February 4 - 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.


OnyxFest 2020
APPLICATIONS CLOSE FEBRUARY 14
Celebration of African American Playwrights presented by Africana Repertory Theatre of IUPUI (ARTI) and IndyFringe Festival
Playwrights notified: Within two weeks of applications closing.

OnyxFest 2020 will showcase four to six original works of Black writers in Indiana during the month of May 2020. The best part of the arrangement is that all production costs - often the major stumbling block for new writers - will be covered by co-sponsors of the event. That includes the venue for performances and rehearsals, technical staff, marketing and promotion, props and costuming, stipend for the director, and talent fees for all performers. The amazing offer is made possible by IndyFringe Indianapolis in collaboration with the newly-formed Africana Repertory Theater of IUPUI (ARTI).

OnyxFest is Indianapolis' first and only theatre festival dedicated to the stories of African American playwrights. For more info and to submit go here.

Applications are now open for Taleamor Park's 2020 artists' and writers' residencies. www.taleamorpark.org




Prepare. Pitch. Publish. #preppitchpub

You want agents. We’ve got agents.

Here’s an opportunity to pitch your book directly to vaunted agents in search of new voices! Advocate for your book in a high-energy environment, and you might just become another MWW success story.

Connect with literary agents who are actively searching for the next big thing across all genres including fiction, nonfiction, children’s, young adult and more. During the Agent Fest, you’ll have a chance to meet agents one-on-one and capture their attention with the basic concept of your book.

We’ve assembled a dynamic roster of top-tier agents to participate in our Agent Fest. We have two days of valuable sessions on how to write a query letter and a synopsis, what agents are looking for, what makes an agent/editor stop reading your manuscript, and more. No matter what you’re writing — fiction or nonfiction — the sessions will help point you in the right direction. Writers of all genres are welcome.

Our Agent Fest is designed to squeeze as much into two days of learning as possible. You can ask any questions you like during the sessions, and get your specific concerns addressed. The literary agents will give feedback and take pitches from writers. We also have a Query Letter Critique Team — an opportunity for a one-on-one consultation! Our faculty includes: (Read their bios & wish lists),

AGENTS:

  • Ian Bonaparte, Janklow & Nesbit Associates
  • Kerry D’Agostino, Curtis Brown, Ltd.
  • Jennifer Grimaldi, Charlberg & Sussman
  • Amanda Luedeke, MacGregor & Luedeke
  • Eric Myers, Myers Literary Management
  • Patricia Nelson, Marsal Lyon Literary Agency
  • Abby Saul, The Lark Group
  • Dani Segelbaum, New Leaf Literary & Media

EDITORS:

  • Loan Le, Assistant Editor, Atria Books

You’ll meet one-on-one with at least two agents and possibly three depending on the number of registrants. Each pitch lasts three minutes, composed of a 90-second pitch and a 90-second response from the agent with feedback.

Go here to get more details and sign up.

 

Etchings Press Whirling Prize

Each winner will receive $500 and 25 copies of a letterpress broadside designed and produced by students from UIndy’s Hullabaloo Press, and each winner will be invited to participate in an episode of a literary podcast with the student judges, which will air winter 2021. Graduate and undergraduate students will read the submitted books and choose the two winners. The postmark deadline for submission is Friday Sept. 4, 2020.

 

Go here  for the Submission Page




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/




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/


     

    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 Rachel Sahaidachny — February 04, 2020

    January 28 -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 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.

    The Big Moose Prize
    Deadline January 31, 2020

    Each year Black Lawrence Press will award The Big Moose Prize for an unpublished novel. The prize is open to new, emerging, and established writers. The winner of this contest will receive book publication, a $1,000 cash award, and ten copies of the book. Prizes will be awarded on publication. 

    The Big Moose Prize is open to traditional novels as well as novels-in-stories, novels-in-poems, and other hybrid forms that contain within them the spirit of a novel.

    All entries are read blind by our panel of editors. All manuscripts should include a title page (listing only the title of the work), and when appropriate, an acknowledgments page and table of contents. Manuscripts should be paginated and formatted in an easy-to-read font such as Garamond or Times New Roman. Manuscripts should be 90-1,000 pages in length, not including front and back matter (table of contents, title page, etc.). Identifying information for the author should not be included anywhere on the manuscript itself, including in the name of your file or in the "title" field in Submittable. You are welcome to include a brief bio or something about yourself in your cover note on Submittable, which will only be made accessible to the editorial panel after the group of Semi-Finalist and Finalist manuscripts has been chosen.

