Åarhus Gallery seeks literary short stories for “as if,” an upcoming evening and, perhaps, series of evenings of stories by Maine writers read by Maine actors.

Writers may submit one or two stories of as many as 5,000 words (double-spaced, 12 point font, numbered pages) via mail or as a Word attachment to an e-mail. Submissions should include writer’s name, mailing address, phone number and e-mail address on the first page of the manuscript.

The gallery seeks complete, polished stories only – no drafts, exercises or excerpts. If submitted story is suitable for the program and actors, writers will be contacted for permission to perform it. Manuscripts will not be returned — they will be recycled or deleted — so writers should retain their originals.

The mailing address is Åarhus Gallery, Attn: as if, 50 Main St., Belfast, ME 04915. The e-mail address is asifstories@gmail.com, with “submission” in the subject line.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to dernest@villagesoup.com.