Hello T-County neighbors! Our library is looking for submissions for the second edition of the literary magazine, Tapestries of Tuscarawas County! We are compiling stories for publication in a book as part of an ongoing oral history project. This project is a vibrant book that captures what it is like to live in Tuscarawas County and we hope you can help. If you have a strong memory of your life that you can share with us in the form of a letter or email, you could be included in this book–and may even win a cash prize! Each story provided will be a thread, and each thread will be woven together with stories from friends, family, and neighbors to contribute to a rich tapestry that expresses the varied beauty of our individual lives. This book will display a collection of stories and art of and from Tuscarawas County in its second edition!
How do I contribute?
You can contribute by sharing your stories with us! There are several ways to do this: You can write us a letter. You can dictate your story to a loved one. You can record it at a family gathering. It can be handwritten, typed, or emailed. All we ask is that the final submissions are kept to 2,000 words or less.
What if I’m not a very good writer?
Stories are not judged based on writing ability, but on interest and relation to our county, and our editor will help make them ready for publication. You will get a chance to review the edited version before it is published.
What should I write about?
Anything! Your best/worst memory, something embarrassing that happened, something that changed your life, something that stands out to you as a representative example of your youth or adulthood in Tuscarawas County. The stories must adhere to only two rules: they must be true, and they must not harm anyone in the telling. See the reverse side for some prompt questions to help you get started. More questions can be found at https://storycorps.org/great-questions/
How can I win the cash prize?
The editing team at the Dover Public Library will award the top prize to the most appealing story. Writing ability is NOT a factor. There is no cost to submit a story, and you are under no obligations.
When can I get the book?
Tapestries of Tuscarawas County will be released in the fall of 2017. Contributors will receive a free copy. It will also be available at Dover Public Library and other local libraries and historical societies. Write your letter today! You can be proud to be a part of this valuable addition to our local living history. Deadline for submission is August 1, 2017.