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America: color it in

This Independence Day, we are calling out for your stories, tales, lyrics, and poetry to color in an America that has been washed over. Because everybody should have authority over their own story.

From July 4th to August 21st, we invite all Americans to submit a short story, poem, or piece of creative nonfiction speaking to the theme of America: color it in.

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Long Story Short Award, Fall 2020

If there’s anything we’ve learned over the last few months, it’s that there’s nothing more important than staying connected and working together. So...why not use our Short Story Dispensers to connect students across not only the US but around the world?

This fall, we’ll be hosting our first annual creative writing contest for students at universities with on-campus Dispensers.

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Short Circuit

The Dispensers have been Short Circuited

We’re delighted to share with you Short Circuit #02, the second issue of our new quarterly review. This issue holds a special place in our hearts, and we hope that it’ll offer you a welcome escape, a bit of hope, a renewed gratitude, or perhaps most importantly right now, a strong sense of connection.

In need of a good read?

Short Fiction

The Newspaper Tunnel

Helen O'Neill

The house seems incongruous on the immaculate street. There are weeds invading the spaces between the broken tiles that lead up to the flaking front door, and a plastic bag rustles, as it struggles... [+]


The Penny

Lori Khadse

Once upon a time,
in a leather wallet a little torn,
lived a small, small penny,
his spirit just born.
All his life, he watched money come and go,
bills and coins, smooth paper checks... [+]