NWMAC is accepting nominations for our “Of The Year” Awards once again. The nomination form is on our website.
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. Many times people serve in both roles. 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 always the last day of February each year — this year it is February 29. 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) 745-9111 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Again, the deadline for nominations is February 29, 2020.
Awards will be presented at the Northwest Minnesota Arts Exhibit Reception in Red Lake Falls, Minnesota on Wednesday, April 29 at 5PM. For more information about the Arts Exhibit click here.
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.
Be a part of the 21st Bemidji Sculpture Walk! This outdoor art walk program has become a foundation of Bemidji’s downtown and a highly anticipated venue for tourists year-round. Consider applying with your own work or sharing this with an artist or arts organization you know.
Artists are offered a $500 honorarium plus consideration for several cash prizes for each accepted work. Artists may submit up to 3 works separately, for separate consideration.
Here’s a quick timeline:
First Call in November
Submission Deadline is February 1
Jurying takes place March 12
Acceptance Notification will be sent March 16
Annual Artist Installation/Reception is on May 15 and 16
To apply visit https://www.bemidjisculpture.com/#call-to-artists
Submissions are open September 1 to October 31 2019. Guest judge Benjamin Percy will choose three stories from a shortlist. Visit https://craft.submittable.com/submit/147242/craft-3k-flash-fiction-contest-judge-benjamin-percy for more info.
CRAFT submissions are open to all writers
International submissions are allowed
Please submit work in English only
1,000 word count maximum—flash only
Review literary fiction, but are open to a variety of genres and styles — their only requirement is that you show excellence in your craft
Previously unpublished work only—they do not review reprints, including self-published work, for contests
Allow simultaneous submissions—writers please notify CRAFT and withdraw your entry if your work is picked up elsewhere
$20 reading fee per entry allows up to two stories of 1,000 words or fewer each—if submitting two stories, please put them both in a SINGLE document
Allow multiple submissions—please submit each set of two flash stories as a separate submission accompanied by a reading fee
All entries will also be considered for publication in CRAFT
All entrants will receive an exclusive digital compilation in spring 2020 that includes: the winning pieces, with Benjamin Percy’s introductions and the winners’ craft essays; excerpts from the editors’ choice and finalist pieces; notes from the readers and editors about the reading process; and more
Please, please, double-space your submission and use Times New Roman 12 pt font
Please include a brief cover letter with your publication history (if applicable)
Do not require blind submissions
The writers of the three winning flash fiction pieces will each receive:
The McKnight Fellowship in Playwriting recognizes and supports mid-career playwrights living and working in Minnesota who demonstrate a sustained level of accomplishment, commitment, and artistic excellence. The fellowship term is July 1, 2020-June 30, 2021. The fellowship includes:
$2,500 to support a play development workshop and other professional expenses
$1,400 in travel funds
Application Deadline is January 16, 2020. You are strongly encouraged to declare your intent to apply by early September 2019.