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Journeys 2021: Special Chapter Open to Submissions from ABE Staff and Volunteers!

Journeys 2021: Special Chapter Open to Submissions from ABE Staff and Volunteers!

Since COVID has had such a huge impact on learners, teachers and our classrooms this year, we know it might be more difficult to submit stories for the 2021 edition of Journeys. To try and ease that burden—and to encourage as many learners as possible to submit entries—we’ve extended the Journeys 2021 submission deadline to January 29, 2021. We hope this extended deadline might allow more of your learners to participate.

Teaching and Learning during the Pandemic

In addition, we’re excited to announce a special Journeys 2021 chapter, “Teaching and Learning during the Pandemic,” which is open to submissions from not only ABE learners, but staff and volunteers as well. This year’s pandemic has upended so many aspects of our daily lives, education being among the most important. Yet despite the huge hurdles that COVID has presented, ABE teachers, learners and volunteers have all shown great resilience, creativity and dedication to their work. In this special Journeys chapter, “Teaching and Learning during the Pandemic,” we invite anyone affiliated with Minnesota ABE – whether they be learners, teachers, tutors, support professionals, volunteers or interns – to submit a piece for publication. We want to share the stories of challenges, lessons learned and unexpected surprises that you’ve experienced this year.

Journeys content and submissions

The Journeys 2021 submissions webform is now open. We encourage you to work with your learners this January on their Journeys writing submissions and help them complete their entries no later than January 29, 2021. The new book will be available in the spring of 2021.

Did you know that the Journeys curriculum unit has recently been updated due to COVID? Each lesson now includes suggested activity modifications for the virtual classroom (all using the Zoom platform). Read on for more details! And for access to this updated curriculum, you can purchase Journeys 2020 as a PDF ($11).

  • New for fall: Journeys curriculum unit updated with remote classroom ideas!
    We’ve updated our Journeys curriculum unit to include activity modifications for the remote classroom. We hope you’ll take advantage of this resource in your virtual classrooms this fall! Did you know that Journeys contains an accompanying curriculum unit geared toward high-intermediate to advanced ESL learners? The learning objectives contained in the curriculum are aligned with the College and Career Readiness Standards (CCRS) and the Transitions Integrations Framework (TIF). Unit highlights:

    • Aligned with CASAS and TIF standards
    • Updated for COVID-19 with activity modifications for remote instruction
    • Written for High Intermediate to Advanced ESL learners (CASAS scores 211-235)
    • 8 cumulative lesson plans, each ~1 to 1.5 hours long
    • Includes ready-to-use activities
    • Intended to be adapted to your unique classroom settings—whether in-person or virtual!

Purchase Journeys 2020 as a PDF ($11) to receive the updated curriculum unit including the virtual learning activity modifications. Journeys 2020 is also available in print ($14, or $11 when you order 5+ copies).

  • Continuing this year: Letters About Literature
    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. 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.
  • New this year: Black Literacy Matters
    Black Literacy Matters, a new companion to Journeys, is now accepting submissions. Black Literacy Matters creates a space for Black voices to be published and heard, celebrates the creativity and diversity of Black culture and lifts up the narratives and lived experience of Black Minnesotans. Like Journeys, Black Literacy Matters will function as both platform and teaching tool, with accompanying discussion guides and classroom resources for the Adult Basic Education (ABE) community and beyond. The inaugural edition of Black Literacy Matters will be released in May 2021 – with sneak previews and a special event in February, in honor of Black History Month. Learn more and submit an entry or contact Black Literacy Matters Project Coordinator Erianna Jiles with any questions, [email protected].
  • Miss the virtual Journeys Readings in June?
    It’s not too late! Visit our website to see videos of 20+ Journeys 2020 authors reading their original stories and get inspired for Journeys 2021! These videos can be used in classroom activities and to inspire learners when working on their own pieces.

Submit your learners’ work!

  1. Review the Journeys 2021 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 2021 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.


Contact Kelly at [email protected], or 651-251-9074.

About Journeys

In its 32nd year, Journeys 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 Salesforce Specialist Literacy Minnesota