Call for Spirit & Place Stories, Poems, and Essays

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Call for Spirit & Place Stories, Poems, and Essays


This year, the Indiana Writers Center, Dance Kaleidoscope, Jewish Community Center, and Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library are partnering to present, Leave Them Something, a Spirit and Place program inspired by Edith Vonnegut’s artwork on environmental justice.

We invite you to use one of her paintings as a springboard to explore the devastating effects of climate change and/or imagine what the future will look like for ourselves and our children when we do what’s needed to reverse them. Poetry, short fiction, and essays will be considered for inclusion in an online anthology to be published in November. Dance Kaleidoscope dancers will choose 10-12 entries to choreograph and perform at “Leave Them Something” on Sunday, November 14 at the JCC Indy.

You may view Edith Vonnegut’s paintings at:

Submission requirements:
-Stories and essays must be 1,500 or fewer words
-Poems must be no longer than two pages, single-spaced.
-The subject of your work may be the effects or climate change and/or a vision for a climate-safe world.
-Submissions should be in Word and sent as an attachment.
-Submissions must include your name, email address, phone number.
-If you are a student, please include your school and grade.
-Submissions must directly or indirectly make use of one of Edith Vonnegut’s paintings and the title of the painting must be included.
-You may include a brief note about why you chose the painting and/or what the painting means to you.

Send your submission to:

Work must be submitted by September 17 to be considered for choreography by Dance Kaleidoscope dancers. Work submitted by September 17 will also be considered for the online anthology, whether or not it is chosen to be part of the performance.

Stories submitted by October 15 will be considered only for the online anthology.

Free Zoom classes in world building and writing about art will be announced soon. Visit for information on all of our creative writing classes.


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