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 is about 1500 words and, in our experience, tends to be a sweet spot for a listener.) 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. 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:


We're all the heroes of our own stories... but what about the time you realized you just may be the villain? We want your stories of heroic acts or dastardly deeds. Tell us about your love of caped crusaders, your work nemesis, the foe who became a friend. When have you labeled someone else a hero or villain -- or been labeled yourself -- and what were the consequences? Themes are open to interpretation!

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

Deadline: December 29, 2021