The Baton Rouge Bicentennial Committee is inviting local published authors to write essays describing “My Baton Rouge” for a time capsule that will commemorate the city’s 200th birthday.

Writers can submit a short essay of up to 500 words for future generations to discover as part of the Bicentennial Project, Baton Rouge Writes. The essays will be compiled and sealed in a time capsule that will be placed in the new River Center Library downtown later this year.

“We are calling on our local authors to paint a picture with words of how they see Baton Rouge in 2017,” said Mary Stein, assistant library director for the East Baton Rouge Parish Library and chairwoman of the Bicentennial Committee. “We want to capture the landscape, the culture, the economy and the very spirit of Baton Rouge for generations to come, and we believe our local professional writers can tell that story better than anyone.”

Interested authors are asked to submit their names along with the title of their work by email to to receive complete instructions for submitting essays. The deadline for submissions is Sept. 1.

The Baton Rouge Bicentennial is a yearlong celebration marking 200 years since “Red Stick” officially became the city of Baton Rouge, which was founded in 1699 and was incorporated on Jan. 17, 1817. The yearlong observance culminates with the fifth annual Red Stick Revelry on New Year’s Eve.

For more information about the Baton Rouge Bicentennial, visit or contact Mary Stein at or (225) 939-3623 or (225) 231-3710.