Who We Are, Where We Live: Call for Submissions

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Literary Cleveland is seeking submissions of first-person stories, essays and poems written by people who live and/or work in Buckeye Shaker, or have personal ties to the community.

Selected works will be published in an online anthology on the Lit Cleveland website and promoted widely. Contributors will be invited to a final reading and celebration planned for Sat. July 8th from 1-3 pm at Loganberry Books, and may be asked to read from their work.

Submissions can be in any genre and ideally no more than 1,000 words. We are especially looking for stories from individuals who don’t consider themselves to be writers, but have a story to tell. Participants do not have to live or work in the neighborhood (for example, if you grew up here, you may write about those experiences). Submissions will be reviewed by a committee comprised of Lit Cleveland staff, teaching artists and volunteers.

Deadline for submissions is Friday, June 16th 2017. Please send submissions to [email protected] and use “Who We Are, Where We Live” as the subject header.

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.
  2. Describe a place that you enjoy visiting in your community. What makes it special to you?
  3. Why is this place special? Do you have an emotional connection? Why?
  4. Where did you come from to get here?
  5. Did you have any key mentors or people who deeply influenced who you are, what you believe in and what you’re committed to in your work and life? Tell me about them.
  6. Where and when did you grow up? What was it like to grow up in this home/country/neighborhood/time?
  7. Did you have any key turning points in your life/experience as a member of this community?
  8. What was most difficult or challenging in your life here? What did you do to deal with these challenges? What was most rewarding?
  9. When you think of the future in this neighborhood, what gives you a sense of hope? What makes you concerned or worried?
  10. What have you learned that others might not know about the neighborhood? What was your saddest or most disappointing moment here? (and why) What was the funniest moment here and why?
  11. If you left a record of your life for someone 35 years in the future, what are some things you’d like them to know about your life and your home, that are important to who you are?

Additionally, please consider attending one of the following workshops in order to learn more about neighborhood history and techniques for writing your story.

Community Writing Workshops

Write and share stories of Buckeye-Shaker and your hopes for its future.

Saturday, April 29th, 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. at Rice Library Branch, 11535 Shaker Blvd.
With Michael Fleenor, Director of Preservation Services at Cleveland Restoration Society, and Cindy Washabaugh, Who We Are, Where We Live project director.

Saturday, May 13th, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at Rice Library Branch, 11535 Shaker Blvd. With Cindy Washabaugh.

Wednesday, May 24th, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. at East End Neighborhood House, 2749 Woodhill Rd. With Cindy Washabaugh.

Reading and Celebration

Saturday, July 8th, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. at Loganberry Books, 13015 Larchmere Blvd. Refreshments provided.

This program is made possible, in part, by the Ohio Humanities, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Who We Are, Where We Live is also supported by the George Gund Foundation. For more information or to answer questions, contact Lee Chilcote, Executive Director of Literary Cleveland at 216.406.3750 or [email protected].

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