    Simultaneous submissions are acceptable and encouraged, but please notify us by withdrawing your manuscript on Submittable immediately if it is accepted for publication elsewhere.

    The annual deadline is January 31.

     

    New Stories from the Midwest 2020

    New Stories from the Midwest will celebrate its tenth anniversary by presenting selected stories from previous volumes alongside new stories published in 2018 or 2019. Journals may submit six stories published 2018–2019 for free; writers may submit unlimited stories published 2018–2019 for $3 each. A $100 Heartland Fiction Prize will be awarded to a story of exceptional power. All contributors receive two copies and discount on more. Guest editor is Michael Martone. Deadline: February 1, 2020. https://www.newamericanpress.com/newmidwest.php



    IT IS THE FINAL WEEK FOR SUBMISSIONS TO THE INDIANAPOLIS NEW PLAY FESTIVAL!!!!! Please make sure to get your submissions to us no later than February 1st at 10 pm. Many plays have been submitted and we are enjoying the reads. We look forward to yours as well! Help us bring new life to the Indianapolis Theatre Scene!

    Submit to Fat Turtle New Play Fest


    Applications are now open for Taleamor Park's 2020 artists' and writers' residencies. www.taleamorpark.org




    Prepare. Pitch. Publish. #preppitchpub

    You want agents. We’ve got agents.

    Here’s an opportunity to pitch your book directly to vaunted agents in search of new voices! Advocate for your book in a high-energy environment, and you might just become another MWW success story.

    Connect with literary agents who are actively searching for the next big thing across all genres including fiction, nonfiction, children’s, young adult and more. During the Agent Fest, you’ll have a chance to meet agents one-on-one and capture their attention with the basic concept of your book.

    We’ve assembled a dynamic roster of top-tier agents to participate in our Agent Fest. We have two days of valuable sessions on how to write a query letter and a synopsis, what agents are looking for, what makes an agent/editor stop reading your manuscript, and more. No matter what you’re writing — fiction or nonfiction — the sessions will help point you in the right direction. Writers of all genres are welcome.

    Our Agent Fest is designed to squeeze as much into two days of learning as possible. You can ask any questions you like during the sessions, and get your specific concerns addressed. The literary agents will give feedback and take pitches from writers. We also have a Query Letter Critique Team — an opportunity for a one-on-one consultation! Our faculty includes: (Read their bios & wish lists),

    AGENTS:

    • Ian Bonaparte, Janklow & Nesbit Associates
    • Kerry D’Agostino, Curtis Brown, Ltd.
    • Jennifer Grimaldi, Charlberg & Sussman
    • Amanda Luedeke, MacGregor & Luedeke
    • Eric Myers, Myers Literary Management
    • Patricia Nelson, Marsal Lyon Literary Agency
    • Abby Saul, The Lark Group
    • Dani Segelbaum, New Leaf Literary & Media

    EDITORS:

    • Loan Le, Assistant Editor, Atria Books

    You’ll meet one-on-one with at least two agents and possibly three depending on the number of registrants. Each pitch lasts three minutes, composed of a 90-second pitch and a 90-second response from the agent with feedback.

    Go here to get more details and sign up.

     

     

     
     

    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 31stThe 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




    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/




    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/


     

    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 Rachel Sahaidachny — January 28, 2020

    January 28 - Events Around Indiana

    The Poets Laureate of Lawrence
     
    Tuesday, January 28 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.)

    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.  This month
    we will kick off the new year with an all open reading – write something new and share it with us!


    University of Notre Dame Creative Writing Program
    https://english.nd.edu/creative-writing/

    Ernest Sandeen Poetry Prize Reading Featuring Leia Penina Wilson
    Wednesday, January 29, 7:30-9:00PM

    232 Decio Hall, Campus


    Leia Penina Wilson is an afakasi Samoan poet hailing from the Midwest. Most recently, she has work in Burning House Press, Heavy Feather Review, Denver Quarterly, Dream Pop Press, and Split Lip Magazine. She is the author of i built a boat with all the trees in your closet (and will let you drown), from Red Hen Press.




