Caroline Johnson Poetry Reading 7/15/2018
Caroline will be reading from her new book The Caregiver, at 2:15 PM on Sunday, July 15 at the Barnes and Noble bookstore in downtown Naperville (47 E Chicago Ave, Naperville).  For further details, contact Caroline herself at

Chicago Tribune Pitch Clinic 6/14/2018
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For writers who ever pitch ideas to editors, this is a clinic at 6:00 PM on June 14, at Columbia College, 33 E Congress, Room 421, Chicago.  It is presented by the Association for Women Journalists.  There is a participant fee that varies from $15.00 to $30.00.  See the website for further details, or contact Alison Bowen at

RISK! Podcast, and Live Show in Chicago
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Pitch true stories from your life–things you would never otherwise make public!  In Lincoln Hall in Chicago at 9:00 PM on August 10, there will be a live show (admission $25.00) of people presenting their accepted stories.  The organizers are looking for submissions now.  Submission deadline is July 6.  See the website for further details.

Sequestrum submission deadline 7/15/2018
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This call for submissions for issue 17 is open now through 7/15/2018.  Both fiction and non-fiction are welcome, along with poetry.  Sequestrum is a journal of literature and the arts.  See the website for further details.

Little Bitty Writing Space Fiction Anthology
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This call for flash fiction submissions is open now; soft deadline for submissions is May 31, with late entries accepted until they get 100 authors. Submissions are limited to 1000 words or less, but can be of any genre or on any topic. This is a Kickstarter funded project, but there is no requirement for authors to contribute (although some do). The publisher will be Browncoat Publishing, Portland, OR. For something similar, see the previous project at Please check the website, or contact Jason Brick at for further details.

NWG Annual National Poetry Month Event   (this page)

On Saturday, April 8, at 1:00 pm, NWG will celebrate National Poetry Month by hosting a reading of the poetry of Lennart Lundh at Barnes & Noble, 47 East Chicago Ave, Naperville.  The event will also include an Open Mic for all poets (sign-up at the event).  Come and celebrate poetry!

018 Boucheron Convention
This mystery-crime novel convention will be in St. Petersburg, FL, on September 6-9, 2018.  Check the website for more info, including guests of honor, hotel location and classes.

UNO Press Publishing Lab Prize
The University of New Orleans Press is excited to announce that the fourth annual UNO Press Publishing Lab Prize is now open.  They are looking for full-length fiction manuscripts, either novels or short story collections, for the fourth annual Publishing Lab Prize. The selected author will receive a thousand dollar ($1,000) 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 15.

Naperville Public Library, 2035 S. Naper Blvd, Naperville, IL 60565
Have a book you’d like to promote? Naperville Public Library is establishing a Local Authors section. Contact Shoshana Frank at the above address. She can send you an intake form for your book, or the form is available at: