Getting ready for Fourth Edition

When you thumb through the stories, poetry and photography in our magazine, you might get that sense of awe you feel standing before the blue waters of Walloon, Charlevoix, Little Traverse Bay, the Straits and Superior. You may remember the waft of pine or cedar after the last rainfall. Maybe you’ll swear you just heard a screen door shut or the unmistakable sound of gravel and sand as you hiked up the two track or trail.

Between our pages, we hope you gain a sense of celebration of the natural beauty of this part of Northern Michigan or an inkling of pride in having been here to experience it first hand and a smile as you read the impressions so creatively shared by people like you.

Before we open the doors for the next edition, our Fourth, a few memories to share. We started just looking for an accessible, family shareable place to gather these impressions, memories, and inspired stories. There is no other place like this and we all feel drawn to be here, come back here or remember our best days in the water or in the snow. We started very small and very homemade. Our Fourth edition will be bigger, larger format, more pages and more inclusive as we have had to turn away a lot of good writing.

Our photography will remain in color but the high gloss finish will step back slightly due to cost. Quality and integrity of the photography is preserved, but less magazine-like. This larger edition will again include young writers who have been recognized by the community for their exceptional entry.

We have been honored to include nationally recognized talent and first time in print authors, writers and photographers. We hope you’re name will be included next.

Word count on stories increases to 3,800. Each entry will require a Submission fee. Our publication will be available in NOVEMBER, in time for holiday gift giving.

Watch for our Call for Submissions and thank you!

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