Engage your community


Fiction on the Fly

With the Short Story Dispenser, seek to combine rebellion and innovation to create unplugged community spaces in the library and/or around town. Be guilty of committing random acts of culture!

As part of your literacy and outreach programs, you can also offer free, accessible reading in unexpected places across town while placing Dispensers where your readers are...at the bus station, in a school, at the community center, the DMV, shopping mall, supermarket, or airport... All roads can lead to the library.

Your library can lead the initiative to build an innovative ‘storied city,’ while also celebrating diversity and fostering inclusion.

Fiction connects and Short Story Dispensers provide libraries countless ways to inspire community engagement and creative connections

Stay physical in the virtual


The Dispenser is a microcosm of how your library - and city - raise literacy rates and encourage a reading culture.

Short Edition is your partner for not only increasing literary awareness but also for celebrating creative writing, city-wide.

Simple, time-saving tools

To make your projects more engaging, fun, and the talk of the town.

Shine light on your innovation

Customize your Dispenser in your own colors and tailor your content to your readers. Need stories for a general audience, 18+, young adult or children? You decide! Choose & change collections as often as you like or opt-in to our monthly thematic calendar.

Co-publish with Short Edition

With the Short Story Portal, we can offer you the opportunity to also curate and publish your local stories.

Bring to life archived short fiction from authors in your city or curate new stories from emerging writers through the Short Story Portal. Imagine if the next great writer was discovered in your city and he or she attributes that success to the opportunity that you provided?

This is community engagement - providing a creative outlet and voice for all.

They want to build a Storied City


Customer stories say it better

Enrichment and Civic Engagement

Building a storied city

 The Free Library of Philadelphia knows that our city has stories to tell. In every neighborhood and online, the Free Library connects Philadelphians to stories by and about our communities. Philly Storied City pushes that connection even farther by giving everyone an opportunity to share their writing with their neighbors through the Short Edition Story Dispensers. Our partnership with Short Edition has helped the Free Library meet our mission of advancing literacy and inspiring curiosity, through the words of Philadelphia residents.
Learn more about the Philly Storied City initiative at philly.short-edition.com

Andrew Nurkin,

Deputy Director, Enrichment and Civic Engagement