Hindsight is 2020: Dublin collects year’s stories for community anthology

  • The town of Dublin. July 7, 2020 Staff photo by Abbe Hamilton

Published: 1/11/2021 12:31:30 PM
Modified: 1/11/2021 12:31:09 PM

A writing anthology titled “Hindsight is 2020: The People of Dublin Look Back on a Challenging Year” is seeking content from Dublin community members to document the past year’s wild ride. DubHub program coordinator Volkert Volkersz said he got the idea to produce an anthology several months ago,  after contributing to a similar project via the Monadnock Writers’ Group, titled “Penning the Pandemic.” At this time last year, Volkersz said the DubHub had completed their first every photo contest and anticipated doing another one in 2020, but there’s no way to show off the entries in person this year, he said. After a year with pandemic-related complications, isolation, and cancellations, election turmoil, few opportunities for community-wide events, and more, a collection of community members’ reflections on the past year seemed like the way to document the community’s experience, he said. “Something we can look back on in 10 years and say, “Yeah, that was a crazy year,”” Volkersz said. The DubHub Board of Directors supported the idea when he brought it to them a couple months ago, and the Dublin Public Library has agreed to partner on the project since then, he said. 

Anyone who lives, works or owns property in Dublin is invited to submit one or more entries for the anthology, including short stories, poetry, essays (including personal experiences), poetry (including song lyrics), and short plays or dramas. So far, there have been inquiries but no submissions, Volkersz said. The deadline is Jan. 31. “We just really hope to see input from all parts of the community,” he said, including children, adults, and senior citizens. The publication will be a limited-run paperback, he said. “ If this is a success, we might do this every year,” he said.

Entries must be under 1000 words or 60 lines (for poems or verse). Each submission must relate in some way to the year 2020. Submit entries and questions to dublincommunityanthology@gmail.com. Include a cover page or introductory email with your name, email address, mailing address, phone number and title of your work. Authors under 18 years should also include their age. Do not include your name on the work itself, but do include the title for identification purposes. Works may be submitted as a Word, Pages or RTF document. Editors will review all submissions in February with a projected publication date in March. Each author that is included will receive one free copy of the anthology. All other copies will be for sale locally. There will also be a public reading from the anthology at a future date, either via Zoom or socially-distanced outdoors.


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