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Spring 2024 Personal Story Publishing Project (Deadline: December 15)

Open through Dec. 15, 2023, for stories of 750-800 words on the theme of “Now or Never.”
Continuing the successes of nine 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 10th Call for Personal Stories. The theme is “Now or Never”

Stories of personal choices and the aftermath, rolling the dice/no-guts-no-glory, running for cover/cut-and-run, fear, desire, ambition, hubris, doubts, confidence, anxiety, flirting with disaster, better safe than sorry. A life of taking chances and making choices.Woulda, coulda, shoulda.

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 2024. We created the PSPP six 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 nine anthologies of 45-50 stories each on the engaging themes of “Bearing Up,” “Exploring,” “That Southern Thing,” “Luck and Opportunity,” “Trouble,” “Curious Stuff,” “Twists and Turns,” “Lost & Found,” and “Sooner or Later.” Find more information about the new theme and the Personal Story Publishing Project at On Facebook @personalstorypublishingproject.

Most of the stories from the nine 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 wrestled with making choices and decisions, sometimes with urgency competing with importance. Whatever the experience, if it’s worth anything, it’s worth a good story. Write us yours, because everybody loves a good story sm.

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