    Second Flight Books
    https://www.facebook.com/events/1068773066810038/
    2200 Elmwood Ave. Suite D-7, Lafayette, Indiana 47904

    Midwinter Poetry
    Thursday, January 30 at 6–7 PM


    Join us for a reading to celebrate Daniel Morris' new book of poems, Blue Poles. Poet J. Peter Moore will also be reading.


    Daniel Morris's poetry has appeared in Agni, Colorado Review, DENVER QUARTERLY, Western Humanities Review, Southern Humanities Review, River City, and other journals. Associate Professor of English at Purdue University, Morris has published scholarly books on William Carlos Williams and on how contemporary American authors have responded to modern painting. He lives in West Lafayette, Indiana, with his wife, Joy, and young sons, Isaac and Aaron. He is the author of four poetry collections published by Marsh Hawk Press: BLUE POLES (2019), HIT PLAY (2015), IF NOT FOR THE COURAGE (2010), and BRYCE PASSAGE (2004).

    J. Peter Moore is a literary critic, poet and editor, working at the intersection of multiple disciplines, including linguistics, architecture, visual arts and black studies. He received his PhD in English at Duke University, his MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas and his BA in English at Rhodes College. He is the author of Southern Colortype (Three Count Pour, 2013) and the editor of Lute & Drum: An Online Arts Quarterly. He teaches in the Honors College at Purdue University. When he is not writing or talking about writing, he can be found behind the three-point line, working on his shot.

     

    IUPUI Reiberg Reading Series: Hieu Minh Nguyen
    Thursday February 6, 2020
    7:30-9p
    Herron School of Art and Design
    735 W New York St, Indianapolis, Indiana

    Hieu Minh Nguyen is the author of This Way to the Sugar (Write Bloody Press, 2014) and Not Here (Coffee House Press, 2018). In 2019 Hieu was awarded the Wallace Stegner Fellowship from Stanford University. He is also 2018 Ruth Lily and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellow, 2018 McKnight Writing Fellow, a Kundiman Fellow, a 2017 National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellow, and a poetry editor for Muzzle Magazine.

    This event is made possible by the Reiberg Family, IUPUI's Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and the LGBTQ+ Center at IUPUI. This event is free and open to the public.

     

    Storytelling Art of Indiana Presents Regi Carpenter

    WHAT: “Where There's Smoke, There's Dinner: Stories of a Seared Childhood”
                  Told by Regi Carpenter
                  Sponsored by Jim Obermaier and Sally Perkins
                  In partnership with Indiana Writers Center
                  Interpreted for the deaf and hearing impaired
                 
    WHEN: Saturday, February 8, 2020, 7:00-9:00 p.m.

    WHERE: Frank and Katrina Basile Theater at Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center,
    450 W Ohio St., Indianapolis

    COST: $20 in advance, $25 at the door, $15 for students with a valid ID. Members of the Indiana Writers Center are eligible for tickets at the $15 price- use the promo code "Writers". Tickets can be purchased online at Storytellingarts.org or by calling 317-232-1882.

     

    VOCAB: The New New
    February 12, 2020
    7:00PM-10:00PM
    The White Rabbit Cabaret
    1116 Prospect St, Indianapolis, IN 46203

    Indianapolis has some of the most talented artists in the game. This month's show features two that you might not know the name but you will never forget.

    Poetry feature: Ayla Walter
    Music Feature: Pearl Scott
    As always we have our coveted open-mic.
    Sign up is at the event and limited to 6 spots.

    This is a 21+ event.
    Show starts at show starts at 8pm
    Cover is $10 cash at the door

     

    Notre Dame Creative Writing Reading Series: Zeyn Joukhadar
    Thu Feb 13, 2020
    7:30PM - 9:00PM
    Decio Faculty Hall room 232: Decio Hall
    Notre Dame, IN 46556

     

    Religion, Spirituality and the Arts: The Story of Jonah

    Thursday, February 20, 2020
    5:30PM - 8:30PM
    JCC Indianapolis
    6701 Hoover Rd
    Indianapolis, Indiana 46260

    FREE, but pre-registration is appreciated. Artist reception 5:30 pm, performances 6:45 pm. Exhibit runs Feb 14-Mar 29

    Religion, Spirituality, and the Arts (RSA) is a program of the IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute directed by Rabbi Sandy Sasso that brings together artists, religious leaders and more for discussions of religious texts that inspire new works of visual and performance art. This year, the group will be exploring the contemporary and psychological implications of the story of Jonah, who is sent by God to prophesy the destruction of the city of Nineveh but runs away from his responsibility, and in doing so winds up in the belly of a whale.

