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Hemingway at the Beach: Writers Read Celebration Asks What He Would Say
Suppose novelist Ernest Hemingway arrived at Oregon’s North Coast and wanted to write about his experience in a maximum of 600 words. What would he write?
This year’s Writers Read Celebration, sponsored by the Cannon Beach Library, asks that question with the theme, “Hemingway at the beach: What Would He Say?” Writers of all ages are invited to consider how or what Hemingway would say while at the beach. All written formats will be considered (essay, story, poetry, haiku, script, etc.) Authors are limited to three entries with a 600-word maximum per entry. The deadline for submissions is Jan. 20. A panel of volunteer judges will select 10 to 12 works to be read by their authors during the celebration March 10. Writers Read is a hybrid event this year, so chosen writers may read at the library or via Zoom. You don’t have to live close to participate!
Hemingway wrote about his experiences using as few words as possible, and his novels and short stories have become classics. The Writers Read Celebration offers an opportunity to have fun with this writing style in any form; the piece can be serious, whimsical, tongue-in-cheek or thoughtful. Submissions will be accepted by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by mail (P.O. Box 486 Cannon Beach, OR 97110), though email is preferred. Submissions should be in Word or PDF format and include a cover letter with the writer’s name, email and phone number. Please do not include the author’s name or contact information on the entry document so authors remain anonymous during the judging process.
The NW Authors Series Committee sponsors monthly author presentations and other events at the Cannon Beach Library. This is the fifth year of the Writers Read Celebration. Previous themes were: “Life on the North Coast,” “The View from the North Coast,” “Pandemic” and “Recovery?.” Writers Read Celebrations on Zoom from 2022 and 2021 are available for viewing.
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