LINCOLN SQUARE — Got a good story about Lincoln Square?
Anthology of Chicago wants it.
The literary website, founded by Rachel Hyman to evoke the spirit of the city's neighborhoods, is now seeking submissions of poems and stories that bring the uniqueness of Lincoln Square to life.
Sights, sounds, smells, people, buildings — all are fair game, with an emphasis on personal experience of a specific place. Keep it creative — no memoir allowed — and keep it short: no more than five poems and no stories longer than seven typed pages.
The project was inspired by Hyman's frustration with common depictions of Chicago, which too often defaulted to cliches about hog butchers and big shoulders. The anthology is looking for authentic voices that will spark a knowing nod from readers, a "yes, that's exactly it" response — a view from the sidewalk, not the blimp circling Soldier Field.
Posts about Hyde Park, Pilsen and Logan Square have already been collected by the anthology.
In addition to Lincoln Square, Hyman is also gathering stories about Bronzeville. Stories and poems are due by Sept. 30, via the site's online submissions manager. Not all submissions will be published.