Reading Tuesday, 7pm March 31st at Bayliss

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bcv4f2014_coverrev3Everyone is invited to the rescheduled launch party for our fourth issue at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 31, here in Sault Sainte Marie at Bayliss Public Library! The event was cancelled last November due to weather conditions. Janeen Pergrin Rastall from Gordon, Mich., a volume four contributor, will read her own work as well as work by other contributors. Co-editors will share excerpts from the journal. Volume four featured artist, Eddie James of Sault Sainte Marie, the winner of our 2014 cover art contest, will exhibit his artwork. Copies of the journal will also be available for purchase. Come learn more about this issue’s Michigan and Ontario feature. Find out more about the event here!

Less than a month left to submit to the LSSU High School Short Story Prize

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Submission countdown!

Downloadable poster with art by LSSU creative writing student Daisy Fentiman

Downloadable poster with art by LSSU creative writing student Daisy Fentiman

Midwestern high school students who submit post-apocalyptic short stories by the end of March have a chance to win $500 cash, publication, and a matching scholarship. The contest’s online submissions manager will be accepting entries until 11:59 pm on March 31, 2015. The LSSU High School Short Story Prize contest webpage includes a Common Core-aligned contest lesson plan with first line story starters, recommended reading, detailed contest rules, and instructions for entering.

Need inspiration? Check out one of our optional first-line story starters from the contest lesson plan:

There had been only darkness since the child last heard the sound.

Also on the site are links to classic and award-winning post-apocalyptic stories, including shorts by Ray Bradbury, Arthur C. Clarke, Mary Rosenblum, and Joanna Russ. Know of another great post-apocalyptic story we’ve failed to mention? Leave a link or recommendation in the comments.

The judges are enjoying the entries received so far and are excited to read more!

Learn more about the LSSU High School Short Story Prize on the contest webpage.

The LSSU High School Short Story Prize is sponsored by the LSSU Creative Writing Program. Questions about the contest can be directed to contest coordinator, LSSU professor and Border Crossing co-editor, Mary McMyne, via phone at 906-635-2327 or via email at mmcmyne@lssu.edu.  

 

Only 3 days left to submit to volume 5!

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There are only three days left in our reading period for vol. 5! We’re especially interested in writing that crosses boundaries in genre or geography, and voices that aren’t often heard in mainstream publications. Fiction and poetry submissions are read blind and go through a rigorous editorial process, which involves multiple readings by student and faculty editors at the Lake State Creative Writing Program. Beginning with volume 5, our first online issue, we will feature selected authors. Every year, after all of the work in each genre has been accepted, one author will be chosen from those accepted in each genre for a paid feature. Featured authors will receive prominent placement in the online journal, a published interview with the editors, and a $100 honorarium. Send us your best work now!

LSSU High School Short Story Prize Open for Entries!

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Downloadable poster with art by LSSU creative writing student Daisy Fentiman

Downloadable poster with art by LSSU creative writing student, Daisy Fentiman

The Lake Superior State University Creative Writing Program is excited to announce the inaugural LSSU Short Story Prize, a regional literary competition for high school writers with a cash award and scholarship. Any high school student residing in the Midwest may enter. For the purposes of this contest, the Midwest is defined as the twelve-state region including Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.

Entries will be accepted online through March 30, 2015. Finalists will be selected based on literary merit by May 15, with a winner announced on June 1. The winner of the contest will receive publication and a $500 cash prize, which may be doubled — if the student wishes to attend Lake Superior State University — to a $1000 cash scholarship. The winning story will be published in volume 5 of Border Crossing, currently scheduled for release in summer 2015, alongside fiction, poetry, and nonfiction by professional writers and book reviews by our undergraduate interns. To find out more about Border Crossing, visit our home page at lssu.edu/bc.

Regional high school teachers, school volunteers, and university faculty met at the university on December 18, 2014 to discuss current high school students’ reading and writing interests. Based on this discussion, attendees selected post-apocalyptic short stories as the theme for this year’s contest. For the purposes of this contest, post-apocalyptic short stories will be defined as those set after a disaster with a fatal or near-fatal effect on a civilization. All entries must meet the following parameters:

  • Genre: post-apocalyptic short story
  • Maximum word count: 5,000 words  

Interested students, parents, and teachers can find a link to a Common-Core aligned lesson plan that includes optional first-line story starters on the LSSU High School Short Story Prize website. Also on the website are more details on the contest, including how to enter, and reading recommendations for classic and award-winning post-apocalyptic short stories.

High school students can learn more about LSSU’s creative writing courses by visiting the LSSU Creative Writing Program site.


