The McKnight Fellowship in Playwriting is for Minnesota-based, mid-career writers. The fellowship provides development and career support along with a $25,000 award. The deadline for this program is January 14, 2021.
Playwrights may also be interested in the Core Writer Program, which is open to any playwright in the US and provides three years of career and development support. The application deadline is January 21, 2021.
Minnesota-based theater artists other than playwrights (e.g. actors, directors, designers, etc.) can apply for the McKnight Theater Artist Fellowship. Interested applicants can declare an intent to apply at any time, and will be notified about special workshops that the Minnesota Playwrights’ Center is holding about creating a digital work sample and an artist statement. This program provides a $25,000 award, and the deadline to apply is April 15, 2021.
Applications for all programs are accepted online, and there is no fee to apply. More information is available at the Playwrights’ Center website here. Questions? Contact Julia Brown at email@example.com or 715-225-2372.
The Missouri Review has opened their 30th annual Jeffrey E. Smith Editors’ Prize, which awards $5,000 each to winners in fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. This is open for submissions until October 1st, and welcomes writers of all levels to submit.
In addition to $5,000, winners in each genre will have their winning piece published in the spring issue, and will be honored with a reading in spring of 2021. All submissions are considered for publication and runners-up and finalists for the prize are often published in the Missouri Review or, in the case of poetry, as part of their Poem of the Week online feature.
They are focused on the quality of the writing first and foremost— they are searching for and would like to support strong work. Past winners have ranged from emerging writers to ones with established writing careers.
Submissions are accepted online or by mail — postmark deadline is October 1 — and the winners will be announced in January of 2021.
There are two options offered for entry fees. $25 is the standard entry fee, which includes a 1-year digital subscription to TMR and Strange Encounters: Stories from the Missouri Review. $30 is the All Access option, which includes the same goodies as the standard option, plus full access to the ten-year archive, complete with print and audio versions of TMR.
Find out more about the contest here: https://www.missourireview.com/contests/jeffrey-e-smith-editors-prize/.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions you might have.
Bailey Boyd, Contest Editor The Missouri Review 357 McReynolds Hall University of Missouri Columbia, MO 65211
The Missouri Review 357 McReynolds Hall University of Missouri Columbia, MO 65211
2020 CRAFT Flash Fiction Contest Open: September 1 to November 1, 2020 Judged by Leesa Cross-Smith
Welcome back to the annual flash fiction contest for unpublished stories up to 1,000 words! Guest judge Leesa Cross-Smith will select three winning stories and each winning writer will be awarded $1,000, publication, a bundle of the Rose Metal Press Field Guides, and more. There’s an editors’ choice round, too!
The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is pleased to announce that Joe Wavra of Red Lake Falls has been selected as the 2020 Northwest Minnesota Star Artist of the Year for his lifetime achievement in wood carving. Wavra received his award at a program in Red Lake Falls.
Wavra is a self-taught chainsaw carver and owner of Klondike Carvings. His carvings include life-sized Vikings, trolls, Voyageurs, Wind Spirits, walleyes, and eagles. He has had no formal training. Fifteen years ago, he started with small hand tools and then progressed into chainsaws. He has been a full-time carver for 5 years.
A prolific artist and community-minded, Wavra has created many carvings for communities in our region, including benches on trails in Red Lake Falls, sculptures, and trolls throughout Thief River Falls. He’s also been one of the organizers of Summerfest. Northwest Minnesota Arts Council Board Chair Briana Ingraham said, “he’s always willing to donate carvings to fundraising events for families in need or community events.”
Asked about his creative process, Wavra said, “Practice, practice, repetition, muscle memory. Shut the critical part of your mind off and let the creative part go.” Wavra doesn’t draw the design beforehand. He just starts. “It was a natural for me. I take out the parts that are in the way – it’s already in there. I just need to reveal it.”
Red Lake Falls Summerfest Chair Janet Wiskow explained, “Joe has shown over his many years here that he is an avid artist who is always willing to let others see how he creates his masterpieces, always willing to ensure his art is accessible to others, and is always willing to help our community thrive. He has been instrumental in the success of Summerfest.”
Red Lake Falls Mayor Allen Bertilrud shared that Wavra’s “artwork has added a unique beauty to our little town… Making art accessible to the young, the old, and everyone in between. He draws on our cultural history and memorializes it for the next generation. He has done so much over his long career to bring our past, our heritage, and our northwest Minnesota wildlife to life in his sculptures.”
The Northwest Star Artist Award is given each year to recognize artists within our seven-county region who stand out in terms of artistry. Of the Year Award winners are nominated by area residents. This award comes with $5,000. Artists can only receive our Northwest Star Award once, as a lifetime achievement award. Funding for the Northwest Star comes from the McKnight Foundation.
Congratulations Joe Wavra on winning the Northwest Star Award!
The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is pleased to announce that Rob Burkel of Thief River Falls has been awarded the Northwest Artist of the Year Award. Burkel is a talented actor in our area.
Rob Burkel has served as Thief River Falls Area Community Theater’s (TRFACT) board President, and directed, produced, acted in numerous theatrical productions in Thief River Falls and the area. He’s also been a TRFACT Radio Readers Theater cast member and a Lincoln High School Speech Team Coach and One Act Play Director. He sits on the Northwest Regional Library Board and has been the force behind bringing the Fargo-Moorhead Opera to Thief River Falls the past 2 years.
According to TRFACT Director Jane Anderson, Burkel is “the backbone of our local theater. His decades of hard work, phenomenal talent and dedication to theater arts, make him truly deserving of this award. In every capacity, Rob is an asset to the theater. Rob’s greatest contribution to the theater is his ability to act and bring characters to life.”
Director Teresa McGriff described Burkel as “one of the most prepared actors I have ever worked with. He’s not afraid to roll up his sleeves and pitch in. He’s a real team player — upstanding but kind and fun as well. People want to be in shows with him because he is fun to work with. Audiences want to come and see him in shows, as well, because he is well-liked and respected. When auditions are held, he is one of the ones I hope to see walking into the room and that is one of the highest compliments a director can give.”
Fellow actor Scott Pream said,” Rob’s insight into his character portrayal is only topped by his willingness to help his fellow actors become the best they can be. He is a great leader willing to help in any way he can.”
When asked about the impact of the arts on individuals or society, Burkel explained that “theater and art are at their best when they force you to think. If forcing you to think makes you uncomfortable, even better. Art should change who you are going forward and make you a better person. There should be a balance between that and fun and silly. There’s a role for humor, too.”
The Northwest Artist of the Year Award is given each year to recognize artists within our seven-county region who stand out in terms of artistry. This award can be given to any discipline artist including visual, performing, or creative writing who are emerging or at a mid-way point in their artistic endeavors. “Of the Year” Award winners were nominated by area residents and comes with a cash award of $500.00. Funding for the Northwest Artist of the Year comes from the McKnight Foundation.
Congratulations, Rob Burkel on being named the Artist of the Year!