January 2, 2020- Opportunities, Writers Conferences and Workshops, Contests and Submissions

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

 

*Advice on Writing Contests: 

When considering contests, look to see how they handled winners' work from previous years: Is there a list of previous winners? Where you can go to read or have access to the winning pieces of writing? Who are the judges? Are they people who you would read yourself? If you win, what kind of audience would you receive for your work? Research contests and their reputations online. Use places like duotrope.com, Poets and Writers (pw.org), the New Pages (newpages.com), or The Review Review (thereviewreview.net), to see whether there is any other information about the contest from other sources.


Call for 10-minute Plays!

Announcing the First Annual Indiana Ten-Minute Play Festival! We need your submissions!Six plays will be selected by local theatres for production at the 10-Minute Play Festival. Deadline for submission: January 5th, 2020, at 11:59 p.m.


Playwrights will be notified of selections by February 1 (or before), and MUST be available for a table read of all six plays on February 2 at IndyFringe.

The Festival will take place May 1st-3rd, 2020, with Friday and Saturday evening performances and a Sunday matinee.

For submission guidelines and to submit your play, click: Submit your 10-Minute play now!    Questions? Email indytenminplayfest@gmail.com 




Nominations for the 2020 Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Awards are due Jan. 6!
The Indiana Authors Awards, now powered by Indiana Humanities, honor the best books written by Indiana authors. Awarded every two years, they celebrate Indiana writers, shine a light on the Hoosier state’s literary community and deepen connections between Indiana writers and readers.
 

Here are a few things you need to know:

  • In 2020, the Indiana Authors Awards will honor up to 8 books in a variety of categories (fiction, nonfiction, poetry, young adult, children’s genre, drama, and emerging). Books published between Jan. 1, 2018 and Dec. 31, 2019 are eligible. The nomination deadline is Jan. 6, 2020.
  • Indiana authors are eligible for the award. Authors can be Indiana residents for more than five years or have significant ties to the Hoosier state. Self-nominations are accepted and encouraged!
  • Winners receive $5000 and special statewide recognition opportunities. All libraries throughout the state will receive promotional materials (bookmarks, posters, and seals to mark winning books) with a list of the year’s winners. Winning authors are invited to join a statewide speaker program that pays authors to travel the state giving talks at libraries, schools and universities.

 

Visit the new website and read through the eligibility guidelines. . To nominate a book, fill out the nomination form, submit a $30 processing fee, and send five copies of the book to Indiana Humanities (1500 N. Delaware St., Indianapolis, IN 46202).




 

Indianapolis Grant Writing Pizza Party


Public · Hosted by Indiana Arts Commission and Cafe Creative
https://www.facebook.com/events/436614130558799/

Saturday, January 4 at 11 AM – 1 PM
Cafe Creative
546 E. 17th Street, Indianapolis, Indiana 46202

Tickets: www.surveygizmo.com

 



Letters About Literature is a @state_library letter writing contest for students in Indiana in grades 4-12. Students are asked to read a book, poem or speech and write to the author (living or deceased) about how the book affected how they see themselves or how they see the world. Enter at indianastatelibrary.submittable.com/submit
 


 

The Greenberg Playwright Competition

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

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

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

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

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

 

       
 


The Indianapolis Review
is an online journal based in Indianapolis looking to publish fresh poetry and art. We have a focus on connecting and promoting the writers and artists of our region, but we also want to showcase poetry from all over the country and the world.
https://theindianapolisreview.com/submit/




 

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

$3000 + Publication + Agency Review

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

Go here  for the Submission Page



Call for Submissions: Indianapolis Anthology-Belt Magazine


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

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

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

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

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

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



Daisy Pettles Women’s Writing Contest, Awards and Residency


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

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

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

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



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

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

As Beyoncé might say, we want your most flawless work. We can’t wait to read it. We believe in you.

Go here to learn more and submit



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

Call for submissions:

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

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


     

    The Northwest Indiana Literary Journal is seeking submissions of short stories, flash fiction, poetry, humor, photography, and art.

    https://northwestindianaliteraryjournal.wordpress.com/submissions/





    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:
     

    https://www.branches.com/


     

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

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





    The Butler Bridge Program


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

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

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

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

    Click here for more information.

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

     

     

     

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

    Send submissions to: hipsubmissions@gmail.com  


    Poets & Writers: New Writing Contest Deadlines!

    For information regarding writing contests and deadlines: Go Here

    Written by Roxanna Santoro — January 02, 2020

    January 2, 2020- Events Around Indiana

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

    Indy Reads Books
    https://www.facebook.com/IndyReadsBooks/
    911 Massachusetts Avenue, Indianapolis, Indiana 46202


    Steve Beaven reading "WE WILL RISE: A True Story of Tragedy and Resurrection in the American Heartland"
    Friday, January 3, 2020, 6pm – 8pm

    For two decades the University of Evansville dominated small-college basketball, winning five national titles under the oversight of their charismatic coach, Arad McCutchan, a local icon more famous than the mayor or the governor. When McCutchan retired in 1977, a young coach named Bobby Watson took over as the Purple Aces moved up to Division I. But on the foggy night of December 13, 1977, the unthinkable happened: the entire University of Evansville basketball team and Coach Watson were killed when a plane crashed upon takeoff at the local airport.
    The tragedy seemed insurmountable, a devastating blow to the identity of a fading factory town. But as the entire community mourned, the university hired Dick Walters, a hotshot young coach from the Chicago area, who promised to rebuild the cherished institution. Assembling a team of castoffs, walk-ons, and overachievers, Walters restored the legacy of the team and its fans, and led the Aces to the NCAA tournament at the very moment that Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, and Michael Jordan were making basketball a global phenomenon.
     
    WE WILL RISE: A True Story of Tragedy and Resurrection in the American Heartland (Little A; January 1, 2020), by journalist Steve Beaven, tells the inspiring true story of loss and triumph. It is a tribute to those who were lost and to those who carried on, a rich and powerful story of an underdog team and its fans and the unbreakable spirit of community.



    Michelle Janson reading "The 'Tangles"
    Saturday, January 4, 2020, 11:30am – 12:30pm


    On a class field trip to Earth, students from outer space learn that humans have been overtaken by a mysterious presence that seems to be “tangling” their communication! The ‘Tangles provides a unique perspective on how current technology is affecting human interaction. It also emphasizes the importance of monitoring device usage and reminds people of all ages that this monitoring will keep us healthy and connected to each other.
    thetanglesbook.com


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

    First Sunday Prose Reading and Open Mic
    The featured readers are:  Darrell Stone and Eric Rensberger
    January 5, 2020 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
    Bear's Place

    1316 E Third St, Bloomington, IN
    Come early to sign up for Open Mic!


    Darrell Stone grew up in Greater Boston, with an artistic passion for storytelling.   She holds a masters degree in social work from Indiana University and a bachelors degree in theatre from Northeastern University.  In addition to her love for writing, Darrell is a free lance photographer, actor and director.  Writing complements her love for being an observer of human behavior and our environment.  Her pieces are additionally rooted and expressed from the foundations of her professional careers in social work and theatre.  ​ Darrell’s essays are known for simply pausing on a moment which can be stunning, hopeful, or meaningful to the human experience. Writing prose, snapping pictures, capturing moments, telling stories: each reveals the relationship between design, nature, people and place.​ Every moment has a story and Darrell calls us to bear witness and share that truth.​  Ultimately, Darrell Stone hopes her writing provides the reader or listener with a keen eye into the soul of the world around us. ​She is currently working on a collection of essays for publication.​
     


    Eric Rensberger is a local poet who has been performing his work around Bloomington for about 40 years. The same 3 poems, over and over. He never tires of them. While it is true that he has read many other poem-like items, none of them are really finished. Only the 3. And he won’t tell you which ones they are. A large selection of his work is available on his website, ericrensbergerpoetry.net . In addition to his poetry, he also writes the occasional essay, story, or lengthy lie. And sometimes he just talks to you, which he believes qualifies as spontaneous prose work.


    Vocab: Strictly Open-Mic
    https://www.facebook.com/events/456485441944011/
        
    Wednesday, January 8 at 7 PM – 10:30 PM
    The White Rabbit Cabaret

    1116 Prospect St., Indianapolis, Indiana 46203

    It's our annual strictly open-mic show and only $5 cover!  This is the chance to release, rehearse, and recite your work.

    There will not be a DJ for this event so you will not be able to have your tracks played behind you...BUT what a great way to rock an A Cappella or collaborate with your guitar playing, Djembe pounding friends or finally work out your set with your loop pedals.

    Artists will only be allotted 5-7 minutes to perform, so keep that in mind.  Signup is at the event, on a 1st come 1st spit basis and will be cut off at 13 artists.

    Sexism, homophobia, islamophobia, transphobia, xenophobia will in NO WAY BE TOLERATED.  (Signup will not guarantee performance and at discretion of our founder, Tatjana Rebelle). 
    Door opens at 7pm and show starts at 8pm


    Indy Reads Books
    https://www.facebook.com/IndyReadsBooks/
    911 Massachusetts Avenue, Indianapolis, Indiana 46202



    David J. Marsh reading "The Confessions of Adam"
    Saturday, January 11, 3pm – 4pm

    Eve has just died and Adam hires a scribe to write his memoir.

    www.davidjmarsh.com
    wwwconfessionsofadam.com
    Facebook and Instragram @DavidJMarsh



    Irvington Vinyl & Books
    https://www.facebook.com/events/424052455168753/
    9 Johnson Ave, Indianapolis, Indiana 46219



    Irvington Vinyl & Books Presents: Indiana Pushcart Prize Celebration     
    Sunday, January 12, 2020 at 2 PM – 4:30 PM

    Open to the Public

    This event will feature Pushcart prize nominees from The Indianapolis Review, Flying Island, So it Goes, and the Tipton Poetry Journal.

    Also at Irvington Vinyl & Books

    Storytelling through Brazilian Cordel Poetry
    Thursday, January 16, 2020 at 7 PM – 8:30 PM


    Brazilian "literatura de cordel" is a folk poetry form, created by and for the people as a means to teach morals, provide entertainment, and share stories.

    Funded through a U.S. Department of State Citizen Diplomacy Action Fund grant, Brazilian arts and culture producer
    Prussiana Fernandes will be in Indianapolis on  to teach a workshop on cordel: where it came from, why it's still important today, and how to create it.

    Prussiana Araújo Fernandes Cunha is a cultural education professional and publisher from Belo Horizonte, Brazil. She completed her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in cultural communication at the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais. Her published research, “As narrativas urbanas dos ambulantes de Belo Horizonte”, focuses on urban narratives from marginalized voices. She is both the co-founder and creative director of Editora Calamares, an independent publishing house that focuses on publishing local writers and works in translation.

    This event is appropriate for anyone interested in poetry, storytelling, zines, the role of art in creating community, Brazil, and/or Latin America.



