in Poetry Magazine, Black Warrior Review, Kenyon Review, and elsewhere. They are a poetry editor for the Sycamore Review. They were a finalist for the 2018 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Poetry Prize.

Adrian Matejka is the author of four books, including Map to the Stars and the Big Smoke, which earned him a nomination for the National Book award and the Pulitzer Prize in poetry. Indianapolis's own hometown hero, his long list of prizes includes a Pushcart, a fellowship from the Guggenheim Foundation, and many many more. He is the poet laureate of Indiana.


Vivian S. Delbrook Visiting Writers Series/Butler University
https://www.butler.edu/vws

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Thursday, September 27, 7:30 PM
Atherton Union, Reilly Room

Lynda Barry is the Chazen Family Distinguished Chair in Art at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery. In 1979, while pursuing a career as a painter, she began drawing a weekly comic strip that incorporated stories considered to be incompatible with comics at the time: stories, as Barry puts it, “that had a lot of trouble in them.” Widely credited with expanding the literary, thematic, and emotional range of American comics, Barry’s ground-breaking weekly strip, Ernie Pook's Comeek, ran for 30 years. Her graphic novel, What It Is, won the 2009 Eisner Award for Best Reality-Based Work, and in 2016 she was inducted into the Eisner Hall of Fame. 

Barry has authored seventeen books, worked as a commentator for NPR, and had a regular monthly feature in Esquire, Mother Jones Magazine, and Mademoiselle, and on Salon.com. She created an album-length spoken word collection of stories called, The Lynda Barry Experience, and was a frequent guest on the Late Show with David Letterman.

She also adapted her novel The Good Times Are Killing Me into a long-running off-Broadway play. In 2008, her book One! Hundred! Demons! was required reading for all incoming freshmen at Stanford University. Her novel Cruddy has been translated into French, Italian, German, Catalan, and Hebrew. She is currently at work on an illustrated novel called Mr. Birdis and a documentary in comic book form about industrial scale wind farms in Wisconsin.

 


Marilyn K. Cory Speaker Series/Ball State University
https://www.bsu.edu/calendar/events/academics/english/2018/9/27/hanif-abdurraqib?date=2018-09-27

Presents Hanif Abdurraqib
Thursday, September 27  7-9 PM
Teacher's College, Room 121

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Poet, essayist, and cultural critic Hanif Abdurraqib will speak and read from his work. His books include "They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us" and "The Crown Ain't Worth Much," and his work addresses a range of topics, including the n-word, racial profiling, and contemporary music and sports. The event will be held in TC 121.


Indy Reads Books
https://www.facebook.com/IndyReadsBooks/

911 Massachusetts Ave, Indianapolis, Indiana 46202

PFLAG presents: Sophie Labelle @ Indy Reads Books

Friday, September 28, 6pm – 9pm
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Sophie Labelle is a Canadian author, cartoonist, and public speaker. She is transgender and known for her webcomic Assigned Male detailing her experiences as a trans woman.She is active in the transgender rights movement and speaks on the subjects of trans history and transfeminism. PFLAG (Indianapolis Chapter) is sponsoring her visit.
http://assignedmale.tumblr.com/
https://www.assignedmale.com/

They Said: A Multi-Genre Anthology of Contemporary Collaborative Writing
Saturday, September 29, 7:00pm – 8:30pm

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Collaboration is one of the many ways that a conversation may happen between a reader and a text, or two writers. A They Said reading both encourages and celebrates that discourse. They Said: A Multi-Genre Anthology of Contemporary Collaborative Writing includes poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, as well as hybridized forms that push the boundaries of concepts like “genre” and “author.”
https://www.blacklawrence.com/they-said-a-multi-genre-anthology-of-contemporary-collaborative-writing/


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FAF Collective presents: Reflections
Public · Hosted by Face A Face


Saturday, September 29 at 7–9 PM
Hoy Polloy

2121 E 10th St, Indianapolis, Indiana 46201

Join FAF Collective fam for another poetry reading!
Our theme, "Reflections."
Featuring:
~ Elysia Lucinda, amazing local poet
~ John Leo, amazing local poet
~ Wendy Spacek, amazing poet and Monster House Press fam
~ Geno Jones, amazing poet/writer
~ Ari Attack + Spaceyammz, FAF Founders

$5 suggested donation



Writers Guild at Bloomington
https://writersguildbloomington.com/

Last Sunday Poetry Reading and Open Mic
Featuring Maria Hamilton Abegunde & Breon Rochelle Tyler
September 30, 2018 @ 3:00–4:30 pm
Monroe County Convention Center

Followed by an Open Mic
It’s all free!
Free parking in the back too.

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The Rufus & Louise Reiberg Reading Series at IUPUI
https://www.facebook.com/The-Rufus-Louise-Reiberg-Reading-Series-at-IUPUI-187997164587825/

The IUPUI Arts & Humanities Institute and the Rufus & Louise Reiberg Readings Series present writer Michael Martone- A celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the Reiberg Series!
With special guests R. Craig Sautter, Karen Kovacik, and Terry Kirts
 

Wednesday, October 3, 7 PM – 8:30 PM
IUPUI University Library

755 W Michigan St, Indianapolis, Indiana 46202
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Michael Martone's recent books are The Moon Over Wapakoneta, Brooding, Winesburg, Indiana, and Four for a Quarter. The University of Georgia Press published his book of essays, The Flatness and Other Landscapes, winner of the AWP Award for Nonfiction, in 2000. His stories and essays have appeared in Harper's, Esquire, North American Review, Iowa Review, and other magazines. Martone has won two Fellowships from the NEA and a grant from the Ingram Merrill Foundation. His stories and essays have appeared and been cited in the Pushcart Prize, The Best American Stories and The Best American Essays anthologies. In 2013 he received the national Indiana Authors Award, and in 2016, the Mark Twain Award for Distinguished Contribution to Midwestern Literature. Martone was born and grew up in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He attended Butler University and graduated from Indiana University. He holds the MA from The Writing Seminars of The Johns Hopkins University. Martone is currently a Professor at the University of Alabama where he has been teaching since 1996. He has been a faculty member of the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College since 1988.


Kellogg Writers Series/UIndy

https://events.uindy.edu/events/category/kellogg-writers-series/

John Jodzio: Fiction Reading
Wednesday, October 3, 7:30-8:30pm
Schwitzer Student Center, Trustees Dining Room (University of Indianapolis)

FREE, open to public
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John Jodzio’s work has been featured in a variety of places including This American Life, McSweeney’s, and One Story. He’s the author of the short story collections, Knockout, Get In If You Want To Live and If You Lived Here You’d Already Be Home.


Kelly Writers Series/Depauw University
https://www.depauw.edu/academics/departments-programs/english/visitingwritersseries/fall-2018/

Joshua Bennett (poet) is the author of The Sobbing School (National Poetry Series Winner, selected by Eugene Gloria).

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He will read Wednesday, October 3, 2018, at 7:30 PM in Peeler Art Center Auditorium.

Joshua Bennett received his Ph.D. in English from Princeton University. He was a member of the Society of Fellows at Harvard University, and has received fellowships from the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop, the Josephine de Karman Fellowship Trust, the Hurston/Wright Foundation, and the Ford Foundation. Bennett tours nationally and internationally as a performance artist and has recited his original work at the Sundance Film Festival, the NAACP Image Awards, and President Obama’s Evening of Poetry, Music, and the Spoken Word at the White House.


Poetry on Brick Street
https://www.facebook.com/poetryonbrickstreet/

Featuring Tracy Mishkin
Thursday, October 4;  7 p.m.

SullivanMunce Cultural Center
225 W. Hawthorne St., Zionsville.
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Tracy Mishkin, a frequent guest of Poetry on Brick Street, is back with a new chapbook, This Is Still Life (Brain Mill Press). Tracy is a call center veteran with a PhD and an MFA in creative writing from Butler University.Her previous chapbooks include I Almost Didn't Make It to McDonald's (Finishing Line Press) and The Night I Quit Flossing (Five Oaks Press).
An open mic follows this free program.


Purdue University Literary Reading Series
https://www.cla.purdue.edu/english/gradstudies/creativewriting/series.html

Presents author Mary Leader
Thursday, October 4th at 7:30 p.m.
Krannert Auditorium, Room 140

This event is free and open to the public.

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Mary Leader began writing poems in the midst of a career as a lawyer in her home state of Oklahoma. She holds a PhD in literature from Brandeis University and is currently Professor Emerita at Purdue University. Winner of the Iowa Poetry Prize and the National Poetry Series, Leader has just published her fourth book of poems, She Lives There Still (Shearsman Books, May 2018).


Visting Writers' Reading Series, Franklin College
https://www.facebook.com/events/2149409325318830/

An Evening with Emily Wilson
Thursday, October 4, 2018 at 7 PM
Richardson Chapel, Franklin College

101 Branigin Blvd, Franklin, IN 46131
Free and open to the public!
A reading and discussion with Dr. Emily Wilson. Books available for purchase from our friends at Wild Geese Bookshop.
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Dr. Emily Wilson, the first female translator of the Odyssey into English, is a Professor in the Department of Classical Studies and Chair of the Program in Comparative Literature and Literary Theory at the University of Pennsylvania. Her books include The Death of Socrates, 2007, and a new translation of selected tragedies by Seneca, 2010. She is the Classics editor of the Norton Anthology of Western Literature, 2013, and the revised Norton Anthology of World Literature, forthcoming later this year. She published The Greatest Empire: A life of Seneca, in 2014, and four translations of plays by Euripides in the Modern Library The Greek Plays (2016). Her verse translation of the Odyssey was published in November 2017.



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Thursday, October 11 at 6 PM - 8 PM
Indiana Writers Center
https://www.facebook.com/events/289007995227726/

Join visiting writer Michael Martone and poet Jessica Reed for an evening of prose and poetry. Both writers will present a reading of their work, followed by a book signing.
FREE EVENT!

Michael Martone, native of Fort Wayne, has been writing fiction and nonfiction about indiana and the Midwest for 40 years. His newest books are BROODING and THE MOON OVER WAPAKONETA: FICTIONS AND SCIENCE FICTIONS FROM INDIANA AND BEYOND. He has taught creative writing at Iowa State, Harvard, and Syracuse universities and currently teaches at the University of Alabama.

Jessica Reed’s chapbook, World, Composed (Finishing Line Press), is a dialogue with the ancient poet Lucretius about atoms. Her work has appeared in Crazyhorse; Conjunctions; The Indianapolis Review; North American Review; Bellingham Review; New American Writing; Colorado Review; Waxwing; 111O; Tinderbox Poetry Journal; Spiral Orb; The Fourth River; and elsewhere. She has a MFA in Poetry and a BS in Physics, both from Purdue University. She taught creative writing at Scottsdale Community College in Arizona and Ivy Tech Community College, and for the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth, where she designed special writing courses, such as “Writing Workshop: Where Art Meets Science”. She has taught science-themed poetry at an all-female STEM summer program in Dammam, Saudi Arabia and in Beijing, China for the Center for Excellence in Education. She teaches a year-long seminar at Butler University called “Physics and the Arts.” She lives in Danville, Indiana.

 


Indiana Humanities Poetry Tour with Tracy K. Smith
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Indiana Humanities, in partnership with Brick Street Poetry and the Indianapolis Public Library, are excited to welcome U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith to Indiana for a poetry tour from Nov. 27 to Nov. 29. The events will be held in Greencastle, Hanover, Indianapolis, and Shelbyville and will be free and open to the public. However, advance tickets are required and seating is limited. Reserve yours today. More information at: http://quantumleap.indianahumanities.org/qlpoetrytour/…

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Opportunities, Writers Conferences and Workshops, Contests and Submissions

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

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First Fridays at the Indiana Writers Center Come Write in!
Come in to write, and meet other writers.
FREE!

No membership required. Fresh baked goods will be provided. BYOB
Bring snacks to share if you want.
1125 E Brookside Ave., Ste B26 Indianapolis, IN 46202
First Fridays, 6-9 p.m.

Over sixty artists have galleries and exhibits open First Fridays at Circle City Industrial Complex.

 




Go here to enter the 2018 Slammin' Rhymes Challenge


 

 

Go here for the Submission Page
 

Go here for the October Submission Calendar





2018 Steel Pen Creative Writers' Conference


The full-day conference will be held on Saturday, October 27, with keynote speaker Michael Poore. Come join us at the conference center at Fair Oaks Farms, located on I-65 just north of Rensselaer, Indiana.

