We live in some pretty interesting cities town here in Massachusetts. Kind of hard not to walk five feet and stumble into an interesting story, experience or history. With all this potential inspiration simmering around us, WBUR’s Radio Boston and The Drum Literary Magazine have undertaken an interesting effort: Zip Code Stories.
Check out the WBUR press release for the details and how to submit your own Zip Code Stories!
WBUR’s Radio Boston and The Drum Literary Magazine are joining forces to create “Zip Code Stories,” a special literary series and writing competition that showcases local neighborhoods, cities and towns.
Aspiring writers are invited to submit original short stories and essays that take place in one of four designated zip codes selected each month for a chance to have their piece featured on WBUR’s award-winning website, wbur.org, and on The Drum’s website, drumlitmag.com. One of the four winning pieces will also be featured on the air during Radio Boston, heard weekdays from 3 p.m. – 4 p.m. on 90.9 FM, WBUR, Boston’s NPR News Station.
“We hope that breaking down the region by zip code will give people a chance to experience a unique perspective and deeper look into various towns, neighborhoods and villages that make up Greater Boston,” said Mark Navin, executive producer, Radio Boston. “As part of this new literary series, we’ll also feature interviews with accomplished local authors whose published works were inspired by one of the selected zip codes. For example, this week we interviewed Daphne Kalotay about ‘Sunshine Cleaners,’ her short story set in zip code 02446 – Brookline, Mass.”
Entries are now being sought for short stories and essays that take place in the following zip codes: 02139 (Cambridge), 02151 (Revere), 02446 (Brookline) and 02657 (Provincetown). Stories may be fiction or non-fiction and must take place in one of the four featured zip codes (note: entrants do not need to live in any of the specific areas to be eligible). A panel from WBUR and The Drum will review each submission and select one winning entry. The deadline for submissions is 5 p.m. EST on Friday, September 9, 2011.
To learn more about “Zip Code Stories” and for details on how to submit your original piece, visit wbur.org/zipcode.