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Halloween Reading for Local Writers

“By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes!”

Portland writers: if you’ve ever wanted to try your hand at writing horror, suspense, macabre, or supernatural, now’s your chance to see whether you have it in you to scare people or whether your writing itself is just plain frightening! Portland Public Library is once again seeking short fiction, nonfiction, and poetry submissions with a haunted vibe, a gruesome ending, or a shocking twist for a public Halloween-themed reading. If horror is not your vibe, give us your best writing on the topic of fall, autumn, fall related activities, or Halloween.

Interested writers should email their pieces to by Thursday, October 17th. Individuals may submit more than one piece, but only one per person may be selected. Please keep the word count to 1,500 or less. Selected writers will be notified before the event and must be present on the 24th to read their own pieces.

All living souls are encouraged to attend the reading on October 24th from 6-7:30 pm in meeting room 5 at our Main Branch to trade tricks with local writers and hone the craft.