What might be hiding on the other side…

From March 11 to April 12, 2019, take part in the Penn State Short Edition spring contest. Submit your short story or poem to have the chance to be published in the Short Story Dispensers on our campuses across the Commonwealth! Nothing is easier: read the rules below and submit your short story or poem!


Our spring contest theme is: The Other Side.

To be accepted, your short story or poem must be significantly tied to this theme.

We want you to consider the "other side" with stories that explore what hasn't been told before or hasn't gotten a chance to shine. The other side could be a new world we've never heard of, a new place with new inhabitants, or a new perspective on the typically mundane. Let your mind run wild and tell us a story we haven't heard before!

Your next step is to choose between our two categories:

  • A very short story (maximum of 8,500 characters, including spaces)
  • A poem (maximum of 6,000 characters)


Submit your story by April 12 to be considered and reviewed by our Editorial Board. Stories and poems will be published on the Penn State Short Edition website and the public will be able to vote for their favorites.
Five winners will be chosen and will each win $100 and have their story or poem published on our dispensers!
Honorable mentions will also be chosen as well and will have their story or poem published on our dispensers.

Questions about this contest can be directed Hailley Fargo, Student Engagement Librarian, hmf14@psu.edu.