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Note: All submissions for 2022 are publication only with a submission fee of $10.00

Submissions are all currently open for 2022

Note that you may submit before the submission deadline, but work will not be read until all submissions are in after the deadline.

Paul Gruchow Essay Contest Deadline April 22, 2022 -Publication Only  

Carol Bly Post Card Fiction Contest Deadline September 16, 2022 - Publication Only

Winter in Variations: Bill Holm Witness Poetry Contest- Deadline December 15, 2022- Publication Only

Bug City: make a bug  Buggy Poetry in the shape of a bug: Contest for kids up to age 18 - Deadline June 31, 2022  Publication Only

Prairie Poetry Prize: Prairie Sampler Anthology Deadline August 19, 2022 Publication Only

Beat the Bushs, Poke Around Deadline TBD

 *All submission opportunities must be in English and open to all who live in the United States 48

* All submissions must be submitted via Submittable with a $10.00 fee

* All winning entries will be published online

* No submissions will be accepted via email

* Please include contact information and bio with your submissions

* Submissions that don't follow the guidelines will not be considered

* Writers Rising Up reserves the right to declare no winner or winners

* Writers own all rights to their writing

* Winners only must submit (color optional) head shot, and four high quality jpeg images that will be published on our NEW blog.


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Submission Deadline: June 31, 2022

Eden Prairie Hometown Celebration and Buggy Poetry Contest 

Come on over and meet the neighbors: seed carrying ants and nocturnal beetles with luminescent tummies...

  • Write 1 poem for each bug; that's ten poems
  • Poems must be in the shape of bugs (Shaped Poems). View some examples.
  • See Pinterest URLs for examples of Shaped Poetry at the Pinterest URLS at our Events and Contests Link.
  • Some Synonyms for bugs
  • Must be original unpublished work.
  • Submit with name, contact info and a short bio.
  • Writer owns all rights
  • Selected poems will be published at  https://weyoumewrite.blogspot.com/
  • Submission Fee: $10.00
  • Poems published at Writers Rising Up

Submission opportunity,  creative ways for kids to experience the Mid-1800s when the writer Elizabeth Fries Ellet visited Minnesota in 1852.

Beat the Bushes, Poke Around’s meaning is to look everywhere, search and discover things you don’t know about early Minnesota in books, on the internet and with experiments and projects you create.

That’s what Ellet did in Minnesota, retelling her experience in her book Summer Rambles in the West, she left no stone unturned and ventured out in the wilds with the men on her tour, to new areas most women wouldn’t go

Following is a list including areas of research and opportunities to make projects at home during the summer months: like scrapbooks of your own plant cuttings from a pioneer kitchen garden you can plant, cut-out dolls of what women wore in the 1850s, preparing a Sioux meal, discovery nature walks at the EFEIT, and more projects.  Spring, Summer and Fall are a wonderful times to walk the EFEIT as an inspiration for at-home projects. Share your projects with your classmates when you return to school in the fall. 

Winning projects will be featured at https://weyoumewrite.blogspot.com/

Here are some ways to experience the Mid-1800s when Elizabeth Fries Ellet visited Minnesota.

You can find  examples of different habitat, flora and fauna at the Elizabeth Fries Ellet Interpretive Trail at the Richard T. Anderson Conservation Area, Eden Prairie and online at https://writersrisingup.org/thetrail/

