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Northern Narratives Writing Project Starts February 1

Calling all local and regional writers! The Fargo Public Library is seeking submissions for our sixth annual Northern Narratives, a writing project that aims to inspire regional writers and serve as a community heirloom. Selected submissions will be included in the library's North Dakota Collection. We are accepting submissions online at our Wufoo link from February 1 through March 31, 2022 in three categories: fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. The program is open to adults and teens 13 years or older.

2022 Submission Categories:
Fiction: 1,000 – 6,000 words
Nonfiction: 1,000 – 6,000 words
Poetry: 1,000 words or less per poem

All submissions must be original, unpublished, proofread, and edited works. All rules, guidelines, information and frequently asked questions are available here. The selection committee reserves the right to withhold publication at their discretion.

Chosen selections shall be subject to “first rights” copyright. Any future publication, unrelated to the Fargo Public Library, shall require appropriate attribution.

For any questions, please email NorthernNarratives@fargolibrary.org or call Andy at 701.476.4040.

This project is supported by the Friends of the Fargo Public Library.

Northern Focus 2022 Photography Project Returns in April

The library is hosting the third annual Northern Focus photography project this spring. We are asking amateur photographers from the region to send us their best work to grace our downtown location in a photo exhibit. One lucky artist will get their photograph on the front cover of Northern Narratives 2022. We are accepting submissions April 4 through May 31, 2022. The program is open to adults and teens 13 years or older. Rules and information will be available soon; stay tuned for further details. Contact Nicole at 701.476.5974 for further information.


Northern Narratives 2021 book cover

Library's "Northern Narratives 2021" Book Available

Northern Narratives 2021 is the library’s fifth 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. Please note that the cover art (titled The Wild Mist) for this book was by photographer Brittani Hovland and submitted as part of the Northern Focus 2021 photography project.

Northern Narratives Jr. cover

Library's "Northern Narratives Jr." Magazine Available

Northern Narratives Jr. is the library's first ever, kids-only, literary magazine. It is available to be read online and features poems, nonfiction essays, short stories, drawings, photographs, and comics written and created by school-age children from the Fargo-Moorhead-West Fargo community in the spring of 2021. Each category had first and second place winners as judged by the Fargo Public Library Children's Services Staff. Winning works are indicated by an asterisk.*
Please note: Transcription of each piece was taken directly from the original work, so any creative spelling, grammar, or formatting is considered intentional by the artist.

Northern Narratives 2020 book cover

Library's "Northern Narratives 2020" Book Available

Northern Narratives 2020 is the library’s fourth 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. Please note that the cover art (titled Home in the Middle of Nowhere) for this book was by photographer Hannah Borsheim submitted as part of the inaugural Northern Focus photography project.

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.

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