An Evening with the Muse for February 2013

Featuring :   An Open Reading of Love Poems
Sunday, February 10, 2013     7:00 PM


Desiring Poems Dealing with Love, Sex and what falls in between (Life, Death  & Time) -An early Valentine Celebration!

Followed by refreshments, book signings and selling during intermission

"Please bring some poems about Love: sad, glad, expressive, depressive, repressive, foreign or domestic, explosive, exploitative, reproductive, angular, curved, disjointed, smooth. And read to us so that we are astounded, confounded, rebounded. Lie quivering in agony, ecstasy, slipped from our chairs onto the floor of Love."

-Richard Pflum

The Indiana Writers Center
812 E. 67th St
Just Northwest and behind the Main Gallery Bldg of the Indianapolis Art Center
in the Arts Complex foyer.

Any questions:  Call the Indiana Writers Center 317-255-0710 or Muse coordinator, Richard Pflum: 317-356-2048   

Written by Roxanna Santoro — February 04, 2013

Happy New Year! Happy New Us!

Okay, new name. We argued about this one. Change? Don’t Change? It got a little heated sometimes. Maybe everybody’s still not positive that we did the right thing. If you’re not so sure yourself, we hope you come around. 

It’s clean and streamlined, just like us. No pesky apostrophe; everyone hated that.

Plus, everyone calls us “The Writers Center,” anyway.

And new logo.

Tolstoy said, “Clarity is beauty.”

We write.

‘Nuff said.

In this day and age, small not-for-profit organizations survive by staying light. But honing in on the most fundamental needs of the communities they serve and creating a long-range plan to meet those needs, making the very best of the talents and resources that are available to them.

That is what I’ve tried to do since having taken over as the Executive Director of the Writers’ Center in January, 2009—and I’m very happy that the Center is thriving as we enter 2013.

We know what we do and we do it well.

  • Classes for writers working at all levels, from beginning to master
  • The Annual Gathering of Writers
  • Free writing groups for members
  • Online resources
  • Literary news from around the state
  • Community-based memoir projects
  • Summer learning programs for Indianapolis youth
  • Sound advice on publishing matters

We’re rich in the resources that matter most: passion, creativity, discipline and heart. Our staff works tirelessly to keep our office running and uphold our program standards. Our Board of Directors is extraordinarily committed to the Center, overseeing our business affairs and sharing their expertise in a variety of ways.

For example, it was one of our board members who created this brilliant new website for us. Among the new features you'll find here is an improved course catalogue, searchable by genre, level and frequency, a store featuring our InWords publications (and, soon, other Writers Center merchandise), and a news center on our front page with all the latest and greatest from the IWC.

How cool is that?

Click to enter, your first step toward enjoying the new Writers Center.

May 2013 be your happiest, most creative year ever!


Barbara Shoup

Written by Barbara Shoup — January 10, 2013

Opportunities, 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: 

Indiana Arts Commission - Now Accepting Applications for the Individual Artist Program in Literature


The Indiana Arts Commission (IAC) is currently accepting online applications for Fiscal Year 2014 (FY14) Individual Artist Program (IAP) grants.  Hoosier writers have until February 7, 2013 to submit an application. 
Individual artists living and working in Indiana may apply for up to $2,000 from the IAP grant, which requires no matching funds.  The grants are intended to assist artists with specific project-related costs that will help them further their careers and provide public benefit through the completed project.  All projects must be completed during FY14 (July 1, 2013 - June 30, 2014).
Artists may access the guidelines and the online grant application system on the IAC website at  

Applicants are encouraged to carefully read the grant guidelines. If there are additional questions, please contact Susan Britsch at or (317) 232-1281.




2013 Creative Writing Contest 


Genre categories:
Essay, Short Story, and Poetry

Awards in each genre: 
First Place -   $50 + tickets to Purdue's Literary Awards Banquet
Second Place -  $25
Honorable Mention

Submission guidelines: (Open to all students attending high school in Indiana)
1. For each entry, please enclose a signed note from the teacher verifying student authorship and originality.
2. Teachers are encouraged not to submit the work of an entire class, although multiple student entries can be sent in a single envelope.
3. Label each entry indicating category (essay, short story, or poetry).
4. Send one essay (any topic; not more than 1,200 words), one short story, and/or up to three poems per contestant-with a separate cover sheet for each genre.
5. Entries (unsigned) should be typed double-spaced, and pages numbered.
6. Cover sheet alone should provide identifying information: 
   a. Contestant's name
   b. Category and title of essay, short story, or poems
   c. Contestant's home address, phone number, and e-mail
   d. School's address and phone number
   e. Grade level
   f. Teacher's first and last name, school phone number, and e-mail
7. Entries should be mailed First Class.

