stories about true things

Tell Us A Story is proud to announce the publication of our first ever quarterly edition of Tell Us A Story, featuring the best work submitted to us over the last few months. Look for our next issue in Fall 2016!

 

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Volume 4, Issue 1 (Summer 2016)

 

Binky Atop the Ideal Diner by Thadra Sheridan

The Way We Move by Kathleen Harris

Clearing Out Daddy’s Basement by Anne Anthony

Read My Shoe by Pete Peterson

Pilgrim Through Space and Time by Marleen S. Barr

[number one] by Catherine Orlando

 

Submit

Want to tell us a story? Great!

All submissions must be less than 2000 words and must be based on something that actually happened to you (not to your friend or your cousin or your high school math teacher). We are also interested in very short stories (flash [non]fiction), experimental stories, poems, or plays as long as they are true. When possible, we’d like you to send us a scanned photograph or document that correlates with your story, because those kinds of details are nice.

All authors who publish with Tell Us A Story retain the rights to their work and may publish it elsewhere — we just ask that you credit our site if and when you republish. We also accept reprints, if the piece first appeared in print (we do not accept reprints from other online sites). If your piece is a reprint, please acknowledge this when you submit. We also accept simultaneous submissions.

All stories are read by both Amanda and Allyson. We generally do not offer feedback on submissions but we will occasionally request revisions from authors on pieces that show promise but need work. Those authors will work with Coral, our revisions editor. If  we do not respond to your submission in 6 weeks, please do not hesitate to check in on the status of your submission.

Tell Us A Story reserves the right to edit manuscripts for grammar or clarity. If a manuscript requires substantial changes, we will notify the author of such changes for review before publication.

All published stories will remain archived on this site in perpetuity or until the Earth collapses in on itself. Submission to Tell Us A Story constitutes acceptance of these conditions.

Please send submissions as an editable attachment (no PDFs please!!!), along with images, and a 100 word (or less) biographical statement to tellusastoryblog@gmail.com.  Put “TUAS Submission” in the subject line. Please submit only one submission at a time (unless you are sending poetry).

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  11. Amanda, why did you change the Scottish fast food joint to MacDonald’s? Din’t you trist your readership to make the connection? Please change it back. You said you would let me know of any changes prior to publication.

    • Hullo again, William. I changed “the Scottish fast food joint” to “MacDonald’s” not because I didn’t think readers would make the connection but because it didn’t work very well with the overall serious tone of the opening. It distracted from that paragraph. As it was a minor change (and the only edit we made) I didn’t think it would be an issue. But of course I’ll change it back if that is what you prefer.

  12. “Literary Allusions”
    Literary allusions: the curse of
    Those who overdo—or, as some say–
    Overdid the Reading thing.
    I speak of close associates,
    Imaginary friends you’ve not met,
    Let alone read (pronounced “RED”) about.
    Like this guy down at Moe’s Tavern,
    An 8th Avenue writer’s bar I frequent.
    Let’s call him “Paulie Muldoon,”
    A fat Irish slob who claims to be
    Poetry Editor, “The New Yorker.”
    Paulie likes to give me tips on
    HOW TO GET PUBLISHED!
    Like me, he’s never
    Been in print anywhere,
    Other than his cum-encrusted laptop, &
    A letter he once wrote to the editors of
    “The National Jew Review,”
    A radical Zionist quarterly
    Funded by The Mel Brooks Foundation,
    Harvey Weinstein & Condé Nast.
    Nevertheless, Paulie seems to know
    A lot about the publishing business,
    Particularly after six stiff Jack & Cokes.
    He says the thing is this:
    The best of the Ivy-League’s
    English majors wind up in Manhattan,
    Slaving away in cubicles,
    Working for peanuts—literally,
    The publishing industry has some sort of
    Barter agreement with Planters.
    (www.planterspeanuts.com) ¬
    They sit around on their asses all day,
    Getting their kishkes in a twist,
    Eating peanuts, perusing manuscripts,
    Like chimp Zoo valedictorians.
    The manuscripts submitted by the hopeful
    And–for the most part–delusional.
    According to Paulie, these Yalie Princeton,
    Harvard Columbiana WORDMEISTERS
    Are more likely. . .
    (Urban Dictionary: word-meister (www.urbandictionary.com/define.php? 1. Something yelled in place of a cuss word. 2. a rare species of humpback whales. 3. small children whose mother’s name is Debbie.)
    . . . More apt to be impressed with your crap,
    If you lay siege their psychic CPUs,
    Pushing a few obscure,
    Mnemonic function keys, remembrances
    Of past Proustian peregrinations.
    That’s right, you get a much
    Better shot at sidestepping that
    First smug obstacle of arrogance.
    Slather them. Go right
    Ahead & flatter them with
    Lotions, potions & emoluments,
    Arcane passwords,
    Vain secret satisfactions,
    Tidbits of titillation,
    Things that only some poof
    That actGiuseppi Martino Buonaiutoually had read “The Crucible.”
    Or “The Scarlet Letter,”
    Could possibly know,
    Let alone, remember.
    For a publisher’s bitch-boy,
    A synaptic switch is keyed,
    Tripping off an avalanche of
    Marginally relevant,
    Yet ultra-literate,
    Cognitive highlights.
    And, while we’re on the subject, has
    Anyone actually read Melville’s “OMOO?”

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About the Editors

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Allyson Wuerth received her MFA from the University of Pittsburgh and teaches literature at a high school in Connecticut. When she’s not teaching or spending time with her own children, she’s purchasing stickers from the 1980s on Ebay.  And Etsy.

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Amanda Ann Klein is Associate Professor of Film Studies at East Carolina University. Her flash fiction has appeared in Word Riot, Fat City Review, Rumpus, and Geeked Magazine. She blogs to support her writing habit. You can read her other blog here: Judgmental Observer.

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Coral Staley has an MFA in Creative Nonfiction but is too busy with her three boys to give writing much thought these days. She does, however, find time to paint and considers it another form of creative nonfiction.

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About TUAS

Tell Us a Story publishes stories that are true and happened to the author. We publish new writers and seasoned writers, amateurs and professionals, sad stories and happy stories, dead cat stories and best friend stories.

Everyone has a good story: it’s the story you tell when you first meet people or maybe only after you’ve known them a long time. It’s the story you tell when the evening gets quiet, or when everyone’s been drinking, or when there’s a fire and comfortable chairs around. It’s the kind of story that passes the time. Your close friends probably know this story by heart. But that’s because it’s a good story.

We publish a new issue quarterly.

Tell us a story.

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  2. Hi Donna
    Alas, we do not.

    As outlined on our Submit page, we are not currently able to pay for work. This blog is a labor of love (Allyson and I both work full time and have kids) and any costs required by the blog are currently paid by us out of pocket. We actually plan to raise money in the coming months to get a Submittable account. So no, no payment for author work yet.

    In the meantime though, anyone published here may reprint their work elsewhere. We just ask to get a citation when that happens.

    Thanks for inquiring!
    Amanda

  3. Hi Amanda!
    I just submitted a story with a simultaneous submission to a contest as well. I won’t receive the results of that contest until April of next year. Will I be ably to hold off publication of the story until then?

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