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TS24 Call for Submissions






and Writers’ Workshop

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Blueberry Pines Golf Club

The Talking Stick 23 Book Release Party and Writers’ Workshop will be held on Saturday, September 13, 2014, at Blueberry Pines, located between Park Rapids and Menahga, MN on Highway 71. This is a celebration of writers and the written word. Please join us for a day where those who work in the solitary world of writing can come together. There is a fee for the workshop and meals but the Book Party is free to all who are interested in writing.

9 AM to 12:00 Noon: We offer a workshop with Marsh Muirhead. YOU MUST PREREGISTER FOR THIS WORKSHOP. (See information on workshop flyer.) This workshop is entitled: “Capturing the Image and the Moment—from Haiku to Poetry to Prose . . .”

Cost for the workshop is $35. (This includes lunch at noon after the workshop. You will receive a coupon for the lunch.)

 12:00: Lunch at Blueberry Pines. JWB will pay for your lunch if you have the above-mentioned coupon with the workshop. If you are just attending the Book Party, you may come at noon to have lunch on your own if you wish.

 1 PM (approximately): If you have work in Talking Stick 23, you may pick up your one free contributor’s copy of the book. Additional books will be available for sale. We hope to have books for sale by the three celebrity judges who chose this year’s winners: Margaret Hasse for Poetry, Mary Carroll Moore for Creative Nonfiction, and Peter Geye for Fiction. (One or more of those celebrity judges may be in attendance to meet the writers and to sign and sell their own books. Other local and/or member writers may be on hand to sell their books.)

1 PM (approximately): Program with readings

Introduction of winners of Talking Stick 23 Poetry, Fiction, and Creative Nonfiction. All writers published in Talking Stick 23 are invited to read.

4:30 PM (approximately): After the readings, please stay and have dinner on your own with the writers at Blueberry Pines.

 This activity is made possible, in part, by a grant from Itasca-Mantrap Co-op. Electrical Association through Operation Round Up.

Directions to Blueberry Pines near Park Rapids, MN:

Blueberry Pines Golf Course and Dinner Club is located approximately 4 miles north of Menahga, MN on Highway 71. This is approximately 8 miles south of Park Rapids, MN.

Local Motels in Park Rapids or near Menahga:

AmericInn                      218-732-1234

Super 8                         218-732-9704

C’Mon Inn                     218-732-1471

Red Bridge Inn              218-237-7337

Jewel of the Northwoods B&B   218-564-6162

For more information, call Sharon at 218-732-3782 or email sharrick1@wcta.net.      

—Please RSVP # of attendees to sharrick1@wcta.net—

Workshop with Marsh Muirhead

Capturing the Image and the Moment – from Haiku to Poetry to Prose . . .

How to Infuse Your Writing with the Luminous Particulars

Workshop with Marsh Muirhead

 Through discussion and reading of effective writing in all genres, we will explore and discover what makes good writing “work,” what makes it vital, surprising, mysterious, significant, and luminous! We’ll do some short exercises, using your own ideas, as well as some prompts, in making your own writing luminous as well.

Date and Time: Saturday, September 13, 2014

from 9 AM to 12 Noon

Location: Blueberry Pines Golf Club, Menahga MN 56464

Cost of Workshop and lunch: $35.

(You will receive a coupon for the lunch.)

Instructor Marsh Muirhead is a dentist, pilot and flight instructor, writer and photographer living on the banks of the Mississippi near Bemidji, Minnesota. His commentaries, reviews, and poetry have been heard on public radio stations KCRB and KBXE, and published in the Bemidji Pioneer. His poetry and fiction have appeared in numerous literary journals including Rattle, New Mexico Poetry Review, Carolina Quarterly, The Southeast Review, Minnetonka Review, North Dakota Review, The Talking Stick, and elsewhere. He has published more than one hundred haiku in all the major haiku journals in the United States, several of which have won prizes, many anthologized in major collections. He is the author of a guidebook – Key West Explained – a guide for the traveler, and a collection of haiku – her cold martini.

The Talking Stick 23 Book Release Party and this Writers’ Workshop will be held on Saturday, September 13, 2014, at Blueberry Pines, located between Park Rapids and Menahga MN on Highway 71. Blueberry Pines Golf Course and Country Club is located approximately 4 miles north of Menahga MN and 8 miles south of Park Rapids MN.

The workshop will run from 9 AM to 12 Noon. The Workshop cost includes lunch at noon. The Book Release Party will start at 1 PM and run till approximately 4 PM. The Book Release Party is free. Lunch at noon will be on your own if you are just attending the Book Release Party. Dinner/supper after the Book Release Party will be on your own.

 This activity is made possible, in part, by a grant from

Itasca-Mantrap Co-op. Electrical Association through Operation Round Up.

