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Call for Entries--Poe Fans!

Do you like to write scary stories or mysteries? Do you have a ghost story to tell? Do you have any gothic poetry up your sleeve?

As part of The Big Read celebration of Edgar Allan Poe, Dearborn Public Library is sending out a call for original Poe inspired stories or poetry.

The deadline is December 31, 2015. This program is open to all ages.

Your work may be selected for publication in the Poe short story collection.

To participate, email your short story (or other written work) of approximately one to three pages, along with one or two sentences about yourself, to or

The content should be in a Word document or written as text in the email message. Please also complete the release form, which is available at, so that your work can be considered for publication.

Original photos and artwork, along with your narrative, are also welcome and can be emailed along with your text.

Possible topics include:

Scary / suspense or sci-fi stories or Mysteries Ghost stories or poems Something about dreams, as The Big Read theme is “Dreaming Dreams No Mortal Ever Dared to Dream Before”
Anything else Poe related, whether fictional or true

Dearborn Public Library will compile all selected stories and produce a Poe book for its library collection. Also, copies will be available for purchase via a link on its website. Proceeds will benefit the Dearborn Public Library.

If you do not have access to email, you may also mail these items to:

Henry Ford Centennial Library
16301 Michigan Ave.
Dearborn, MI 48126
Attn: The Big Read Dearborn

Fun-filled activities and events centered on Poe’s great tales and poems will take place in and around Dearborn in February through March 2016.

The kickoff is scheduled for Saturday, February 6, 2-4 p.m. at Henry Ford Centennial Library. The Big Read wraps up with a visit from Poe himself on Saturday, March 19 (location TBD).

Sign up for email updates at!

The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. The program is designed to revitalize the role of literature in American culture and to encourage people to read for pleasure and enlightenment.


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