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

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

   

Timmothy Holt

Gay Guard-Chamberlin

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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. 2017's Publishing Party for THE MOON  was  at Sulzer, 4455 North Lincoln Avenue in Chicago, where we packed the house.

  • SUBMISSION DEADLINE for the 2019 Anthology, LOON MAGIC, is  May 31, 2019


  • SUBMIT YEAR-ROUND OR VIA SUBMITTABLE TO May 31, 2019. 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 2019 anthologytheme: LOON MAGIC and Other Night Sounds. Itsdeadline: May 31, 2019. 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 April 30, 2018, in addition to postal submissions.

  • Submittable entries preferred and accepted November 1, 2018, through MAY 31, 2019 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. We always urge contributors to purchase a past copy to familiarize themselves with Outrider's formats and content.

Martin Altman


Willa Moore

Timothy David Rey


Catherine Underhill

Fitzpatrick

Martin Altman

Jenene Ravesloot

Brittany Roque

Michele Williams

Bill Grady


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Events ​​

Unless otherwise noted, Open Mics and Special Events are held at Chicago's Sulzer Library, 4455 N Lincoln Avenue, where FREE parking is available. TallGrass Writers Guild events are FREE and open to the public. For details, email tallgrassguildATsbcglobalDOTnet

Recent Open Mic Featured Authors

Tracie Padal

Michele Williams

Bob Weinberg 

Allan Johnston


Lylanne Musselman

Whitney Scott

Jenene Ravesloot

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August 25, 2018, 10 a.m. — WRITING WORKSHOP: HOW TO GET PUBLISHED

Whitney Scot answers the question: "WHAT Do Editors Want?" at this workshop that is free to all who are interested in writing, whether newcomers or established talents. 

      ​The workshop's focus is maximizing the writers' talents and professionalism. Editor Whitney Scott, who is TallGrass Writers Guild's president, will share tips gained from her 23 years spent spearheading the acclaimed 'Black-and-White series of annual anthologies, where she has published over 550 new talents, and in the last three years evaluated over 2200 manuscripts for possible publication and cash prizes. She has been an editor, publisher, writing coach, and book reviewer for the American Library Association’s BOOKLIST Magazine for 25 years.  

      Whitney has been a featured guest author in the Illinois Authors Series at Chicago’s Harold Washington Library Center, and in Springfield for its annual Illinois Library Convention. She has judged the 2010 and 2015 National Press Women’s writing competitions. Those attending this workshop should have writing materials with them. 

      The TallGrass Open Mic follows the program; sign-up to read starts at 9:30 a.m. Open Mic performers have 6 to 8 minutes to present poetry, essays, fiction, music, and more. ​For details, email: tallgrassguildATsbcglobalDOTnet​​


​September 22, 2018, 10 a.m. — Tracie Padal is a three-time Grand Prize winner in the Poetry Division of the Black-and-White annual anthologies, most recently in THE STARS (see page 4). Her award-winning work has appeared in newspapers, magazines, journals, and international anthologies including Stories of Music, The Official Poets’ Guide to Peace, and Mothers Always Write. She has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Says Tracie, “I write to remind myself of the things that matter: to heal what hurts; to understand what mystifies; to overcome what hinders; and to honor the small joys and quiet moments that make life worth living.” When not writing or chasing after her preschooler, Tracie fosters a love for learning as a librarian in suburban Chicago.

​      TallGrass Writers Guild's Open Mic follows the program; sign-up to read starts at 9:30 a.m. Open Mic performers have 6 to 8 minutes to present poetry, essays, fiction, music, and more. 




Timothy David Rey

RJ Nelson

Tracie Padal

Tina Jens

Joe Weintraub

Susan Dewar

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Upcoming Special Events​​​


Thursday, August 31, Special Event at 7 p.m: 'Autumn Memories,' a Themed Reading at the Book Cellar, Chicago's delightful small indie book store at 4736 N Lincoln Avenue. As summer draws to a close, we recall past seasons of falling leaves and look forward to the coming autumn — the changing season that's also tinged with sadness as the end  of the year grows nearer; daylight dwindles; and memories abound as the leaves color, fall, and turn brown; classes begin; and kids look forward to trick 'n treating. 


