“The city, however, does not tell its past, but contains it like the lines of a hand, written in the corners of the streets, the gratings of the windows, the banisters of the steps,  the antennae of the lightning rods, the poles of the flags, every segment marked in turn with scratches, indentations, scrolls.”

Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities


A city has a secret language written in its landscape. A discourse unique to its people, where reality runs up against fiction and stories are born...  Philly Storied City is our endeavor to give place, or a physicality, to storytelling throughout Philadelphia.


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Starting this fall our Short Story Dispensers will be delivering literature written by local residents at the push of a button, free of charge, across the city.

Short Edition is proud to call Philly our American home as of January 2020. Created in partnership with some fantastic organizations, publishers, and nonprofits based in the Philly area, this is a community project – thought up by a community, for the community.

We want this project to bring diverse voices of the city out into an open dialogue, to connect local organizations and institutions promoting awareness and equality.

We invite all Philadelphians to submit their poetry, short stories, and creative nonfiction of 7,500 characters or less, to be reviewed for publication consideration online and in the more than seven Short Story Dispensers throughout the city.

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