    Indy Reads Books
    https://www.facebook.com/IndyReadsBooks/
    911 Massachusetts Avenue, Indianapolis, Indiana 46202


    Cafe Macabre: Reading and Signing
    Saturday, January 18 at 2 PM – 3 PM


    Join Leah Lederman, project creator, and contributors Kari McElroy and Jennifer Barnett as they read from and discuss the process of Cafe Macabre: A Collection of Horror Stories and Art by Women.



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

    Free and open to the public without tickets.   

    Marie HoweMarie Howe

    Tuesday, January 21, 7:30 PM
    Shelton Auditorium

    For more than thirty years, poet Marie Howe has been transforming ordinary life into extraordinary visions. As Arthur Sze, the most recent National Book Award winner for poetry, has said, “Her poems are acclaimed for writing through loss with verve, but they also find the miraculous in the ordinary and transform quotidian incidents into enduring revelation.” As Howe herself puts it, she is obsessed “with the metaphysical, the spiritual dimensions of life as they present themselves in this world."

    Howe’s most recent volume of poetry is Magdalene (2018), which was long-listed for the National Book Award. Her other books are The Good Thief (1999), a National Poetry Series selection; The Kingdom of Ordinary Time (2009), a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize; and What the Living Do (1999), a wrenching, plain-spoken elegy for her brother John, who died of an AIDS-related illness in 1989.

    Howe has received numerous honors, including fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Bunting Institute. From 2012 to 2014, she served as Poet Laureate of New York State, and in 2018 she was elected a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. She lives in New York City, where she teaches at New York University and Sarah Lawrence College.




    Poets Attack: January featuring Nancy Chen Long, Gnat Bowden, Rachel Sahaidachny, and Sam Ferrante
    Wednesday, January 22 at 7 PM – 8:30 PM
    Irvington Vinyl & Books

    9 Johnson Ave, Indianapolis, Indiana 46219

    Don't miss this line-up of local heavy hitters!!

    Nancy Chen Long is the author of Wider Than the Sky (Diode Editions, 2020)  and Light into Bodies (University of Tampa Press, 2017). She is the grateful recipient of a National Endowment of the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship. Her work was chosen as the winner of the 2019 Poetry Society of America Robert H. Winner Award and featured in Poetry Daily, Verse Daily, and Indiana Humanities. nancychenlong.com

    Gnat Bowden is a conceptual researcher in Indiana. Their work investigates how cultural structures affect language, the body, and public space.

    Rachel Sahaidachny is the Executive Director of the Indiana Writers Center, and associate editor of The Indianapolis Review. She holds an MFA from Butler University, and is former poetry editor of Booth: A Journal. Recent writing has been published in South Dakota Review, The Southeast Review, Radar Poetry, Community of Writers Poetry Review, and others. She was a finalist for the Radar Poetry Coniston Prize, and awarded first prize in the Wabash Watershed Indiana Poetry Awards. Find her at www.rachelsahaidachny.com.

    Sam Ferrante is a queer poet, bartender, and MFA candidate in Butler University's Poetry program in Indianapolis, IN. Originally from Long Island, NY, she has been lucky enough to have featured with La Mama Poetica, Melbourne Spoken Word, Passionate Tongues, and a couple other spots. Her mom gave her chapbook Pick Me Up (2016) rave reviews.


    Details coming soon!

     Featuring Keynote Michael Poore,
    author of Reincarnation Blues

    Written by Roxanna Santoro — January 02, 2020

    Events Around Indiana

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

    Indy Reads Books
    https://www.facebook.com/IndyReadsBooks/
    911 Massachusetts Avenue, Indianapolis, Indiana 46202


    Steve Beaven reading "WE WILL RISE: A True Story of Tragedy and Resurrection in the American Heartland"
    Friday, January 3, 2020, 6pm – 8pm

    For two decades the University of Evansville dominated small-college basketball, winning five national titles under the oversight of their charismatic coach, Arad McCutchan, a local icon more famous than the mayor or the governor. When McCutchan retired in 1977, a young coach named Bobby Watson took over as the Purple Aces moved up to Division I. But on the foggy night of December 13, 1977, the unthinkable happened: the entire University of Evansville basketball team and Coach Watson were killed when a plane crashed upon takeoff at the local airport.
    The tragedy seemed insurmountable, a devastating blow to the identity of a fading factory town. But as the entire community mourned, the university hired Dick Walters, a hotshot young coach from the Chicago area, who promised to rebuild the cherished institution. Assembling a team of castoffs, walk-ons, and overachievers, Walters restored the legacy of the team and its fans, and led the Aces to the NCAA tournament at the very moment that Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, and Michael Jordan were making basketball a global phenomenon.
     
    WE WILL RISE: A True Story of Tragedy and Resurrection in the American Heartland (Little A; January 1, 2020), by journalist Steve Beaven, tells the inspiring true story of loss and triumph. It is a tribute to those who were lost and to those who carried on, a rich and powerful story of an underdog team and its fans and the unbreakable spirit of community.



    Michelle Janson reading "The 'Tangles"
    Saturday, January 4, 2020, 11:30am – 12:30pm


    On a class field trip to Earth, students from outer space learn that humans have been overtaken by a mysterious presence that seems to be “tangling” their communication! The ‘Tangles provides a unique perspective on how current technology is affecting human interaction. It also emphasizes the importance of monitoring device usage and reminds people of all ages that this monitoring will keep us healthy and connected to each other.
    thetanglesbook.com


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

    First Sunday Prose Reading and Open Mic
    The featured readers are:  Darrell Stone and Eric Rensberger
    January 5, 2020 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
    Bear's Place

    1316 E Third St, Bloomington, IN
    Come early to sign up for Open Mic!


    Darrell Stone grew up in Greater Boston, with an artistic passion for storytelling.   She holds a masters degree in social work from Indiana University and a bachelors degree in theatre from Northeastern University.  In addition to her love for writing, Darrell is a free lance photographer, actor and director.  Writing complements her love for being an observer of human behavior and our environment.  Her pieces are additionally rooted and expressed from the foundations of her professional careers in social work and theatre.  ​ Darrell’s essays are known for simply pausing on a moment which can be stunning, hopeful, or meaningful to the human experience. Writing prose, snapping pictures, capturing moments, telling stories: each reveals the relationship between design, nature, people and place.​ Every moment has a story and Darrell calls us to bear witness and share that truth.​  Ultimately, Darrell Stone hopes her writing provides the reader or listener with a keen eye into the soul of the world around us. ​She is currently working on a collection of essays for publication.​
     


    Eric Rensberger is a local poet who has been performing his work around Bloomington for about 40 years. The same 3 poems, over and over. He never tires of them. While it is true that he has read many other poem-like items, none of them are really finished. Only the 3. And he won’t tell you which ones they are. A large selection of his work is available on his website, ericrensbergerpoetry.net . In addition to his poetry, he also writes the occasional essay, story, or lengthy lie. And sometimes he just talks to you, which he believes qualifies as spontaneous prose work.




    Vocab: Strictly Open-Mic
    https://www.facebook.com/events/456485441944011/
        
    Wednesday, January 8 at 7 PM – 10:30 PM
    The White Rabbit Cabaret

    1116 Prospect St., Indianapolis, Indiana 46203

    It's our annual strictly open-mic show and only $5 cover!  This is the chance to release, rehearse, and recite your work.

    There will not be a DJ for this event so you will not be able to have your tracks played behind you...BUT what a great way to rock an A Cappella or collaborate with your guitar playing, Djembe pounding friends or finally work out your set with your loop pedals.

    Artists will only be allotted 5-7 minutes to perform, so keep that in mind.  Signup is at the event, on a 1st come 1st spit basis and will be cut off at 13 artists.

    Sexism, homophobia, islamophobia, transphobia, xenophobia will in NO WAY BE TOLERATED.  (Signup will not guarantee performance and at discretion of our founder, Tatjana Rebelle). 
    Door opens at 7pm and show starts at 8pm


    Indy Reads Books
    https://www.facebook.com/IndyReadsBooks/
    911 Massachusetts Avenue, Indianapolis, Indiana 46202



    David J. Marsh reading "The Confessions of Adam"
    Saturday, January 11, 3pm – 4pm

    Eve has just died and Adam hires a scribe to write his memoir.

    www.davidjmarsh.com
    wwwconfessionsofadam.com
    Facebook and Instragram @DavidJMarsh



    Irvington Vinyl & Books
    https://www.facebook.com/events/424052455168753/
    9 Johnson Ave, Indianapolis, Indiana 46219



    Irvington Vinyl & Books Presents: Indiana Pushcart Prize Celebration     
    Sunday, January 12, 2020 at 2 PM – 4:30 PM

    Open to the Public

    This event will feature Pushcart prize nominees from The Indianapolis Review, Flying Island, So it Goes, and the Tipton Poetry Journal.

    Also at Irvington Vinyl & Books

    Storytelling through Brazilian Cordel Poetry
    Thursday, January 16, 2020 at 7 PM – 8:30 PM


    Brazilian "literatura de cordel" is a folk poetry form, created by and for the people as a means to teach morals, provide entertainment, and share stories.

    Funded through a U.S. Department of State Citizen Diplomacy Action Fund grant, Brazilian arts and culture producer
    Prussiana Fernandes will be in Indianapolis on  to teach a workshop on cordel: where it came from, why it's still important today, and how to create it.

    Prussiana Araújo Fernandes Cunha is a cultural education professional and publisher from Belo Horizonte, Brazil. She completed her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in cultural communication at the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais. Her published research, “As narrativas urbanas dos ambulantes de Belo Horizonte”, focuses on urban narratives from marginalized voices. She is both the co-founder and creative director of Editora Calamares, an independent publishing house that focuses on publishing local writers and works in translation.

    This event is appropriate for anyone interested in poetry, storytelling, zines, the role of art in creating community, Brazil, and/or Latin America.



    Indy Reads Books
    https://www.facebook.com/IndyReadsBooks/
    911 Massachusetts Avenue, Indianapolis, Indiana 46202


    Cafe Macabre: Reading and Signing
    Saturday, January 18 at 2 PM – 3 PM


    Join Leah Lederman, project creator, and contributors Kari McElroy and Jennifer Barnett as they read from and discuss the process of Cafe Macabre: A Collection of Horror Stories and Art by Women.



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

    Map of South Campus with Shelton Auditorium and Parking Lot
    Free and open to the public without tickets. 
      

    Marie HoweMarie Howe

    Tuesday, January 21, 7:30 PM
    Shelton Auditorium

    For more than thirty years, poet Marie Howe has been transforming ordinary life into extraordinary visions. As Arthur Sze, the most recent National Book Award winner for poetry, has said, “Her poems are acclaimed for writing through loss with verve, but they also find the miraculous in the ordinary and transform quotidian incidents into enduring revelation.” As Howe herself puts it, she is obsessed “with the metaphysical, the spiritual dimensions of life as they present themselves in this world."