Although registration runs through October 15, there are advantages to registering early.

Early registration fees are $60 for Indiana Writers' Consortium members and $70 for nonmembers. These prices will increase by $10 on July 15 and by an additional $10 on September 15. Students can register for $45 throughout the registration period.

There are limited slots available for manuscript reviews, and we expect them to fill up early. Later registrants will not have this opportunity. More details about manuscript reviews can be found on the website at www.steelpenconference.org.

To register, go to www.steelpenconference.org. This is also the place to find additional information about the keynote speaker, the break-out sessions, making hotel reservations, consigning books to the conference bookstore, and applying for scholarships.





The Indianapolis Review
is an online journal based in Indianapolis looking to publish fresh poetry and art. We have a focus on connecting and promoting the writers and artists of our region, but we also want to showcase poetry from all over the country and the world. We are interested in all aesthetics and voices, and only concerned with the art itself. We are assembling our current issue, and we would be happy to receive your submission! Please see the guidelines under “Submissions” in the Menu. Visit us at https://theindianapolisreview.com/.


 

 
Cosmonauts Avenue is an online, monthly literary journal run by women and non-binary folks dedicated to elevating and amplifying underrepresented voices. We publish fiction, poetry, nonfiction, interviews, and more, from writers around the world, in English and in translation. Submissions are free and always will be. This is one way we hope to remain accessible to all writers, whether new or emerging or established.

We are committed to providing a platform for folks who are marginalized in the literary community, including but not limited to people of color, ciswomen, trans men and women, nonbinary people, members of the LGBQA community, and people with disabilities. We want to elevate underrepresented voices and include a wide range of identities and experiences. We want work that pays careful attention to craft while remaining urgent and surprising.

As Beyoncé might say, we want your most flawless work. We can’t wait to read it. We believe in you.
Go here to learn more and submit



 
Poor Joker Press is a Chicago-based indie publisher focusing on meaningful, well-crafted, short-form writing.  All titles from Poor Joker Press are printed in a 3.5 x 5-inch format, allowing readers to carry our stories with them -- in pockets, on city trains, in purses and on the move.

Call for submissions:

 Poor Joker Press publishes literary fiction, nonfiction and memoirs. We only accept submissions between 4,000 and 7,000 words. All submissions that follow our guidelines are considered. Please submit to poorjokersubmissions@gmail.com and ensure:

  • Name, email, phone number and brief bio are included on first page
  • PDF file (no other file types are accepted)
  • Page numbers are included
  • Genre is listed (non-fiction/fiction/memoir, etc.)
  • Get all the details here: https://www.poorjokerpress.com/submissions


     

    The Northwest Indiana Literary Journal is seeking submissions of short stories, flash fiction, poetry, humor, photography, and art. https://northwestindianaliteraryjournal.wordpress.com/submissions/



     




    Call for submissions
    BRANCHES invites submission of essays, artwork, poetry, and photographs. Submissions must be written or created by Hoosiers or feature topics directly related to life in Indiana.  Send essays, artwork, and/or calendar items to the editor.  Branches has rolling monthly deadlines.
    Go here for all the submission details:
    http://www.branches.com/submissions/


     

    Has many opportunities for writers.  Check their website: http://thegeekypress.com/

    Check here for submissions: https://thegeekypress.submittable.com/submit

    Join the #WritersHack Meet Up Group.

    The biggest impediment to writing: making time. Need motivation? The Writers Hack (#WritersHack) is a group of Indianapolis writers who gather in local coffee shops and eateries for short bursts of awesomeness.

    Our gatherings are sometimes as small as two people and sometimes as large as ten. We usually do some quick introductions, and then start writing. We keep talking to a minimum until there’s about 10 or 15 minutes left. Then all bets are off.

    Here’s what is important for you to know: There are no requirements for attending. We aren’t just looking for professionals (although some of us are). We aren’t looking for people who can help us get published (although some of us might). This is just a group of people who want to carve out time to write without justifying why. This is a group of people who want to commune with other writers over words, coffee, beer, or food.



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    Where to Submit: September, October, and November 2018

    Static submission guidelines can always be found here, as well as on our current calls for submissions page. Thanks for considering us as a home for your work!





    The Butler Bridge Program


    Students grades 3-12 are invited to join us to strengthen and explore their writing skills during an afternoon of fun and adventure.

    We are pleased to offer the Butler Bridge Program to students in grades 3–12. The program draws on Butler's remarkable resources to build a bridge between Butler and its community, as well as between students who aspire to higher education and the professors, professional writers, teachers, and college mentors who are eager to share what they know.

    Our Vision: Butler Bridge programs combine learning, laughter, and compassion to inspire young writers and readers. The programs connect bright, young people with talented mentors and like-minded peers to nurture intellectual and artistic discovery.

    This learning-rich community rejects a narrow version of education, in which, too often, assessment structures learning. We reach for a goal that is harder to define:  enhancing creativity, developing the imagination, finding our own voices. We help our students and campers be so engaged with the joys of the literary arts that they don’t even notice how much they are learning.

    Click here for more information.

    For accessibility information or to request disability-related accommodations, please visit www.butler.edu/event-accommodations/.

     

    speakyourstory.org


    Creating a new female narrative one story at a time.

    Every form of personal expression has a home at speakyourstory.org. SpeakYourStory passionately believes in a future where all women, from all walks of life, are empowered to say, “I exist and my stories matter.” Our story sharing platform is designed to be inclusive, compassionate and safe. We will not edit your stories and we publish everything that we receive. We honor every woman’s unique voice and encourage all forms of self-expression. Your story may be a song, a poem, an audio recording, video, a painting, written words, or a photograph. Literally, anything that speaks to your true self has a home here. Please share your pictures, paintings, poems, videos and writing HERE.  

     

     

    Hip Mama magazine is looking for unique, creative, strong, edgy, alternative parenting stories for upcoming issues.
    Check out the magazine here.

    Send submissions to: hipsubmissions@gmail.com 


    Poets & Writers: New Writing Contest Deadlines!

    For information regarding writing contests and deadlines: Go Here

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    Opportunities, Writers Conferences and Workshops, Contests and Submissions

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



    Last days to send in your book for the Etchings Press 2018 Whirling Prize: postmark deadline 9/1/18!
    For this annual competition, students at the University of Indianapolis have selected the theme of disability. They are interested in reading books with a focus on disabilities either visible
    (manifesting in symptoms people see and respond to) or invisible (like mental illness, addiction, learning disabilities). Students will judge the competition, selecting two books to honor. All writers focusing on related topics of any genre are welcome to participate if their books have been published since January 2016.

    Winners will receive a $500 cash prize and 25 copies of a letterpress broadside designed by students of Hullabaloo Press. The winners will also be featured in an episode of a literary podcast that will air in winter 2019, discussing their work and craft with the student judges. The guidelines may be found at http://blogs.uindy.edu/etchings/whirling-prize/.




    Go here to learn all the details



    Indiana Teachers of Writing is excited to announce that the Indiana Department of Education will be presenting at our 38th Annual Fall Conference!  They will be sharing information about the new ILEARN writing prompts and rubrics. 

    We have also confirmed interactive sessions and roundtable discussions for the conference on September 22nd.  Presenters range from elementary to college Indiana educators. 

    There is only one more week until Early Bird Registration closes on August 24th.  Register soon to qualify for the discount! Please check out our website to register.  

     




     
    Our love of flash fiction runs deep. We are proud to now offer a contest dedicated solely to flash twice a year. This is the first time we have offered a summer contest for tiny and mighty fiction. The winning writer will be awarded $3000 and publication on The Masters Review site. Second and third place will be awarded $300 and $200, respectively, as well as publication in The Masters Review. So here it is: a home for your very best small fiction.
    Deadline to submit, September 28th.
    Go here to submit

    September Deadlines: 13 Lit Mags & Contests with Deadlines This Month




    https://lafayettewritersstudio.com/
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    2018 Steel Pen Creative Writers' Conference


    The full-day conference will be held on Saturday, October 27, with keynote speaker Michael Poore. Come join us at the conference center at Fair Oaks Farms, located on I-65 just north of Rensselaer, Indiana.

    Although registration runs through October 15, there are advantages to registering early.

    Early registration fees are $60 for Indiana Writers' Consortium members and $70 for nonmembers. These prices will increase by $10 on July 15 and by an additional $10 on September 15. Students can register for $45 throughout the registration period.

    There are limited slots available for manuscript reviews, and we expect them to fill up early. Later registrants will not have this opportunity. More details about manuscript reviews can be found on the website at www.steelpenconference.org.

    To register, go to www.steelpenconference.org. This is also the place to find additional information about the keynote speaker, the break-out sessions, making hotel reservations, consigning books to the conference bookstore, and applying for scholarships.



    2018-2019 Grants & Fellowships offered this cycle:

    PEN/Phyllis Naylor Working Writer Fellowship for Children’s/YA Fiction ($5,000)
    The PEN/Phyllis Naylor Working Writer Fellowship is offered annually to an author of children’s or young-adult fiction whose work is of high literary caliber, and is designed to assist a writer at a crucial moment in their career to complete a book-length work-in-progress. Deadline October 1, 2018.

    https://pen.org/




    The Indianapolis Review
    is an online journal based in Indianapolis looking to publish fresh poetry and art. We have a focus on connecting and promoting the writers and artists of our region, but we also want to showcase poetry from all over the country and the world. We are interested in all aesthetics and voices, and only concerned with the art itself. We are assembling our current issue, and we would be happy to receive your submission! Please see the guidelines under “Submissions” in the Menu. Visit us at https://theindianapolisreview.com/.



     

    Described by The Irish Times as a 'Dragon's Den for writers', the Novel Fair is an Irish Writers Centre initiative which aims to introduce up-and-coming writers to top publishers and literary agents, giving novelists the opportunity to bypass the slush pile, pitch their ideas and place their synopsis and sample chapters directly into the hands of publishers and agents.

    Find out more about Novel Fair here >>>

    DEADLINE: 5pm, Friday 28 September, 2018 



     
    Cosmonauts Avenue is an online, monthly literary journal run by women and non-binary folks dedicated to elevating and amplifying underrepresented voices. We publish fiction, poetry, nonfiction, interviews, and more, from writers around the world, in English and in translation. Submissions are free and always will be. This is one way we hope to remain accessible to all writers, whether new or emerging or established.

    We are committed to providing a platform for folks who are marginalized in the literary community, including but not limited to people of color, ciswomen, trans men and women, nonbinary people, members of the LGBQA community, and people with disabilities. We want to elevate underrepresented voices and include a wide range of identities and experiences. We want work that pays careful attention to craft while remaining urgent and surprising.

    As Beyoncé might say, we want your most flawless work. We can’t wait to read it. We believe in you.
    Go here to learn more and submit


     
    Poor Joker Press is a Chicago-based indie publisher focusing on meaningful, well-crafted, short-form writing.  All titles from Poor Joker Press are printed in a 3.5 x 5-inch format, allowing readers to carry our stories with them -- in pockets, on city trains, in purses and on the move.

    Call for submissions:

     Poor Joker Press publishes literary fiction, nonfiction and memoirs. We only accept submissions between 4,000 and 7,000 words. All submissions that follow our guidelines are considered. Please submit to poorjokersubmissions@gmail.com and ensure:

  • Name, email, phone number and brief bio are included on first page
  • PDF file (no other file types are accepted)
  • Page numbers are included
  • Genre is listed (non-fiction/fiction/memoir, etc.)
  • Get all the details here: https://www.poorjokerpress.com/submissions


     

    The Northwest Indiana Literary Journal is seeking submissions of short stories, flash fiction, poetry, humor, photography, and art. https://northwestindianaliteraryjournal.wordpress.com/submissions/



     




    Call for submissions
    BRANCHES invites submission of essays, artwork, poetry, and photographs. Submissions must be written or created by Hoosiers or feature topics directly related to life in Indiana.  Send essays, artwork, and/or calendar items to the editor.  Branches has rolling monthly deadlines.
    Go here for all the submission details:
    http://www.branches.com/submissions/


     

    Has many opportunities for writers.  Check their website: http://thegeekypress.com/

    Check here for submissions: https://thegeekypress.submittable.com/submit

    Join the #WritersHack Meet Up Group.

    The biggest impediment to writing: making time. Need motivation? The Writers Hack (#WritersHack) is a group of Indianapolis writers who gather in local coffee shops and eateries for short bursts of awesomeness.

