Brews +  Prose Presents



On Saturday October 20th 2018, literary groups from around Cleveland will gather together in the historic Tremont neighborhood to create a space for writers to network and grow. Cleveland Drafts will feature writers across all genres and in every stage of their career reading their works in progress. Presented in partnership with Twelve Literary Arts, The Manhattan Project - Cleveland Lab, Gordon Square Review / Literary Cleveland, and the Cleveland State University Poetry Center, this event will explore what is a work in progress, what a cohesive literary community can be, and how Cleveland is developing a strong literary presence across multiple genres and platform.

When & Where

Saturday, October 20th, 2018
Tremont Neighborhood, Cleveland


We will kick off the day’s festivities with a panel. A to B to CLE: Towards a Literary Community in Cleveland will offer perspectives on the assets and challenges of creating a cohesive literary community, one that supports its members while attracting others from throughout the region and the nation.

Submission Guidelines

Call for Submissions

Brews + Prose is curating readers for Cleveland Drafts. Readers are selected by committee in conjunction with our partners Twelve Literary Arts, The Manhattan Project - Cleveland Lab, Gordon Square Review/Literary Cleveland, and the Cleveland State University Poetry Center. If you are interested in participating, please submit your best work following the guidelines below. This work does not have to be the work you will read at the reading but should be in the genre you will read. Readers will be notified in August and reading schedules for the event will be determined at that time.



•   Submissions open at 12:01am on April 15, 2018.

•   Submissions close at midnight on June 30, 2018. Early submissions are encouraged!

•   Selections will be announced by August 15, 2018.


Guidelines for Submission

Writers should submit to the category for which they qualify:

a) Student = Youth and student writers

b) Emerging = early career writers who have published at least 1 individual story, piece or poem, or produced a 10 minute or one act play, but not a full length work.

c) Professional = writers who have professionally published at least 1 full length work or produced a full length play.


To submit your work for consideration:

1. Send an email to

2. In the email Subject line, include your category (Student, Emerging, or Professional) and genre (Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-fiction, Playwriting)

3. Include a brief author bio.

4. Include a PDF copy of your work. Please submit work you feel is your best work and representative of who you are as a writer. This work does not have to be the work you will read at the event but should be in the genre you plan to read in. Manuscripts should be submitted as PDF files.

  • If submitting a play, include an introductory page with a brief (up to 200 word) synopsis, cast breakdown, and setting. Send a one act, a ten minute play, or a 10 page excerpt.
  • If submitting poetry, send 5 poems
  • If submitting prose submit 1 short story or essay, or 1 chapter of an excerpt.
  • Include a cover page with name, title, and genre. If this is a play, indicate ten-minute, one-act, or full-length form.
  • Include an author page with:
    • Contact information (name, address, e-mail, and phone)
    • A brief author bio
    • A publishing history listing any public readings, workshops, or other presentations


Selections will be announced by email and posted on the Cleveland Drafts website and Facebook page. Please no requests for updates during the reading period.



Stay tuned!



The Cleveland State University Poetry Center, established in 1962, publishes between three and five books of poetry, prose, and translation each year with a national distribution and reach. In addition to publishing, the CSU Poetry Center promotes contemporary literature via the Lighthouse Reading Series, the Anisfield-Wolf Fellowship in Writing and Publishing, community outreach and workshops, and as an educational resource for Cleveland State University’s students by providing assistantship and internship opportunities as well as involving students in the editorial and production aspects of literary publishing.



Gordon Square Review is an online literary magazine published biannually by Literary Cleveland to showcase emerging writers nationwide and internationally, award editing mentorships, and provide a venue to spotlight Northeast Ohio writers.

Literary Cleveland's mission is to create and nurture a vibrant literary arts community in Northeast Ohio.



Between 1942 and 1945, J. Robert Oppenheimer gathered the most brilliant minds of the age at Los Alamos, New Mexico to create something magnificent and terrifying. The Manhattan Project - Cleveland Lab seeks to do the same for the Cleveland stage.



Twelve Literary Arts brings performance poetry to public spaces, while supporting poets and writers of all ages with youth programming, adult professional development, and brave spaces to dream, write and teach into reality a world of social justice and equity.  


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