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Northern Narratives 2020

About the 2020 Northern Narratives Writing Project for Teens & Adults

Not only is winter a great time to read, it is also a great time to write. The Fargo Public Library is seeking submissions for Northern Narratives, the library’s 4th annual winter writing project for adults and teens age 13 years and older. This project aims to inspire local writers and to serve as a community heirloom.

Selected submissions will be included in our North Dakota Collection. Submissions will be accepted Dec. 2, 2019 – March 25, 2020. Material selected for publication will be announced and printed in late spring. All submissions must be original, unpublished, proofread, and edited works. The selection committee reserves the right to withhold publication at their discretion. See the guidelines, rules, and information for the 2020 Northern Narratives Writing Project here.

Participants are required to fit their work into the editable page template available here, before before submitting their piece. Make sure to use the header space in the template to let us know the category you're submitting under.

In addition, participants can view and print a chart of basic standards for the 2020 Northern Narratives writing project here.

Chosen selections shall be subject to “first rights” copyright. Any future publication, unrelated to the Fargo Public Library, shall require appropriate attribution. The program is open to adults and teens, ages 13 years and older.

2020 Submission Categories:
Short Stories: 1,500 – 6,000 words
Essays: 1,000 – 2,500 words
Poems: less than 750 words

Ready to submit your work to the project? All entries must be uploaded using the provided template saved as a Word document (.doc or .docx) to our WuFoo link by March 25, 2020.


So You Want to Get Published…

Since we’ve begun the Northern Narratives project, we are often asked how to get published not just with us, but with others out there in the wider world. To that end, here is a starter pack that will work for you no matter what you’re writing: there’s general advice, plenty of links and websites to explore, and first steps for both the traditional and non-traditional publishing paths. Please read it thoroughly and weigh your options. When you’re done, here are some books at the Fargo Public Library you can check out for more in-depth information:

Adobe InDesign Interactive Digital Publishing: Tips, Techniques, and Workarounds for Formatting Across Your Devices by Ted Padova (686.2254 P124)

The Business of Being a Writer by Jane Friedman (808.02 F911)

The Everything Guide to Getting Published: Expert Advice for Building a Successful Writing Career by Randy Ladenheim-Gil (808.02 L154)

Guide to Self-Publishing by F+W Media (808.02 G946)

The Insider's Guide to Book Publishing Success by Eric Kampmann and Margot Atwell (070.5 K15)

Literary Publishing in the Twenty-first Century edited by Travis Kurowski, Wayne Miller & Kevin Prufer (070.5097 L776)

Writer's Digest Handbook of Magazine Article Writing edited by Michelle Ruberg (808.02 W956)

The Writer's Market by F & W Publications/Writer’s Digest Books (070.5 W956)

Artist's & Graphic Designer's Market: Where & How to Sell Your Illustration, Fine Art, Graphic Design & Cartoons (741.6 A791)

Children's Writer's & Illustrator's Market (070.52 C536)

Novel & Short Story Writer's Market (070.5 N937)

Poet's Market (070.5 P743)


Northern Narratives 2019 book cover

Library's "Northern Narratives 2019" Book Available

Northern Narratives 2019 is the library’s third publication of poems, essays and short stories produced by local and regional authors. It is available at all three library locations for check out, or it can be read online.

Northern Narratives 2018

Library's "Northern Narratives 2018" Book Available

Northern Narratives 2018 is the library’s third publication of poems, essays and short stories produced by local and regional authors. It is available at all three library locations for check out, or it can be read online.