Readings & Writers: Fond du Lac, Itasca Community College and more looking for submissions

Enter a contest, see who won awards and check out a new children's book.



  • The Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College English Department is calling for submissions to enter in the ninth edition of The Thunderbird Review, the college’s annual anthology of creative writing and art. Submissions are open to current residents or individuals with a strong connection to the Twin Ports area and the surrounding counties and tribal nations in Minnesota, Wisconsin and the Michigan upper peninsula, plus current students who are enrolled at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College, University of Wisconsin-Superior, University of Minnesota-Duluth, College of St. Scholastica, or Lake Superior College. Submission categories: short fiction (5,000 words maximum), creative nonfiction (5,000 words maximum), poetry (three poems maximum, submitted in one document), and art (three works maximum; any media, but art must be submitted as a jpeg file via email). Authors and artists may submit one entry per category except as noted above. Do not send work that has previously been published, is under consideration elsewhere, or has received an award. Only e-mail submissions will be accepted. Provide contact information including the submitter’s name, address, telephone number, email address, the title(s) of works being submitted, and a 50-word bio written in third person. The author’s name should not be on submitted manuscripts, although artwork may be signed. Writing entries should use Times New Roman size 12 font and be sent as an attachment in .doc or .docx format. Send submissions via email to using the words “Anthology Submission” in the subject line. Deadline: Tuesday, Dec. 15.
  • Do you write poetry or short stories? Are you an artist? Maybe you write essays that entertain or intrigue others? Submit to "Spring Thaw," Itasca Community College’s annual literary and arts magazine is seeking submissions of essays, poems, short stories and artwork/photography for publication this spring. To submit, email written work (essays, poems, short stories), photography, and scanned artwork to . Attach the work as a separate document without your name. Your email must include your name, contact information, and the title of the work you’re submitting. Put “Spring Thaw” in the subject line. If you would like to submit artwork that you cannot scan or photograph digitally, contact Lisa Marcis at 218-322-2439 or Deadline: Jan. 1.

  • The Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets annual chapbook contest is now open for submissions until Feb. 1. Complete information can be found at Annual Contests — Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets .

  • The Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets is looking for poems from students in grades 6-12 for their annual student contest. Cash awards and publication in the 2022 Wisconsin Poets' Calendar. They are also looking for poems for their annual calendar. And the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets Muse Contest is currently open for submissions from poets living in Wisconsin. Deadline for all is Feb. 1. Go to .


  • Lake Superior Writers presents “Rules of Engagement: Writing a Short Story from Beginning to End.” Writer Felicia Schneiderhan will teach a four-week workshop. Participants create their own "rules" for their short story, then write and complete a revised draft. Along the way they'll study other writers and short story "rules" (including when to break them). In this virtual workshop, participants are encouraged to try something new and take some risks. Offered 6:30-8 p.m. Jan. 14, 21, 28 and Feb. 4, via Zoom. Information, prices, and registration available at .



Title: "The Range Eternal"

Author: Louise Erdich

Artwork by: Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher


Synopsis: At the heart of a home in the Turtle Mountains sits a woodstove. It is where Mama makes her good soup, where she cooks a potato for warming hands on icy mornings, where she heats a stone for warming cold toes at night. it warms the winter nights and keeps Windigo, the ice monster, at bay. On the stove's blue enamel door are raised letters, The Range Eternal, and in the dancing flames through the window below, a child can see pictures; the range of the buffalo, the wolf and the bear, the eagles and herons and cranes: truly, the Range Eternal.

Publisher: University of Minnesota Press

Cost: $17.95


News of Note

The 32nd annual Northeastern Minnesota Book Award winners were announced. Awards were presented in five categories: (1) Fiction, (2) Poetry, (3) Children's Literature, (4) Memoir, and (5) Nonfiction. The winner in each category received a $200 cash prize. The Northeastern Minnesota Book Awards are presented by UMD's Kathryn A. Martin Library and Friends of the Duluth Public Library. Winners include: Fiction - "In the Night of Memory" by Linda Legarde Grover; Honorable mention - "Jack and Ghost" by Chan Poling and illustrated by Lucy Michell; Poetry - "Where your House is Now" by Louis Jenkins; Honorable mention - "Hawks on High: Everyday Miracles in a Hawk Ridge Season" by Phil Fitzpatrick and illustrated by Penny Perry; Children's literature - "Forever Sky" by Thomas Peacock and illustrated by Annette Lee; Honorable mention - "The Lost Forest" by Phyllis Root and illustrated by Betsy Bowen; Memoir - "Tucker Lake Chronicle: Thirteen Months in the North Woods" by Joan Crosby; Honorable mention - "Rooted in Rocky Soil: a Mostly Peaceful Life Interrupted by Moments of Something Else Entirely" by Ray and Rose Thielbar; Nonfiction - "Walking the Old Road: A People’s History of Chippewa City and the Grand Marais Anishinaabe" by Staci Lola Drouillard; Honorable mention - "Grandfather’s Blood Memories and Unbroken Spirit" by Sharon Doolittle Shuck.

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