Because we receive so many entries, only winners will be notified. Those students receiving awards and their teachers will be contacted by mail. Awards will be presented at Purdue University on Monday, April 8, 2011 at the Literary Awards Banquet featuring National Book Award winning author Mark Doty.

Manuscripts must be postmarked by Friday, February 15, 2013.  Mail entries to the following address:

Professor Christian P. Knoeller
Department of English
500 Oval Drive
Purdue University 
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2038  


Making Literature Conference


February 28 - March 2, 2013
The William A. Fry Undergraduate Conference on Literature and Writing at Taylor University will feature Bret Lott (fiction), Susanna Childress (poetry), and Hal Bush (American Lit scholar/author).
To get details about attending this year's conference click here


Seeking Submissions from Mothers of Children with Special Needs for Anthology Project:


We believe in the transitive power of story. Our hope is that your stories will illustrate a realistic tableau of the lives of mothers of children with special needs. This anthology is the vision of mothers, writers, disability advocates, professors, and editors Darolyn "Lyn" Jones and Liz Whiteacre . Mothers of children with special needs, please consider submitting previously unpublished nonfiction essays 6,000 words or less (they may be memoir, graphic/illustrated, or photo essays) and no more than 6 unpublished poems that address the challenges you face, empowerment you've felt, joy you've experienced, or providence you've explored. Multiple submissions are allowed. Email Liz Whiteacre at for more detailed submission guidelines. Submissions must be received by Monday, April 22, 2012. 

Poetry contest to benefit Children's Organ Transplant Association in Bloomington, IN


Submissions now being accepted for "In Memory" poems. There is $1 per poem entry fee and all proceeds go to COTA. $100 for first place winner and $50 for second place. Both winners will also have trees planted by the Arbor Day Foundation in memory of the loved ones the winning poems are about. Contest runs through February 28, 2013. For contest guidelines, go to:


Teen Ink


We now have some big news - we are publishing a new book on Bullying. This will be a collection of essays written by teens from the perspective of the bullier, the bullied and the bystander.  We have already published seven Teen Ink books and we expect this will be yet another in this successful and popular series.  Now we could really use your help!  If you or your friends have had any bullying experience, or if you know anyone in your school who has struggled with this issue, we would love to hear your story.  It can be as long or as short as you want.  It can be an essay or poem, and should be emotional, hard-hitting and specific.  We are looking for insightful articles that will resonate with teens, and we are especially interested in articles on cyberbullying.

The length of the piece is up to you, but we do need to receive submissions by January 31, 2013 . Here is a chance for you and/or a friend to get published in our next book.  Any teen can log on to t o submit their work online under "Hot Topics".  If there are any problems, call us at 800-363-1986, M-F, 10am to 5 pm, Eastern time. 
If you would like to remain anonymous we will keep your identity private, but we still need all this information for our records.  In addition, the names of individuals and schools mentioned in stories will be changed to protect all identities.


Creative Writing at The Mill Race Center

900 Lindsey Street, Columbus, IN  47201


These classes will focus on developing your creative writing skills toward publication.
Must pre-pay before each class or all up front at once.
Wednesdays        6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
January 30th - Writing Your Author Bio / Editing and Rewrites
February 6th - Publishing:    Self-Publishing vs Submitting to Standard Publishers
February 13th - Marketing your Book and Yourself


Butler Bridge Program


The Butler Bridge workshops are designed to develop the writing skills of pre-college students(grades 3-12). Participation in such an individualized writing workshop program will help students prepare for college while also nurturing their talents and imaginations.  This semester we are particularly lucky to have YA writers Ben Winters and John Green on board! 
Go to to get all the details.

If you are interested in signing up for any (OR ALL!) of the Butler Bridge Programs, please fill out a registration sheet found at or by emailing coordinator Mindy Dunn at Your registration will be confirmed upon payment. 

Kid's Magazine


Indiana Kids magazine, a brand new family project (not a commercial one) written, edited and published for kids, about kids and by kids, is seeking submissions from Indiana kids across the state. 

This online quarterly magazine is a family project of the Miller and Anderson families of central Indiana, founded to teach our own family's Indiana kids how to work together, how to interview people (which involves a lot of listening), how to interpret and write about what they've learned, and to introduce them to many other interesting Indiana kids around the state they might otherwise not get to meet.  Please send us your poetry, short stories, art work and photography. Make sure the photographs are a jpg file. The drawings can be pdf files. The poems and stories can be either Microsoft Word or just written in the body of the email. 

