READ650, together with UJA-Federation of New York, is seeking submissions for a local storytelling event featuring short essays on Jewish topics that will be read aloud by the authors. The call is now open for stories, to be presented at a community-wide event and reception on Sunday, March 15, at 3:00 p.m., at the Ossie Davis Theater, New Rochelle Public Library, New Rochelle.
The pieces can be new or can be excerpted or adapted from earlier works by the same author. Submissions will be evaluated by an editorial committee of professional writers/editors. The maximum length of 650 words translates to a five-minute spoken-word piece. In keeping with the theme “Jew-ish: True Tales of Religion and Cultural Identity,” writers are asked to share their stories about celebrating Jewish holidays, their Jewish upbringing and whether it differed from their parents’ experiences, the author’s roots in America, whether the author chose to be Jewish or was born so and other experiences related to Jewish life and culture.
The live performance in New Rochelle will be professionally recorded, archived and uploaded to the READ650 YouTube channel. Submission deadline is January 15. Dietary laws will be observed at the event. For more information and to make a submission, please visit www.read650.org/submissions.
By Yvette Finkelstein