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North County Writing & Arts Network (NoCoWAN) is for all creative spirits in North St. Louis County who are interested in collaborating with other local writers and artists.

We invite those who are writing or have written manuscripts and want to discuss the writing and/or publishing process. We also invite visual artists, performing artists, healing/therapeutic artists and practitioners, folk artists, etc., who would like to share and discuss their work. All skill levels and genres are welcome.


· Connect and collaborate with creatives who live in north St. Louis County. · Use our collective talent to champion inclusion, equity, and to address social and environmental justice. · Locate existing resources to increase community arts programming and provide development and/or performance opportunities. • Highlight artistic talent in North St. Louis County.


North County Writing & Arts Network meets on third Saturdays, January through November. Meetings include writing prompts, open writing, open mic (optional) and feedback/critique. Local authors, workshop leaders and publishers are frequent guests and presenters at the meetings.All meetings are currently virtual.

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NoCoWAN February Meeting & Creative Lab

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NoCoWAN Calls for Poetry, Stories Celebrating north St. Louis County
FLORISSANT, MO – A local writing and arts group is seeking submissions of poetry, short stories and art that reflect and celebrate north St. Louis County.

North County Writing & Arts Network, a collaborative of writers/poets and other creatives, plans to compile work that highlights life, the neighborhoods, memories, landmarks, etc., that make it home to more than 350,000 residents in the region.

The area often referred to as, “North County” includes more than 40 municipalities, and highly regarded colleges and universities, like University of Missouri-St. Louis and St. Louis Community College- Florissant Valley. The cities of Florissant, Bellefontaine, Jennings, and Ferguson are among the larger and better-known ones in the region. Other neighborhoods and communities like Spanish Lake, Wellston or Pagedale, while smaller in population and geography are integral to the rich history of the county.

Submission Guidelines
Submission open to individuals 18 and older, or with signed permission from parent or guardian. Individuals must have lived experience as resident/former resident, employee, student, etc., and a clear connection to north St. Louis County. Individuals not meeting the above criteria may also submit content on a North County hero, landmark, neighborhood or event for consideration.
Submission period ends March 31, 2022 at 12:01 a.m. All written submissions must be typed in Word format, single space, using Times New Roman, 12- point font.

Submissions will be accepted by email ONLY. NoCoWAN reserves the right to reject any submissions not meeting above criteria or that is unsuitable for this publication. Language or depictions in all content must be inclusive (i.e., be respectful of differences in culture, race, gender identity or sexual identify). and should not include excess profanity.
Advertisements: A limited number of ads will be available for purchase by authors, businesses, artists or related organizations. Individual artist/author ad fee is $40 for ¼ page. (Full page is approximately 6X9 inches, half page would be ¼ of that). Business or organization ad fee is $100 for full page. Ads will be reproduced in black and white.
Individuals may submit up to two files. This may be two poems, two stories or two art/photo files. The two files may be a combination of any of the above.

• Poems: Poems should not exceed three pages, 36 lines per page. Lines should begin on left margin, unless spaced differently for artistic emphasis. Each poem should start on a separate page.
• Short stories, excerpts, interviews or essay: Fiction or nonfiction stories/articles set in north St. Louis County or covering persons or places in the area should not exceed 800 words. If excerpt is submitted it must include link to full story or original publication.
• Black and white photos or black and white art: Black and white art or photos should be submitted as jpg. Photos or art should reflect or represent north St. Louis County theme. Only a limited number of photos or at will be selected.

Notes: Artists and writers retain all rights to their work. There is no monetary compensation for work selected for publication. As a collective of individual artists and writers, we do not have officers or membership fees. NoCoWAN is NOT a 501C3 organization and does not have grant funding to produce this project or compensate contributors. Our participants and coordinators are all artist/writers/volunteers. Contributors can purchase the anthology at cost for resell if they choose.

Forward written or art submissions to [masked]. Submit with subject line, “NoCoWAN Anthology: and your last name.”
Submissions must be received by March 31, 12:01 a.m. Questions about the submissions process may also be sent to [masked] or posted to the facebook page for North County Writing & Arts Network.
Submissions should include the following for writer or artist:
• Name, email, address, phone number
• Biography written in third person and up to 50 words maximum
• Statement confirming that guidelines have been read and understood.
Each submission will receive an email reply confirming receipt of it from NoCoWAN.
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Each submission will receive an email reply confirming receipt of it from NoCoWAN.
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NoCoWAN January Meeting & Creative Lab

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