    Our gatherings are sometimes as small as two people and sometimes as large as ten. We usually do some quick introductions, and then start writing. We keep talking to a minimum until there’s about 10 or 15 minutes left. Then all bets are off.

    Here’s what is important for you to know: There are no requirements for attending. We aren’t just looking for professionals (although some of us are). We aren’t looking for people who can help us get published (although some of us might). This is just a group of people who want to carve out time to write without justifying why. This is a group of people who want to commune with other writers over words, coffee, beer, or food.



    Entrophy Magazine

    Where to Submit: June, July, and August 2018

    Static submission guidelines can always be found here, as well as on our current calls for submissions page. Thanks for considering us as a home for your work!





    The Butler Bridge Program


    Students grades 3-12 are invited to join us to strengthen and explore their writing skills during an afternoon of fun and adventure.

    We are pleased to offer the Butler Bridge Program to students in grades 3–12. The program draws on Butler's remarkable resources to build a bridge between Butler and its community, as well as between students who aspire to higher education and the professors, professional writers, teachers, and college mentors who are eager to share what they know.

    Our Vision: Butler Bridge programs combine learning, laughter, and compassion to inspire young writers and readers. The programs connect bright, young people with talented mentors and like-minded peers to nurture intellectual and artistic discovery.

    This learning-rich community rejects a narrow version of education, in which, too often, assessment structures learning. We reach for a goal that is harder to define:  enhancing creativity, developing the imagination, finding our own voices. We help our students and campers be so engaged with the joys of the literary arts that they don’t even notice how much they are learning.

    Click here for more information.

    For accessibility information or to request disability-related accommodations, please visit www.butler.edu/event-accommodations/.

     

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    Creating a new female narrative one story at a time.

    Every form of personal expression has a home at speakyourstory.org. SpeakYourStory passionately believes in a future where all women, from all walks of life, are empowered to say, “I exist and my stories matter.” Our story sharing platform is designed to be inclusive, compassionate and safe. We will not edit your stories and we publish everything that we receive. We honor every woman’s unique voice and encourage all forms of self-expression. Your story may be a song, a poem, an audio recording, video, a painting, written words, or a photograph. Literally, anything that speaks to your true self has a home here. Please share your pictures, paintings, poems, videos and writing HERE.  

     

     

    Hip Mama magazine is looking for unique, creative, strong, edgy, alternative parenting stories for upcoming issues.
    Check out the magazine here.

    Send submissions to: hipsubmissions@gmail.com 


    Poets & Writers: New Writing Contest Deadlines!

    For information regarding writing contests and deadlines: Go Here

    Written by Roxanna Santoro — August 07, 2018

    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 Poets Laureate of Lawrence
    (www.artsforlawrence.org)
     
    Tuesday, August 28  from 7-9 pm
    The Theater at the Fort on Indy's east side
    8920 Otis Avenue, Lawrence, 46226
    (Take 56th Street to Post Road. Go North on Post and West on Otis.)

    Please join us at The Poets Laureate of Lawrence – each month we host a monthly featured poet followed by an open reading that happens every 4th Tuesday of the month.

    This month we are meeting for a poetry gifting and writing night, instead of a featured poet.  Bring 15 photocopies of one poem that currently inspires you (by an author other than yourself).  We will read aloud these poems, then spend time writing our own poems mirroring or responding to what inspires us. Everyone will go home with a collection of the groups’ chosen poems and a draft of a new poem.


    Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library
    https://www.facebook.com/VonnegutLibrary/


    A Vonnegut Reading with Chris Lafave!
    Wednesday, August 29 at 6:30 PM
    at Dorman Street
    901 Dorman St, Indianapolis, IN 46202

    Chris Lafave will be reading selections from Kurt Vonnegut's 1974 collection of essays "Wampeters, Foma and Granfalloons!" Check out our event page for details and let us know if you'll be joining!
    Chris Lafave
    Our curator likes to talk Vonnegut, not just at the museum but at his favorite Indianapolis bar as well. Dorman Street has the best jukebox, pool table, cocktails, beer, and frozen pizza in town! Come join Chris for a discussion on "Biafra: A People Betrayed," "Address to Graduating Class at Bennington College, 1970," and "Torture and Blubber" from Kurt's 1974 collection of essays "Wampeters, Foma and Granfalloons!"


    Spoken Word Stage at 4th Street Arts Festival
    Presented by the Writers Guild at Bloomington
    Supported in part by the Bloomington Arts Commission

    Labor Day Weekend
    Saturday, September 1: 10am – 6pm
    Sunday, September 2: 10am – 5pm
    Intersection of Dunn and Fourth Streets
    Fourth Street Festival of the Arts and Crafts
    www.4thstreet.org

    Now in its 8th year, the Spoken Word Stage at the 4th Street Arts Festival is one of the largest literary performance events in the Midwest, featuring storytelling, poetry, fiction, non-fiction, live radio theatre, and other unique collaborations.  And of course, the ever-popular Poetry on Demand table will be staffed with a fleet of poets armed with typewriters ready to deliver!

    If you are interested in volunteering for the upcoming SPOKEN WORD STAGE at the 4th Street Festival in September, contact executive director Tony Brewer at contact@writersguildbloomington.com
    Go here to view the entire schedule


    Kelly Writers Series/DePauw University
    https://www.depauw.edu/academics/departments-programs/english/visitingwritersseries/fall-2018/

    Chris White (fiction and dramatic writer) is the author of The Life List of Adrian Mandrick (named a Best New Book of 2018 by The Chicago Review of Books)
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    She will read Wednesday, September 5, 2018, at 7:30 PM in Thompson Recital Hall, Green Center for the Performing Arts.

    “An intense, poignant debut...This engaging, unusual novel successfully combines the best elements of a psychological portrait, a travel adventure, and a suspenseful mystery. —Library Journal (starred review)

    Chris White is professor of English and Creative Writing at DePauw University. The Life List of Adrian Mandrick is her first novel.


    Poetry on Brick Street
    featuring Donald Platt
    Thursday, Sept. 6; 7 p.m.
    at SullivanMunce Cultural Center, 225 W. Hawthorne St., Zionsville.

    Join us to greet Brick Street poetry audience favorite Donald Platt. An open mic will follow the reading. The event is free.
    Donald Platt
    Platt is the author of Tornadoesque (2016), Dirt Angels (New Issues Press, 2009), My Father Says Grace (Arkansas University Press, 2007), Cloud Atlas (Purdue University Press, 2002), and Fresh Peaches, Fireworks, & Guns (Purdue University Press, 1994). His honors include the Discovery/The Nation Poetry Prize, the Paumanok Poetry Prize, two Verna Emery Poetry Prizes, and two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts. He teaches at Purdue University and lives in West Lafayette, Ind.

     

    Vivian S. Delbrook Visiting Writers Series/Butler University
    https://www.butler.edu/vws

    Brando Skyhorse 
    Thursday, September 6, 7:30 PM
    Atherton Union, Reilly Room

    Brando Skyhorse’s debut novel The Madonnas of Echo Park received the 2011 PEN/Hemingway Award and the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. The book was also a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers pick. Take This Man: A Memoir was an Amazon Best Book of the Month selection and was named by Kirkus Reviews as one the Best Nonfiction Books of the year.

    Skyhorse has also co-edited an anthology, We Wear the Mask:15 True Stories About Passing in America. He has been awarded fellowships at Ucross Foundation and the Breadloaf Writers’ Conference and was the Jenny McKean Moore Writer in Washington Fellow at George Washington University. Skyhorse is an Associate Professor at Indiana University Bloomington, where he teaches in the MFA Program in Creative Writing. He is currently writing a new novel.


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    Indiana Prison Writers Workshop
    (program) to hold a traveling exhibit from 6-10pm on Friday, September 7 at Rabble Coffee House in Indianapolis, Ind., featuring work by both free and incarcerated artists. The collection was curated by Indiana Prison Writers Workshop. No monies will be accepted on behalf of the artists work.

    Indiana Prison Writers Workshop's mission is to improve the lives of those incarcerated through writing and expression. The certificate-based workshop, in partnership with the Department of Corrections, advances critical-thinking and problem-solving skills and uncovers issues once buried. IPWW prepares men and women for successful re-entry and the tempo of life in the free society through creative writing and improved communications.


    Indy Reads Books
    https://www.facebook.com/events/188532355142732/
    911 Massachusetts Ave, Indianapolis, Indiana 46202

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    Friday, September 7 at 7 PM - 9 PM

    Sarah and Kate would love to see you at the the launch party for their two new books of flash fiction on First Friday downtown!   They'll read stories that navigate the personal, the political, and the magical, particularly surrounding women's lives and relationships. Snacks and conversation will follow the event.

    Sarah Layden   (www.sarahlayden.com)

    Sarah Layden’s The Story I Tell Myself About Myself, winner of the inaugural Sonder Press Chapbook Competition, is an intimate, deftly crafted collection. The fictions housed here, while brief, are delicate and deliberate, each capturing at once the vast, fleeting fragility of our existence and the singular, profound experience of each moment lived. And while these are stories of abandonment and regret, of desire, guilt and longing, there is love and good intention, faith and wonder here, as well. Layden crafts her prose with precision and a keen understanding of the nuance of language. Each story is a measured mouthful, sweet and full on the tongue. The Story I Tell Myself About Myself tells the story of all of us, the spectrum of our lives laid bare, our own reflection refracted.

    Sarah is the author of the novel Trip Through Your Wires (Engine Books), and her short stories appear in Boston Review, Booth, PANK, Artful Dodge, and elsewhere. Her essays can be found in Salon, Ladies' Home Journal, and The Humanist, among others. The Story I Tell Myself About Myself, flash fiction, won the Sonder Press 2017 Chapbook Competition. She teaches creative writing at IUPUI and the Indiana Writers Center.

    Kate Gehan (www.kategehan.com)

    The Girl and the Fox Pirate (Mojave River Press), Kate Gehan’s debut collection of thirty-four stories, is a wry, tender, and inventive exploration of the ways we manage relationships with our siblings, spouses, children, and even ourselves. Qualities of magic realism permeate her writing as characters navigate problems in a world where tumultuous emotions may literally burst into flight. In “Now They Would Behave” a family’s discord manifests as an escaped dragon they must tame. In “It Grew to a Certain Size,” a mother blames herself for her daughter’s death and finds solace conversing with her talking pet pig. In “New Wavelengths” a woman harnesses unexpected natural power to seek revenge on her harasser. Gehan also lasers her insight to critique narrow definitions of female beauty, ultimately inviting us to envision a more glorious society.

    Kate was born and raised in New York City and is a graduate of Haverford College and Emerson College's MFA program. Among many publications, her writing has appeared in McSweeney's Internet Tendency, Split Lip Magazine, Literary Mama, People Holding, and as a winner of Midwestern Gothic's Flash Fiction Summer 2016 series. Kate read as a cast member of the 2014 Listen to Your Mother Show and her work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, The Best of the Net, and Wigleaf's 50 (Very) Short Fictions. She has lived with her family in the Indianapolis area for over a decade.



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    Come one, come all, to the most joyful poetry event in all America!

    Join us at the Butler University/Efroymson Center for Creative Writing Saturday, Sept 8 from 2 to 8:00PM for the Divedapper Poetry Carnival,
    featuring a rotation of delights: live music, fair food, carnival games conducted by beautiful people with perfect hair, and poetry readings from Nicole Sealey, Ross Gay, and Tarfia Faizullah – they all have perfect hair too. There will be youth workshops and workshops for adults, free swag, free food, free booze—the whole celebration is totally free!

    Presented in cooperation with Butler University, the Divedapper Poetry Carnival aims to obliterate the idea that poetry is obtuse, or unapproachable, or in any way un-fun. Spend the day with us. Listen to words, write some of your own, eat a corn dog. It's going to be a good time.
    Go here to see the entire schedule.


    Second Flight Books
    2200 Elmwood Ave. Suite D-7, Lafayette, Indiana 47904

    YA Author Event: Annie Sullivan signing A Touch of Gold
    Saturday, September 8 at 1 PM - 2 PM
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    We're excited to host author Annie Sullivan, who will be signing her buzzed about her novel, A Touch of Gold.

    Gold is wealth. Wealth is power. Power is a curse. King Midas once had the ability to turn all he touched into gold. But after his gift—or curse—almost killed his daughter, Midas relinquished The Touch forever. Ten years later, Princess Kora still bears the consequences of her father’s wish: her skin shines golden, rumors follow her everywhere she goes, and she harbors secret powers that are getting harder to hide...

