NEWSBRIEF: Minnesota Humanities Center opens submissions for 2019 Veterans’ Voices Awards

The Minnesota Humanities Center is now accepting submissions for its 2019 Veterans’ Voices Award through July 21. For the past six years, the Minnesota Humanities Center has honored veterans who contribute in significant 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. This year’s award ceremony will present veterans’ stories at the Union Depot in St. Paul on Oct. 5. The Minnesota Humanities Center invites veterans living in Minnesota to submit poetry, prose, essays, and memoirs for consideration. Sharing personal experiences can spark dialogue, actualize healing, deepen understanding, and change perceptions. Story submissions for the awards 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. “The Veterans’ Voices program bridges the veteran-civilian divide by allowing veterans to share their stories and spur dialogue in the community,” said Blake Rondeau, Veterans’ Voices program officer. “This year, the Minnesota Humanities Center hopes the award can spark meaningful conversation and relationships by allowing our community to hear directly from Minnesota’s talented veteran writers and storytellers.” Prior to submitting written work, the Humanities Center encourages veterans to attend one of five free Warrior Writers Workshops around greater Minnesota from April 14 to July 13. Attendance at a workshop is not mandatory, and it will not influence the selection process, but is encouraged. The Minnesota Humanities Center will hold Warrior Writers Workshops in the following communities:

 

- Duluth, April 14

- Minneapolis, May 16

- St. Cloud, June 8

- Granite Falls, June 27

- Winona, July 13

 

An independent panel will review submitted writings and make award recommendations to the Humanities Center. We will honor up to ten veteran writers (and their pieces) at the Veterans’ Voices Award Ceremony in St. Paul on Oct. 5. For more information on the Veterans’ Voices program, details about the Veterans’ Voices Award guidelines and submission, and how to register for upcoming Warrior Writers Workshops, visit mnhum.org/veterans-voices. Contact the Minnesota Humanities Center by reaching out to Blake Rondeau, Veterans’ Voices program officer, blake@mnhum.org or 651-772-4248.

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