Writ­ers wanted

New Lake of the Woods lit­er­ary mag­a­zine look­ing for sub­mis­sions

Kenora Daily Miner and News - - FRONT PAGE - LEANNE FOURNIER

Group seeks orig­i­nal works for new lit­er­ary arts pub­li­ca­tion.

The arts com­mu­nity is about to get a boost with the pi­lot­ing of a new mag­a­zine, Bor­ders and Boundaries, which will fea­ture the work of writ­ers from Lake of the Woods and sur­round­ing area within a 100 kilo­me­tre ra­dius. The print pub­li­ca­tion, tar­geted for late 2018, will ex­plore the con­cept of bor­ders and boundaries from any an­gle the writer chooses to ex­plore. Dead­line for the in­au­gu­ral is­sue is June 30, 2018. Com­plete sub­mis­sion guide­lines are avail­able on the Kenora Writer’s Group Face­book page at: https:// www.face­book.com/keno­rawrit­ers­group/

Sub­mis­sions in fic­tion, non-fic­tion, po­etry as well as art­work are be­ing ac­cepted.

“The goal is to pro­vide a plat­form for pub­li­ca­tion, and to mo­ti­vate writ­ers to cre­ate and get feed­back on their best work,” said Elsie Neufeld a lo­cal writer and ed­i­tor who is co­or­di­nat­ing the pro­ject. Spe­cial con­sid­er­a­tion will be given to pieces re­lat­ing to Lake of the Woods and its sur­round­ing area. Work will be ac­cepted on merit.

While there will be a vet­ting and edit­ing process as part of the sub­mis­sions re­view, Neufeld said it isn’t in­tended to be over­whelm­ing.

“We re­ally want to open this up to ev­ery­one with­out hav­ing peo­ple getting ham­strung by a bunch of scary lit­er­ary ex­pec­ta­tions. The hope is that writ­ers will ben­e­fit from the feed­back they re­ceive prior to pub­li­ca­tion.”

The sub­mis­sion guide­lines on the Face­book page pro­vide more de­tails but Neufeld stressed that the hope is to pub­lish as many dif­fer­ent works as pos­si­ble in the mag­a­zine, which she en­vi­sions be­ing “sim­ple and el­e­gant.”

“If you’ve writ­ten a para­graph you re­ally love, send it in,” said Neufeld. She added that they will also be look­ing for sub­mis­sions from Lake of the Woods Arts Com­mu­nity (LOWAC) vis­ual artists and pho­tog­ra­phers to fea­ture in the mag­a­zine.

Plans are still evolv­ing. The tar­get for the first is­sue is to print 1,000 copies of a 36-page mag­a­zine that will be avail­able on lo­cal news­stands. The pro­ject will rely on lo­cal do­na­tions and fund­ing. A GoFundMe cam­paign is be­ing con­sid­ered. The hope is to pro­vide the ac­cepted writ­ers and artists an hon­o­rar­ium, but that will de­pend on the suc­cess of fundrais­ing ef­forts.

While the pro­ject is be­ing driven through the Kenora Writ­ers Group, Neufeld said it also fits with the LOWAC man­date to fos­ter and pro­mote the spirit of cre­ativ­ity in the City of Kenora and sur­round­ing area of Lake of the Woods.

Writ­ers look­ing for a way to share their work are also in­vited to join the Kenora Writ­ers Group, which meets ev­ery third Tues­day of the month, 6:30 p.m., at the Kenora Pub­lic Li­brary.

Ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion is avail­able by con­tact­ing Elsie Neufeld at low­bor­der­s­bound­aries@gmail.com.

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Kenora Writ­ers Group mem­bers (start­ing far left) Ce­cil Burns, Theresa Burns, Elsie Neufeld, El­iz­a­beth Page and Tim Arm­strong dis­cuss their work at a monthly

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