by mnartists.org   March 25, 2010

mnartists.org invites MN poets and writers to submit their work to the 2010 cycle of the mnLIT literary series, which consists of the miniStories flash fiction competition and the What Light Poetry Project. DEADLINE: MAY 16.
mnLIT: What Light Poetry Project and the miniStories flash fiction competition
mnLIT: What Light Poetry Project and the miniStories flash fiction competition
CALL FOR MN POETS AND WRITERS

Submissions: March 25 - May 16 (midnight)

mnLIT is a competitive literary program presented by mnartists.org, which consists of the What Light Poetry Project and the miniStories flash fiction series. mnLIT showcases original work by Minnesota poets and writers and is sponsored, in part, by The Onion/A.V. Club: Twin Cities. Interested writers are welcome to submit work for consideration in both the What Light and miniStories competition.

mnLIT OVERVIEW: For 2010 there will be only one call for the whole year's worth of mnLIT submissions. mnartists.org will be taking submissions for the What Light Poetry Project and the miniStories flash fiction competition from Thursday March 25 - Sunday, May 16.

You must be a resident of Minnesota to submit work for consideration in the mnLIT competition. Submissions to each series will be handled separately: poetry submissions to What Light will be considered by a panel of poets and editors; flash fiction submissions to miniStories will be read and selected by another panel of authors and editors. What Light and miniStories panelists will read and make their selections from an anonymous pool of entries.

Read an archive of previously winning poems and short stories in these literary series on mnartists.org.

PUBLICATION: After the winning What Light poems and short-short fiction of miniStories are selected by their respective panels of jurors, mnartists.org will commence publication of the victorious pieces, from June 2010 through March 2011, on the site's homepage. Magers and Quinn will also publish winning pieces throughout the year on the bookstore's website. In addition to online publication of winners' pieces, there will be scheduled opportunities for live readings of work by the winning mnLIT writers.

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WHAT LIGHT POETRY PROJECT

What Light is a competitive showcase for poetry by Minnesota writers which is now entering its fifth year. This year, 20 winning poems will be selected from submissions received by a panel of regionally and nationally esteemed poets and editors.

Our panel of readers for the 2010 What Light competition are:

  • Poet Todd Boss (Yellowrocket)
  • Chris Fischbach (Associate Publisher, Coffee House Press)
  • Sun Yung Shin (Skirt Full of Black)
  • Sandi Wisenberg (writer, co-director of the MA/MFA Creative Writing program at Northwestern).
  • Jeff Johnson, one of last year's grand prize-winning What Light poets, will serve as lead juror in the 2010 poetry competition

From among the 20 winning poems selected by our panel of jurors, one grand-prize winner will be selected to receive $500 and a commission by mnartists.org to publish a second original poem on the site. The grand prize-winner's commissioned piece will be illustrated for publication with specially chosen artwork from the vast database of mnartists.org artists.

The 20 winning poems will be published throughout the year on mnartists.org and Magers and Quinn Booksellers' website.

THERE WILL ONLY BE ONE CALL FOR WHAT LIGHT SUBMISSIONS FOR 2010

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: SUNDAY, MAY 16 (midnight)

Eligibility and Submission Guidelines:

Any Minnesota resident may submit up to three short, previously unpublished poems (each may be up to 50 lines or, in the case of a prose poem, a maximum 300 words long); send your submission(s) as an attachment to poems@mnartists.org (preferably as Word documents or, in the case of pieces with complex formatting, jpeg files). You may also simply paste your piece into the body of an email. Please put "WHAT LIGHT poetry submission" in the subject line of your email.

You must be a resident of Minnesota and become a member of mnartists.org to have winning work published in this contest. At the time entrants to What Light submit their poems for consideration, they should also submit a low-res (72 dpi) photograph of themselves, a brief bio (no more than 150 words). With this biographical information, entrants should also include links to any relevant personal websites or blogs that they would like mentioned should their poem(s) be selected.

 

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miniStories FLASH FICTION COMPETITION

miniStories is a flash fiction competition, now in its third year, which spotlights original short-short stories by Minnesota writers. Twenty pieces will be selected for publication by a panel of noted authors, editors, and publishing industry veterans from across the country.

Our 2010 panel of flash fiction readers:

  • Alexander Chee (The Queen of the Night, Edinburgh)
  • Daniel Handler (Lemony Snicket series, The Basic Eight, Watch Your Mouth, Adverbs)
  • Kevin Larimer (editor of Poets & Writers)
  • Heather McElhatton (Pretty Little Mistakes, Jennifer Johnson is Sick of Being Single)
  • Author Dennis Cass will serve as lead juror in the 2010 miniStories competition

From the pool of 20 winning authors selected by our flash fiction jurors, one grand prize-winner will be selected to receive $500 and commission for a second short story (which may or may not be flash fiction) to be published by mnartists.org. The grand prize-winner's commissioned piece will go through a full editing process and will be illustrated for publication with specially chosen artwork from the vast database of mnartists.org artists.

The 20 winning short-short stories will be published throughout the year on mnartists.org and on Magers and Quinn Booksellers' websites.

THERE WILL ONLY BE ONE CALL FOR MINISTORIES SUBMISSIONS FOR 2010

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: SUNDAY, MAY 16 (midnight)

Eligibility and Submission guidelines:

Any Minnesota resident may submit up to three previously unpublished pieces of flash fiction, in any genre; each submission should be no longer than 500 words in length. Stories should be submitted as email attachments to stories@mnartists.org (preferably formatted as Word documents) or pasted into the body of an email. Please put "miniStories flash fiction submission" in the subject line of your email.

You must be a resident of Minnesota and become a member of mnartists.org to have work published in this contest. At the time entrants to miniStories submit their flash-fiction for consideration, they should also submit a low-res (72 dpi) photograph of themselves, a brief bio (no more than 150 words). With this biographical information, entrants should also include links to any relevant personal websites or blogs they would like mentioned should their story(ies) be selected.

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mnartists.org is a joint project of the Walker Art Center and the McKnight Foundation

Membership on mnartists.org is FREE. Find step-by-step instructions for how to join and how to use the free resources available on the site. If you need assistance, contact Jehra Patrick at info@mnartists.org. Any Minnesota resident is eligible to participate in mnartists.org's mnLIT competitions for poetry and fiction; there are no entry fees, and writers at all levels of skill and experience are welcome to enter work for consideration by a revolving panel of established authors and publishing professionals in mnLIT's blind adjudication process.

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