Tom Roby IV

Timmothy Holt

Michele Williams

Bill Grady

Susan Dewar

Allan Johnston


Lylanne Musselman

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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 $1,000 are found on this site's Anthology Guidelines section that follows. The 2018 anthology theme: THE STARS. Its deadline: 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 mail your entry fees with other items ordered from this web site. See page 6

Martin Altman

Willa Moore


​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Still More Events


November 11 Special Event: "Combined Voices"Reading: TallGrass & Longwood Writers Guild, 2:00 pm at Chicago's Beverly Library, 1962 95th Street 

Chicago's historic Beverly neighborhood is the site of this event combining TallGrass Writers and Longwood Writers Guild members presenting their contributions to the 2017 (THE MOON), most recent in the Black-and-White series of annual anthologies. Featured author is the 2016 Grand Prize Winner in Fiction, Grazina Smith. Free to all.

​December 14 Special Event: 'Holiday Gifts,' a 7:00 pm 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 reindeer.


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

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.


Tracey Padal 

Maureen Connolly

Jenene Ravesloot


TallGrass Open Mics are held at 1:30 pm at Chicago's Sulzer Regional Library Auditorium, 4455 N Lincoln Ave. on the 4th Sunday of each month (unless re-scheduled because of holidays). Open Mic readers follow the Featured Author's program, and can present 6 to 8 minutes of poetry, fiction, comedy, music and more. Everyone is welcome to these free events. Special Events venues vary. 

Area Readings from THE MOONContributors read in at Columbia College's Little Indie Press Festival on October 20 at 5:00 pm and at the central library of Chicago's historic Beverly neighborhood 2 to 4 pm on November 11. See details belowAdditional readings will be announced.

​​​​Open Mics

Sunday, NOVEMBER 19, 1:30 pm—Poet, singer, songwriter Willa Moore, “…. a compelling poet and performer. I didn’t take a breath during her reading!” Willa has performed her poems and songs at many Chicago venues including The Green Mill, Heartland Café, and Old Town School of Folk Music with her spirited, offbeat investigations of themes including love, war, surfing, and the John Deere combine. 

Sunday, DECEMBER 17, 1:30 pm—Catherine Underhill Fitzpatrick debuts Voyage: A Memoir of Love, War, and Ever After by Catherine and her father, N. Robert Underhill. bringing five generations of a Midwest family to life in a story one critic calls "beautiful, bittersweet, and unforgettable." The time-shifting memoir melds World War II love letters, vignettes on mid-20th-century family life, and essays embedded with post-millennial insight. Voyage follows a junior Naval officer on a minesweeper as he pours out his love in letters to Merrilee, the gorgeous socialite on the home front who lets him into her heart. 

Coming in February, 2018 — Chicago literary icon Tina Jens...details forthcoming. 


Jenene Ravesloot

Brittany Roque

Tracie Padal

Michele Williams

Bob Weinberg 

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

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


Timothy David Rey

Willa Moore

​​​Joe Weintraub


Catherine Fitzpatrick

R.J. Nelson

Recent Open Mic Featured Authors

​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 long-running monthly Open Mic takes place monthly at Sulzer Regional Library, 4455 N Lincoln Avenue, Chicago (see details below);
  • Themed Readings three 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.