Sunday, August 7, 2022

Library looking for stories for New Hanover County anthology

The New Hanover County Main Library on Chestnut Street in downtown Wilmington.
The New Hanover County Main Library on Chestnut Street in downtown Wilmington.

NEW HANOVER COUNTY – If you have a story to tell, the New Hanover County Library wants to share it. The library is looking for stories about the area for an e-book anthology to be published this fall.

Short anecdotes, memories, descriptions and reflections on life in New Hanover County will be collected. Stories must be between 500 to 1,000 words long and either take place in or relate to New Hanover County.

Up to three submissions per writer, ages 13 or older, will be allowed. Submissions must be appropriate for all ages and can be in the genres of poetry, prose, fiction or non-fiction. They are due by Aug. 13.

In addition to submitting stories for publication, citizens can also suggest names for the project, which is currently being called “Tell Us Your Story: Views of New Hanover County” until a final title is chosen.

The first 50 people whose pieces are selected for the collection will receive a copy of “27 Views of Wilmington.” Every entry that meets the guidelines will be published in the e-book. Submissions can be made online.

Three contributors to the library project will be chosen to read their pieces at the e-book’s launch party, where three authors featured in “27 Views of Wilmington” will also read their stories. That event is set for Saturday, Sept. 17 at 2 p.m. at the Northeast Regional Library, 1241 Military Cutoff Road.

The idea for the collection came from another anthology of stories, called “27 Views of Wilmington,” published last year by Eno Publishers. The Hillsborough-based company has produced similar anthologies for several cities across North Carolina.

For information on the New Hanover County anthology, contact Dorothy Hodder at (910) 798-6323. To learn more about Self-e, the self-publishing platform for e-books that is available for free to all NHC Library members, contact Carla Sarratt at (910) 798-6341.

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