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Nominate Artists and Arts Advocates for Of the Year Awards! Deadline extended

Nominations Open for Of the Year Awards Until May 17 — Deadline Extended

Northwest Artist of the Year $500 

Northwest Arts Advocate of the Year $500

Northwest Star Award for $5,000

Warren, Mn – Applications are open for nominations for the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council Of the YearAwards. Three awards are given each year to recognize artists and arts advocates within our region who stand out in terms of artistry or volunteerism in the arts. Often people serve in both roles. 

NWMAC Director Mara Hanel presenting Of the Year Awards

Our Arts Advocate of the Year award is $500.00 and often goes to a local leader who lives in the area where the artist reception will be held.  But anyone is eligible to be nominated. Arts includes all disciplines.

Our Artist of the Year 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. It is a cash award of $500.00 to use however they see fit. 

Artists can only receive our Northwest Star Award once, as a lifetime achievement award. This award is for $5,000.00 and can be a wonderful gift to those who have chosen a hard career path related to artistic expression.

Our deadline for nominations is May 17. It has been extended this year due to a later reception date. Please consider nominating someone who you view as a deserving candidate from our seven-county service area in northwestern Minnesota. Persons who believe their nominee would qualify for this award and have questions should contact the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council office at (218) 745-8886 or email director@NWArtsCouncil.org for more information. The nomination form is on our website.

Awards will be presented at the Northwest Minnesota Arts Exhibit reception in Warroad in June. Stay tuned for more information. Funding for Northwest Star and Northwest Artist of the Year comes from The McKnight Foundation. Funding for Northwest Arts Advocate of the Year comes from the Minnesota State Legislature.

Upcoming Opportunities: McKnight Fellowship in Playwriting, Core Writer Program, McKnight Theater Artist Fellowship

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.

The Playwright’s Center 2301 East Franklin Avenue Minneapolis

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  juliab@pwcenter.org or
715-225-2372.

Call to Writers: Missouri Review Annual Editors’ Prize is Open

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 contest_question@moreview.com with any questions you might have.

Bailey Boyd, Contest Editor
The Missouri Review
357 McReynolds Hall
University of Missouri
Columbia, MO 65211

The Editors

The Missouri Review
357 McReynolds Hall
University of Missouri
Columbia, MO 65211

CRAFT Flash Fiction Contest

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!
 
Submit Here

Northwest Star Award Winner is Joe Wavra

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!