Submissions for Tell Your Story Walking 2024, our fourth edition, are open! The deadline is September 29.

Submissions are open to Syracuse University Honors students and Honors program alumni. Submit your work using the form below—or at this link.

We are seeking:
writing (nonfiction stories and poetry)
visual art (including a cover image)

Read the complete guidelines below.

Earn civic engagement hours for submitting—up to ten hours if your work is published. See details below.

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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.

If you want to write something but are not sure where to start, you can find some creative nonfiction ideas here.

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 each edition.

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 previous 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.

3. Graphic stories. Comics and other types of stories combining visual art and text are welcome.

4. 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.

5. 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.

Thanks for your interest!

Contact us

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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 receive up to ten hours of civic engagement (including the one hour for submitting).

For requesting credit, use this form. The supervisor is Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers,

Students whose work appears in multiple volumes of the anthology may log a maximum to 20 civic engagement hours for the project.