University Libraries Launches Creative Writing Platform, Short Story Competition

Penn State University Libraries launched a new creative writing platform this week for students, staff, and faculty to submit and critique short stories. The website was created in partnership with libraries vendor Short Edition, who created the short story dispensers used on campus and in Schlow Library downtown.

Two of the five short story dispensers on campus reside at the entrances of Pattee Library and Paterno Library. (Photo: Gabriela Stevenson)

Anyone with an active Penn State e-mail address can post works of original fiction to the short stories website. The site mimics both Short Edition’s central page and the short story dispensers, offering stories of three different reading lengths under six genres. Stories are visible to anyone who goes on the site, but only those with a valid Penn State e-mail can comment, like, and vote on their favorites.

To celebrate the new launch, University Libraries will also host its first short story competition. Contestants must submit a story of no more than 8,500 characters created under the theme “New Beginnings” to the website by April 20. A student-run team and votes from the website will determine the winners, who’ll have their stories added to the short story dispensers.

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Gabriela Stevenson

Gabriela is a junior majoring in print and digital journalism and Onward State's student life editor. She is from Norristown, PA, which she normally refers to as "30 minutes outside of Philadelphia" (she looked up the exact driving time). She enjoys Broadway musicals, neck pillows, and eating cereal at night. To contact Gabriela, e-mail her at [email protected], or follow her on Twitter @GabiStevenson if you want to feel young again.


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