Readings and Writers: Upcoming Contests and Awards for Area Writers – Duluth News Tribune

Story Hours, Wednesdays at 10:15 a.m. at the Duluth Main Library and West Duluth branch and Thursdays at 10:15 a.m. at the Mount Royal branch. Go to

the Duluth Public Library offers in-person book clubs at the Duluth Main Public Library, 520 W. Superior St. To see the four book clubs, the book they read, and a list of questions for each book, go to the schedule on duluthlibrary. org.

Join the authors Rob Greenfieldof Ashland, Wisconsin, and April Hepokoski, from Esko, 5:30-8 p.m. Friday, March 4, Cloquet Public Library, 320 14th St., Cloquet, for the release of their new book, “Zero Waste Kids,” a solution-focused book that teaches through activities how to reduce, reuse and recycle at home, school and in the community. The focus will be on zero waste and sustainable living.

Lake Superior Writers present Superior Actions, a free virtual open mic for writers to read their work and anyone else who wants to listen, from 6-7 p.m. Wednesday, March 9. The event is free; membership is not compulsory. Graphic content is prohibited. There will be 10 five-minute slots available on a first-come, first-served basis. Entrants will be notified in advance if they have been selected to read. To register, email Please indicate if you wish to read. A Zoom link will be sent on the day of the event.

It’s murder, I don’t know! a virtual workshop on how to write a mystery with mystery writer Jeanne Cooney, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on March 12. She will discuss the different types of mysteries and the mechanics of writing them. She will review the steps commonly followed in mysteries: establishing the protagonist’s wishes, hooking the reader, dispersing clues, and solving problems. To register:

Lake Superior Writers present Virtual book club for writers6:30-8 p.m. on March 29. Brian Malloy will talk about his book, “The Year of Ice”, and host a Q&A session about the book and his journey writing it. Free. For more information:

2022 Lake Superior Writers Writing Contest is open. This year’s theme is “Full Circle”. The categories are Poetry, Short Fiction, Short-Short Fiction, and Creative Non-Fiction.

For more information: Deadline: April 11.

Join a Northeast Minnesota Book Awards Reading Team and help choose a winning book that captures the spirit of northeast Minnesota.

Each of the six reading teams will consist of a maximum of four members with a designated leader. When you apply, you share your preferences for which team you want to work in, and we do our best to place you on the best team for you. After receiving their book bundles, teams will meet multiple times (meeting via Zoom is an option) between June and September 2022 to discuss the nominated books, with winners being notified on October 1.

The Northeast Minnesota Book Awards recognize books that substantially represent the history, culture, heritage, or way of life of Northeast Minnesota, which includes the following counties: Aitkin, Carlton, Cook , Itasca, Kanabec, Koochiching, Lake, Pine and St. Louis. This is the first year that Lake Superior Writers will present the awards, previously coordinated by UMD’s Kathryn A. Martin Library with the latest awards announced in 2020. This year, reading teams will review books published in 2020-2021 , with winners announced in fall 2022.

To join a reading team, participants must complete an online application form. Applications are accepted until May 1, and you will be notified of your reading team assignment between mid and late May. If you have been part of a reading team in the past, consider becoming a team leader. Questions? Please contact

Did you or someone you know publish a book in 2020 or 2021? Lake Superior Writers invites applications for the 2022 Northeast Minnesota Book Award. Books can be nominated in one of six categories: non-fiction, fiction, art/photography, children’s literature, poetry and memoir. A non-refundable entry fee of $40 is required for each nominated title. The awards recognize books that substantially represent the history, culture, heritage, or way of life of northeast Minnesota, which includes the following counties: Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Kanabec, Koochiching, Lake , Pine and St. Louis. Authors are not required to live in Minnesota for their work to be considered.

This is the first year that Lake Superior Writers will present the awards, previously coordinated by the Kathryn A. Martin Library at the University of Minnesota Duluth, with the final awards given in 2020. As in the past, independent reading teams for each category will review and determine awards, with awards being announced in fall 2022.

Nominated books must have been originally published between 2020 and 2021. The winning book in each category will receive a cash prize of $200. The winning book and honorable mention in each category will receive a glass plate and 100 book seals.

For complete guidelines on nominating a book, including a link to the required nomination form, visit Send the completed form, four (non-returnable) copies of the book and the $40 entry fee to NEMBA, 1626 London Road #895, Duluth, MN 55812. Applications must be mailed by May 31.

For questions, email

“Cougar Claw: A Sam Rivers Mystery” by Cary J. Griffith

Title: “Cougar Claw: A Sam Rivers Mystery”
Author: Cary J. Griffith
Synopsis: Special Agent Sam Rivers investigates the unexplained – and highly unlikely – attack by a cougar that killed a wealthy business owner. Without the help or support of local law enforcement, Sam and his team are all that stands between justice and those who might otherwise get away with murder. Sam’s knowledge of the backcountry, cougars and the criminal mind is put to the test as he tries to solve the case – and stay alive. This is the second book in the Sam River Mystery series.
Cost: $16.95
Editor: Adventure Publications
Release date: June 7