Frontier Poetry Best Poem Contest
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Frontier Poetry is offering a $5000.00 prize for the best poem submitted, plus ten finalist prizes of $100.00.  The poems should push language forward.  Deadline for submission is November 15.  See the website for further details.

Windy City Romance Writers Workshop
On February 22-23, 2019, Windy City Romance Writers will hold a workshop featuring the author James Scott Bell, at the Northern Illinois University Naperville Conference Center, 1120 Diehl Road, Naperville.  Attendees must pre-register, and registration is currently open.  In addition, there is a hotel with rooms reserved for out-of-town attendees.  Please see the website above for further details, or contact Windy City Romance Writers at

NWG Christmas Party   (this page)
On Friday, December 7, at 7 or 8 pm, NWG will host its annual Christmas party, at the clubhouse in Ashbury subdivision, 3403 Lawrence Drive, (Mary Farmer’s address) in Naperville.  It’s $xx.00 to attend, plus byob.  I’ll update this with more definite information soon.

School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Graduate Day Event
On Sunday, September 30, at 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, SAIC will host an informational day for its many graduate writing programs.  The event is at the Maclean Ballroom, 112 S. Michigan Ave, downtown Chicago.  Please see the website for further details.  If you are thinking about applying for admission, also please contact Noelle Rose at, 312-629-6127, regarding application fees.

Nonfiction Writers Conference, Online
This writers conference on November 8–9 is 100% online (no travel).  The opening keynote speaker this year is NY Times bestselling author Claire Cook.  Please see the website, or contact Cheryl Callighan at for further details.

ActiveMuse Call for Submissions
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ActiveMuse is a Pune, India based journal of literature, poetry and art.  They have announced a call for submissions on the theme of Fire for their winter issue.  Deadline for submission is September 30.  See the website for further details.

Writing for Your Life Conference 11/7/2018
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This is a spiritual writers’ conference to be held at the Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church, starting at 8:00 AM on November 7, and running through 5:00 PM on November 8.  There is a participant fee that varies from $329.00 to $359.00, depending on when you register.  See the website for further details, including headline speakers, venue details, and related activities on November 6.

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

Little Bitty Writing Space Fiction Anthology
Submission page:
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: