This site has three forms: 

1. Entry forms for both fiction and poetry entries in the Patsy Lea Core Award Contest

2. An application form for the AFA in Creative Writing major at Normandale (scroll to the bottom).

Read the directions for each form, and follow the guidelines to ensure that your entry or application will be processed.

Please provide an email address you actually check, as we will send out important updates via email on occasion. Also, provide your student ID number (an 8 digit number on your ID) NOT your STAR ID. This helps us make sure you are a current Normandale student (required for all submissions in all categories).

We look forward to receiving your submissions.

 If you have questions about the application process or the AFA, please contact Kris Bigalk, Director of Creative Wriitng, at, or take a look at our webpage:

Fiction submissions should be 10 pages maximum, typed and double-spaced, 11 or 12 point font with page numbers clearly indicated in the bottom right hand corner. Applicants in fiction may submit one story only.  All stories must have titles, and no name or identifying information should be in the document submitted.
Poetry submissions should consist of one document containing 3-5 poems, typed and single-spaced. Please title all poems, and do not put your name or other identifying information on any of the pages.

Please enter an email address you check regularly, along with your Normandale email address.  Thanks!

Normandale AFA in Creative Writing & Patsy Lea Care Awards Submissions