Calling all writers! The New Rochelle Council on the Arts and The Friends of the NRPL have partnered with READ 650 to bring three events to New Rochelle in 2018. All Westchester writers are invited to submit their work for consideration.
READ 650’s mission is to promote writers and writing through live performances that celebrate the spoken word. It’s a literary forum for true personal stories—two pages and 650 words long, read aloud by the writer before an audience. Writers featured in the live events are coached and rehearsed in order to present them and their work in the best possible light. Individual readings are professionally recorded for the video archive and YouTube channel, and many writers are showcased and promoted in e-blasts, podcasts, broadcasts, and printed anthologies.
The next submission date is March 1, 2018 and the topic is HIGH SCHOOL – Return to your fondest—or most harrowing—memories with a personal story about marching band or mean girls, bus rides or best friends, homeroom or home grown. The cafeteria, the pop quiz, the field trip, the school play . . . Let’s hear about those wonderful and awful days—from algebra to zits (or even the reunion!). The pieces can be original, or can be excerpted or adapted from your earlier work. Submissions are evaluated by an editorial committee of seven professional writer/editors, and the live event readings are professionally recorded and archived on the website. They may then be featured in our podcasts, broadcasts, and journals but remain yours to publish again somewhere else if you so desire. Submissions should be no more than 650 words, enabling you to read the piece aloud in under five minutes.
All submissions should be in double spaced, 12-point Times New Roman type, with one-inch margins, complete on two pages. The author’s name, address, telephone number, and email address should appear at the top of the first page with the total word count displayed beside the title. Please include A 150-200 word biography (with weblinks, if desired) and a color head shot for programs, posters, and social media. Email submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org by March 1, 2018 to be considered for HIGH SCHOOL, which will take place April 29th at 3 pm in the Ossie Davis Theater at the New Rochelle Public Library.