Opportunities, Writers Conferences and Workshops, Contests and Submissions

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

 

*Advice on Writing Contests:

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



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


Call for Spirit and Place Poems










The World We Live(d) In


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

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

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

 Deadline for all submissions: Friday, October 11

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

Questions may be addressed to spiritandplace@indianawriters.org

           

            





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


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

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

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

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



Tomorrow, September 25th at the Statehouse South Steps

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

 


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

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

 Download the entry form here.

 

 


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

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

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

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

https://theindianapolisreview.com/submit/





Call for Submissions: LGBTQ Anthology


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

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

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

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

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

Go here for more info and guidelines.

 

 


 


Go here  for the Submission Page




OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS
 

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

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

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

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

Submit Here

 



Call for Submissions: Indianapolis Anthology-Belt Magazine



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

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

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

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

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

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



Daisy Pettles Women’s Writing Contest, Awards and Residency


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

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

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

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



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

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

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

Go here to learn more and submit



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

Call for submissions:

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

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


     

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

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





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

    http://www.branches.com/submissions/


     

    Where to Submit: September, October, and November 2019

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





    The Butler Bridge Program


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

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

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

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

    Click here for more information.

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

     

    speakyourstory.org


    Creating a new female narrative one story at a time.

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

     

     

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

    Send submissions to: hipsubmissions@gmail.com  


    Poets & Writers: New Writing Contest Deadlines!

    For information regarding writing contests and deadlines: Go Here

    Written by Roxanna Santoro — September 03, 2019

    Celebrating 40: A Tribute to the Writing Life

    Featuring the launch of A Commotion in Your Heart by Barbara Shoup
    When:
    Friday, September 20
    Time: 6-8 p.m.
    Where: Schwitzer Gallery of the Circle City Industrial Complex
    1125 Brookside Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46202

    Join us on Friday, September 20 from 6-8 PM to celebrate the fortieth anniversary, and beyond, with the launch of A Commotion in Your Heart by Barbara Shoup. Our event program features a reading from Barbara Shoup, Rachel Sahaidachny, and IWC writers and students.

    We’ll share drinks and hors d’oeuvres. Book signing will follow. Music provided by Nick Ivanovich.

    Go here for location and directions

    Barbara Shoup is the author eight novels, including Night Watch, Wish You Were Here, Stranded in Harmony, Faithful Women, Vermeer’s Daughter, Everything You Want, An American Tune, and Looking for Jack Kerouac and the co-author of Novel Ideas: Contemporary Authors Share the Creative Process and Story Matters. Her short fiction, poetry, essays, and interviews have appeared in numerous small magazines, as well as in The Writer and The New York Times Travel Section. Her young adult novels, Wish You Were Here and Stranded in Harmony were selected as American Library Association Best Books for Young Adults. Vermeer’s Daughter was a School Library Journal Best Adult Book for Young Adults. She is the recipient of numerous grants from the Indiana Arts Commission, two creative renewal grants from the Arts Council of Indianapolis, the 2006 PEN Phyllis Reynolds Naylor Working Writer Fellowship, and the 2012 Eugene and Marilyn Glick Regional Indiana Author Award. She is the former Executive Director of the Indiana Writers Center and our current Writer-in-Residence.

    $40/person (includes a copy of A Commotion in Your Heart: Notes on Writing and Life)

    $60/couple (includes one copy of the book)

    Go here to register for this event. (You must pre-register to attend this event.)


    A Commotion in Your Heart: Notes on Writing and Life “is a memoir about the writing life,” Shoup said. Told in vignettes that focus on moments of understanding about what writing is, and is not, the book charts Shoup’s journey from her childhood dream of becoming an author through the ups and downs of publishing, “as well as the joys of teaching aspiring writers of all ages,” she said. 

    "Some writers just write. That's enough for them. But over time I became obsessed with the process of writing stories as I was with the stories themselves. Those moments of intuition never fail to excite me. It's tempting to say that they feel like pieces of a puzzle clicking into place—they do feel that way—but it's a puzzle that can never be solved. How can you expect to understand how the human mind works when creating a story, when all you have is a human mind to understand it with? It's impossible, of course. But writers are people who keep trying anyway."

    "Barbara Shoup is one of the best writing teachers I know, and also a kick-ass writer herself. This book of writing advice from her is something all writers, aspiring and experienced, will want."              
    - SJ Rozan, best-selling author of Paper Son                    

    "A Commotion in Your Heart should be on every writer's bookshelf, next to Bird by Bird, Writing Down the Bones, and Welty's One Writer's Beginnings. Reading it is like
    having a writing partner who hands you tools but also knows exactly what you're going through at every stage of the process and inspires with her tenacity, wisdom,
    and humor."  - Susan Neville, author of Iconography: A Writer's Meditation
     
    "A Commotion in Your Heart is a book I didn't know I needed until I read it. Readers will be drawn in by Shoup's voice, but they'll keep turning pages because of how effortlessly she offers insight into the writing practice by sharing all she has learned from writing and publishing eight novels." 
    - Melissa Fraterrigo, author of Glory Days

    Get your copy of A Commotion in Your Heart: Notes on Writing and Life here.  

             

    If you would like to make an additional donation to the IWC: Celebrating our 40th year! Just click below.

              

    The Indiana Writers Center is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. All gifts are tax deductible to the extent allowable by law.

     

    Written by Roxanna Santoro — September 03, 2019

    Opportunities, Writers Conferences and Workshops, Contests and Submissions

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

     

    *Advice on Writing Contests:

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


    The Indiana Arts Commission (IAC) is currently accepting public nominations for Indiana State Poet Laureate


    The Indiana Poet Laureate represents Indiana and the art of poetry through the development and implementation of programming to the education community and general public. The Poet Laureate makes formal presentations at various educational facilities and events, pursues individual initiatives to advance the knowledge and appreciation of poetry, and offers advice to the IAC regarding ways to further the art of poetry in Indiana.

    Nominations for Indiana Poet Laureate should be limited to one, single-page cover letter and a resume or CV detailing the nominee’s qualifications and accomplishments. No additional materials should be included with the initial nomination. Successful nominees must be current residents of Indiana and remain residents during their two-year term of service. Nominees should be published poets, with experience in educational program development.

    Nominations must be submitted to the Indiana Arts Commission by email only, and must be received by 4:30 p.m. (EDT) Thursday, September 5, 2019. Nominations should be sent to Bridget Eckert at breckert@iac.in.gov.

    All nominations will be reviewed by a committee comprised of representatives from Indiana’s major institutions of higher education. The committee will be convened this fall to begin review of nominations.

    Increasing the awareness of poetry and the power of the written and spoken word was the inspiration behind legislation signed into law in 2005 establishing the State Poet Laureate program. The legislation provides for the development of specific educational programming coordinated between the Arts Commission, the Indiana Department of Education, and the State Poet Laureate.

    The Indiana Arts Commission is dedicated to the vision of the arts everywhere, every day, for everyone in Indiana.

    https://calendar.in.gov/site/iac/event/arts-commission-accepting-public-nominations-for-state-poet-laureate/




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

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

     Download the entry form here.




    Call for artists: Masterpiece in a Day Writing Competition

    The Fountain Square will host its annual Art Squared event Saturday, September 21st, with activities scheduled in the near-downtown neighborhood from 9am until 7pm. Highlights include over 50 artist vendors gathered into an Art Fair, the annual Masterpiece in a Day competition, and an Art Parade.

    To accommodate the welcomed opening of the Red Line IndyGo bus down Virginia Avenue, Art Squared has shifted to Prospect and Shelby Streets and Woodlawn Avenue, just east of Virginia Avenue. Attendees are encouraged to use the Red Line to attend Art Squared to help minimize parking issues. The bus line will be free for the weekend, and also creates easy access to the nearby Hollar on the Hill, just south on Shelby Street in Garfield Park.

    Writers are invited to participate in Masterpiece in a Day, an annual competition that is free to participate. All entries will be judged upon completion, and monetary prizes will be awarded to the top three entries.

    Rules of Participation
    Roll the Dice: When you sign in, you will choose three random elements. Writers must embrace and incorporate these three elements into their prose and poetry. Part of the judging process will look at how much significance the elements play in the piece. Someone who merely mentions an element in passing will receive a lower score than someone who makes the element an integral part of their piece. This is a family-friendly event; subject matter must be appropriate for public presentation.

    Prizes: Separate prizes for both prose and poetry. 1st prize will be $200, 2nd prize will be $100, and 3rd prize will be $50.