    Annie Sullivan graduated in December 2012 with her MFA in creative writing from Butler University. Her work has been featured in Curly Red Stories and Punchnel’s. Her novel, Goldilocks, won the Luminis Books Award at the 2013 Midwest Writers Workshop. She lives in Indianapolis and loves traveling and exploring new cultures. When she’s not off on her own adventures, she’s working as the Copy Specialist at John Wiley and Sons, Inc. publishing company, having also worked there in Editorial and Publicity roles.



    Breakout small
    Monday, September 10 at 7-9 PM
    Tube Factory artspace

    1125 Cruft St, Indianapolis, Indiana 46203
    Free
    Get your free ticket

    Every year PEN America sets aside an evening to celebrate and recognize excellence in writing from people in prison. This year’s program, “Break Out: Voices from the Inside,” commemorates the 1971 Attica Prison Uprising and PEN’s Prison Writing Program, which was founded in its aftermath and now reaches more than 20,000 incarcerated writers annually.

    As part of PEN America’s national outreach initiative, PEN Across America, the Indiana Writers Center has invited local writers to read writing by people incarcerated in the Indiana prison system, and writing by winners of the PEN America Writing Contest on Monday, September 10 at 7:00 pm. The free reading will be held at Tube Factory. Please join us in honoring the struggle for free expression in prison and the importance of writing as an act of creative resistance and triumph.



    silhouette-1992390__340-300x233Indy Story Slam
    September 11, 2018 @ 7:00–8:30 pm
    IndyFringe Basile Theatre
    719 E St Clair St, Indianapolis, IN 46202
    $10.00

    Gather your friends to participate in the Indy Story Slam produced by IndyFringe and Storytelling Arts of Indiana. The Slam theme is “Saving the World.” These up-to-five minute personal stories must be true, told in the first person and based on the theme. The theme is broad and may be interpreted many ways. (no props nor reading from the page.)

    The slam judges are picked from the audience along with a time keeper and score keeper so if you don’t want to tell, you can still participate. Our host, Celestine Bloomfield will pick ten names of those who want to tell from a hat at the top of the show.

    The first place winner will open for Vicki Juditz, a Moth GrandSLAM winner on Saturday, September 22, 2018 at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center. Second and third place winners will receive complimentary tickets to an upcoming storytelling performance and IndyFringe performance.

    Cash Bar and Snacks Available


    Poets Attack! With Adrian Matejka, Noah Baldino, & Manon Voice
    https://www.facebook.com/events/328920967675545/

    Wednesday, September 26 at 7 PM – 8:30 PM
    Irvington Vinyl & Books
    9 Johnson Ave, Indianapolis, Indiana 46219

    Get in, get culture, get out. This is the motto of Poets Attack. The last Wednesday of each month, for 90 minutes or less, Irvington Vinyl & Books hosts two talented local poets and pairs them with visiting writers from out of state. The goal is to connect Hoosier poets with writers from across the United States, and to build relationships between our local scene and the world outside. We believe poetry is meant for everybody; that’s why we keep our readings short and our admission free. Poetry For All.

    Noah Baldino's poems have appeared in Poetry Magazine, Black Warrior Review, Kenyon Review, and elsewhere. They are a poetry editor for the Sycamore Review. They were a finalist for the 2018 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Poetry Prize.

    Adrian Matejka is the author of four books, including Map to the Stars and the Big Smoke, which earned him a nomination for the National Book award and the Pulitzer Prize in poetry. Indianapolis's own hometown hero, his long list of prizes includes a Pushcart, a fellowship from the Guggenheim Foundation, and many many more. He is the poet laureate of Indiana.


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    Thursday, October 11 at 6 PM - 8 PM
    Indiana Writers Center
    https://www.facebook.com/events/289007995227726/

    Join visiting writer Michael Martone and poet Jessica Reed for an evening of prose and poetry. Both writers will present a reading of their work, followed by a book signing.
    FREE EVENT!

    Michael Martone, native of Fort Wayne, has been writing fiction and nonfiction about indiana and the Midwest for 40 years. His newest books are BROODING and THE MOON OVER WAPAKONETA: FICTIONS AND SCIENCE FICTIONS FROM INDIANA AND BEYOND. He has taught creative writing at Iowa State, Harvard, and Syracuse universities and currently teaches at the University of Alabama.

    Jessica Reed’s chapbook, World, Composed (Finishing Line Press), is a dialogue with the ancient poet Lucretius about atoms. Her work has appeared in Crazyhorse; Conjunctions; The Indianapolis Review; North American Review; Bellingham Review; New American Writing; Colorado Review; Waxwing; 111O; Tinderbox Poetry Journal; Spiral Orb; The Fourth River; and elsewhere. She has a MFA in Poetry and a BS in Physics, both from Purdue University. She taught creative writing at Scottsdale Community College in Arizona and Ivy Tech Community College, and for the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth, where she designed special writing courses, such as “Writing Workshop: Where Art Meets Science”. She has taught science-themed poetry at an all-female STEM summer program in Dammam, Saudi Arabia and in Beijing, China for the Center for Excellence in Education. She teaches a year-long seminar at Butler University called “Physics and the Arts.” She lives in Danville, Indiana.

     


    Indiana Humanities Poetry Tour with Tracy K. Smith
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    Indiana Humanities, in partnership with Brick Street Poetry and the Indianapolis Public Library, are excited to welcome U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith to Indiana for a poetry tour from Nov. 27 to Nov. 29. The events will be held in Greencastle, Hanover, Indianapolis, and Shelbyville and will be free and open to the public. However, advance tickets are required and seating is limited. Reserve yours today. More information at: http://quantumleap.indianahumanities.org/qlpoetrytour/…

    Written by Roxanna Santoro — August 07, 2018

    Opportunities, Writers Conferences and Workshops, Contests and Submissions

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


     








    PEN America, a human rights and literary arts nonprofit, is pleased to announce that the 2019 Emerging Voices Fellowship application period is now open nationwide.
    The deadline for applications is August 1, 2018. For information visit

    https://pen.submittable.com/submit/116936/2019-pen-america-emerging-voices-fellowship-applicationeligibility

    . Follow updates on Facebook and Twitter @pen_ev

     


    2018-2019 Grants & Fellowships offered this cycle:

    PEN/Phyllis Naylor Working Writer Fellowship for Children’s/YA Fiction ($5,000)
    The PEN/Phyllis Naylor Working Writer Fellowship is offered annually to an author of children’s or young-adult fiction whose work is of high literary caliber, and is designed to assist a writer at a crucial moment in their career to complete a book-length work-in-progress. Deadline October 1, 2018.

    PEN/Jean Stein Grant for Literary Oral History ($10,000)
    The PEN/Jean Stein Grant for Literary Oral History is offered annually to an author of a literary work of nonfiction that uses oral history to illuminate an event, individual, place, or movement, and is designed to assist a writer at a crucial moment in their work-in-progress. Deadline August 15, 2018.

    PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grant ($2,000-4,000)
    The PEN/Heim Translation Fund provides grants to support the translation of book-length works of fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, or drama that have not previously appeared in English in print or have appeared only in an outdated or otherwise flawed translation. Deadline July 20, 2018.

    PEN America Writing for Justice Fellowship
    The inaugural PEN America Writing for Justice Fellowship will commission six writers—emerging or established—to create written works of lasting merit that illuminate critical issues related to mass incarceration and catalyze public debate. Deadline July 1, 2018.

    https://pen.org/





    Inside the Levi & Catharine Coffin House: A Poetry Workshop

    When: Saturday, August 25, 10 AM-4 PM
    Where: The Levi & Catharine Coffin State Historic Site, Interpretive Center, 201 US 27 North, Fountain City, IN
    Who: Adults and High School Students; from beginning to advanced poets
    To Register: Email Shari Wagner through her website at
    https://www.throughthesycamores.com/poets-in-the-parks.html

    Registration is limited to 10 participants.

    Join Shari Wagner, IWC Instructor and Former Indiana Poet Laureate, for an all-day writing workshop at the Underground Railroad’s Grand Central Station. Activities will include a discussion of prompts and models, collaborative and individual writing exercises, and a guided tour of the Coffin House ($10 Adults, $8 Seniors, $5 High School Students 17 and under).

    Except for the cost of the tour, this workshop is free, supported by the Arts in the Parks and Historic Sites program, an initiative of the Indiana Arts Commission




    2018 Steel Pen Creative Writers' Conference


    The full-day conference will be held on Saturday, October 27, with keynote speaker Michael Poore. Come join us at the conference center at Fair Oaks Farms, located on I-65 just north of Rensselaer, Indiana.

    Although registration runs through October 15, there are advantages to registering early.

    Early registration fees are $60 for Indiana Writers' Consortium members and $70 for nonmembers. These prices will increase by $10 on July 15 and by an additional $10 on September 15. Students can register for $45 throughout the registration period.

    There are limited slots available for manuscript reviews, and we expect them to fill up early. Later registrants will not have this opportunity. More details about manuscript reviews can be found on the website at www.steelpenconference.org.

    To register, go to www.steelpenconference.org. This is also the place to find additional information about the keynote speaker, the break-out sessions, making hotel reservations, consigning books to the conference bookstore, and applying for scholarships.




    The Indianapolis Review
    is an online journal based in Indianapolis looking to publish fresh poetry and art. We have a focus on connecting and promoting the writers and artists of our region, but we also want to showcase poetry from all over the country and the world. We are interested in all aesthetics and voices, and only concerned with the art itself. We are assembling our current issue, and we would be happy to receive your submission! Please see the guidelines under “Submissions” in the Menu. Visit us at https://theindianapolisreview.com/.




     

    Described by The Irish Times as a 'Dragon's Den for writers', the Novel Fair is an Irish Writers Centre initiative which aims to introduce up-and-coming writers to top publishers and literary agents, giving novelists the opportunity to bypass the slush pile, pitch their ideas and place their synopsis and sample chapters directly into the hands of publishers and agents.

    Find out more about Novel Fair here >>>

    DEADLINE: 5pm, Friday 28 September, 2018 





    http://www.10minutenovelists.com/10-minute-novelists-conference-2018/

    Registration is still open!  New 1- and 2-day tickets for local writers.

    The first-ever conference for 10 Minute Novelists will be held at the Embassy Suites in the greater Cincinnati, OH area.

     Register with this link!


     

    Our Summer Short Story Award for New Writers is now open to submissions! The winning story will be awarded $3000 and publication online. Second and third place stories will be awarded publication and $300 and $200 respectively. All winners and honorable mentions will receive agency review. DEADLINE: July 31. Check out all the details here.

     



    Cosmonauts Avenue is an online, monthly literary journal run by women and non-binary folks dedicated to elevating and amplifying underrepresented voices. We publish fiction, poetry, nonfiction, interviews, and more, from writers around the world, in English and in translation. Submissions are free and always will be. This is one way we hope to remain accessible to all writers, whether new or emerging or established.

    We are committed to providing a platform for folks who are marginalized in the literary community, including but not limited to people of color, ciswomen, trans men and women, nonbinary people, members of the LGBQA community, and people with disabilities. We want to elevate underrepresented voices and include a wide range of identities and experiences. We want work that pays careful attention to craft while remaining urgent and surprising.

    As Beyoncé might say, we want your most flawless work. We can’t wait to read it. We believe in you.
    Go here to learn more and submit


     
    Poor Joker Press is a Chicago-based indie publisher focusing on meaningful, well-crafted, short-form writing.  All titles from Poor Joker Press are printed in a 3.5 x 5-inch format, allowing readers to carry our stories with them -- in pockets, on city trains, in purses and on the move.

    Call for submissions:

     Poor Joker Press publishes literary fiction, nonfiction and memoirs. We only accept submissions between 4,000 and 7,000 words. All submissions that follow our guidelines are considered. Please submit to poorjokersubmissions@gmail.com and ensure:

    • Name, email, phone number and brief bio are included on first page
    • PDF file (no other file types are accepted)
    • Page numbers are included
    • Genre is listed (non-fiction/fiction/memoir, etc.)