Projects: Ways to Experience the Mid-1800s

  1. Understanding that each biome (habitat) has specific flora, fauna, insects, pick a biome and create a chart containing images you’ve designed of plants, animals, birds, insects and trees of that biome/habitat.
  2. Create a historical timeline of the Mdewakanton Native Sioux Indians. What did they teach their new Minnesota residents?
  3. Make traditional Native foods like Fry Bread and name the herbs and plants the Mdewakanton Sioux ate, bring samples to your class.
  4. In the late 1800s when Ellet traveled to the Midwest, Victorian “travel etiquette” was in place. What was it exactly? Did Ellet follow it? How does it compare to now? Make an etiquette chart.
  5. What did women of the mid-1800s wear when traveling? Corsets and pantalets, boots with wooden bottoms, what else? Make Pioneer cut-out dolls.
  6. How did Minnesotans of the 19th century travel and what form of travel did they use most? Create a diagram.
  7. Create a cardboard model of how a daguerreotype (camera), researching and explaining the lengthy process.
  8. What shoes did Minnesota pioneers wear? Do research into handmade wooden clogs and discover why there are few samples of shoes from that period.
  9. Godey's Lady's Books—Ellet was often published in what could be referred to as a Women’s Home Journal. Two well-preserved books from the 1850s were donated by Vicki Pellar Price to the Eden Prairie Historical Society and can be viewed by appointment at the Eden Prairie City Center. Images from the book are also on the Elizabeth Fries Ellet Interpretive Signs at the Richard T. Anderson Conservation Area and online at Writers Rising Up. Note that Poe, Emerson, Hawthorne, Longfellow, Stowe, and many other famous writers were also published in Godey's Lady's Books.
  10. Create your own journal article reflecting aspects of what your life was like as an early Minnesota Pioneer in a story with images.
  11. Make a model of a flatboat, keelboat, modes of travel on the Mississippi and Minnesota rivers for tourists, shipping and general travel in the 19th century.
  12. Cartography, make a map of a particular area (biome/habitat) you explored, naming trees and plants and their habitat.
  13. Bird and Insect Watch: Bring your cell phone and camera and capture images of the insects, birds, or bird nests you see. Create an ongoing diary of visits to present to your class. Let them know what you learned.
  14. Rock Hunting in Minnesota, here’s where to go: (Make a rock Diary) https://howtofindrocks.com/rockhounding-in-minnesota/ (Would take locations from this) USE DNR reference only https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/education/geology/digging/rocksmin.html

No further reproduction or distribution of this copy is permitted by electronic transmission or any other means.

A book about Elizabeth Fries Ellet by Vicki Pellar Price and Susan Thurston-Hamerski is currently being considered by a  Minnesota Publisher. This project list is included in the book.

  • Submission is $10.00 entry fee
  • No more than 5 images.
  • No more than 1500 words
  • Please include sources for historical references
  • If you’re in school, please tell us what grade and school you go to
  • Only one project submission at a time.
  • Each submission is $10.00

Submission Deadline: August 19, 2022

One poem each for each prairie grass on the list...

Indian Grass

June Grass

Little Bluestem

Prairie Cord Grass

Prairie Dropseed

Sideoats Gramma


  • Poems no more than 20 lines based on these Prairie Grasses
  • Must be original unpublished work. 
  • Submit with name, contact info and a short bio.
  • The submission process includes a $10.00 submission fee.. 
  • Writer owns all rights
  • Writers Rising Up reserves the right to declare no winners
  • Work to be published at https://weyoumewrite.blogspot.com/

Submission Deadline: April 22, 2022

  • 1500 words or less
  • One essay only per person
  • First Publication on WRU Blog, author owns all rights.
  • Only original unpublished work to be submitted
  • Submission $10.00 Fee
  • Published at  https://weyoumewrite.blogspot.com/
  • Writer owns all rights
  • Writers Rising Up reserves the right to declare no winner.

Submission Deadline: September 16, 2022

  • Entry Fee: $10.00 (only one entry per writer)
  • Theme related to place, inner struggles and relationships
  • Must be original unpublished work consisting of six 250 word postcards
  • Winner or winners to be published online at  https://weyoumewrite.blogspot.com/
  • Writer owns all rights
  • Writers Rising Up reserves the right to declare no winner.

Submission Deadline: December 15, 2022

  • Submission of six poems, no longer than 20 lines each NOTE: NO Submission will be accepted without SIX poems.)
  • Write poems about witnessing some every-day occurrence in winter
  • Must be original unpublished work.
  • Winner or winners to be published online at https://weyoumewrite.blogspot.com/
  • Writer owns all rights
  • Writers Rising Up reserves the right to declare no winner.
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