Writing contest to bring out stories of artifacts

January 17, 2019

WINONA — Students in grades 5-12 are invited to take part in a creative writing contest co-sponsored by the Winona County Historical Society and Great River Review.

Participants should choose an artifact from the exhibits at the Winona County History Center and tell the “inside” story of that historical object with a narrative at least 1,500 words long. Writers should consult at least three sources related to the artifact and develop their narratives based on these sources, but are also encouraged to use their imaginations as they try to reconstruct the stories their artifact can tell.

There will be a Museum Open House on Feb. 10, from noon to 4 p.m. History Center staff will be available to help find artifacts and sources of information.

Plus, there will be activities throughout the afternoon, including vintage valentine crafts, information tables from other area museums and organizations, treats, vintage games and more.

Writing contest entries will be judged on the narrative’s imaginative reconstruction of fact-based material; how well the writer imagines the facts behind the artifact, and tells the story behind them. Writers are expected to use their imaginations and creativity to cross the lines of story and history.

There will be four $100 winners and eight $50 winners! Submissions can be mailed or dropped off at the Winona County History Center, c/o Arti(fact)s Writing Contest, 160 Johnson Street, Winona, MN, 55987, or emailed in pdf format to educator@winonahistory.org. Submissions are due May 1.

Find more at www.winonahistory.org or call WCHS at (507) 454-2723.

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