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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 reads their story 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.

Please submit a draft of 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...

January Theme:
First Date

A dream come true, a bore, or a complete disaster? The time you met the love of your life or the time you had to stare at a stranger for an hour? Did your date begin with a dropped Google pin and a sense of dread -- or mystery and excitement? Was it even a date? You may never know. For our first show of the new year, we want you to tell us your true FIRST DATE story.


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

Deadline: January 5, 2019