You don't need a degree or certificate to call yourself or event be a writer.  Some of the best writers that I know have zero formal training and create art through words as a hobby or even as a career.  If you have the gift of writing in any style, there are many avenues to share that art, especially in the age of the internet.

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Lake Superior Writers would like your entries to an upcoming writing contest.  It's an annual event that has several categories and even the chance at winning some prizes.  Prizes aside though, it's a chance for you to share your art with others.

The categories will include Poetry, in which you can submit up to three poems.  Short-Short Fiction, where you can submit up to two pieces of up to 500 words.  Short Fiction, with only one submission allowed of 1,500-2,500 words and Creative Fiction, with a single submission of 1,500-2,500 words.  First place in each category will win $200 and also get the glory of publication on the Lake Superior Writers website.  Runner-up in each category will win $50.  The deadline for applications is Monday, April 12th.

There will be a theme for this year's contest, and that will be "Lockdown".  You can feel free to interpret it however you want, but please remember to keep your submissions free of graphic violent of sexual content.  There is a cost to participate of $35 if you are not a member, but it comes with membership to Lake Superior Writers.  You can get more information on the contest rules and guidelines HERE.