Questions about the LSSU High School Short Story Prize can be directed to contest coordinator, LSSU professor and Border Crossing co-editor, Mary McMyne, via phone at 906-635-2327 or via email at mmcmyne@lssu.edu.  

Pushcart Prize Nominations for 2014

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During the past several weeks, our six-person editorial board comprised of current student interns and faculty supervisors has had the pleasure of reading through vol. 4 of Border Crossing and deliberating on Pushcart Prize nominations for 2014.

We are pleased to announce the following nominations:

Fiction:
“Expiration Date” by E. A. Durden
“Earth to Earth” by Lisa Pacenza

Nonfiction:
“The Comfort of Ignorance” by Lori A. May

Poetry:
“The You Alphabet” by Colleen Abel
“Etiquette” by Rachael Lyon
“Category Four” by Janeen Rastall

Congratulations to all of our nominees!

Vol. 4 Online Orders Available Now!

Click here bcv4f2014_coverrev3to order copies of Vol. 4 online! This issue features original fiction, poetry, and nonfiction by award-winning and emerging writers from all over the U.S. and Canada, as well as an original photography portfolio by cover art contest winner, Sault Ste. Marie native Eddie James III.

Read original fiction by E. A. Durden, Glimmer Train Short Story Award for New Writers Winner; Joseph Haske, Michigan Upper Peninsula-native author of the critically acclaimed novel North Dixie Highway and Boulevard Short Fiction Contest for Emerging Writers Winner; short story writer Lisa Pacenza of New York, New York; and award-winning Michigan author of the novel U.P. and many other books, Ron Riekki. 

You can also read new essays by Sault Ste. Marie native essayist and poet Phil Dansdill; essayist Catherine Doucette of New Hampshire; environmental journalist and essayist Roger Real Drouin;  Canadian writer Lori A. May, author of Square Feet and The Write Crowd; and Vermont College of Fine Arts faculty Robert Vivian, author of Tall Grass Trilogy, Cold Snap as Yearning, and other books and essay collections.

The issue also includes poetry by former Diane Middlebrook Poetry Fellow and current Warren Wilson College Fellow, Colleen Abel; tattooed roller derby girl and poet, Gina Marie Bernard; Michigan poet and author of Body and Echo, Jennifer Burd; New York University lecturer, poet, and author of Superloop, Nicole CallihanEscape into Life editor and Nocturnes and Interior Sculpture author, Kathleen Kirk; Michigan/Ohio poet and essayist, Ann Neuser Lederer, author of Approaching Freeze and The Undifferentiated among other chapbooks; Rachael Lyon, author of The Normal Heart and How It Works, winner of the White Eagle Poetry Chapbook Award; Rebecca Macijeski, Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg-prize winning poet and Hunger Mountain and Prairie Schooner assistant poetry editor; Janeen Pergrin RastallMichigan Upper Peninsula poet and In the Yellowed House author; Sarah RehfeldtPushcart poetry nominee, Somewhere South of Pegasus author, and artist/photographer; Elizabeth Schmuhl, writer and dancemaker; M.E. SilvermanBlue Lyra Review and Museum of Americana editor, 32 Poems board-member, and The Breath before Birds Fly author; George Such, University of Louisiana fellow, Where the Body Lives author, and Tiger’s Eye Chapbook Contest Winner;  Keith Taylor, celebrated Michigan poet and National Endowment of the Arts fellow; Savannah Thorne, Iowa Writers’ Workshop graduate and recent honorable mention in the Missouri Review Editor’s Prize Contest; and Margaret von SteinenMichigan poet and forest-wanderer.

Order your copy now!

Winner of the Writing the U.P. Award Named

The faculty of the English Department at Lake Superior State University and the Writing the Upper Peninsula Award selection committee are delighted to announce the winner of the 2014 Writing the UP award. The purpose of the Writing the U.P. Award is to honor an author of fiction, who has portrayed through vivid description, believable characters, and story the essence of life in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

Of the many writers nominated for the award by U.P. residents, librarians working in the U.P., and the academic community in the region, six writers were selected in October as finalists for the important and significant contribution they have made to the literature of the region. These six finalists, in alphabetical order, are:

Ellen Airgood
Joseph D. Haske
L.E. Kimball
Steve Hamilton
Jim Harrison
Ron Riekki

After much discussion and counting of votes, the faculty of the English Department at Lake Superior State University and the Writing the Upper Peninsula Award selection committee are happy to announce that Ellen Airgood is this year’s recipient of the Writing the U.P. Award!

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Ellen Airgood, 2014 Winner of the Writing the U.P. Award

Airgood receives the award for her vivid portrayal of small town life in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.  Ellen’s first full-length novel , South of Superior, released by Riverhead Penguin in 2011, is populated with characters so familiar to resident readers in the U.P. that it is not uncommon to stop and wonder if one hasn’t visited the towns in which they live, or walked the streets and stopped to visit in a diner with at least one or two of them.