    Registration: 9 AM – 11 AM, at the Southeast Community Services Youth Center, 924 S. Shelby Street.

    Places to print:
    Southeast Community Services: 901 S. Shelby St.
    Fountain Square Branch Library: 1066 Virginia Ave.

    Deadline: Between 1:30 PM – 3 PM at the Information / Registration table.
    Prose: 1000 words MAXIMUM.
    Poetry: 40 lines MAXIMUM

    Format: Turn in TWO printed copies of your piece. One copy should include your name, phone number, and email address at the top of the first page. The other copy should be clear of any identifying information. Judges will only see the anonymous copy.

    Electronic Submission: If at all possible, please also send an electronic copy of your submission to williambain.echo@gmail.com Include your name and “MIAD” in the subject line. This is the only way your submission can be published.

    Judging: 3 – 6 PM. Submissions will be judged on the uniqueness of the subject matter, general quality of writing, and incorporation of the chance elements. Names will not appear on contestants’ pieces so as to assure objectivity by the judges.

    Awards: 6:15 PM at 924 S. Shelby St. You must be present at the ceremony to receive one of the cash prizes. Any unclaimed prizes will be donated to the Fountain Square Merchants Association.

    Display: Winning entries will be factored into a MIAD show during the October First Friday Art Tour, at a Fountain Square location. Fountain Square Merchants Association retains the right to photograph and publish all works selected and retains the right to display and sell copies of these works, and to use them for promotional purposes. Any proceeds from sale will fund subsequent years’ Masterpiece in a Day activities.





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

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

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

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

    https://theindianapolisreview.com/submit/





    Call for Submissions: LGBTQ Anthology


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

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

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

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

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

    Go here for more info and guidelines.


     

     

     

    Sierra Club Hoosier Chapter Seeks Writers for Human/Nature Chapbook


    Theme: Human/Nature.

    How do we as humans interact with and impact nature, both positively and negatively?
    How does the natural world affect us?
    Can spending time in nature help us heal?
    How has our relationship with the natural world changed?
    Do we have a disconnect with nature, and has this been detrimental to our lives… and our planet?
    Where do we go from here?

    We invite writers to reflect on these questions and create poetry and prose in response. The deadline for submission is August 30, 2019. We will be publishing this chapbook to coincide with our art exhibition which will run in October & November. 
     
    Please make sure you read the rules and regulations here before submitting your work.  You can complete the submission form online or you download and send in a form here.





     

    Aesthetica Creative Writing Award is Open for Entries

    The Aesthetica Creative Writing Award is an international literary prize that is a hotbed for new talent in Poetry and Short Fiction. The Prize, now in its 13th year, is organised by the art and culture publication, Aesthetica Magazine. Every year, we support both emerging and established writers and through the Prize, we offer publication in an anthology that is an inspiring collection of narrative and poetic forms.

    The winners also receive the following: £1,000 cash prize for poetry and short fiction, consultation with literary agents Redhammer Management, Membership to The Poetry Society, a subscription to Granta and books courtesy of Bloodaxe and Vintage.

    Aesthetica offers opportunities to creative practitioners working in various media through two further awards including: Aesthetica Art Prize and the BAFTA-Qualifying Aesthetica Short Film Festival (ASFF). We are passionate about supporting new creative voices across a range of disciplines and this is at the heart of everything that we do.

    Submissions are open until 31 August 2019.

    Entry Fee: Short Fiction: £18  |  Poetry: £12
    Go here to submit




     

    DETAILS: It’s our Summer Short Story Award for New Writers! Working with five agencies, our winner and honorable mentions earn agency review as well as publication. The winning story earns $3000. Second and third place runners up receive $300 and $200, respectively. Stay tuned for an announcement about our judge! Check out our Summer Award information and last year’s winners, including Caitlin O’Neil, who recently signed with Victoria Marini from Irene Goodman as a result of the contest.


    Go here  for the Submission Page





    Call for Submissions/The University of New Orleans Press

    The University of New Orleans Press is looking for full-length fiction manuscripts, either novels or short story collections, for the fifth annual Publishing Lab Prize. The selected author will receive a ten thousand dollar ($10,000) advance on royalties and a contract to publish their winning manuscript with UNO Press. The work does not have to be regionally focused. There is no word limit. There is no limit on subjects covered. Submissions are open until August 31st. More information, including the Submittable link, can be found at: http://www.unopress.org/lab.aspx











    Call for Submissions: Indianapolis Anthology-Belt Magazine



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

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

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

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

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

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



    Daisy Pettles Women’s Writing Contest, Awards and Residency


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

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

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

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

     



     
     

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

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

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

    Go here to learn more and submit




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

    Call for submissions:

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

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


     

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

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





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

    http://www.branches.com/submissions/


     

    Where to Submit: June, July, and August 2019

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





    The Butler Bridge Program


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

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

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

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

    Click here for more information.

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

     

    speakyourstory.org


    Creating a new female narrative one story at a time.

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

     

     

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

    Send submissions to: hipsubmissions@gmail.com  


    Poets & Writers: New Writing Contest Deadlines!

    For information regarding writing contests and deadlines: Go Here



     

     

    Written by Roxanna Santoro — August 06, 2019

    Events Around Indiana

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

    The Poets Laureate of Lawrence

    (www.artsforlawrence.org)
     
    Tuesday, August 27 from 7-9 pm
    The Theater at the Fort on Indy's east side
    Sterrett Center

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

    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 is the Poet's Pilgrimage part 3 – Everyone is featured poet – bring new works that you want to share.

     

    Poets Attack! ft. Gabrielle Patterson
    Wednesday, August 28, at 7- 8:30 PM
    Irvington Vinyl & Books

    9 Johnson Ave, Indianapolis, Indiana 46219

    Join us for this month's Poets Attack event. We'll be featuring local sensation, Gabrielle Patterson and more TBA!

    Gabrielle Patterson is a slam poet and motivational speaker who hails from Indianapolis Indiana. She has been working within the Arts and poetry community for the last 10 years, and is the winner of multiple poetry slam competitions all over the country. She has opened for national acts such as R&B singers Erykah Badu and Anthony Hamilton, along with one of the stars of morning talk show, THE TALK, Sheryl Underwood. In 2013 she was a competitor in the Rustbelt Regional competition and finished in the finals. The title of play write is another aspect of her writing where she takes pride. In 2008, Gabrielle wrote her first play called THE OTHER WOMAN, which was seen in poetry venues in Indianapolis to rave reviews. In 2014, she released her newest play called THE WIZER OF ODD to sold out crowds it's opening weekend.

    Get in, get culture, get out. This is the motto of Poets Attack. The last Wednesday of each month, for 90 minutes or less, Irvington Vinyl & Books hosts two talented local poets and pairs them with visiting writers from out of state. The goal is to connect Hoosier poets with writers from across the United States, and to build relationships between our local scene and the world outside.



    Poetry Slam!
    August 28 @ 6:09 pm – 7:09 pm
    Monroe County Public Library

    303 E Kirkwood Ave, Bloomington, IN 47408

    Ages 12-19
    Please register for a performer spot. Call Kevin MacDowell 812-349-3050

    The Ground Floor is hosting a poetry slam with the aid of local writer PDVNCH. Teens have the opportunity to help plan the event, workshop their own poetry, then run the event and perform it.




    Writers Guild at Bloomingon

    https://writersguildbloomington.com/


    Writers Guild Spoken Word Stage at the 4th Street Festival of the Arts & Crafts
    Saturday, August 31, 10am-5pm and Sunday, September 1, 10am-6pm
    Dunn Street at 4th St, Bloomington, IN


    2 days of poetry, prose, storytelling, radio theatre, and more!
    New acts every 30 minutes throughout both days!
    PLUS
    Poetry On Demand, where festival goers may request a custom poem
    from a fleet of crafty poets who will type it up in short order!
    FULL DETAILS AND SCHEDULE COMING SOON
    https://www.facebook.com/events/891657434530254/




    Indy Reads Books
    http://www.indyreadsbooks.org/events/
    911 Massachusetts Avenue, Indianapolis, Indiana 46202

    John Young reading "WHEN THE COIN IS IN THE AIR"
    Saturday, August 31, 6:00pm – 7:30pm


    A reading by Indianapolis-born writer John Young, introduced by Dan Wakefield.


