1 Writer. 5 Minutes. 650 Words.


Read650 is a literary forum promoting established and emerging writers through curated live and digital performances celebrating the spoken word.

It’s a high-quality platform for true personal stories—two pages and 650 words long, read aloud by the writer before an audience.

Read650 places a strong emphasis on the craft of writing—word choices, sentence structures, the arc of the narrative. Our submission-based events are developed around broad themes that invite a wide range of expression. An editorial committee curates and sequences the content of each show and, where necessary, our editors collaborate with writers to further refine their work.

Writers featured in our live events are coached and rehearsed in order to present them and their work in the best possible light. Individual readings are professionally recorded for our video archive and YouTube channel, and many writers are showcased and promoted in e-blasts, podcasts, broadcasts, and printed anthologies. Writers retain the rights to their work and have unrestricted access to their videos.

In the digital arena, people are far more available for spoken word than ever before, and in a publishing environment with a shrinking number of opportunities to showcase new voices, Read650 is a high-quality platform for aspiring and established writers alike. If you love language and craft and enjoy a good story, you’ve come to the right place.