2019 Veterans' Voices Award Submission

2019 Veterans' Voices Award Submission

Submissions Now Open

Veterans' Voices Award

For the past six years, the Minnesota Humanities Center has honored Veterans who contribute in myriad ways to their communities, state, and country. The 2019 Veterans’ Voices Award Ceremony will continue to honor the outstanding work of Minnesota’s Veterans in an exciting new format that features their personal stories. Through poetry, prose, essays, memoirs, and more, Veterans find their voice, process their experiences, and connect with others. On October 5, this year’s Ceremony will feature Veterans sharing their written work at a public gathering at Union Depot in St. Paul.

Prior to the ceremony, the Humanities Center will host five Warrior Writers Workshops around the state to help Veterans become more comfortable telling their stories. Workshops are free and open to all interested Veterans, and while it’s not mandatory to attend a workshop to submit to the award, we encourage it.

Sharing personal experiences can spark dialogue, actualize healing, deepen understanding, and change perceptions. Story submissions for the award will focus on one (or more) of the eight topics that frame the Veterans’ Voices program: Combat & Non-Combat, Duty, Family, Motivation, Perceptions, Reintegration, Service, and Transformation.

Veterans' Voices Award Submissions

The Veterans’ Voices Award Ceremony will honor Veterans’ stories at the Union Depot in St. Paul. We invite Veterans living in Minnesota to submit poetry, prose, essays, and memoirs for consideration. We will invite selected authors to attend the Ceremony on October 5 to celebrate their work.

Submissions should explore themes of: Combat & Non-Combat, Duty, Family, Motivation, Perceptions, Reintegration, Service, and Transformation. Prior to submitting written work, we encourage Veterans to attend one of the Humanities Center’s five Warrior Writers Workshops around the state from April 14 to July 13. Attendance at a workshop is not mandatory, and it will not influence the award selection process.

If you have questions, contact Blake Rondeau, program officer at blake@mnhum.org or 651-772-4248.

Process and Timeline

An independent panel will review submitted writings and make award recommendations to MHC. We will honor up to ten Veteran writers (and their pieces) at the Veterans’ Voices Award Ceremony.

A note about written pieces submitted for consideration: Ownership of the material will stay solely with the author. Selected awardees will share excerpts of their stories at the Award Ceremony. Additional opportunities may arise for MHC to amplify and celebrate awardee stories beyond the ceremony. MHC will not use or share any submissions without explicit permission from the writer.

The timeline for the Veterans’ Voices Award and Writers Workshops is as follows:

April 3 – Submissions Open
April 14 – Warrior Writers Workshop – Duluth
May 16 – Warrior Writers Workshop – Minneapolis
June 8 – Warrior Writers Workshop – St. Cloud
June 27 – Warrior Writers Workshop – Granite Falls
July 13 – Warrior Writers Workshop – Winona
July 21 – Submissions Close
August 15-16 – Awardee notification
October 5 – 2019 Veterans’ Voices Award Ceremony

Eligibility and Assessment Criteria

We will accept submissions from any former service member currently living in Minnesota.

An independent panel will review submissions based on alignment with MHC mission, core values, and eight themes of the Veterans’ Voices program: Combat & Non-Combat, Duty, Family, Motivation, Perceptions, Reintegration, Service, and Transformation. The panel will also consider the overall diversity of the pieces (poetry, prose, etc.) and the awardee pool across geographic location, demographics, and lived experiences.

Note: MHC cannot provide editing/proofreading support.

How to Submit

Ready to submit? Regardless of format, all submissions must include:

  1. Name
  2. Current Address
  3. Phone and Email
  4. Branch of Service, Dates of Service
  5. Bio (no more than 200 words)
  6. Headshot or professional photograph (if you have one)
  7. Written material/piece
  8. Optional info: Race/Gender

Send us your written piece and responses to the questions above by one of the following methods:

  • Online Form: Submit through our online form.
  • Email: Send your submission (Word doc) to submissions@mnhum.org
  • Postal Mail: Mail a copy of your materials postmarked by the deadline to:

Minnesota Humanities Center
c/o Veterans’ Voices Award
987 Ivy Ave East
St. Paul, MN 55106

If you have questions or would like to submit in another way than those mentioned above, contact Laura Benson, Assistant Director of Grants & Administration, laura@mnhum.org or 651-772-4244.