    Get all the details here: https://www.poorjokerpress.com/submissions


     

    The University of New Orleans Press is excited to announce that our fourth annual UNO Press Publishing Lab Prize

     

    The University of New Orleans Press is looking for full-length fiction manuscripts, either novels or short story collections, for the fourth annual Publishing Lab Prize. The selected author will receive a thousand dollar ($1,000) advance on royalties and a contract to publish their winning manuscript with UNO Press. The work does not have to be regionally focused. There is no word limit. There is no limit on subjects covered. Submissions are open until August 15. More information, including the Submittable link, can be found at: http://www.unopress.org/lab.aspx

     

    The Northwest Indiana Literary Journal is seeking submissions of short stories, flash fiction, poetry, humor, photography, and art. https://northwestindianaliteraryjournal.wordpress.com/submissions/



     




    Call for submissions
    BRANCHES invites submission of essays, artwork, poetry, and photographs. Submissions must be written or created by Hoosiers or feature topics directly related to life in Indiana.  Send essays, artwork, and/or calendar items to the editor.  Branches has rolling monthly deadlines.
    Go here for all the submission details:
    http://www.branches.com/submissions/


     

    Has many opportunities for writers.  Check their website: http://thegeekypress.com/

    Check here for submissions: https://thegeekypress.submittable.com/submit

    Join the #WritersHack Meet Up Group.

    The biggest impediment to writing: making time. Need motivation? The Writers Hack (#WritersHack) is a group of Indianapolis writers who gather in local coffee shops and eateries for short bursts of awesomeness.

    Our gatherings are sometimes as small as two people and sometimes as large as ten. We usually do some quick introductions, and then start writing. We keep talking to a minimum until there’s about 10 or 15 minutes left. Then all bets are off.

    Here’s what is important for you to know: There are no requirements for attending. We aren’t just looking for professionals (although some of us are). We aren’t looking for people who can help us get published (although some of us might). This is just a group of people who want to carve out time to write without justifying why. This is a group of people who want to commune with other writers over words, coffee, beer, or food.



    Entrophy Magazine

    Where to Submit: June, July, and August 2018

    Static submission guidelines can always be found here, as well as on our current calls for submissions page. Thanks for considering us as a home for your work!





    The Butler Bridge Program


    Students grades 3-12 are invited to join us to strengthen and explore their writing skills during an afternoon of fun and adventure.

    We are pleased to offer the Butler Bridge Program to students in grades 3–12. The program draws on Butler's remarkable resources to build a bridge between Butler and its community, as well as between students who aspire to higher education and the professors, professional writers, teachers, and college mentors who are eager to share what they know.

    Our Vision: Butler Bridge programs combine learning, laughter, and compassion to inspire young writers and readers. The programs connect bright, young people with talented mentors and like-minded peers to nurture intellectual and artistic discovery.

    This learning-rich community rejects a narrow version of education, in which, too often, assessment structures learning. We reach for a goal that is harder to define:  enhancing creativity, developing the imagination, finding our own voices. We help our students and campers be so engaged with the joys of the literary arts that they don’t even notice how much they are learning.

    Click here for more information.

    For accessibility information or to request disability-related accommodations, please visit www.butler.edu/event-accommodations/.

     

    speakyourstory.org


    Creating a new female narrative one story at a time.

    Every form of personal expression has a home at speakyourstory.org. SpeakYourStory passionately believes in a future where all women, from all walks of life, are empowered to say, “I exist and my stories matter.” Our story sharing platform is designed to be inclusive, compassionate and safe. We will not edit your stories and we publish everything that we receive. We honor every woman’s unique voice and encourage all forms of self-expression. Your story may be a song, a poem, an audio recording, video, a painting, written words, or a photograph. Literally, anything that speaks to your true self has a home here. Please share your pictures, paintings, poems, videos and writing HERE.  


     

     

    Hip Mama magazine is looking for unique, creative, strong, edgy, alternative parenting stories for upcoming issues.
    Check out the magazine here.

    Send submissions to: hipsubmissions@gmail.com 


    Poets & Writers: New Writing Contest Deadlines!

    For information regarding writing contests and deadlines: Go Here

     

     

     

    Written by Roxanna Santoro — July 03, 2018

    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
    featuring Jessica Reed
    Thursday, August 2; 7 p.m.
    at SullivanMunce Cultural Center

    225 W. Hawthorne St., Zionsville.
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    Jessica Reed will be reading from her chapbook World, Composed (Finishing Line Press), which takes aim at the universe of physics in all its complexity. Hers is a voice of scientific authority and poetic innovation, in literary conversation with the ancient poet Lucretius, who first explored the existence of atoms in verse. Poet and essayist Marianne Boruch characterizes this collection as “a celebration of the visible and invisible,” and poet Bin Ramke describes World, Composed as “a new but already necessary book.” Reed’s work has appeared in Crazyhorse; Conjunctions; North American Review; Bellingham Review; New American Writing; Colorado Review; Waxwing; 111O; The Fourth River; The Indianapolis Review; Isotope: A Journal of Literary Nature and Science Writing, and elsewhere. She has a MFA in poetry and a BS in physics, both from Purdue University. She taught creative writing at Scottsdale Community College in Arizona, and for the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth, where she designed special writing courses, such as “Writing Workshop: Where Art Meets Science.” For two years, she taught science-themed poetry at an all-female STEM summer program in Dammam, Saudi Arabia. Recently, she taught science-themed poetry in Beijing, China for the Center for Excellence in Education. She currently teaches a yearlong seminar at Butler University on physics and the arts. She lives in Indiana with her husband and chickens.


    Storytelling Arts of Indiana

    10th Annual Liar's Contest
    Friday, August 3, 7 p.m.
    Indiana State Fair in Pioneer Village
     

    Calling all liars. Particpate in the 10th Annual Liar's Contest, August 3, 7 p.m. on opening night of the Indiana State Fair in Pioneer Village. Cash prizes and ribbons for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners in the youth and adult categories.


    Indy Reads Books
    https://www.facebook.com/events/188532355142732/
    911 Massachusetts Ave, Indianapolis, Indiana 46202

    Regina Hairston Smith reading You Will Always Be Mommy's Baby
    Saturday, August 4,  2pm – 4pm
    Join us for a reading of You Will Always Be Mommy's a story of a mother's reassuring love no matter where life takes you.

    Stephen Kropa reading Hufflepuff is Enough: A Geeky Myself Help Book
    Wednesday, August 8, 6pm – 7pm
    Comedian Stephen Kropa takes you through the trials and tribulations of the first third of his life with the help of his constant: pop culture. This book is for everyone who has written fan fiction, cried when a fictional character died, and knows the question "what's your favorite movie?" is impossible to answer.
    Follow him on Twitter: @KropaCabana

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    Cheryl Reed Book Signing
    Saturday, August 11 at 1 PM - 3 PM
     


    Writers Guild at Bloomington
    https://writersguildbloomington.com/

    First Sunday Prose Reading & Open Mic
    Sunday, August 5 @ 3:00–5:00 pm

    Monroe County Public Library room 2A
    303 E Kirkwood Ave, Bloomington, IN 47408
    Free

    With guest readers Denise Breeden-Ost and PDNVCH.
    Open Mic follows the guest readers.


    Players Pub Spoken Word Series
    August 9, 2018 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    Players Pub

    424 S Walnut St, Bloomington, IN 47401

    Featuring Gilbert Ndahayo (poetry), Hiromi Yoshida (poetry), T.K. Williams (poetry)
    with music by Sitar Outreach Ministry (psychedelic sitar)
    $5

    GILBERT NDAHAYO is an African Movie Academy Award® nominated film director and two-times winner of the Best Documentary Feature at Silicon Valley African Film Festival for “The Rwandan Night” (2013) and “Rwanda: Beyond the Deadly Pit” (2010). His 32-minutes first fiction film “Scars of my Days” – a morality tale and visceral cinematic experience of “Sin City” set in Africa – aired on French television TV5 Monde and premiered at the 2007 New York’s TriBeCa Film Festival film in the presence of the former US President Bill Clinton. Ndahayo was born in 1975 in the Mishahi forest, a traditional village of Astrida (Southern Province), and raised into an Abatsobe family – the royal ritualist – as one of the last great grand-sons of Umwami (King) of Rwanda. With the outbreak of the Tutsi genocide, Ndahayo alongside with other twenty-seven young boys were hiding at CND’s bunker, guarded by the Inkotanyi’s Rukaga – six hundred soldiers of the RPF’s third battalion. His parents, grandparents and fifty-two members of his immediate family were massacred. Ndahayo’s debut Kinyarwanda poetry collections “Vida and Me-n”, “Ndabaga – the Archangel-e” and “Slayers and the Bird” were performed in the Spring of 2005 before an audience of eleven thousand people at Amahoro stadium in the capital city of Rwanda. Ndahayo holds Master’s degree in Fine Arts in Film from Columbia University in New York City and currently lives in Bloomington working on his first novel.

    HIROMI YOSHIDA is a winner of multiple Indiana University Writers’ Conference awards. Her poems have been published in a variety of literary magazines and journals that include Indiana Voice Journal, Flying Island, The Asian American Literary Review, and The Rain, Party, & Disaster Society. An active member of the Beat Generation and Daily Haiku Facebook Groups, Hiromi’s status updates frequently assume haiku form.

    From and made of parts unknown, TK WILLIAMS graduated from the University of Evansville with a BFA in poetry in 2008. Their work has been published in the journals Outrageous Fortune, Bad Pony and Inflection: A Collection of New Poetry, as well as several poetry zines and, soon, a Carly Rae Jepsen fanbook. TK’s work as of late has focused on exploring transgender and disabled identities, with the occasional dip into professional wrestling as an expression of love. Don’t tell their professors that last part.


    Pieces of Me: Book Launch Party
    Davisha Fredericks
    Saturday, August 11,  1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
    Art Bank
    811 Massachusetts Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46204

    Join Davisha Fredericks as she celebrates the launch of her book, Pieces of Me.
    ABOUT THE BOOK: In the memoir, the author presents a heart wrenching story about her journey as a young mother who was subjected to 10 years of physical, emotional, psychological, and financial abuse. Through her personal story of growth and triumph, readers will gain an inside glance at not only how she endured the abuse, but also how, over the course of 15 years, she gained the strength and faith to turn the impossible to possible.

    Copies of the book will be available for purchase. Davisha will sign books and answer questions.



    Art Show Prison Flyer_6 

    Indiana Prison Writers Workshop (program) to hold a traveling exhibit from 6-10pm on Friday, September 7 at Rabble Coffee House in Indianapolis, Ind., featuring work by both free and incarcerated artists. The collection was curated by Indiana Prison Writers Workshop. No monies will be accepted on behalf of the artists work.

    Indiana Prison Writers Workshop's mission is to improve the lives of those incarcerated through writing and expression. The certificate-based workshop, in partnership with the Department of Corrections, advances critical-thinking and problem-solving skills and uncovers issues once buried. IPWW prepares men and women for successful re-entry and the tempo of life in the free society through creative writing and improved communications.




     

    Written by Roxanna Santoro — July 03, 2018

    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 Poets Laureate of Lawrence
    (www.artsforlawrence.org)
     
    Tuesday, June 26  from 7-9 pm
    The Theater at the Fort on Indy's east side

    8920 Otis Avenue, Lawrence, 46226
    (Take 56th Street to Post Road. Go North on Post and West on Otis.)

    Join us for our monthly featured poet/open mike series that happens every 4th Tuesday of the month. This month our featured author is Mark Lilley.

    Mark's poems have appeared in Connecticut Review, Poet Lore, Red Rock Review, Naugatuck River Review, Southern Indiana Review, and other literary journals. He is completing his MFA degree in poetry at Butler University where he plans to graduate this spring. Mark is a vice-president and senior manager at American Funds, a financial services company. He lives in Fishers, Indiana with his wife and two children.



    Artist Indrustry Nights
    Artist Industry Nights: June at Gallery 924 & The Cabaret
    Hosted by Gallery 924 at the Arts Council and Arts Council of Indianapolis   
    Wednesday, June 27 at 6 PM - 8 PM
    Gallery 924 at the Arts Council
    924 N Pennsylvania St, Indianapolis, Indiana 46204
    Tickets are Free/Go here

    For each event, the Arts Council partners with a different organization and/or venue to bring together the most diverse and interesting group of artists for drinks, nibbles, and conversation. This is not a meeting so don't worry about coming in late and please, come as you are. All artists are welcome.

    This month we will gather in downtown Indy at Gallery 924 at the Arts Council and get an exclusive look at the new The Cabaret theater space, all in the Arts Council of Indianapolis building at 924 N. Penn.

    Free parking just to the south of Gallery 924 or across the street at the Lucille Raines apartment parking lot as well as street parking.
    Questions: e-mail us at artistservices@indyarts.org




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    James Whitcomb Riley Poetry Series: Gordon Bonham & Norbert Krapf
    Thursday, June 28 at 7PM
    James Whitcomb Riley Museum Home
    528 Lockerbie Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202

    First in our 2018 Poetry Series, former Indiana Poet Laureate Norbert Krapf will present with jazz guitarist Gordon Bonham. You will LOVE this union of poetry & music| FREE admission & refreshments!



