Congratulations to the 2013 BWA Writing Contest winners!



1st Place–The Farm by Laura Murray from North Mankato, MN

2nd Place–Kinsee by Janet Preus from Minneapolis, MN



1st Place–Loving Sanya by Kirstin Ruth Bratt from Sauk Rapids, MN

2nd Place–Sunrise, Banana, Chair by Bonnie West from St. Paul, MN

Honorable Mention1–A Change of Heart by Sandra Clough from Burnsville, MN

Honorable Mention2–The Dinner Party by Kate Halverson from Lake City, MN



1st Place–Uncle Frank by Sonja Kosler from Dent, MN

2nd Place–Invention of Camping by Laura Murray from Mankato, MN

Honorable Mention1–Archeologists Don’t Know by Ellen Lager from Robbinsdale, MN

Honorable Mention2–Becky Chakov from Bemidji, MN


We hope many of our winners will be able to read their own winning pieces at the BWA Fall Writers Festival at the Brainerd Public Library, October 26!

Fall Writers FestivalThe tentative agenda for the day is as follows:

9-9:30 am       Registration/coffee

9:30 am          Creative Nonfiction judge’s comments and winners read

10 am             Poetry judge’s comments and winners read

10:30 am        Fiction judge’s comments and winners read

11:00 am        Dr. Marilyn Moses “Short Story Tips”

11:30 am        Candace Simar “Killing the Passive Voice”

12-1 pm          Catered Lunch

1-3 pm            Featured Speaker: Lorna Landvik “Creating Believable Characters and Scenes”


Please pre-register by sending $25 for the entire day including lunch to—



% Bev Abear

6584 Parkview Circle

Baxter, MN 56425


Lakes Area Writers Alliance is a writers group in Brainerd, Minnesota that offers support, encouragement, and critique to members and visitors to their monthly meetings.


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