Saturday, September 3, 2011

Press Release - A Boston-Area Writing Competition from WBUR and The Drum Literary Magazine


Call for Entries to “Zip-Code Stories”
On-Air and Online Series Celebrating Local Writers and Locales

BOSTON, August 17, 2011 – WBUR’s Radio Boston and The Drum Literary Magazine are joining forces to create “Zip Code Stories,” a special literary series and writing competition that showcases local neighborhoods, cities and towns.

Aspiring writers are invited to submit original short stories and essays that take place in one of four designated zip codes selected each month for a chance to have their piece featured on WBUR’s award-winning website,, and on The Drum’s website, One of the four winning pieces will also be featured on the air during Radio Boston, heard weekdays from 3 p.m. – 4 p.m. on 90.9 FM, WBUR, Boston’s NPR News Station.

We hope that breaking down the region by zip code will give people a chance to experience a unique perspective and deeper look into various towns, neighborhoods and villages that make up Greater Boston,” said Mark Navin, executive producer, Radio Boston. “As part of this new literary series, we’ll also feature interviews with accomplished local authors whose published works were inspired by one of the selected zip codes. For example, this week we interviewed Daphne Kalotay about ‘Sunshine Cleaners,’ her short story set in zip code 02446 – Brookline, Mass.”

Entries are now being sought for short stories and essays that take place in the following zip codes: 02139 (Cambridge), 02151 (Revere), 02446 (Brookline) and 02657 (Provincetown). Stories may be fiction or non-fiction and must take place in one of the four featured zip codes (note: entrants do not need to live in any of the specific areas to be eligible). A panel from WBUR and The Drum will review each submission and select one winning entry. The deadline for submissions is 5 p.m. EST on Friday, September 9, 2011.

To learn more about “Zip Code Stories” and for details on how to submit your original piece, visit

About WBUR, 90.9 FM
WBUR, 90.9 FM and, is one of the largest and most prolific public radio stations in the country. A National Public Radio affiliate, WBUR broadcasts a selection of NPR, BBC and locally produced programs such as “Here & Now,” “Only a Game,” “On Point,” “Radio Boston,” and “Car Talk.” WBUR is located on the campus of Boston University, which holds the license for the public radio station.

About The Drum
The Drum Literary Magazine publishes short fiction, essays, novel excerpts, and interviews exclusively in audio form. Since launching in May 2010, The Drum has published a number of established authors including Susan Orlean, Paul Harding, Jenna Blum, and Jennifer Haigh. Partnering with organizations like the Boston Book Festival, Grub Street, Broadcastr, and Four Stories, The Drum brings Literature Out Loud to new audiences. Details at

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Zibilee said...

This is so very cool! Thanks for sharing the information. Are you thinking of entering any writing for yourself?

Kathleen said...

Sounds like a great competition. I like that it is geared for regional authors.