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What Will You Be Writing This Summer?

Summer is just around the corner. What will you be writing? If you need a place to nurture your writing muse, here are a few ideas:

June 3, 7pm: PS Books Authors: Reading & Conversation at Inkwood Books. Join select authors of three new titles from PS Books for a reading, conversation, and refreshments. Authors include: Christine Weiser, Gail Priest, Shaun Haurin, Carla Spataro, and Anne Kaeir.

June 10-12: Philadelphia Writer’s Conference at the Wyndham Philadelphia Historic District, 400 Arch Street, Philadelphia. The Philadelphia Writers’ Conference--the oldest writing conference with open registration in the country--offers three-day writing tracks led by some of the best writing teachers and published authors in the area. Keynote speaker, Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz and opening speaker, Kelly Simmons. Click here for details and registration.

June 15: Deadline for the Marguerite McGlinn Prize for Fiction. This annual national short fiction contest features a first place $2,000 cash award and invitation to an awards dinner  on the campus of Rosemont College; a second place cash prize of $500; and third place cash prize of $250. Click here for details.

June 17-24: Rosemont Writer’s Retreat: Located on a 56-acre campus in an attractive, historic suburban community, Rosemont College is a peaceful sanctuary located just minutes by train from center city Philadelphia. This year the retreat offers students either a weekend (June 17-19), a weeklong (June 19-24), or combination session (June 17-24). The retreat is also available for graduate college credit. For more information please contact the program director, Carla Spataro ( Click here for details and registration. 

Sunday, June 26: Capturing the Muse: A One-Day Retreat for Writers at The Manor House at Whitpain Farm, Blue Bell, PA: Give yourself the gift of a day of work: a quiet day in a bucolic setting, surrounded by a small group of other writers. Join an Open Book one-day writing retreat and focus on your important creative work! Click here for details and registration. Email to ask about the Philadelphia Stories member discount.

August 18, 6:30pm: Launch Party and Reading, followed by an open mic for Kathryn Ionata’s debut poetry chapbook Yield Signs Don’t Exist (PS Books) at Doylestown Bookshop, 16 S Main St, Doylestown. Kathryn Ionata has been nominated for two Pushcart Prizes and was a finalist for the Sandy Crimmins National Poetry Prize, the Bucks County Poet Laureate Competition, and the Main Street Voices Prize. Free event.

Women Who Rock: Two New Titles from PS Books

50 Over 5050 Over 5050 Over 50 is a superb collection of poetry, essays, and fiction by women over age 50. This anthology features work by notable authors like Robin Black, Bonnie Jo Campbell, J.C. Todd, Vickie A. Carr, and Rachel Pastan. While many of the writers included are emerging authors, all of the work has something funny, thoughtful, and compelling to say about sex, family, loss, and love. The books will be on sale at PS Books and Philadelphia Stories events and online at Amazon and IndieBound. Click here for more details.


Come As You AreCome As You AreCome As You Are is the sequel to Christine Weiser's critically acclaimed debut novel Broad Street. Come As You Are is a novel about balancing work, family, and a chick rock trio. Ten years earlier, these thirty-something women were best friends who played in the late ‘90s Philadelphia girl group, Broad Street. Time and circumstances drove them apart, but when they get an invitation to play an esteemed national tour, they put aside their differences to reform their old band. Click here to order a copy.

Read PS Books' new serial mystery novel! PS Books' Naked Came the Cheesesteak is a 13-chapter serial novel written by Philadelphia area writers Diane Ayres, Randall Brown, Mary Anna Evans, Gregory Frost, Shaun Haurin, Victoria Janssen, Merry Jones, Tony Knighton, Don Lafferty, Warren Longmire, Kelly McQuain, Nathaniel Popkin and Kelly Simmons. Each chapter of this murder-mystery novel is written by a different author. Click here to read all 13 chapters of Naked Came the Cheesesteak.


This year, Philadelphia Stories celebrates its TENTH anniversary! We are thrilled to continue offering our free literary magazine to more than 200 locations every quarter, as well as adding programs for writers and readers of all ages, including Philadelphia Stories, Jr., PS Books, national contests, art exhibits, readings, and more. Our programs are made possible by our members, and it's easy to join this community--just click on the link above to become a member today! Or - consider a gift membership for that special someone.

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The Sandy Crimmins National Prize Award Ceremony 2016

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Philadelphia Stories hosts the annual “Sandy Crimmins National Poetry Prize” to celebrate poets of all backgrounds, experience, and styles.

Marguerite McGlinn National Prize for Fiction 20156 Winner Robert Johnson

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Marguerite McGlinn National Prize for Fiction 20156 Winner Robert Johnson reads at the award ceremony at Rosemont College.

Philadelphia Stories' 2015 Push to Publish at Rosemont College

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Bonnie Jo Campbell, author of the novels Once Upon a River and Mothers, Tell Your Daughters delivers the keynote address at the 2015 Push to Publish conference.

FRIDAY ARTS Philadelphia Stories

Not yet a member of Philadelphia Stories? Watch this WHYY-TV Friday Arts program about our Extraordinary Gifts project to see just a sample of programs made possible by member support!

Sandy Crimmins and Philadelphia Stories Poetry Prize Ceremony

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Philadelphia Stories celebrated the winners of the Sandy Crimmins Prize for Poetry at Rosemont College on April 25, 2015.

Women Who Rock: Two Free Events

Two free events celebrate women writers and musicians.

2016 Pushcart Nominations

Philadelphia Stories, a free quarterly literary magazine, is pleased to announce its nominees for the Pushcart Prize.

Philadelphia Stories Selects 2015 Winner of National Short Story Contest

Philadelphia Stories has chosen Robert Johnson of South Bend, Indiana as the winner for its seventh annual Marguerite McGlinn National Prize for Fiction.

Philadelphia Stories Junior launches PS Teen for writers 13 and up

Philadelphia Stories Junior, the youth division of Philadelphia Stories, has divided into two separate publications

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