Jennifer Billock Publishes “Historic Chicago Bakeries”
Congratulations to Jennifer Billock, whose book Historic Chicago Bakeries was recently published through Arcadia Publishing. Jennifer’s book already ranks as the #1 book in two different Amazon categories! Learn more about Jennifer's book here »
Susan Vespoli’s Poetry Collection Available for Preorder
Congratulations to instructor Susan Vespoli, whose full-length poetry collection Blame It on the Serpent was just made available for preorder. All proceeds will be donated to addiction and recovery groups. Preorder Susan's collection here from Finishing Line Press! »
Marc Olmsted Reading
Congratulations to our instructor Marc Olmsted, who read 3 of his poems on Don Campbell’s “Mechanics of Poetry” Youtube channel. Watch this fantastic reading here! »
Writers.com Interviews with The Lisa Show
Writers.com sat down with The Lisa Show to talk about the creative writing process, how beginners can form a writing habit, and the ways that writing helps you learn about yourself. Listen to our interview here! »
Kate Sullivan Publishes in RUSH Magazine
Congratulations to Kate Sullivan, whose artwork and poem “Ode to a Teardrop” were published in RUSH Magazine. Kate’s poem includes mention of our “whizz-bang” poetry instructor Barbara Henning. Read Kate's poem here »
Barbara Henning Reads from Her Poetry Book “Digigram”
Congratulations to Barbara Henning, who read from her poetry book Digigram. Filmed by poet Don Yorty, Barbara’s readings concentrate on her life and the lives of others during her time in the East Village, NY. Listen to Barbara's reading here »
Joy Hoppenot Publishes in Entropy Mag
Congratulations to Joy Hoppenot, who published her essay “THE BIRDS: CO(R)VID CATHARSIS” in Entropy Mag. Joy wrote her essay in Margo Perin’s course Let’s Get Personal: The Art and Craft of the Personal Essay. Read Joy's essay here! »
Susan Vespoli Publishes in “Under the Gum Tree”
Congratulations to instructor Susan Vespoli, who published her essay “Pointers for Spending 24 Hours with a Five-Year Old” in Under the Gum Tree. Susan wrote the piece last summer in Gretchen Clark’s course The Lyric Essay. Find Susan's essay here »
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Instructor Giulietta Nardone’s book “Feel More Alive! 30 Brilliant Ways to Reignite Your Inner Spark” is a year old. One way she chose to market the book was to hold a writing contest. The contest will be fun and down to earth, open to writers of all levels. No credentials needed. Creativity welcomed. Judged by a panel of Citrine Publishing authors and editors. The idea is to read the book, choose a chapter or even a couple, and write a personal essay about Feeling More Alive. Creativity encouraged! Prizes will be art from the book. A print on deep edge canvas ready to hang, a five greeting card gift set or a 144-page writing journal with divider painting on the cover. Open to those 18 and over. Contest closes on February 15, 2022, with notification by the end of March. If you need something to get you writing, this contest deadline might be it! More information on the contest, the rules and where to purchase the book/ebook here. https://giuliettanardone.com/fma-writing-contest/
The Rialto invites poets to submit to their 2022 “Nature and Place” poetry competition. Poets are invited to submit poetry that deals with any aspect of nature and place – these terms will be given a wide interpretation by the judge Gillian Clarke. Poems must be previously unpublished and no longer than 40 lines. There is a submission fee of £7 for the first poem and £4 for every subsequent poem. Prize winners will receive the following: 1st prize – £1000, 2nd prize – £500, 3rd prize – £250. Learn more below!
TripFiction is looking for fiction or nonfiction for its 2021 “Sense of Place” competition. All submissions should provide a strong sense of geographic location, launching the reader into a completely different part of the world. Submissions are open until November 6th, and the winning prize is £1,000 / US$1,350!
Submissions are now open at The Letters Page, a literary journal based out of the University of Nottingham, UK. Writers are encouraged to send creative writing in the form of a letter to The Letters Page by mail. Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis, and all published writers receive a gift subscription to a literary journal or small press.
The César Egido Serrano Foundation is now open for submissions to its 100 word story contest. Stories must be submitted by September 30, and can be written in Spanish, English, Arabic, or Hebrew. The winning story will receive $20,000!
The podcast A Moment of Your Time is seeking 1-5 minute recordings of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, centered around “solidarity and hope.” All submitted work should be uplifting and positive. Cheer the world with your voice!
UK-based Guts Publishing is seeking memoirs, autobiographies, autobiographical fiction, and other creative nonfiction work. Their preferences include work about art, music, travel, and cyber life, but all topics are welcome. Emerging and experimental writers are encouraged to apply.
Fabula Press recently announced its 2021 short story competition, open to writers around the globe. Fiction writers are encouraged to submit a story of 2,000-6,000 words, and the winning story will be awarded US$500. See more details and apply below.
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