We Grow Readers & Writers

The goal at Writers Rising Up to Defend Place, Natural Habitat, Wetlands is to give writers who submit to our writing opportunities a chance to cultivate their craft by competing in different genres. Writers who are selected for non-cash prizes receive a place where their writing will be acknowledged, and honored. For those who submit to submissions with prize money only writers whose work is selected by the judges will be compensated.

About Writers Rising Up

Writers Rising Up is a 501(c) (3) public charity. Contributions are tax deductible. We encourage a deeper understanding and participation in environmental stewardship. Through the literary arts at community events, contests, workshops, literary performances, interpretive installations and publications, our focus is on nature education and writing. Through our submission opportunities we only promote writers who submit to our writing opportunities, and only writers who associate their work to cultural, spiritual and social connections to place, the land, natural habitat, including flora, fauna and wetlands.

Writers Rising Up™ has been registered with the US Patent and Trademark Office for: educational services, namely poetry and literary contests, competitions and events for writers to submit and perform literary interpretations related to place, natural habitat, and wetlands.

So, Let’s Get Growing…

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Writers Rising Up is a 501(c) (3) public charity. Contributions are tax deductible.

Board of Directors

Marge Barrett
Marge Barrett has published a chapbook of poetry, “My Memoir Dress,” prose and poetry in Best of the Web 2009, the Minnesota Historical Society’s “The State We’re In,” and numerous journals. She has won creative writing awards from St. Catherine University and the MFA Program at the University of Minnesota and grants to study in Prague and St. Petersburg. A former editor of River Images for the St. Croix ArtBarn and faculty advisor of Ivory Tower for the University of Minnesota, she currently teaches at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis and various writing workshops. She also runs short-short story contests for MINNPOST.com. Marge will be leading a Wilderness Writing Workshop at the Elizabeth Fries Ellet Interpretive Trail fall of 2013.

Victoria Pellar Price
Victoria Pellar Price is the director of Writers Rising Up to Defend Place, Natural Habitat, Wetlands (since 2001). The 501 (c) (3) literary nonprofit is based in Eden Prairie. The Elizabeth Fries Ellet Interpretive Trail was a four year project the non-profit undertook to create a permanent guide to Eden Prairie’s history and natural biomes in a 125 acre stretch of untouched prairie, big woods, sedge meadow, oak savanna and bottomland forest.The non-profit has partnered with the Arboretum on writing workshops and readings related to place and natural habitat with Minnesota writers Carol Bly, Bill Holm, Paul Gruchow, Deborah Keenan, Joyce Sutphen and Michael Dennis Browne. Pellar Price has a BFA from California Institute of the Arts (Chouinard Art Institute), and MLA & MFA from Hamline. She was a member of the Eden Prairie Human Rights and Diversity Commission 1997-1999, the Eden Prairie Historical Society 2007- 2015, the Eden Prairie Community Education Partnership Breakfast 2004-2009 and the Eden Prairie Flying Cloud Airport Advisory Commission March 2015-16.

Mark Herwig
Mark is Editor for PFJ, QFJ, Upland Tales and “The Nomad” Blog Pheasants Forever, Inc. and Quail Forever

He has been an outdoor writer since working for the Minnesota Daily and the University of Minnesota in 1978. He has been editor of Pheasants Forever’s three magazines and a blog since 1998 and has freelanced of late for the Minnesota Conservation Volunteer and the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association magazine Whitetales about restoring 44 acres of aspen-maple forest he recently purchased near Cloquet.

As editor of Pheasants Forever, a conservation non-profit dedicated  to the conservation of pheasants, quail and other wildlife through habitat improvements, public awareness, education and land management policies and programs, Mark has honed his craft. Pheasants Forever is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Mark picked up a silver medal for his article, “Cooperation Builds to Save the Sage-Grouse,” which appeared in the Fall 2011 issue. The prestigious 2012 award from the Minnesota Magazine & Publishing Association falls under the category of best feature article for circulations over 30,000. The Association presented the award at its annual gala, held November 2012. Mark’s book, The Best of Pheasants Forever, The Journal of Upland Conservation is available at Amazon.com.  Mark is a co-winner of the Paul Gruchow Essay Contest in 2006. Mark will lead a Wilderness in the city writing tour in 2013 at the EFEIT/RTA. Herwig and his springer spaniel Hunter pictured on assignment for the Quail Forever Journal in January in southern Illinois.





John Harrington
John is a poet, essayist, husband and father living with his wife and her border collie mix at the eastern edge of the 23,000 acre Carlos Avery Wildlife Management Area. By day he is the Green Communities Program and Loan Officer at Greater Minnesota Housing Fund and serves on the board of directors of the Minnesota Chapter of the United States Green Building Council. When not working or writing, he bakes bread, goes fly fishing with his wife, takes writing classes at The Loft, studies urban and natural ecology and spends time with his two adult children. He is a graduate of Boston College with a major in English. John is co-winner of the Prairie Poetry Prize: Prairie Sampler YouTube competition in 2012.