2019 Veterans' Voices Award Submission

2019 Veterans' Voices Award Submission

Submissions Now Open

Submission Deadline: 11:59 p.m., Sunday, July 21, 2019

Veterans' Voices Award Submissions

We invite Veterans living in Minnesota to submit poetry, prose, essays, and memoirs for consideration for the 2019 Veterans’ Voices Award. Selected authors will be honored at a ceremony on Oct. 5, 2019 in St. Paul.

Submissions should explore themes of: Combat & Non-Combat, Duty, Family, Motivation, Perceptions, Reintegration, Service, and Transformation.

Leading up to the ceremony, the Humanities Center will host four 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.

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 14Warrior Writers Workshop – Duluth
May 16Warrior Writers Workshop – Minneapolis
June 8Warrior Writers Workshop – St. Cloud
July 11, 4-6 p.m. – Veterans’ Voices Award Submission Workshop – Minnesota Humanities Center, St. Paul
July 12, 3-5 p.m. – Veterans’ Voices Award Submission Workshop – Southdale Library, 3rd Floor Conference Room, Edina
July 13Warrior Writers Workshop – Winona
July 21 – Submissions Close
August 15-16 – Awardee notification
October 52019 Veterans’ Voices Award Ceremony

Eligibility and Assessment Criteria

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

Types of submissions may include, but are not limited to, poetry, prose, essays, and memoirs. Please limit submission length to no more than ten pages (per piece).

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 (up to two pieces, no more than ten pages per 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.