Sugar Mountain

Stacy Austin Egan

When we first moved to Bellaire, my mom thought that my soon-to-be stepsister Brooke and I were eating “healthy” to get “bridesmaid ready.” Brooke crossed off the days until our parents’ wedding on a kitten calendar that hung in the kitchen. She did this because it endeared her to my mother.


Lauren Green

Michael leans over to flick off the heat, catching a whiff of Rick’s half-eaten apple in the cup holder. He had thought the fling with Rick would maybe last a night or two. Fifteen months later, they are driving home to see Michael’s ex-wife, Leslie, who is throwing herself an end-of-life party.

Interview: Steve Almond

Julia MacDonnell

Steve Almond, the author of nine books of fiction and nonfiction, and a slew of DIY books with varied subjects, served as the final judge of Philadelphia Stories’ 2011 Marguerite McGlinn national fiction contest and was keynote speaker for that year’s Push to Publish conference.

Book Review: Steve Almond, “Bad Stories”

Julia MacDonnell

My urgent advice to anyone who, like me, was stunned, outraged and disoriented by the 2016 election of Donald Trump as president: Read Steve Almond’s “Bad Stories: What the Hell Just Happened to our Country.”

Philadelphia Stories Selects 2018 Winner of Annual Short Fiction Contest


September 2018, Philadelphia, PA: Philadelphia Stories, a non-profit literary magazine serving the Delaware Valley and beyond, named Austin-based Lauren Green as this year’s winner of the Marguerite McGlinn Prize for Fiction for her story, Leslie. Board members poured over hundreds of submissions before narrowing the list to ten finalists, which were then reviewed by the […]

Philadelphia Stories 2018 – 2021 Strategic Plan


Introduction In the fall of 2013, a committee comprised of members of the Philadelphia Stories community, board, and volunteers came together with a vision to create a short- and long-term plan for the growth and sustainability of Philadelphia Stories. After completing our first 3-year strategic plan, the committee revisited the goals and updated plan for […]

Book Review–Scranton Lace: Poems

Emma Murray

“In Vulgar Latin, Lace means entice, / ensnare.” Poet Margot Douaihy and scratchboard illustrator Bri Hermanson do just that with Scranton Lace: Poems.

The Writing Prompt

Aimee LaBrie

A little known fact, Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina was inspired by a writing prompt suggested during his Thursday evening writing group at the Moscow library. The prompt: “write a story that ends with a suicide via railway. Make vocab twelfth grade reading level and use numerous flashbacks, a minimum of one blizzard, and two characters with names ending in ‘nina.'”

After A Phillies Game

Matthew Banash

Sitting in the backseat heading
north on 95 after the
game eating cold pretzels straight out

To Start A School

Joyce H. Munro

When John Thompson Morris of Philadelphia turned forty-four, he took early retirement from the presidency of his father’s Iron Works to pursue other interests. Morris, unlike his father and uncles, preferred the role of benefactor, one who reaches into the past and buys up rare objects, then donates them for public edification.