Still time to enter poems, stories in Dylan Days contest

As a shiftless blogger with dreams of an illustrious writing career I know that you, a shiftless blog reader, probably pine for the same. How about you try a contest that I help run for Dylan Days in Bob Dylan’s hometown of Hibbing, Minnesota?

The B.J. Rolfzen Memorial Creative Writing Contest is named for Dylan’s influential high school English teacher, a man who taught the importance of literature and poetry to two generations of Iron Range miners’ sons and daughters. One of them was Robert Zimmerman, who just two years after leaving Minnesota would become Bob Dylan. The deadline is this upcoming Sunday, March 3. Find out how to enter here.

I’ll clue you in that while we accept entries from all over the world, this is usually a pretty good opportunity for a new or experimental writer or poet. We’ve provided a number of first-time credits in our sleek, professionally-edited journal “Talkin’ Blues.” Winners are also invited to read their work at Dylan Days 2013.

Also, this year we’re offering a creative writing workshop taught by Duluth Poet Laureate (2010-2012) Sheila Packa, who will also keynote our literary showcase. Many other surprises may be in store for this year’s Memorial Day weekend extravaganza on the Iron Range.

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