Bookmarks Call for Entries
Bookmarks Call for EntriesWednesdays
January 8, 2014 to April 9, 2014 — 05:00 PM
Bookmarks – Call for Submissions
A series of group readings presented as part of The Memoir Project
The Memoir Project, a program of The Arts Center of the Capital Region, invites submissions for Bookmarks, a series of group readings featuring writing that is grounded in personal experience. We encourage both experienced writers as well as those whose work has not previously been read publicly, or published to submit work.
Running annually from October through May, Bookmarks is a thematically differentiated group reading. Each event is curated by a different individual, hand selected from our region’s richly diverse community to host. Chosen for their unique personal experiences and professional expertise, the curators decide on their month’s theme. Details about the submission criteria and schedule for each curator are listed below. Each individual reading category has a separate submission date, approximately three weeks prior to the event.
Works will be evaluated on literary excellence and relevance to the broader Memoir Project theme (i.e. does the work mine the personal to express the universal?) as well as the individual themes set by each curator.
Interested writers should submit work and a bio as indicated, both in PDF form to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please include the following text in the subject line: Memoir Project: (name of theme for which you are submitting) (your name)
• All submissions must be received by 5 p.m. on the date indicated (please see individual themes for deadline dates.)
• Submissions should not exceed 750 words.
• You may submit to multiple curators but only once per theme.
• All applicants will be notified once the curator has chosen readers.
• Please mark your calendar and try to attend all the readings in the series. Your fellow writers appreciate your input!
Bookmarks is a series of free group readings that is presented as part of The Memoir Project, a program of The Arts Center of the Capital Region. The Memoir Project features classes, workshops and events grounded in the exploration of personal experience. Please visit our website for details about readings and other literary programs and classes at The Arts Center.
SUBMISSION CATEGORIES AND DEADLINES
“Family at the Holidays”
Curated by author Marion Roach Smith
Submission Deadline: Wednesday October 9th 2013 by 5pm – PASSED
Reading: Monday November 4th 2013 at 7pm
Family and the holidays. An exquisite combination of provocative forces, isn’t it? Perfect for a memoir. Got a story? Come share it with us, and let’s kick off the holiday season in style.
“Eat the Past”
Curated by Steve Barnes of Table Hopping
Submission Deadline: Wednesday November 6th 2013 by 5pm
Reading: Monday January 6th 2014 at 7pm
Taste and smell are rooted in some of the most primitive parts of our brain, and so food-related moments provide some of our most powerful memories. Let’s share stories about meals we remember and, perhaps, the perils of trying to recreate them.
“Stories from the Other Side”
Curated by Abby Lublin of the Front Parlor Series
Submission Deadline: Wednesday January 8th 2014 by 5pm
Reading: Monday February 3rd 2014 at 7pm
Tell about a time you crossed over (Borders? The law? Mortality? A line of etiquette?) or any experience of being an outsider.
“The Times, They Were A’ Changing: Memories from the Sixties Generation”
Curated by local writer and memoirist Carol Derfner
Submission Deadline: Wednesday February 5th 2014 by 5pm
Reading: Monday March 3rd 2014 at 7pm
Do you remember The Sixties? It was an era of awakening, rebellion and responses to the world in new and sometimes confusing ways: student rebellion and anti-war demonstrations, civil rights marches, and the agitation for women’s equality, the explosion of American art, music and popular culture; Elvis, Motown, the Beatles and Janis Joplin, Earth Day, organic foods and Julia Child; JFK and Jackie; cool cars and women in the workplace. We want to hear the voices of men and women who were part of the fabled generation who lived those life-changing moments that transformed the way we all live today. “Boomers” (and their families) are invited to share their personal experiences of this passionate time through a short memoir, personal essay, a poem or even the lyrics of a song.
“Let Your Voice Be Heard”
Curated by Thom Francis of Albany Poets
Submission Deadline: Wednesday March 5th 2014 by 5pm
Reading: Monday April 14th 2014 at 7pm
What is your passion? What are your dreams? Using poetry and spoken word, tell your story, in your own words. This event is presented as part of Albany Poet’s youth event for Word Fest Week 2014; young writers are warmly invited to submit!
“Notes from the Road Back”
Curated by local writer and veteran Dan New
Submission Deadline: Wednesday April 9th 2014 by 5pm
Reading: Monday May 5th 2014 at 7pm
It happened; you were profoundly impacted by the experience. What was it like to return to the everyday?