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The Resource, May 12, 2017

The Resource, May 12, 2017

Hello YCA Fam,

And welcome to The Resource, a new weekly blog that we are bringing your way. From here on out we will be posting every Friday 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 by 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).


One Teen Story

“We’re excited to announce our newest One Teen Story Contest! Now through May 31st, 2017, we’re asking writers ages 13-19 to enter their original, unpublished fiction. We are interested in great short stories of any genre—literary, fantasy, sci-fi, love stories, and horror. What’s in a great short story? Interesting characters, a unique voice, strong writing, and a beginning, middle and end. The winning story will be published in a forthcoming issue of One Teen Story, which will reach over ten thousand readers. The contest winner will receive $500 and 25 copies of the magazine featuring their work. The contest winner will also have the opportunity to work with a One Teen Story editor prior to publication. Honorable mentions will be chosen in three age categories: 13-15, 16-17, and 18-19 year-olds, and each will be announced on our website, email announcement, and social media.”

Entry Fee: None

Deadline: May 31st, 2017

Link: https://www.one-story.com/submissions_ots/

VSA Playwright Discovery Program Competition

“Young writers with disabilities are encouraged to submit a ‘ten-minute script’ of any genre. Entries may be the work of an individual student or a collaboration by a group of up to five students. The competition has three divisions: grades 6-7, grades 8-9, and grades 10-12 (or equivalents). Winners will be featured in the press and on the Kennedy Center website. Selected winners in the Senior Division (grades 10-12 / ages 15-18) will receive exclusive access to participate in the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival in Washington, D.C., and the opportunity to participate in staged readings and workshops alongside the nation’s premier collegiate playwrights as well as participate in the festival’s award ceremony.”

Link: http://education.kennedy-center.org//education/vsa/programs/about_playwright_competition.cfm

Upcoming Classes:

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: Undisclosed 

Location: 800 S Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60607

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

StoryStudio Chicago- Writing Our Resistance

“This 4-week workshop taught by award-winning poet Hannah Gamble (YOUR INVITATION TO A MODEST BREAKFAST) focuses on resistance and protest writing, and is open to writers of poetry as well as essays and memoir.”

Start Date: Wednesday, May 31st, 6:30pm–9pm 

Location: 4043 N Ravenswood Ave, #222 Chicago, IL 60613

Link: https://www.storystudiochicago.com/product/writing-our-resistance/


Poetry Reading: Morgan Parker, There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé

“Women & Children First is honored to welcome Morgan Parker for a reading from her acclaimed collection, There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyonce. For this event, Morgan will be joined by local poets Jamila Woods, Nate Marshall & José Olivarez”

Event Date: Friday, May 12, 2017 at 7:30pm

Address: Women & Children First 5233 N. Clark St. Chicago, IL 60640

Link: http://www.womenandchildrenfirst.com/event/poetry-reading-morgan-parker-there-are-more-beautiful-things-beyonce

Education Emancipation- A Benefit Concert for Bouchet Elementary School

“Join us for a concert benefitting Bouchet Elementary, a Black and Brown, low-income, elementary school on the southside of Chicago. All proceeds contribute towards the school’s goal of a 1:1 Chromebook ratio, and implementation of afterschool programs. Education proves to be the root of the issue, when discussing systemic oppression Black and brown children face in adulthood. As a community, we can stop the cycle of inequitable funding on the south and west sides of Chicago, by cultivating our own economic stability. Performers include: Ric Wilson, Ausar Daryn, Alexus Christian, JaLon Kopano, and Special Guests!! Doors @ 6:00pm, Show @ 6:30pm. Come out for a night of emancipation through the arts!!!!!!!!!!! With the support from the Rebuild Foundation. Rebuild Foundation’s Stony Island Arts Bank is a hybrid gallery, media archive, library and community center. Located in a long vacant bank building, the facility has been radically restored by artist Theaster Gates. The Arts Bank is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday 12pm to 7pm, admission to the building and public programs is free.”

Event Date: Sunday, May 20th at 6:30pm

Location: 6760 S Stony Island Ave,Chicago, IL 60649

Links: https://www.facebook.com/events/306255956455065/

Solace Souls Open Mic and Celebration of Wisdom Speaks Birthday

“Solace Souls Sundays Open Mic is a performing arts set that specializes in the genres of poetry/spoken word, dance, singing, instrumentation, emceeing and various other forms of artistic outlets. We host our artist open mic every 3rd Sunday of the month for 4 hours. We have plenty of parking, security, a cash bar, and kitchen. We feature some of the most respected and top talent in the performance arts arena throughout, and outside the Chicagoland area. Please join us for a night of fun, art, food, drinks, and expressionism at The Quarry Event Space and Center, every 3rd Sunday. Thank you!”

Event Date: Sunday, May 21st, 7:00pm–10:30pm

Location: 2423 E 75th St, Chicago, Illinois 60649

Links: https://www.facebook.com/events/1705408473092771/


Job & Internship Opportunities:

Revolving Door Arts- Teen Editors Wanted!

Deadline: Sunday, May 21st, 2017

Links: https://revolvingdoorarts.submittable.com

CSBG Scholarship Program

Company: City of Chicago

Deadline: Friday, June 9th, 2017

Links: https://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/fss.html