Writing News

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Creative Writing Events (MTSU & local)

  • Raiders Write, a creative writing club, meets every Monday in KUC 314 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. We provide a space to get to know other writers and take some time out of a busy week to sit down and write, along with regular writing sprints and opportunities for critique. Throughout the semester we’re also hosting a few workshops to discuss providing constructive criticism, novel writing, world building, and dialogue. We’re open to writers at all different points in their journey, so if you're interested, stop by or join our Discord.
  • MTSU Write Spring Saturdays presents Sense of Place in Personal Essays with Susannah Felts. Saturday, February 17, 9 am-noon, ACB 118. Free and open to the community with advance registration (and limited to 20). 
  • MTSU Write Spring Saturdays presents The Anatomy of a Flash Fiction Story with Finnian Burnett. Saturday, February 24, 1-3 pm via Zoom. Free and open to the community with advance registration (and limited to 20). 
  • In Process: A Creative Writing Event Series presents an Open Mic and Café hosted by Dr. Fred Arroyo. We invite you to bring a poem, story, song, or scene, or an excert from a longer work. Four minutes for each reader. Thursday, March 21, 4:30 pm, at the Sam Ingram Building MT Center. Free and open to the community. 
  • MTSU Write Spring Saturdays presents Finding Inspiration for Historical Fiction with Mary Leoson. Saturday, March 23, 1-4pm, ACB 118. Free and open to the community with advance registration (and limited to 20). 
  • In Process: A Creative Writing Event Series presents our Spring Fete of Creative Writing, featuring fiction and cnf writer Keith Pilapil Lesmeister. Wednesay, April 10, 4:30 pm, at the Sam Ingram Building MT Center. Free and open to the community. 
  • MTSU Write Spring Saturdays presents Radical Approaches to the Line: A Workshop on Headlessness with C.T. Salazar. Saturday, April 20, 10 am-noon, ACB 118. Free and open to the community with advance registration (and limited to 20). 

*For information about the MTSU Poetry Society, contact MTSUPoetry@gmail.com, or scan the flyer below.

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Calls for Student Writing

  • Applications are now being accepted for the Homer Pittard and Charles E. Ray Creative Writing Scholarships for AY 2024-2025. Deadline: March 11. For more information, or for a PDF of the application form, contact Dr. Gaylord Brewer.pittard1pittard2
  • Applications are now open for an opportunity to be Tennessee's Youth Poet Laureate. Teen writers (aged 13-19) are eligible. Go to the Southern Word website to read more about the program and submit an application. The last day to apply is February 29. 
  • Babes With Blades Theatre Company is now accepting submissions for the 2023/2024 Joining Sword & Pen Competition. The competition is open to playwrights of marginalized genders only (cis women, trans women, trans men, non-binary people, genderfluid folks, etc.)  Playwrights are to write TOTALLY NEW scripts based on the specific image on our website. The moment depicted in the image must occur at some point in the play. The winning script will be taken through their Fighting Words development program and then receive a full production with Babes With Blades Theatre Company. The playwright will also receive the Margaret W. Martin Award, which carries a $1,000 cash prize sponsored by BWBTC's longtime benefactor David Woolley. For rules and requirement, visit babeswithblades.org/jsp-how-to-submit/. Deadline April 16, 2024.
  • Off Center is accepting submissions of prose, poetry, artwork, and sound projects from the MTSU community. Visit their website for guidelines
  • Outrageous Fortune, the country’s first nationwide online literary magazine for and by undergraduates, is currently accepting submissions of all genres: fiction, non-fiction, drama, film, art, photography, and poetry, and digital files such as video-recorded spoken word and short films. Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis. Visit their website for guidelines.
  • "Do you want to write about Movies, TV, Anime, Arts, Comics, Games, Literature or other art forms? Do you want to get your foot in the door and enter the big-wide world of the online media and have your work read and shared by millions of readers? We invite you to The Artifice, an online magazine that covers a wide spectrum of art forms." Visit our website for more info.
  • The University of Nebraska-Lincoln has posted a useful guide to undergraduate journals in art and literature.

 

To have your event or call for student writing added to this page, contact Dr. Claudia Barnett.