Spoken Word: READ 650 Seeks entries on theme “My Library”

Calling all writers! The New Rochelle Council on the Arts and The New Rochelle Public Library Foundation have partnered with READ 650 to bring more spoken word events to New Rochelle in 2019. 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. Pieces can be original, or can be excerpted or adapted from your earlier work. Submissions are evaluated by an editorial committee of professional writer/editors; Submissions should be no more than 650 words, enabling you to read the piece aloud in under five minutes.

The next submission date is February 1, 2019 and the theme is “My Library”. Help us kick off National Library Week and celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries and librarians. In 650 words or less, take us into your memory stacks and tell us about the unforgettable book or the dusty nook or the librarian’s look that’s become a dog-eared page in your life story.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: February 1, 2019. Live Show: 3 PM on Sunday, April 7, 2019 at the Ossie Davis Theatre at the New Rochelle Public Library. For complete details visit www.read650.com. #MyLibraryMyStory

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