From the Editors

Welcome to our second annual awards issue, featuring our 2010 Marguerite McGlinn National Prize for Fiction winning story from Allison Alsup of New Orleans. We are thrilled to report that we will continue this prize in 2011,  thanks to the generous support of the McGlinn family and the Dry Family Foundation.

As we look forward to the new year, we also reflect on the many great things we’ve been able to accomplish in our six years. Thanks to member support, we have been able to keep the magazine in print and free for all readers. We have been able to offer workshops and readings and professional development events. And, we’ve launched a books division to provide yet another voice for emerging writers. We’ve also established an executive board to create strategic plans to ensure the Philadelphia Stories continues long into the future.

We already have a few exciting plans for 2011 in the works. First, there’s our new Writers and Readers Series that we will host in conjunction with the Community College of Philadelphia; this will appear on CCPTV Comcast 53and Fios 21. Second, we are putting out a call for a new committee to plan a children’s version of Philadelphia Stories, tentatively titled “PS Junior.” If you are interested in more information about this project, please email

Thanks to all who have supported the Philadelphia Stories community. Have a wonderful 2011!


Carla Spataro and Christine Weiser

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