A message from the Decorah Community Writing Project

Dear Madams and Sirs,

We would like to share with you today an opportunity for creative reflection on the difficult times we are going through as a community.  The Center for Ethics and Public Engagement at Luther College has initiated a Community Writing Project and asks for the submission of essays, stories, and poems that reflect on a world with coronavirus for a printed anthology with the title “de-isolation”.

We hope that you share this information with interested members of your church and have attached a flyer that you can use for your bulletin board.

All entries should be:

  • original and unpublished;
  • positive and hopefully, perhaps even humorous
  • no longer than 18.000 characters (with spaces)
  • one text or not more than three poems

To encourage broad participation and a variety of texts, we have selected the following categories:

  • fiction
  • non-fiction
  • poetry
  • commencement speech for 2020
  • writers under 15
  • writers over 65

All authors featured in the book will receive one free copy. Any revenues from the sale of the book will be donated to support a local charity.

Deadline for submissions is July 7 at:


You can find more information here: 


Please feel free to contact us with any questions you might have using the same email address.


Victoria Christman (Director of the CEPE)
Sören Steding (project leader)