Judges review hundreds of Dylan Days 2011 writing contest entries

UPDATE: The deadline for the 2011 B.J. Rolfzen Creative Writing Contest has passed. Judges reviewed hundreds of entries from all over the world and named the winners on April 13, 2011. All writers, poets and lovers of words are welcome at Dylan Days 2011 for our literary showcase and much more.

HIBBING, Minn. Dylan Days of Hibbing, Minnesota, announces its 2011 B.J. Rolfzen Memorial writing contest for poetry and short fiction. All fiction will be judged in one category; poetry will be judged in a student division and an open division for all other poets. The one act playwright competition staged for the past three years will no longer be held.

Winners of the contest will be published in the "Talkin' Blues" journal and official Dylan Days program and receive copies of the publication. First place winners will have their names recorded on a plaque in Bob Dylan's hometown high school for all time and be invited to participate in a reading at Dylan Days on May 28, 2011.

"We're again calling for creative, up-and-coming writers in a contest that has absorbed the upper Midwestern culture that also produced Bob Dylan," said Aaron Brown, contest coordinator and Dylan Days spokesman. Brown, an award-winning author, college instructor and radio commentator, will head a panel of judges that will sort and select the entries.

You don't have to write like Bob Dylan, talk about Bob Dylan or pretend to be something you're not," said Brown. "We're looking for great stories and language in all styles, an approach we hope would meet Bob's approval."

All entries for fiction and poetry must be electronically submitted via DROPitTOme (password: "dylandays"), which is a file collection service that works much like an e-mail attachment. No entries will be considered unless they are submitted following the guidelines listed below.

Open Division Poetry
The B.J. Rolfzen Student Poetry Division
Short Fiction
All entries must be submitted in Microsoft Word or as a text file. All entries should be submitted ready for publication, with proper formatting, punctuation, grammar, spelling and composition. On the first page of your entry include your full legal name, your mailing address, your phone number, your e-mail address and which category/division you will be entering. If you are entering the student poetry division, indicate the name and location of your school or undergraduate college. Include a biographical paragraph of no more than 100 words at the end of your entry. If you piece is selected for publication you will be asked to submit a photograph for publication.

Submit your file at our DROPitTOme site at www.dropittome.com/dylandays. You'll need to enter a public password to enter the site, which is "dylandays" as one word. Upload your file. If you experience problems contact info@dylandays.com. After the March 1 deadline judges will consider the entries for about a month and announce winners sometime in April.

(www.dropitto.me/dylandays - Password: "dylandays")
Contest deadline was March 1, 2011

In all divisions, entries need not be about Bob Dylan or use his style of writing; but they should strive for creativity, originality and literary theme.

All prizewinners are invited to take part in a literary reading and reception
in Hibbing on Saturday, May 28, 2011. This year, the Literary Showcase is one of several Dylan Days activities including the Saturday night "Bob’s Birthday Bash" songwriter’s contest, a visual art contest, weekend bus tours of “Bobby Zimmerman’s Hibbing” live music, Dylan documentaries and displays, and other exciting events.

NOTICE ON RIGHTS AND PRIOR PUBLICATION: We ask that only original, unpublished works be submitted to our contest. Entering the contest grants us one time rights to publish works in the Dylan Days literary journal and program. After publication rights revert to the authors.


You will be asked to provide your name, the title of piece, your phone number, address and your e-mail address along with the text of your work. Students will be asked to list the school or college they are enrolled in at the time of entry. Any special formatting (such as italics, bold face) must be done in HTML, otherwise entries should be submitted text only (Please indent paragraphs or separate them with one space). Be sure to select the correct division in the online submission form. You must be a registered high school or college student at the TIME OF ENTRY to be eligible for the student division. Previous winners are eligible to enter. We strictly enforce word counts for poetry and short fiction.

See who's in the Dylan Days Creative Writing Contest Hall of Fame, including past winners and honorees since 2003.

Dylan Days is organized by Dylan Days, Hibbing, MN, a nonprofit corporation dedicated to advancing the arts in Bob Dylan's hometown. All content not provided for promotional purposes copyright by Aaron J. Brown for Dylan Days.