Ludington Writers issues call for submissions, accepting scholarship applications

January 2, 2024

Ludington Writers issues call for submissions, accepting scholarship applications

LUDINGTON — Ludington Writers has opened submissions for its publications: “Making Waves: A West Michigan Review” and “Beach Combings.” Both publications offer a platform to showcase diverse voices and perspectives of writers and artists.

The “Making Waves: A West Michigan Review” submission period is  Jan. 1 to  April 30 with the theme of “feral space.” Writers and artists are encouraged to explore the wild and transformative aspects of untouched spaces, from the natural world to the depths of human experience.

While the Ludington Writers focuses on poetry, it also accepts visual art and short writing pieces of non-fiction (essays and memoirs) and fiction (flash, micro, and short stories). The group will also consider speculative fiction.

Sequential art should be submitted under the “visual art” category.

  • Electronic submissions can be made through
  • There is a $3 per attachment fee for electronic submissions of creative writing
  • There is no fee for visual art submissions
  • Mailed submissions can be sent to Making Waves c/o LACA, 107. S. Harrison St., Ludington, MI 49431
  • There are no fees for mailed submissions
  • Full guidelines are available at

The editorial board is made up of Editor-in-Chief Nicole Birkett, Visual Arts Editor Linda Sandow (, Associate Editor Kathlene Barrett (, and Assistant Editors Janice Zerfas ( and Josh Berliner (

The organization is seeking at least one high school student to participate as a guest editor each issue. To apply for a position as a guest editor, email with name, contact information, availability, and any relevant past experience and/or area(s) of interest (e.g. poetry, micro fiction, essays, etc.).

The “Beach Combings” submission period is Jan. 1 – April 30. It does not have a theme. Exclusively for Ludington Writers members, “Beach Combings” seeks to highlight previously unpublished poetry, prose, and artwork from the local community. Members are defined as those who have attended at least one meeting in the last 12 months.

Beach Combings is lead by Kathelene Barrett,

Carol Bennett Memorial Scholarship
Ludington Writers invites applications for the 2024 Carol Bennett Memorial Scholarship.

This scholarship, in memory of Ludington Writers’ original board member Carol Bennett, supports aspiring writers in their pursuit of higher education. This scholarship is open to individuals of all ages, but especially encourages seniors in Mason, Oceana, Manistee, and Lake counties to apply.

The scholarship offers a value of $1,500.

  • Application Period: February 1 to April 1.
  • Send inquiries about the application to Linda Sandow at
  • Results announced by May 1, 2024

George Dila Memorial Sponsorship
Ludington Writers announces the 2024 George Dila Memorial Sponsorship.

This sponsorship, in honor of Ludington Writers founder George Dila, supports members in attending writing events outside West Michigan. Active members, who have attended at least one meeting in the previous calendar year, can apply for up to $500 to cover actual expenses associated with the chosen event.

  • Application Deadline: March 12, 2024
  • Email Barry Matthews at for more information
  • Limited to Ludington Writers members

To learn more about Ludington Writers, submission guidelines, and upcoming events, visit Stay connected on Facebook (@LudingtonWriters) and Twitter (@LudingtonWrite1, @WavesReview).

Ludington Writers Meetings

Ludington Writers meets every Tuesday in the Judith Minty room on the second floor of the Ludington Area Center for the Arts. Second and Fourth Tuesday critiques may be joined virtually, via Zoom. E-mail to register to attend either in-person or virtually.