About Philadelphia Stories

The mission of Philadelphia Stories is to cultivate a community of writers, artists, and readers in the Greater Philadelphia Area through publications, professional development, and promotion of area writers.

Philadelphia Stories is a 501c3 that has been serving the writing, reading, and art community of the Greater Delaware Valley since 2004. Co-founders Carla Spataro and Christine Weiser began Philadelphia Stories to build a Philadelphia-based community of writers, artists, and readers through the free magazine and affordable educational programs and events. Program highlights include:

Philadelphia Stories Magazine: The primary vehicle for this mission is the free print magazine, which publishes work by local writers and artists. Five thousand copies of the free print magazine are distributed each quarter to more than 200 locations throughout the Delaware Valley, including all 54 branches of the Free Library of Philadelphia.

Philadelphia Stories Junior/Teen Magazine: PS Teen is an annual magazine published each Fall featuring local writers and artists aged 13-18. Philadelphia Stories also publishes the annual magazine, PS Junior, for local writers and artists aged 12 and younger, is published each Spring. Both magazines are free and submissions are open year-round. Click here to read more.

PS Books: The books division of Philadelphia Stories showcases local writers through book-length works.

Professional Development: Philadelphia Stories hosts affordable writing workshops and conferences like Push to Publish and LitLife Poetry Festival.

Promotion of Local Writers & Artists: Philadelphia Stories promotes writing and art from the Greater Delaware Valley through events like a national fiction contest, a national poetry contest, readings, and more.

Click here to read the Philadelphia Stories 2018 – 2021 Strategic Plan


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Publisher/Executive Director:
Christine Weiser

Carla Spataro Philadelphia StoriesPublisher/Editorial Director:
Carla Spataro 


Fiction Editor
Trish Rodriguez

Poetry Editor
Courtney Bambrick

Assistant Poetry Editor
Nicole Marie Pasquarello

Nonfiction Editor
Adriana Lecuona

Assistant Nonfiction Editor
Brittany Leonard

Art Editor
Pam McLean-Parker

Production Manager
Derek Carnegie

Web Design
Loic Duros

Contest Coordinator
Nicole Marie Pasquarello

Event Director
Lena Van

Editorial Assistant
Dom Saunders

Editorial Board


Addison Namnoum
Aimee LaBrie
Alex Brubaker
Ally Evans
Amanda Knight Surie
Andrew Linton
Brian Ellis
Brianna Garber
Brittany Korn
Carolina Ortiz
Cierra Miller
Clare Haggerty
Daniel Pontius
Darrah M. Hewlett
Elizabeth Green
Jenna Geisinger
Kate Blakinger
Kate Centofanti
Kathleen Furin
Keysha Whitaker
Kristin Moyer
Lena Van
Leslie McRobbie
Mary Jo Melone
Melissa Foster
Michele Lombardo
Nathan Long
Robert Kerbeck
Shannon Merceron
Sharon White
Tiara DeGuzman
Tracey M. Romero
Walt Maguire


Basia Wilson
Madeline Colker
Helen Walsh
Alley Franke
Peter Baroth
Kathryn Ionata
Vernita Hall
Liz Chang
Eli Tomaszewski
Blythe Davenport
Kara Cochran
Pat Green
Donna Keegan
Deb Burnham
Shira Moolten
Jennifer Rohrbach
Liz Dolan

Andrea Vinci
Brittany Leonard
Deborah Off
Elaine Paliatsas-Haughey
Jacqueline Massaro
Rachel Mamola
Sarah Wecht
Will Marschewski

Board of Directors
Concha Alborg
Jacqueline D. Hopkins
Alex Husted
Daniel Johns
Madeleine Keogh

PS Junior/Teen
Aileen Bachant, director
Kara Cochran, assistant director
Sharada Krishnamurthy, Lead Editor, PS Teen
Heather Kristian, Lead Editor, PS Junior

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