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Revere Public Library, in Association with Rumney Marsh Burial Ground

 Fall Writing Prompt for Teen Writing Contest

Ages: 13 – 18

Dates: From 10/1/2020 to 10/31/2020

Winners will be announced November 9th, 2020

(Weathered poem taken from a gravestone)

Swift flies his soul,

Perhaps is gone,

Ten thousand beggars lie beyond,

Ordinary lives retold,

‘Ere the forsaken day is old

A Gravestone at the Rumney Marsh Burial Grounds



The ever marching passage of time has left us with centuries of rich and effervescent lives that came before us. What if those lives could be retold?

In association with the Rumney Marsh Burial Ground, we encourage the teens of Revere to take a trip to Revere’s cemetery, choose a gravestone, and write about the life of the person interred there. Rumney Marsh Burial Ground has a rich history spanning over 300 years, so you could walk in the shoes of a settler, a slave, or veteran, and explore what their lives may have looked like in the 1600s, 1700s, or 1800s, with some possible twists and turns along the way! You could also imagine a person from Revere’s past brought to life in the present day – what would someone from the Colonial Era think of Revere now?



  • 2500 words
  • You may use the names of the people on the gravestones and incorporate details of their lives, or you may simply use them as inspiration for your own fictitious characters.
  • Feel free to use Halloween and the month of October as inspiration to make the story a bit creepy, in the same vein as Sleepy Hollow or Rip Van Winkle!


Guided tours of the Rumney Marsh Burial Grounds will be every Wednesday at 3P.M. from now until the end of October.


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