    Like most boys, Jason Blake wants to please his father and older brother. But this erratic father and hyper-competitive brother challenge beyond the norm. To find his way, Jason tries on different roles: schoolyard bully, football player, actor, student. At 20 Jason escapes his Midwest home and seeks independence and adventure: first to Cape Cod, later in Europe. Each adventure takes Jason farther from his father and brother. Each brings him closer to finding himself. When he returns home, the world as he knew it explodes and Jason risks all to protect his mother from his violent father. The dramatic and unforgettable course of events changes the lives in this family forever. And they promise to change the reader too.
    johnyoungwriter.com
    instagram.com/johnnywisconsinyoung




    Zine Fest is a one-day free event promoting zines and zine culture in Indianapolis, IN.

    Tables, demonstrations and workshops will take place throughout the day featuring local and regional self-publishers. All INDPLS Zine Fest events will be free, all ages, and open to the public.

    Check out our exhibitors list here: http://www.sjanemills.com/izf-2019-exhibitors/

    Celebrating the Midwest’s independent publishing and Do-It-Yourself (DIY) culture, the first INDPLS Zine Fest will take place on Saturday, August 31, 2019 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Liter House in South Broad Ripple.

    Please contact us at indplszinefest@gmail.com if you have any questions or concerns



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


    Featuring Shari Wagner
    Thursday, September 5  @ 7pm
    SullivanMunce Cultural Center

    225 W Hawthorne St, Zionsville, IN 46077

    Don't miss September's Poetry On Brick Street! We are hosting former Indiana Poet Laureate Shari Wagner as our guest reader with her excellent new book: "The Farm Wife's Almanac" (Cascadia Publishing House, 2019):
    “The farm wife names children after beloved cows, plays rook and wants to be buried in a root cellar. In poem after poem, we see what might appear to be a sheltered, insular life in its true and astonishing expansiveness. These are poems of both intensity and calm beauty, transformative in their vision of the holiness in the everyday.”— Jill Peláez Baumgaertner, Author, What Cannot Be Fixed and Poetry Editor, The Christian Century

    Shari Wagner, a former Indiana Poet Laureate (2016-2017), is the author of three books of poems: The Farm Wife’s Almanac (recently released), The Harmonist at Nightfall: Poems of Indiana, and Evening Chore. Her poems have appeared in North American Review, Shenandoah, The Writer’s Almanac, and American Life in Poetry. She lives in Westfield, Indiana, and teaches for the Indiana Writers Center, Bethany Theological Seminary, and IUPUI’s Religion, Spirituality, and the Arts Initiative. To learn more about her, visit www.shariwagnerpoet.com and www.throughthesycamores.com.





    2019 Big Read Kick Off
    Thursday, September 5 at 6–8 PM
    West Lafayette Public Library

    208 W Columbia St, West Lafayette, Indiana 47906

    Dr. Keith Dickson presents "5 Things to Know about Homer."
    Refreshments will be provided. 

     

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


    Madeline Miller
    Monday, September 9, 7:30 PM
    Shelton Auditorium

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

    Madeline Miller’s second novel, Circe (2018), a feminist response to the Odyssey, was an instant #1 New York Times bestseller. Her first novel, The Song of Achilles (2011), which hypothesized a romance between Achilles and Patroclus in the Iiad, was also a New York Times bestseller and won the 2012 Stonewall Writer of the Year. Miller’s novels have been translated into over twenty-five languages, including Dutch, Mandarin, Japanese, Turkish, Arabic, and Greek. Like all classists, Miller believes that retelling stories gives them a way to live again, allowing their ancient wisdoms and equally ancient blind spots to be seen by new generations of readers. Her re-writings imbue age-old tests from Ovid to Homer to Virgil with contemporary relevance.

    For twenty years now, Miller has taught and tutored Latin, Greek, and Shakespeare to high school students. She earned her BA and MA in Classics from Brown University, and studied the adaptation of classical texts to modern forms at the University of Chicago’s Committee on Social Thought and in the Dramaturgy department at Yale School of Drama.




    Notre Dame Univerity/Creative Writing Reading Series
    https://english.nd.edu/events/2019/09/11/creative-writing-reading-series-ft-michael-mejia/

    Featuring Michael Mejia
    Wednesday, September 11, 7:30-9:00PM
    Hammes Bookstore

    Eck Visitors Center, 1 N Notre Dame Ave, Notre Dame, IN 46556

    Michael Mejia is the author of the novels TOKYO and Forgetfulness, both published by FC2, and his fiction and nonfiction have appeared in many journals and anthologies, including AGNIDIAGRAMThe CollagistSeneca ReviewMy Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me, and Angels of the Americlypse. A recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation, he is editor-in-chief ofWestern Humanities Review, co-founding editor of Ninebark Press, and a professor of creative writing at the University of Utah. 


       
    Second Flight Books
    https://www.facebook.com/events/832660657095367/
    2200 Elmwood Ave. Suite D-7, Lafayette, Indiana 47904


    Book of Delights reading with Ross Gay
    Thursday, September 12, 2019 at 6:30 PM – 8 PM


    Ross Gay’s The Book of Delights is a genre-defying book of essays—some as short as a paragraph; some as long as five pages—that record the small joys that occurred in one year, from birthday to birthday, and that we often overlook in our busy lives. His is a meditation on delight that takes a clear-eyed view of the complexities, even the terrors, in his life, including living in America as a black man; the ecological and psychic violence of our consumer culture; the loss of those he loves. Among Gay’s funny, poetic, philosophical delights: the way Botan Rice Candy wrappers melt in your mouth, the volunteer crossing guard with a pronounced tremor whom he imagines as a kind of boat-woman escorting pedestrians across the River Styx, a friend’s unabashed use of air quotes, pickup basketball games, the silent nod of acknowledgment between black people. And more than any other subject, Gay celebrates the beauty of the natural world—his garden, the flowers in the sidewalk, the birds, the bees, the mushrooms, the trees.

    This is not a book of how-to or inspiration, though it could be read that way. Fans of Roxane Gay, Maggie Nelson, and Kiese Laymon will revel in Gay’s voice, and his insights. The Book of Delights is about our connection to the world, to each other, and the rewards that come from a life closely observed. Gay’s pieces serve as a powerful and necessary reminder that we can, and should, stake out a space in our lives for delight.




    Saturday, September 14, 2019 at 1 PM – 8 PM
    1000 W 42nd St, Indianapolis, IN 46208-3301, United States


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

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

    Featuring a rotation of delights: live music, fair food, carnival games conducted by beautiful people with perfect hair, and poetry readings from Hanif Abdurraqib, Franny Choi, and Eduardo Corral – they all have perfect hair too. There will be youth workshops and workshops for adults, free swag, free food—the whole celebration is totally free!

    Go here to check out the details: https://www.facebook.com/events/428250081327907/

     

    Written by Roxanna Santoro — August 06, 2019

    Opportunities, Writers Conferences and Workshops, Contests and Submissions

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

    *Advice on Writing Contests:

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


      Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship

    For updates on grants, workshops, and deadlines

    2020-2021 Timeline:

    • Application Released: May 16, 2019 (online application)
    • Application Guidelines: Click here to download
    • Application Workshops
      Please RSVP to rallen@indyarts.org
      • July 31, 5:00 pm (Location: Arts Council of Indianapolis)
    • Application Deadline: August 16, 2019, 4:30 pm
    • Award Notification: December 2019 
    • Fellowship Period: January 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021

    General Grant Information
    In the late 1990s, the Lilly Endowment approached the Arts Council of Indianapolis to discuss the idea of creating an arts community version of its long standing Renewal Program, which includes fellowships for pastors, teachers, and social service and youth workers in a sabbatical type program. The collaboration created a new program that ultimately became the Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship, a two-year, $10,000 grant for artists and administrators. Since its launch in 1999, more than 400 grants have been awarded, infusing more than $3.7 million into our community.

    The Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship Program awards thirty $10,000 fellowships every other-year to qualified professional artists, or an arts administrator employed by a nonprofit organization. Qualified applicants must also meet the following criteria: (1) At least three years of consecutive residence and/or work in one of the following Indiana counties: Marion, Morgan, Boone, Hamilton, Hendricks, Hancock, Johnson or Shelby; (2) Primary source of income is derived from work in dance, theatre, media arts, music, literature, visual art or multidisciplinary art forms; (3) At least 10 years of experience in the arts and at least three years in which the applicant's primary source of income was employment in the arts; and (4) recipients must agree to share, by way of a public presentation called the “Retrospective," the results of their fellowship with the community.