    Howe’s most recent volume of poetry is Magdalene (2018), which was long-listed for the National Book Award. Her other books are The Good Thief (1999), a National Poetry Series selection; The Kingdom of Ordinary Time (2009), a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize; and What the Living Do (1999), a wrenching, plain-spoken elegy for her brother John, who died of an AIDS-related illness in 1989.

    Howe has received numerous honors, including fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Bunting Institute. From 2012 to 2014, she served as Poet Laureate of New York State, and in 2018 she was elected a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. She lives in New York City, where she teaches at New York University and Sarah Lawrence College.




    Poets Attack: January featuring Nancy Chen Long, Gnat Bowden, Rachel Sahaidachny, and Sam Ferrante.
    Wednesday, January 22 at 7 PM – 8:30 PM
    Irvington Vinyl & Books

    9 Johnson Ave, Indianapolis, Indiana 46219

    Don't miss this line-up of local heavy hitters!!

    Nancy Chen Long is the author of Wider Than the Sky (Diode Editions, 2020)  and Light into Bodies (University of Tampa Press, 2017). She is the grateful recipient of a National Endowment of the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship. Her work was chosen as the winner of the 2019 Poetry Society of America Robert H. Winner Award and featured in Poetry Daily, Verse Daily, and Indiana Humanities. nancychenlong.com

    Gnat Bowden is a conceptual researcher in Indiana. Their work investigates how cultural structures affect language, the body, and public space.

    Rachel Sahaidachny is the Executive Director of the Indiana Writers Center, and associate editor of The Indianapolis Review. She holds an MFA from Butler University, and is former poetry editor of Booth: A Journal. Recent writing has been published in South Dakota Review, The Southeast Review, Radar Poetry, Community of Writers Poetry Review, and others. She was a finalist for the Radar Poetry Coniston Prize, and awarded first prize in the Wabash Watershed Indiana Poetry Awards. Find her at www.rachelsahaidachny.com.

    Sam Ferrante is a queer poet, bartender, and MFA candidate in Butler University's Poetry program in Indianapolis, IN. Originally from Long Island, NY, she has been lucky enough to have featured with La Mama Poetica, Melbourne Spoken Word, Passionate Tongues, and a couple other spots. Her mom gave her chapbook Pick Me Up (2016) rave reviews.


    Details coming soon!

     Featuring Keynote Michael Poore,
    author of Reincarnation Blues


    Written by Roxanna Santoro — December 04, 2019

    Opportunities, Writers Conferences and Workshops, Contests and Submissions

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

     

    *Advice on Writing Contests: 

    When considering contests, look to see how they handled winners' work from previous years: Is there a list of previous winners? Where you can go to read or have access to the winning pieces of writing? Who are the judges? Are they people who you would read yourself? If you win, what kind of audience would you receive for your work? Research contests and their reputations online. Use places like duotrope.com, Poets and Writers (pw.org), the New Pages (newpages.com), or The Review Review (thereviewreview.net), to see whether there is any other information about the contest from other sources.


    Call for 10-minute Plays!

    Announcing the First Annual Indiana Ten-Minute Play Festival! We need your submissions!Six plays will be selected by local theatres for production at the 10-Minute Play Festival. Deadline for submission: January 5th, 2020, at 11:59 p.m.


    Playwrights will be notified of selections by February 1 (or before), and MUST be available for a table read of all six plays on February 2 at IndyFringe.

    The Festival will take place May 1st-3rd, 2020, with Friday and Saturday evening performances and a Sunday matinee.

    For submission guidelines and to submit your play, click: Submit your 10-Minute play now!    Questions? Email indytenminplayfest@gmail.com 



    Letters About Literature is a @state_library letter writing contest for students in Indiana in grades 4-12. Students are asked to read a book, poem or speech and write to the author (living or deceased) about how the book affected how they see themselves or how they see the world. Enter at indianastatelibrary.submittable.com/submit
     


     

    The Greenberg Playwright Competition

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

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

    CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

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

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

     

           
     


    The Indianapolis Review
    is an online journal based in Indianapolis looking to publish fresh poetry and art. We have a focus on connecting and promoting the writers and artists of our region, but we also want to showcase poetry from all over the country and the world.
    https://theindianapolisreview.com/submit/




     

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

    $3000 + Publication + Agency Review

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

    Go here  for the Submission Page



    Call for Submissions: Indianapolis Anthology-Belt Magazine


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

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

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

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

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

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



    Daisy Pettles Women’s Writing Contest, Awards and Residency


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

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

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

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



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

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

    As Beyoncé might say, we want your most flawless work. We can’t wait to read it. We believe in you.

    Go here to learn more and submit



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

    Call for submissions:

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

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


     

    The Northwest Indiana Literary Journal is seeking submissions of short stories, flash fiction, poetry, humor, photography, and art.

    https://northwestindianaliteraryjournal.wordpress.com/submissions/





    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/


     

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

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





    The Butler Bridge Program


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

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

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

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

    Click here for more information.

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

     

    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 — December 04, 2019

    Events Around Indiana

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

    Indy Reads Books
    https://www.facebook.com/IndyReadsBooks/
    911 Massachusetts Avenue, Indianapolis, Indiana 46202


    John Raab reading Merry Christmas Paco Alvarez
    Wednesday, November 27, 5:00pm – 6:30pm

    Merry Christmas Paco Alvarez is a funny series of vignettes about one year in the life of a young Catholic boy and his relationship with his classmates, family, and dog. The many misadventures of Sean Raven, Paco Alvarez and friends will hopefully entertain and delight the reader. this novella will evoke sweet memories for catholic school alumni, and anyone who encountered the fears and joys of childhood.


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

    First Sunday Prose Reading and Open Mic
    Sunday, December 1 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
    Bears Place

    1316 E Third St, Bloomington

    The featured readers are:  Abegunde and Carolyn Geduld
    Come early to sign up for Open Mic!


    Abegunde is an ancestral priestess, Healer, and Poet. Her fellowships include Sacatar (Brasil), Ragdale, and Norcroft. Her work has been published in toe good, Nocturnes, Wicked Alice, Warpland, and Beyond the Frontier.  She is the author of four chapbooks, including Wishful Thinking and Contemporary Urban Prayer. She is the director of The Graduate Mentoring Center and also a visiting faculty member in the Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies at IU.
     
    Carolyn Geduld was raised in New York City. She moved to Bloomington to attend Indiana University and wound up becoming a permanent resident. In her 20s, she published three non-fiction books, the first of which ranks over 13 millionth on Amazon. (Her best seller ranks just under 2 millionth.) Then she stopped writing to pursue a career as a mental health professional. She has been a therapist in Bloomington for over 40 years. Just over a year ago, she began writing fiction. In 2019, her short stories appeared in 11 literary journals and 4 anthologies. Her novel-in-stories “Take Me Out the Back” is being published by Black Rose Press in August, 2020.

    First Wednesday Spoken Word Series
    December 4, 2019 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
    Bears Place

    1316 E Third St, Bloomington

    The featured readers are: George Ella Lyon, Shayne Laughter, J.T. Whitehead
    With Music by Mike Notaro
    Come early to sign up for Open Mic!


    George Ella Lyon, Kentucky Poet Laureate (2015-2016), has published in many genres, including poetry, picture books, novels, short stories, and a memoir. Her poem “Where I’m From” has gone around the world as a writing model. Her poetry collections include She Let Herself Go (LSU, 2012) and Many-Storied House (Univ. Press of Kentucky, 2013). Lyon makes her living as a freelance writer and teacher. She and her husband, musician and writer Steve Lyon, have two grown sons. For more information, visit www.georgeellalyon.com

    Shayne Laughter lives in Bloomington, Indiana. She has lived and traveled in Seattle, New York City, India, and Spain.  She has published stories in Bacopa Literary Review, Matador Review, SAND Journal and RebelleSociety.com. Her novel, Yü: A Ross Lamos Mystery, was published by Open Books Press in 2010. Her voice talent work is heard in productions of the Burroughs Century/Wounded Galaxies audio play events. She is moving to India at the end of the this year, so this is your last opportunity to hear her read live.

    J.T. Whitehead earned a law degree from Indiana University, Bloomington. He received a Master’s degree in Philosophy from Purdue, where he studied Existentialism, social and political philosophy, and Eastern Philosophy. He spent time between, during, and after schools on a grounds crew, as a pub cook, a writing tutor, a teacher’s assistant, a delivery man, a book shop clerk, and a liquor store clerk, inspiring four years as a labor lawyer on the workers’ side. Whitehead was Editor in Chief of So It Goes: The Literary Journal of the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library, briefly, for issues 1, 2, 3, 4, and 6. He is a one-time Pushcart Prize-nominated short story author, a five-time Pushcart Prize-nominated poet, and was winner of the Margaret Randall Poetry Prize in 2015. Whitehead’s work has appeared in over 100 publications, most notably The Lilliput Review, Slipstream, Left Curve, The Broadkill Review, The Iconoclast, Gargoyle, and Wabash Magazine. His book The Table of the Elements was nominated for the National Book Award in 2015. Whitehead lives in Indianapolis with his two sons, Daniel and Joseph.


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

    Thursday, December 5 at 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    SullivanMunce Cultural Center

    225 W Hawthorne St, Zionsville, IN 46077-1620


    Our next Poetry on Brick Street is a special youth program featuring Rabbi Sandy Sasso reading from The Story of And. She will be available to sign copies of her books, supplied by Kids Ink.
    An open mic will follow. The event is free.


    Sandy Eisenberg Sasso is Rabbi Emerita of Congregation Beth-El Zedeck, where she served for 36 years. She is the author of many award-winning children’s books as well as two book for adults. Her essays are included in many collections on children’s spirituality, women, and Judaism. This year she was a recipient of the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Author’s Award and the Torchbearers Award for the Indiana Commission for Women. She is director of the Religion, Spirituality, and the Arts Initiative at IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute and co-founder of Women4Change Indiana. Other honors include: the Heritage Keepers Award from the Indiana State Museum, the Spirit of the Prairie Award from Conner Prairie, and the Sagamore the of the Wabash.
    Publisher’s Weekly selected two of her books, But God Remembered and Noah’s Wife: The Story of Na’amah, as Best Books of the Year. Abuelita’s Secret Matzahs is the winner of the 2005 Sugarman Family Children’s Book Award and the 2006 Best Books of Indiana Award. Rabbi Sasso is the 2004 recipient of the Helen Keating Ott Award for Outstanding Contribution to Children’s Literature.The Shemah in the Mezuzah won the 2012 National Jewish Book Award for Best Illustrated Children’s Book.



    Irvington Vinyl & Books
    9 Johnson Ave, Indianapolis, Indiana 46219

    Winter Poetry featuring Edie Roberts, Chelsea Tadeyeske, & Tasha Chopra
    Thursday, December 12 at 7 PM – 8:30 PM


    Touring poets and creative curators Chelsea Tadeyeske and Edie Roberts are dropping in for one night only as they head to the Cincinnati Art Book Fair. Come hear their confessional, tender poetry. Also featuring local poet Tasha Chopra.

