Environmental (In)justice in Mni Sóta Maḳoce (Minnesota)

February 8, 2022

Environmental (In)justice in Mni Sóta Maḳoce (Minnesota) opens today - share your story! 

Environmental (In)justice in Mni Sóta Maḳoce is a storytelling contest created in partnership with the Saint Paul Almanac and the University of St. Thomas Sustainable Communities Partnership (SCP) that seeks to highlight and uplift voices from communities across Mni Sóta Maḳoce (Minnesota) who have been affected by climate change and environmental injustice. 

We are seeking narratives that speak to the harsh realities of environmental injustice as well as ones that imagine an environmentally just future. 

Our main goal is to honor as many voices and forms of storytelling as possible. As such, we are open to many formats and genres, including fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and audio and visual formats.  Judging the contest are creative writers and photographers Brad Hagen and Said Shaiye.  This storytelling contest is open until April 1, 2022. 

Interested but don't know where to start?   If you've never done anything like this before, or have but would like inspiration to share your story in a way that resonates with you most, Brad Hagen and Said Shaiye have developed storytelling guides to inspire and guide you through this process. 


  • All Minnesota residents 18 years old and older, and all students 18 years old and older who are currently enrolled in a college or university located in Minnesota, regardless of residency, are eligible to participate. 


  • Five $100 prizes, open to all eligible participants.
  • One $100 prize, open to all eligible University of St. Thomas (Minnesota) students.

We hope that you will share your story.

Please click here for contest guidelines, storytelling guides, and submission form.