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The Plug: June 30th, 2017

The Plug: June 30th, 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/


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/


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://www.peacecontests.org/#poetry


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

2017 William Faulkner Literary Competition

“The William Faulkner Literary Competition offers five categories for participants to enter: Novel, One Act Play, Poetry, Adult Short Story, Student Short Story.”

Entry Fee: Varies per category

Deadline: Varies per category, earliest deadline is Saturday, July 15th, 2017

Links: https://williamfaulknerliterarycompetition.com/


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: Thursday, July 20th, 2017

Links: http://www.giganticsequins.com/teens.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 31st, 2017

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


Upcoming Classes:

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


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

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

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/




“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



Required Reading: Curated by Sick Fisher

“Galerie F is celebrating five years in Logan Square this summer with a double whammy show on the main floor (Location Location Location: Architecture) and in our Underground Space. We’ve invited non-stop local legend and our dear friend, Sick Fisher to curate one his dynamic group shows stuffed with local talent. All works in this exhibition are based off texts that the artist was once forced to read. This applies to books, adverts, and any other form of the written word.”

Event Date: Friday, July 7th, 2017 starting at 6:00pm

Entry Fee: None

Location: 2415 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60647



T’ai freedom ford, Avery R. Young & Ciara Darnise Miller

“Join us for an evening of poetry featuring t’ai freedom ford with Chicago-based poets Avery R. Young, and Ciara Darnise Miller.”

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

Entry Fee: None

Location: 5233 N Clark St, Chicago, Illinois 60640


Urban Sandbox

“A night full of local talent that can range from acting and poetry to singing and dancing. For a five dollar suggested donation it’s so cheap you can’t afford not to come.”

Event Date: Thursday, July 13th, 2017 starting at 7:00pm

Entry Fee: None

Location: 3429 W Diversey Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60647


Soulful Chicago Book Fair: Feeding the Need to Read and Succeed

“The Soulful Chicago Book Fair will be a celebration of literary and literary arts found throughout Africa Diaspora”

Event Date: Sunday, July 16th, 2017 starting at 10:00am

Entry Fee: None

Location: E 61st St, between S Cottage Gr and S Martin Luther King Dr, Chicago, IL 60637



I shall create!: Arts on the Inside

““I shall create! If not a note, a hole. If not an overture, a desecration.” — Gwendolyn Brooks’ poem, “Boy Breaking Glass” (1968/1992)

Honoring the power of poetry and expression, “I shall create!”: Arts on the Inside will feature a reading roundtable of poetry written by individuals who have been–or who currently are–incarcerated. Book-ending the roundtable, will be a conversation about the role of the arts in detention centers, jails and prisons. Jane Addams Hull-House Museum presents this program as a part of “Our Miss Brooks 100,” a multi-year national celebration of poet Gwendolyn Brooks.”

Event Date: Tuesday, July 18th, 2017 starting at 6:00pm

Entry Fee: None

Location: 800 S Halsted Street Chicago, IL 60607





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




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}

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