    Chelsea Tadeyeske is a poet, performer, and bookmaker from Milwaukee, WI. She is the founding editor of pitymilk press, publishing short-run chapbooks and journals both online and in physical form. Her work sits in the the intersections of shame, trauma, and desire that are rooted in femininity trying to pin down the destructive reverberations of societal expectations and affectations. She has released many chapbooks including her most recent works of poetry, if you bend it backwards nothing really happens (Rabbit Catastrophe, 2016) and we were all born with the right to be angry (bathmatics, 2016). She is currently performing work from a series of short stories titled Princess Diana, due out on bathmatics in Spring of 2019. By tracing comedic edges around uncomfortable and private tragic experiences both on the page and in performance, Chelsea teases out the feels and makes a soft weapon of vulnerability. Her work can be found online at Pretty Owl Poetry, Delirious Hem, Smoking Glue Gun, and Leopardskin & Limes, among others. She is a Virgo sun/Libra rising/Aquarius moon born in the year of the snake.
    Check out her brainchild: https://pitymilkpress.wordpress.com/

    Edie Roberts is a rabbit with a hat. A genderqueer mouthpiece ponied up to bat, cheeks fat with american anxiety and morale relay. They reside in Detroit, Michigan where folks still talk with you in the grocery line; the hive humming about experiments with cooperation, the skeletons of capitalism, the dream of another way. They believe in self-publishing and making things for yourself. Their work is their own and they own the means of their own production for the most part. Titles include The Roof is On Fire pt.1&2 (2012/2016), The Heel and The Face (2016), Little Book of Shit (2016) and Everywhere You Go (2019). They lend hands and eyes and heart at pitymilk press and run a hapdash production site called bathmatics when there is time and purpose bubbling. More than summarized here at: https://edieroberts.wordpress.com/

    Tasha Chopra is a poet, visual artist, and graduate student pursuing her masters at Herron School of Art and Design. She is the co-founder and media editor for Turnpike Magazine, an online publication dedicated to positive themes and marginalized voices. She also is a part of Indy Symposium, a group that holds bimonthly open mics and poetry slams at Black Circle Brew. Her poetry focuses on themes of family, identity, and human connection, and some of her work can be found in Genesis Magazine.
    Check out Turnpike: https://turnpikemagazine.com

    Written by Roxanna Santoro — November 05, 2019

    Opportunities, Writers Conferences and Workshops, Contests and Submissions

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

     

    *Advice on Writing Contests:

    When considering contests, look to see how they handled winners' work from previous years: Is there a list of previous winners? Where you can go to read or have access to the winning pieces of writing? Who are the judges? Are they people who you would read yourself? If you win, what kind of audience would you receive for your work? Research contests and their reputations online. Use places like duotrope.com, Poets and Writers (pw.org), the New Pages (newpages.com), or The Review Review (thereviewreview.net), to see whether there is any other information about the contest from other sources.


    Call for 10-minute Plays!

    Announcing the First Annual Indiana Ten-Minute Play Festival! We need your submissions!Six plays will be selected by local theatres for production at the 10-Minute Play Festival. Deadline for submission: January 5th, 2020, at 11:59 p.m.


    Playwrights will be notified of selections by February 1 (or before), and MUST be available for a table read of all six plays on February 2 at IndyFringe.

    The Festival will take place May 1st-3rd, 2020, with Friday and Saturday evening performances and a Sunday matinee.

    For submission guidelines and to submit your play, click: Submit your 10-Minute play now!    Questions? Email indytenminplayfest@gmail.com 


    Poetry for Indy, December 2019

    Sunday, December 8 at 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM
    Indianapolis Public Library - Central Library
    Center for Black Literature & Culture
    40 East Saint Clair St, Indianapolis, IN 46204
     
    This is the final installment of the monthly Poetry for Indy workshops. The workshop is free and open to all who are interested in writing and sharing their original poetry. Writers of all skill levels are welcome.

    For this last workshop, you should bring a previously written poem as part of the workshop will be devoted to revision. Other than that, all you need to bring is your notebook and pen, tablet, phone, or whatever you ordinarily create with. We'll provide the rest. Because of limits to the meeting space and available materials, the workshop is limited to 20 writers. You must register in order to attend.
    https://www.eventbrite.com/e/poetry-for-indy-december-2019-tickets-83832287629?aff=ebdssbdestsearch



    Letters About Literature is a @state_library letter writing contest for students in Indiana in grades 4-12. Students are asked to read a book, poem or speech and write to the author (living or deceased) about how the book affected how they see themselves or how they see the world. Enter at indianastatelibrary.submittable.com/submit
     



    Holiday Author Fair
    December 7, 2019 at 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
    The Indiana History Center

    More than 70 authors are joining us in the William H. Smith Memorial Library at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center for a fun-filled day of mixing, mingling and book signing.

    Book topics range from sports and biographies to youth historical fiction and more. Meet this year’s featured authors Robert Blaemire, Tom LoBianco, Max Schumacher and Mark Montieth. Your kids will also want to meet Troy Cummings, author of The Notebook of Doom series.

    Download the catalog for a full list of books and authors that will be here during Author Fair.

    Join in the Festival of Trees festivities, including photos and storytime with Santa and book-themed crafts for kids and kids at heart. Be sure to enter to win an Author Fair gift basket, too! Educators are invited to attend the Teachers Lounge during Author Fair where they’ll find resources for their classroom.

    Free admission includes exhibits and Festival of Trees.


     

    The Greenberg Playwright Competition

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

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

    CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

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

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

     


               

    Author Opportunity

    Author wanted for an upcoming book about the Indianapolis Colts. Ideal candidate has a strong base of football knowledge, is a longtime fan of the team, lives in or is willing to visit the city for book signings, is active on social media, and will be comfortable with radio and TV interviews if the opportunity arises. For more information, visit lake7creative.com/indy-author.



     


    The Indianapolis Review
    is an online journal based in Indianapolis looking to publish fresh poetry and art. We have a focus on connecting and promoting the writers and artists of our region, but we also want to showcase poetry from all over the country and the world.
    https://theindianapolisreview.com/submit/



     

    Fall Fiction Award Judged by Anita Felicelli

    The Fall Fiction Contest is OPEN for submissions through November 30th! Submit your very best fiction up to 6,000 words for the chance to win $2,000 and publication in The Masters Review. Fifteen stories will be honored on our shortlist, with the winning three selected by Anita Felicelli!  Second and third place stories earn $300 and $200, respectively, publication, and correspondence from our judge. We want you to succeed, and we want your writing to be read. It's been our mission to support emerging writers since day one.
    https://mastersreview.com/fall-fiction-contest-2000-publication/

    Go here  for the Submission Page



    Call for Submissions: Indianapolis Anthology-Belt Magazine


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

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

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

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

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

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



    Daisy Pettles Women’s Writing Contest, Awards and Residency


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

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

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

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



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

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

    As Beyoncé might say, we want your most flawless work. We can’t wait to read it. We believe in you.

    Go here to learn more and submit



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

    Call for submissions:

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

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


     

    The Northwest Indiana Literary Journal is seeking submissions of short stories, flash fiction, poetry, humor, photography, and art.

    https://northwestindianaliteraryjournal.wordpress.com/submissions/





    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/


     

    Where to Submit: September, October, and November 2019

    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 — November 05, 2019

    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 World We Live(d) In

    When and Where:
    Sunday, November 10, 2019 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    at JCC Indianapolis
    6701 Hoover Rd., Indianapolis, IN 46240

    Special Venue Instructions: Free parking. Use doors #3 or #5.

    Presenter(s):  Dance Kaleidoscope
    Cost:  Free

    Image Credit: Libby

    Event Description:

    A juxtaposition of social the justice climate of yesterday and today interpreted through poetry and dance.

    How have our views on issues like race, inequality, climate change, gender, and immigration changed through the course of history? How have poets interpreted these views? The Indiana Writers Center has combed their online literary journal, “Flying Island,” and other sources for work from the recent and not so recent past to juxtapose with contemporary writing submitted by Central Indiana residents in an anthology released during the festival. Dance Kaleidoscope dancers will create a visual comparison of these selections through original choreography presented at the JCC on Sunday, November 10th. Performance attendees will also have the opportunity to create their own “blackout” or “book” poems in a guided art-making experience with Indianapolis Art Center teaching artists. Through this program we hope to explore the evolution of our community’s ideas, values, and revolutionary thoughts. 

    Parking in the JCC parking lot is free. If parking in the back lot, enter through door 5. If parking in the front lot adjacent to Hoover Rd., enter through door 3.

    RSVPs encouraged by Nov. 9.  

                      






    Oct 23-Nov 13, 2019
    The JCC’s 21st annual Ann Katz Festival of Books & Arts, presented by the Herbert Simon Family Foundation, is made possible in part by generous ongoing support from the Irwin and Ann Katz Cultural Arts and Education Endowment Fund.

    Go here to see the many events, including the authors- Edward Berenson, Rabbi Sandy Sasso, Dennis Ross, Ronald Balson and Alan Zweibel.


     

    Kellogg Writers Series

    https://events.uindy.edu/event/fiction-reading-with-maurice-broaddus/

    Maurice Broaddus, Fiction Reading
    October 30 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm    
    Schwitzer Student Center, UIndy Hall A

    FREE admission


    From the cover of Pimp My Airship: A Naptown Airship Novel
    Warning:  Don’t Believe the Hype!

    All the poet called Sleepy wants to do is spit his verses, smoke chiba, and stay off the COP’s radar—all of which becomes impossible once he encounters a professional protestor known as (120 Degrees of) Knowledge Allah. They soon find themselves on the wrong side of local authorities and have to elude the powers that be. When young heiress Sophine Jefferson’s father is murdered, the careful life she’d been constructing for herself tumbles around her. She’s quickly drawn into a web of intrigue, politics and airships, joining with Sleepy and Knowledge Allah in a fight for their freedom. Chased from one end of a retro-fitted Indianapolis to the other, they encounter outlaws, the occasional circus, possibly a medium, and more outlaws. They find themselves in a battle much larger than they imagined: a battle for control of the country and the soul of their people.
    The revolution will not be televised!

     

    A community organizer and teacher, Maurice Broaddus’s work has appeared in Lightspeed Magazine, Weird Tales, Apex Magazine, Asimov’s, Cemetery Dance, Black Static, and many more. Some of his stories have been collected in The Voices of Martyrs. He is the author of the urban fantasy trilogy, The Knights of Breton Court, and the middle grade detective novel series, The Usual Suspects. He co-authored the play Finding Home: Indiana at 200. His novellas include Buffalo Soldier, I Can Transform You, Orgy of Souls, Bleed with Me, and Devil’s Marionette. He is the co-editor of Dark Faith, Dark Faith: Invocations, Streets of Shadows, and People of Colo(u)r Destroy Horror. His gaming work includes writing for the Marvel Super-Heroes, Leverage, and Firefly role-playing games as well as working as a consultant on Watch Dogs 2.

