Your story in 200 words.
The Boston Book Festival has launched a citywide writing project, At Home Boston, to capture slices of everyday life — the ordinary to extraordinary — during these unprecedented times.
Our aim is to weave together a crowd-sourced portrait of how Boston-area residents are experiencing, responding to, and coming together in new ways during these challenging circumstances. We hope to hear from frontline workers, parents at home with kids, teens studying virtually, grandparents removed from family members, and business owners trying new ways to make it work. The collection will be an important community-wide archive of lived experiences during this time.
We will be featuring selected micro-essays of lived experiences on our social media channels (follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram), on the Boston Book Festival blog, and at this year’s Boston Book Festival 2020. We are also excited to announce that we have teamed up with the Boston Globe to feature selected essays in the Globe‘s Living Arts section until the end of June 2020.
How to submit
We are accepting micro-essays of 200 words or less and an accompanying photo or other artwork here or by clicking the “Submit Your Essay” button above. Submissions should be real, lived experiences during the 2020 pandemic. We will not be accepting fiction stories or poetry for this project.
Since we will be sharing submissions via social media, we encourage writers to submit a photo along with the essay. Photos should be 100 MG or smaller and should either be a photo of you or related to your essay. These can be uploaded through this submission link or by clicking the “Submit Your Essay” button above. We will be welcoming and sharing submissions on an ongoing basis until June 30, 2020. We encourage everyone to participate.