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ONE WEEK's STORY


FORTHCOMING STORY

READ A RHODE ISLAND
SHORT-SHORT STORY
TODAY 99¢
We publish
fiction and non-fiction
short-short stories
set in Rhode Island.
OUR GOALS:
We publish a new story
every week.
We pay writers $100 for
their first story with us.
We retail our stories at
check-out counters
all across Rhode Island.
ANOTHER WEEK's STORY


FORTHCOMING STORY

ABOUT US

We are Rhode Island's short-short story publishing house.
We publish stories set in Rhode Island. They're all 1,000 words in length, give or take a few. And, they're all written in the first person.

We began printing short-short stories in 2010. Over the years, we learned to sell those stories at checkout counters well beyond traditional bookstores. We love bookstores, of course; but we want ENVELOPE STORIES to be available to all Rhode Islanders, even those who can't frequent bookstores.

Our package designs, our mass-market weekly distributions, our low retail price all help keep our short-short stories – both fiction and non-fiction – on display at check-out counters across the Ocean State. At Envelope Stories, we encourage everyone we meet to write a story. Here is our SUBMISSION information. Hope to hear from you soon.

Thank you,
Andrew Rock, Editor

ENVELOPE STORIES, INC
89 Irving Avenue
Providence, Rhode Island 02906 USA
editors at envelopestories.com
401-751-6700

DONATIONS

Envelope Stories, Inc. is a Rhode Island corporation.
Donations to our publishing program are much appreciated.

YOU CAN MAKE A DONATION HERE
The transaction process is quick and familiar.
Your donations are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.
Credit-card donations help us pay for author royalties.

OUR FISCAL SPONSOR IS FRACTURED ATLAS (see below)

ENVELOPE STORIES, INC is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions for the charitable purposes of ENVELOPE STORIES must be made payable to Fractured Atlas only and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

Thank you

ENVELOPE STORIES, INC
89 Irving Avenue
Providence, Rhode Island 02906 USA
editors at envelopestories.com
401-751-6700

SUBMISSIONS

Thank you for your interest in Envelope Stories. We publish fiction and non-fiction stories. If you write stories set in Rhode Island, send us a few. We'd love to know your work.

Before submitting a specific manuscript to us for publication, however;
here's some info about what we are currently acquiring, and why.

Envelope Stories are sold at check-out counters.
Retailers across Rhode Island expect we won't publish rank pornography. Or, stories with gratuitous vulgarities; or, blistering sexism or racism. Our editors won't acquire such stories. We are a public medium. We acquire works for “a general reading audience” of teens to seniors.

Our editors are actively seeking the following:
Both fiction and non-fiction stories, in which incidents come up in a Rhode Island household, neighborhood, or workplace and somehow get resolved. We don't care what the incident is, or how it gets resolved. It's the art of sharing the familiar that connects with us and to our readers. It's the objectivity of a non-fiction narrator and the subjectivity of a fiction narrator that awaken our empathies.

What does "written in first-person" mean?
When a story is narrated from the point-of-view of a character within the story, it's a “first-person” story. That's what we publish. Our favorite maxim explains: When Peter talks about Paul, you learn more about Peter than Paul. Learning about a narrator makes the difference between an article and a story.

Why do we only publish stories limited to 1,000 words?
- most people are happy to read a 1,000-word story
- many people would like to write a 1,000-word story
- a 1,000-word story typically takes only four minutes to read
- a 1,000-word story fits on our two-sided standard-length galley
- a 1,000-word short-short story is cheaper to print than a longer story

How to submit your work to Envelope Stories.
If you write a 1000-word short-short story, in the first person, set in Rhode Island, and would like to submit it for possible Envelope Stories publication, please send us an email with your name, telephone number, and zip code, together with a typed PDF attachment of your story to: editors@envelopestories.com. We'll get back to you if your story conforms to our editorial guidelines.

If we hope to publish your story, we'll offer you a written agreement and payment of $100 upon publication.

Thank you.

Editors, Envelope Stories

ENVELOPE STORIES, INC
89 Irving Avenue
Providence, Rhode Island 02906 USA
editors at envelopestories.com
401-751-6700