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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.

Red Shoes Writing Retreat on Lake of the Woods Sept 26-Oct 2

A Red Shoes Writing Retreat on Lake of the Woods will take place in Warroad, MN from September 26 – October 2, 2021.

This is a generative writing retreat where each of the ten workshops will provide you with new lessons on writing craft and challenge you to write something new and original. These workshops will not focus on criticism and you will not be required to share your work or read aloud. Instead, the format is intended to support and encourage you and provide a safe place to take new risks with your writing.

Each workshop offers instruction, examples from published literature, and an exercise to complete during the session. These workshops are designed to generate new and creative writing and will engage the writer in a form of play that provides a portal to the profound.  

This is a Generative Writing Retreat with excursions in the area and events with local, unique Lake of the Woods artists and artisans. The cost is $1,500 (price is all-inclusive except transportation to Warroad). Registration limited to 10 writers. Register at www.redshoeswriting.com or https://kimhruba.com/reservations/


Red Shoes Writing Retreat on Lake of the Woods will inspire your creative writing in a place where the natural landscape and local culture offer both stimulation and serenity. Participants will gather from September 26-October 2 to write, relax, and explore the art, history, and culture of the Lake of the Woods area in northern Minnesota. Ride a tandem bike, take a boat ride, taste walleye, see toboggans and snowshoes made, harvest honey, tour a CCC camp, hike in the state forest, learn about willow basket-making, painting, and sweat lodges from Ojibwe artisans, enjoy locally roasted coffee and craft beer, participate in a community storytelling event, and stay in a historic inn or newly constructed hotel. All kinds of writers are welcome. Whether you write fiction, nonfiction, memoir, short stories, essays, humor, or poetry, the craft sessions contain something new for everyone, beginners and experienced alike.

During the retreat, you will have the opportunity to schedule a one-on-one private consultation with both a published author (Kim Hruba) and a literary agent (Jill Swenson) to receive feedback on your writing, ask questions, and receive publishing advice.

Registration is limited to 10 writers and the price of the retreat is $1,500 which is an all-inclusive price, covering your participation, lodging, and meals. Thanks to a Northwest Minnesota Arts Council Arts Legacy Grant, the registration fee has been reduced to keep access to the arts affordable. The retreat experience is valued at $3,000. Transportation to and from Warroad is not included and the responsibility of participants. English proficiency is required and there will not be an on-site ASL interpreter.

Please come with your memories, ideas, hopes, and visions. Be prepared to open your mind and heart to find out what you didn’t even know you knew.

“This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.”
If you have any questions, please contact Kim Hruba at kim@redshoeswriting.com or visit https://kimhruba.com/red-shoes-writing-retreat/
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Call for Submissions: Short Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction

TALKING STICK VOLUME 30

***CELEBRATING THE SHORT FORM ***

(but slightly longer fiction and creative nonfiction this year) 

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

Wanted:  SHORT Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction.

THE TALKING STICK is a locally published and nationally recognized publication. 

1.  Writers must be from Minnesota or have some connection to this area. ALL ENTRIES MUST BE VERY SHORT. Focus on short forms, cutting all unnecessary words. Create an elegant moment that hints of a longer, more complex story. Think of these as compressed creations.

2.  DEADLINE:  March 1, 2021. This year they will again offer monetary prizes in each of the 3 categories. Writers may submit for more than one category. Their Editorial Board will select the poetry and prose to be published in TS30. A published Minnesota author will judge for the monetary prizes from the selected submissions, with authors’ names removed. Writers will be invited to our Book Release Party in September 2021 if they are able to hold a book release party. PLEASE READ SUBMISSION GUIDELINES COMPLETELY.

3.  Prizes are $200 for first place and $100 for second place in each of the three categories. Works are to be UNPUBLISHED. This must NOT be on your Website or on a Blog. They want new writings, unseen by the public. No simultaneous submissions, please. Submit manuscripts with name, address, email address, and phone number in upper right corner of each page. THIS MUST BE THE WAY YOU WANT YOUR NAME IN THE BOOK. Clearly mark the genre for which you are submitting: POETRY, CREATIVE NONFICTION, or FICTION. We would prefer that you do NOT start out your written piece with “inspirational” or “referenced” quotes from other literary works because of possible copyright issues, etc. They accept no political or religious rants and no children’s writings.

4. This year, they will have a special separate $50 prize for first place for humor and $25 for second place. They will choose this from any of the 3 genres. Do not label them as Humor. Let them decide. Just send in one of the three following genres.  

  • POETRY – Limit TWO poems per writer, either a Prose Poem no longer than ½ page or a poem with line breaks but either one no longer than 35 LINES total (and this must include counting the blank lines), typed singlespaced. They have 35 lines available on each book page, whether you use them as blank lines or lines of words. Note also that our books are small. Long lines will wrap and take up an extra line. No word count necessary. See other requirements under #3 above.
  • CREATIVE NON-FICTION – Limit TWO entries of 650 words or less each, typed single-spaced. Number the pages and include word count at end. See other requirements under #3 above.  
  • FICTION – Limit TWO short stories of 900 words or less each, typed single-spaced. Number the pages and include word count at end. See other requirements under #3 above. 

5.  Send only ONE copy of each submission along with SHORT bio (50 word limit). If you have a pen name, you MUST stress in a cover letter what your real name is (for the contract and mailing) and the name you want in the book (on the submission page, in the table of contents, and back of book). PERHAPS PUT BOTH NAMES ON THE PAGE(S) OF SUBMITTED WORK. If you do not make this clear, we cannot promise that we will catch the different name. PLEASE SEND ALL OF YOUR WORK AT THE SAME TIME. 

6.  Send ONE SASE so we can send an acceptance letter and contract to you. All contracts are to be signed and returned, but in the event a contract is not returned, submission implies permission to publish. FORMAL NOTIFICATION is required if you wish to withdraw your submission or if it is published elsewhere during this time period. After May 1, 2021, submissions cannot be withdrawn. SUBMISSIONS WILL NOT BE RETURNED. Decision of the editorial board and judges is final. Editors and editorial board of the JWB and JWB board members are eligible for publication in TS30, but not for the monetary prizes in this contest.  

7.  Send hard copy to:  Sharon Harris, TS SUBMISSIONS, 13320 149th Ave, Menahga, MN 56464Send ALL your submissions for ALL categories in ONE 9×12 ENVELOPE—do not fold or staple sheets. Submission guidelines are also on their website: www.jackpinewriters.com. They are accepting submissions in electronic format again this year. Check the website for details at www.thetalkingstick.com. They will NOT accept submissions in the body of an email—only with our electronic form, either pdf or Word document. Do NOT send docx files—they cannot guarantee format to be correct. A SASE is not required but would be greatly appreciated.

8.  Contributors who have one or more pieces selected for publication in TS30 will receive ONE free copy of TS30. Your copy may be picked up at the Book Release Party in September 2021 if they are able to hold the party. Any books not picked up will be mailed later—we appreciate receiving $3.00 for postage. JWB requires first publication rights only.

WATCH FOR WRITING WORKSHOPS IN OR NEAR PARK RAPIDS THIS YEAR

SPONSORED BY JACKPINE WRITERS’ BLOC, INC.

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