A place only coheres into something meaningful when our personal narratives begin to link. The Great Lakes Review set out to map those narratives in Michigan and the rest of the region with an online project that publishes short sketches of places – a type of literary postcard – and features them on an actual interactive map. Place is undoubtedly one of the most powerful elements in both fiction and nonfiction. It’s more than just a setting: it’s a character, a symbol, a mood and a feeling all wrapped up into one.
For 2017, we’re hosting a Narrative Map contest for Michigan college students. The contest is co-sponsored by the Great Lakes Commonwealth of Letters. You can submit for free at our website, greatlakesreview.org, from Jan. 1 to March 15. The first, second and third place winners will be announced April 15, along with three honorable mentions. All six will be published on the digital Narrative Map and the top three will be published in next year’s best of print version. You must be a currently enrolled college student in Michigan to enter.