Congratulations to the winners of the 2017 BWA Writing Contest!

Creative nonfiction:
First place: “With This Ring,” Anjanette Bandel, Rochester
Second place: “Butterflies,” Brielle Bredsten, Aitkin

1st place: “After School,” Melissa B. L. Birch, Pequot Lakes
2nd place: “The Costco Man,” Dan Nelson, Pillager

1st place: “The White Ibis,” Lina Belar, Perham
2nd place: “Death of an Uncle,” Jean Murray Driscoll, Pillager
Honorable mention: “She’s laid right down for us,” Theresa B. Falsani, Duluth

Register to attend the BWA Fall Festival and Book Fair today!


  • A separate fee of $25 for the Festival includes a catered lunch.
  • Reservations are due on or before Oct. 25th.
  • To reserve your spot, send $25.00 check payable to BWA
    • Postal Mail: 6584 Parkview Circle, Baxter, MN 56425
    • Email:, attn.: Bev, with your RSVP and pay at the door.

BOOK FAIR VENDORS: $5 for 1/3 of an 8-foot table space to sell your books. Space is limited. Be sure to mention you’d like a spot when registering.

Contact Contest Chair Bev Abear with questions at



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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