     

     

    Written by Rachel Sahaidachny — January 28, 2020

    Storytelling Art of Indiana Presents Regi Carpenter

    WHERE THERE’S SMOKE, THERE’S DINNER
    Regi Carpenter Brings Laughs to Indy with her Stories of a Seared Childhood

    Storytelling Arts of Indiana’s 32nd season continues with author, educator and award-winning storyteller Regi Carpenter telling “Where There's Smoke, There's Dinner: Stories of a Seared Childhood” on Saturday, February 8, 2020 at Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center. For more than 20 years, Carpenter has been performing songs and stories to audiences of all ages in schools, theaters, libraries, festivals, conferences and even some backyards with tales of underwater tea parties, drowning lessons and drives to the dump, giving voice to multi-generations of family life in a small river town with an undercurrent.


    Carpenter is the youngest daughter in a family that pulsates with contradictions: religious and raucous, tender but terrible, unfortunate yet irrepressible. These honest tales, some hilarious, some heartbreaking, celebrate the glorious and gut-wrenching lives of four generations of Carpenters raised on the Saint Lawrence River in upstate New York. From teenagers struggling to find their identity, to disabled veterans grappling with the aftermath of war and change, to the complications and sweetness of love between family members, this collection of linked short stories holds the universal message that life's difficulties are softened by love and fortitude…and family.

     

    WHAT: “Where There's Smoke, There's Dinner: Stories of a Seared Childhood”
                  Told by Regi Carpenter
                  Sponsored by Jim Obermaier and Sally Perkins
                  In partnership with Indiana Writers Center
                  Interpreted for the deaf and hearing impaired
                 
    WHEN: Saturday, February 8, 2020, 7:00-9:00 p.m.

    WHERE: Frank and Katrina Basile Theater at Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center,
    450 W Ohio St., Indianapolis


    COST: $20 in advance, $25 at the door, $15 for students with a valid ID. Members of the Indiana Writers Center are eligible for tickets at the $15 price- use the promo code "Writers". Tickets can be purchased online at Storytellingarts.org or by calling 317-232-1882.

     

     

     

     

    Regi Carpenter is a solo performance artist, writer, teacher, and performance coach. An award-winning performer, Carpenter has toured her solo shows and workshops in theaters, festivals, and schools, both nationally and internationally. Her writings and blogs about storytelling, ancestry, and identity have been published in various print and online publications. Carpenter holds a BFA from Ithaca College where she currently teaches storytelling. Her performance piece "Snap!," the true tale of her severe mental illness as a teenager and her journey back to reality, won the 2012 Boston StorySLAM and was featured on The Moth website. Carpenter is the founder of Stories with Spirit, a creative initiative dedicated to bringing songs of joy and stories of hope to grieving children and the people who love and care for them in homes, hospices, and hospitals. Her book is available at Amazon.

     

    About Storytelling Arts of Indiana

    Since 1988, Storytelling Arts of Indiana has introduced the art of storytelling by creating environments where Hoosiers can hear and share stories and by showcasing tellers who inspire diverse audiences. SAI provides programming year round, including public performances, As I Recall storytelling guilds, weekly storytelling at the bedsides of patients at a local children’s hospital, summer performances at day camps, Indy Story Slam, Life Stories Project and Two Truths and a Lie in various Indiana State Parks and at Indiana State Fair. 

    Written by Roxanna Santoro — January 17, 2020

    January 14, 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 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.




    Prepare. Pitch. Publish. #preppitchpub

    You want agents. We’ve got agents.

    Here’s an opportunity to pitch your book directly to vaunted agents in search of new voices! Advocate for your book in a high-energy environment, and you might just become another MWW success story.

    Connect with literary agents who are actively searching for the next big thing across all genres including fiction, nonfiction, children’s, young adult and more. During the Agent Fest, you’ll have a chance to meet agents one-on-one and capture their attention with the basic concept of your book.