     
    Taylor University's Professional Writers' Conference

    August 2-3, 2019
    Campus of Taylor University,
    236 W. Reade Ave, Upland, Indiana

    Nestled in central Indiana's cornfields, this conference is for all types of writers from beginners who have never been to a conference, teens who want to explore their desire to write, older folks who finally want to put pen topaper, and even seasoned writers who just want to soak in some training and be around other writers. This is a perfect conference to begin or continue your writing journey.

    The 2019 conference includes three keynote sessions with Bill Myers and Angela Hunt. In addition, 35 breakout sessions will cover five categories: General & First-timer, Fiction, Nonfiction, Platform & Marketing, and Specialty Writing. We have authors, editors, literary agents, and social media specialists ready to help you. For a full list of faculty, see the faculty page on the conference website.

    Just $99 gets you two days of sessions, dinner on Friday, breakfast and lunch on Saturday, and a one-on-one session with the agent and editor of your choice. Housing is extra.

    Registration opened February 1, so act fast! For more information and to
    register for the conference, visit taylorwritingconference.com
    <https://taylorprofessionalwritersconference.weebly.com/>. Email direct
    questions to: TaylorPWRConference@gmail.com"


     

    Call for Submissions:Deadline extended for Speed City Sisters in Crime, Indiana Chapter anthology

    Go here for all the details:
    http://www.speedcitysistersincrime.org/2020-anthology.html


    You can download a PDF of the Gender Journey information here.

     


    Call for Submissions: LGBTQ Anthology


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

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

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

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

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

    Go here for more info and guidelines.




    Playwright Theater Lab

     Playwright Theater Lab

    New for next season and in honor of Actors Theatre of Indiana’s 15th anniversary, a new program dedicated to nurturing new playwrights and developing future plays – the ATI TheatreLAB Series. You won’t want to miss being there when it all begins!

    ATI is accepting submissions (locally and abroad) now through July 31. Submissions electronically can be sent to my attention via email to dfarrell@atistage.org with “TheatreLAB – (name of play)” in the subject or via snail mail to: Don Farrell “TheatreLAB – (name of play)”, Actors Theatre of Indiana, 510 3rd Avenue SW, Suite D, Carmel, IN 46032. Determinations will be made and announced before/by the season opener of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels on September 6. #ATIstage#ATItheatreLAB #newplays

    http://atistage.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/ATI-TheatreLAB-Series-GUIDELINES.pdf


    Sierra Club Hoosier Chapter Seeks Writers for Human/Nature Chapbook


    Theme: Human/Nature.

    How do we as humans interact with and impact nature, both positively and negatively?
    How does the natural world affect us?
    Can spending time in nature help us heal?
    How has our relationship with the natural world changed?
    Do we have a disconnect with nature, and has this been detrimental to our lives… and our planet?
    Where do we go from here?

    We invite writers to reflect on these questions and create poetry and prose in response. The deadline for submission is August 30, 2019. We will be publishing this chapbook to coincide with our art exhibition which will run in October & November. 
     
    Please make sure you read the rules and regulations here before submitting your work.  You can complete the submission form online or you download and send in a form here.






     

    Aesthetica Creative Writing Award is Open for Entries

    The Aesthetica Creative Writing Award is an international literary prize that is a hotbed for new talent in Poetry and Short Fiction. The Prize, now in its 13th year, is organised by the art and culture publication, Aesthetica Magazine. Every year, we support both emerging and established writers and through the Prize, we offer publication in an anthology that is an inspiring collection of narrative and poetic forms.

    The winners also receive the following: £1,000 cash prize for poetry and short fiction, consultation with literary agents Redhammer Management, Membership to The Poetry Society, a subscription to Granta and books courtesy of Bloodaxe and Vintage.

    Aesthetica offers opportunities to creative practitioners working in various media through two further awards including: Aesthetica Art Prize and the BAFTA-Qualifying Aesthetica Short Film Festival (ASFF). We are passionate about supporting new creative voices across a range of disciplines and this is at the heart of everything that we do.

    Submissions are open until 31 August 2019.

    Entry Fee: Short Fiction: £18  |  Poetry: £12
    Go here to submit



     

    DETAILS: It’s our Summer Short Story Award for New Writers! Working with five agencies, our winner and honorable mentions earn agency review as well as publication. The winning story earns $3000. Second and third place runners up receive $300 and $200, respectively. Stay tuned for an announcement about our judge! Check out our Summer Award information and last year’s winners, including Caitlin O’Neil, who recently signed with Victoria Marini from Irene Goodman as a result of the contest.


    Go here  for the Submission Page





    Call for Submissions/The University of New Orleans Press

    The University of New Orleans Press is looking for full-length fiction manuscripts, either novels or short story collections, for the fifth annual Publishing Lab Prize. The selected author will receive a ten thousand dollar ($10,000) advance on royalties and a contract to publish their winning manuscript with UNO Press. The work does not have to be regionally focused. There is no word limit. There is no limit on subjects covered. Submissions are open until August 31st. More information, including the Submittable link, can be found at: http://www.unopress.org/lab.aspx

     



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

    https://theindianapolisreview.com/

    .

     

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

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

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

    Go here to learn more and submit




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

    Call for submissions:

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

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


     

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

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





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

    Go here for all the submission details: 
    http://www.branches.com/submissions/


     

    Where to Submit: June, July, and August 2019

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





    The Butler Bridge Program


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

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

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

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

    Click here for more information.

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

     

    speakyourstory.org


    Creating a new female narrative one story at a time.

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

     

     

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

    Send submissions to: hipsubmissions@gmail.com  


    Poets & Writers: New Writing Contest Deadlines!

    For information regarding writing contests and deadlines: Go Here

     

     

     


     

    Written by Roxanna Santoro — July 01, 2019

    Events Around Indiana

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

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


    Featuring former Indiana Poet Laureate Karen Kovacik
    Thursday, August 1 at 7 p.m.
    SullivanMunce Cultural Center

    225 W. Hawthorne St., Zionsville

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


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


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



    First Friday Book Reading/Signing
    Tracy Martin reading "If I Were Good"
    Friday, August 2, 7pm – 8pm


    At Indy Reads Books, Tracy Martin will read from her personal memoir on love, approval and surviving betrayal...Simply put, approval had to come from a man – at least that’s what Martin thought. She hurried to get married, failed at that, and hurried to get married again. She changed nearly everything about herself to fit in with her new husband’s life. For him, she became a hippie, an activist, a green-thumbed survivalist. She threw out her high heels and makeup in favor of Birkenstocks and cotton pants. Together they left their comfortable urban life and became back-to-the-landers, hell bent on saving Mother Earth. But what began as an optimistic intentional community endeavor soon turned into a nightmare. Broke and broken-hearted, Martin returned to the city to start over. She determined to prove to herself and the world that given half a chance, she could do better. But what she discovered in the process of rebuilding was that getting “better” wasn’t the thing that would make the most difference in her life.

    www.soulsetinmotion.com


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

    Writers Guild Spoken Word Series
    Wednesday, August 7 @ 6:00–9:00 pm
    Bear's Place

    1316 E 3rd St, Bloomington, IN

    Featuring Michael Luis Dauro (poetry), Rachel Ronquillo Gray (poetry), Jen Maher (fiction/memoir)
    music by Urban Deer ORTET (experimental/mod classical)
    + an open mic
    $5 suggested donation

    At Indiana University, Dr. Jen Maher‘s area of expertise covers gender and popular culture; second and third wave feminism; gender and modern memoir, feminist history/theory, the politics of assisted reproduction, and femininity and horror. She is the winner of two campus-wide teaching awards and is currently the Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Gender Studies. She writes personal essays at the intersection of academia and popular culture. Her work has been collected in three anthologies, and she has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

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

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

    Homefront
    Saturday, August 10 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
    Monroe County Public Library Auditorium

    303 E Kirkwood Ave, Bloomington, IN 47408
    Free and open to the public.


    Homefront a radio play by Tonia Matthew, will be performed and recorded as live radio theatre on Saturday, August 10.

    It is based on letters that Tonia exchanged with her father during World War II, her adult memories/narration, and historical broadcasts. It’s a beautiful piece that shows how personal and political history connect and how they change us.

    Last year we presented a table reading of HOMEFRONT.  Join us as a live audience for the recording of this production.

    Readers include: James Dorr, Richard Fish, Jamie Hook, Joan Hawkins, Dennis McCarty, Eric Rensberger,  Andre Seewood, Thea Smith, Eric Zobel.  Sound by Tony Brewer, with help from Richard Fish.

