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Journal of Finnish Studies
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Phone: 936-294-1402
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Kippis! Creative Writing Contest Entry Fee is $20
           1st Prize $500, 2nd Prize $200, 3rd Prize $100
       Genres include fiction, nonfiction and poetry. Prose submissions should not
       exceed 3,000 words, and poetry submissions should be no more than 3
       poems for a total of no more than eight pages.

  • FinnFest 2017 will recognize the winner at a September 22 convocation,
    and provide time for a reading of the winning entry, a two-night
    accommodation at the conference hotel and a free festival registration.
  • Winners will be published in Kippis! 2017 paper Edition. both online and
    in hard copy.
  • Prizes: First place $250, Second place $100; Third place $50 US
  • 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place winners receive 5 paper copies of the issue.
  • Submission deadline: Extended to July 15, 2017
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    FinNALA Newsletter is accepting submissions
    for its July 2017 issue.

   The FinNALA Newsletter is requesting submissions of news items, including
   recent and forthcoming publications, and creative work, including short-short
   prose and verse pieces for inclusion in the mid-March issue, expected out
   by July 15, 2017.

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    Deadline for receipt is July 10, 2017.
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New Book Review

Johnson, J. (2012)  The First Day of Spring in Northern
Minnesota: Poems. Northfield, MN: Red Dragonfly

Click here to read the review.

Lesser Mortals is the story of Aino set against the sweep of Finland's history from
its days as a Grand Duchy of the Tsarist Empire through its war of independence,
its fight for survival in the 1939-40 war against Soviet Russia and beyond, with a
touch of intrigue and mystery. Independent minded characters, stalwart and
courageous, often out of time and place people Aino's life from Finland to America
and back again in search of her national identity.

About the author: Brooklyn born and bred, merchant seaman, Korean War era
veteran, news reporter, Columbia graduate, teacher and insurance executive,
John C. Hirsimaki lives in Sonoma, California with his wife and family. Lesser
Mortals is his first novel.

Find it at Amazon
Paper back: 312 pages
Publisher: Timberhill Publishing (February 22, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0692621970
ISBN-13: 978-0692621974
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