     

    Indy Reads Books
    https://www.facebook.com/IndyReadsBooks/
    911 Massachusetts Avenue, Indianapolis, Indiana 46202



    Mission Transition Book Discussion & Signing
    Saturday, November 2 @ 3–4 PM

    Come hear author Matthew J. Louis discuss his new book - the best book ever written on veteran career change - Mission Transition: Navigating the Opportunities and Obstacles to Your Post-Military Career


    Matt Louis is one of the nation’s leading experts in career transition for veterans. He coaches individuals on their transition efforts and advises employers on hiring programs designed to successfully assimilate these valuable talent pools.



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


    First Sunday Prose Reading and Open Mic
    The featured readers are:  James Dorr and Andrew Hubbard
    Sunday, November 3 @ 3:00-4:30 pm
    Bear's Place

    1316 E Third St, Bloomington, IN

    James Dorr’s most recent book is a novel-in-stories from Elder Signs Press, TOMBS, A CHRONICLE OF LATTER-DAY TIMES OF EARTH. Working mostly in dark fantasy/horror with some forays into science fiction and mystery, his THE TEARS OF ISIS was a 2013 Bram Stoker Award® finalist for Superior Achievement in a Fiction Collection, while other books include STRANGE MISTRESSES: TALES OF WONDER AND ROMANCE, DARKER LOVES: TALES OF MYSTERY AND REGRET, and his all-poetry VAMPS (A RETROSPECTIVE). He has also been a technical writer, an editor on a regional magazine, a full time non-fiction freelancer, and a semi-professional musician, and currently harbors a Goth cat named Triana. He invites those interested to stop by his blog, http://jamesdorrwriter.wordpress.com

    Andrew Hubbard was born and raised in a coastal Maine fishing village.  He earned degrees in English and Creative Writing from Dartmouth College and Columbia University, respectively.

    He has had four prose books published, and his most recent books, collections of poetry, were published in 2014, 2016, and 2018.He is a casual student of cooking and wine, a former martial arts instructor and competitive weight lifter, a collector of edged weapons, and a licensed handgun instructor.  He lives in rural Indiana with his son, his wife, a giant, black German Shepard, and a gaggle of semi-tame deer.



    Second Flight Books
    https://www.facebook.com/events/474158369800471/
    2200 Elmwood Ave. Suite D-7, Lafayette, Indiana 47904


    The Human Remains | Son Tour & Open Mic
    Tuesday, November 5, 2019 at 6:30 PM – 8 PM


    Poets Tim Heerdink and Jon Koker will be reading poetry from their new collections, THE HUMAN REMAINS and SON starting at 6:30 p.m.  Following these two readers we will open up the stage to other readers who want to share their work.

    Tim Heerdink is the author of two poetry collections, The Human Remains and Red Flag and Other Poems, and a short story, The Tithing of Man. He has poems published in Poetry Quarterly, Fish Hook, and various anthologies and is the president of the Midwest Writers Guild of Evansville, Indiana.

    Jon Koker is the author of Son and four other collections of poetry. He is also a musician and SON of his Heavenly Father; whose desire is to be a small spark in the darkest of nights for those who have lost their way. Jon Koker resides in Newburgh, Indiana.



    Kelly Writers Series-Depauw University
    https://www.depauw.edu/arts-and-culture/speakers/kellywriters/

    Featuring Mia Alvar
    November 6 | 7:30 p.m.
    Peeler Art Center, Auditorium

    10 W Hanna St, Greencastle, IN 46135


    Mia Alvar’s collection of short stories, In the Country, won the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction, the University of Rochester’s Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize, and the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Award. Her work has appeared in The New York Times Book Review, The Missouri Review, and elsewhere. She lives in Los Angeles, California.


    Poetry on Brick Street

    https://www.facebook.com/poetryonbrickstreet/

    Meet IU's Stacey Lynn Brown, our featured guest
    Thursday, November 7 at 7 p.m.
    SullivanMunce Cultural Center

    225 W. Hawthorne St., Zionsville


    Stacey Lynn Brown is a poet, playwright, and essayist from Atlanta, Georgia. Her first collection, a book-length poem titled Cradle Song (C&R Press, 2009) and grappled with issues of race and racism, family, and cultural identity against the backdrop of her childhood in the South. Her recently completed second collection, The Shallows, considers illness and its aftermath—specifically a massive stroke and the ways in which the broken body moves through the world without language. She is also the co-editor, with Oliver de la Paz, of A Face to Meet the Faces: An Anthology of Contemporary Persona Poetry, (The University of Akron Press, 2012).

    Her critical research examines narrative, post-confessionalism, memory/truth/veracity, cultural studies, and the politics and poetics of the South/regional identity. Her essays have appeared in journals such as The Rumpus, Southern Quarterly, and Pilot Light: A Journal of 21st Century Poetics and Criticism. She is currently working on a collection of nonfiction essays titled The Slowest Suicide, a third poetry collection titled Shroud Lines, and a new play titled Understudy. (Her first play, Cast in Order of Appearance, was produced in 1992.)

    She is the recipient of awards from New Southerner magazine and The Poetry Center of Chicago as well as grants, fellowships, and residencies from the Ucross Foundation, The Hambidge Center for Creative Arts, New York Mills, The Key West Literary Seminar, Southern Oregon State University, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, and Indiana University.


    Franklin College's Carlson-Stauffer Reading Series

    Franklin College will host the launch reading of Callista Buchen's Look Look Look
    Thursday, November 7 at 7pm
    Hamilton Auditorium in the Hamilton Library

    Franklin College campus, 101 Branigin Blvd, Franklin, IN 46131



    Purdue University/Visiting Writers Reading Series

    https://www.cla.purdue.edu/academic/english/gradstudies/creativewriting/series.html

    A reading with author Diane Cook
    Thursday November 7, 7:30 pm,
    Krannert Auditorium

    Free and open to the public


    Diane Cook is the author of the story collection Man V. Nature, and was formerly a producer for the radio show, This American Life. Man V. Nature was a finalist for the Believer Book Award and the Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction, received Honorable Mention for the PEN/Hemingway award, and was recently longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award. Her stories have appeared in Harper’s, Tin House, Granta, and elsewhere and anthologized in Best American Short Stories. She lives in Oakland, CA.



    Afrofuture Fridays
    https://www.facebook.com/events/1410227949135407/

    Friday, November 8 at 6 PM – 8 PM
    Kheprw Institute

    546 E. 17th Street, Indianapolis, Indiana 46202
    Free -Get tickets here

    Afrofuturism is a movement of art, culture and literature that seeks to explore dilemmas faced by black people and theorize possible futures. Afrofuturism will be our framework to re-examine events of the past, critique the present day dilemmas of the African Diaspora, and create a space to imagine and dream of possible futures.

    Join us for the Second Friday of each month from 6 to 8pm. As always, there will be food, music and celebration of community.

    OUR HOSTS
    Maurice Broaddus
    A community organizer and teacher, his work has appeared in Lightspeed Magazine, Weird Tales, Apex Magazine, Asimov’s, Cemetery Dance, Black Static, and many more. Some of his stories have been collected in The Voices of Martyrs. He wrote the urban fantasy trilogy, The Knights of Breton Court. He co-authored the play Finding Home: Indiana at 200. His novellas include Buffalo Soldier, I Can Transform You, Orgy of Souls, Bleed with Me, and Devil’s Marionette. He is the co-editor of Dark Faith, Dark Faith: Invocations, Streets of Shadows, and People of Colo(u)r Destroy Horror. Learn more about him at MauriceBroaddus.com.

    Rasul Palmer
    Rasul Palmer has been an integral part of the Kheprw Institute for over 10 years. He is a natural systems thinker and is always looking at the bigger picture. He has facilitated many community conversations and public forums at Kheprw Institute over the years including series on The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander, Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates and currently he is a co-facilitator for Afrofuture Fridays along with local Indy writer Maurice Broaddus.

    This program has been made possible through a grant from Indiana Humanities in cooperation with the National Endowment for the Humanities along with support from the Central Indiana Community Foundation.



    Grand Opening of the new Kurt Vonnegut Museum * Library & VonnegutFest

    Saturday, November 9, 12:00 PM–10:00 PM
    Kurt Vonnegut Museum * Library

    543 Indiana Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46204
    Get your ticket and read about all the events.



    Indy Reads Books
    https://www.facebook.com/IndyReadsBooks/
    911 Massachusetts Avenue, Indianapolis, Indiana 46202

    Book Signing for A Fallen Hero at Indy Reads Books
    Saturday, November 9 at 11:30AM–1:30 PM


    Cato is the only true half-human, half-ghost hybrid in existence. Once a hero, he's now a fugitive....
    Sara A. Noë - Writer•Photographer•Artist
    AuthorLa Porte, Indiana
    Writer • Photographer • Artist • Author of A Fallen Hero (2018) • Learn more at www.onthecobblestoneroad.com



    The Monroe County Public Library announces its Power of Words Event for the fall:
    An Evening with Margaret MacMullan
    November 9 @ 7:00–8:30 pm
    Buskirk Chumley Theater, Bloomington

    This event is FREE and open to the public, All Ages


    MacMullan will be reading from her latest book, Where the Angels Lived: One Family’s Story of Exile, Loss and Return. It is a moving look at the author’s family’s relationship to the Holocaust (Shoah), their exile in Hungary, and the redemptive power of know and writing your own story.
    For more information contact: https://mcpl.info/pow



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

    Terrance Hayes: On the Legacy of Etheridge Knight
    Monday, November 11, 7:30 PM S
    Shelton Auditorium

    The National Book Award-winning poet Terrance Hayes will present a special talk on the legacy of the Indianapolis poet Etheridge Knight (1931-1991). Knight dedicated himself to poetry while serving time in the Indiana State Prison in the 1960s, then became a key figure in the Black Arts Movement and a powerful influence, as writer, peer, and teacher, on an untold number of other poets. He spent his final years in Indianapolis and is buried in Crown Hill Cemetery.

    Terrance Hayes’ most recent book, a collection of creative nonfiction and visual art inspired by Knight, is To Float in the Space Between: Drawings and Essays in Conversation with Etheridge Knight, which was a finalist for the 2018 National Book Critics Circle Award in Non-Fiction.

    Over the past two decades, Hayes has emerged as one of contemporary poetry’s most compelling voices on the subjects of race, masculinity, and American culture. His poems are formally inventive, even playful, marked by a fierce wit and a willingness to abide within ambiguity and paradox, as he continually discovers new ways to interrogate what it means to exist in this society, in this place and time. Hayes’ most recent collection of poems, American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin (2018), comprises seventy unrhymed free verse sonnets haunted by our current difficult political moment as well as the long cultural history that precedes it. The book was a finalist for both the National Book Award and National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry and was shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize.