    Written by Roxanna Santoro — July 01, 2019

    Opportunities, Writers Conferences and Workshops, Contests and Submissions

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

    *Advice on Writing Contests:

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



    Poetry Workshop At the Limberlost State Historic Site
                                          Geneva, Indiana


    During my residency at Limberlost State Historic Site, I will lead four poetry workshops with writing activities designed to help participants explore the beauty, history, and ecological importance of the Limberlost, as well as its connection to renown nature writer and novelist Gene Stratton-Porter. Workshops will convene on trails, a covered bridge, and a cabin.
     
    All events will include a small fee for hikes with site naturalist Curt Burnette or for tours of the Cabin with a staff member. Otherwise, these events are free. Registration for the first workshop will begin in June.
                          Saturday, July 13    
                          Inside Gene Stratton-Porter's Cabin: 
                          A Poetry Workshop for Adults and High School Students

    You can register for "Inside Gene Stratton-Porter's Cabin: A Poetry Workshop for Adults and High School Students" by emailing Shari through her website https://www.throughthesycamores.com. This workshop is supported by the Indiana Arts Commission's Arts in the Parks and Historic Places program. As part of the workshop, there will be a small fee for a tour of Stratton-Porter's home. Spaces are limited.



      Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship

    For updates on grants, workshops, and deadlines

    2020-2021 Timeline:

    General Grant Information
    In the late 1990s, the Lilly Endowment approached the Arts Council of Indianapolis to discuss the idea of creating an arts community version of its long standing Renewal Program, which includes fellowships for pastors, teachers, and social service and youth workers in a sabbatical type program. The collaboration created a new program that ultimately became the Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship, a two-year, $10,000 grant for artists and administrators. Since its launch in 1999, more than 400 grants have been awarded, infusing more than $3.7 million into our community.

    The Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship Program awards thirty $10,000 fellowships every other-year to qualified professional artists, or an arts administrator employed by a nonprofit organization. Qualified applicants must also meet the following criteria: (1) At least three years of consecutive residence and/or work in one of the following Indiana counties: Marion, Morgan, Boone, Hamilton, Hendricks, Hancock, Johnson or Shelby; (2) Primary source of income is derived from work in dance, theatre, media arts, music, literature, visual art or multidisciplinary art forms; (3) At least 10 years of experience in the arts and at least three years in which the applicant's primary source of income was employment in the arts; and (4) recipients must agree to share, by way of a public presentation called the “Retrospective," the results of their fellowship with the community.




     

      Calling Indiana authors!

       Indiana Humanities is now accepting proposals for writing 
       workshops. If accepted, you will travel to give writing workshops at
       schools, libraries and other cultural organizations across the state.



    http://indianahumanities.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/Writing-Workshop-Program-Call-for-Proposals.pdf

     




    Photo Credit: Jessica Hoffman

    Indy Author Fair 2019 - Author Registration


    The Library is excited to announce the 2019 Indy Author Fair, a day devoted expressly to Indiana's talented writers. This year's fair will take place on November 9th. 2019. The day includes activities for writers and book lovers of all ages. Workshop sessions provide an opportunity to learn about the writing community in Indianapolis, practice writing exercises, and explore marketing and publishing opportunities. Classes are designed for writers of all skill levels.  Attendees can network with more than 40 up-and-coming Indiana authors who offer a wide variety of writing styles and genres. Book sales and signings will be available.

    Are you an author? Would you like a table at the Author Fair?
    Author Registration: June 17 - July 28 
    Go here to register!

    Authors must register to be considered for participation in the Indy Author Fair. Participants will receive table space to network with other authors, meet the public, and promote books. Registration does not guarantee participation. Registered authors will receive a notification confirming or declining participation no later than September 23, 2019.

    The Indy Author Fair is presented by The Indianapolis Public Library in association with the Indiana Writers Center.



    Call for Submissions: LGBTQ Anthology


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

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

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

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

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

    Go here for more info and guidelines.






     

    Aesthetica Creative Writing Award is Open for Entries

    The Aesthetica Creative Writing Award is an international literary prize that is a hotbed for new talent in Poetry and Short Fiction. The Prize, now in its 13th year, is organised by the art and culture publication, Aesthetica Magazine. Every year, we support both emerging and established writers and through the Prize, we offer publication in an anthology that is an inspiring collection of narrative and poetic forms.

    The winners also receive the following: £1,000 cash prize for poetry and short fiction, consultation with literary agents Redhammer Management, Membership to The Poetry Society, a subscription to Granta and books courtesy of Bloodaxe and Vintage.

    Aesthetica offers opportunities to creative practitioners working in various media through two further awards including: Aesthetica Art Prize and the BAFTA-Qualifying Aesthetica Short Film Festival (ASFF). We are passionate about supporting new creative voices across a range of disciplines and this is at the heart of everything that we do.

    Submissions are open until 31 August 2019.

    Entry Fee: Short Fiction: £18  |  Poetry: £12
    Go here to submit



     

    DETAILS: It’s our Summer Short Story Award for New Writers! Working with five agencies, our winner and honorable mentions earn agency review as well as publication. The winning story earns $3000. Second and third place runners up receive $300 and $200, respectively. Stay tuned for an announcement about our judge! Check out our Summer Award information and last year’s winners, including Caitlin O’Neil, who recently signed with Victoria Marini from Irene Goodman as a result of the contest.


    Go here  for the Submission Page 





    MWW19 will allow you to connect with fellow writers and gain insight from published authors who will help you move forward in your writing career, regardless of whether you’re currently a beginner or a veteran of several books.

    On Thursday and Friday, you can choose from 28 craft sessions according to your own interests. On Saturday, we have options for everyone!

    • If you are a published author or about-to-be-published author, you can choose Author Platform and Career Development Bootcamp with Jane Friedman.
    • Sessions to hone your first 10 pages!
      • If you write fiction and nonfiction, you can choose Manuscript Makeover or Developmental Editing.
      • If you write mystery or romance, you can choose that Intensive with an award-winning instructor.
    • If you have a nonfiction book idea, you can choose Nonfiction Book Proposal Workshop.





    Call for Submissions/The University of New Orleans Press

    The University of New Orleans Press is looking for full-length fiction manuscripts, either novels or short story collections, for the fifth annual Publishing Lab Prize. The selected author will receive a ten thousand dollar ($10,000) advance on royalties and a contract to publish their winning manuscript with UNO Press. The work does not have to be regionally focused. There is no word limit. There is no limit on subjects covered. Submissions are open until August 31st. More information, including the Submittable link, can be found at: http://www.unopress.org/lab.aspx










    Taylor University's Professional Writers' Conference Registration is now Open!

    August 2-3, 2019
    Campus of Taylor University,
    236 W. Reade Ave, Upland, Indiana

    Nestled in central Indiana's cornfields, this conference is for all types
    of writers from beginners who have never been to a conference, teens who want to
    explore their desire to write, older folks who finally want to put pen to
    paper, and even seasoned writers who just want to soak in some training and
    be around other writers. This is a perfect conference to begin or continue
    your writing journey.

    The 2019 conference includes three keynote sessions with Bill Myers and
    Angela Hunt. In addition, 35 breakout sessions will cover five categories:
    General & First-timer, Fiction, Nonfiction, Platform & Marketing, and
    Specialty Writing. We have authors, editors, literary agents, and social
    media specialists ready to help you. For a full list of faculty, see the
    faculty page on the conference website.

    Just $99 gets you two days of sessions, dinner on Friday, breakfast and
    lunch on Saturday, and a one-on-one session with the agent and editor of
    your choice. Housing is extra.

    Registration opened February 1, so act fast! For more information and to
    register for the conference, visit taylorwritingconference.com
    <https://taylorprofessionalwritersconference.weebly.com/>. Email direct
    questions to: TaylorPWRConference@gmail.com"



    Wisconsin in summer sounds lovely, especially a few days at the Priory Writers Retreat with writers in residence Nickolas Butler (fiction), Dasha Kelly Hamilton (poetry), David McGlynn (memoir) and Mary Mack (comedy writing for all genres). Former Wisconsin poet laureate Max Garland will deliver the keynote address. The $460.00 price includes three-nights private lodging, all meals, drinks, workshop, instruction, a private concert with the Eggplant Heroes, transport and ticket to a reading in our region's newest art center, the Pablo Center. Check it out!
    All info is available at:
    http://www.cvwritersguild.org/2019retreat



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

    https://theindianapolisreview.com/

    .

