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The Plug: July 21st, 2017

The Plug: July 21st, 2017

Hello YCA Fam,

Welcome to The Plug, our weekly blog about competitions, events, workshops, etc. that you can partake in. Some of these competitions and events are hosted by your next-door neighbors, and some are from friends across the country. Many of these opportunities while rooted in poetry, will also allow you to explore different types of writing and art forms. If you explore any of these opportunities, share the experience on social media and tag us (@youngchiauthors on Twitter & @youngchicagoauthorson Instagram).


Creating Iris (Publication)

“Iris is a new literary magazine that launched in January 2014. Iris features new fiction for teens (roughly, ages 14-17) with an LGBTQAI slant. Iris is a safe place for young adults – a magazine which features engaging, transporting, challenging stories that offer a breath of fresh air in the young adult literary market.”

Links: http://www.creatingiris.org/about-iris/


Girls Right the World (Publication)

“Girls Right the World is an international literary journal advocating for young, female-identified writers. We believe in the power of young women, sisterhood, and creativity through writing. The editors of this journal are students at Miss Hall’s School in Massachusetts.”

Links: http://www.girlsrighttheworld.com/about/


Native Tongue (Publication)

“At Native Tongue, we use print media and hip-hop as an influence to make food education exciting and interesting for Chicago’s underserved communities. We prioritze food education through a magazine that features gourmet recipes with affordable and available ingredients, cooking techniques, and food stories that makes food education fun and mindful of underserved communities in Chicago.”

What They’re Looking For: “…poems, essays, and experiences from teens who are passionate about food, have been affected by food insecurity, or who want to express themselves through the medium of food.”

Entry Fee: None

Deadline: July 28th, 2017 (for the third issue)

Links: https://www.nativetonguemag.com/contribute/


Youth Speaks– I Want To Live

“Across the United States, young men of color are often presented by the media – and perceived by the public, the police and law enforcement – as threatening, dangerous, and criminal. This puts them in life-threatening situations. YOUTH SPEAKS is calling for young men of color to share their experiences of being profiled and/or brutalized. Ultimately, we want to show the pervasiveness of this epidemic through the thousands of stories young men will tell. In the face of reckless disregard for the lives of young people, I Want To Live calls for an end to dehumanizing men of color. Share your story. Be a part of the solution.”

Entry Fee: None

Deadline: None

Links: http://youthspeaks.org/iwanttolive/


We Real Cool: Chicago Teen Poetry, Fashion, & Photography Celebrating Our Miss Brooks

“Miss Gwendolyn Brooks was an icon poet, feminist, mother, activist, and Chicagoan. Chicago is celebrating her 100th birthday and Revolving Door Press wants to include your teen voice for We Real Cool: Chicago Teen Poetry, Fashion, & Photography Celebrating Our Miss Brooks.”

Entry Fee: None

Deadline: Monday, July 31st, 2017

Links: https://revolvingdoorarts.submittable.com/submit/84185/we-real-cool-chicago-teen-poetry-fashion-photography-celebrating-our-miss-br


Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2017

“The Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award is an opportunity for any young poet aged 11-17 to accelerate their writing career. Since it was founded in 1998 the Award has kick-started the career of some of today’s most exciting new voices, such as Helen Mort, a successful poet whose first collection was recently published by Chatto & Windus. With entries from over 7,600 young people this year across from the UK and worldwide, it is the largest competition of its kind and its importance is widely attested.”

Entry Fee: None

Deadline: Monday, July 31st, 2017

Links: http://foyleyoungpoets.org/

Upcoming Classes:

National Public Housing Museum: Free Training for Social Disrupters

“The National Public Housing Museum is offering free training for young people 16-24 y/o interested in documenting the lives of public housing residents and community members. Throughout the 9 days you’ll learn to interview, use recording equipment, edit audio, explore the city, meet with organizers + artists, and create a media project.”

Start Date: Wednesday, July 26th, 2017

Location: 625 N Kingsbury St, Chicago, IL 60654

Links: http://www.nphm.org/the-public-good/

The Chapter One Young Writers Conference 2017

“Do you dream of becoming the next bestselling author? Want to hang out with other young writers and learn about writing and publishing? Join us at the Chapter One Young Writers Conference! The Chapter One Young Writers Conference (or Ch1Con) is a writer’s conference entirely by and for teens and young adults. As young writers ourselves, the Ch1Con team is here to help you: Meet fellow up-and-coming young authors, learn how to get your book published, and become the best writer you can be!” Admission: $74.99 (until August 1st)

Start Date: Saturday, August 5th, 2017

Location: 444 N Wabash Ave Chicago, IL 60611

Links: https://chapteroneconference.com/register/

826CHI’s High School Writers Camp

“Do you love to write? Want to spend two weeks writing with teens from all over the city, learning from a team of professional poets and writers? Join 826CHI’s High School Writers Camp at DePaul University this August. You’ll sample a variety of writing styles, find your voice, and think about what kind of writer you want to be! At the end of this camp, you’ll even have the opportunity to share your work with a live audience, and your creative work will be published in a professionally-designed book by 826CHI.”