    Hayes is also the author of five other collections of poetry, including How to Be Drawn (2015), winner of the NAACP Image Award for Poetry; Lighthead (2010), winner of the National Book Award in Poetry; Wind in a Box (2006), finalist for the Hurston-Wright Legacy Award; Hip Logic (2002), winner of the National Poetry Series and finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award; and Muscular Music (1999), winner of both the Whiting Writers Award and the Kate Tufts Discovery Award. He has been a recipient of many other honors and awards, including fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the MacArthur Foundation—what is commonly referred to as its “genius award.”

    Hayes was elected a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets in 2017. He serves as Professor of English at New York University and resides in New York City.

     

    Written by Roxanna Santoro — October 01, 2019

    Opportunities, Writers Conferences and Workshops, Contests and Submissions

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

     

    *Advice on Writing Contests:

    When considering contests, look to see how they handled winners' work from previous years: Is there a list of previous winners? Where you can go to read or have access to the winning pieces of writing? Who are the judges? Are they people who you would read yourself? If you win, what kind of audience would you receive for your work? Research contests and their reputations online. Use places like duotrope.com, Poets and Writers (pw.org), the New Pages (newpages.com), or The Review Review (thereviewreview.net), to see whether there is any other information about the contest from other sources.



    The Indiana Writers Center is in search of a poetry editor for the online journal, the Flying Island.

    Applicants must have strong connections to Indiana, have previous editorial experience in a literary journal (minimum 2+ years), and demonstrate good knowledge of poetry.

    The Poetry Editor is responsible for reading and responding to all poetry submissions in a timely manner, managing the poetry publication calendar, and publishing the poems, plus author bio, on the online platform. At the current rate of submissions this commitment would require 4-5 hours per week, with the expectation of a 30 day turnaround on submissions.

    This is a volunteer position which doesn’t have a salary.

    Deadline to apply: 11/15/2019

    Link to apply:




    Save the date!

    Indy Author Fair: Meet an Author, Be an Author
    Saturday, November 9, 2019 at 11 AM – 4:30 PM
    Indianapolis Public Library

    40 E Saint Clair St, Indianapolis, Indiana 46204

    Join fellow writers for a day devoted expressly to Indiana's talented authors. Writing workshops led by experts from the Indiana Writers Center will occur from 11:15-4:30 p.m. The Indy Author Fair networking event with more than 40 up-and coming Indiana authors takes place from 11:30-2:00 p.m.



    Get Inked Teen Writing Conference--NOVEMBER 9th


    Write with YA author Patrick Flores-Scott
    For the last several years, MWC has partnered with Saint Mary's College to sponsor an all-day teen writing conference in South Bend. The conference is modeled after professional author conferences and involves opportunities for young writers in grades 8-12 to CHOOSE the sessions that interest them, write alongside our keynote author in small group workshops, and network with other teen writers in the area. This year's conference is Saturday, November 9th from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. The cost is only $60 and includes lunch, a signed copy of the author's latest book, and a full day of writing fun.
    Go here to find out more and register.
    The conference is limited to the first 60 participants to register.



    The Adina Talve-Goodman Fellowship
    This educational fellowship offers a year-long mentorship on the craft of fiction writing with One Story. Our aim is to give a writer outside of the fold a significant boost in their career. The fellowship calls for an early-career writer of fiction who has not yet published a book and is not currently nor has ever been enrolled in an MFA program. We are seeking writers whose work speaks to issues and experiences related to inhabiting bodies of difference. Entering is free. Submissions are due on November 1st.

    One Teen Story: Teen Fiction Writing Contest
    Our teen contest is open now! Writers ages 13 - 19 are submitting short stories about the teen experience. We'll edit and publish four of these stories — and pay the writers for their work. If you know a Teen Writer, please let them know. Entering is free. Submissions are due on November 19th.

     

     

    NaNoWriMo Opportunities in Muncie


    In honor of NaNoWriMo, Muncie Public Library is hosting multiple events to help people get the creative juices flowing during the month and to learn more about self-publishing with the library:


    Self-Publishing 101 at the Library

    Friday, November 8 @ 6pm
    Kennedy Library
    FB link to event:
    https://www.facebook.com/events/2184310258533070/

    NaNoWriMo Author Panel
    Monday, November 18 @ 7pm
    Maring-Hunt Library
    FB link to event:
    https://www.facebook.com/events/396516621021002/


    One Author’s Journey: From Ideas to Publication w/ Terence Faherty
    Saturday, November 23 @ 4pm
    Kennedy Library
    FB link to event:
    https://www.facebook.com/events/405881906758599/


     

    The Greenberg Playwright Competition

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

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

    CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

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

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

     


               

    Author Opportunity

    Author wanted for an upcoming book about the Indianapolis Colts. Ideal candidate has a strong base of football knowledge, is a longtime fan of the team, lives in or is willing to visit the city for book signings, is active on social media, and will be comfortable with radio and TV interviews if the opportunity arises. For more information, visit lake7creative.com/indy-author.


     

    Every student that participates will receive an award. However, ten students will be selected to read their entries at our Fall Fest event which will be held on Saturday, November 16, 2019, at the Central (Downtown) Library, Clowes Auditorium, 40 East St. Clair Street.  This building is located on Meridian and St. Clair Street.  The event time is 12:00pm – 4:00pm.  At the Fall Fest event, there is always a special guest who will assist with acknowledging and awarding the students.  This year we are excited  to have with us for the presentation of the awards, special guest 11 year old chef, author and entrepreneur Step Stool Chef.  He is scheduled to speak to the students, provide a cooking demonstration and all of the ten selected students will receive a meal kit to take home to try on their own.   Each year we select a theme to guide the students to strive towards.  This year’s theme:  “In it to Win It.”  Some of our past guests presenters have included:  Lonnie Johnson(inventor of the super soaker water gun); Kwame Alexander(author, educator, poet); Robb Armstrong(cartoonist); and Nikki Giovanni(author, activist, poet)to name a few

    The Fall Fest is an annual event that we sponsor to bring families and the community as a whole to the library, to celebrate and promote the African American culture through activities, storytelling and music of all spectrums.  Our program this year is set and we have many talented groups that will be performing.  This event is free and open to the public!

     Download the entry form here.

     

     


    The Indianapolis Review
    is an online journal based in Indianapolis looking to publish fresh poetry and art. We have a focus on connecting and promoting the writers and artists of our region, but we also want to showcase poetry from all over the country and the world.
    https://theindianapolisreview.com/submit/



     

     


    Go here  for the Submission Page




    OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS
     

    Welcome to CRAFT's first flash fiction contest for unpublished stories up to 1,000 words!

    Guest judge Benjamin Percy will select three winning stories and each receive:

    • $1,000 award & a bundle of the Rose Metal Press Field Guides
    • Publication in CRAFT, with an introduction by Benjamin Percy, and an Author's Note (craft essay) to accompany the story
    • A micro-interview with our flash fiction section editor, Tommy Dean

    Plus an editors' choice round—we'll be awarding $150 and publication to four stories we just can't let go.

    Submit Here

     



    Call for Submissions: Indianapolis Anthology-Belt Magazine



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

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

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

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

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

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



    Daisy Pettles Women’s Writing Contest, Awards and Residency


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

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

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

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



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

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

    As Beyoncé might say, we want your most flawless work. We can’t wait to read it. We believe in you.

    Go here to learn more and submit



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

    Call for submissions:

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

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


     

    The Northwest Indiana Literary Journal is seeking submissions of short stories, flash fiction, poetry, humor, photography, and art.

    https://northwestindianaliteraryjournal.wordpress.com/submissions/





    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/


     

    Where to Submit: September, October, and November 2019

    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 — October 01, 2019

    Events Around Indiana

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



    Admission is free!
    Go here to secure your ticket to this screening


    Michael Martone Reading
    Saturday, October 5 at 5 PM – 7 PM
    Listen Hear

    2620 Shelby St, Indianapolis, Indiana 46203
    Hosted by Tube Factory artspace 
    In partnership with the Indiana Writers Center

    Join us for a reading by writer Michael Martone.


    Michael Martone was born in Fort Wayne and is the author of over a dozen books of fiction and nonfiction.  His latest are BROODING, essays, and THE MOON OVER WAPAKONETA: FICTIONS AND SCIENCE FICTIONS FROM INDIANA AND BEYOND. In october 2020, BOA Editions will publish RHW COMPLETE WRITINGS OF ART SMITH, THE BIRD BOY OF FORT WAYNE. He also has edited six anthologies of prose. This reading is part of the 44th Annual Double-Wide World Tour of Indiana. He lives in Tuscaloosa and teaches at the university there.
    Martone will have books available for sale.



    Freedom to Read Week (Formerly Banned Books Week)
    https://www.facebook.com/events/2684468588272365/

    Daily, Sep 22 - Sep 27 
    Hosted by Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library
    543 Indiana Avenue, Indianapolis, 46202-3105
    Get your tickets here


    Indianapolis Celebrates Freedom to Read Week with a “Prisoner,” a Sneak Peak at Our New Building, and a Week of Programming Sept. 22-27, 2019!

    We’re working, planning, and fundraising to get our new building at 543 Indiana Avenue ready for a grand opening in November. In the meantime, we invite you to stop by the new location for a special Sneak Peek during Freedom to Read Week (also known as the American Library Association’s Banned Books Week) beginning Sunday, September 22.

    Freedom to Read Week and Banned Books Week are one and the same, but some folks thought we were celebrating the banning of books! Um, ya, no! As most of you know, we have always celebrated the First Amendment and the freedoms it allows and will continue to do so, but now we’re calling the celebration Freedom to Read. Different name, same great cause with unique, related programming.

    So join us and the folks from Bluebeard Restaurant for this special week.

    Meet Our 24/7 Teacher-in-Residence Brett Stoker from Tipton High School, who is also one of the school’s football coaches. He’s our “prisoner” this year, spending the week in the Vonnegut Library to raise awareness of censorship. Be sure to stop by and hang out with him for a while.  
    Go here to see the entire schedule


    The Poets Laureate of Lawrence
    (www.artsforlawrence.org)
     
    Tuesday, September 24 from 7-9 pm
    The Theater at the Fort on Indy's east side
    Poetry reading happens in the Sterrett Center next door.
    8920 Otis Avenue, Lawrence, 46226
    (Take 56th Street to Post Road. Go North on Post and West on Otis.)

    This month featuring Manon Voice
    Please join us at The Poets Laureate of Lawrence – we host a monthly featured author followed by an open reading that happens on the 4th Tuesday of each month.


