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Share your story! Submit writing, visual art, and multimedia for the 2021 collection using the form below. Deadline: September 26.


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. Stories that capture your experiences of the pandemic and other current social and political issues are welcome.

You may submit stories created for the Tell Your Story Walking writing course or for other courses, as well as new work. 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.

For visual art, we are seeking work to publish in the magazine and on the website, plus an image for the cover of the 2021 collection.

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

1. Snapshots. Share a vivid, personal, meaningful moment, past or present. Drop us right into your experience, preferably writing in present tense, and keep it short: under 200 words. 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 up to (roughly) 1,200 words. If you want to write something but you’re not where to start, you can find some creative nonfiction ideas here.

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.

The Tell Your Story Walking staff will review submissions and select content for the 2021 collection in early October. Thanks for your interest!

Contact us

Email tellyourstorysyr@gmail.com.