If your submission fits the themes and mission of the magazine, we will publish it in future issues of Indiana Kids. Please send your work to  and put "submission" in the subject line.  Please let us know what you would like to see us write about in Indiana Kids in future issues. Take a look at the magazine via this link:


Juniper Summer Institute for Writers

June 23 - 29, 2013


The University of Massachusetts MFA Program, one of the nation's oldest and finest creative writing programs, invites you to the beautiful Pioneer Valley for a week of intensive writing workshops, readings, craft sessions, Q&As, and manuscript consultations.

Juniper Institute for Young Writers

June 22-30, 2013


The Juniper Institute for Young Writers is an extraordinary nine-day creative writing program for students who are finishing their sophomore, junior, or senior years of high school. Hosted by the University of Massachusetts MFA Program for Poets and Writers, the Institute offers participants a unique opportunity: intensive workshops in fiction and poetry, craft sessions and studio courses designed especially for young writers, as well as unparalleled exposure to world-renowned authors through readings and Q&As with its companion program for adults.


2013 Bristol Short Story Prize is open to all writers, UK and non-UK based, over 16 years of age. Stories can be on any theme or subject and entry can be made online via the website or by post. Entries must be previously unpublished with a maximum length of 4,000 words (There is no minimum). The entry fee is £8 (about $12.83) per story.
The closing date for entries is April 30th 2013.
Full details and rules at



Check Out This Online Journal!


Submissions are currently closed, but be sure to read past issues to get a sense of what we like, and be sure to check out the new NOÖ Weekly guest edited by stylish Brit Crispin Best!

Freight Stories   


The best new fiction on the web. Or anywhere else, for that matter.Freight Stories is now reading submissions for their next issue. Writers of excellent fiction should consider submitting via the online submission manager. Or drop in and read the stories in our current issue.

Tipton Poetry Journal


Now accepting submissions:

Tipton Poetry Journal asks for one-time rights for publication in (1) print and  (2) digital or electronic downloadable format and also the right to retain an HTML archive.   Poets may opt out of digital or online formats by specific request.   Author retains all future rights to the poem, following publication in print.  Payment is one contributor copy of the printed journal.
Simultaneous submissions and previously published poems are ok. Please withdraw poem immediately if a poem under simultaneous submission becomes unavailable.  If a poem has been previously published, please indicate publication in order to be properly acknowledged.

Submit 1-5 poems per submission.  If submitting a simultaneous submission through our online submissions manager, please submit SEPARATELY.   Should you need to later withdraw one of your poems, this will leave your others to remain under consideration.  Only submit multiple poems in one online submission if it is NOT a simultaneous submission.

Include name, address & phone number.  A phone number will only be used for urgent contact (in case of last-minute issues before publication when email doesn't suffice). Including a short bio is preferred.

Electronic submissions are preferred and are processed more quickly by being entered into our system. Submit online to Tipton Poetry Journal through our submissions manager. If you must, submissions are still  accepted by mail. If you should find yourself submitting by U.S. mail and including your email address, please include a note to explain, because we don't understand why.

Include the following information on each page:

Email Address (if available)

Including a short bio is preferred.
Mail with SASE to: Barry Harris, Editor, Tipton Poetry Journal, P.O. Box 804, Zionsville, IN 46077 

Poets & Writers: New Writing Contest Deadlines!


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

Written by Indiana Writers Center — January 03, 2013

Events Around Indiana

It's a new year and that means more great literary events around Indianapolis and beyond. Looking for something to do? Here are just a few ideas:

Notre Dame Creative Writing Program

When: January 16 at 7:30 p.m. 
Where: Hammes Bookstore 

Featuring poet Susan Ramsey

Mr Blair's Open Mic at the 15th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Community Festival

When: Saturday, January 19, 2013 at 11:00am-3:00pm 
Where: Peace Learning Center, Christian Theological Seminary, 1000 West 42nd Street, Indy (at the southwest corner of Butler University)

Come early and sign up; this is an open-stage event. Seating is limited but many get involved and the energy in the room elevates as each speaker takes the stage! The event is open to poetry, prose, comedy, hip-hop, rap, acoustic music and more popular forms. Event phone: 317-327-7144

Vivian S. Delbrook Visiting Writers Series featuring Chuck Klosterman
When: Thursday, January 31 at 7:30 p.m.
Reilly Room, Atherton Union

Purdue University Visiting Writers Series
When: Tuesday, February 5 at 7:30 p.m.
Krannert Auditorium, Room 140 

Fiction reading by Carol Anshaw

Poets Laureate of Lawrence featuring Karen Kovachik

When: Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Lawrence Art Center, 4437 N. Franklin Rd, Indianapolis, 46226

Please join us Poets Laureate of Lawrence featuring Karen Kovachi, current poet laureate of Indiana. There will be a presentation by a featured poet followed by an open mike in which all are invited to share poetry and spoken word.

Written by Indiana Writers Center — January 03, 2013

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