If you are a national author submitting to the chapbook or novella contests, please submit your work in the first two categories. 

If you are a student, alumni, or faculty/staff member at University of Indianapolis, please scroll down to submit your work for the Etchings Literary and Fine Arts Journal
Ends on September 2, 2019$20.00
$20.00

Before you submit your $20 reading fee for the 2019 Whirling Prize contest, please visit http://etchings.uindy.edu/whirling-prize/ for submission guidelines.

Please make sure to make note of your order number and include this order number in your cover letter when you mail in your book--this will help us match your online reading fee with your hardcopy entry. Thanks!

Etchings Press Chapbook Contests in Poetry and Prose

Etchings Press, a student-run publisher at University of Indianapolis, invites submissions for its sixth annual chapbook contest. This year, UIndy students will consider chapbook submissions of 15-40 pages in poetry or prose. Collaborative works (two or more authors) are eligible, as are mixed-genre works. The winners in poetry and in prose will receive a $200 honorarium and 15 copies of the published chapbook

Previous winners:

  • 2018: In The Herald of Improbable Misfortunes by Robert Campbell (poetry) and the forsaken… by Chad V. Broughman (fiction) 
  • 2017: Uncle Harold’s Maxwell House Haggadah by Danny Caine (poetry) and Unravelings by Sarah Cheshire (nonfiction)
  • 2016: Some Animals by Kelli Allen (poetry) and pathetic by Shannon Mound (nonfiction)
  • 2015: Ologies by Chelsea Biondolillo (nonfiction) and The Velocity of Slugs by Joey Connelly (poetry)
  • 2014: Static: Stories by Frederick Pelzer (fiction) and Action at a Distance by Christopher Petruccelli (poetry) 

UIndy graduate and undergraduate students will read the submitted manuscripts and choose a winner in poetry and in prose. The students will then edit, design, publish and promote the chapbooks. 

Eligibility

Students are interested in editing and publishing books from authors in our region. The students are using the 370 miles between Flannery O’Connor’s Milledgeville, Georgia, and William Faulkner’s Oxford, Mississippi, as the relative mileage for a regional literature. Using UIndy’s campus on the southside of Indianapolis as a starting point, that distance makes a circle which includes all of Illinois, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, and West Virginia, most of Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Missouri, and parts of Minnesota, Pennsylvania, New York, Georgia, Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, Arkansas, South Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi, and even Ontario. To see if you're eligible for submission, please see the circle on the map.

 Contest Details

  1. Please submit chapbook manuscripts in poetry, fiction, or nonfiction using the Submittable content submissions manager for Etchings Press. You will be prompted to create a free user account that will allow you to submit your manuscript and monitor its status. 
  2. Please submit your manuscript as a single file and include a title page (without name) and a table of contents. We ask that your name be removed from the manuscript for blind reading.
  3. Manuscripts should be 15 to 40 pages in length (up to 10,000 words in fiction and nonfiction).
  4. Collaborative works (two or more authors) are eligible. Mixed-genre works are also eligible. 
  5. For fiction and nonfiction, a single piece or multiple pieces can be submitted (multiple flash pieces, thematically connected pieces, etc.).
  6. The manuscripts or authors must have a connection to the geographic area shown on the map.
  7. Undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Indianapolis will read all entries and choose a winner in poetry and in prose to publish. Students will then edit, design, publish and promote each winning book.
  8. Winners will be notified in March, 2018. Chapbooks will be released and available for sale in May, 2018.
  9. The reading fee is $8 (payable via submittable.com)
  10. The deadline is January 28, 2019. 
  11. Alumni and current students of University of Indianapolis and former students of its faculty are not eligible.

If you have any questions, please contact Kevin McKelvey at mckelveyk@uindy.edu or visit our website at http://etchings.uindy.edu/

 


Ends on January 28, 2019$15.00
$15.00

Etchings Press Novella Contest

Etchings Press, a student-run publisher at University of Indianapolis, invites submissions for its fourth annual novella contest. The winner will receive a $400 honorarium and 15 copies of the published novella

UIndy graduate and undergraduate students will read the submitted manuscripts and choose a winner. The students will then edit, design, publish and promote the novellas. 

Previous winners:

Eligibility

Students are interested in editing and publishing books from authors in our region. The students are using the 370 miles between Flannery O’Connor’s Milledgeville, Georgia, and William Faulkner’s Oxford, Mississippi, as the relative mileage for regional literature. Using UIndy’s campus on the southside of Indianapolis as a starting point, that distance makes a circle which includes all of Illinois, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, and West Virginia, most of Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Missouri, and parts of Minnesota, Pennsylvania, New York, Georgia, Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, Arkansas, South Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi, and even Ontario. To see if you're eligible for submission, please see the circle on the map.

