Big Read deadline extended

DEARBORN — The deadline to submit short stories to the Dearborn “Animal Tales” project has been moved to March 1.

As part of The Big Read celebration of Jack London’s “The Call of the Wild,” Dearborn Public Library is sending out a call for stories about animals, written by Dearborn residents. The program is open to all ages.

Works will be considered for publication in the short story collection “Call of the Wild Dearborn: Animal Tales.”

To participate, email short stories (or other written works) of one to four pages, along with one or two sentences about the author, to

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

Photos and artwork, along with a narrative, also are welcome and can be emailed along with story text.

Possible topics include:
• A short story, poem or essay about a pet or any animal (real or fictional)

• A short story, poem or essay about the environment, nature or wildlife

• A short story told from the perspective of a pet or any animal (“The Call of the Wild” is told from the perspective of a dog named Buck.)

• An essay about “The Call of the Wild”

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

Items also may be mailed to: Henry Ford Centennial Library, 16301 Michigan Ave., Dearborn, MI, 48126,
Attn: The Big Read Dearborn

Activities and events centered on “The Call of the Wild” will take place in and around Dearborn in March through May 2014.

The adventure – Call of the Wild: EmBARKING on Discovery – begins with a kickoff from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 8 at The Henry Ford in the Anderson Theater.

To sign up for email updates go to

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.