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    Hosted by The Round: A Poetry Reading Series and Tube Factory artspace

    Thursday, June 28 at 7-8PM

    Tube Factory artspace

    1125 Cruft St, Indianapolis, Indiana 46203

    Come hear three awesome poets read their work! At the reading, you can enter to win one of two free copies of SOUTHERN TONGUES LEAVE US SHINING by Mark Wagenaar. Snacks are free, and drinks are available for purchase. (Drink proceeds support Tube Factory artspace.)

    Mark Wagenaar is the author of three books of poetry, Southern Tongues Leave Us Shining (Red Hen Press, July 2018), The Body Distances (A Hundred Blackbirds Rising) (University of Massachusetts Press, 2016), and Voodoo Inverso (University of Wisconsin Press, 2012). His poems have appeared in The New Yorker, 32 Poems, Field, and elsewhere. He is an Assistant Professor at Valparaiso University.

    Chelsea Wagenaar is the author of Mercy Spurs the Bone (Anhinga Press, 2015), which was selected for the 2014 Philip Levine Prize in Poetry. Her second collection, The Spinning Place, is the winner of the 2018 Michael Waters Prize and is forthcoming in 2019. Her poems have appeared in Blackbird, TriQuarterly Review, North American Review, and elsewhere. She is a Lilly Fellow at Valparaiso University in Indiana.

    Brianna Pike is an Associate Professor of English at Ivy Tech Community College and Editorial Assistant at The Indianapolis Review. Her poems have appeared in So to Speak, Connotation Press, Glassworks, Gravel, Heron Tree, Mojave River Review, and elsewhere.

     

    Poetry on Brick Street
    featuring Wisconsin poet Timothy Robbins
    Thursday, July 5; 7 p.m.
    SullivanMunce Cultural Center

    225 W. Hawthorne St., Zionsville
    Free/An open mic follows.
    Timothy Robbins
    Timothy Robbins teaches ESL. He has a B.A. in French and an M.A. in Applied Linguistics. His poems have appeared in Tipton Poetry Journal, Three New Poets, Slant, Main Street Rag, Adelaide Literary Magazine, Off The Coast and others. His collection Denny’s Arbor Vitae was published in 2017. He lives with his husband of twenty years in Kenosha, Wisconsin, birthplace of Orson Welles.


    Indy Reads Books
    https://www.facebook.com/events/188532355142732/
    911 Massachusetts Ave, Indianapolis, Indiana 46202

    First Friday with Vanessa Monfreda and RE Ford
    Friday, July 6 at 7 PM - 9 PM

    This month, we are featuring collages from local artist Vanessa Monfreda. At 7pm, local poet RE Ford will read as well. Check out his recent work here: http://flyingislandjournal.blogspot.com/2018/03/lost-in-art-poem-by-r-e-ford.html?m=1

    15% of proceeds from the Indy Reads Books Art Gallery support our adult literacy programs.
     


    Second Flight Books
    https://www.facebook.com/SecondFlightBooks/
    2200 Elmwood Ave, Suite D-7, Lafayette, IN 47904
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    Lady Killers: A Discussion on Female Killers w/Tori Telfer
    Saturday, July 7 at 5 PM - 6:30 PM

    Join us for a talk with author Tori Telfer about her book Lady Killers.

    When you think of serial killers throughout history, the names that come to mind are ones like Jack the Ripper, John Wayne Gacy, and Ted Bundy. But what about Tillie Klimek, Moulay Hassan, Kate Bender? The narrative we’re comfortable with is the one where women are the victims of violent crime, not the perpetrators. In fact, serial killers are thought to be so universally, overwhelmingly male that in 1998, FBI profiler Roy Hazelwood infamously declared in a homicide conference, “There are no female serial killers.” 

    Lady Killers, based on the popular online series that appeared on Jezebel and The Hairpin, disputes that claim and offers fourteen gruesome examples as evidence.

    Tori Telfer is a freelance writer who writes frequently about crime, history, and the law. Her work has appeared in Salon, Vice, Jezebel, the Hairpin, the Awl, GOOD magazine, the Establishment, Racked, and elsewhere. She majored in creative writing at Northwestern University and lives in Chicago, home of several infamous male serial killers and a forgotten female one. Lady Killers is her first book.
     





    Written by Roxanna Santoro — June 05, 2018

    Opportunities, Writers Conferences and Workshops, Contests and Submissions

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


    You can download a PDF of this flyer here.








    Indy Author Fair: Meet Hoosier Authors Registration
    For Saturday, October 13, 2018
    The Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award

    The Indianapolis Public Library is excited to announce the 2018 Indy Author Fair, a day devoted expressly to Indiana's talented writers.
    The 2018 Author Fair registration period will run from June 11 - July 22.

    Authors must register to be considered for participation in the Indy Author Fair. Participants will receive table space to network with other authors, meet the public and promote books.
    Registration does not guarantee participation.

    Go here to register: http://www.indypl.org/indyauthorfair/
    Registered authors will receive a notification confirming or declining participation no later than September 7, 2018.



    PEN America, a human rights and literary arts nonprofit, is pleased to announce that the 2019 Emerging Voices Fellowship application period is now open nationwide.
    The deadline for applications is August 1, 2018. For information visit

    https://pen.submittable.com/submit/116936/2019-pen-america-emerging-voices-fellowship-applicationeligibility

    . Follow updates on Facebook and Twitter @pen_ev

     


    2018-2019 Grants & Fellowships offered this cycle:

    PEN/Phyllis Naylor Working Writer Fellowship for Children’s/YA Fiction ($5,000)
    The PEN/Phyllis Naylor Working Writer Fellowship is offered annually to an author of children’s or young-adult fiction whose work is of high literary caliber, and is designed to assist a writer at a crucial moment in their career to complete a book-length work-in-progress. Deadline October 1, 2018.

    PEN/Jean Stein Grant for Literary Oral History ($10,000)
    The PEN/Jean Stein Grant for Literary Oral History is offered annually to an author of a literary work of nonfiction that uses oral history to illuminate an event, individual, place, or movement, and is designed to assist a writer at a crucial moment in their work-in-progress. Deadline August 15, 2018.

    PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grant ($2,000-4,000)
    The PEN/Heim Translation Fund provides grants to support the translation of book-length works of fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, or drama that have not previously appeared in English in print or have appeared only in an outdated or otherwise flawed translation. Deadline July 20, 2018.

    PEN America Writing for Justice Fellowship
    The inaugural PEN America Writing for Justice Fellowship will commission six writers—emerging or established—to create written works of lasting merit that illuminate critical issues related to mass incarceration and catalyze public debate. Deadline July 1, 2018.

    https://pen.org/





    Presented by Asante Children's Theatre of Indianapolis and Harrison Center and Indiana Writers Center at Harrison Center for the Arts, Indianapolis IN

    Did you know? When people write together they learn more about each other. Join us for a unique experience in writing, talking, reading and eating…Yes eating! 
    Eating together builds relationships

    WHEN – June 26, 2018 (See all remaining dates below)
    TIME – 6p-8p
    WHERE – The Harrison Center 1505 North Delaware Street, 46202
     -We will gather families in the gallery to share a meal from various caterers. Let’s call it  “FOOD FOR THOUGHT”.
    -We will host workshops featuring local and nationally recognized writers
    -There will be field trips and the opportunity to have at least one of your completed
    works published.
    -What will this cost?….your time. We will meet every Tuesday ‘til July 10, 2018.
    -REGISTRATION: Send an email to info@asantechildrenstheatre.org
    -Tell us the names and ages of the family members who will be attending the classes.
    Class size limit is (24) That’s at least 4 -6 families…So register quickly
    -WORD DANCE is designed to be an inter-generational bonding experience. Any
    combination of Mom, Dad, Grandparents, Aunts, or Uncles and children. Children
    should be 7 or older accompanied by a parent or guardian at each meeting.
    FMI:  www.asantechildrenstheatre.org

    WORD DANCE is a new initiative of the Asante Children’s Theatre, it is sponsored by the Margot S. & Robert L. Eccles Fund, a fund of CICF – Our partners are: Indiana Writers Center and Harrison Center
    Dates left to attend this program:

    • Jun 26, 2018 at 06:00 pm - 08:00 pm (Tue)
    • Jul 3, 2018 at 06:00 pm - 08:00 pm (Tue)
    • Jul 10, 2018 at 06:00 pm - 08:00 pm (Tue)



    Teaching Vonnegut 2018 in Chicago, Illinois

    2018 dates will be July 18, 19, and 20. Schedule coming soon!
    You’ll earn professional development credit! Librarians can earn LEUs.

    Teachers, we know that getting your students to engage with reading can be a challenge. But when we introduce them to Vonnegut, something magical happens. Students are laughing; they’re discussing; they’re thinking deeply and grappling with every complex facet of what it means to be human. 2018 Applications are OPEN. Click Here to Apply.

    Go here for the details about the program.



     

    Described by The Irish Times as a 'Dragon's Den for writers', the Novel Fair is an Irish Writers Centre initiative which aims to introduce up-and-coming writers to top publishers and literary agents, giving novelists the opportunity to bypass the slush pile, pitch their ideas and place their synopsis and sample chapters directly into the hands of publishers and agents.

    Find out more about Novel Fair here >>>

    DEADLINE: 5pm, Friday 28 September, 2018 





    Writers Retreat Space


    The Writers' Workshop of Asheville is excited to offer their Mountain Muse room rentals at their headquarters in the historic Kenilworth neighborhood of Asheville, NC. Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the city, but still just a few minutes to downtown by car, bike, or bus, the Workshop's historic farmhouse is an idyllic location for your personal or business retreat, vacation, or long-term stay. Come get in touch with your muse - the mountains are calling!
    https://asheville.craigslist.org/sub/d/mountain-muse-room-rentals/6602099645.html

     

     


    Our Summer Short Story Award for New Writers is now open to submissions! The winning story will be awarded $3000 and publication online. Second and third place stories will be awarded publication and $300 and $200 respectively. All winners and honorable mentions will receive agency review. DEADLINE: July 31. Check out all the details here.





    July 27-28 at the Ball State Alumni Center, Muncie, Indiana.
    Friday through Saturday 12:30 pm. {Just $199}  A dynamic day-and-a-half with a decidedly different structure—shorter, smaller, less expensive, with a strong emphasis on helping you reach your writing goals.

    This MWW Craft + Community super mini is designed for writers of every level in their careers.

    Our programming focuses on key areas such as craft improvement, genre knowledge, finding critique partners, and forming writing support groups to help improve your writing. Get feedback from experts and friendly peers. Sharing your work and reading your work will allow you to pinpoint sagging plot lines, breaks in character and more. The give-and-take, along with honest feedback, is a win for all.

    Whether you’re a published author or a novice exploring writing for the first time, you’ll find your place here, among teachers and fellow writers in a small group environment. It’s time to grow your network and nurture your identity as a writer. We have mentors to help.
    Go here to register and learn more.





    http://www.10minutenovelists.com/10-minute-novelists-conference-2018/

    Registration deadline is July 15!  New 1- and 2-day tickets for local writers.

    The first-ever conference for 10 Minute Novelists will be held at the Embassy Suites in the greater Cincinnati, OH area.

     Register with this link!





    Cosmonauts Avenue is an online, monthly literary journal run by women and non-binary folks dedicated to elevating and amplifying underrepresented voices. We publish fiction, poetry, nonfiction, interviews, and more, from writers around the world, in English and in translation. Submissions are free and always will be. This is one way we hope to remain accessible to all writers, whether new or emerging or established.

    We are committed to providing a platform for folks who are marginalized in the literary community, including but not limited to people of color, ciswomen, trans men and women, nonbinary people, members of the LGBQA community, and people with disabilities. We want to elevate underrepresented voices and include a wide range of identities and experiences. We want work that pays careful attention to craft while remaining urgent and surprising.

    As Beyoncé might say, we want your most flawless work. We can’t wait to read it. We believe in you.
    Go here to learn more and submit


     
    Poor Joker Press is a Chicago-based indie publisher focusing on meaningful, well-crafted, short-form writing.  All titles from Poor Joker Press are printed in a 3.5 x 5-inch format, allowing readers to carry our stories with them -- in pockets, on city trains, in purses and on the move.

