- The League of Minnesota Cities annual Mayor for a Day essay contest is for Minnesota students in the fourth, fifth, or sixth grade. Students have an opportunity to write about what they would do if they were in charge of a city. Entries must be emailed or postmarked by Dec. 7. Three winners will be chosen and awarded $100 each, and will have their essays published in "Minnesota Cities" magazine. Winners will be notified in early January. For an entry form, go to lmc.org/about/mayor-for-a-day-essay-contest. The page also includes a link to a document for students that explains the typical job duties of a mayor.
The Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College English Department is calling for submissions to enter in the ninth edition of The Thunderbird Review, the college’s annual anthology of creative writing and art. Submissions are open to current residents or individuals with a strong connection to the Twin Ports area and the surrounding counties and tribal nations in Minnesota, Wisconsin and the Michigan upper peninsula, plus current students who are enrolled at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College, University of Wisconsin-Superior, University of Minnesota-Duluth, College of St. Scholastica, or Lake Superior College. Submission categories: short fiction (5,000 words maximum), creative nonfiction (5,000 words maximum), poetry (three poems maximum, submitted in one document), and art (three works maximum; any media, but art must be submitted as a jpeg file via email). Authors and artists may submit one entry per category except as noted above. Do not send work that has previously been published, is under consideration elsewhere, or has received an award. Only e-mail submissions will be accepted. Provide contact information including the submitter’s name, address, telephone number, email address, the title(s) of works being submitted, and a 50-word bio written in third person. The author’s name should not be on submitted manuscripts, although artwork may be signed. Writing entries should use Times New Roman size 12 font and be sent as an attachment in .doc or .docx format. Send submissions via email to firstname.lastname@example.org using the words “Anthology Submission” in the subject line. Deadline: Dec. 15.
Do you write poetry or short stories? Are you an artist? Maybe you write essays that entertain or intrigue others? Submit to "Spring Thaw," Itasca Community College’s annual literary and arts magazine is seeking submissions of essays, poems, short stories and artwork/photography for publication this spring. To submit, email written work (essays, poems, short stories), photography, and scanned artwork to email@example.com. Attach the work as a separate document without your name. Your email must include your name, contact information, and the title of the work you’re submitting. Put “Spring Thaw” in the subject line. If you would like to submit artwork that you cannot scan or photograph digitally, contact Lisa Marcis at 218-322-2439 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline: Jan. 1.
The Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets annual chapbook contest is now open for submissions until Feb. 1. Complete information can be found at Annual Contests — Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets.
The Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets is looking for poems from students in grades 6-12 for their annual student contest. Cash awards and publication in the 2022 Wisconsin Poets' Calendar. They are also looking for poems for their annual calendar. And the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets Muse Contest is currently open for submissions from poets living in Wisconsin. Deadline for all is Feb. 1. Go to wfop.org/annual-contests.
- Lake Superior Writers will host Superior Shares, a virtual open mic, 6-7 p.m. Dec. 9. Event is free and open to members and nonmembers. If you wish to read, ten 5-minute reading slots are available on a first come first served basis, with priority given to members of LSW. Participants will be notified ahead of time if they've been selected to read. Readers are asked to limit adult content and language. Graphic violent or sexual content is prohibited. To register, email email@example.com. Please indicate if you'd like to read. A Zoom link will be sent the day of the event.
Lake Superior Writers presents “Rules of Engagement: Writing a Short Story from Beginning to End.” Writer Felicia Schneiderhan will teach a four-week workshop. Participants create their own "rules" for their short story, then write and complete a revised draft. Along the way they'll study other writers and short story "rules" (including when to break them). In this virtual workshop, participants are encouraged to try something new and take some risks. Offered 6:30-8 p.m. Jan. 14, 21, 28 and Feb. 4, via Zoom. Information, prices, and registration available at lakesuperiorwriters.org/events/shortstoryworkshop.
Title: "On the Shortest Day"
Author: Laura Sulentich Fredrickson
Illustrator: Laurie Caple
Synopsis: This children's book in about Winter solstice. As child and grandparent hike through the woods and along streams, they encounter deer and eagles. They find mounds and lodges, homes for muskrats and beavers. They are watched by cottontail rabbits, red foxes and snowy owls. These animals and many more survive and even thrive during winter's deepest chill. At last, the solstice arrives. The shortest day becomes the longest night, promising the joys of more winter activities and, before too long, the wonders of spring.
Publisher: Minnesota Historical Society Press