The Loft Literary Center received 197 entries to the 2013-2014 Loft Mentor Series in Poetry and Creative Prose, from which the preliminary judges had the difficult task of choosing 20 finalists per genre. We received 61 entries in nonfiction; 52 poetry applications; and 75 fiction submissions.
Nonfiction mentors Mark Anthony Rolo and Jerald Walker selected Elizabeth di Grazia of Richfield, Welcome Jerde of Minneapolis, Ember Johnson of Lake City, and Pamela Schmid of St. Paul for the program.
Poetry mentors Peter Campion and Cathy Park Hong selected poets Caitlin Bailey, Sandra Evans, and Isadora Gruye of Saint Paul and Kristin Fitzsimmons of Minneapolis.
Fiction mentors Christopher Castellani and Mary Francois Rockcastle selected M.G. Fischer of Eden Prairie, Toni Halleen of St. Louis Park, Steven Lang of Lauderdale, and Cole Perry of Bovey.