    Call for submissions:

     Poor Joker Press publishes literary fiction, nonfiction and memoirs. We only accept submissions between 4,000 and 7,000 words. All submissions that follow our guidelines are considered. Please submit to poorjokersubmissions@gmail.com and ensure:

    • Name, email, phone number and brief bio are included on first page
    • PDF file (no other file types are accepted)
    • Page numbers are included
    • Genre is listed (non-fiction/fiction/memoir, etc.)

    Get all the details here: https://www.poorjokerpress.com/submissions


     

    The University of New Orleans Press is excited to announce that our fourth annual UNO Press Publishing Lab Prize

     

    The University of New Orleans Press is looking for full-length fiction manuscripts, either novels or short story collections, for the fourth annual Publishing Lab Prize. The selected author will receive a thousand dollar ($1,000) advance on royalties and a contract to publish their winning manuscript with UNO Press. The work does not have to be regionally focused. There is no word limit. There is no limit on subjects covered. Submissions are open until August 15. More information, including the Submittable link, can be found at: http://www.unopress.org/lab.aspx

     

    The Northwest Indiana Literary Journal is seeking submissions of short stories, flash fiction, poetry, humor, photography, and art. https://northwestindianaliteraryjournal.wordpress.com/submissions/


     


    The Indianapolis Review
    is an online journal based in Indianapolis looking to publish fresh poetry and art. We have a focus on connecting and promoting the writers and artists of our region, but we also want to showcase poetry from all over the country and the world. We are interested in all aesthetics and voices, and only concerned with the art itself. We are assembling our current issue, and we would be happy to receive your submission! Please see the guidelines under “Submissions” in the Menu. Visit us at https://theindianapolisreview.com/.


     




    Call for submissions
    BRANCHES invites submission of essays, artwork, poetry, and photographs. Submissions must be written or created by Hoosiers or feature topics directly related to life in Indiana.  Send essays, artwork, and/or calendar items to the editor.  Branches has rolling monthly deadlines.
    Go here for all the submission details:
    http://www.branches.com/submissions/


     

    Has many opportunities for writers.  Check their website: http://thegeekypress.com/

    Check here for submissions: https://thegeekypress.submittable.com/submit

    Join the #WritersHack Meet Up Group.

    The biggest impediment to writing: making time. Need motivation? The Writers Hack (#WritersHack) is a group of Indianapolis writers who gather in local coffee shops and eateries for short bursts of awesomeness.

    Our gatherings are sometimes as small as two people and sometimes as large as ten. We usually do some quick introductions, and then start writing. We keep talking to a minimum until there’s about 10 or 15 minutes left. Then all bets are off.

    Here’s what is important for you to know: There are no requirements for attending. We aren’t just looking for professionals (although some of us are). We aren’t looking for people who can help us get published (although some of us might). This is just a group of people who want to carve out time to write without justifying why. This is a group of people who want to commune with other writers over words, coffee, beer, or food.



    Entrophy Magazine

    Where to Submit: June, July, and August 2018

    Static submission guidelines can always be found here, as well as on our current calls for submissions page. Thanks for considering us as a home for your work!





    The Butler Bridge Program


    Students grades 3-12 are invited to join us to strengthen and explore their writing skills during an afternoon of fun and adventure.

    We are pleased to offer the Butler Bridge Program to students in grades 3–12. The program draws on Butler's remarkable resources to build a bridge between Butler and its community, as well as between students who aspire to higher education and the professors, professional writers, teachers, and college mentors who are eager to share what they know.

    Our Vision: Butler Bridge programs combine learning, laughter, and compassion to inspire young writers and readers. The programs connect bright, young people with talented mentors and like-minded peers to nurture intellectual and artistic discovery.

    This learning-rich community rejects a narrow version of education, in which, too often, assessment structures learning. We reach for a goal that is harder to define:  enhancing creativity, developing the imagination, finding our own voices. We help our students and campers be so engaged with the joys of the literary arts that they don’t even notice how much they are learning.

    Click here for more information.

    For accessibility information or to request disability-related accommodations, please visit www.butler.edu/event-accommodations/.

     

    speakyourstory.org


    Creating a new female narrative one story at a time.

    Every form of personal expression has a home at speakyourstory.org. SpeakYourStory passionately believes in a future where all women, from all walks of life, are empowered to say, “I exist and my stories matter.” Our story sharing platform is designed to be inclusive, compassionate and safe. We will not edit your stories and we publish everything that we receive. We honor every woman’s unique voice and encourage all forms of self-expression. Your story may be a song, a poem, an audio recording, video, a painting, written words, or a photograph. Literally, anything that speaks to your true self has a home here. Please share your pictures, paintings, poems, videos and writing HERE.  


     

     

    Hip Mama magazine is looking for unique, creative, strong, edgy, alternative parenting stories for upcoming issues.
    Check out the magazine here.

    Send submissions to: hipsubmissions@gmail.com 


    Poets & Writers: New Writing Contest Deadlines!

    For information regarding writing contests and deadlines: Go Here

     

     

     

    Written by Roxanna Santoro — June 05, 2018

    Events Around Indiana

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


    Writers Guild at Bloomington
    https://writersguildbloomington.com/

    Fountain Square Poetry Series
    Friday, June 1 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

    Fountain Square Mall Atrium
    101 W Kirkwood Ave, Bloomington, IN 47404
     
    Featuring poets Pauletta Hansel, Jelani Ince, Maurisa Li-A-Ping, and Lisa Low
    with musician Brandon Pfeiffer
    Free Admission and Free Raffle

    Players Pub Spoken Word Series
    June 7, 2018 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    Players Pub

    424 S Walnut St, Bloomington, IN 47401
    $5 cover (added to your tab)

    There will also be an open mic.

    Featuring Jasper Wirtshafter, Nick Wort (South Bend), and Krista Cox (South Bend)
    with music by Merrie Sloan


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    Grab a better understanding of the ecology of Prophetstown State Park on a hike through prairie, wetland and river bank to hear and see the poems created along a paved, one-mile trail.

    Saturday, June 2, 2018, at 2 pm. Meet at the beginning of Trail 3, on the far eastern side of the park. Parking lot nearby.
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    Indy Reads Books
    https://www.facebook.com/IndyReadsBooks/
    911 Massachusetts Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46202

    Ed Cho reading Little Guardians
    Saturday, June 2, 2pm – 4pm

    Little Guardians is an all ages fantasy adventure graphic novel series published by Scout Comics. 

    When a strange spirit panther starts following Subira around she realizes she may be more than just the local shop girl. The village she lives in is under constant threat from monsters, and the appointed guardian, Tane, can't save everyone alone. Little does Subira know she is actually Tane's daughter and should be fighting alongside him. Can she discover the truth behind her connection to the spirit world in time to help save her village? Combining humor with big adventure Little Guardians is a fun-filled all-ages romp for everyone. www.littleguardianscomic.com 

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    Poetry Orgy
    Sunday, June 3, 3:30pm – 5:30pm

    https://www.facebook.com/pg/poetryindianapolis/about/?ref=page_internal

     


    Poetry on Brick Street
    Featuring Indiana Poet Laureate Adrian Matejka
    Thursday, June 7; 7 p.m.
    at SullivanMunce Cultural Center
    225 W. Hawthorne St., Zionsville.
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    Brick Street Poetry presents Indiana Poet Laureate Adrian Matejka, who was born in Nuremberg, Germany and grew up in California and Indiana. He earned his BA from Indiana University and an MFA from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. His first collection of poems,The Devil’s Garden (2003), won the 2002 New York / New England Award. His second collection, Mixology (2009), was a winner of the National Poetry Series. Mixology was a finalist for a NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literature. The Big Smoke (2013), which focuses on the life of the boxer Jack Johnson, was awarded the 2014 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and was a finalist for the National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize. His most recent book is Map to the Stars (2017). Matejka is the recipient of fellowships the Guggenheim Foundation and the Lannan Foundation. He teaches creative writing at Indiana University in Bloomington. Matejka will be presenting his student Chudeni Oputa. An open mic follows. Free.


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

    Bradley Bazzle Reading from Trash Mountain
    Thursday, June 14 at 6:30 PM - 8 PM

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    Join author Bradley Bazzle as he reads from his debut novel, Trash Mountain, winner of the 2016 Red Hen Press Fiction Award, judged by Steve Almond.

    About the Novel:
    Ben Shippers doesn’t have much use for school, friends, or any members of his family except his smartass sister, but he has a secret passion: Trash Mountain, the central feature of the noxious landfill next to his house. After a botched attempt to destroy Trash Mountain with a homemade firebomb, Ben begins a years-long infiltration that finds him dropping out of school to work alongside homeless trash-pickers, and then, finally, interning at the very place he meant to destroy. Ben’s boss there, a charismatic would-be titan of sanitation, forces Ben to choose between providing for his family and sticking to his terroristic principals. With dark humor, Trash Mountain reflects on life in small southern cities in decline, and on the search for meaning among young people without adult examples.





    Written by Roxanna Santoro — May 01, 2018

    Opportunities, Writers Conferences and Workshops, Contests and Submissions

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


    Volunteers should contact Lyn Jones: 

     

    ljones2@bsu.edu




    Presented by Asante Children's Theatre of Indianapolis and Harrison Center and Indiana Writers Center at Harrison Center for the Arts, Indianapolis IN

    Did you know? When people write together they learn more about each other. Join us for a unique experience in writing, talking, reading and eating…Yes eating! 
    Eating together builds relationships

    WHEN – May 29, 2018 (See all remaining dates below)
    TIME – 6p-8p
    WHERE – The Harrison Center 1505 North Delaware Street, 46202
     -We will gather families in the gallery to share a meal from various caterers. Let’s call it  “FOOD FOR THOUGHT”.
    -We will host workshops featuring local and nationally recognized writers
    -There will be field trips and the opportunity to have at least one of your completed
    works published.
    -What will this cost?….your time. We will meet every Tuesday ‘til July 10, 2018.
    -REGISTRATION: Send an email to info@asantechildrenstheatre.org
    -Tell us the names and ages of the family members who will be attending the classes.
    Class size limit is (24) That’s at least 4 -6 families…So register quickly
    -WORD DANCE is designed to be an inter-generational bonding experience. Any
    combination of Mom, Dad, Grandparents, Aunts, or Uncles and children. Children
    should be 7 or older accompanied by a parent or guardian at each meeting.
    FMI:  www.asantechildrenstheatre.org

    WORD DANCE is a new initiative of the Asante Children’s Theatre, it is sponsored by the Margot S. & Robert L. Eccles Fund, a fund of CICF – Our partners are: Indiana Writers Center and Harrison Center
    Dates left to attend this program:

    • May 29, 2018 at 06:00 pm - 08:00 pm (Tue)
    • Jun 5, 2018 at 06:00 pm - 08:00 pm (Tue)
    • Jun 12, 2018 at 06:00 pm - 08:00 pm (Tue)
    • Jun 19, 2018 at 06:00 pm - 08:00 pm (Tue)
    • Jun 26, 2018 at 06:00 pm - 08:00 pm (Tue)
    • Jul 3, 2018 at 06:00 pm - 08:00 pm (Tue)
    • Jul 10, 2018 at 06:00 pm - 08:00 pm (Tue)



    Special Opportunity!
    Write Here, Write Now! Social Action Writing Camp June 11-15
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    Have a passion for social justice? High school students interested in writing and developing community-based solutions to social justice issues can register now for Marian University’s June 11-15 Social Action Writing Camp in Indianapolis.

    Sponsored by the Marian University Writing Center and the Hoosier Writing Project, this summer camp is intended for high school students in grades 9-12. 

    Participants will take a deep dive into social justice issues like affordable housing, racial and gender inequality, food insecurity, environmental justice, community safety, access to quality educational programs, and related local and national challenges.

    Collaborate with community advocates and scholars to build your writing skills while serving as an advocate for tackling tough issues locally. You’ll combine your creative writing and journalism skills with research to explore critical perspectives on social justice issues. You’ll produce both narrative and argumentative writings.

    Upon conclusion of the camp, you’ll be encouraged to present and publish your work to Indianapolis political, cultural, civic, and business leaders during a community celebration.

    We only have a few spots left!  To register, please complete and submit the registration form. We’ll send you more information as well as a financial aid application for your parent or guardian. The cost is just $250 and includes all materials, supplies, lunch, snacks, and a T-shirt.  Financial scholarships are available.

    For more information email mlatta@marian.edu or call 317.955.6234.




