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Submissions for Tell Your Story Walking 2021 are open!


Civic engagement credit

Honors students who submit their work to Tell Your Story Walking can log one civic engagement hour. Students whose work is published can submit up to ten hours of civic engagement. (For requesting credit, use this form. The supervisor is Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers, jprodger@syr.edu.)


Submission Guidelines

We are seeking original work based on personal experience—writing as well as visual art and multimedia. The story might be a childhood memory, family portrait, character sketch, conversation, travelogue, scene from your hometown—any sort of story that shares a slice of your life and point of view.

We welcome stories created in the past for the Tell Your Story Walking writing course, as well as new work, including stories that evoke your experiences of the unprecedented events of the pandemic (see below). We encourage submissions from those with nontraditional writing backgrounds, as well as experienced writers. We aim to include diverse voices and perspectives in this anthology.

You may submit up to three stories in the following categories.

1. Snapshots of pandemic life. Share a vivid, personal moment that captures some aspect of this strange, challenging, and eventful time. Drop us right into your experience, preferably writing in present tense, and keep it short: under 200 words. (Of course these can be visual snapshots too.) For examples, take a look at the 2020 snapshots.

2. First-person creative nonfiction stories on any topic. Submissions can be prose, poetry, or hybrid forms, and any length from 200 to (roughly) 1,200 words.

3. Visual art. This could include photography, painting, drawing, collage, and mixed media—individual images as well as short series. Rather than journalistic, portrait, or studio work, we seek visual art that emphasizes your point of view and day-in-the-life experiences. Stories combining visual elements with text are welcome.

4. Multimedia. Submit audio or video stories with the same content guideline as for visual art.

If you’d prefer to publish your story anonymously or under a pseudonym, note that in the submission form.

Contact us

Email tellyourstorysyr@gmail.com.