Deadline for Big Read Poe-like tales extended to Dec. 31

DEARBORN – The deadline for writers to submit Poe-inspired tales to The Big Read was extended from Nov. 15 to Dec. 31.

As part of its Big Read celebration of Edgar Allan Poe, Dearborn Public Library is accepting original Poe-inspired stories or poetry. The program is open to all ages.

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

To participate, authors should email short stories (or other written work) of approximately one to three pages, along with one or two sentences about themselves, to or

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

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

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

Topics can 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 of for its library collection. Also, copies will be available for purchase via a link on its website. Proceeds will benefit the Dearborn Public Library.

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

The kickoff is scheduled from 2 to 4 p.m. Feb. 6 at Henry Ford Centennial Library. The Big Read wraps up with a visit from Poe himself on  March 19 at alocation to be determined.

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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.