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  • The League of Minnesota Cities annual Mayor for a Day essay contest is for Minnesota students in the fourth, fifth, or sixth grade. Students have an opportunity to write about what they would do if they were in charge of a city. Entries must be emailed or postmarked by Dec. 7. Three winners will be chosen and awarded $100 each, and will have their essays published in "Minnesota Cities" magazine. Winners will be notified in early January. For an entry form, go to . The page also includes a link to a document for students that explains the typical job duties of a mayor.
  • 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: 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 .



Title: "The Silver Box: An Enchantment Lake Mystery"

Author: Margi Preus


Synopsis: In the last installment of the Enchantment Lake mystery series, Francie's search for the truth about her mother — and herself — plunges her into danger during a northwoods winter. When Francie wakes in her aunts' cold cabin on the shore of Enchantment Lake, Francie remembers: everything about her life has changed. Or is about to. Or just might. Everything depends on the small, engraved silver box that she now possesses — if only she can follow its cryptic clues to the whereabouts of her missing mother and understand, finally, just maybe, the truth about who she really is.

Publisher: University of Minnesota Press

Cost: $16.95



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