Sesquicentennial Stories

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Tell us your tale… in 150 words!

Legend has it that Ernest Hemingway wrote this six-word short story to settle a bar bet: “For sale: baby shoes, never used.”

That’s pretty drastic, but we think Stratford has stories to tell. We’re so sure of it that we will have a panel of local authors choose 150 of the best to be published in a book to be released during Culture Days 2017. And we’re so sure the art will be awesome that we’ll frame and hang the best on the Library walls (or in the new MakerSpace / auditorium). Priority will be given to stories and art about our city, but submissions about our country are also welcome. 

Submissions accepted between Jan. 1 and April 30, 2017.   

Submissions online or available at the library.

A Sesquicentennial Story will be about your experience living in Stratford or Canada, and be no more than 150 words in length. Free to enter.

  • STORIES Criteria:
    • About experience or life in Canada or Stratford (non-fiction)
    • 150 words (or less)
    • All ages may submit
    • Handwritten submissions will be scanned electronically
    • Submissions vetted and selected for inclusion
    • Submissions will not be returned to applicants
    • Fine print: All stories will be subjected to anti-plagiarism software
    • Please submit online using this form
       
  • ART Criteria:
    • All ages may submit
    • Medium: drawing,  painting or photograph (2 dimensional).
    • Depicting [life in] Stratford
    • Submissions vetted and selected for inclusion
    • Submissions will not be returned to applicants
    • Please submit via e-mail to rgodfrey@stratfordcanada.ca OR in person at the Stratford Public Library (Attn: Robyn Godfrey).