Write to the River — Winter 2017 / 2018 Call for Submissions

Day sets over a wintry scene. Here, the Mississippi River is outlined by our built landscape; buildings, railroad tracks, roads and bridges, remind us of its role in industry. 

What does the river say to you? We'd like to know.

Write to the River is a creative writing project to inspire artistic engagement with our river environment. We invite you to share an original poem or short prose response to seasonal images along the Upper Mississippi River.

This season's photo prompt by Tom Reiter captures a stretch of urban river as seen from Indian Mounds Park, where structure and nature appear to merge at dawn. (We should also note that FMR volunteers helped improve this view and habitat by replacing tall invasive shrubs with the prairie in the foreground.)

No previous creative writing experience is necessary and all ages and styles are welcome — short prose works, free verse, formal verse, your own verse! 

All submissions will be considered for showcasing in future issues of Mississippi Messages. Please stay tuned for a possible annual event and additional opportunities featuring photography and writing from this project. 

Need a few ideas to get started? 

-  List the first words that come to mind.  
-  What feelings are evoked? Does it remind you of a past experience?  
-  Imagine walking here — what sounds, smells and tastes might you experience?  
-  What story is being told? What is the subject?

Ready to share?

Email your piece to writetotheriver@fmr.org by January 31, 2018. Please include your name, address (or at least city and ZIP). And if you're under 18 years old, please include your age and a contact number where we can reach a guardian or parent in case we're able to publish your work. 

Submit your piece in whatever fashion works for you, in the body of the email or attached as a .pdf, .doc or .docx. Remember, this is a friendly call for submissions. There is no grading, only appreciation.

Happy writing to the river! We look forward to hearing from you.