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Call to Writers, Poets & Illustrators: Elements — earth, air, fire, water, space

Call to Writers, Poets, and Illustrators

For work on the subject of Elemental: Earth, Air, Fire, Water, Space

Warren, MN. The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council (NWMAC) is pleased to announce a call for writings and illustrations on the subject of the elements, including earth, air, fire, water, and space for an upcoming exhibit July 30 – September 27 at the NWMAC Gallery at NCTC in Thief River Falls.

All pieces of work (written and illustration) will be framed by the Northwest MN Arts Council in an 8.5 x 11 frame. If your work is larger than 8.5 x 11 (for example a longer piece of writing or poetry, a larger illustration, etc.) let Trey know and we will work with you. 

Possible subjects include — 

Earth: Stone, mountain, valley, cave, desert, forest, marsh, beach island, dirt, soil, solid, richness, variety, Gnomes (mythology), Tarot: coin or pentacle, oxen, feet, where you live and work, money, place in the world, atoms, molecules, passive 

Air: sky, cloud, wind, breath, gas, hurricane, tornado, oxygen, aerial, sylphs (invisible beings in mythology), tarot: sword, mind, thinking, intellect, language, concepts, ideas, prayer, head, eagle, active

Fire: spark, dawn, sunrise, solstice, dusk, sun, heat, flame, lightening, purification, desire, love, erotic, summer, noon, warm, dry, salamender (can burst into flames in mythology), Tarot: wand, making or doing, sexual or creativity energy, imagination.

Water: Ocean, river, lake, whirlpool, waterfall, flood, bubble, drown, swim, depths, storm, rain, steam, fog, ice, life, undines (water-based nymphs or mermaids in mythology), Tarot: cup, love, angel, ribcage or heart, positive, friendship, motion. 

Space: Emptiness, vastness, welcome, embracing, open, eternal, spirit, either, quintessence (Latin for fifth element), soul, nothingness, formless, presence).

We will be offering writing prompts and other inspirational guidance. Stay tuned for more information. Visit our website to learn more nwartscouncil.org.

For more information and to submit your work for consideration please email Trey Everett at treyeverettcreates@gmail.com with a sample of your written work or a photo of your illustration by July 12. Multiple pieces can be submitted. If accepted please email or mail your unframed written work(s) and please mail your unframed illustration(s) to Trey at 414 Houston Avenue Crookston MN 56716. Please ensure that the artwork is received by Friday July 16th to allow time for framing and preparing artist information cards. Include with your submission(s) the following: Name, where you are from, title of piece, sale price, how buyer can contact you, anything you can add about your creative process, inspiration,  etc.  

Attention Writers! MOLLYHOUSE is looking for poems, stories & Essays

MOLLYHOUSE is looking for your new poems, stories, and essays.

Prepare no more than five poems or a prose piece (5K words max) in a single Word file (.doc, .docx, or .rtf). Place your name and email address on top. No haikus or oddly-formatted poems (due to ebook formatting limitations). Simultaneous submissions are acceptable. NO REPRINTS (your work cannot have appeared previously on Facebook, blogs, etc.).

State in your cover letter whether you identify as:

– D/deaf and/or disabled
– LGBTQ+ (or queer)
– Female or nonbinary
– African-American, LatinX, Asian-American, Pacific Islander, or Arab-American
– Indigenous (or Native American)

International writers working in English are also welcome.

Include a short bio in the third person (100 words max) in the body of your email. Add your social media handle(s) or web site URL at the end in brackets. [Like this!]

Specify in the subject field of your email whether it’s POETRY, FICTION, or NONFICTION, and add your last name after that, as in POETRY Jones.

Send your work to mollyhouselit _at_ gmail _dot_ com between May 16, 2021 – June 7, 2021.

If you’ve appeared in the most recent issue of Mollyhouse, please wait for the next reading period to submit your work. (Thanks!)

Mollyhouse will be available as a free ebook via Smashwords and Apple Books. As this will be an internationally free publication with no budget for advertising, marketing, or Submittable (so no reading fees either!), we unfortunately don’t have the funds to pay anyone. All writers will retain copyright to their own work. Please acknowledge Mollyhouse if you reprint your work elsewhere.

For more info, please check out mollyhouse.org.

Online Summer retreats for writers

The North Beach Writers’ Retreat is offering three online retreats this summer, with some excellent professional writers. Patrica Hampl, a world-renowned memoirist, will lead a virtual memoir writing retreat June 12-13. Patrica Smith, a poet extraordinaire, will lead a virtual poetry writing retreat June 17-18. Also, Minnesota author Shannon Gibney will lead a young adult fiction writing retreat June 25-26.

More information can be found on their website: https://northbeachwritersretreat.com/

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