A mission of Saint Paul Almanac is to share stories across cultures, that build relationships. One of the ways we do this is by creating and promoting writing contests for our diverse community. We hope to inspire and encourage new writers while also showcasing the talents of seasoned writers.

Photographer: Justin Hedstrom, Almanac 2015

Past Contests

COURAGE Writing Contest


Calling all writers and poets! Saint Paul Almanac invites you to submit your original, unpublished fiction, creative non-fiction or poetry to our COURAGE writing contest. Submit from Feb 9 - 28.

Environmental (In)Justice Storytelling Contest


Theme: environmental (in)justice in Mni Sóta Maḳoce (Minnesota). Accepting fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and audio & visual formats. Deadline: April 1, 2022

Break Through Writing Contest


Creative interpretations of the theme "break through" in 3 different genres: Flash fiction, flash creative nonfiction (CNF), and poetry.

Carol Connolly Initiative for Almanac Poets and Writers


“Somewhere in this city, someone is working on a poem full of hope and resolve…” — ”Poem for the State of the City, April 21, 2009” by Carol Connolly