Saturday, September 8, 2018, Special Event at 1 p.m: The Publishing Party for THE STARS, 23rd in the acclaimed Black-and-White series of annual anthologies published by Outrider Press in association with TallGrass Writers Guild. Contributing anthology authors sign copies as people meet, mingle and network with friends, family members, and colleagues of the anthology contributors. This reading will feature Grand Prize winners past and present, complimentary light refreshments...and YES...there will be CAKE. 


Readers presenting cuttings of their work in STARS Martin Altman, Susan Emily Dagostino, Marcy Darin, Gay Guard-Chamberlin, Elizabeth Harper, Nancy Heggem, Grace Kuikman, Robert Lawrence, Tracey Ludvik, Kathleen McElligot, Marjorie Skelly, Grazina Smith, and more. 


Saturday, October 13, 2018, Special Event at 1 p.m. ​— Women Look at Breast Cancer, a program of poetry, essays and short fiction in observance of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Featured authors are Emily Dagostino, Marcy Darin, Willa Moore, Susan Namest, Whitney Scott, and Grazina Smith.


December, 2018 (date to be announced) — Special Event at 7 p.m: 'The Gift of Giving,' a Themed Reading at the Book Cellar. Think of kids' joy in wrapping presents for their folks, including some they'made themselves; kids trying to stretch their sometimes meager funds when shopping for others and the flip side: parents who are strapped for money trying to make the best of it for their children; gifts of commitment since the holidays are the time many engagement rings are given; for those with serious illnesses--the gift of time; and beautiful, hand-crafted gifts planned way in advance (and all that's involved with the effort).



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


Wednesday, June 13, 2018 Special Event at 7 p.m: 'The Games of Summer,' a Themed Reading at the Book Cellar, Chicago's delightful small indie book store at 4736 N Lincoln Avenue. Original work by TallGrass Writers Guild members on warm weather games including tennis, lawn croquet, golf, skateboarding, competitive swimming and diving, and of course, ​baseball with writings from Martin Altman, Juley Harvey, Robert Lawrence, Tracie Ludvik, Susan Namest, Jo Piazza, Lynn Veach Sadler, and Joe Weintraub.

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April 8, 2018, Special Event: TWG's National Poetry Month Reading: a 2 p.m. event at Chicago's Conrad Sulzer Regional Library, 4455 N Lincoln Avenue. Featured Authors were Timothy David Rey and Robert Lawrence. The Sulzer Auditorium was packed as 50 people of all ages turned out for this exciting two-author program that included Tim and Bob's colleagues taking part in these authors' dramatic monologues and writings for multiple voices. Beautiful shared energies and a standing ovation made this one of TallGrass Writers Guild's most successful programs.

   
March 16, 2018, Special Event: 'Couch Potatoes & Comfort Food' ​— a Themed Reading at Chicago's Book Cellar, 4736 N Lincoln Avenue. Original work by TallGrass Writers Guild members on these related themes with poetry and prose on aspects on joining a Couch Potato Organization, becoming The Empress if Ice Cream, and more with: Martin Altman, Pat Gallant, juley harvey, Bob Lawrence, Marjorie Skelly, Jo Piazza, Jenene Ravesloot, Tom Roby IV, Whitney Scott, Susan Zamarow, and more.

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 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.​​​​​​​​


Maureen Connolly

Tom Roby IV

​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, usually the 4th Saturday of each month (varies with holidays) at 10 a.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 FREE programs a year by TallGrass members at Book Cellar, 4736 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago;
  • Special Programs —  Include April's National Poetry Month and October's National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, FREE to all.
  • Yearly Tri-State readings  — At venues throughout Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin; and 
  • Seasonal/Holiday Programs by the TallGrass Performance Ensemble at libraries, nature centers, and universities throughout the Tri-state region. These Performance Ensemble shows of poetry and flash fiction are free to the public, and have earned a listing in The Best of the Best, the programming guide librarians use to present quality special events to library patrons throughout Illinois.