Call for Entries extended to December 31

Deadline extended to December 31, 2019!

Click here to submit your work. We prefer you to fill out this online entry form and email your work as an attachment to thebigreaddearborn@gmail.com.

OR you may mail your submission, along with a filled-out participation form, to:
Dearborn Public Library
22100 Michigan Ave.
Dearborn, MI 48124
Attn: Big Read

We’re sending out a call for stories, poems, or essays regarding nature with an emphasis on trees and plants. The call is open to everyone. Shorter works are appreciated, but there is no limit on length. Submissions will be compiled and published as a book. Copies will then be added to the library collection for checkout. We will also sell copies as a fundraiser for future Big Reads in Dearborn. To differentiate this book from Call of the Wild Dearborn (our first community anthology), we are not looking for entries on animals or wildlife. Click here for the flyer.

Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • Do you have a favorite tree from your childhood?
  • A poem about trees/plants? How about a haiku?
  • A flower you want to write about?
  • A true story or a fictional narrative involving trees or plants?
  • What do trees mean to you?

Can’t come up with something regarding trees or plants? How about writing about gardening or your favorite nature trail? How about focusing on nature in a more general sense? Or how about something science related? Hope Jahren is a geobiologist who mainly studies plants, trees, and soil. Remember: the world is your lab. Or how about something on friendship? Jahren portrays a close friendship she has with Bill, her lab partner.

If you have questions, please contact the library at (313) 943-2330 or thebigreaddearborn@gmail.com. The library is looking forward to reading your submissions!

Here are some of our previous community anthologies:

The following are books created in conjunction with the NEA Big Read program at the Dearborn Library. In many cases, copies of the book can be purchased at the library. To find out availability, please call (313) 943-2330. 

What’s in a Name?

Have you ever thought about what, exactly, is in a name? Each chapter in this book ponders that question, whether directly or indirectly. There are no easy answers. It is at best a mystery. However, if you really look into that set of words assigned to you at birth, you may find traces of biography, genealogy, history, the immigrant experience, and more. Copies available to checkout from the library collection

Recipes to Remember

Over 100 recipes from local authors. Copies available to checkout from the library collection

Dreaming Dreams No Mortal Ever Dared to Dream Before

In this collection of Poe inspired stories and poems, you will find dreams (and nightmares), ghost stories, horror, madness, mystery, imagination, and even some humor. Read these pages, and dream dreams never dreamt before. Copies available to checkout from the library collection

Call of the Wild Dearborn: Animal Tales

Take a walk on Dearborn’s wild side with this delightful (and thrilling!) community anthology featuring animal stories, poems, and essays written by over 100 authors of all ages. From humor to haiku, mystery to real-life-rescue tales, there’s something here for everyone. Copies available to checkout from the library collection


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