Books for Children on Bookish Children

20 Mar

Lately I’ve been obsessive over the clothes from Out of Print. I want every single t-shirt they have.

But today I stumbled into the kids’ section and realized they have even cooler t-shirts for the little ones in our lives! Go check it out for sure.


And get us your submissions for next Wednesday’s reading– theme is Children (either yours, or the one you used to be!).

See you next Wednesday,


Children, Change, Crime, Cool and the Center for the Book

6 Mar

Hello everyone!

Here are our next few themes:


3/27: Children

4/17: Change

BONUS!  4/23: The Book that Changed You (with the Center for the Book)

5/22: Crime

6/?: Cool


As always, mark your calendars and start writing! Submissions are always due on the Saturday before the series.


Now, what is this Center for the Book, you ask? It’s a wonderful organization that every state has, and until very recently was owned by the (fabulous) Hartford Public Library. Recently it came into the capable hands of the Connecticut Humanities Council, and they’ve asked us to co-sponsor World Book Night. Here’s what they have to say about it:

World Book Night, an international program reaching out to light or non-readers, will take place on April 23, 2013. Members of the public apply to personally hand out 20 copies of a book, chosen from a list of 30 titles pre-selected by a national panel of librarians and booksellers.  We’re joining up with other book lovers to hand out books in Hartford that night.

Join us afterwards for a party to celebrate World Book Night and hear participants share excerpts from their book or a story about their experience handing out books. You don’t have to be a World Book Night giver to attend. You just have to LOVE books! 

The after party is co-sponsored by Syllable: A Reading Series, a Hartford-based organization that provides a space for Connecticut writers of all levels to showcase their work, and to expose the public to a variety of writing styles.

Now, here’s something fun– we’ll be taking special submissions in conjunction with change. I want to hear about the book that changed you. The Humanities Council and Syllable will select a few readings for you to present at the party. So get writing those, too!

Any questions, just email us at or comment here.

Thanks! Now get back to your book!

— Syllable

Wed. Feb 20th: Love!

15 Feb

Let’s do it… let’s fall in love (or lust!).

An evening of writers reading original pieces– one of Hartford’s best little secrets.

Next up: Love on Wednesday, Feb 20th. 7 pm La Paloma Sabanera, $5 suggested donation.

A reprise of our most popular topic ever, we need your pieces about LOVE– romantic, familial, friendship, whatever. Stray as far from the subject as you see fit. Last year we had someone read her old diaries, and another person read a tremendous essay about her love for the nurse who brought her through cancer.

Writers: we need your pieces about love, whatever that means to you. Go bananas. Poetry, prose, sketches, skits, songs– every genre is fair game as long as you do your literary best.

Listeners: just come, listen, laugh at the funny parts.

Syllable takes literary submissions of all kinds. No reading will last longer than 10 minutes (about 4 prose pages), so your submission must stand alone in that time frame. Shorter submissions are very welcome. Submission

Songs, diaries, plays, and creative interpretations of literature are welcome!

The mission of Syllable: A Reading Series is to provide a space for Connecticut writers of all levels to showcase their work, and to expose the public to a variety of writing styles. Syllable aims to be another brick in the strong arts community in the Greater Hartford area. This event is possible in part by a grant from the City of Hartford.

Beasts Redux: Wednesday, January 30th

16 Jan

We had to cancel our last “Beasts” reading in the throes of holiday madness, but we’ve happily rescheduled that reading to Wednesday, January 30th.


Syllable Series



Lions, tigers, and bears– oh my! Creatures great, small, imaginary, and symbolic are all fair game at this week’s Syllable Series. Our theme is Beasts: write about your quirky goldfish, the beast within you when you don’t get enough coffee, or man’s animal nature. Every genre, style, and subject is fair game.

We are still in need of more submissions, so don’t be shy: send them to and we’ll put you in the lineup.

Want to just listen? That’s great, too. Come by to Syllable Series at La Paloma Sabanera (405 Capital Avenue in Hartford, CT), at 7 pm.  $5 suggested donation.

See you Wednesday, January 30th!

Get Writing for “Beasts”

12 Dec

Our next installment of Syllable is just a week away– are you writing about your cats big and small for our “Beasts” night? Or perhaps your favorite X-Men character?



Be sure to get your submissions in by Saturday, December 15th so that we can put together the best possible night for you. Submit directly to

See you Wednesday the 19th!

What’s your favorite beast?

10 Dec

Whenever I think of the word “Beast,” the image of the Harpy from “The Last Unicorn” pops into my head.

Probably because it’s the scariest creature I saw on film when I was a child (well, her and the two rats from “Lady and the Tramp.”)


How about you? What pops to mind when you hear “beast”? And is that what you’re writing about for our reading  series on Wednesday, December 19th at La Paloma Sabanera?

Or, are you just coming to listen, and add all sorts of creatures to your list for dreams, nightmares, and inspirations?


— Syllable

Beasts: December 19th

3 Dec

Announcing this month’s theme: Beasts!




Mythological or magic, real or imagined– beasts of all kinds haunt us. Or at least me, anyway. We’re very excited about this theme and are hoping for a wide and exciting range of submissions. So get writing, RSVP on our facebook page, invite a friend, and prepare yourself for the very best Syllable Series of the year.

December 19th, 7:00 pm, $5 suggested donation, as always.

— Syllable