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[US] Short Édition Launches Annual Inter-University Writing Contest

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The Short Story Dispenser at University of Texas at Arlington Libraries.

The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries is excited to participate in the Short Édition Long Story Short Award, its first annual inter-university writing contest. Short Édition is a French publishing house who UTA Libraries partners with in hosting a Short Story Dispenser on the second floor of Central Library. This Dispenser provides short fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry to the public, free of charge. “We are proud to partner with Short Édition and can’t wait to see what our students submit to the Long Story Short Award,” said Rebecca Bichel, dean of UTA Libraries. “Mavericks are innovative and creative, and we are confident that they will excel in this inaugural contest.”

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02-24-2020

[US] Work of local sixth-grader featured in library’s short story dispenser

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Kailani Clark Lay and her short story, “A Mustang’s Decision,” printed by Bud Werner Memorial Library’s Short Story Dispenser. courtesy of Kailani Clark Lay

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Colorado’s first short story dispenser has a new author in its mix, and the journey that her piece took to get there is a story in itself. When Kailani Clark Lay heard about Bud Werner Memorial Library’s short fiction contest last summer, she got right to work. Kailani, who’s currently in sixth grade at Steamboat Springs Middle School, often reads books about horses and is a horseback rider herself. Last summer, she trained a horse named Pendleton, and the two formed a close connection. Her short story begins with a girl who adopts a mustang.

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12-03-2019

[UK] Book to the future: how the way we read has changed

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Bringing a new meaning to the term “snackable content”, in September, the University of Lincoln installed free vending machines dispensing passages from classic novels or poems instead of packets of crisps.

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11-19-2019

[US] Short story dispenser in Swem Library incorporates literature into daily life

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Upon entering Earl Gregg Swem Library, most of us head straight to our favorite work areas, in a rush to either secure a table on the first floor for meetings or more casual studying, or to claim a desk on the second and third floors for a quieter study session. No matter the case, in our focused frenzies, we tend to miss the short story dispenser situated to the left of the library entrance along the elevator wall. The little machine, with its backlit panel and dark base, prints short stories from a wide range of genres onto receipt-like slips of paper after readers have selected their preferred length of story, either one, three or five minutes long.

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10-21-2019

[UK] University of Lincoln installs literary vending machines

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The machines print a few lines taken randomly from a database of 100,000 titles

Free vending machines that dispense words instead of chocolate have been installed at the University of Lincoln. The two machines print a few paragraphs from a classic novel or a poem taken randomly from a database of 100,000 titles.

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10-10-2019

[UK] UK University Installs Free ‘Vending Machines’ to Dispense Tiny Short Stories Printed on Eco-Friendly Paper

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Short Story Dispenser at Lincoln University - A snack for your mind - SWNS

This university has become the first in the United Kingdom to install vending machines that are designed to dispense free short stories for students to read on campus—and any writer will soon be able to submit their own prose.

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09-28-2019

[CA] Check Out the Short Story Dispenser Inside Calgary’s Central Library

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Located beside Lukes inside the new Central Library, the short story dispenser offers one-minute, three-minute and five-minute stories on demand. When you order a latte at Lukes inside the new Central Library, consider whether you’d like a one-minute, three-minute, or five-minute story with it.

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09-18-2019

[UK] Introducing Lincoln’s first poetry vending machine

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Professor Mary Stuart launches Lincoln Short Story vending machine. Photo: University of Lincoln

Two innovative new vending machines were launched at the University of Lincoln this week, but instead of the usual chocolate and crisps it will dispense poetry.

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08-23-2019

[US] ‘Short Edition’ dispenses words of wisdom at Carnegie Mellon University

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This vending machine dispenses food for thought. It prints quickly. The paper is biodegradable. It’s available 24 hours a day. There is no charge.

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06-24-2019

[US] Wichita Public Library works to bring in a new generation of readers with short story machines

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In this age of fast-paced information and media consumption, almost everything is at your fingertips. With this program, short stories from up-and-coming authors are just one click away, but not in the way you think. It’s not an app on your phone or a website—it’s a machine.

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06-24-2019

[CA] Short Story Dispenser At Capilano University.

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B.C University gets unique vending machine

It's a short story dispenser and it's creating a lot of buzz at Capilano University! Isabelle Raghem is speaking with excited students.

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06-24-2019

[US] Lit! Squire Foundation and SB Public Market Offer Proust-While-You-Wait

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This freaky french vending machine at the SB public market wants you to push its buttons. You've nothing to fear but literature!

Francis Ford Coppola—writer, director, producer, Brando-wrangler—is a raving fan of the short story. In 1997 (for instance) he launched the much-garlanded literary and art vehicle Zoetrope: All-Story. So it was that when Coppola learned of a nutty Roald-Dahl-like gizmo whose minimalist three buttons promised a new approach to literature, his famous auteur beard broke into a grin and he dove in with brio. “He’d found us through his daughter in Paris and was our first client in the US,” says Kristan Leroy, export director for French publisher Short Édition. “The first installation in the U.S. was at his café Zoetrope in San Francisco.”

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