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  • crwropps@aol.com
    Dylan Days seeks poems, stories and plays for 2009 contest http://www.dylandays.com/writers.htm (go to this URL to enter contest) HIBBING, Minn. ─ The
    Message 1 of 2 , Mar 2, 2009
      Dylan Days seeks poems, stories and plays for 2009 contest

      http://www.dylandays.com/writers.htm (go to this URL to enter contest)





      HIBBING, Minn. ─ The Dylan Days Creative Writing contest is issuing its 2009 call for entries. The annual contest based in Bob Dylan's hometown includes poetry, short fiction and our wildly successful new one-act play category. The deadline is 11:59 p.m., March 15, 2009. Poetry and Short fiction will be accepted through an online entry system. One act plays are accepted only through the mail.




      First, Second and Third prizes will be awarded to writers in poetry and short fiction categories, in both open and student divisions. First Prize wins $100, Second Prize wins $50 and Third Prize wins $25. Honorable mentions will also be named. All winning entries appear in the Dylan Days literary journal, “Talkin’ Blues,” providing many first-time publication credits for emerging writers and poets.





      In the one act playwright competition, one winner will be named along with honorable mentions. The top work will be produced and performed on the Hibbing Community College stage during Dylan Days as the featured entertainment for our annual Literary Showcase. The grand prize winner will receive $100. The play will be cast with experienced actors and directed by Michael Ricci, the award-winning director of the HCC theatre program whose acclaimed work has included "Tommy," "Hair," "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat," "Amadeus,
      " and many more.





      Scroll down for rules and entry information on the five divisions: Open Short Fiction, Open Poetry, Student Short Fiction, Student Poetry and Open One-Act Play





      Original one-act play competition


      (open to all playwrights)





      All submissions should be plays that have not been produced in any other theatres.  They can be of any genre except musicals, or puppet theatre.  


      Scripts should be between 30 and 60 minutes in length, and contain 3-6 characters. Settings should be fairly modest, staying away from extravagant set pieces and special effects.  Content and subject matter are completely open, but should reflect what Bob Dylan came to be known for - an original voice who embraced a new direction, a unique vision with the power to move people.  All submissions will be reviewed by a panel of judges, and the winning entry will be given a fully mounted production on the Hibbing Community College Theatre stage.





      Entrants in the playwright contest only should submit via mail only: 





      Dylan Days One Act Playwright Contest


      C/O Mike Ricci


      Hibbing Community College


      1515 E. 25th St.


      Hibbing, MN  55746





      (All entries for fiction and poetry must be electronically submitted. No entries in fiction or poetry categories will be considered unless they are submitted following the electronic submission guidelines listed in each category's rules listed below).





      For more information on the one-act competiti
      on, contact Mike Ricci at 218-262-7377.





      Open Division Poetry 



      Poems limited to 1,000 words on any subject. Because of overwhelming interest in our small contest, limit yourself to entering your best unpublished poem. Multiple entries will not be considered.

      Deadline is March 15, 2009; Enter through electronic submission only by clicking on the ENTER link at the bottom of this page and properly filling out the online submission form.




      Open Division Short Fiction



      Short story in any genre, 1,000-4,000 words, limit one story per person.

      Deadline is March 15, 2009; Enter through electronic submission only by clicking on the ENTER link at the bottom of this page and properly filling out the online submission form.




      Student Division Poetry 



      Must be currently enrolled in high school or undergraduate college and have no professional literary publication.

      Poems limited to 1,000 words on any subject. Because of overwhelming interest in our small contest, limit yourself to entering your best unpublished poem. Multiple entries will not be considered.

      Deadline is March 15, 2009; Enter through electronic submission only by clicking on the ENTER link and properly filling out the online submission form.





      Student Division Short Fiction



      Must be currently enrolled in high school or undergraduate college and have no professional literary publication.

      Short story in any genre, 1,000-4,000 words, limit one story per person.

      Deadline is Mar
      ch 15, 2009; Enter through electronic submission only by clicking on the ENTER link at the bottom of this page and properly filling out the online submission form.


      In all divisions, entries need not be about Bob Dylan or use his style of writing; but they should strive for creativity, originality and literary theme. 





      All prizewinners are invited to take part in a literary reading and reception at Hibbing Community College during Dylan Days 2009. We will also offer a free creative writing workshop (to be announced). This year, the Literary Showcase is one of several Dylan Days activities including the Saturday night "Bob’s Birthday Bash" songwriter’s contest, a visual art contest, weekend bus tours of “Bobby Zimmerman’sHibbing” live music, Dylan documentaries and displays, and an exciting concert event on the stage Dylan used by Dylan back when he was Bobby Zimmerman (also to be announced). 





      NOTICE ON RIGHTS AND PRIOR PUBLICATION: We ask that only original, unpublished works be submitted to our contest. Entering the contest grants us one time rights to publish and winning works in the Dylan Days literary journal and program. In the playwright contest, entering grants Dylan Days and its assigns to stage and perform the play once during Dylan Days, but does not include publication. After publication or performance, rights revert to the authors.


      SUBMISSION DEADLINE FOR ALL CATEGORIES: 11:59 p.m., March 15, 2009

      You will be asked to provide your20name, the title of piece, your phone number, address and your e-mail address along with the text of your work. Students will be asked to list the school or college they are enrolled in at the time of entry. Any special formatting must be done in HTML, otherwise entries should be submitted text only (Please indent paragraphs or separate them with one space). Be sure to select the correct division in the online submission form. You must be a registered high school or college student at the TIME OF ENTRY to be eligible for the student divisions. Previous winners are eligible to enter. We strictly enforce word counts for poetry and short fiction. 