YOU MUST PREREGISTER FOR THE WORKSHOP. Please email Sharon Harris at sharrick1@wcta.net to sign up. Be sure to include your name and mailing address, phone number, and email address. Make out your $35 check (for workshop and lunch) to Jackpine Writers’ Bloc and mail it to: Sharon Harris, 13320 149th Ave, Menahga MN 56464. We will limit this workshop to the first 30 participants.

February Writers’ Meeting

Today we held our February meeting. Our next meeting will be on March 16, 2014, at Bella Caffe in Park Rapids MN from 12:30 to 3 PM.

PRESENT: Jerry, Jan, Sharon, Deb, Mike, Marlys, Sonja, Lina, Betty

TALKING STICK 23: Our deadline is fast approaching. March 1, 2014. Go to www.jackpinewriters.com for full details and electronic submission form.

OTHER PLACES TO SUBMIT: Call for submissions for Lake Region Review No. 4. Deadline June 1, 2014. Go to https://lakeregionwriters.net for further information.

Call for submissions for Spring Writing Contest at the Loft. Submit your poem featuring a photograph. Deadline March 27, 2014. Go to www.loft@loft.org under contests for more information.

Call for submissions for love poems to Common Good Books’ poetry contest. Deadline April 15, 2014. Go to www.commongoodbooks.com for more information.



  • March 22, 2014 Bloomington Art Fair in Bloomington
  • June 2014 MN Northwoods Conference in Bemidji

Speaking of the Past–a free lecture series from the Wadena County Historical Society. This starts off with our own Jerry Mevissen reading from his new book Good Shepherd on Friday, March 7, 2014, at 8 PM at Harvest Thyme Bistro in Wadena, MN. For more information, go to www.WadenaCountyHistory.org.

March 5, Wednesday, a one hour poetry reading in Brainerd at the Chalborg Theater at Central Lakes College at Noon with Charles Simic.

For more information on Jerry Mevissen’s scheduled readings and events, go to his website http://jerrymevissen.com/.

Go to the Loft www.loft@loft.org for information on online classes and other classes. They recently had a free Saturday class on Poems of Grief and Healing that was great. Sharon is still enjoying her current online class with LouAnn Muhm at the Loft.

MISCELLANEOUS: Today’s writing tip: make sure your modifiers don’t dilute your nouns!

Then we all read things that we have been working on and critiqued each other’s work. A great meeting–one of those where none of us wanted to stop talking and go home. Hope to see you next time!

Talking Stick Vol. 23 Call for Submissions!

Wanted: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction

Published by Jackpine Writers’ Bloc of northern Minnesota.
THE TALKING STICK is a locally published and nationally recognized publication.

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

2. DEADLINE: March 1, 2014. 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 TS23. 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 13, 2014). PLEASE READ SUBMISSION GUIDELINES COMPLETELY.

3. Prizes are $300 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.

4. Send only ONE copy of each submission along with SHORT bio. Please list any writing groups you belong to and tell us if you want them included on our writing group email list. If you have a pen name, you MUST stress in a cover letter what your real name is (for the contract and mailing) and the name you want on the submission in the book, in the table of contents, and back of book MUST BE THE WAY YOU HAVE IT ON THE PAGE(S) OF SUBMITTED WORK. Also, tell us what name you want in press releases. If you do not do this, we cannot promise that we will catch the different name. PLEASE SEND ALL OF YOUR WORK AT THE SAME TIME.

5. Send ONE SASE so we can send an acceptance letter and contract to you. All contracts are to be signed and returned, but in the event a contract is not returned, submission implies permission to publish. FORMAL NOTIFICATION is required if you wish to withdraw your submission or if it is published elsewhere during this time period. After May 1, 2014, submissions
cannot be withdrawn. SUBMISSIONS WILL NOT BE RETURNED. Decision of the editorial board and judges is final. Editors and editorial board of the JWB and JWB board members are eligible for publication in TS23, but not for the monetary prizes in this contest.

6. Send hard copy to: Sharon Harris, TS SUBMISSIONS, 13320 149th Ave, Menahga, MN 56464. Send ALL your submissions for ALL categories in ONE 9×12 ENVELOPE—do not fold or staple sheets. Submission guidelines are also on our website: www.jackpinewriters.com. We are accepting submissions in electronic format again this year!! We will NOT accept submissions in the body of an email—only with our electronic form, either pdf or Word document. Do NOT send docx files—we cannot guarantee format to be correct. A SASE is not required but would be greatly appreciated. CLICK HERE TO GO TO OUR ELECTRONIC SUBMISSION FORM!

7. Contributors who have one or more pieces selected for publication in TS23 will receive ONE free copy of TS23. Your copy may be picked up at our Book Release Party in September 2014. Any books not picked up will be mailed later—we appreciate receiving $3.00 for postage. JWB requires first publication rights only. Submissions may be chosen for future publication on our website.