Cleveland Stories submission deadline
Saturday, Sept. 15th 2018
Call for submissions
Literary Cleveland is seeking submissions of no more than 1,000 words of first-person stories, essays and poems written by people who live and/or work in Mount Pleasant and surrounding areas or have personal ties to the community. All submissions can be accompanied by a photo or drawing, though it is not required.
Selected works will be published in Cleveland Stories Vol. 1, a book produced by Literary Cleveland. All contributors whose work is chosen for the anthology will be paid an honorarium of $50. Contributors will be invited to a final reading and celebration planned for Weds. Oct. 24th at Seeds of Literacy, and may be asked to read from their work.
Deadline for submissions is Sat. Sept. 15th. Please send submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org and use “Cleveland Stories” as the subject header. Submissions will be reviewed by a committee comprised of Lit Cleveland staff, teaching artists and volunteers.
Writers may consider responding to ANY of the following prompts (or come up with your own):
1. Tell me a story about the history of this place. History is a broad term, and could relate to news, personal or family history, or community history. Did you participate in growing a community garden? A neighborhood patrol? A business that stood for years? Tell us about it!
2. Tell a story about your grandparents impact here. Did they immigrate or migrate here? Did they participate in local politics or neighborhood or church committees?
3. Where did you come from to get here? Were you born and raised in the neighborhood? Did your family move from another state? Country? Neighborhood?
4. Who were your mentors? These could be teachers, counselors, priests, community leaders, or friends.
5. Did you have any key turning points in your life/as a member of this community?
6. What has surprised you about your neighborhood? How have your perceptions changed as you grew older/moved away and came back?
7. What was the most difficult or challenging part of your life here? Have any events left deep marks on you as a person? Tell us about them.
8. What was the most rewarding? What events have made you feel a part of, or like you are making a difference?
9. What have you learned from others in this neighborhood?
10. What have you taught? Teaching comes in many forms, such as classes, volunteer work, babysitting, passing lessons on to family, and more.
11. What metaphors remind you of this place? Extend them as much as possible.
12. What are your plans for the future here? What are you looking forward to?
13. Tell us a secret about your neighborhood.
14. What was you saddest or most disappointing moment here? What did you do to overcome it? Have you overcome it? What can you do if you haven’t?
15. Tell us a funny story about your neighborhood.
16. Objects tell stories, too. Tell us about the objects in your room, home, workplace, school, or block.
17. Build a time capsule with your words. Imagine you are leaving a record for someone 35 years in the future. What things seem most important from that perspective?
For more information or to answer questions, contact Lee Chilcote, Executive Director of Literary Cleveland at 216/532-3875 or email@example.com.