2023 Writing Contest Winners


Our Writing Contest is complete for this year, and we would like to thank everyone who submitted their work. We had many wonderful entries and would like to congratulate our winners. The winning pieces will be available to read here on the website following the Annual Membership Event.

We hope you’ll join us at our Annual Membership Event on Saturday, May 20, 1:30 – 3:30pm in the Green Room in the downtown Duluth Public Library. Each of our contest winners will read excerpts from their winning works, in addition to keynote speakers Leif and John Enger.


  • Winner: Gary Boelhower, “Hush”
  • Runner-up: Tina Higgins Wussow, “Trying”

Short Fiction

  • First Place: Jeffrey Masuda, “Warpath”
  • Runner-up: Victoria Lynn Smith, “Letters in the Pocket”

Short Short Fiction

  • First Place: Alicia Peterson, “Evasive Creatures”
  • Runner-up: Charmaine Donovan, “Nobody Wants a Letter About War”

Creative Nonfiction

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.