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The Resource: May 19, 2017

The Resource: May 19, 2017

Hello YCA Fam,

Here’s to the second edition of The Resource. We will continue to post weekly about competitions, events, workshops, etc. that you can partake in. While many of these opportunities stay local, don’t be afraid to indulge folks across the country with your lyricism. 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).


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

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


Be A Hero Contest

“At this precarious time in the United States, we need people to be heroes. This isn’t a battle between Republicans and Democrats. This is a battle between right and wrong. And we need heroes who are willing to fight for what is right—across this country and around the world. In that spirit, we invite you to write a story about a hero in 50 words or fewer. (You can use a title, if you choose, which doesn’t go into the word count.) It should be about someone who fought for the right thing in a way that called for courage and commitment. This can be a personal story about, say, your father rescuing you when you were lost in the woods, or a public story about, say, Rosa Parks not moving to the back of the bus. It could also be a made-up story, even an artful retelling of a favorite, such as Erin Brockovich or A Tale of Two Cities. We will send the winning entry to each of the 100 U.S. senators and the 435 members of the House of Representatives, along with an entreaty for them to be heroes, protecting our country by standing up for what is obviously right, despite any political risk.”

Entry Fee: None

Deadline: May 29th, 2017

Links: https://www.writingclasses.com/contest/be-a-hero-contest-2017

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

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

Arizona Mystery Writers Jim Martin Memorial Story Contest (15+)

“The annual story contest for 2017 runs from January 1 to June 1, 2017! Anyone can enter – and anyone can win! Send in your short story in mystery, suspense, or thriller style. Entries may be up to 2500 words (about 10 double-spaced pages). It’s loads of fun and a good exercise of your writing skills.”

Entry Fee: The entry fee is only $15 per story and there is no limit to the number of submissions

Deadline: June 1st, 2017

Links: http://www.arizonamysterywriters.com/?page_id=1449

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

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

StoryStudio ChicagoWriting 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

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

Lake Forest CollegeWriting & 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.”

(Some financial aid available)

Start Date: June 25th, 2017

Location: 555 North Sheridan Road Lake Forest, IL 60045

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

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: July 10th, 2017

Location: 400 S Peoria St, Chicago, IL 60607

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




“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 #2 / Chicago, IL 60642


In One Ear Open Mic 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


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, IL 60649

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


Hype Man– Staged Reading

“HYPE MAN is a story about a controversial police shooting inflaming tensions between an interracial hip hop trio. It is a rhythmically woven drama exploring race, representation, fame and friendship. Stay for the post-reading discussion with playwright Idris Goodwin.”

Event Date: Monday, May 22nd at 7:00pm

Location: Stage 773, 1225 W Belmont, Chicago, IL 60657

Links: https://www.facebook.com/events/1953930298187612/

Angela Jackson– A Surprised Queenhood

“Join us for a retrospective discussion on the cultural and political force of Pulitzer Prize–winning poet Gwendolyn Brooks, in celebration of her one hundredth birthday with Angela Jackson.”

Event Date: Tuesday, May 30th at 7:00pm

Location: 915 E 60th St, Chicago, IL 60637

Links: https://voices.uchicago.edu/brooks100/2016/11/29/angela-jackson-a-surprised-queenhood/


More Than A Mic Open Mic

“Speak your mind at this spoken-word freestyle open mic hosted by More Than a Month. Your voice is your power! Featuring Chicago artist Alanis Gonzalez”

Event Date: Wednesday, May 31st, 5:00pm–7:00pm

Location: 834 Lake St, Oak Park, IL 60301

Links: http://oppl.evanced.info/signup/EventDetails?EventId=32250&lib=0%2C1%2C2%2C7%2C1003&backTo=Week&startDate=2017/06/01

Forms and Features at Gallery 400: Ecopoetry

“Join us for a poetry discussion and creative writing workshop in conversation with the artworks in The Earth Will Not Abide. Led by Poetry Foundation Library Coordinator Maggie Queeney, participants will read and discuss a wide range of ecopoems, a species of nature poetry that explores the interactions and intersections between culture, social justice, and the environment. After engaging with the exhibition, participants will be guided through composing original ecopoems. All experience levels are welcome.”

Event Date: Wednesday, May 31st, 6:00pm–8:00pm

Location: 400 S Peoria St, Chicago, IL 60607

Links: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/programs/events/detail/141782

Job & Internship Opportunities:

Revolving Door Arts- Teen Editors Wanted!

Deadline: Sunday, May 21st, 2017

Links: https://revolvingdoorarts.submittable.com


CSBG Scholarship Program

Company: Revolving Door Arts

Deadline: Friday, June 9th, 2017

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