 Contest Details

  1. Please submit novella manuscripts of 10,000-40,000 words using the Submittable content submissions manager for Etchings. You will be prompted to create a free user account that will allow you to submit your manuscript and monitor its status. 
  2. Please submit manuscripts as a single file and include a title page (without name). We ask that your name be removed from the manuscript for blind reading.
  3. Manuscripts should be 10,000-40,000 words. 
  4. Collaborative works (two or more authors) are eligible. 
  5. The manuscripts or authors must have a connection to the geographic area shown on this map.
  6. Undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Indianapolis will read all entries and choose a winner. Students will then edit, design, publish, and promote each winning book.
  7. Winners will be notified in March, 2018. Novellas will be released and available for sale in May, 2018.
  8. The reading fee is $15 (payable via submittable.com)
  9. The deadline is January 28, 2018. 
  10. Alumni and current students of University of Indianapolis and former students of its faculty are not eligible.

If you have any questions, please contact Kevin McKelvey at mckelveyk@uindy.edu or visit our website at http://etchings.uindy.edu/.


UIndy students, faculty, staff, and alumni submit audio files for original musical compositions and spoken word/slam poetry under this category for our Etchings Literary and Fine Arts Magazine. We use a blind submission process, and we appreciate your help with this process:

  • Submit up to 5 pieces of musical compositions and/or spoken word/slam poetry in .mp3 file format. 
  • Please submit a separate form for each piece (so, up to 5 forms/submissions for the audio file category--it's OK to only include your bio and composer's statement/poet's statement on only your first form).
  • Please include only 1 song/poem in a file. 
  • Please do not include your name as part of your recording or as part of your file's name. Label your file with the submission title.
  • If a music composition, we hope you will include the score to your song in a separate file. Please do not include your name as part of your score or as part of your file's name. Label your file with the submission title.
  • When you upload your file(s), please use the file's name.
  • Please include a bio (no more than 100 words) that you'd love to see published in our magazine and on our website! Here's a link to our last issue. For examples, check out the "Contributor Bios" at the back of the magazine (p. 83):  https://issuu.com/etchingspress/docs/etchings31.1issuufrfinal.
  • We encourage you to to submit an composer's statement or poet's statement (no more than 100 words) for your piece(s) as well. This option offers you an opportunity to put your song or poem into context. 

UIndy students, faculty, staff, and alumni submit poetry under this category for our Etchings Literary and Fine Arts Magazine

We use a blind submission process, and we appreciate your help with this process:

  • Submit up to 5 poems (no greater than 10 pages each).
  • Please submit a separate form for each poem (so, up to 5 forms/submissions for the poetry category--it's OK to only include your bio and writer's statement on only your first form).
  • Please include only 1 poem in a file.
  • Please do not include your name inside your file or as part of your file's name. Label your file with the submission title.
  • When you upload your file, please use the file's name.
  • Please include a bio (no more than 100 words) that you'd love to see published in our magazine! Here's a link to our last issue. For examples, check out the "Contributor Bios" at the back of the magazine (p. 83):
    https://issuu.com/etchingspress/docs/etchings31.1issuufrfinal.
  • We encourage you to to submit a writer's statement (no more than 100 words) for your piece as well. This option offers you an opportunity to put your piece into context. Here is a past statement:

Example Writer's Statement

"Hunger" [poem], by Natalie McCann: "I wrote 'Hunger' as my response to a new love and desire for the person's presence. I wrote this poem quickly as an attempt to create discourse that projects an honest and creative reaction to the human body. Love is often communicated through physical touch and I wanted to represent this feeling in a lovingly violent diction."



UIndy students faculty, staff, and alumni submit short stories under this category for our Etchings Literary and Fine Arts Magazine

We use a blind submission process, and we appreciate your help with this process:

  • Submit up to 3 short stories (of no more than 5,000 words each). 
  • Please submit a separate form for each story (so, up to 3 forms/submissions for the short story category--it's OK to only include your bio and writer's statement on only your first form).
  • Please include only 1 story in a file.
  • Please do not include your name inside your file or as part of your file's name. Label your file with the submission title.
  • When you upload your file, please use the file's name.
  • Please include a bio (no more than 100 words) that you'd love to see published in our magazine! Here's a link to our last issue. For examples, check out the "Contributor Bios" at the back of the magazine (p. 83):  https://issuu.com/etchingspress/docs/etchings31.1issuufrfinal.
  • We encourage you to to submit a writer's statement (no more than 100 words) for your piece as well. This option offers you an opportunity to put your piece into context. Here is a past statement:

Example Writer's Statement

"Mirror Girls" [fiction] by Cathy Watness: "Intimacy is something we all crave in one way or another. Many people look to sex for intimacy, and while sex can and many times is an intimate experience, the concept of intimacy is more complex. Overall, this piece demonstrates that intimacy is a spiritual connection that both encompasses and goes beyond the physical."    