     

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

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

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

    Go here to learn more and submit




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

    Call for submissions:

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

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


     

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

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





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

    Go here for all the submission details: 
    http://www.branches.com/submissions/


     

    Where to Submit: June, July, and August 2019

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





    The Butler Bridge Program


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

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

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

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

    Click here for more information.

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

     

    speakyourstory.org


    Creating a new female narrative one story at a time.

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

     

     

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

    Send submissions to: hipsubmissions@gmail.com  


    Poets & Writers: New Writing Contest Deadlines!

    For information regarding writing contests and deadlines: Go Here

    Written by Roxanna Santoro — June 04, 2019

    Events Around Indiana

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


    Artist Industry Nights: June at Circle City Industrial Complex
    Wednesday, June 26, 2019 at 6 PM – 8 PM


    Admission is FREE, but you must Register Here! If you cannot make it for some reason, please e-mail artistservices@indyarts.org to alert us so we can free up your space.
    Sales end on Jun 26 at 2 PM
        
    The Arts Council of Indianapolis presents Artist Industry Nights to help build and strengthen our professional artist community. AIN brings together artists of all disciplines and experience levels to network, socialize, collaborate, and connect.

    Thanks to a generous donor to our Artist Services program, the Artist Industry Nights events are free and open to all professional and aspiring artists in central Indiana. Literary, performing, and visual artists are all encouraged to attend and help us "cross-pollinate" the Indy artist community. You may just meet your next collaborative partner or your mentor!

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

    NEW THIS YEAR! Curated Conversations will bring together established, well known artists, arts administrators, curators, etc. for casual conversations. Join in or listen in....there's a lot to learn from those who have been working in the field for years....sit in on one of these conversations to hear another perspective.

    This month we will gather on the near east side at the Circle City Industrial Complex. Ample parking lot on the south side of the road. Enter main door and go upstairs to Schweitzer Gallery. (see signs)
    Questions: e-mail us at artistservices @ indyarts.org



    In the Presence of My Enemies/by June McCarty Clair

    Opening Friday, June 21, 2019, at 7:30 p.m for two weekends, June 21,22,23, and 28, 29, 30
    Friday and Saturday
    performances will be at 7:30, Sunday performances at 2:30
    The Cat

    254 Veteran’s Way, Carmel, IN

    To make reservations, go here, or call 317-582-1007. Ticket prices are $14 for students and seniors, and $16 for adults. Groups of ten or more are eligible for a discount.


    After a successful run at DivaFest in April of 2019, the play “In the Presence of my Enemies” will be moving to The Cat in Carmel for a two week run. “In the Presence of my Enemies,” is a wickedly funny cautionary tale about greed and family, filled with relatable characters and outlandish actions. One theatergoer called it a “ heartfelt, feel good journey through the valley of the shadow of death!” The script was developed in Playwriting classes taught by Andy Black.

    Show Plot: When Sarah’s husband Frank dies unexpectedly, Sarah finds herself bereft and befuddled, as she tries to make plans for a funeral while wending her way through the morass of paperwork and bureaucratic documents. Sarah’s sister and daughter join her, but so do Frank’s relatives, swooping into town under the guise of ‘helping’ her with all the funeral plans, including finding insurance policies, and arguing between burial and cremation. The action soon proves comical, as it becomes a battle of wills as to who will find the will and whose wishes will prevail!






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

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

    Please join us at The Poets Laureate of Lawrence – we host a monthly featured author followed by an open reading that happens every 4th Tuesday of the month.  This month our featured author is:
    Jim Powell.


    Jim Powell founded the Writer’s Center of Indiana (now the Indiana Writer’s Center) in 1979 as part of the Free University. He directed the Center for 20 years and has written over 70 stories.  He holds a MFA in fiction writing from Bowling Green State University and in 2011 received a Creative Renewal Fellowship for the Arts Council of Indianapolis.  His new book of stories is called, Only Witness.




    Poets Attack! ft Sam Herschel Wein, Levi Todd, and more!
    Wednesday, June 26 at 7 PM – 8:30 PM
    Irvington Vinyl & Books

    9 Johnson Ave, Indianapolis, Indiana 46219

    For this month's Poet's Attack we are so thrilled to be hosting two wonderful Chicago poets along with some great local talent. Check out Sam Herschel Wein, Levi Todd, Ryan Rader, and the rest TBA!

    Sam Herschel Wein lives in Chicago and specializes in aimless frolicking. His first chapbook, 'Fruit Mansion' (Split Lip Press, 2017) was the winner of the 2016 Turnbuckle Chapbook prize. His second chapbook, 'Gesundheit!,' a collaboration with Chen Chen, is forthcoming with Glass Poetry Press in 2019. He co-runs the journal Underblong. Find him on twitter at @samforbreakfast

    Levi Todd is a queer poet and lifelong Chicagoan. They serve as Poetry Editor for Tinderbox Poetry Journal and as a relationship health educator. Levi’s work is published or forthcoming in The Shallow Ends, The Ellis Review, Pinwheel, and elsewhere. Say hi on Instagram and Twitter at @levicitodd, and you can read more of Levi’s work at www.levitodd.com. They encourage you to smell a lilac bush today.

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

    Ryan J. Rader is a poet, former member of Indiana and Chicago rock and roll bands, and stand-up comedian with lifetime comedy earnings nearing triple digits.

    Get in, get culture, get out. This is the motto of Poets Attack. The last Wednesday of each month, for 90 minutes or less, Irvington Vinyl & Books hosts two talented local poets and pairs them with visiting writers from out of state. The goal is to connect Hoosier poets with writers from across the United States, and to build relationships between our local scene and the world outside.


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


    Jerry VanSchaik reading "Tripio"
    Wednesday June 26, 5:00PM - 7:00PM


    Tripio is historical fiction. The setting is Chicago summer of 1992. Jay Altonstreet is trying to climb the corporate ladder at a small but growing company called Starbucks. Jay left his stalled life in Dayton in 1990 and has been trying to finish his first novel for the last three years. But an unplanned, high risk pregnancy of his lover and co-worker forces him to decide which of these creations is the most valuable to him: a company, a novel, or a family.

    Tripio explores three types of creativity, business, literature, and family. Jay is forced to prioritize these endeavors and to decide what he most values.
    www.tripiothenovel.com



    Thomas Larson reading "Writing the Spiritual Memoir"
    Friday, June 28 at 7:00- 9:00PM
    A short reading by author Thomas Larson, followed
    by an interview and discussion led by Nathan Day Wilson, and book signing.

    Today, the surprisingly elastic form of the memoir embraces subjects that include dying, illness, loss, relationships, and self-awareness. Writing to reveal the inner self—the pilgrimage into one’s spiritual and/or religious nature—is a primary calling. Contemporary memoirists are exploring this field with innovative storytelling, rigorous craft, and new styles of confessional authorship. Now, Thomas Larson brings his expertise as a critic, reader, and teacher to the boldly evolving and improvisatory world of spiritual literature.


    In his book-length essay Spirituality and the Writer, Larson surveys the literary insights of authors old and new who have shaped religious autobiography and spiritual memoir—from Augustine to Thomas Merton, from Peter Matthiessen to Cheryl Strayed. He holds them to an exacting standard: they must render transcendent experience in the writing itself. Only when the writer’s craft prevails can the fleeting and profound personal truths of the spirit be captured. Like its predecessor, Larson’s The Memoir and the Memoirist,Spirituality and the Writer will find a home in writing classrooms and book groups, and be a resource for students, teachers, and writers who seek guidance with exploring their spiritual lives.
    www.thomaslarson.com

    Also at Indy Reads!





    Ora Lee Day reading "The Thoughts In My Head"
    Book Signing/Discussion
    Saturday, June 29 at 1-3pm


    The Thoughts In My Head is an inspirational book on purpose and the belief that you are more significant and you play a vital role in the earth.

    website: www.gitlifellc.com
    https://www.facebook.com/gitlife
    https://www.instagram.com/gitlifellc/



    An Evening with Author Jennifer Weiner
    Presented by JCC Indianapolis at Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation, Indianapolis IN

    Sunday, June 30  7-9pm
    The Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation (6501 N Meridian St)

    Join us for an evening with this New York Times bestselling author of Good in Bed, In Her Shoes and Best Friends Forever. Weiner was listed as one of the “25 Working Moms to Follow on Twitter” with “hilarious shards of brilliance (Forbes).”

