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 1300 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. Snappy and fun beats out meandering pontification in this format, every time.

  • 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...

August 2022 Theme:

Currently accepting stories about your neighbors from hell, the neighbor who saved your life and your childhood (ok, adulthood) obsession with Mr. Rogers. When have you acted neighborly -- and what was the outcome? Tell us about work neighbors, the "neighbor" on your last flight who became your best friend, the dog next door, the building down the street -- themes are always open to interpretation!

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

Deadline: July 31, 2022