UIndy students faculty, staff, and alumni submit essays under this category for our Etchings Literary and Fine Arts Magazine

We use a blind submission process, and we appreciate your help with this process:

  • Submit up to 3 creative nonfiction essays (no more than 5,000 words each).
  • Please submit a separate form for each essay (so, up to 3 forms/submissions for the essay category--it's OK to only include your bio and writer's statement on only your first form).
  • Please include only 1 essay in a file.
  • Please do not include your name inside your file or as part of your file's name. Label your file with the submission title.
  • When you upload your file, please use the file's name.
  • Please include a bio (no more than 100 words) that you'd love to see published in our magazine! Here's a link to our last issue. For examples, check out the "Contributor Bios" at the back of the magazine (p. 83):  https://issuu.com/etchingspress/docs/etchings31.1issuufrfinal.
  • We encourage you to to submit a writer's statement (no more than 100 words) for your piece as well. This option offers you an opportunity to put your piece into context. Here is a past statement:

Example Writer's Statement

"Little Atrocities" [essay] by Jessica Marvel: "This piece is an essays, actually real and actually true. Sometimes when you're young, it's hard to know what guilt feels like until you're knee deep in it and someone's disappointed in you. Like I've said, I've never told my parents this story out of fear of what they might think of me. It's a story that hurts to tell, but it's about time I tell it."


UIndy students faculty, staff, and alumni submit visual materials under this category for our Etchings Literary and Fine Arts Magazine

We use a blind submission process, and we appreciate your help with this process:

  • Submit up to 5 pieces of graphic art in .jpg format. 
  • Please make sure that your files are at least 600 ppi for color and 300 ppi for black/white.
  • Please submit a separate form for each graphic (so, up to 5 forms/submissions for the essay category--it's OK to only include your bio and writer's statement on only your first form).
  • Please include only 1 image/piece in a file. 
  • UNLESS you are requesting the editors to review a series. All pieces in a series should be included together (in the order you wish them to be viewed) in the same file.
  • Please do not include your name inside your file or as part of your file's name. Label your file with the submission title.
  • When you upload your file(s), please use the file's name.
  • Please share the size and medium of your piece.
  • Please include a bio (no more than 100 words) that you'd love to see published in our magazine! Here's a link to our last issue. For examples, check out the "Contributor Bios" at the back of the magazine (p. 83):  https://issuu.com/etchingspress/docs/etchings31.1issuufrfinal.
  • We encourage you to to submit an artist's statement (no more than 100 words) for your piece as well. This option offers you an opportunity to put your piece into context. Here are past statements:

Example Artist's Statements

"Helicopter Detail" [photograph], Paul Anderson: "Another photo from Summer 2018.  This is a closeup of an acrylic painting dripped on glass, with black ink and water.  The blue sky and brown hills were brushed on the opposite side. The painting depicts the horror of the bombing in Syria. The panel measures 1 ft. by 2 ft.  The detail section is about 5" by 5"."

"Cradle" [sculpture], Harley Engleking: "Inspired by Newton's Cradle, I put my own spin on the mechanism by taking a more natural approach to the materials. I collected found wood from areas spanning between my hometown of Seymour, all the way up to the university's campus. I assembled the structure using natural jute embellished with wooden beads. The goal of this piece was to juxtapose my assemblage of natural materials with the mechanism's usual stainless steel structure."

"The You that Makes You Happy" [illustration], Jessica Marvel: "Everyone is looking to find the place where we belong, and find out who we are. Over the summer, I really got to know some great people in the furry fandom that helped me to get out of my shell. These pieces, portraits of the human and their furry characters, are basically love letters to the fandom. Thanking them for helping me to discover myself, and hoping that others can do the same as well. A lot of people tend to give the furry community a bad wrap because of the sexual stuff that comes with it, but it's just like any other community only filled with sweet and interesting individuals. All of these were done with virtual art over the course of many hours."


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