Lit Cleveland seeks submissions on "Health" for Humanities Festival staged reading, announces winter programs
Literary Cleveland is currently seeking submissions from Cleveland writers and residents on the theme of "health." Selected poems, stories, plays and other literary forms will be adapted into a staged reading at Cleveland State University during this year’s Cleveland Humanities Festival on Saturday March 17th and Sunday March 18th.
Contributors are encouraged to interpret the theme of "health" broadly. Submissions from care givers, providers, medical students and patients are welcome. Lit Cleveland also encourages submissions from individuals who may not consider themselves writers but have an important story to tell.
“With last year's Crossing Borders: Immigrant Narratives, we were blown away by the diversity of voices and perspectives we received, and we're hoping to hear from individuals who have grappled with health issues or the American health care system in a similarly meaningful and compelling way,” says Lee Chilcote, Director of Lit Cleveland.
The deadline for submissions is Friday, February 9th. Learn more about the submission process here.
In related news, Gordon Square Review, an online literary magazine that publishes writers from Northeast Ohio and across the country, is seeking submissions for its second issue. Submissions are free, and contributors will be paid $25 per accepted prose piece and $10 per accepted poem.
GSR has also announced its first-ever Free Stamp Flash contest open exclusively to writers from Northeast Ohio. Named in honor of the ubiquitous Free Stamp sculpture in downtown Cleveland, the contest is for Northeast Ohio writers submitting flash fiction, flash nonfiction, and/or prose poetry entries of 500 words or fewer. Each entry costs $6, and the winner will receive $250, publication in GSR’s second issue, an invitation to read at the Issue 2 launch party, and a voucher for a free Lit Cleveland class. The contest deadline is Thursday, March 15th.
In addition to these opportunities, Lit Cleveland has recently announced a number of new programs, including classes on freelance writing, poetry, playwrighting, nature writing, memoir, creative nonfiction, and revision; a Winter Mixer at the recently re-opened Visible Voice Books; a guided tour for writers at Cleveland Public Library; a craft talk with acclaimed local mystery authors D.M. Pulley and Casey Daniels; and more.
“Our hope is that these programs will help nourish established writers, offer aspiring and beginning writers that added boost of confidence and support, and engage more people in Cleveland’s amazing literary community,” says Chilcote.
For a full list of program offerings, go to our website. Click here for more info on Gordon Square Review.
Press Round-Up: Gordon Square Review & Mac's Backs Books featured in Cleveland Magazine & Crain's Cleveland, and more!
Cleveland Magazine recently sat down with Gordon Square Review editor-in-chief and Lit Cleveland instructor Laura Maylene Walter to discuss GSR's mission, history, and upcoming second issue. Check out the full article and interview here.
In other news, Rachel McCaffertey of Crain's Cleveland just interviewed Mac's Backs Books on Coventy Co-owner / manager (and Lit Cleveland board member!) Suzanne DeGaetano. Click here for the full interview, which includes Suzanne's thoughts on the future of independent bookstores, the role of Mac's Backs in serving Northeast Ohio's diverse community, and the perks of working in a bookstore.
Finally, Lit Cleveland's own Lee Chilcote was recently featured on WKYC's Golden Opportunities program. Click here to see Lee discuss his approach to writing and teaching memoir.
Thanks Cleveland Magazine and Crain's Cleveland for the coverage!
Last month, Young Adult writers and fans of the genre gathered at Loganberry Books for a free talk and reading with celebrated YA authors Cinda Williams Chima and Mindy McGinnis. Among the topics discussed were why Cinda and Mindy enjoy writing for younger adults (their answer: they're the most passionate readers!), the ways in which YA tales grapple with "adult" themes like sexual abuse and mental health, and how to craft a balanced tale that engages new and old readers alike. Check out Cinda's work here and click here to explore Mindy's work.
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