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    • crwropps@aol.com
      Dylan Days seeks poems, stories, one-act plays for 2010 contest http://www.dylandays.com/writers.htm (online link for entering this contest) HIBBING, Minn. ─
      Message 2 of 2 , Feb 13, 2010
        Dylan Days seeks poems, stories, one-act plays for 2010 contest
        http://www.dylandays.com/writers.htm (online link for entering this contest)


        HIBBING, Minn. ─ Over four decades, B.J. Rolfzen taught high school and community college English in Hibbing, Minnesota. Hundreds of students from all social classes and national origins drew equal and insistent inspiration in Rolfzen’s Iron Range classrooms, but perhaps many have only heard of one student: Bob Dylan. In memory of Rolfzen, who passed in 2009, and his passion for poetry and writing, the Dylan Days Creative Writing contest is calling for short stories, poems and one-act plays from students and emerging writers for 2010.

        The competition will henceforth be known as the “B.J. Rolfzen Creative Writing Contest” and each year’s winners will be commemorated on a plaque in Bob Dylan’s hometown.

        The deadline for all entries is March 15, 2010. Poems of less than 1,000 words and short fiction of 1,000 to 4,000 words will be accepted through an online entry system at www.dylandays.com . One act plays will be accepted by mail only (address below). The contest is changing this year. More entries will be considered for publication in the Dylan Days program and literary journal “Talkin’ Blues” and the categories are being renamed and realigned.

        Grand prizes will be awarded to writers in poetry and short fiction categories. In poetry, a separate division for student poets will be held open to high school and undergraduate college students. First Prize in each division wins $100. Semi-finalists will also be named. All winning and semi-finalist entries will appear in the Dylan Days literary journal, “Talkin’ Blues,” providing many first-time publication credits for emerging writers and poets.

        In the one act playwright competition, one winner will be named along with semi-finalists. The top work will be produced and performed on the Hibbing Community College stage during Dylan Days as the featured entertainment for our annual Literary Showcase. The grand prize winner will receive a trip to Hibbing to participate in the staging of their play during Dylan Days 2010. The play will be cast with experienced actors and directed by Michael Ricci, an award-winning Minnesota theatre director, formerly of Hibbing.

        For more information, e-mail Dylan Days co-chair Aaron Brown at <aaronbrown(at)hibbing.edu> (replace (at) with @) or call him at 218-969-9663.


        (All entries for fiction and poetry must be electronically submitted. No entries in fiction or poetry categories will be considered unless they are submitted following the electronic submission guidelines listed in each category's rules listed below).


        For more information on the one-act competition, contact Mike Ricci at 763-493-0543. (Starting in 2010, Mike Ricci will manage the one act judging from North Hennepin Community College and then stage the production in Hibbing).


        Open Division Poetry

        Poems limited to 1,000 words on any subject. Because of overwhelming interest in our small contest, limit yourself to entering your best unpublished poem. Multiple entries will not be considered.
        Deadline is March 15, 2010; Enter through electronic submission only by clicking on the ENTER link at http://www.dylandays.com/writers.htm (link for entering this contest) and properly filling out the online submission form.



        The B.J. Rolfzen Student Poetry Division

        Must be currently enrolled in high school or undergraduate college and have no professional literary publication.
        Poems limited to 1,000 words on any subject. Because of overwhelming interest in our small contest, limit yourself to entering your best unpublished poem. Multiple entries will not be considered.
        Deadline is March 15, 2009; Enter through electronic submission only by clicking on the ENTER link at http://www.dylandays.com/writers.htm (link for entering this contest)and properly filling out the online submission form.

        Short Fiction

        Short story in any genre, limit 4,000 words, limit one story per person.
        Contest open to both students and general audience authors. Emerging and unpublished writers in particular are encouraged to enter. Special considerationg given to creativity and innovation in writing style.
        Deadline is March 15, 2009; Enter through electronic submission only by clicking on the ENTER link at http://www.dylandays.com/writers.htm (link for entering this contest) and properly filling out the online submission form.

        ENTER THE CONTESTat
        http://www.dylandays.com/writers.htm (link for entering this contest)



        In all divisions, entries need not be about Bob Dylan or use his style of writing; but they should strive for creativity, originality and literary theme.


        All prizewinners are invited to take part in a literary reading and reception at Hibbing Community College during Dylan Days 2009. We will also offer a free creative writing workshop (to be announced). This year, the Literary Showcase is one of several Dylan Days activities including the Saturday night "Bob’s Birthday Bash" songwriter’s contest, a visual art contest, weekend bus tours of “Bobby Zimmerman’s Hibbing” live music, Dylan documentaries and displays, and exciting music events.


        NOTICE ON RIGHTS AND PRIOR PUBLICATION: We ask that only original, unpublished works be submitted to our contest. Entering the contest grants us one time rights to publish and winning works in the Dylan Days literary journal and program. In the playwright contest, entering grants Dylan Days and its assigns to stage and perform the play once during Dylan Days, but does not include publication. After publication or performance, rights revert to the authors.
        SUBMISSION DEADLINE FOR ALL CATEGORIES: 11:59 p.m., March 15, 2010
        You will be asked to provide your name, the title of piece, your phone number, address and your e-mail address along with the text of your work. Students will be asked to list the school or college they are enrolled in at the time of entry. Any special formatting (such as italics, bold face) must be done in HTML, otherwise entries should be submitted text only (Please indent paragraphs or separate them with one space). Be sure to select the correct division in the online submission form. You must be a registered high school or college student at the TIME OF ENTRY to be eligible for the student divisions. Previous winners are eligible to enter. We strictly enforce word counts for poetry and short fiction.



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