Win $250!

Open to current Normandale students only, the Patsy Lea Core Living Memorial Award in Creative Writing Competition provides students with the opportunity to win a $250 award and recognition for their poetry and fiction. The competition is judged by well-known, respected Minnesota writers. This year’s judges are William Reichard, Poetry, and Mike Alberti, Fiction.

View the 2020 Awards Ceremony here.

Mike Alberti grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He received his MFA in fiction from the University of Minnesota.

His fiction has appeared in Colorado Review, Crazyhorse, The Florida Review, Gulf Coast, Indiana Review, Mid-American Review, One Story, and elsewhere. His stories have won the Gulf Coast Prize in Fiction, the Howard Frank Mosher Short Fiction Prize from Hunger Mountain, and the Sweet Corn Prize from Flyway. His story, “Prairie Fire, 1899,” originally published in One Story, received a special mention in the 2018 Pushcart Prize Anthology and was included in New Stories from the Midwest 2018, edited by Antonya Nelson. 

Mike has been awarded fellowships and residencies from the Camargo Foundation, the James Merrill House, the Jentel Foundation, the Jerome Foundation, the Ucross Foundation, the Vermont Studio Center, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Minnesota State Arts Board, and the MacDowell Colony. He was awarded a Bread Loaf Fiction Scholarship in 2019.

He lives in Minneapolis, where he works as the Managing Director for Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop.

To read more about what to submit and how to submit it, go to our Submittable page: DEADLINE: WEDNESDAY, APRIL 8, 2021

Winners and judges will read their work at the virtual Awards Ceremony at 7 pm on Friday, April 23, 2021. View the details here.

William Reichard's seventh book, Our Delicate Barricades Downed, will be published by Broadstone Books in April 2021. Reichard is the author of six previous collections of poetry: 
The Night Horse: New and Selected Poems (Brighthorse Books, 2018);Two Men Rowing Madly Toward Infinity (Broadstone Books, 2016); Sin Eater (Mid-List Press, 2010); This Brightness (Mid-List Press, 2007); How To (Mid-List Press, 2004) was a finalist for the James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets; and An Alchemy in the Bones (New Rivers Press, 1999) won a MN Voices Prize. Poems from This Brightness and How To have been featured on NPR’s “Writers Almanac.” He has published two chapbooks, As Breath in Winter (MIEL Books, 2015); and To Be Quietly Spoken (Frith Press, 2001) and edited The Evening Crowd at Kirmser’s: A Gay Life in the 1940’s (Univ. of MN Press, 2001). Reichard's anthology of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction, American Tensions: Literature of Identity and the Search for Social Justice, was published by New Village Press in April 2011