The Story Inside the Arti[facts]


Writing contest submissions due by May 1

The Winona County Historical Society and Great River Review, Inc., announced a student writing contest in January. The deadline is coming up on May 1 and judges are excited to read all the creative writing students have been doing this winter.

Middle and high school students (grades five to 12) are invited to participate in this fun contest that fosters creative ways of approaching the understanding of history. After visiting the Winona County History Center, the student will choose an artifact within the exhibits and tell the “inside” story of that object by writing a narrative at least 1,500 words. Students should consult at least three documentary sources related to the artifact and develop their narratives based on these sources, and are also encouraged to use their imagination as they try to reconstruct the stories these items from the past can tell.

Entries will be judged based on the narrative’s imaginative reconstruction of fact-based material and how well the writer imagines the facts behind the artifact and tells the story behind it. Organizers expect writers to use their imaginations and creativity to cross the lines of story and history. There will be four $100 winners and eight $50 winners!

There is no need to pre-register to enter. Submissions are due by May 1, 2019, and can be mailed (must be postmarked by May 1) or dropped off at the Winona County History Center, c/o Arti[fact]s Writing Contest, 160 Johnson Street, Winona, Minn., 55987, or emailed in pdf format to You can find more at or call 507-454-2723, extension three, with questions. Good luck!


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