We are always looking for both new and established writers to share their voice at Stranger Stories events! We are an "on-book" show, which means each writer gives a lively reading of their piece from their text. 

All readers are paid a stipend for their contribution at the event.


Submission Guidelines:

​Your story should be...

  • True! We want you to share your life experience, in the way that only you can.

  • Written as first-person narratives. Please no poetry or experimental prose without a clear beginning, middle, and end.

  • Stories should be between 5 to 10 minutes when read out loud. (Eight minutes is about 1500 words.) Please do not exceed 1700 words.

Want more tips?

  • Don't feel pressure to turn your 5 minute story into a 10 minute story! 

  • We're a lit night, not a lit journal, so we recommend reading your story out loud before you submit it! This can be incredibly helpful in your editing process to understand how your piece might work with an audience and we read all stories out loud as part of our selection process.

Please submit your piece and indicate if it is a work-in-progress. (A work-in-progress is okay!) Pieces are not edited by Stranger Stories, but we do need to review your content in order to successfully curate the show. Themes are open to interpretation.

We're booking readers for...

July Theme:
On the Edge


Stranger Stories is back from the edge of extinction and ready to hear YOUR true stories of being on the edge of glory... or the brink of madness. When have you found yourself walking between two worlds, and what happened next? Share your tales of being on the outskirts or your literal cliffhangers. We can't wait to read them.

E-mail your story, with a line or two about yourself, to strangerstoriespvd@gmail.com.

Deadline: June 13, 2021