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​​Publishing Opportunities

  • TallGrass Writers Guild quarterly Newsletter,which contains columns; reviews; and member news of recent publications, play readings, and other achievements; and Manuscripts Wanted, pages listing and online publications​ seeking poetry, essays, fiction, illustrations and photos.

  • Annual anthologies published in affiliation with Outrider Press, who donates all pre-press services including editorial, design and typeset support. Publishing parties for each year's anthology are at the historic Sulzer Regional Library. This year's Publishing Party for HOME was on Saturday, October 1 at 1:00 pm. at Sulzer, 4455 North Lincoln Avenue in Chicago, where we packed the house.

  • SUBMIT YEAR-ROUND OR VIA SUBMITTABLE Nov-March. Send your writing for consideration: details on submitting for possible anthology publication and cash awards totaling $1,000are found on this site's Anthology Guidelines section that follows. The 2018 anthologytheme: THE STARS. Itsdeadline:March 31, 2018. Please click on the 'Anthology Guidelines' tab for complete, updated guidelines. We are accepting submissions year-round via postal mail; Submittable submissions preferred, however, and are available November 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018, in addition to postal submissions.

  • Submittable entries preferred and accepted November 1, 2017, through March 31, 2018 at: http://tallgrasswritersguildDOTsubmittableDOTcom/submit​​​​​​​​

  • Postal entries also accepted. See this site's Anthology Guidelines section that follows; refer to year-round postal mail.
  • You may include your entry fees with other items ordered from this web site. See pages 4 and 6

Martin Altman

Willa Moore

Timmothy Holt

Robert Lawrence

Gay Guard-Chamberlin

Catherine Underhill


Tracie Padal

Michele Williams

Bill Grady

Lylanne Musselman


​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Upcoming Special Events

Sunday, April 8, 2018, Special Event: We'll be part of National Poetry Month: 2 p.m. event at Chicago's Sulzer Library, 4455 N Lincoln Avenue. Featured Authors are Timothy David Rey and Robert Lawrence.
       - Timothy David Rey  Poet In-Residence for The Poetry Center of Chicago and the Chicagoland Regional Coordinator for Poetry Out Loud! (Poetry Foundation/ National Endowment For The Arts), Timothy co-founded the LBGT Solo Performance Showcase, Solo Homo (2002-2011), studied poetry under Pulitzer Prize winner Yusef Komunyakaa, and in 2015, Rey was a Semi-Finalist for the Literary Guild Complex’s Gwendolyn Brooks Open Mic Poetry Award. His book, Little Victories, was published in 2012 by NewTown Writers Press. 
         - Robert Lawrence  Bob is a member of TallGrass Writers Guild's Board of Directors, and a literary leader in Chicago's Poetry Scene, and a featured poet at various local venues, ranging from Loyola Beach to the Urdu Cultural Society, bookstores and coffee houses. His chapbook, Rock ‘n Roll Dreams and Other Poems, is available through Puddin’head Press. Bob's 35+ year career as a college professor was highlighted by the founding and editing of two student literary magazines, Riverrun at Triton College and Connections at DeVry University. 


Recent Events: Recapping a few of TallGrass Writers Guild's Recent Programs

December 14, 2017, Special Event: 'Holiday Gifts,' a Themed Reading at Chicago's Book Cellar, 4736 N Lincoln Avenue. Original work by TallGrass Writers Guild members on 'Holiday Gifts,' with poetry and prose on aspects of gifting including shopping; receiving; and loving (or not so much) that chartreuse, scarlet and raspberry-striped sweater w/lots of purple and turquoise reindeer. Features: Martin Altman, Pat Gallant, juley harvey, Bob Lawrence, Willa Moore, Jo Piazza, Jenene Ravesloot, Tom Roby IV, Whitney Scott, and Susan Zamarow.

Special Event: November 11, 2017, MOON reading, at Chicago's Beverly Central Library, a 'Combined Voices' reading jointly sponsored by the Longwood Writers Guild and TallGrass Writers Guild, and featuring MOON's contributing TallGrass authors Martin Altman, Marcy Darin, Bill Grady, Kathleen McElligott,  Whitney Scott, and winner of the Grand Prize in the Prose Division, Grazina Smith.

Special Event: October 20, 2017, MOON reading, at Chicago's Little Indie Press Festival

Columbia College's Little Indie Press Festival was the site of our program where we presented a reading that featured contributors to THE MOON, the most recent Black-and-White anthology published by Outrider Press in affiliation with TallGrass Writers Guild. Martin Altman, Bob Lawrence, Marjorie Skelly, and others read their poetry and short fiction on this theme that has fascinated through the ages. Presented by Whitney Scott, editor and publisher of Outrider Press.

​Special Event:  September 16, 2017, Publishing Party for THE MOON

This Featured Event was the Book Party for the 2017 anthology, THE MOON, celebrating its publishing,

the 22nd in the series of annual anthologies published by Outrider Press in affiliation with TallGrass

Writers Guild. The program of readings from the collection's poetry, fiction, and essays by their authors was led by Whitney Scott, who edited this anthology, which fully captures the fascination

with "La Bella Luna" that transcends language, belief system, and nationality. Showcased

were Grand Prize winners Tracie Renee Padal for Poetry and Jenene Ravesloot in Prose.​​

Special Event:  April 1, 2017, TWG's National Poetry Month Reading

"Poetic Voices," on Saturday, April 1, 2017, starred two of TallGrass' award-winning

poets, Maureen Connolly and Jenene Ravesloot at Chicago's exciting venue, Let

Them Eat Chocolate. This special event's two outstanding women delivered strong,

passionate, and delicately nuanced work with performances that perfectly

complemented their writings.