    We’ve assembled a dynamic roster of top-tier agents to participate in our Agent Fest. We have two days of valuable sessions on how to write a query letter and a synopsis, what agents are looking for, what makes an agent/editor stop reading your manuscript, and more. No matter what you’re writing — fiction or nonfiction — the sessions will help point you in the right direction. Writers of all genres are welcome.

    Our Agent Fest is designed to squeeze as much into two days of learning as possible. You can ask any questions you like during the sessions, and get your specific concerns addressed. The literary agents will give feedback and take pitches from writers. We also have a Query Letter Critique Team — an opportunity for a one-on-one consultation! Our faculty includes: (Read their bios & wish lists),

    AGENTS:

    • Ian Bonaparte, Janklow & Nesbit Associates
    • Kerry D’Agostino, Curtis Brown, Ltd.
    • Jennifer Grimaldi, Charlberg & Sussman
    • Amanda Luedeke, MacGregor & Luedeke
    • Eric Myers, Myers Literary Management
    • Patricia Nelson, Marsal Lyon Literary Agency
    • Abby Saul, The Lark Group
    • Dani Segelbaum, New Leaf Literary & Media

    EDITORS:

    • Loan Le, Assistant Editor, Atria Books

    You’ll meet one-on-one with at least two agents and possibly three depending on the number of registrants. Each pitch lasts three minutes, composed of a 90-second pitch and a 90-second response from the agent with feedback.

    Go here to get more details and sign up.

     

     

     
     

    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




    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/




    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/


     

    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 14, 2020

    January 14, 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:

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


    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.


    Coffee with Friends literary event presented by the Friends of the Monroe County Pubic Library

    Discussion with author Raymond Fleischmann
    Sunday, January 19 at 2-4 pm
    In the Auditorium at the Monroe County Public Library

    303 E. Kirkwood Ave, Bloomington, IN
    This program is free and all are welcome.

    Join us for Coffee with Friends with author Raymond Fleischmann as he discusses his debut novel, How Quickly She Disappears, in a conversation moderated by fellow suspense writer Michael Koryta. Set in the Alaskan bush in the 1940s, How Quickly She Disappears is an intoxicating tale of literary suspense about a woman desperate to find her long-missing sister—and the dangerous stranger who arrives in town, promising answers in exchange for three favors. What follows is a chilling game of cat-and-mouse that explores madness and obsession, loneliness and grief, and the ferocious bonds of family. Book signing to follow.
    How Quickly She Disappears
    “A beautiful blend of high tension and literary elegance, both deeply moving and immediately engaging.”
    — Michael Koryta, New York Times-bestselling author of How It Happened

    The Friends of the Library sponsors Coffee with Friends, an opportunity to meet authors and artists and learn more about their work. The Friends advocate for Monroe County Public Library and support Library collections, services, programs, and staff development. Be a Friend to Monroe County Public Library today!


    Martin Luther King, Jr Day Celebration

    Monday, January 20 at 6 p.m.
    Booth Tarkington Theater in the Center for the Performing Arts

    Three Center Green, Carmel, IN 46032

    Join Mayor Jim Brainard and Dee Thornton of the Mayor’s Advisory Commission on Human Relations as they celebrate the life and impact of American Civil Rights Leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Performances by KJI Institute for the Arts, St. Peters United Church of Christ Choir and Blair Clark, as well as Indiana African American Authors, Indiana Writers Center and representatives from the United Negro College Fund on hand to honor Dr. King Jr.’s legacy and achievements.

    The public is invited and encouraged to attend. The event is free to the public.



    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.


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


    Polyglot Author Kiran Bhat at Indy Reads
    Friday, January 24 at 7–9 PM

    Free
    Go here to reserve your ticket.


    In We of the Forsaken World.… Kiran Bhat tells the stories of four worlds falling apart, through the structure of four linguistic chains, comprised of the accounts of four people witnessing the decline of these worlds, in four acts. Like modern communication networks, these sixteen stories connect along subtle lines, dispersing at the moments where another story is about to take place. they flow together and disconnect. Each story is a parable of its own, into the mind of a distinct human being. These are the tales of not just sixteen strangers, but many different lives, who live on this planet, at every second, everywhere.


