"Let The Blues Be Your Muse" call for written submissions!

Waterline Writers announces a call for submissions, Let The Blues Be Your Muse, for a blues-themed literary event at 7 PM, Sunday 5/20/18, at Water Street Studios in Batavia, IL. We welcome your submissions of poetry, prose, essays, and other written creations that evoke or celebrate blues music, this uniquely American art form with African roots.

This collaboration with the Fox Valley Music Foundation, Kiss the Sky Records and Water Street Studios sets the stage for area blues festivals on:

June 9, 2018:  Blues and Roots on Water Street, Batavia IL  

June 15-16, 2018: Blues on the Fox, Aurora IL                    


We’ll consider works of various lengths – from brief riffs on the blues to longer pieces. We seek diverse voices, styles and approaches.

Here are a few ideas to consider:

·         Poems that bring to life the feel of blues music

·         Stories that feature blues music in the setting or characters

·         A fusion of blues and spoken word

·         Explorations of a blues song or a specific blues style

·         Personal perspectives on blues music

·         A portrayal of a blues musician

·         Lyrics to your own blues song

·         We’re open to writing that includes musical performances

Follow Blues Event Submission Guidelines below or at waterlinewriters.org.

Blues Event Submission Guidelines for writers:

·         We’ll accept submissions until 3/30/18

·         You must be available Sunday night 5/20/18

·         Length may be from 1-15 minutes

·         You may submit work previously read at Waterline, or work that’s been  previously published if it doesn’t violate agreements with your publisher

Send your submission to Paula Garrett at waterlinewriters@gmail.com and:

·         Attach the work to be read

  • Maximum length for prose is about 2000 words
  • Poets, attach no more than 8 poems, all in one document
  • Musicians & spoken word poets, please send video or audio
  • Attach a short bio, maximum 75 words
  • Attach a photo in JPG or PNG format—a head shot works best

We’ll confirm submission receipts promptly & announce decisions after April 15th.          

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Saturday, March 31, 2018
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