Severson Dells participates in North Central Illinois Anthology Project

Severson Dells participates in North Central Illinois Anthology Project


For many of us, the natural places of north central Illinois have a special meaning. These natural places shape the stories of our lives—and the Severson Dells Education Foundation is taking part in an exciting project. They are soliciting authors and artists to submit poems, essays, short fiction and artwork that can be reproduced in black and white for an anthology of north central Illinois writing related to the land.

Severson Dells is looking for writing about those natural places that show a strong connection of people to the land. Share your words and/or drawings of those places that captivate, inspire, provide solitude or escape—or simply call you to explore them more closely.

Severson Dells Education Foundation hopes you will respond to this invitation to share your perspective on the land and be part of this project, which is supported by a grant from the Smith Foundation as well as other organizations and individuals from this region.

To submit artworks or written work:

1) Please mail entries to Severson Dells Education Foundation, 8786 Montague Road, Rockford, IL 61102, before Jan. 1, 2003.

2) A committee will select approximately 30 juried pieces to be accepted for publication.

3) Those entries that are accepted will be notified by mail (notified by phone if included with entries). If you wish for an entry to be returned, please send in a self-addressed, stamped envelope; otherwise, all entries not picked up by March 15, 2003, will be discarded.

4) No e-mail entries, please.

5) Two contributor copies will be awarded to all authors and artists of published pieces.

6) Artwork must be able to reproduced in black and white, and may be of animals or plants, as well as places.

7) Written entries should not exceed 1,000 words.

8) Northcentral Illinois will be defined as a radius of approximately 40 miles from the town of South Beloit.

Severson Dells Education Foundation hopes you find this project intriguing and exciting—one that shows how the quiet beauty of prairie, rivers, fertile earth and the creatures who reside in this region provide solace and inspiration to those of us who call it home. Please call (815) 335-2915 if you have further questions.

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