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Like pulling up a chair in a locals-only hotspot, we want to hear amazing stories of the Crescent City from the people who know it best – whatever is in the heart and deserves to be said. Our aim is to publish a fascinating and surprising collection that will satisfy and inform anyone who loves New Orleans.
  • We seek stories inspired by, set in, or about New Orleans.
  • All genres welcome: Fiction, non-fiction, essay, plays, monologues, poetry, song lyrics, tall tales, family histories, folklore, neighborhood legends, even recipes (and recipe backstories too!).
  • Each story must be 600 words or less. That's roughly equivalent to one full page of text, typed in 12 point font.
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  • All ages welcome. Anyone under 18 must have parent or guardian approval, and must provide parent/guardian name and phone number.
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  • Copyrighted works not approved for publication/reprint are not acceptable. Plagiarism is not acceptable. Any entrant found to plagiarize will be pulled from entry and his/her works will not be considered for publication.



War Stories

Growing up, I remember hearing Mother tell stories about an artillery shell exploding on Long Beach Boulevard as a result [...]



“There are vampires over in dat there house. I see ‘em every night, but never in the daytime,” the old [...]


The Matador

My maintenance man is having heart surgery tomorrow. He’s 81 years old and he told me this morning that if [...]

True North

True North

For a moment Ignacio forgets himself, forgets the wails of the baby next door that pierce the clapboard apartment walls, [...]

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