2020 Howling Bird Press Fundraiser

200% of $1,500 goal
This campaign successfully reached its goal on November 20, 2020!
Gifts to 2020 Howling Bird Press Fundraiser contribute to:
Auggies Together: Give to the Max Day
1,682 Donors - $466,081 Donated

Your support will help Howling Bird Press publish the winner of the 2021 Poetry Contest. 

Howling Bird Press is the book imprint of Augsburg University’s Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program. Students enrolled in the publishing concentration do the work of running the press, including editing, marketing, and fundraising, while studying the publishing profession and the book trade. The press sponsors an annual nationwide contest, which is judged by the student editors and senior faculty of the MFA program. The author receives a cash prize, book publication, distribution, and an invitation to read at the MFA program’s summer residency in Minneapolis. The contest is open to manuscripts of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction on an alternating basis. 

Our previous books are Self, Divided, by John Medeiros; Irreversible Things, by Lisa Van Orman Hadley; Simples, by KateLynn Hibbard; Still Life with Horses, by Jean Harper; The Topless Widow of Herkimer Street, by Jacob M. Appel; and At the Border of Wilshire & Nobody, by Marci Vogel. Howling Bird Press books are distributed by Small Press Distribution and are available online and in bookstores nationwide.

Almost half way towards our goal!

Friends of Howling Bird Press,

We’re off to an excellent start for Give to the Max! We’re halfway through the campaign and have already raised $700 toward our $1,500 goal.

Funds raised will support the costs of producing and promoting our 2021 title. Donors of $100 and up will have their names listed in the book, and they will receive a free copy when it comes out next fall. Your tax-deductible gift provides valuable editorial experience to Augsburg’s MFA students. Every dollar, even a small contribution, helps us create a well-crafted final product. 

If you haven’t already, check out the interviews of our previous Howling Bird Press winners on our blog: https://engage.augsburg.edu/howlingbird/

In the words of our author Lisa Van Orman Hadley, winner of the 2019 Fiction Prize for Irreversible Things, “Publishing with Howling Bird Press taught me that, although writing is, by nature, solitary, getting a book out into the world is very much a collaboration. I have depended so much on the expertise and hard work of the press. It’s such a relief to not have to go at it alone. It takes the pressure off and lets me focus on the actual writing.” And as Jacob M. Appel, winner of the 2016 Fiction Prize, says, “Howling Bird Press is as much a community as a publisher.” We can’t do it without you. Please join us by donating today.

Thanks for your support of education and literary publishing!


Jim Cihlar, Publisher

1346 days ago by Amanda Symes

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