Walloon Writers Review Seventh Edition is on the shelves!

Beautiful cover by East Jordan photographer Karen Walker

We are so excited to announce, on behalf of the exciting Contributors to this edition that Walloon Writers Review Seventh Edition is released and in bookstores! This collection is exciting and features a number of short stories, wonderful poetry, vivid nature photography, exceptional creativity, and many new and returning contributors. This is our largest edition at 182 pages!

There is something incredible about the passion and creativity inspired by Northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula. In story, reflection, moving and vivd poetry, and beautiful nature photography, this collection offers really incredible writing and images true to the spirit of the region. We are so honored to welcome many new photographers to our collection!

Check out our tab – “Where to Find Walloon Writers Review” for booksellers in the region and beyond!

out out to our amazing designers, including Angela Saxon, Heather Shaw, and the whole team at Mission Point Press in Traverse City! Thank you for helping us realize such a beautiful publication.

Here are some snaps from our Seventh Edition Contributors Launch Gathering held last week at the beautiful Walloon Lake Winery in Petoskey!

Walloon Writers Review Seventh Edition Contributors Announced!

Walloon Writers Review is pleased to announce the names of the Contributors included in the upcoming release of Walloon Writers Review Seventh Edition. We are so excited to share this collection and hope you will enjoy the materials included by these talented writers and photographers as much as we do.

Watch for our Release Date announcement coming soon!

We are honored to share this list of contributors who make our upcoming 182-page edition exceptional.

Walloon Writers Review Seventh Edition Contributors:

  • Susan Allen
  • Michele Austin
  • Elizabeth J. Bates
  • Milton J. Bates
  • Joyce Brinkman
  • Tamar Charney
  • Emily Colby
  • Thomas Ford Conlan
  • Art Curtis
  • Jim Daniels
  • Bonnie Dankert
  • S.D. Dillon
  • Lauren Driscoll
  • Lisa Fosmo
  • Hailey French
  • CJ Giroux
  • Grace Giroux
  • Laura Story Johnson
  • Deda Kavanagh
  • Susan Kirt
  • Katy Klimczuk
  • Candace J. Lee
  • James P. Lenfestey
  • John Lennon
  • Ellen Lord
  • Raymond Luczak
  • Paul Maxbauer
  • Marsha Jane Orr
  • Charles Rammelkamp
  • Greg Rappleye
  • Russell Reece
  • F.W. “Skip” Renker
  • Jennifer Uehlein Reynolds
  • Philip Rice
  • Christine Saari
  • Melissa Seitz
  • Moon Seagren
  • Joseph Slaney
  • Shelley Smithson
  • Phillip Sterling
  • Edy Stoughton
  • Patricia Trentacoste
  • Taylor Tucker
  • Edd Tury
  • Tara Vancil
  • Robert Vivian
  • Karen Walker * Cover Photography Artist
  • Ellen Schettling Whitehead
  • Gabriel Wilder
  • Glen Young

Special Section: Winners of the 2021 19th Annual Crooked Tree Arts Center Juried Young Writers Exposition

Walloon Writers Review Seventh Edition….(coming soon!)

Photo by Polina Kovaleva on Pexels.com

Hi friends! While this is NOT our upcoming cover, we are excited to update everyone on our progress for this edition!

We had an enormous response to this recent Call For Submissions! Wow – it’s so exciting to know how many people want to share their northern Michigan and UP reflections, tales, photography and poetry with others. The review period took a very loooong time but please know that we read and reread (viewed and re-viewed) every submission more that a few times around. With such an amazing response, we were honored, but grimly understood that even with expanded capacity, we just couldn’t include it all.

For everyone who took the time to submit one or more of the wonderful creative reflections, memories, thoughts, events and places in northern Michigan and the UP that crossed our desk, thank you for sharing those with us! It was a challenge to make the final selections.

We hope if you missed our Call For Submissions this time around, you’ll sign up for our email list to be notified of our next Call date. ( We don’t send out a lot of emails…like a few each year)

As we are in production right now for Walloon Writers Review Seventh Edition, we hope to stay on track for a late Spring release date! Please keep an eye out for an announcement and as always, we hope you will support independent bookstores throughout the northern Michigan and Upper Peninsula, such as Between The Covers – Harbor Springs, McLean & Eakin – Petoskey, Horizon Books – Traverse City & Cadillac, Bay Books in Suttons Bay, Parallel 45 in Alpena, Adams McAdams in Central Lake, Snowbound Books-Marquette, Island Books – Mackinac Island, (our beloved Saturn Booksellers-Gaylord until 4/1/22), or downstate atThe Bookman – Grand Haven, and Reader’s World in Holland!

We are also honored to be available at Bookshop.org, BarnesandNoble.com and Amazon.com.

Walloon Lake Writer’s Retreat – March 4-6th

Writers – check out this exciting event coming up next month. Walloon Lake Writer’s Retreat at Hotel Walloon featuring author Cristen Hemingway Jaynes! The above information shares the details. This is a really neat opportunity for writers… be sure to share the news!

