Literary Cleveland is seeking submissions of original work by Cleveland area writers on the theme of immigration. Selected works will be included in an original staged reading that will be produced on Sat. March 18th and Sun. March 19th 2017 as part of the Cleveland Humanities Festival. These events are being produced in collaboration with Cleveland State University’s College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, and will be held in the CSU student center ballroom. We especially encourage submissions from individuals who may not consider themselves writers but have a story to tell.
Submissions can be in any genre and ideally should be less than 2,500 words. Writers are encouraged to broadly interpret the theme. Submissions will be reviewed by a committee comprised of Lit Cleveland board members and community members. Payment for accepted works will be in two free tickets to the staged performance as well as recognition on stage and in the program. Unpublished and previously published pieces are eligible. Adult and teen writers are welcome to submit their original work.
Lit Cleveland will engage a local professional director who will work with actors to provide a dramatic interpretation of the selected works. To garner additional community responses and educate the community, Lit Cleveland will organize a free workshop on researching and writing about family history and immigration on Sat. Feb. 4th.
Deadline for submissions is Feb. 15th, 2017. Please send submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org and use “Crossing the Border: Immigrant Narratives in Cleveland” as the subject header. If you have questions, please send them to email@example.com and we will respond within 3-4 days at most.
The events are cosponsored by the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities and Cleveland State University’s College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences.
Immigration has shaped Cleveland’s history from Eastern European immigrants coming to Northeast Ohio in the late 19th and early 20th centuries to African-Americans moving north during the Great Migration. Additionally, immigration continues to be a hotly-contested political issue that affects our country’s present and future. What are Cleveland’s immigration stories? How has the issue of immigration affected people who live in our region? And finally, how can we gain a better understanding of our immigrant heritage through storytelling? These are the questions Lit Cleveland seeks to explore in a staged reading of poems, stories, histories and dramatic monologues on the theme of immigration.
For more information or to answer questions, contact Lee Chilcote, Executive Director of Literary Cleveland at 216 406 3750 or firstname.lastname@example.org.