YOUR WORK PUBLISHED AND MONEY TOO
What? Every year the Metro Chapter sponsors a writing contest open to everyone. The writer of the winning essay will receive a cash prize of $75 and publication of the article in the Minnesota Bulletin. Another $50 will go to the winner of a random drawing from the rest of the essays submitted.
Why? The members of the NFB of Minnesota are the main source of articles for the Minnesota Bulletin, and have many interesting personal experiences, opinions, and stories to share. This contest provides a way to share them and maybe win some cash too. All entries will be considered for publication in the Minnesota Bulletin.
How? Write an essay about your personal experience as a blind person, a hard-learned lesson of your life, someone else's adventure dealing with blindness, an idyllic world with blindness as normal as Federationists know it to be, a message you wish to share with others -- any topic related to blindness you'd like to teach your fellow Federationists!!! It should be long enough to cover the subject, but short enough to be interesting; usually about 2 or 3 pages.
When? E-mail your writing to Minnesota Bulletin editor Kathy McGillivray at firstname.lastname@example.org by October 11, 2017. The entries will be judged by a three-person panel, and the winners awarded at the banquet of the Annual Convention on October 21, 2017.
Who? This statewide essay-writing contest is open to everyone, not just the Metro Chapter. Set your imagination to work and your fingers to tapping the computer keyboard, and let's see the editor's e-mail overpowered with essays.
These are the winners from previous years:
- 2016: Briley O'Connor, A Perspective On Privilege
- 2015: Emily Zitek, All in Seven Innings
- 2014: Dave Walle, Difficult Avenues and Open Doors
- 2013: Megan Bening, Standing on My Own
- 2012: Shawn Mayo, An Ordinary Sort of Courage
- 2011: Chris Kuell, Just Their Dad
- 2010; Ryan Strunk, Ode to a Mentor and a Friend
- 2009; Mark Erickson, My Best Decision
- 2008: Sheila Koenig, Pizzas, Dymo Tape, and Confidence
- 2007: Sharon Monthei, New Perspective on Immigrants
- 2006: Tom Scanlan, The Luckiest Break of My Life
- 2005: Tim Lindbo, Making A Difference
- 2004: Judy Sanders, It's Not That Way Now
- 2003: James Baxter, Stepping Out In All Weather
- 2002: Angela Howard, Carol's Compliment
- 2001: Emily Wharton, Maid of Honor
- 2000: Sheila Koenig, Beyond The Aisles And The Hallways
- 1999: Jennifer Dunnam, The Gift and the Challenge