The Minnesota Humanities Center (MHC) announces that submissions for their 2020 Veterans’ Voices Award are now being accepted through July 31.  

The 2020 Veterans’ Voices Award Ceremony will continue to honor the outstanding work of Minnesota’s Veterans through Veterans’ stories in their own words. By sharing their personal stories through poetry, prose, essays, memoirs, and more, Veterans find their voice, process their experiences, and connect with others. MHC intends to recognize up to 10 Veteran writers at this year’s award ceremony that will be held Saturday, Oct. 10 at The Wilder Center in St. Paul. MHC invites Veterans living in Minnesota to submit poetry, prose, essays, and memoirs for consideration.

The Humanities Center encourages Veterans to attend a free Warrior Writers Workshops May 7 at the Blue Earth County Historical Society in Mankato or June 4 at Cascade Meadow on St. Mary's University in Rochester, prior to submitting work. Attendance is not mandatory and will not influence the selection process, but is encouraged. 

Story submissions for the awards will focus on one (or more) of the eight topics that frame the Veterans’ Voices program: Combat & Non-Combat, Duty, Family, Motivation, Perceptions, Reintegration, Service, and Transformation. An independent panel will review submitted writings and make award recommendations to the Humanities Center. 

For more information on the Veterans’ Voices program, details about the Veterans’ Voices Award guidelines and submission, and how to register for upcoming Warrior Writers Workshops, visit mnhum.org/veterans-voices.

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