    Manon Voice
    is a poet, spoken word artist, freelance writer, hip-hop emcee and social justice activist. She has performed on many diverse stages in the power of word and song and has taught and facilitated art, poetry and spoken word workshops through organizations such as Regeneration Indy and Women Writing for a Change. She has been a featured panelist for Indianapolis based organizations, Indy10 Black Lives Matter, Don't Sleep and events such as IUPUI's 2017 Social Justice Symposium, focusing on the intersections of race, gender, art and activism.  She is actively the Mentor Match Coordinator of Homelessness Prevention at the Indianapolis based organization, Trusted Mentors, which seeks to reverse homelessness and incarceration through the power of relationships. She is a proud board member of the Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana, has volunteered for organizations such as Life Bridges and Global Gifts, and is a facilitator and hip-hop music instructor for Kuumba Academy. She is the host and founder of Project 5547 Poetry Night at CoalYard Coffee in Indianapolis' Irvington neighborhood. In 2017, Manon Voice was awarded the Power of Peace Award from the Peace Learning Center of Central Indiana for her work in the community. Manon Voice seeks to use her art and activism to create a communal space where dialogue, transformation, discovery and inspiration can occur.



    An Evening With Elizabeth Acevedo
    Tuesday, September 24 at 6:00 pm
    Central Library
    40 E. St. Clair Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204
    Free!



    Teens and adults are invited to hear Elizabeth Acevedo, New York Times bestselling author of “The Poet Xand “With Fire on High.” She is a poet, author and performing artist and winner of the Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Fiction. Book sales by Kids Ink and signings will follow.



    Poets Attack! ft. Sherwin Bitsui, Natalie Solmer, & Nick Gilmore
    Wednesday, September 25 at 7-8:30 PM
    Irvington Vinyl & Books

    9 Johnson Ave, Indianapolis, Indiana 46219

    Many thanks to the Indiana Writers Center and Adrian Matejka for helping make this reading possible! This month's Poets Attack! will feature Sherwin Bitsui, Natalie Solmer, and Nick Gilmore.

    Sherwin Bitsui, a Diné (Navajo) from the Navajo Reservation in White Cone, Arizona, received an AFA from the Institute of American Indian Arts Creative Writing Program. He is the author of the poetry collections Shapeshift (2003) and Flood Song (2009) and most recently, Dissolve. Steeped in Native American culture, mythology, and history, Bitsui’s poems reveal the tensions in the intersection of Native American and contemporary urban culture. His poems are imagistic, surreal, and rich with details of the landscape of the Southwest. Flood Song is a book-length lyric sequence that explores the traditions of Native American writing through postmodern fragment and stream of consciousness. Bitsui has received a Whiting Writers’ Award, a grant from the Witter Bynner Foundation for Poetry, a Truman Capote Creative Writing Fellowship, and a Lannan Literary Fellowship. He teaches at the Institute of American Indian Arts.

    Natalie Solmer grew up in South Bend, Indiana. She is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Indianapolis Review, an online journal of poetry and art. She previously worked as a grocery store florist for 13 years and now teaches composition and writing at Ivy Tech Community College in Indianapolis and lives a mile from the famous Indy 500 racetrack. Her work has been published in journals such as Willow Springs, Glass: A Journal of Poetry, Cimarron Review, North American Review, Pleiades, and Briar Cliff Review. More of her publications can be found at www.nataliesolmer.com.

    Nicholas Gilmore is a staff writer at The Saturday Evening Post. The one that popularized Norman Rockwell and defended the war in Vietnam. He writes about labor history and musicals and everything else but sports. His poetry has been published in the Blue Monday Review and the Columbia Review. Join the DSA.
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    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 tries to pair 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.



    Kellogg Writers Series/University of Indianapolis
    https://events.uindy.edu/events/category/kellogg-writers-series/

    Mira T. Lee, Fiction Reading
    Wednesday, September 25, 7:30-8:30 p.m.
    Krannert Memorial Library 302 (Blue Law Room)

    FREE admission


    Mira T. Lee’s debut novel, Everything Here is Beautiful, was selected as a Top 10 Debut by the American Booksellers Association, and named a Best Fiction title of 2018 by Amazon, O Magazine, Real Simple, and the Goodreads Readers Choice Awards. Her stories and essays have appeared in publications such as Tin House, Real Simple, the Southern Review, the Missouri Review, and Harvard Review, among others, and have twice received special mention for the Pushcart Prize. She has also been the recipient of an Artist’s Fellowship from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.


    Ball State University-Visiting Writers
    https://www.bsu.edu/calendar/calendars/academics/english

    YA and Fantasy Author Laura Ruby
    Wednesday, September 25, 7:30 p.m
    Art and Journalism Building, Room 225



    YA /fantasy author Laura Ruby, a National Book Award Finalist, who writes fiction for adults, teens and children will read from her work. This event is free and open to the public. Some of Laura’s books will be for sale, and she will be signing books as well. This is an excellent opportunity for students to meet a Midwest author who has carved a professional path in the literary fields of YA and fantasy.


    Second Flight Books
    https://www.facebook.com/events/2543422882376139/
    2200 Elmwood Ave. Suite D-7, Lafayette, Indiana 47904


    Poets Oliver Baez Bendorf and Dana Roeser
    Friday, September 27 at 6:30–7:30 PM

     
    Join us as poet Oliver Baez Bendorf reads from his new collection, Advantages of Being Evergreen, and Dana Roeser reads from her new collection, All Transparent Things Need Thundershirts.

    Oliver Baez Bendorf is the author of a previous collection, The Spectral Wilderness, selected by Mark Doty for the Stan & Tom Wick Poetry Prize, and a chapbook, The Gospel According to X. He is an assistant professor of poetry at Kalamazoo College in Michigan.

    Dana Roeser is the author of four award-winning books of poetry. The recently published All Transparent Things Need Thundershirts won the Wilder Prize at Two Sylvias Press. The Theme of Tonight’s Party Has Been Changed (University of Massachusetts Press, 2014) won the Juniper Prize, and In the Truth Room and Beautiful Motion (Northeastern University Press/UPNE; 2008 and 2004, respectively) both won the Samuel French Morse Poetry Prize. Among her other awards and honors are the Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writers Award, the Jenny McKean Moore Writer-in-Washington Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a Pushcart Prize, and numerous residencies in the U.S. and abroad. She has read her work widely and taught in the MFA programs in poetry at Purdue, Butler, and Wichita State Universities.


    Speed City Sisters in Crime
    Saturday, September 28th Monthly Meeting

    11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
    Speaker: Author Wes Gehring

    Barnes & Noble at River Crossing
    8675 River Crossing Blvd Indianapolis, IN 46240

    The day's schedule:
    10:00 a.m. — Critique group 
    11:00 a.m. — Business meeting
    11:30 a.m. — Speaker Wes Gehring
    1:00 p.m. (approximately) — Lunch at District Tap (3720 E 82nd St)
    Wes Gehring, distinguished professor of film at Ball State University, will discuss the humor of Alfred Hitchcock, which just happens to be the subject of Gehring's latest book, Hitchcock and Humor: Modes of Comedy in Twelve Defining Films.

    If you've never thought of the "Master of Suspense" as a humorist, you will after you view him through Gehring's tightly focused lens. Prepare to learn about Hitch's unconventional and subtle uses of humor, much of it dark, and discover how you can insert them into your own stories.

    Have questions about classic Hollywood movies and stars? Wes Gehring is the man to ask. Bring your questions and let's see if we can stump him. It will be fun ... and educational!

    Wes Gehring
     is also a George and Frances Ball distinguished professor of telecommunications, and associate media editor of "USA Today Magazine," for which he also writes the column, "Reel World."

    Gehring is an award-winning author of more than 40 film-related books, with special BookExpo national recognition for recent biographies of James Dean, Red Skelton, Steve McQueen, and Carole Lombard.




    Indy Reads Books
    https://www.facebook.com/IndyReadsBooks/
    911 Massachusetts Avenue, Indianapolis, Indiana 46202


    Indiana launch for "Piety & Power" at IndyReads, talk w LoBianco
    Saturday, September 28, 4-6PM


    We'll get behind the carefully crafted mask of Mike Pence to understand the man who could easily become president. Talk is Saturday, Sept. 28, at the great Indy Reads in Indianapolis! Bring your questions, and please consider pre-ordering a copy with Indy Reads or buying a copy at the event!



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


    Last Sunday Poetry Reading and Open Mic
    With guest poets: Michael Luis Dauro and Rachel Ronquillo Gray
    Sunday, September 29 @ 3:00-4:30PM
    Monroe Country Convention Center, Rogers room

    302 S College Ave, Bloomington, IN 47403
    Followed by an Open Mic.
    Free parking in the back!


    Michael Luis Dauro is a poet, tarot-slinger, and beekeeper living in Bloomington, Indiana. He is a Millay Colony Resident Artist, Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship finalist, Pushcart Prize nominee, and a CantoMundo fellow. His work has appeared in As/Us, StoryScape, At Length, Phantom Drift, Rattle, Sonora Review, and others. Michael is currently working on his speculative epic, Sierra Amnezia. He’s also totally non-ironically into spaghetti westerns and pro wrestling.

    Born and raised in rural Nevada, Rachel Ronquillo Gray is a Kundiman, Pink Door, and VONA fellow. Her work is forthcoming or appears in Tinderbox Poetry, Hyphen Magazine, Tahoma Literary Review, Digging Through the Fat, Radar Poetry, and other places. She currently lives, writes, and makes food in Bloomington, Indiana.


    Kelly Writers Series/Depauw University
    https://www.depauw.edu/arts-and-culture/speakers/kellywriters/

    Terese Mailhot
    October 2 | 7:30 p.m.
    Peeler Art Center, Auditorium


    Terese Marie Mailhot is the New York Times bestselling author of Heart Berries: A Memoir. Her book tells the story of a young woman coming of age on the Seabird Island Band in the Pacific Northwest. It was an NPR Best Book of the Year and was listed as one of Harper's Bazaar's Best Books of 2018. She teaches creative writing at Purdue University.


    Notre Dame Univerity/Creative Writing Reading Series
    https://english.nd.edu/events/2019/10/02/creative-writing-reading-series-ft-gina-ochsner/
    Creative Writing Reading Series featuring Gina Ochsner
    Wednesday, October 2, 7:30-9:00PM
    232 Decio Hall, Notre Dame, IN 46556-5644


    Gina Ochsner teaches at Corban University where she also directs the Between 2 Worlds High School Writing Conference.


    Ochsner has been awarded a John L. Simon Guggenheim grant and a grant from the National Endowment of Arts. Her stories have appeared in The New Yorker, Tin House, Glimmertrain and the Kenyon Review.  She is the author of the short story collection The Necessary Grace to Fall which received the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction and the story collection People I Wanted to Be. Both books received the Oregon Book Award.

    A novel entitled The Russian Dreambook of Colour and Flight received the Grub Street Book Prize in 2011 and was long listed for the Orange Prize in 2010. Her latest novel The Hidden Letters of Velta B. was released in 2016.


