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Call to Artists & Writers

January 9, 2012

Book project asks New Orleans to ‘capture spirit of the City’

Short story submission deadline February 21st, 2012

New Orleanians are invited to enter short works and artwork for New Orleans by New Orleans, an upcoming collection of stories and art inspired by New Orleans and the people who live there.

“We seek amazing stories of the Crescent City from people who know it best – what is in the heart and deserves to be said,” said project creator Ryan Smolar. “We seek stories inspired by, set in, or about New Orleans.”

Selected stories will be published in New Orleans by New Orleans and will be available for sale in local bookstores and on-line.

All genres are welcome, including fiction, non-fiction, essay, plays, monologues, poetry, song lyrics, tall tales, family histories, folklore, neighborhood legends and more. Each entry must be 600 words or less (that’s roughly equivalent to one full page of single-spaced text, typed in 12 point font).

All two-dimensional artwork is welcome including Photography, Drawing, Painting, Illustration, Digital Illustration, etc.

All skill levels and ages are welcome, though anyone under 18 must have parent or guardian approval.

The entry deadline is February 21, 2012.

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Book by Authors is the program producing New Orleans by New Orleans. Started by Smolarcorp in 2006, Book by Authors creates a ‘written time capsule’ of a community’s diverse thoughts, hopes, fears and past experiences via a published collection of short works (fiction, non-fiction and everything in between). Stories that have been linked by a common geographic place are literally bound into one book.

Smolarcorp created Book by Authors in response to the National Endowment for the Arts’ “The Big Read” – a program that encourages a city to collectively “Read One Book.” In contrast, Book by Authors creates a model for a city to “Write One Book” about itself.

Past Book by Authors publications are Book by Authors: North Long Beach Anthology (2009) and Book by Authors (2006).