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  • NYS Writers Institute

Call for submissions: "Summer camp" stories

NOTE: The deadline for submissions has passed.

We’re excited to announce a new collaboration with the NYC-based Writers Read™ not-for-profit literary forum to co-host an event for writers at WAMC's The Linda in June. 


We invite you to submit your summer camp stories. 650-word personal, true summer camp stories from talented writers in the Capital Region.

Selected writers will read their stories for a live audience at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 30, at The Linda, WAMC’s performing arts studio in Albany, and be published in our NYS Writers Institute's Trolley literary journal.



Save the date!

Writers Read "Summer Camp" event

The Linda - WAMC’s Performing Arts Studio 

2 p.m. Sunday, June 30

339 Central Avenue, Albany NY 12203

Ticket sale information to come



  • There is a $5 submission fee.

  • Contest is open to writers residing in Albany, Columbia, Fulton, Greene, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Warren, and Washington counties.

  • The maximum length of 650 words translates to a five-minute spoken word piece. 

  • In 650 or fewer words, these narratives are powerful stories about meaningful life experiences, big or small. They can express our fears, hopes, and joys and can help us make sense of the world and our place in it.

  • The pieces can be original, or can be excerpted or adapted from your own earlier work.

  • Submissions are evaluated by an editorial committee of professional writers/editors for presentation on stage, in podcasts, broadcasts, YouTube, and in printed anthologies.

  • The work remains yours to publish again elsewhere if you choose.


The Trolley literary journal began with an idea from our founder, Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist William Kennedy, who envisioned an online literary journal published free of charge in which each issue's words and images related to a single theme.

Selected submissions from our Writers Read “Summer Camp” collaboration will be published in the seventh issue of Trolley in July.


Writers Read is a 501(c)3 organization, a non-profit literary forum that creates performance opportunities for writers through curated events and podcasts celebrating the spoken word.

It is a 100% volunteer organization.


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