Writing News

A listing of campus and community events of interest to MTSU writers.   

  • Poetry in the Boro presents featured poets Henry Jones and Jessica Lynn Suchon. Saxophonist Ernest Newsom will accompany Jones. An hour of open mic follows the features. Sunday, March 15; doors open at 6:30 pm, features at 7. Free. Walnut House, 116 North Walnut in downtown Murfreesboro. THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED.
  • MTSU Write Spring Saturdays: Intro to Playwriting with Melissa Maxwell. March 21, 9-noon. Free with advance registration. THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED.
  • In Process and National Women's History Month present director, actor, and playwright Melissa Maxwell for a staged reading of her full-length play-in-progress, Imbroglio, with a cast of MTSU students, followed by a talkback with the playwright. Monday, March 23, 4:30-7 pm at the Ingram Building MT Center, MTSU. Free and open to the public. THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED.
  • Poet's Corner featuring Christina Stoddard. Thursday, March 26, 7-8 pm, Scarritt-Bennett Center, Fondren Hall, 2nd Floor. Nashville. Free and open to the public.
  • Why We Love Poetry: Four Murfreesboro poets kick off National Poetry Month with a discussion of why they love to read and write poetry. Led by 2020 Murfreesboro Poet Laureate Amie Whittemore, published poets will discuss the impact of poetry on themselves and their communities. Poets will briefly share their own work and a favorite poem by another author. Participating poets will include Mike James, Gary McDowell, and Kory Wells. Poets will have their books available for sale after this free public event. Linebaugh Library in downtown Murfreesboro; Tuesday, April 7; from 7:00 to 8:00 with book sales and signing to follow.
  • MTSU Write Spring Saturdays: Having Faith in Fragments: Flash Forms, a workshop with Fred Arroyo. April 11. Free with advance registration

To have your event added to this page, contact Dr. Claudia Barnett.

Calls for Student Writing/Awards.

MTSU Creative Writing Scholarship applications: The Homer Pittard Scholarship in Creative Writing (for English and History majors) and the Charles E. Ray English Scholarship (for English majors) welcome applications from students with GPAs of 3.0 or higher. For more information, click here or contact Dr. Gaylord BrewerDEADLINE EXTENDED TO MARCH 26 at noon.

The James E. Walker Library and the Margaret H. Ordoubadian University Writing Center are hosting a university-wide creative writing contest. We invite all students to submit their own writing for a chance to win a prize and read their work. Submissions are accepted in the following genres: poetry, short fiction, short creative non-fiction. All submissions must be no more than 7,000 characters, including spaces. Please e-mail your submissions and any questions to both Dr. Jason Martin, Interim Dean of the Walker Library and Dr. Erica Cirillo-McCarthy, Director of the Margaret H. Ordoubadian University Writing Center. Deadline: March 24.

Asterism, the undergraduate literary journal of the Ohio State University Lima campus, is currently accepting submissions of poetry and short stories. The deadline to submit is March 31, 2020. 

 "Do you want to write about Movies, TV, Anime, Arts, Comics, Games, Literature or other art forms? Do you want to get your foot in the door and enter the big-wide world of the online media and have your work read and shared by millions of readers? We invite you to The Artifice, an online magazine that covers a wide spectrum of art forms." Visit our website for more info. 

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln has posted a useful guide to undergraduate journals in art and literature.