Start Date: Monday, August 7th

Location: 1276 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

Links: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdQPRjDV46A7vhV1eFNnHFVJqo1yPMuMhHe2dlSheiZbvvBYQ/viewform?c=0&w=1




“WordPlay is the longest-running youth open mic in Chicago. Every Tuesday night, poets aged 12-25 come through Young Chicago Authors to participate in a writing workshop, perform their original work, and listen to music and poetry by artists of all genre and skill level.”

Event Date: Every Tuesday starting at 6:00pm

Entry Fee: None

Location: 1180 N Milwaukee Ave, #2 / Chicago, IL 60642



In One Ear 18+ (Unless accompanied by a parent/guardian)

“Pete Wolf! Billy Tuggle! Every Wednesday night at 9!
FREE PARKING AT CHURCH LOT, Morse and Ashland, till 3am
Morse stop on the Red-line, North Exit (Lunt Ave.) Very inviting and supportive mix of folks of all ages, skill sets, and walks of life coming together to share out arts, moods, comedies and stories. Come and Join our family!”

Event Date: Every Wednesday starting at 9:00pm

Entry Fee: $3

Location: 7000 N Glenwood Ave, Chicago, IL 60626



The 14th Annual Disability Pride Parade

“The overall mission of the Disability Pride Parade is: To change the way people think about and define “disability”; To break down and end the internalized shame among people with Disabilities; And to promote the belief in society that Disability is a natural and beautiful part of human diversity in which people living with Disabilities can take pride.”

Event Date: Saturday, July 22nd, 2017 starting at 11:00am

Entry Fee: None

Location: 401 S Plymouth Ct, Chicago, IL 60605



Mental Graffiti Open Mic & Grudge Match (21+)

“Multi-genre open mic + haiku slam + Grudge Match + music by DJ HSHBRWN. Read your own work or sing a song on the open mic! Bring 8-12 haiku for the head-to-head haiku slam! Or sit back and enjoy the Grudge Match! This show is 21+ and is a suggested $5 donation.”

Event Date: Monday, July 24th, 2017 starting at 7:30pm

Entry Fee: None

Location: 2313 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60647


The Visibility Project: A Celebration of 100 Black Girls

“On July 26, we are calling over 100 BLACK GIRLS to gather, to collaborate, and to celebrate black girls in Chicago. Inspired by Simone Leigh’s Black Women Artists for Black Lives Matter, A Long Walk Home Girl/Friends Leadership Institute is bringing this group together to recognize the important contributions black girls make to their communities and our country, and respond to their experiences with insitutionalized violence and their ongoing invisibility in conversations, institutions, and movements for gender and racial equality in the United States. This dynamic event held at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago will feature social justice photography, poetry, and live performances led by black girls and young women! #blackgirlmagic #blackgirlmovement #blackgirlsmatter”

Event Date: Wednesday, July 26th, 2017 starting at 5:30pm

Entry Fee: None

Location: 37 S Wabash St, Chicago, Illinois 60603

All Women’s Showcase: You Joke Like a Girl

“Hey Ladies! – Come out to our once monthly all-women’s comedy night. Start the night off right with our open mic and end with a showcase that will blow you away!! Grab a beer, or a coffee drink at the in-house cafe at Volumes Bookcafe and enjoy what is sure to be the best Wednesday you’ll have all month!! Schedule: 7:00 p.m. In person sign-up! 14 spots; 4 minutes each 7:15 p.m. All-women’s Comedy Open Mic 8:45 p.m. All-women’s Comedy Showcase Come join your host, Elyse Nylin and support the hilarious women of our July 26th showcase: Performers: Suzanne Ballout Ashley Ganski Stephanie Weber Dina Nina Martinez Cash donations will be accepted to be split amongst the showcase members! Support women in comedy!!”

Event Date: Wednesday, July 26th, 2017 starting at 7:00pm

Entry Fee: None

Location: 1474 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60622



M’Reld Green host #GOPoetry featuring Georgia Me (21+)

“GOPoetry is a great night of entertainment centered around the power of spoken word.”

