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Indiana Writers Center Seeks Poems/Stories for Spirit & Place Collaboration

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Indiana Writers Center Seeks Poems/Stories for Spirit & Place Collaboration



This year, the Indiana Writers Center, Dance Kaleidoscope, Jewish Community Center, and Indianapolis Public Library are partnering to present, “What Was and Will Be,” a Spirit and Place program recognizing that each of us felt the weight of this moment from a unique perspective and to build unity through our shared history.

IWC would love to include your story in an online anthology that reflects the diversity of experiences in the community. DK dancers will choose 10-12 pieces to choreograph for their Spirit and Place program on Sunday, November 8.

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Submission requirements:

Stories may be no more than 1,500 words

You may submit 1-3 pieces in a single document to

Work must be submitted by email. Exceptions will be made only you don’t have an email account.

Work will be evaluated by the Indiana Writers Center Staff. Before submitting, consider

  • Does the voice sound like a person talking?
  • Does your work have a strong, voice?
  • Did you use dialogue where appropriate?
  • Did you use vivid, specific, sensory details to create character and convey feeling?
  • Did you use vivid, specific, sensory details to create a strong sense of place?
  • Does your piece have a clear beginning, middle, and end?
  • Is your piece of writing likely to be about something different from what others might choose to write about?
  • Even if others write about the same topic as you do, is the reader likely to conclude that no other person could have written it exactly the way you did?


Only stories and poems received by midnight, September 15 can be considered for choreography by DK dancers. Writers will learn of their choices no later than September 25. At that time, dancers and writers will be introduced via e-mail to begin their collaborative process.

Stories submitted by midnight, October 15 will be considered for our online anthology, “What Was and Will Be.” Writers whose work is chosen for the anthology will be notified by Friday, October 30.


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