1 Writer. 5 minutes. 650 Words.


Read650’s mission is to promote writers through live performances that celebrate the spoken word. It’s a literary forum for true personal stories—two pages and 650 words long—read aloud by the writer before an audience.



Read650 is interested in short essays on specific topics to be read aloud, by the author, at staged readings throughout the year. 




We’re interested in true stories about home with a strong sense of place. In 650 or fewer words, share your experience of leaving, returning, finding, escaping, longing, or rediscovery. Selected essays will be presented in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poughkeepsie Public Library District in celebration of this year’s Big Read selection, Burning Bright by Ron Rash.

Submission Deadline: August 1, 2019

Show: 2PM Sunday, October 27, 2019

Venue: Cuneen-Hackett Arts Center, Poughkeepsie, NY

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You Don’t Have to Be Jewish

Tales of a religion and a cultural identity. Whether you found the afikomen at Passover or your roots in America, whether you were raised Jewish, keep Kosher, or crave treif, share your experience and your story in 650 or fewer words.

Submission Deadline: January 1, 2020

Show: 3PM Sunday, March 15, 2020

Venue: Ossie Davis Theater, New Rochelle Public Library, New Rochelle, NY

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We’ve all got one. And so did she. Maybe you’re a mother, or you’ve seen others in action. We’re interested in stories about mothers, mothering, and various act of motherhood, from any and all perspectives.

Submission Deadline: March 1, 2020

Show: 2PM Sunday, May 10, 2020

Venue: City Winery NYC

Carnegie Hall Spring Festival


Straight Outta Ireland

A Read650 live event, was part of Carnegie Hall's spring festival, "Migrations: The Making of America," and was recorded March 10, 2019 at City Winery, New York City.

Malachy McCourt reads My American Dream.