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Randell Jones: Spring 2023 Personal Story Publishing Project

Open through Dec. 15 for stories of 750-800 words on the theme of “Lost and Found.”
Continuing the successes of seven previous anthologies showcasing the skills of writers across the country but emphasizing the work of North Carolina writers, the Personal Story Publishing Project announces its eighth Call for Personal Stories. The theme is “Lost and FoundLosing it. Finding it. Losing out. Finding out. Being found out.” Stories about personal effort, serendipity, regret, and celebration of loss and good fortune, by grace and ill will.

We 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 December 15 with publication in March 2023. We created the PSPP five 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 nominal reading fee applies with each submission to encourage writers to submit their best. Lower fee for earlier submissions.

Since 2018, our calls have produced seven anthologies of 45 stories each on the engaging title themes of “Bearing Up,” “Exploring,” “That Southern Thing,” “Luck and Opportunity,” “Trouble,” “Curious Stuff,” and “Twists and Turns.” Find more information about the new theme and the Personal Story Publishing Project at On Facebook @personalstorypublishingproject.

Most of the stories from the seven anthologies are showcased in our twice-weekly podcast, “6-minute Stories.” Follow at Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Stitcher, or listen directly at Find each episode announced on Facebook @6minutestories. Give it a listen to hear what others have contributed.

We’ve all lost and lost out—car keys, love, a friend, a ball game, a stock tip, a job. And we’ve found things, found out things, and maybe been found out ourselves, too. And in the process, we learned a lesson or got revenge, or just counted our blessings or resigned ourselves to it. Whatever it was, if it’s worth anything, it’s worth a story. Write us yours, because everybody loves a good story sm.

Personal Story Publishing Project and “6-minute Stories” Podcast at