January 2020 NorthWords



A celebration of uncertainty

Lake Superior Writers 2020 Writing Contest

Call for Submissions


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 3, 2020. Winners will be notified by May 4, 2020. The contest is FREE to members of Lake Superior Writers.

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





Critical | Obtaining Writing Feedback & Forming Editing Groups

Saturday, February 1, 2020

2 pm – 4 pm

Duluth Public Library


With our “Critical” event, Lake Superior Writers hosts esteemed writers to discuss the feedback process, one-on-one and in groups, and how to sift through the feedback to strengthen your own writing. This is a great opportunity to network with others looking a group!

1) Duluth-based editor/publisher Jim Perlman will speak about professional editing
2) Local writer Felicia Schneiderhan will present about structuring writing groups
3) Representatives from local writing groups will share how their own writing groups are structured, and will be open for questions about setting up a group
4) Lastly, we’ll connect people! We’ll leave time at the end for people to connect with one another and, if they’d like, start to form their own writing groups.

NOTE: this takes place in the main library’s green room



Writers’ Café

January 11 (Saturday), 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Perk Place, 1336 W Arrowhead Rd, Duluth

Join us at Perk Place for a chance to meet up with other writers and talk about writing. The Writers’ Cafe meets the second Saturday of each month. It’s a great way to meet fellow LSW members, network, and find members for your writing group. Casual, friendly, and fun – join us!

Literary events in our region

Jan 25 (Sat) 10:30 am – 1:00 pm – Writing Poems of Peace Workshop – A free workshop on writing poems about peace will be held at the Superior Public Library, 1530 Tower Avenue. The workshop is part of Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets’ Tree of Peace project. Participants will be encouraged to write poems to be printed on leaves and displayed on “trees” around the state and considered for publication in an anthology. Please pre-register or request more information by emailing Jan Chronister at wfoppres@gmail.com

Jan 25 (Sat) 11:00 am – Duluth author and LSW member Mark Munger will be a featured speaker at Heikinpäivä (Finnish Winter Festival) at North Wind Books on the campus of Finlandia, University in Hancock, MI. Mark will read from, discuss, and sign copies of Kotimaa: Homeland Free and open to the public.

Jan 30 (Mon) 7:00 pm – Mark Munger will be discussing and reading from his new novel, Kotimaa: Homeland at Barnes and Noble in Woodbury, MN. 


Every Word Matters: A Writer’s Retreat – To be held February 8, 2020 from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm. Cost: $75. Offers interesting ways to refresh and invigorate the words we choose for our stories, poems, or other forms of writing. Very interactive, using a variety of activities in a collegial atmosphere. The conversations we have around writing deepen our understanding of writing as an art and as a discipline of the heart. Ann Glumac lives and writes in Duluth. She is an accomplished trainer working with groups and organizations to build on their strengths as they learn new skills. Her first collection of poems is titled, A Skim of Ice on Still Water. Vic Klimoski is a writer and consultant specializing in adult education. He also coaches writers and teaches a variety of courses on creative writing. He has published six chapbooks of his own poems and has been a contributing editor for two others. He lives in St. Paul. St. Scholastica Spirituality Center, Monastery, 1001 Kenwood Avenue, Duluth, MN.

2020 Minnesota Writing Workshop – This is a special one-day “How to Get Published” writing workshop on Saturday, March 7, 2020, at the Intercontinental St. Paul Riverfront. In other words, it’s one day full of classes and advice designed to give you the best instruction concerning how to get your writing & books published. We’ll discuss your publishing opportunities today, how to write queries & pitches, how to market yourself and your books, what makes an agent/editor stop reading your manuscript, and more. No matter what you’re writing — fiction or nonfiction — the day’s classes will help point you in the right direction. Writers of all genres are welcome. This event is designed to squeeze as much into one day of learning as possible. You can ask any questions you like during the classes, and get your specific concerns addressed. We will have literary agents onsite to give feedback and take pitches from writers, as well. For more information, visit Minnesota Writing Workshop.

Pete Lovesey/Soho First Crime Novel Contest – The Competition is open to any writer, regardless of nationality, aged 18 or older, who has never been the author of any Published Novel (in any genre), as defined by the guidelines below (except that authors of self-published works may enter, as long as the manuscript submitted is not the self-published work), and is not under contract with a publisher for publication of a novel. Employees, and members of their immediate families living in the same household, of Soho Press (or a parent, subsidiary, or affiliate) are not eligible to enter. Visit https://www.loveseymysterycontest.com/contest-rules-how-to-submit.

The Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets is currently accepting submissions to four contests: the Muse Contest (open to all Wisconsin poets), the chapbook contest (post-publication for Wisconsin poets), the 2021 Wisconsin Poets’ Calendar, and the student contest (open to Wisconsin students in grades 6-12). For complete information please go to wfop.org/annual-contests.

McKnight Fellowship in Playwriting – for mid-career Minnesota-based writers. Deadline January 16.

Core Writer Program – for any professional writers. Deadline January 23.

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

KUDOS – News about our members

Night Journey Final Front copy - Laura Hansen

Laura Hansen has just published her first multi-genre book, The Night Journey; Stories and Poems, River Place Press. The Night Journey follows on the success of her poetry collection Deja Vu and her award-winning poetry book Midnight River. Contact author to set up signings and events. riverpoet.hansen@gmail.com. www.laurahansenbooks.com

Sheila Packa –The Minnesota State Arts Board awarded Sheila Packa an Artist Initiative grant in poetry for 2020. To see the list of all grantees, go to http://www.arts.state.mn.us/grants/2020/2020-awarded-ai.htm

Victoria Lynn (Youngquist) Smith had her essay, “Writing’s Daily Worries,” published on Brevity’s Blog on December 18, 2019. https://brevity.wordpress.com/


Open LSW Writing Groups

Jan 8 (Wed) 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Monthly critique group hosted by North Shore Poets and Writers and Two Harbors Public Library. Writers of all genres (and ages 14 and up) are welcome to this monthly gathering, meeting every second Wednesday of the month. Share your writing for gentle critique, in-depth critique, or merely an audience, or just come and listen to stories and poems by local writers. See or contact our Facebook page  https://www.facebook.com/northshorepoets/ for more information. This is a free event held monthly at Two Harbors Public Library, 320 Waterfront Dr, Two Harbors, MN.

Jan 15 (third Wed) 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm – The Third Wednesday Writer’s Group, an open genre group for all writing venues (poetry, memoir, long prose, short prose, fiction/nonfiction, etc.), will meet at Perkins restaurant at the Miller Hill Mall, 1302 Miller Trunk Hwy, Duluth, MN. For more information, contact facilitator Rodney Savary, 218-464-7701, r.a.savary@gmail.com.

Jan 19 (third Sun) 1:30 pm – Lake Superior Writers’ Memoir Group meets at the home of facilitator Ray Allard, 210 W Kent St, Duluth, MN. Bring something to read – we are helpful and friendly! Call 218-464-1782 for more information.