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The Plug: June 23rd, 2017

The Plug: June 23rd, 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 & @youngchicagoauthors on Instagram).


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/

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/

Skipping Stones

“The Youth Honor Awards recognize creative and artistic works by young people that promote multicultural, international and nature awareness. You might like to read the Youth Honor Award winning entries in our recent issues (Vol. 26, no. 4, Vol. 27, no. 4 or Vol. 28, no. 4) before submitting your entries for the 2017 Youth Awards.”

Entry Fee: $5

Deadline: Sunday, June 25th, 2017

Links: http://www.fromthebowseat.org/contest.php

The 2017 Barbara Mandigo Kelly Peace Poetry Awards

“The Barbara Mandigo Kelly Peace Poetry Awards is an annual series of awards to encourage poets to explore and illuminate positive visions of peace and the human spirit. The Poetry Awards include three age categories: Adult, Youth 13-18, and Youth 12 & Under. The deadline for entries has been extended to July 1, 2017.”

Entry Fee: None

Deadline: Friday, June 30th, 2017

Links: http://www.peacecontests.org/#poetry

Go For Broke: 2017 High School & College Essay, Poetry, and Video Contest

“In addition to cash prizes, the twelve winners (top two entries from each category) and a guest are eligible to receive two complimentary tickets* to attend our 16th Annual Evening of Aloha Gala Dinner Saturday, September 23, 2017 at The Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites in Los Angeles, California! Enjoy an opportunity to meet Japanese American World War II veterans and their families!”

Entry Fee: Adult $15 for up to three poems, 13-18 $5, 12 and under requires no fee

Deadline: Saturday, July 1st, 2017

Links: http://goforbroke.org/news/annual_events/studentcontest/index.php

Creative Minds Poetry Contest

“We will recognize winners in two age categories: 13 years and under, and 14-18 years. The first-place winner in each category will be published in the September/October 2017 issue of Imagine. Second-and third-place winners will be considered for publication in print or online. All winners will receive copies of the issue in which their work appears.”

Entry Fee: None

Deadline: Monday, July 3rd, 2017

Links: http://cty.jhu.edu/imagine/guidelines/contest/creativeminds.html

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 9th, 2017

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

Gigantic Sequins: Teen Sequins 2017
“Our annual Teen Sequins feature is designed to present outstanding poetry from writers ages 13 through 19. While teenage voices are slowly being given more opportunities in literary communities, we don’t see it happen enough in association with nationally distributed journals like Gigantic Sequins. Each year we feature one poet from each age category, and honor every poet who has submitted. Our goal is to show the world what we know: just exactly how vibrant, inventive, and moving teenage writers can be.”
Entry Fee: Free
Deadline: July 20th, 2017

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.”

Dates: July 26- August 3rd @ 625 N. Kingsbury

Link: nphm.org

Writing & Thinking Workshop (Rolling Admission)

“Supportive faculty work with students in small groups to help them develop confidence in their voices as writers. Participants learn strategies to generate fresh and compelling ideas, the kind of well-reasoned ideas first-rate colleges and universities expect from their students. Trips to Chicago’s museums and cultural events offer additional inspiration. You’ll grow in ways that you can now only imagine.”

Start Date: Sunday, June 25th, 2017

Location: 555 North Sheridan Rd, Lake Forest, IL 60045

Links: http://www.lakeforest.edu/academics/summer/community/wtw/

SheCrew- Annual Summer Intensive

“[A] 6-week journaling to performance summer program for girls in Chicago ages 12-14. {she crew}’s multidisciplinary curriculum involves: creative journal writing, theatrical movement, voice & speech classes, professional workshops, improvisation, theatre games, nutritious cooking and shared meals to create community and generate new artistic works.”

Start Date: Tuesday, June 27th, 2017

Location: 800 S Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60607

Links: https://www.shecrew.org/apply-for-she-crew-2014

Write To The City (Rolling Admission, First Come, First Serve)

“Over one hundred young writers from all corners of the city and across the country come together for one week of nonstop art. Students take daily field trips within Chicago’s arts scene and rich cultural landscape, exploring visual, performance, and literary arts, building community, and developing a body of work through workshops led by world-class poets and artists. WTTC is a fee-based program, with scholarships available to qualifying students.”

Start Date: Monday, July 10th, 2017

Location: 400 S Peoria St, Chicago, IL 60607

Links: https://youngchicagoauthors.org/programs/summer/write-to-the-city

Middle School Writers Camp // Eat Your Words

“Join top chefs and other young food experts to develop both your writing skills and your taste buds. You’ll learn how to write food reviews, taste the best this city has to offer, and create writing that will be read by foodies and chefs all over Chicago.”

Dates: Monday, July 24th – Thursday, August 3rd // 1-4 pm



“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


Chicago DYKE MARCH 2017

“Current Mission: Chicago Dyke March Collective is a grassroots mobilization and celebration of dyke, queer, bisexual, and transgender resilience. It is an anti-racist, anti-violent, volunteer-led, grassroots effort with a goal to bridge together communities across race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, age, size, gender identity, gender expression, sexuality, culture, immigrant status, spirituality, and ability. We challenge fatphobia and are body positive.

Misión Actual: El Colectivo Chicago Dyke March sigue evolucionando y existe como una movilización popular, como una celebracion de las person@s Dykes, Queer, Bisexual, Transgenero y la resistencia. Se trata de un esfuerzo de base anti-racista, anti-violenta, dirigido por voluntarios, con el objetivo de conectar a las comunidades a traves de raza, origen etnico, nivel socioeconomico, la edad, el tamaño, la identidad de género, expresión de género, la sexualidad, la cultura, la condición de inmigrante, la espiritualidad, y la capacidad. Nosotras/os desafiamos la fatphobia y celebramos todos los tipos de cuerpos con total positividad.”

Event Date: Saturday, June 24th, 2:00pm–6:00pm

Entry Fee: None

Location: 2620 S Lawndale Ave, Chicago, IL 60623

Links: Click Here


“3rd Annual BANTU FEST – A Free Community Festival Bringing Over 20 different Countries and Cultures Together to Celebrate Diversity, Unity & Love. Come Enjoy Food from Over 20 Different Countries, Arts, Music, Vendors, DJs, Live Performances, Dance, Children Village, Tribute to Music Legends, some International Guest Artists from Around the World and a very Special Guest Star…”

Event Date: Thursday June 29th, 10:00am–10:00pm

Location: 1130 Midway Plaisance, Chicago, IL 60637

Links: Click Here

Poetry Among The Palms: Ed Roberson

“Poetry Among the Palms: Readings: Ed Roberson and other poets read W.S. Merwin and others inspired by nature and the outdoors among the exhibits at the Garfield Park Conservatory, along with kids’ activities. Presented in partnership with the Poetry Center of Chicago, the Chicago Park District and the Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance.”

Event Date: Thursday, June 29th, 6:00pm–7:30pm

Location: 300 N Central Park Ave, Chicago, IL 60624

Links: https://72817.blackbaudhosting.com/72817/tickets?tab=2&txobjid=395309ed-9ffa-4408-9d60-304012162527

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.”

Dates: Monday, August 7th – Thursday, August 17th
// 10 am – 3 pm

Job & Internship Opportunities:

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.”
Link: More Info


“(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.”

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