Writers Respond To Covid-19

Historically, artists have responded to adversity by expressing the emotions and struggles of the times and by providing perspective, context, critique, hope, diversion, affirmation, and more. 

The Putnam County Public Library invites local writers to share a video of themselves reading their work (short story or poem) or performing a song that was written in response to or inspired by the Covid-19 pandemic. 

The purpose of this project is threefold:

(1) To invite writers to share their unique response to this time;
(2) To provide a compelling listening experience for our community; and
(3) To create an archived Covid-19 collection at PCPL

Submissions will be archived and available for patrons to access. Artists will retain the rights to the original material. 

Established local writers were invited to submit work that could serve as models for this project. Watch for Good Stories posts on this page, as well as the library’s social media channels beginning on June 29. 

Guidelines

General Guidelines

  • Original short story (fiction or non-fiction), personal narrative, poem, or song that was written in response to the Covid-19 pandemic
  • Video recorded
  • Length: approximately 5-20 minutes
  • Text submitted along with a video

Timeline

Submissions will be accepted from July-November. This deadline can be extended if needed. Videos will be scheduled and posted on the library’s website and social media channels throughout the submission process as well as after the submission process has ended. The library can assist with video recording or providing video equipment. 

Please email submissions to [email protected] or send/deliver submissions to the library at 103 E. Poplar St. Greencastle, IN. 

Submissions

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