2018 Writing Contest


Creative Nonfiction – Winner: “Dear Lorraine” by Michael Creger, Honorable Mention: “Natural Consequences” by Avesa Rockwell

Poetry – Winner: “Minnesota Headline 2018: Undocumented Immigrants Follow a Perilous Path to Canada” by Deborah Rasmussen, Honorable Mention: “Bird Called Memory” by Hannah Fordice

Short Story – Winner: “The Drowning Man” by Tim Strom, Honorable Mention: “Black Like Swede” by Maria Macioce

Short-Short Story – Winner: “Footing” by Terry Spangler Dunham, Honorable Mention: “Safety” by R.A. Savary



Brooks Johnson is an award-winning journalist who moved to Duluth in 2016 after a long journey out West. He has judged several contests for the Society of Professional Journalists and is very fond of brevity and levity. A board member for Lake Superior Writers, Johnson recently launched the LSW podcast and has plans to write short stories and essays, but there’s just so much to read first.

Justin Powers has been a longtime supporter of LSW since the days of meeting in the Depot’s Board Room. Cursed with being a lifelong writer, LSW has been his support group for years. Powers has been blessed with a wealth of master classes from his LSW contemporaries, and now focuses on a poetry chapbook, short stories, a creative fiction novel, a screenplay and building a recording studio to promote a regional songwriting collective.


Ramona Marozas joined the CBS 3 Duluth newsroom in 2013. She produces the evening TV newscasts, and has contributed reports. Marozas is a member of the largest Chippewa reservation in Wisconsin, which is the Bad River Band of the Lake Superior Tribe of Chippewa Indians Reservation. During her college years she interned at the St. Cloud Times in St. Cloud, MN, and at the Argus Leader in Sioux Falls, S.D. After college she became the first News Apprentice to work at WCCO-TV in Minneapolis. She is also a 2010 and 2011 American Indian Journalism Institute (AIJI) graduate. Marozas has been a proud member of the Native American Journalist Association (NAJA) since 2008, and is now a board member. As a product of NAJA, Marozas understands the importance of Native storytelling.

Gail Henderson is a retired public school educator recently transplanted from Oklahoma to Minnesota. She loves everything Minnesotan except the mosquitoes. She recently collaborated with an Oklahoma photographer to produce Bare, a book of poems and pictures that encapsulates the essence of being a woman. She writes poetry with an edge, gardens with abandon, and edits viciously.


Felicia Schneiderhan is the author of the memoir Newlyweds Afloat: Married Bliss and Mechanical Breakdowns While Living on a Trawler. Her work appears in Real Simple, Chicago Sun-Times, Great Lakes Review, Literary Mama, Lake Superior Magazine, Sport Literate, Diverse Voices Quarterly, and elsewhere. She lives in Duluth, where she writes in whatever closet she thinks her three tsunamis won’t find her.

Catherine Lange, an independent graphic designer, photographer, and editor, lives in Washburn, Wisconsin. Originally from Chicago, Lange worked over 30 years in communications, publishing, and the graphic arts. She served as publications manager for The University of Chicago Law School, the Chicago Board of Education, and Chicago Park District; and was the managing editor for a Chicago publisher. She currently serves as a board member on the Wisconsin Arts Board. In 2016, she self-published a book of her photographs and photo essays called, “Why This Place? The Chequamegon Bay and Beyond—Through the Eyes and Hearts of the People Who Live Here.”


Julie Tersteeg is writer of poetry, narrative non-fiction, and dabbler in other genres.  Her day job is as an elementary teacher which provides a plethora of writing material. In her spare time, Julie enjoys all things outside, skiing, hiking, gardening, and paddling.

Naomi Musch is an award-winning author whose tenth novel, The Softest Breath, released from Desert Breeze Publishing on May 21. Her eleventh novel, Mist O’er the Voyageur, will release from Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas in October. Naomi crafts her stories from the pristine north woods of Wisconsin, where she and her husband Jeff live as epically as God allows near the families of their five adult children. She enjoys roaming around the farm, snacking out of the garden, relaxing in her vintage camper, and loving on her passel of grandchildren. Though she has written in a variety of venues, her great love is fiction. She invites you all to connect with her around the web.