Event Date: Thursday, July 27th, 2017 starting at 7:00pm

Entry Fee: $40

Location: 5311 S Lake Park Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60615

Links:http://www.ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&eventId=7512175&pl=promchi&REFID=wordpress https://www.facebook.com/events/457686614582929/?acontext={%22ref%22%3A2%2C%22ref_dashboard_filter%22%3A%22upcoming%22%2C%22source%22%3A2%2C%22source_dashboard_filter%22%3A%22discovery%22%2C%22action_history%22%3A%22[{%5C%22surface%5C%22%3A%5C%22discover_filter_list%5C%22%2C%5C%22mechanism%5C%22%3A%5C%22surface%5C%22%2C%5C%22extra_data%5C%22%3A{%5C%22dashboard_filter%5C%22%3A%5C%22discovery%5C%22}}]%22%2C%22has_source%22%3Atrue}

Second Annual Chicago Poetry Block Party

“Poetry Foundation, Crescendo Literary, and the National Museum of Mexican Art present the second annual Chicago Poetry Block Party! This festival of poetry, music, art, and community on 19th Street and Wolcott Avenue in Pilsen welcomes guests of all ages. There will be writing workshops, visual art activities, games, and a dance party, plus poetic and musical performances in the main stage. Performers include Eve Ewing, Nate Marshall, The Happiness Club, Chicago Mariachi Project, Jarochicanos, You Are Here, and Akenya. Hosted by Jasmine Alexandria Barber.”

Event Date: Thursday, July 27th, 2017 starting at 7:00pm

Entry Fee: None

Location: 1852 W 19th St, Chicago, Illinois 60608



NEC Open Mic

“New Era Chicago Black Power Open Mic events are a powerful program of inspiring spoken word and lyricism from some of Chicago’s most talented artists. Come out and see for yourselves! Sign up to bless the mic! Or, purchase tickets as a donation. All proceeds from ticket sales fund NEC community programs. For more info, please visit www.newerachicago.org. To sign up for a performance slot, use this form https://goo.gl/forms/vzCAKxBSA3DOygxl2

Event Date: Saturday, July 29th, 2017 starting at 9:00pm

Entry Fee: $10

Location: 2423 E 75th Street Chicago, IL 60649

Links:https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nec-open-mic-5-tickets-36104893709?aff=erelexpmlt https://www.facebook.com/events/1422787781142658/?acontext={%22source%22%3A5%2C%22page_id_source%22%3A867542990022112%2C%22action_history%22%3A[{%22surface%22%3A%22page%22%2C%22mechanism%22%3A%22main_list%22%2C%22extra_data%22%3A%22{%5C%22page_id%5C%22%3A867542990022112%2C%5C%22tour_id%5C%22%3Anull}%22}]%2C%22has_source%22%3Atrue}

Author Event: “Three Days in Damascus”

“Come meet Chicago author Kim Schultz as she shares her recent memoir Three Days in Damascus. Urgent, moving, and often humorous, her book tells how she traveled to Syria in 2009 to interview Iraqi refugees and suddenly found herself in a whirlwind Middle Eastern romance. A story of culture, devastation, and hope, Three Days in Damascus is a tale of love’s resilience through a war, refugee crisis, and even an arranged marriage. Schultz will take questions following her reading, and copies of her book will be available to purchase.”

Event Date: Saturday, July 29th, 2017 starting at 7:00pm

Entry Fee: $10

Location: 1703 Orrington Ave Evanston, Illinois, IL 60201


Job & Internship Opportunities:


“(PRO)ject US is an initiative for young adults between the ages of 13 – 23 designed to build fashion design, music production, and new media journalism skills. Adding value to the skills learned by curating artifacts created & knowledge gained in a comprehensive portfolio. Making that portfolio actionable with industry-centered special opportunities.”

Links: http://www.pro-jectus.org/


Brave New Voices Storytelling Fellowship

“In a unique collaboration bridging the tech and artistic worlds, Youth Speaks has partnered with VSC, a strategic communications firm headquartered in San Francisco, to create our first ever Storytelling Fellowship. This full-time, salaried Fellowship will last for one year and is open only to artists within the BNV Network. We are looking for freestylers, critical thinkers, and design mavens who are especially interested in building innovative communication strategies for tech companies.”

Deadline: Monday, August 14th, 2017

Links: https://gallery.mailchimp.com/4b14c504510501148651af7d3/files/63fc162e-82bb-45d2-b762-98e9653f769d/StorytellingFellowship_JobDescription.pdf?utm_source=BNV+Network+members&utm_campaign=8fb670b1b7-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_06_14&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_4fac5bda55-8fb670b1b7-284421213