Saturday, March 18, 2017, at Chicago's Book Cellar

Another SRO audience for TWG talent's 'Welcoming Spring' with readings that ushered

in the change of seasons  with Willa Moore, Jenene Ravesloot, Marjorie Skelly plus work from far-flung TallGrass members including Tracey Ludvik...and more.

Friday,  December 15, 2016​ at Chicago's Book Cellar

TWG talent delighted the SRO audience at this free event with a diverse program of 'COZY...'

readings that ushered in the winter season from Martin Altman, Robert Lawrence, Willa Moore,

and Joe Weintraub (with special guest Pat Curtis). Listeners were especially warmed on that

bitter cold, windy Chicago night with reader Michele Williams' 'My Cozy Life,' recounting the

serenity and joy of reading a good book that's propped against the purring cat in her lap,

a beautiful animal whose picture she shared with the audience.


Allan Johnston

Tom Roby IV

​​​​Joe Weintraub

Jenene Ravesloot

Maureen Connolly

Bob Weinberg 

Susan Dewar


​​​​​​​Outrider Press Small Press Publishing & Writing Contests

Outrider Press small press publishing w/editorial, design & typeset support writing contests & anthologies  


Michele Williams

Whitney Scott

Timothy David Rey

Brittany Roque

Events ​​

Open Mics and Special Events held at Sulzer Regional Library Auditorium, 4455 N Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, unless otherwise noted​​

Dan Cleary

RJ Nelson

Recent Open Mic Featured Authors


2017-2018 Area Readings from THE MOONContributors read in at Columbia College's Little Indie Press Festival in October and at the central library of Chicago's historic Beverly neighborhood in November. See below.

​​Open Mics

Coming February 25, 2018, 2 p.m.Chicago Icon Dan Cleary​ - was born in Tipperary, Ireland, and grew up there. He moved to London, England, in the early sixties, where he studied Art. He has lived in Chicago since 1968 and has three books of poetry: The Green Ribbon, Elegy for James Gerard, and Other Poems for the Larger Voice. His most recent, which he will read from and discuss during this appearance, is A Few Stray Leaves, published by Lagoons Editions.

Coming March 25, 2018, 2 p.m.— Susan Zamarow reads and discusses her debut novel, Dream Job. She writes poetry, screenplays, short stories and humor columns. Her poetry has won awards, been published, self-performed, and put to music by a rock band. One of her screenplays, “Higher and Higher,” won the Illinois/Chicago Screenwriting Competition. Another, “It’s Only Love,” placed in the top ten percent in the international Fade-In Screenwriting Competition. Zamarow has also published articles on arts and culture.  

Coming April 22, 2018, 2 p.m. — Kathleen McElligott's poetry has been widely anthologized, most recently in Embers and Flames (Outrider Press, 2015); her work also appears in Pedal by Pedal; Arts Alive: A Literary Review; and online on Akashic Books. She writes about socially relevant issues. McElligott's novel, Mommy Machine (Heliotrope Press, 2008), explores the difficulties faced by an already shaky lesbian couple raising their adopted son. It was a finalist in the Women’s Lit category by USA Book News, 2009. She is developing a novel about a dystopian society where weapons are mandatory, even for Mia,  the fourteen-year-old protagonist. Follow her on her WordPress blog, wwwDOTkmcelligott.wordpressDOTcom to contact her. 

Coming May 27, 2018, 2 p.m. — Tina Jens has had more than 75 short stories and novellas and a half-dozen poems published by major New York publishers and small presses. Her short fiction has garnered several honors with one story reprinted in All American Horror: The First Decade 2000-2010. Her novel in stories is The Blues Ain't Nothin': Tales of the Lonesome Blues Pub. 

Kathleen McElligott

​TallGrass Writers Guild - Chicago Open Mics, Readings, Annual Anthologies 

TallGrass Writers Guild is Chicago-based, independent arts organization serving writers at all levels of development for almost 30 years. TWG provides local, regional, national, and international performance and publication opportunities. ​

Performance Opportunities — ​Chicago's Most Supportive Open Mic for over 25 Years

  • Open Mics — ​Chicago's Sulzer Regional Library, 4455 N Lincoln Ave, the 4th Sunday of each month (varies with holidays) at 2 p.m. Open Mic readers follow the Featured Author's program, and can present 6 to 8 minutes of work. FREE to all;

  • Themed Readings Four times a year by TallGrass members at Book Cellar, 4736 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago;

  • Yearly Tri-State readings at venues throughout Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin; and 

  • Programs by the TallGrass Performance Ensemble at libraries, nature centers, colleges and universities throughout the Tri-state region. Offering a large range of seasonal and holiday themes, these Performance Ensemble shows of poetry and flash fiction have earned a listing in The Best of the Best, a resource used by programming librarians to present quality special events to library patrons throughout Illinois.

Jenene Ravesloot

Timothy David Rey