Call for Journeys Submissions! New this year: “Letters About Literature”

Call for Journeys Submissions! New this year: “Letters About Literature”

“To be able to tell my story means a lot. It means learning. It means a lot of people are going to learn from my story and I am learning from other people’s story.” That’s’ what one ABE learner has to say about publishing his story in Journeys, the anthology of adult student writing published annually by Minnesota Literacy Council.

This fall, we invite your learners to share their voices and submit their original stories and art for publication in the 2020 edition of JourneysFriday, December 6 is the deadline for this year’s submissions.

The Journeys submissions webform is now open and entries are being accepted throughout the fall. We encourage you to work with your learners this fall on their Journeys writing submissions and help them complete their entries no later than December 6. The new book will be available in the spring of 2020.

New this year: “Letters About Literature” Special Submission Opportunity

This year, through a partnership with the Friends of the St. Paul Public Library, we invite your learners to submit a written piece on a special theme, called “Letters About Literature”. It is an opportunity for learners to select and read a piece of literature, reflect on it, and write a personal letter to the author explaining how it changed their views of the world and/or themselves.

Held at the K-12 level for many years, this is the first year that the “Letters About Literature” contest will open to the ABE level. Journeys submissions with this theme will be highlighted in a special chapter of the anthology, as well as submitted to the official “Letters About Literature” contest, which is sponsored by the Friends of the St. Paul Public Library.

Submit your learners’ work!

  1. Review the Journeys 2020 Submission Guidelines
  2. Consider participating in this year’s special theme, “Letters About Literature”
  3. Prepare to submit: view the Preview of Submission Fields
  4. Submit stories using the Journeys 2020 Submission Webform
  5. A confirmation email for each submission will be sent to the teacher or coordinator’s email. Please review each confirmation for accuracy.

Questions? Email Kelly Rynda: [email protected], or call Kelly at 651-251-9074.

About Journeys

In its 31st year, Journeys 2020 showcases short written pieces by Adult Basic Education learners from every corner of Minnesota. Journeys is a book of stories. Within its pages, you’ll find memories, poems, art, tall tales and everything in between. These stories share the journeys and perspectives of adult literacy students enrolled in reading, English as a Second Language, GED, and basic skills classes across the state of Minnesota.

Kelly Rynda, Hotline and Volunteer Support Specialist Minnesota Literacy Council