Write to the River — Summer 2018 Call for Submissions

Morning rain at Shadow Falls on its way to the Mississippi River. (Photo by Tom Reiter.) 

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. 

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

Our summer 2018 photo prompt is 'Morning rain' by photographer Tom Reiter. What is it about our ever-changing Mississippi River that revitalizes you? Or makes you halt in your tracks to allow your gaze to linger?

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 or prompts to get started? 

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

Ready to share?

Email your piece to writetotheriver@fmr.org by August 1, 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.

Tom Reiter