Category Archives: Submissions&Contests

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MASC Short Play Festival


  • Plays must be 20 minutes or less.  Plays can be original works or established works.
  • Plays may be presented as concert readings (MASC can provide readers) or fully staged works.
  • If you bring a fully staged work, you would have to rehearse on your own.
  • There will be one rehearsal, the day of the Festival, in the venue with minimal set (one table, two chairs).
  • Following each play, there will be a feedback session, focused on constructive critique.
  • There is no fee to participate.  You will not get any compensation for your participation.

The Festival will be March 10th, 2018 at the Marshall-Lyon County Library.  Rehearsal starts at 10am.  Showtime is 7pm.

MASC may choose a show from this Festival to participate in the statewide festival on August 182018 in Cloquet, MN.

To submit your entry or if you have questions, contact Bob Schwoch by Email at or regular mail: MASC, P.O. Box 321, Marshall, MN 56258.

Deadline for submissions is February 15th.

Submission Opportunities

This site does a monthly listing of publications looking for submissions.

There is also a new Facebook Group called South Dakota Writes that has a number of resources.  I think this link will take you there or just search the title in Facebook:


February Prompt (Submissions)

You may recall the prompt for the February 16 meeting is something that meets the submission guidelines for the Talking Stick.  If you choose to go ahead and submit to Talking Stick they are open until March 1.   I will try to remember to bring some copies Feb 16.   Here is the full site:

Here is an excerpt from their guidelines:

1. Writers must be from Minnesota or have some connection to this area.

2. DEADLINE: March 1, 2016. This year we will again offer monetary prizes in each of the 3 categories. Writers may submit for more than one category. Our Editorial Board will select the poetry and prose to be published in TS25. A published Minnesota author in each field will judge for the monetary prizes from the selected submissions, with authors’ names removed. Writers will be invited to our Book Release Party in September (tentative date is September 17, 2016). PLEASE READ SUBMISSION GUIDELINES COMPLETELY.

3. Prizes are $250 for first place and $100 for second place in each of the three categories. Works are to be UNPUBLISHED. This must NOT be on your Website or on a Blog. We want new things, unseen by the public. Submit manuscripts with name, address, and email address in upper right corner of each page. THIS MUST BE THE WAY YOU WANT YOUR NAME IN THE BOOK. Clearly mark the genre for which you are submitting: POETRY, FICTION, or CREATIVE NONFICTION. No simultaneous submissions, please. We would prefer that you do NOT start out your written piece with “inspirational” or “referenced” quotes from other literary works because of possible copyright issues, etc.

POETRY – Limit TWO entries per writer, each poem no longer than ONE page, typed single-spaced.  No word count necessary. See other requirements under #3 above.
FICTION – Limit ONE short story of 1500 words or less, typed single-spaced. Number the pages and include word count at end. See other requirements under #3 above.
CREATIVE NON-FICTION – Includes essays, travel, biography, memoir, etc. Limit ONE entry of 1000 words or less, typed single-spaced. Number the pages and include word count at end. See other requirements under #3 above.”

Lake Superior Writers Contest



CONTACT: Marie Zhuikov, (218) 348-7133 or

Lake Superior Writers Contest is “Going Coastal!”

Lake Superior Writers is seeking short stories about Lake Superior for its 2016 contest. Stories should be set in and around the lake and they can describe its people, its history, folklore, environment, wildlife, businesses, communities, culture, or whatever moves writers about this place. Lake Superior should be the main setting for the stories, but other locations can be included.

Authors can submit up to two short stories (6,500 words max each). Winners will be published in an anthology. The deadline is April 1, 2016. Entry is free for Lake Superior Writers members, $15-$35 for nonmembers. For guidelines and submission information, visit

Lake Superior Writers is a nonprofit organization that supports the artistic development of writers and fosters a vibrant literary arts community in northeastern Minnesota and northern Wisconsin.