Ballyhoo Stories, a national print and online literary magazine of fiction and creative nonfiction is assembling an online anthology called The 50 States Project
. The anthology is a companion to their biannual print publication, and aims to collect one story or essay with each of the states as the subject or the setting. Ballyhoostories.com
currently features stories from the states of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, New York, Connecticut, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana and Texas. Ballyhoostories invites writers from other states to help fill in the remaining states.
From now until December 31, unpublished stories of 5,000 words or less are being accepted for West Virginia, as well as California, Louisiana, Kentucky, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Washington, and Wisconsin. Manuscripts should be e-mailed to mailto:fiftystates@ballyhoostoriescom
as an attachment (.doc or .txt). Do not paste the story into the body of the e-mail, and please specify the state for which you are submitting in the subject line. Wait to hear from Ballyhoo Stories before sending additional submissions.
"At Ballyhoo Stories, we believe independent literary publications are an enduring record of cultural activity, providing an essential alternative to the voices heard through large-scale commercial publishing. In The 50 States Project
we seek to curate such living accounts in a format that is both publicly accessible, and one which allows the storytelling to illuminate the ever-shifting undertones of circumstance and landscape, the obvious and the subtle which bond, disconnect, and ultimately compose our nation."
If you have any questions, contact Kate Axelrod, Editorial Intern at www.ballyhoostories.com