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2021 Northern Narratives Writing Project for Teens and Adults

Writers, start your engines! The Fargo Public Library is seeking submissions for Northern Narratives, the library’s 5th 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 Jan. 15 – March 29, 2021 at our Wufoo link. 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 All submissions must be original, unpublished, proofread, and edited works.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. All rules and information are available here. All entries must be uploaded using this template saved as a Word document (.doc or .docx) to Wufoo.

If you have further questions, please email NorthernNarratives@fargolibrary.org or call Sunny at 701.298.6956.

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

2021 Submission Categories:
Short Stories: 1,500 – 6,000 words
Essays: 1,000 – 2,500 words
Poems: less than 750 words

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


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2021 Northern Focus Photography Project for Teens and Adults

The library is hosting the second annual Northern Focus photography project in conjunction with our Northern Narratives writing project. We are asking regional, amateur photographers to send us their best work to grace our downtown location in a photo exhibit –and one lucky artist will get their photograph on the front cover of Northern Narratives 2021! We are accepting submissions April 5 through May 31, 2021. The program is open to adults and teens 13 years or older. All rules and guidelines will be posted on this page by March 1, 2021. If you have further questions, please call Melisa Duncan at 701.476.4076.

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


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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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