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Remembering Country Winters Essay Contest

Elevated view of a snow-covered road through Keshena, Wisconsin, in winter, 1902.
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Do you recall a snowed-in Christmas, your first ice-fishing trip, below-zero dashes to the barn, slippery sledding runs or breathless snowball fights? The Wisconsin Historical Society Press invites you to share such memories in a "Remembering Country Winters" essay contest inspired by rural historian Jerry Apps' newest Society Press book, 'The Quiet Season: Remembering Country Winters.'

A Partnership with The Country Today

The cover of "The Quiet Season: Remembering Country Winters"
This winter the Society Press is partnering with Wisconsin's The Country Today newspaper to sponsor a 'Remembering Country Winters Essay Contest,' inspired by "The Quiet Season." Entries will be judged by the Northern Lakes Center for the Arts writers group, The Country Today and the Wisconsin Historical Society Press.

Entries Due by January 10

The Press is accepting submissions of winter memories in essay form between now and January 10. Submissions are limited to 700 words or fewer. All entries must be based on actual experiences; no fiction will be accepted. Electronic submissions are preferred, but mailed submissions will be accepted. Entrants are encouraged to submit old photos to accompany their stories, but essays can be submitted without photos. (To have a photograph returned, send along a self-addressed, stamped envelope.)

Winning Essays to Be Published

The top three winning essays will be published in The Country Today, beginning with the February 3 edition, and honorable-mention selections will also be published depending on space availability. Winners will receive an autographed copy of "The Quiet Season" from the Society Press. The Country Today is also sponsoring cash prizes for the winning essays, including $75 for first place, $50 for second and $25 for third place. Winners will be notified by January 31.

If you have a country winter memory to share, send it to: or to Wisconsin Historical Society Press Marketing Office, Room 443, 816 State Street, Madison, WI 53706. Entries must be legible and include the author's full name, address and telephone number. Winning contestant names and cities will be published but addresses and contact information will not be listed.

:: Posted December 26, 2013

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