2015 Owl Award Winner

IcessFernandez RojasWe are thrilled to name Icess Fernandez as this year’s Owl Award winner. The award will be used to fund a weekend writing retreat for 4 to 5 AfroLatina writers from different disciplines ‐‐ fiction, poetry, non‐fiction ‐‐ to explore the theme of identity: the AfroLatina experience in the United States and womanhood. And in order to extend the conversation, the writers from this retreat will host a live reading addressing the topic that will stream internationally using Google Hangout (stay tuned for more details).

Supporting writers is at the heart of Minerva Rising’s mission. We wish we could have granted the wishes of everyone whose worthy request landed amongst the barrage of responses we received.  Some women shared innovative ideas and some reached out for help with the simple demands of childcare and extra money for submission fees and editorial costs.  As mothers, entrepreneurs, full-time and part-time day jobbers, stay-at-homers and writers ourselves, we all recognize these very real needs. And will continue to do our part to create a space where women can find encouragement and support to express themselves.

Chapbook Contest

dare to be gummy bearsCan you believe it? Our 3rd Annual "Dare to Be" Poetry Chapbook Contest! Wow judge Erin Elizabeth Smith with your interpretation of what Dare to Be means to you. Contest runs from Sept. 1 - Nov. 1. Click here for more information.

Novella Contest

Our first novella contest! We're so proud to announce that Erika Robuck, author of Call Me Zelda, is our judge. Contest runs from Sept. 1 - Nov. 1. Click here for more information.

Who is Minerva Rising?

Minerva Rising is an independent literary journal celebrating the creativity and wisdom in every woman. We publish thought-provoking fiction, non-fiction, photography, poetry and essays tri-annually (Fall, Winter and Spring) by emerging and established women writers and artists.

Minerva Rising has grown out of a love of literature and the knowledge that when women come together, we flourish. Just as the Goddess Minerva represented creativity, wisdom, medicine, commerce, arts and education, our journal provides the opportunity for and the evidence of that bounty.

As a magazine with a mission, we pride ourselves on building and maintaining a supportive artist community of women. We stake our reputation on our commitment to working with potential talent to hone and develop women in the direction of growth - both personally and professionally. With outreach efforts such as the donation of a portion of our readers’ fees to charity and the establishment of the Owl of Minerva Women Writers’ Scholarship, we make concentrated outreach efforts into a variety of areas where women are in need of fostering. From paying a stipend to every writer we publish to donating to Women For Women or Care Gifted, your subscription dollars and financial support help us spread our love of literature beyond our pages. Please let us know if you would like more information or to become involved in our exciting philanthropical endeavors!