    Apply to Participate in the 2018-19 the Religion, Spirituality & the Arts Seminar


    The Religion, Spirituality, and the Arts Program (RSA) is a program of the IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute that brings together artists, religious leaders, religious communities, humanities experts, and a broad range of publics from diverse backgrounds and disciplinary perspectives for sustained study, analysis, and discussion of religious texts in a classroom environment. Directed by Rabbi Sandy Sasso, these textual discussions, which explore the varieties of religious experience and understanding, provide the inspiration for creating new artistic works (e.g. music, poetry, fiction, drama, visual art, dance). Artists share their creations through exhibitions and presentations to members of the Central Indiana community, including religious organizations, congregations, schools, libraries, and community groups. 

    2018-19 Theme
    Genesis 19 tells the story of Lot’s Wife who turns to see the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah and becomes a pillar of salt. Did she act in disobedience or out of compassion? What is our responsibility to bear witness? Is looking back redemptive or paralyzing? Might we see contemporary events (mass tragedies, refugees) in the light of this text?  These are just a few of the questions we will explore as we examine Genesis 19 through religion, art, poetry, and music.

    Faculty:
    Julie Muney Moore, Director of Public Art for the Arts Council of Indianapolis
    Sandy Sasso, Rabbi Emerita of Congregation Beth-El Zedeck
    Steven Stolen Host of WFYI's Stolen Moments and CEO of The Humane Society of Indianapolis
    Shari Wagner, Author and Indiana Poet Laureate (2016-2017)

    Dates: 9/17, 10/11, 10/18, 11/1, 12/6/ 1/17, 2/17 from 6-8:30 pm at the Jewish Community Center.    And exhibition will be sometime in February or early March.
    Link to apply - https://www.culturalecologies.org/rsa-apply/




    CALLING ALL AUTHORS! Join IWPA Under the Tent at Printer’s Row Lit Fest 2018!

    June 9 @ 10:00 am - June 10 @ 6:00 pm
    | $105-120 - Only Sunday slots left!

    Printers Row Lit Fest was founded in 1985 by the Near South Planning Board to attract visitors to the Printers Row neighborhood (once the city’s bookmaking hub). By 2002, it had grown to five city blocks (on Dearborn, from Congress to Polk), attracting more than 200 booksellers from across the country displaying new, used and antiquarian books, and featuring seven stages with more than 100 free literary programs.

    As part of its ongoing commitment to the written word and its support of literacy and literary endeavor, the Chicago Tribune purchased the Printers Row Book Fair in 2002 from the Near South Planning Board. Renamed the Printer’s Row Lit Fest, it is considered the largest free outdoor literary event in the Midwest, drawing more than 125,000 book lovers to the two-day showcase.

    The Illinois Woman’s Press Association will once again host a tent at the Printers Row Lit Fest – one of the highlights of our membership year.

    Just a couple Sunday slots are left!

    Although PRLF has raised IWPA’s tent costs for 2018, we are pleased to offer members and non-members single-day pricing below our 2017 rates. Our “thanks” to the book authors of Chicago. These rates are far below prices offered by like organizations.
    Go here to apply or learn more:

    http://www.iwpa.org/event/join-iwpa-under-the-tent-at-printers-row-lit-fest-2018/



    Submissions are still being accepted for "Bards Against Hunger: Indiana Edition".

    The book will include current residents, people who have called Indiana home for at least five years, or Indiana-born poets. We are open to submissions of poems with various subjects, but please do not send any poems containing profanity, sexual content, or drug usage. You may submit up to three poems of up to 35 lines. We will accept any meter, rhyme scheme, and free verse. We will accept any previously published work that the writer maintains the rights to. The rights of any poem(s) published will remain with the writer. We ask that you would include a short bio of 3-5 sentences with your submission. Please send your bio and poems in the body of the email to Indianabards@yahoo.com . The deadline for submissions is May 31, 2018. Bards Against Hunger is an annual national event held close to Thanksgiving that has raised thousands of pounds of food for food pantries and shelters since its start in 2012. For more information about Bards Against Hunger, visit their website: www.bardsagainsthunger.com. The book will benefit the Homeless Advocacy Center of Anderson and Madison County. For more information about the Homeless Advocacy Center of Anderson and Madison County, visit their Facebook page: https://m.facebook.com/Homeless-Advocacy-Center-of-Anderson-and-Madison-County-771346143047049/




    Two weeks left to send us your best flash! The winning writer will be awarded $3000 and publication on The Masters Review site. Second and third place will be awarded $200 and $100, respectively, as well as publication in The Masters Review. So here it is: a home for your very best small fiction. Ends May 31st.


    The Ultimate Poet of 2018 Competition

    http://exerciseyourtalentshow.weebly.com/

    The requirements for this contest is two poems. Each poem time limit is two minutes.  You will make a video of introduction and of the reading of your 2 poems.

    You can submit your vidoes to this form:
    https://form.jotform.com/myfavorite/exercise-your-talent-show

    The date for the competition will be June 21, 2018 on facebook.
    There will be online voting available. The person who gets the most votes
    on their poem wins. The person will be named The Ultimate Poet of 2018.

    If you have questions or need assistance with recording your video, please contact Darika Middlebrooks at darikamiddlebrooks@yahoo.com.




    http://www.10minutenovelists.com/10-minute-novelists-conference-2018/

    The first-ever conference for 10 Minute Novelists will be held at the Embassy Suites in the greater Cincinnati, OH area.

     Register with this link!





    Cosmonauts Avenue is an online, monthly literary journal run by women and non-binary folks dedicated to elevating and amplifying underrepresented voices. We publish fiction, poetry, nonfiction, interviews, and more, from writers around the world, in English and in translation. Submissions are free and always will be. This is one way we hope to remain accessible to all writers, whether new or emerging or established.

    We are committed to providing a platform for folks who are marginalized in the literary community, including but not limited to people of color, ciswomen, trans men and women, nonbinary people, members of the LGBQA community, and people with disabilities. We want to elevate underrepresented voices and include a wide range of identities and experiences. We want work that pays careful attention to craft while remaining urgent and surprising.

    As Beyoncé might say, we want your most flawless work. We can’t wait to read it. We believe in you.
    Go here to learn more and submit



     
    Poor Joker Press is a Chicago-based indie publisher focusing on meaningful, well-crafted, short-form writing.  All titles from Poor Joker Press are printed in a 3.5 x 5-inch format, allowing readers to carry our stories with them -- in pockets, on city trains, in purses and on the move.

    Call for submissions:

     Poor Joker Press publishes literary fiction, nonfiction and memoirs. We only accept submissions between 4,000 and 7,000 words. All submissions that follow our guidelines are considered. Please submit to poorjokersubmissions@gmail.com and ensure:

    • Name, email, phone number and brief bio are included on first page
    • PDF file (no other file types are accepted)
    • Page numbers are included
    • Genre is listed (non-fiction/fiction/memoir, etc.)

    Get all the details here: https://www.poorjokerpress.com/submissions



    The University of New Orleans Press is excited to announce that our fourth annual UNO Press Publishing Lab Prize


    The University of New Orleans Press is looking for full-length fiction manuscripts, either novels or short story collections, for the fourth annual Publishing Lab Prize. The selected author will receive a thousand dollar ($1,000) advance on royalties and a contract to publish their winning manuscript with UNO Press. The work does not have to be regionally focused. There is no word limit. There is no limit on subjects covered. Submissions are open until August 15. More information, including the Submittable link, can be found at: http://www.unopress.org/lab.aspx


    The Northwest Indiana Literary Journal is seeking submissions of short stories, flash fiction, poetry, humor, photography, and art. https://northwestindianaliteraryjournal.wordpress.com/submissions/


     


    The Indianapolis Review
    is an online journal based in Indianapolis looking to publish fresh poetry and art. We have a focus on connecting and promoting the writers and artists of our region, but we also want to showcase poetry from all over the country and the world. We are interested in all aesthetics and voices, and only concerned with the art itself. We are assembling our current issue, and we would be happy to receive your submission! Please see the guidelines under “Submissions” in the Menu. Visit us at https://theindianapolisreview.com/.


     




    Call for submissions
    BRANCHES invites submission of essays, artwork, poetry, and photographs. Submissions must be written or created by Hoosiers or feature topics directly related to life in Indiana.  Send essays, artwork, and/or calendar items to the editor.  Branches has rolling monthly deadlines.
    Go here for all the submission details:
    http://www.branches.com/submissions/


     

    Reading series titled Scripted http://thegeekypress.com/scripted/ - it is an opportunity for playwrights to showcase new work and to have it read by local actors. It's a monthly reading with a rolling deadline.

    Scripted is a monthly reading series that takes place on Second Sunday from 3pm-5pm at New Day Craft in Indianapolis. Every month, we will feature a script written by a local playwright and read by local actors. The goal is to show the process of playwriting – what it takes to get from the page to the stage.

    We are interested in featuring all genres of theatre – comedy, drama, musicals – we just have a few guidelines for submissions that have to be followed.

    All submissions should be emailed to elise@thegeekypress.com.

    SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
  • Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis.
  • Scripts must be submitted by the 1st of the month to be considered for that month’s reading.
  • Scripts must be at least 30 minutes long.
  • No more than 8 actors per script (double-casting is fine, just indicate it clearly).
  • If there is music, the playwright must provide tracks to play or help find musicians. Otherwise, lyrics will just be read.
  • Precedence will be given to new work – unproduced, in development, or in the process of revision.
  • We organize the actors! If you have actors in mind, please include their contact information with your submission.
  • AUTHOR BIOS

    Please include a 150-200 word bio with your submission. We will write a blog post every month about the upcoming reading, and we want to talk about you!

    OTHER QUESTIONS

    If this hasn’t answered your questions, please email elise@thegeekypress.com


    Join the #WritersHack Meet Up Group.

    The biggest impediment to writing: making time. Need motivation? The Downtown Writers Hack (#WritersHack) is a group of Indianapolis writers who gather in local coffee shops and eateries for short bursts of awesomeness.

    Our gatherings are sometimes as small as two people and sometimes as large as ten. We usually do some quick introductions, and then start writing. We keep talking to a minimum until there’s about 10 or 15 minutes left. Then all bets are off.

    Here’s what is important for you to know: There are no requirements for attending. We aren’t just looking for professionals (although some of us are). We aren’t looking for people who can help us get published (although some of us might). This is just a group of people who want to carve out time to write without justifying why. This is a group of people who want to commune with other writers over words, coffee, beer, or food.



    Entrophy Magazine

    Where to Submit: March, April, and May 2018

    Static submission guidelines can always be found here, as well as on our current calls for submissions page. Thanks for considering us as a home for your work!




    The Butler Bridge Program


    Students grades 3-12 are invited to join us to strengthen and explore their writing skills during an afternoon of fun and adventure.

    We are pleased to offer the Butler Bridge Program to students in grades 3–12. The program draws on Butler's remarkable resources to build a bridge between Butler and its community, as well as between students who aspire to higher education and the professors, professional writers, teachers, and college mentors who are eager to share what they know.

    Our Vision: Butler Bridge programs combine learning, laughter, and compassion to inspire young writers and readers. The programs connect bright, young people with talented mentors and like-minded peers to nurture intellectual and artistic discovery.

    This learning-rich community rejects a narrow version of education, in which, too often, assessment structures learning. We reach for a goal that is harder to define:  enhancing creativity, developing the imagination, finding our own voices. We help our students and campers be so engaged with the joys of the literary arts that they don’t even notice how much they are learning.

    Click here for more information.

    For accessibility information or to request disability-related accommodations, please visit www.butler.edu/event-accommodations/.

     

    speakyourstory.org

    Creating a new female narrative one story at a time.

    Every form of personal expression has a home at speakyourstory.org. SpeakYourStory passionately believes in a future where all women, from all walks of life, are empowered to say, “I exist and my stories matter.” Our story sharing platform is designed to be inclusive, compassionate and safe. We will not edit your stories and we publish everything that we receive. We honor every woman’s unique voice and encourage all forms of self-expression. Your story may be a song, a poem, an audio recording, video, a painting, written words, or a photograph. Literally, anything that speaks to your true self has a home here. Please share your pictures, paintings, poems, videos and writing HERE.  


     

     

    Hip Mama magazine is looking for unique, creative, strong, edgy, alternative parenting stories for upcoming issues.
    Check out the magazine here.

    Send submissions to: hipsubmissions@gmail.com 


    Poets & Writers: New Writing Contest Deadlines!

    For information regarding writing contests and deadlines: Go Here



    Written by Roxanna Santoro — May 01, 2018


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