Twenty-five years ago, more than 6,000 people contributed submissions about Ithaca and Tompkins County to the Great Ithaca Write-In as part of Ithaca’s centennial celebration.

Now, twenty-five years later, the public is invited to participate once again. Everyone is encouraged to write: old folks and young, those who live here and those who have lived here, people who work here, go to school here, or have spent time here; anyone who “has a bit of Ithaca in the heart.”

You may submit an essay, a diary entry, a poem, a drawing, a photograph, or anything your imagination conceives of. There is no minimum or maximum number of words. Write about what you care about, your hopes for the future, what you like---or don’t like---about Ithaca and Tompkins County. Tell us a little about yourself---your age, what you do, whatever you’d like to share with the community and the future. Everyone’s contribution is important, so that 100 years and more from today, people will know what life was like in Ithaca and Tompkins County in 2013.

This project is being supported by a growing list of sponsors:

There are three ways to submit an entry:

Entries will be accepted for several weeks. Your name should be on your submission; if we publish your entry, you may remain anonymous if you wish.

All submissions will be archived; some may be selected for publication, either in the press or on this website.

Questions may be directed to