April 2020 NorthWords


A celebration of uncertainty

Lake Superior Writers 2020 Writing Contest

Call for Submissions

*Extended Deadline – April 15


Contest JPEGLake Superior Writers is accepting entries in multiple genres for our annual writing contest. Categories include: Poetry (up to 3 poems), Short-Short Fiction (1 or 2 submissions of up to 500 words), Short Fiction (a single submission of 1,500-5,000 words), and Creative Nonfiction (a single submission of 1,500-5,000 words). One winner in each category will receive a prize of $250 and publication on the Lake Superior Writers website.

The theme is “Undecided.”

We are looking for submissions that explore this theme, and writers can interpret it as broadly as they wish. You might write about the tension found in everyday choices or the profound struggles that shape the world or anything in between.

DEADLINE: April 15, 2020. Winners will be notified by May 31, 2020. The contest is FREE to members of Lake Superior Writers.

READING AT THE 2020 ANNUAL MEETING: At this time, our annual meeting is on hold. We will be looking at online options for winners to read their work, so please check back for those details.

GUIDELINES: Visit https://lakesuperiorwriters.org/2020-writing-contest/ for contest rules and how to submit.


Writers’ Café

No meetings at this time.


Literary events in our region – virtual

April 7, 14, 21, 28 – St. Croix Writers meet by free audio teleconference each Tuesday, 9:30 – 11:30 am. You are welcome to dial in and read your work, or just listen to the works of other writers from all genres.  For details, please contact WWA Board member Debra Raye King, Moderator, at  SunnyCoveStudio@gmail.com


April 11 (Sat) 4:30 pm – Depression, Covid-19, and Social Distance Zoom Poetry Read – In the current epoch of COVID-19 outbreak, anxiety, depression, worry, crisis, and all social events closing, we have to take on the recommendation of “social-distancing.” This might hurt our social networking in real spaces, compromise mental health, and healing. For National Poetry Month in April , Lunar Baedeker is hosting a zoom conference call to check-in, read poetry, and keep us all connected. https://zoom.us/meeting/926252386


April 23 & 30 (Thurs) – Drawn to Write – Explore the stories behind the story as local author Felicia Schneiderhan sits down with regional authors and illustrators to learn about their inspiration behind the words on the page and the beautiful illustrations accompanying artwork. Learn about the process behind writing books and visit the artists in their studios as they create the images that appear in the final, published illustrated books.

Watch on-air Thursday nights on PBS North. Or stream on WDSE’s YouTube Channel, pbs.org or on the free PBS Video App.

The Lost Forest with author Phyllis Root and illustrator Betsy Bowen.

Emma Bee with author Pamela Fish Carlson and illustrator Tessa Carlson.

About Host Felicia Schneiderhan

Felicia Schneiderhan is an award-winning magazine and fiction writer. Her memoir Newlyweds Afloat details the three years she and her husband Mark lived on their trawler, Mazurka, in downtown Chicago. They now live in Duluth with their three kids, who thrive as readers and outdoor adventurers in Northeast Minnesota.




McKnight Theater Artist Fellowship – for mid-career Minnesota-based artists other than playwrights. Deadline April 16.

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Báiki Writing Project – Báiki and the Sami Cultural Center of North America are soliciting writings for possible inclusion in an on-line or printed Special Edition of Báiki: The International Sami Journal. Writing should address one of two topics: 1. What Baiki means to you or its influence on your life or Sami identity (generally or personally) 2. My travels (real or imagined) to Sapmi. For more information or questions write samicenterna@gmail.com. Deadline for submissions May 19, 2020.


KUDOS – News about our members

Ray Allard continues to write. He recently compiled many of his far-flung (and unpublished) essays. He continues to work on a reading play and a screenplay.

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Taisha Hart – “Gidjie and the Wolves” is the first book in The Intermediaries, a middle grade series starring Gidjie, an Anishinaabe girl who lives near the shore of Lake Superior. Her best friend is an opossum. Her grandmother is an expert baker, traveling animal medic, and part-time bird. Join Gidjie as she embarks on a life-changing journey to uncover the whereabouts of her missing wolf aunt–prodded on by dancing foxes, a tiny man on a floating island, and unexpected friendships. Story, Cover Art & Illustrations Penciled by Tashia Hart. Gidjie Logo & Illustrations Inked & Colored by Jonathan R Thunder. (Not) Too Far Removed Press. This book was made possible with the help of a 2019 ARAC Career Development Grant.


Thomas Wayne King‘s article “Sticking with Code Skills” appears in the April 2020 issue of QST, Journal of the American Radio Relay League, Newington, CT.  QST has global readership of over 200,000.


Vickie Youngquist-Smith has been working on fiction and nonfiction short stories. She is also working on some pieces to enter in the Lake Superior Writers’ contest. She wishes to thank her family, friends, and writing buddies who have given her feedback on her writing.


Marie Zhuikov I’m using my extra, non-socializing time to finish writing a collection of short stories, or more like parables, on the theme of deceiving appearances. I’ve been working on them for a couple of years. One story is (eerily) about a woman in quarantine in Minneapolis. I thought now would be a good time to share that with the world for people starved for reading material and in case I don’t make it out of this thing alive. “The Shower Singer” is available in three parts on my “Marie’s Meanderings” blog, starting with this link to Part 1: https://mariezhuikov.wordpress.com/2020/03/22/coronavirus-chronicles-the-shower-singer-part-1-of-3/


We at Lake Superior Writers wish all of you safety, good health, and continued writing success. As we practice safe social distancing measures, please continue to share with us any virtual events or writing projects that you are working on in these unprecedented times.