The mission of Philadelphia Stories is to cultivate a community of writers, artists, and readers in the Greater Philadelphia Area through publications, professional development, and promotion of area writers.


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Since 2004, Philadelphia Stories has published writers and artists of all ages from the Greater Delaware Valley in its free quarterly magazine, reaching more than 25,000 readers every year.

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Professional Development

Philadelphia Stories hosts affordable writing workshops and conferences.

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Philadelphia Stories promotes writing and art from the Greater Delaware Valley through events like a national fiction contest, a national poetry contest, readings, and more.


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COVID-19 Update

Because most of our distribution centers are closed, the Spring print issue will be delayed. However, you can still read the award-winning poetry in the online issue here. As soon as our distribution partners are back up and running, we will ship the issues to all locations and members.

We have also postponed our LitLife Poetry conference and Sandy Crimmins Poetry Contest award ceremony. Both events will take place as part of our annual Push to Publish conference on Saturday, October 10, 2020.

We are still accepting submissions to the Marguerite McGlinn fiction contest. Find the guidelines here. We are also continuing to accept other submissions to all genres. Find our general submission guidelines here.

Coming Up:

Karen Dionne is the USA Today and #1 international bestselling author of The Marsh King’s Daughte
Photo: John Andresen/Juritzen Publishing

Marguerite McGlinn Prize for Fiction Contest is Open!
This annual national short fiction contest features a first place $2,500 cash award; a second place cash prize of $750; and a third place cash prize of $500. Read more here.

This year’s judge will be international bestselling  Karen Dionne, author of The Marsh King’s Daughter, a psychological suspense novel set in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula wilderness published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons. DEADLINE: June 15.

UPDATE: Postponed to Fall 2020— Saturday, April 4, Rosemont College: LitLife Poetry Conference: Join Philadelphia Stories editors and poets for the LitLife Poetry Conference, a day of master classes, discussions, readings, and more — including a celebration of the Sandy Crimmins Poetry Prize and Montgomery County Poet Laureate winners. Read more here.

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