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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. It should have a clear beginning, middle, and end. 

  • Stories should be between 5 to 10 minutes when read out loud. Eight minutes tends to be a sweet spot.

  • Please do not exceed 1500 words.

Want more tips?

  • Don't feel pressure to turn your 5-minute story into a 10-minute story. The audience will like your snappy story more than an overly meandering or introspective narrative, we promise!

  • 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.

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...

March 2023 Theme:

One Way or Another

Now reading your true stories on the theme "One Way or Another." Tell us your tales of determination... and achieving your goals at any cost. When have you surprised yourself by going the "other" way and switched sides mid-game? What made you have to adapt when you faced a fork in the road -- and what path did you choose? Themes are open to interpretation!


E-mail your story, with a line or two about yourself, to

Deadline: February 7, 2023

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