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


    Rescheduling for Karen Kovacik former Indiana Poet Laureate
    Thursday, October 3 at 7 p.m.
    SullivanMunce Cultural Center

    225 W. Hawthorne St., Zionsville

    Karen Kovacik will read from Aperture, her translation of a collection of poems by Jacek Dehnel of Poland.


    Karen Kovacik is an award-winning poet and translator of contemporary Polish poetry. Her translation of Agnieszka Kuciak's Distant Lands: An Anthology of Poets Who Don't Exist was long-listed for the 2014 National Translation Award, and she edited and selected the poems in Scattering the Dark: An Anthology of Polish Women Poets (both with White Pine Press). She is the author of several books, including Nixon and I, Beyond the Velvet Curtain, and Metropolis Burning. She teaches creative writing and American poetry at IUPUI, and was the poet laureate of Indiana from 2012 to 2014.

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

    Map of South Campus with Shelton Auditorium and Parking Lot
    Free and open to the public without tickets. 
     

    sam saxsam sax
    Thursday, October 3, 7:30 PM
    Shelton Auditorium

    sam sax’s poems continually remind the reader of the implications of living in a body; they speak of desire, sexuality and gender, eros and its manifold delights and dangers, grief, addiction, and the creative power and potential instability of the mind. The poems are formally various: alternately conversational and fragmented, built sometimes of short, radically broken lines, sometimes of prose paragraphs, and sometimes of imported forms such as stage directions for a dramatic script. The result is a kind of jitteriness: a constant moving about through the experience of being human, as if to exist at all is to be in constant motion, the mind and voice attempting to catch up with, and make sense of, the experience of the body. The poems often explore, in particular, queer identity and the history and culture of the Jewish people.

    sam sax is the author of two collections of poetry: Madness (2017), winner of the National Poetry Series, and bury it (2018), winner of the James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets. He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Lambda Literary, and the MacDowell Colony, and—evidence of his engaging performance style—is a two-time Bay Area Grand Slam Champion. In 2018 he was awarded a Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation, and he is currently a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University.



     

    Written by Roxanna Santoro — September 03, 2019

    Opportunities, Writers Conferences and Workshops, Contests and Submissions

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

     

    *Advice on Writing Contests:

    When considering contests, look to see how they handled winners' work from previous years: Is there a list of previous winners? Where you can go to read or have access to the winning pieces of writing? Who are the judges? Are they people who you would read yourself? If you win, what kind of audience would you receive for your work? Research contests and their reputations online. Use places like duotrope.com, Poets and Writers (pw.org), the New Pages (newpages.com), or The Review Review (thereviewreview.net), to see whether there is any other information about the contest from other sources.



    Go here to register for Barb Shoup's workshop at the Lafayette Writer's Studio


    Call for Spirit and Place Poems










    The World We Live(d) In


    How have our views on issues like race, inequality, climate change, gender, and immigration changed through the course of history? How have past poets and contemporary poets—like you— interpreted these views? Join the Indiana Writers Center, Dance Kaleidoscope, Indianapolis Art Center, Jewish Community Relations Council and JCC for an artistic exploration of our community’s ideas, values, and revolutionary thoughts. The IWC will publish an online anthology of poetry about social justice issues, a selection of which will be choreographed and performed by DK dancers at the JCC on Sunday, November 12 as part of the 2019 Spirit & Place Festival. Attendees will also have the opportunity to create their own “blackout” or “book” poems in a guided art-making experience with Indianapolis Art Center teaching artists.

    Submission Guidelines for “The World We Live(d) in Anthology"

    • Indiana poets may submit up to five original poems on any topic related to social justice. Prose poems are acceptable. (May be previously published)
    • You may submit up to five poems by other poets on any topic related to social justice, preferably published before 2000.
    • Your name/mailing address/phone number/email should appear in the upper left corner of the first page of your submission. If you are submitting more than one poem, please put this information on each one.
    • Include a brief bio in the body your email. If you have publishing credits, please list them.
    • If your poem has been previously published, please say where.
    • You do not have to be a published writer to submit your work.
    • Email your submission as an attached word document with your name and “Poetry Submission” in the subject line of the email to spiritandplace@indianawriters.org

     Deadline for all submissions: Friday, October 11

    Poets will be notified of choices no later than October 25.

    Questions may be addressed to spiritandplace@indianawriters.org

               

                





    "SIGHTS, SOUNDS, & SILENCES": A Poetry Workshop for Kids at Loblolly Marsh in the Limberlost
     
    Shari Wagner, Indiana Writers Center Instructor and Former Indiana Poet Laureate, will lead a poetry workshop for home schooled kids and their accompanying adults on Wednesday, September 25, 10 AM-2 PM at Loblolly Marsh and Pavilion (near Geneva, IN). You can register by emailing Shari through her website https://www.throughthesycamores.com  This workshop is supported by the Indiana Arts Commission's Arts in the Parks and Historic Places program. The event is free, except for a small fee for the guided walk with a Limberlost naturalist. Spaces are limited.
     
     


    Irvington Vinyl & Books
    https://www.facebook.com/events/369330827289413/
    9 Johnson Ave, Indianapolis, Indiana 46219

    Sunday, September 29th from 5:00-8:00PM
    7$ donations

    In the celebration of Unlearn: Language Through Black Women Writers 1 year anniversary, Unlearn: Spell Binding Poetry is happening September 29th at Irvington Vinyl & Books! There will be snacks and beverages! We will be looking at black women identifying writers' work and how they approach magical realism in their writing

    This is a poetry workshop exploring the fantastical and mystical in the work of black writers and creating our own!
    Go to https://www.chantelmassey.com/ to register for this event.



    Tomorrow, September 25th at the Statehouse South Steps

    The IWC is participating as part of this initiative:
    "Coming in the Spring 2020- Women Writing, Women Heard Writing Workshops at the Indiana Writers Center"

     


    Every student that participates will receive an award. However, ten students will be selected to read their entries at our Fall Fest event which will be held on Saturday, November 16, 2019, at the Central (Downtown) Library, Clowes Auditorium, 40 East St. Clair Street.  This building is located on Meridian and St. Clair Street.  The event time is 12:00pm – 4:00pm.  At the Fall Fest event, there is always a special guest who will assist with acknowledging and awarding the students.  This year we are excited  to have with us for the presentation of the awards, special guest 11 year old chef, author and entrepreneur Step Stool Chef.  He is scheduled to speak to the students, provide a cooking demonstration and all of the ten selected students will receive a meal kit to take home to try on their own.   Each year we select a theme to guide the students to strive towards.  This year’s theme:  “In it to Win It.”  Some of our past guests presenters have included:  Lonnie Johnson(inventor of the super soaker water gun); Kwame Alexander(author, educator, poet); Robb Armstrong(cartoonist); and Nikki Giovanni(author, activist, poet)to name a few

    The Fall Fest is an annual event that we sponsor to bring families and the community as a whole to the library, to celebrate and promote the African American culture through activities, storytelling and music of all spectrums.  Our program this year is set and we have many talented groups that will be performing.  This event is free and open to the public!

     Download the entry form here.

     

     


    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.

    CALL FOR SPECIAL INDIANAPOLIS ISSUE! We are currently working on an Indianapolis issue that will contain works by Indianapolis (and surrounding area) poets and artists ONLY. We are looking for writers and artists who CURRENTLY live in the area. The content of your submission may be over ANY topic or theme. You are NOT required to write about Indianapolis or Indiana, though we will consider pieces about that.

    We are still open for general submissions from anyone, regardless of location, but if you are interested in being considered for our Indianapolis Issue, please put a note in your cover letter and/or title of your email.  theindianapolisreview@gmail.com

    DEADLINE: Oct 1st . This will be our Fall 2019 Issue #10!

    https://theindianapolisreview.com/submit/





    Call for Submissions: LGBTQ Anthology


    Editor’s note: the following is a call for submissions for a new anthology from our partners at Belt Publishing.

    Queerness is not uniquely coastal. Queerness is not uniquely urban. Queerness has always existed in “Flyover country,” and it still does today. Belt Publishing is excited to announce an anthology of LGBTQ stories from the Midwest and Appalachia, to be published in Fall 2020.

    What we’re looking for:
    -Creative nonfiction stories, essays, reportage, and poetry that tell LGBTQ stories, past and present, in the Midwest, Appalachia, Plains, and Rust Belt. Being queer does not have to be the central theme of the piece.
    -Detailed, place-based narratives that illustrate the region’s diverse landscapes (wilderness, environment, rural, suburban, urban, etc.) are encouraged.
    -First-person stories from communities where queerness is often overlooked or understated by mainstream narratives are encouraged: communities of color, immigrant communities, communities of faith, etc.
    -Women, transgender, gender non-conforming, bisexual, asexual, and all queer people (broadly speaking) are encouraged to submit. There’s room for the whole acronym in this anthology.
    -Stories about queer joy, humor, love, family, fun, and life are encouraged. There is beauty and nuance to be found in queer mundanity.
    -Portraiture. Photography or illustrated portraits of queer people in the Midwest and Appalachia. Show us your beautiful faces!  Deadline is October 1st.

    Belt Magazine Editors:
    Ryan Schuessler is a journalist and writer originally from St. Louis. His work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, Public Radio International, and Al Jazeera. He edited Belt’s St. Louis Anthology, and also develops exhibits at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago.

    Kevin Whiteneir Jr. is an interdisciplinary artist and art historian whose work focuses the relationships between gender and queer experiences as they relate to race, the effects of (neo)colonialism, and its parallels with magic, religion, and witchcraft. His work is published in various outlets including Howard University Journal of Communication, Dress Costume Society of North America, Venefica Magazine, and the Art Libraries Society of North America Reviews journal.

    Go here for more info and guidelines.

     

     


     


    Go here  for the Submission Page




    OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS
     

    Welcome to CRAFT's first flash fiction contest for unpublished stories up to 1,000 words!

    Guest judge Benjamin Percy will select three winning stories and each receive:

    • $1,000 award & a bundle of the Rose Metal Press Field Guides
    • Publication in CRAFT, with an introduction by Benjamin Percy, and an Author's Note (craft essay) to accompany the story
    • A micro-interview with our flash fiction section editor, Tommy Dean

    Plus an editors' choice round—we'll be awarding $150 and publication to four stories we just can't let go.

    Submit Here

     



    Call for Submissions: Indianapolis Anthology-Belt Magazine



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

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

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

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

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

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



    Daisy Pettles Women’s Writing Contest, Awards and Residency


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

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

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

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



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

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

    As Beyoncé might say, we want your most flawless work. We can’t wait to read it. We believe in you.

    Go here to learn more and submit



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

    Call for submissions:

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

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


     

    The Northwest Indiana Literary Journal is seeking submissions of short stories, flash fiction, poetry, humor, photography, and art.

    https://northwestindianaliteraryjournal.wordpress.com/submissions/





    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/


     

    Where to Submit: September, October, and November 2019

    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 — September 03, 2019


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