    An Evening of Spoken Word and Experimental Music
    Presented by Writers Guild at Bloomington, Azalea Salon, Indiana Arts Commission, and Urban Deer Records Present


    Saturday, January 25 @ 7:30–9:30 pm
    IFell Gallery

    425 W 4th St, Bloomington, IN
    Doors 7 p.m., show 7:30 p.m.
    Suggested Donation $5

    Kyle Quass & Tony Brewer
    Cut up and collage inspired spoken word and improvisational poetry.

    Joan Hawkins
    A reading of Samuel Beckett’s stage poetry piece Not I.  As with so much of Beckett’s writing, content correlates completely with form in Not I; in fact, form to a large extent is content.

    Saint Bloom
    Alex Cunningham – violin (St. Louis)
    Kyle Quass – trumpet
    Damon Smith – bass (St. Louis)
    Joe Stone – drums

    Boxops
    Don Marvel – live electronic looping of electronic sound sources



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

    Last Sunday Poetry Reading & Open Mic
    With guest poets Nate Logan and Patsy Rahn
    January 26, 2020 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
    Monroe County Convention Center

    303 E. Kirkwood Ave, Bloomington, IN
    Followed by an Open Mic
    Free parking in the back.
    This event is free and open to the public.

    Nate Logan is the author of Inside the Golden Days of Missing You (Magic Helicopter Press, 2019). He teaches at Marian University.

    Patsy Rahn is a poet and prose writer. Her works have appeared in various journals and anthologies. Her book of poetry The Grainy Wet Soul is available online through several booksellers. She worked for many years as an actress in Toronto, New York, and Los Angeles and has given poetry readings in Toronto, Los Angeles, and Bloomington. She is a founding member and chairperson emerita of the Writers Guild at Bloomington in Indiana. For more information visit her website at https://www.patsyrahn.com



    The Poets Laureate of Lawrence
    (www.artsforlawrence.org)
     
    Tuesday, January 28 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.)

    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.  This month
    we will kick off the new year with an all open reading – write something new and share it with us!


    University of Notre Dame Creative Writing Program
    https://english.nd.edu/creative-writing/

    Ernest Sandeen Poetry Prize Reading Featuring Leia Penina Wilson
    Wednesday, January 29, 7:30-9:00PM

    232 Decio Hall, Campus


    Leia Penina Wilson is an afakasi Samoan poet hailing from the Midwest. Most recently, she has work in Burning House Press, Heavy Feather Review, Denver Quarterly, Dream Pop Press, and Split Lip Magazine. She is the author of i built a boat with all the trees in your closet (and will let you drown), from Red Hen Press.




    Second Flight Books
    https://www.facebook.com/events/1068773066810038/
    2200 Elmwood Ave. Suite D-7, Lafayette, Indiana 47904

    Midwinter Poetry
    Thursday, January 30 at 6–7 PM


    Join us for a reading to celebrate Daniel Morris' new book of poems, Blue Poles. Poet J. Peter Moore will also be reading.


    Daniel Morris's poetry has appeared in Agni, Colorado Review, DENVER QUARTERLY, Western Humanities Review, Southern Humanities Review, River City, and other journals. Associate Professor of English at Purdue University, Morris has published scholarly books on William Carlos Williams and on how contemporary American authors have responded to modern painting. He lives in West Lafayette, Indiana, with his wife, Joy, and young sons, Isaac and Aaron. He is the author of four poetry collections published by Marsh Hawk Press: BLUE POLES (2019), HIT PLAY (2015), IF NOT FOR THE COURAGE (2010), and BRYCE PASSAGE (2004).

    J. Peter Moore is a literary critic, poet and editor, working at the intersection of multiple disciplines, including linguistics, architecture, visual arts and black studies. He received his PhD in English at Duke University, his MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas and his BA in English at Rhodes College. He is the author of Southern Colortype (Three Count Pour, 2013) and the editor of Lute & Drum: An Online Arts Quarterly. He teaches in the Honors College at Purdue University. When he is not writing or talking about writing, he can be found behind the three-point line, working on his shot.

     

    Written by Roxanna Santoro — January 14, 2020

    January 7, 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:


    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.

    Written by Roxanna Santoro — January 07, 2020

    January 7, 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 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.



    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
    Deadline 01/13/2020




     

    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






     

    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/




    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 07, 2020

    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


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