    Jennifer Weiner grew up in Connecticut and graduated summa cum laude with a degree in English literature from Princeton University in 1991. She worked as a newspaper reporter in central Pennsylvania, Kentucky, and Philadelphia, where she was a feature writer and columnist for The Philadelphia Inquirer. She is now a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times Op-Ed and Sunday Review.

    This event is part of the JCC's Ann Katz Author Series made possible in part by the Irwin and Ann Katz Cultural Arts & Education Endowment Fund and in partnership with Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation.   Go here for Tickets




    Writers Guild at Bloomington Spoken Word Series
    Wednesday, July 3 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    Bear's Place

    1316 E 3rd St, Bloomington, IN

    Featuring Ross Gay (poetry), John James (poetry), Shana Ritter (poetry and fiction)
    music by Hoosier Darling (gospel trio)
    + an open mic

    $5 suggested donation

    SHANA RITTER‘s newly completed novel, In the Time of Leaving, is set in Spain in 1492. Shana grew up in New York but lives out in the country near Bloomington, Indiana. Her poetry and short stories have appeared in Lilith, Fifth Wednesday, Georgetown Review and others. Her chapbook, Stairs of Separation, was published by Finishing Line Press.Shana has been a recipient of the Indiana Individual Artist Grant multiple times. She offers workshops, interviews and readings.

    JOHN JAMES is the author of The Milk Hours, selected by Henri Cole for the Max Ritvo Poetry Prize (Milkweed, 2019). He is also the author of Chthonic, winner of the 2014 CutBank Chapbook Award. His poems appear in Boston Review, Kenyon Review, Gulf Coast, Poetry Northwest, Best American Poetry 2017, and elsewhere. A digital collagist, his image-text experiments appear in Quarterly West, The Adroit Journal, and LIT.

    ROSS GAY is the author of three books of poetry: Against Which; Bringing the Shovel Down; and Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude, winner of the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award and the 2016 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. His collection of essays,The Book of Delights, was released by Algonquin Books in 2019.


    Written by Roxanna Santoro — June 04, 2019

    Events Around Indiana

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

    The Poets Laureate of Lawrence
    (www.artsforlawrence.org)

    Tuesday, May 28 from 7-9 pm
    The Theater at the Fort on Indy's east side
    Sterrett Center

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

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

    Terry Kirts is a graduate of IU’s Master of Fine Arts program in creative writing, He hails from a town in Illinois so small it didn’t have a restaurant until he was in the 8th grade. Since 2000, he’s more than made up for the dearth of eateries in his childhood, logging hundreds of meals as the dining critic for WHERE Indianapolis,Indianapolis Woman, and NUVO before joining Indianapolis Monthly as a contributing editor in 2007. A senior lecturer in creative writing at IUPUI, Terry has published his poetry and creative nonfiction in a number of literary journals and anthologies, including Gastronomica, Alimentum, and Home Again: Essays and Memoirs from Indiana, and he’s the author of the poetry collection To the Refrigerator Gods, published by Seven Kitchens Press in 2011.




    Featured Poetry Open Mic
    Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at 05:00 pm - 07:00 pm
    Presented by Nine Lives Cat Cafe

    1315 Shelby St #1, Indianapolis, IN 46203

    Hear poems from Crystal Stone’s new c
    ollection “Knock-Off Monarch” and after, share your own!

    Crystal Stone grew up in southeastern PA. She is currently an MFA candidate at Iowa State University. Her poetry has previously appeared or is forthcoming in Poetry Daily, SWWIM, PHEMME, Better than Starbucks, peculiar, Sport Literate, Collective Unrest, Driftwood Press, New Verse News, Occulum, Anomaly, BONED, Eunoia Review, {isacoustic*}, Tuck Magazine, Writers Resist, Drunk Monkeys,


     
     
    Second Flight Books
    https://www.facebook.com/events/787854584933585/
    2200 Elmwood Ave. Suite D-7, Lafayette, Indiana 47904



    Stay Sexy & Don't Get Murdered Release Party
    Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at 6:30 PM – 9 PM


    Join us for a Murderino party to celebrate the release of Karen & Georgia's new book! We'll have true-crime trivia, giveaways, and snacks so good you'd murder for them. You'll have an opportunity to share your favorite murders with the group. We'll also have goodies for everyone who pre-orders the book (while they last!)

    PRE-ORDER BOOKS HERE: https://www.bookmanager.com/scndflt/?searchtype=keyword&qs=stay+sexy+don%27t+get+murdered&qs_file=&q=h.tviewer&using_sb=status&qsb=keyword

    If you don't know who we're talking about, go check out the My Favorite Murder podcast, and thank us later for the recommendation.


    The Passion Symposium: Open Mic/Slam
    https://www.facebook.com/events/black-circle-brewing-co/the-passion-symposium-open-micslam/1280816975389590/

    Wednesday, May 29  7:00PM
    No Cover | All Ages
    Black Circle Brewing Company

    2201 E 46th St, Indianapolis, Indiana 46205


    Cash Prize ($40) | Live DJ (Michael Knight) | Good Beer | Good Food | Good Friends. (Bring some canned goods to benefit Irvington Vinyl & Books and their homeless charities)

    The Indy Symposium is back, ladies and gentlemen!
    The theme this time around is ~passion~
    As always this is an idea to riff off of, so do with that what you will. Expecting a lot of love poems tonight, so get weird with it and write about hate if you want. Passion isn't always love and butterflies! Sometimes it's grueling 18 hour work days to live your dream. Sometimes it's hating someone so much that even the noise of them chewing gets under your skin. But, sometimes, passion is wonderful and sweet and all those great words. Come woo us.

    DM Vinny Corsaro, Tasha Chopra, or Matthew Scott Swain on Facebook to secure your spot in the slam! Open Mic is first come first serve.

    Schedule:
    Open Mic - 7ish (poet-time isn't real-human time)
    First Round of Slam - 8ish
    Featured Performer - 9ish:
    We are so excited to announce this evening's feature!
    Local artist, theater actor, writer, speaker, and every other artistic thing possible, Ariane Cyusa is in the spotlight tonight! She's also the winner of March's poetry slam, so be prepared to get learned a thing or two.
    Final Round of Slam - 930ish



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

    911 Massachusetts Avenue, Indianapolis, Indiana 46202

    An Evening with Cookbook Author Lauren McDuffie
    Thursday, May 30 at 5 PM – 7 PM


    Lauren McDuffie is a passionate storyteller, food writer, photographer, stylist and keeper of the award-winning blog, Harvest and Honey .  Although not a trained chef, it is Lauren's intense passion for all things food which drives her desire to share and connect with others. Her clear talent for storytelling and artistic eye in styling and photography were natural catalysts for her most recent adventure, becoming a published cookbook author. Lauren's memoir-style cookbook, Smoke, Roots, Mountain, Harvest, explores her Appalachian roots and how they connect to her modern table.

    As a contributor for Edible Indy, we celebrate her journey, her story and the release of the unique and stunning cookbook. Join us in partnership with Indy Women in Food for a very special conversation with Lauren McDuffie about how she fought hard to create something uniquely hers.

    Space is limited, tickets are recommended. Noshes and light beverages will be provided by Indy Women in Food who celebrate the sisterhood of foodies and outstanding women in their field and there will be an opportunity to purchase her cookbook.  Tickets


    Also at Indy Reads:
    Susan Bethea reading "TagS"
    Friday, May 31, 7pm – 9pm

    One Woman's Journey from loneliness and pain to love and joy


     

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

    Writers Guild Spoken Word Series
    Wednesday, June 5 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    Bear's Place

    1316 E 3rd St, Bloomington, IN

    Featuring Tim Heerdink (poetry), Brian Boucher (poetry), Juliana Ramos Crespo (fiction)
    and music by Jason Fickel + VLF Trio (blues/soul)
    plus and open mic
    $5 suggested donation

    Tim Heerdink is the author of Red Flag and Other Poems (Bird Brain Publishing, 2018) and president of the Midwest Writers Guild. His short story, The Tithing of Man, won first place in the guild’s annual anthology contest. He also has several of his poems published in Poetry Quarterly, the Fish Hook, the Midwest Writers Guild’s Shared Words, Distinct Voices and The Eye of the Storyteller, and All Poetry’s On Earth as it is in Poetry. He graduated from University of Southern Indiana with a Bachelor of Arts in English and currently resides in Newburgh, Indiana with his wife, Amber, daughter, Audrey, and their two cats. His debut novel, Last Lights of a Dying Sun, and his full-length poetry collection, The Human Remains, will also be available soon.

