The Maryland Historical Society is putting a new twist on an old tradition by holding a contest inviting Edgar Allan Poe enthusiasts to submit proposals for a three-minute performance to honor the author on his birthday.
The contest was inspired by the "Poe Toaster," a mysterious visitor who paid homage to Poe on his birthday for decades by leaving three roses and a bottle of cognac on his grave, the Baltimore Sun reported.
The "Toaster" hasn't been spotted since 2009, and so the historical society, along with Poe Baltimore and Westminster Burying Grounds, is hoping to revive the tradition.
Submissions are due Oct. 23, and finalists will compete in front of a panel of judges on Nov. 7, 10 and 12.
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