Share Your Short Stories Using Short Edition

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This blog was written by Rosemary Van Lare

Using a platform created by Short Edition, the San Jose Public Library invites writers of all ages and backgrounds to submit original short stories. If accepted, your story joins with others from your community to create a rich, diverse reflection of our collective voices and experiences. These stories will build a local collection accessible via our San Jose Public Library portal for reading and enjoyment.

Stories should not exceed 8000 characters.  Additional guidelines and criteria for acceptance into the San Jose Public Library local digital short story collection can be found below.

Short Edition Short Story Submission Guidelines

  • We welcome submissions from established and emerging writers alike.

  • We will only accept fictional works, although they can be based on personal lived experiences.  While they may be any style or genre, they need to be appropriate for diverse audiences.

  • All submissions should be submitted via this submission platform in a copy/paste format. We can’t accept submissions via email or mail.

  • Submissions must be short stories with a maximum 8,000 characters, spaces included.

  • Works must be previously unpublished in print or online, including on personal blogs.

  • Please be patient! Our response rate could be anywhere from a few days to a few weeks, depending on the number of submissions we are receiving and reviewing.

Blog Category
Adult Fiction


Submitted by Shubhi on Wed, 08/12/2020 - 10:53 AM


Your Comment
What is the deadline to submit the short stories?

Submitted by Anonymous on Wed, 08/12/2020 - 11:52 AM

In reply to by Shubhi


Your Comment
There is no deadline to submit stories. It's an ongoing program. We may at some point hold contests that will have deadlines. If so, they will be clearly posted.

Submitted by Anon on Sat, 08/15/2020 - 6:54 PM


Your Comment
Can we submit under a pen name?

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