    Juliana Ramos Crespo’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in North American Review, Literary Orphans, Flash Fiction Magazine, Mothers Always Write, Mud City Journal, Ruminate, Fiction Southeast, and OTV. She is an English teacher at a high school in Bloomington, Indiana, where she also lives with her family.


    Brian Boucher graduated from Indiana University in 2016 . . . and is still in Bloomington. He is in debt and wading in the shallows. With a passion for creative communication, Brian dabbles in mainly stream of consciousness prose and poetry, with grandiose visions of someday producing and directing a few films. For the time being, Brian’s main focus is in the study of various “energy arts” such as Yoga, Taiji and Qigong, the historical elements that inform these practices, as well as, the practical application of such practices in a modern context. Brian hopes to combine his creative communication skills with his knowledge of “energy arts” in order to further bridge gaps of understanding between people and the truth of our inescapable connectedness. Brian has completed a Novella entitled “Wahoo” recounting his true-life experience commercial fishing for Halibut on the Bering Sea, and excerpts from the work can be found in last month and this month’s addition of the Ryder Magazine. He has also completed a book of poems entitled “Arrogant Enlightenment and A Cry for Purpose,” which has been released exclusively through the social media platform Instagram.


    Poetry ON Brick Street
    Thursday, June 6 at 7 pm
    Sullivan Munce Cultural Center

    225 W Hawthorne St, Zionsville, IN 46077

    Special reading from poets in the Cowboys & Cocktails anthology. You'll love it.



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

    911 Massachusetts Avenue, Indianapolis, Indiana 46202


    Cade North reading "Until Death Do Us APART"
    Saturday, June 8, 4pm – 5pm
    A book launch party, reading, and signing with Indiana author Cade North.

    Nature’s splintered wreckage, laughter, & the carcass of love prove to be the ingredients for one woman to become her own hero.
    CadeNorth.com



    A play in a pub: ‘Bloomsday’ coming June 9 for one-night only: Discount code for IWC members

    Lou Harry & Patrick Chastain invite you to celebrate James Joyce and his novel Ulysses at this live reading of the play Bloomsday by Steven Dietz!
     
    Sunday June, 9th, 6-8 p.m.
    The Aristocrat Pub
    5212 North College Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46220
     
    “Bloomsday” is set during a celebration of that famous (to literary folks, at least) day when fictional Leopold Bloom wandered around Dublin in James Joyce’s Ulysses.
    A brief encounter between a Dublin guide to locations in James Joyce's Ulysses and an American who never read the book is complicated and enhanced by visits from their 35-years-later selves in a reading of Steven Dietz's award-winning play. Come early for live music, order cottage pie or bangers and mash (with a draft, of course) and enjoy this magically beautiful one-night-only local premiere in the perfect setting.
    Go here to read the blog on the IWC website and get all the details!
     
    IWC members receive $3 off with the code: Leopold
    This is a single-use promo. One use per purchase.
    Purchase tickets through eventbrite. 



     

    See Norbert Krapf's adaptation of his Catholic Boy Blues poetry collection into a play of the same title largely developed in classes taught by Andrew Black
    through the Indiana Writer's Center.

    The play runs the weekend of June 14-16.
    Follow this link for more info about the play, the playwright, and follow the red tab to order tickets:
    http://www.indyfringe.org/theatre-show/catholic-boy-blues.

     

    Written by Roxanna Santoro — May 06, 2019

    Opportunities, Writers Conferences and Workshops, Contests and Submissions

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

    *Advice on Writing Contests:

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



    Join IWC board members, staff, and writers for first Fridays that give an *F! Write your own flash fiction, submit for prizes or even for publication in our online magazine the Flying Island, learn about IWC, meet other writers, and explore the CCIC. Each month will feature something special.


    Apply to Participate in the 2019-20 Religion, Spirituality & the Arts Seminar

    The Religion, Spirituality, and the Arts Program (RSA) is a program of the IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute that brings together artists, religious leaders, religious communities, humanities experts, and a broad range of publics from diverse backgrounds and disciplinary perspectives for sustained study, analysis, and discussion of religious texts in a classroom environment. Directed by Rabbi Sandy Sasso, these textual discussions, which explore the varieties of religious experience and understanding, provide the inspiration for creating new artistic works (e.g. music, poetry, fiction, drama, visual art, dance). Artists share their creations through exhibitions and presentations to members of the Central Indiana community, including religious organizations, congregations, schools, libraries, and community groups. Deadline 05/28/2019.

    Go here to learn more and register.

     

    Flash Fiction Contest Guest Judged by Kathy Fish

    Open through the end of the month! The winning writer will be awarded $3000 and publication on The Masters Review. Winners will earn a spot in Kathy Fish’s Fast Flash© online workshop. So here it is: a home for your very best small fiction.
    Submit Today!


    Go here  for the Submission Page 





    MWW19 will allow you to connect with fellow writers and gain insight from published authors who will help you move forward in your writing career, regardless of whether you’re currently a beginner or a veteran of several books.

    On Thursday and Friday, you can choose from 28 craft sessions according to your own interests. On Saturday, we have options for everyone!

    • If you are a published author or about-to-be-published author, you can choose Author Platform and Career Development Bootcamp with Jane Friedman.
    • Sessions to hone your first 10 pages!
      • If you write fiction and nonfiction, you can choose Manuscript Makeover or Developmental Editing.
      • If you write mystery or romance, you can choose that Intensive with an award-winning instructor.
    • If you have a nonfiction book idea, you can choose Nonfiction Book Proposal Workshop.





    Call for Submissions/The University of New Orleans Press

    The University of New Orleans Press is looking for full-length fiction manuscripts, either novels or short story collections, for the fifth annual Publishing Lab Prize. The selected author will receive a ten thousand dollar ($10,000) advance on royalties and a contract to publish their winning manuscript with UNO Press. The work does not have to be regionally focused. There is no word limit. There is no limit on subjects covered. Submissions are open until August 31st. More information, including the Submittable link, can be found at: http://www.unopress.org/lab.aspx










    Taylor University's Professional Writers' Conference Registration is now Open!

    August 2-3, 2019
    Campus of Taylor University,
    236 W. Reade Ave, Upland, Indiana

    Nestled in central Indiana's cornfields, this conference is for all types
    of writers from beginners who have never been to a conference, teens who want to
    explore their desire to write, older folks who finally want to put pen to
    paper, and even seasoned writers who just want to soak in some training and
    be around other writers. This is a perfect conference to begin or continue
    your writing journey.

    The 2019 conference includes three keynote sessions with Bill Myers and
    Angela Hunt. In addition, 35 breakout sessions will cover five categories:
    General & First-timer, Fiction, Nonfiction, Platform & Marketing, and
    Specialty Writing. We have authors, editors, literary agents, and social
    media specialists ready to help you. For a full list of faculty, see the
    faculty page on the conference website.

    Just $99 gets you two days of sessions, dinner on Friday, breakfast and
    lunch on Saturday, and a one-on-one session with the agent and editor of
    your choice. Housing is extra.

    Registration opened February 1, so act fast! For more information and to
    register for the conference, visit taylorwritingconference.com
    <https://taylorprofessionalwritersconference.weebly.com/>. Email direct
    questions to: TaylorPWRConference@gmail.com"



    Wisconsin in summer sounds lovely, especially a few days at the Priory Writers Retreat with writers in residence Nickolas Butler (fiction), Dasha Kelly Hamilton (poetry), David McGlynn (memoir) and Mary Mack (comedy writing for all genres). Former Wisconsin poet laureate Max Garland will deliver the keynote address. The $460.00 price includes three-nights private lodging, all meals, drinks, workshop, instruction, a private concert with the Eggplant Heroes, transport and ticket to a reading in our region's newest art center, the Pablo Center. Check it out!
    All info is available at:
    http://www.cvwritersguild.org/2019retreat



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

    https://theindianapolisreview.com/

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

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

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

    Go here to learn more and submit




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

    Call for submissions:

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

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


     

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

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





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

    Go here for all the submission details: 
    http://www.branches.com/submissions/


     

    Where to Submit: March, April, and May 2019

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





    The Butler Bridge Program


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

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

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

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

    Click here for more information.

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

     

    speakyourstory.org


    Creating a new female narrative one story at a time.

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

     

     

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

    Send submissions to: hipsubmissions@gmail.com  


    Poets & Writers: New Writing Contest Deadlines!

    For information regarding writing contests and deadlines: Go Here

    Written by Roxanna Santoro — May 06, 2019


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