The Heat Is On

Hope your Fourth of July week is as much fun as ours! While you are finding a way to keep cool, start thinking about our Fourth!

We will start accepting submissions for our Fourth Edition starting in about a month. Our focus is original writing and photography about Northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula. Your creativity captures an experience, memories, natural surroundings or a unique element of this amazing place. Fiction, reflections, poetry, and photography are welcome.

Watch the website for more detail coming soon. Creative writing – new increased limit to 3,800 words and photography submissions will extend to three photographs per-single entry. All rights remain with you, the original author or artist.

Hope you have a blast!


It is hard to believe that schedules for Fourth of July celebrations are already in the online mix but, days melt off the calendar quickly.

Walloon Writers Review will be upping the ante this year for our Fourth edition, also cause for celebration ūüéČ ! We are expanding size to better accommodate the number of prose submissions, increased and exciting photography submissions and create a little breathing room. We have packed in as many as possible since we started, a kind of tradition up here, like family up for the weekend and now, we are making room for more.

This gives both our contributors more elbow room, room for more selections and a bit more to read and review and enjoy. But, with that growth comes a new schedule, and a new deadline for submissions! Rather than the lazy ‘sometime after Labor Day weekend’, we ask that all submissions come to us no later than September 1st, 2018.

Watch for our Call For Submissions guidelines, opening date and theme. As always, our common denominator is this amazing area: Northern Michigan gems like Walloon, Petoskey, Charlevoix, Harbor Springs, Horton Bay, Sturgeon Bay, Mackinaw Island, and north over the bridge to Cedar, Les Cheneaux, Drummond, Hog Island, Manistique, Marquette, Escanaba and up the Keweenaw to Houghton and Calumet…and all the way to Menominee.

We welcome professional and first time publishing writers, photographers and artists, as sketches are welcome as an image. Please reflect the family friendly environment we created between these pages….ok to leave on the porch by the rocker to read…when it’s time to get out of the water, for visitors to enjoy and all of us to share our reflections, stories and nature photography of this very special place in the world….

We are also honored to include the First Place Winning selections from the Crooked Tree Art Center’s 16th Annual Young Writers Juried Exposition, in both poetry and prose, from area elementary, middle school and high school talented writers. Walloon Writers Review participates in this exciting event by sponsoring the opportunity to republish of these select entries in our magazine. We were in awe of the quality of writing that won First, Second, Third and even Honorable Mention this year and congratulate each of these students for stepping on the stage to give us their reading of their winning piece or accepting their award before the enthusiastic audience present that morning.

Check back with us on FB, Twitter or right here for updates!

Author Randy Evans (Walloon Writers Review First Edition & Volume 2) New Novel Now Available!

Great news to share!

Please buy and review my latest novel on Amazon¬†¬†or¬†visit the Michigan Author’s Shelf at McLean &¬†Eakin Booksellers in downtown Petoskey, Michigan.

Updates from our contributors…

Congratulations to poet Thor Bacon, (Volume 3 Not-Painting A Daisy on Mackinac Island). See below!

Dear family, friends & fellow poets,

The ship has landed!  My chapbook of poems is available now on Amazon (and soon via the Red Dragonfly Press website).  Please consider adding a copy to your library, or pass the word along.  Thank you all!



Making the Shore (Emergence Chapbook Series)

Red Dragonfly Press


Creative Writing In Northern Michigan

This summer, an exciting writing opportunity is available in a beautiful setting in the Petoskey -Walloon Lake – Boyne City area. We will add to this list so check back again soon. If you would like to share a writing opportunity or event that takes place in Northern Michigan or the UP, email us at!

Summer 2018

Lavender Hill Farm is announcing a summer series designed to inspire creative writing and memoirs in the beautiful setting of our gardens and grounds. Join us for walks with spectacular views through the lavender fields, then enjoy reflective writing time with experienced memoir writers and coaches. This event includes a notebook, pen and lavender refreshments.

When: July 6th, July 27th, and August 24th 2018 from 1 p.m. ‚Äď 3 p.m.

Cost: $80 for all three workshops or $30 for one

To Sign up: