Call for Entries: Deadline Extended to December 31

Good news: the deadline to submit family recipes, poetry, or stories has been extended to December 31, 2017. This program is open to all ages and everyone is welcome to participate. Click here for details on how to submit an entry.

Here’s specifically what we’re looking for:

Family recipes:

  • Recipes passed down from generation to generation;
  • Something Grandma (or any relative) used to make;
  • Or any original family recipe.

Family stories:

  • Immigrant stories or stories about the immigrant experience, whether of current or previous generations.
  • Name stories: do you have a funny or interesting story about how you got your name? Or a story regarding your name or a relative’s name?
  • Family history: do you have a story you’d like to share about Grandpa or some other relative? It’s all part of the history.
  • Family tree: have you done any research on your family tree? Got any interesting tidbits to share?
  • Fiction or poetry relating to themes of immigration, naming, and/or family history.
  • Or a family letter with some context included.

Please email any associated photos, images, or illustrations to thebigreaddearborn@gmail.com.

Your submission may be selected for publication in a community anthology.

If you have any questions, please call (313) 943-2341 or email thebigreaddearborn@gmail.com.

NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.

Call for Entries – more details

Here are more details on the call for family recipes or stories:

Family recipes – here’s mainly what we’re looking for:

  • Recipes passed down from generation to generation, or
  • Something Grandma (or Grandpa, or any relative) used to make, or
  • Any original family recipe.

Click here to submit your recipe.

Family stories – here’s mainly what we’re looking for:

  • Immigrant stories
  • Name stories: do you have a funny or interesting story about how you got your name? Or a story concerning your name or a relative’s name in some way?
  • Family history – do you have a story you’d like to share about Grandma or some other relative? It’s all part of the history.
  • Family tree: have you done any research on your family tree? Got any interesting tidbits to share?
  • Fiction or poetry relating to themes of immigration, naming, and/or family history.

Click here to fill out the entry form for family stories. Once the form is completed, please send your story as a Word document, rich text format, or email (and any photos or images associated with your story) to thebigreaddearborn@gmail.com

Length: 1-4 pages, double or single spaced. If it’s a little longer or shorter, that’s fine too.

This is open to all ages and anyone is welcome to participate.

The deadline is October 31, 2017.

We hope you are considering submitting a family recipe or story! If you have any questions, please call (313) 943-2330 and pick option two or email thebigreaddearborn@gmail.com

Video Project

Do you have an immigrant story to share? Or a story about your name or family history?

Now’s your chance to have it immortalized on film, and it may even be selected to be part of a video to premier at the Big Read Kickoff on Sunday, March 18, 2018!

The “Tell Us Your Stories” video project is presented by Dearborn Public Library in coordination with the Dearborn Public Schools, the City of Dearborn Department of Public Information, the Dearborn Community Fund, and CDTV. This program is open to all ages and anyone who has resided in Dearborn, whether currently or previously. Click here to view the flyer.

If you’re interested, please reserve a spot to tell your story in one of three ways: 1) stop by any Dearborn Public Library; 2) call (313) 943-2330 and pick option two; or 3) visit dearbornlibrary.org and click on “Events Calendar and Registration.” Each time slot is thirty minutes, and each interview is expected to last roughly 15 minutes.

Filming times are Monday, October 23 through Friday, October 27, 12:30-2 p.m. at Dearborn High School, 19501 W. Outer Dr., and Wednesday, October 25, 6-8:30 p.m. in the Michael A. Guido Theater at the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center, 15801 Michigan Ave.

Tips on how to get ready for your interview: You will be asked an opening question to the effect of: “Tell us your name and your story” or “What brought you to Dearborn?” To help improve the visual quality of the film, do not wear white or black clothes; rather wear pastels or gray. Bring any interesting family photos you would like to share. Please arrive about five minutes early so staff can get you set up for your interview. Get ready to contribute to Dearborn’s rich and varied history!

The Big Read Dearborn is celebrating Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Namesake and is themed “What’s in a name?” featuring several related programs scheduled for March and April, 2018. Visit bigreaddearborn.org or dearbornlibrary.org for more information and for updates.

NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.

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