Dylan Days in Hibbing calls for poems, stories

The week ahead will be full of a lot of northern Minnesota political discussion here at the blog. I want to take a moment to share one of my non-political projects.

I have been one of the lead organizers of Dylan Days in Bob Dylan’s hometown of Hibbing, Minnesota for more than 10 years now. We just unveiled a great new website, DylanDays.org, which was put together with the help of Hibbing native Dan Bussey and Byers Communications. This year’s Dylan Days is May 24-27, 2012.

One of my big parts in Dylan Days is to coordinate the B.J. Rolfzen Memorial Writing Contest and edit the literary journal which all happens before Dylan Days. Are you a writer? A poet? This one’s for you.

B.J. Rolfzen Memorial Dylan Days Creative Writing Contest

HIBBING, Minn. ─ Dylan Days of Hibbing, Minnesota, announces its 2012 B.J. Rolfzen Memorial writing contest for poetry and short fiction. All fiction will be judged in one category; poetry will be judged in a student division and an open division for all other poets.

The deadline for the contest is March 1, 2012. For more than a decade, this contest has built itself from modest roots to its status today as a national and international competition that still manages to provide an opportunity for new, emerging or off-the-beaten-path writers and poets.

Winners of the contest will be published in the “Talkin’ Blues” journal and official Dylan Days program and receive copies of the publication. First place winners will have their names recorded on a plaque in Bob Dylan’s hometown. All are invited to participate in a reading at Dylan Days on May 25, 2012.

For poets, Dylan Days accepts a single poem up to 1,000 words on any subject. The contest is divided into an open division for most poets and a student division for currently enrolled high school or undergraduate college students.

For writers, Dylan Days accepts a short story in any genre, limited to 4,000 words. All writers are invited to submit stories on any subject.

Entries need not be about Dylan or emulate his work. Contest organizers are calling for creativity, strong writing and compelling themes.

Read the detailed entry information at DylanDays.org.

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