The faculty of the English Department at Lake Superior State University and the Writing the Upper Peninsula Award selection committee thank Ellen for her rich and graceful rendering of this place and its priceless people, and look forward to her reading in the area at a time and date to be announced soon.

2014 Launch Party Rescheduled Due to Winter Weather Advisory

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Unfortunately, due to extreme winter weather conditions, we regret to announce that the launch event for volume 4 is being rescheduled. Due to the increasing probability of inclement weather conditions from this point on in the year and the necessity for planning event dates at the library far in advance, our plan is to reschedule for spring. Please check back for more information here on the new date, which will be posted as soon as it is decided.

Print copies of Volume 4 will be available for order very soon here. Contributor copies will be mailed to authors within the week.

We apologize for having to reschedule; however, the safety of our presenters and attendees traveling to and from the event is of utmost importance to us. We hope you will join us in the spring!

Finalists of the Writing the U.P. Award Named

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The faculty of the English Department at Lake Superior State University and the Writing the Upper Peninsula Award selection committee are happy to announce six finalists for the second annual 2014 Writing the U.P. award. The purpose of the Writing the U.P. Award is to honor an author of fiction, who has portrayed through vivid description, believable characters, and story the essence of life in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

These writers have been selected from the many nominations we received from U.P. residents, librarians working in the U.P., and the regional academic community for the significant contribution they have made to the literature of the region. Below are the finalists’ names along with a few of the comments made by those who nominated them:

Ellen Airgood: “Airgood’s faithful rendering of place and characters in her novel,  South of Superior, is so flawlessly delivered, that it is not unusual for longtime residents of the Upper Peninsula to read her work and feel certain they’ve walked the streets of the same small towns and spoken with the very characters of her story.”

Steve Hamilton: “Each of Hamilton’s mysteries are exciting in and of themselves, but there is an extra layer of interest as he brings the U.P. to life through locations and characters that are true to the area.”

Jim Harrison: “Harrison is a gifted writer whose name and work have long been connected with northern Michigan. He  should be recognized  for having put this region on the map of imagination for  many readers.”

Joseph D. Haske: “Although Haske now lives in another state, he writes about this place like only a native can, and he does return every year to visit his large family who still live in the area. His novel, North Dixie Highway, is peopled with eccentric characters who truly do feel like they have been lifted from these streets, and its characters speak in the idiosyncratic voices we hear every day.”

L. E. Kimball: “Kimball is a new voice who offers a fresh perspective on life in the U.P. Her work published, among other places, in the anthology, The Way North, is full of promise.”

Ron Riekki: “Riekki’s short stories and his full-length novel UP deliver an unflinchingly honest and gritty portrayal of life in the U.P., and his dedication to seeing that U.P.  writers gain recognition, most notably through his work as editor on the anthology,  The Way North,  is changing the face of U.P. literature. “

The award-selection committee would like to thank those who submitted nominations for this year’s award. The nominees submitted truly reflect the reality of the region: the U.P. is unique.  No one type of story can represent us. Our nominees have penned a diverse body of work, from children’s tales, to difficult coming-of-age stories within native and mixed ethnic cultures, to mysteries, literary novels, and reflective essays.

The winner of the Writing the U.P. Award will be announced later in November.

Vol. 4 Launch Party to be held Nov. 11 at 7 pm

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bcv4f2014_coverRev3The launch party for the fourth issue of Border Crossing is scheduled to be held at the Bayliss branch of the Superior District Library in Sault Sainte Marie on Tuesday, November 11, 2014. There will be readings by Sault essayist and poet Phil Dansdill and Marquette poet Janeen Rastall, as well as a brief discussion with editors on the editorial process, the work selected, and our new group of interns. Refreshments will be provided by the Friends of Bayliss Library.

Copies of the issue will be for sale at the event. Vol. 4 includes fiction, poetry, and essays by nationally recognized and award-winning authors, with a special section featuring work by Michigan and Ontario writers, including Phil Dansdill, Joseph D. Haske, Lori May, Janeen Rastall, Ron Riekki, and Keith Taylor. The issue also includes a series of photographs of the region by the featured artist for vol. 4, cover art contest winner Eddie James, whose work will be on display at the event.

Please help support the literary and visual arts in Michigan and Ontario by coming to the reading and buying a copy! Readers keep Border Crossing alive and in circulation.  Tell your friends about us and keep us going! For those of you who cannot attend, check back soon for a link to online orders, as well as photographs and video of the event.

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