As the sun sets on 2021…

Copyright Walloon Writers Review 2021

We are so grateful to everyone who has supported Walloon Writers Review this year! Thank you so much for your recent submissions for our upcoming edition and for current and previous contributors for sharing your talents with all of us. Thank you for reading and sharing our collection with friends, family and visitors.

We want to thank all of the independent bookstores for inspiring writers, encouraging readers, sharing stunning books of photography and including Walloon Writers Review and other Michigan focused publications in your stores!

Winter 2022 will bring announcements of final selections and the upcoming release date of our seventh edition of Walloon Writers Review in the Spring. We hope you will continue to join us!

Happy New Year!

Our Call For Submissions is open until tomorrow

Walloon Writers Review will accept your short story, poem(s), nature photography and other creative writing expressions until tomorrow! Please take the time to review the guidelines our Edition 7 editor Glen Young has offered up on the Submissions tab, and follow the link to Submittable. Again, photography submissions are direct to editor@walloonwriters.com.

If you are sending your submissions to multiple outlets, you may withdraw your submission from consideration no later than January 15, 2022. Please email us at editor@walloonwriters.com to request withdrawal. Also, if your work has been published elsewhere already, it it so very important to let us know so that we can obtain proper permissions to re-publish.

Thank you to all of our readers, production and publishing partners, like Mission Point Press in Traverse City, our treasured independent bookstores (listed on our site), our librarians, our readers and our Creative Community of current and former contributors. Happy Holidays, everyone!

Counting Down to December 15th

This may be the perfect weekend to get your submissions in ….the snow is about to come down and really turn the north into the winter wonderland we’ve been waiting for and that means sledding, cookies, hot chocolate, skiing, snowmobiling, hot toddy’s, a tall beer or hot cider, a high fire in the fireplace, a really good book beside a colorful blaze warming the room and cozy evenings.

Our upcoming edition is edited by Glen Young who lead the way in our “edition 6”, lowercase and reversed as a nod to the craziness the world was experiencing at the time of our publication. We have yet to decide if we return to 7th Edition or Edition 7 – either way, be a part of it by sending us your best work.

Glen has welcomed submitters and offered a theme under the Submissions tab and our guidelines are posted as well. No more than three submissions, one fee for three photographs sent directly to us. Email photography to editor@walloonwriters.com.

We are honored by the support we have received from the writing and photography community, independent bookstores and libraries throughout Michigan and of course our staff. For those who have already sent your work to us, thank you so much! We receive all materials and then begin our review.

As always, we are excited to read and see what you send in!

Questions? Email : editor@walloonwriters.com.

What makes Walloon Writers Review so special? Contributors like you!


It’s already that time….Walloon Writers Review is now accepting submissions for our next edition, due out in Spring, 2022! This is such an exciting time for the magazine and we have a lot to share.

Welcome everyone interested in learning more about the magazine and especially those interested in contributing to our annual collection! Here you will find out a bit more about us and if you are returning, it’s always good to see you!

Between our pages is a sense of camaraderie around the deep passion for this part of the country, for this very special part of the state of Michigan. This place calls to some -beckoning them to get out and explore it, see it and experience it. For many of us, it’s a place where the best memories are made and treasured, where excitement and adventure are ready to share and so many find creative inspiration. At Walloon Writers Review, we gather around our creative community campfire, telling stories, reading something that captures the feeling we left with or lean in to see the really cool picture someone captured while here.

This shared collection is printed annually to share with others and it’s so important to call out the incredible bookstores who have a special corner or table or shelf just for Michigan writers and photographers. Their support of independent publications, such as Walloon Writers Review is greatly appreciated. We hope you will explore them in person or online, or choose them as beneficiaries of your online book buying on Bookshop.org! See the list of great places at the end of this post.

Please consider sharing your writing or photography with Walloon Writers Review during our Call For Submissions! All of the information and a welcoming note from our Associate Editor Glen Young can be found on our Submissions tab, including a theme for this upcoming Edition 7. Know that if you have never submitted a piece to us or anyone else before, we publish first time in print right alongside established, even award-winning, nationally recognized writers and photographers. It’s a level playing field. It’s about up north and the UP – it’s about what makes this place special.

Thank you and thanks to the following bookstores across Michigan where you can find great books and collections of poetry, national best sellers and locally scribed books, chapbooks and literary magazines like ours:

Bay Books Suttons Bay

Between The Covers  Harbor Springs

Island Books Mackinac Island

Horizon Books  Traverse City and Cadillac

McLean & Eakin  Petoskey

Reader’s World  Holland

Saturn Booksellers  Gaylord

Snowbound Books  Marquette

The Bookman  Grand Haven

Walloon Writers Review is published by Mission Point Press and distributed by Ingram. Our current edition, Walloon Writers Review “edition 6” is available now at the above listed booksellers, and online at Bookshop.org or BarnesandNoble.com. Have a question? Please email us at editor@walloonwriters.com.

We can’t wait to see what you’ve submitted! You will be contacted as an acknowledgement for your submission and you will hear our determination, as well. Each published contributor receives one courtesy copy of the magazine shipped to them directly. With the ever changing landscape, we hope to return to in person events in 2022.