• Mike S.

Deadlines & Upcoming Events

Updated: Jan 6


Covid-19 may be rampant, but that hasn't stopped people from writing or attending virtual writing events. The list that follows displays lots of opportunities to enjoy your craft.


Approaching Deadlines

  • January 15, 2021: Autumn House Press sponsors two Rising Writers Contests, one for poetry and another for fiction. Both contests are open to people thirty-six years of age and under. Reading fees of $25 are stipulated. Submission guidelines for the poetry contest are here; for the fiction contest, here.

  • February 1, 2021 is the deadline to submit to the annual contests that the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets hosts: the Student Contest and the Chapbook Contest. In addition, November 1-February 1 is the submission period for WFOP's Wisconsin Poets' Calendar (for 2022) and its MUSE Prize. For more details and submission guidelines about WFOP's annual contests, follow their links here.

  • February 1, 2021: "Darryl slid three quarters into the vending machine and weighed his options." That line, should you choose to participate, must be the first line of your fictional story for the spring issue of a literary review called The First Line. The review publishes stories and essays (but not poetry) on a quarterly basis. For its fictional stories, it requires participants to use the first line that it provides. If your story is selected, you'll receive between $25 to $50 upon publication. There is no fee for entering. Submission guidelines are located here.

Classes & Events

  • Thurs., Dec. 17th, 7:00 p.m. & Thurs., Jan. 21st, 7:00 p.m. (CST): The Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets, through its regional site of Poetry at Large and its virtual co-host, the Lion's Mouth Bookstore, is offering a two-part workshop in "What's in a Sonnet?" The workshop is free but registration is required. (Click the preceding link.) David Southward, who teaches in the Honors College at the University of Wisconsin--Milwaukee, will lead the workshop. Part 1 "breaks down the sonnet into rhyme, meter, form, and how these components contribute to unique storytelling." Part 2 will offer feedback and discussion of participants' sonnets. Mr. Southward has published a collection of poetry, Bachelor's Buttons (Kelsay Books, 2020) and a chapbook, Apocrypha (Wipf & Stock, 2018). Other of his poems have appeared in several publications, among them Bramble, THINK, and the Gyroscope Review.

  • Saturday, Jan. 9th, 10:30 a.m.-noon (CST): Sorry. This class is now canceled (1/6/2021). The minimum number of participants could not be reached. Look for future offerings of this class on our website. The return of Nurture Your Writing: 10 Tips for the Care and Feeding of Your Creativity, a one-session, virtual class taught by Laura Winkelspecht. Her class premiered last fall, demonstrated its quality and worth, and now has returned for a second time. To register and discover more details, visit the Classes page of this website.

  • Monday, Jan. 11th, 7:00 p.m. (CST): Karla Huston Night! Poetry Unlocked's monthly poetry reading will feature poet Karla Huston. Karla moved from Appleton, WI to California last summer to be closer to family. Covid prevented the organization from giving her a proper send-off. Beginning the new year with her as the featured reader will celebrate her achievements and acknowledge how much she is missed in Wisconsin. Karla was also a founder of The Mill and a long-time member of its Board of Directors. Currently she is a Board Member Emeritus. This event is a virtual event. Zoom link to join: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82285369572?pwd=WHZ0THlXWVl5MWxOUzA2aEE3Qmt6QT09. You may read more about this event at the post on our News & Events page.

  • Monday, Jan. 11th, 7:00 p.m. (CST): Short Story Night, a virtual event hosted by the Neenah Library, will discuss Maria Lioutaia's short story "Palace of the People." The library hosts the event monthly and requests participants to read the story before the date of the event. Zoom link to join the discussion: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIpc-GrpzkuGNX-Tzea3xG_IoNRWhCRFs0p.

  • Saturdays, Jan. 16th, 23rd, 30th, & Feb. 6th, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. (CST): Virginia Woolf and the Gendered Sentence, a four-session virtual class offered by poet, writer, and teacher Emily Bowles. Does an English sentence have a gender? Intriguing question and one that Virginia Woolf and her A Room of One's Own may help to answer. To register and to see more details, visit the Classes page of this website.

  • Tuesdays, Jan. 19th - Mar. 9th, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. (CST): Tom Montag returns this winter term with Lessons Seven Poets Can Teach Us: First Series, an eight-session virtual class that explores the poetry of seven poets, among them Wright, Kenyon, Stafford, and Oliver. See how seven fine poets can inform and influence your poetry. To register and to learn more details, see this website's Classes page.

  • Wednesdays, Jan. 20th - Mar. 10th, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. (CST): Tom Montag introduces seven more poets in Lessons Seven Poets Can Teach Us: Second Series. Included in this second set of poets are Han-Shan, Simic, Shihab Nye, Harjo, Rich, Berry, and Heaney. Let your poetry marinate in the rhythms and words of these notable poets. To register and to see more details of this virtual class, see our Classes page.

  • Saturdays, Feb. 6th, 13th & 20th, 10:30 a.m. - noon (CST): Generative Writing Workshop is a three-session virtual class, taught by Jill Swenson. Whether you write poetry, fiction, memoir, or nonfiction, structured exercises will help you to unleash your creativity and to take risks, to stretch yourself, even to try something new. Visit our Classes page to register and to find more details.

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(Edit: A mistake was made in the entry for Emily Bowles's class, Virginia Woolf and the Gendered Sentence. The entry should have read that the class takes place on Saturdays, not on Sundays, on the dates given. We apologize for the error. It was fixed on 12/29/2020.)


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