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Daniel Boone Footsteps Publishing’s Personal Story Publishing Project (Deadline: June 30)

Continuing the successes of ten previous anthologies showcasing the skills of writers across the country but emphasizing the work of North Carolina writers, Daniel Boone Footsteps Publishing’s Fall 2024 Personal Story Publishing Project announces its 11th Call for Personal Stories. Submissions are open through June 30, 2024, for stories of 750-800 words on the theme of “Foolhardy:” personal stories of derring-do, desperation, and disaster—or not, the choices faced and the choices made. These are stories of chances taken and risks avoided for all the human reasons, not always by choice and not always from among the choices we’d like, but we choose. What follows is the story you now have to tell.

The editors are seeking true, personal stories of 750-800 words sharing your lived experience and leaving the reader a lesson or a laugh or a caution for us all. Submissions are open through June 30 with publication in September 2024. Daniel Boone Footsteps created the PSPP seven years ago to encourage new writers wanting to publish their writing. Experienced writers have joined in as well and raised the bar for us all. A reading fee applies with each submission. The fee is lower for earlier submissions.

Since 2018, PSPP calls have produced ten anthologies of 40-50 stories each on the engaging themes of “Bearing Up,” “Exploring,” “That Southern Thing,” “Luck and Opportunity,” “Trouble,” “Curious Stuff,” “Twists and Turns,” “Lost & Found,” “Sooner or Later,” and “Now or Never.” Find more information about the new theme and the Personal Story Publishing Project at or on Facebook @personalstorypublishingproject.

Most of the stories from the ten anthologies are showcased in a twice-weekly podcast, “6-minute Stories,” which you can find through Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or directly at Give it a listen to hear what others have contributed.

No guts, no glory. Better safe than sorry. “Heck, yes!” “Not on your life.” Whatever the experience was, if it’s worth anything, it’s worth a good story. Consider sending yours.

See full call for submissions.