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.
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.