Harvard Book Store Is Making Another Short Story Collection

Writers and artists are invited to submit their work for Microchondria II: 42 More Short Short Stories.

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The first Microchondria was printed in-store in 2010. / Harvard Book Store

Calling all writers and artists: Harvard Book Store is taking submissions for a publication that will be printed right in their store.

Five years ago, HBS collected short stories from authors around the country to be featured in Microchondria: 42 Short Short Stories Collected by Harvard Book Store. The anthology was printed on the bookstore’s state-of-the-art print-on-demand machine named “Paige M. Gutenberg.”

Now the bookstore is doing it again. Writers who would like their micro-fiction featured in Microchondria II: 42 More Short Short Stories Collected by Harvard Book Store—as well as artists who would like to create the cover—have until Friday, February 13, to submit their work. The stories should be less than 500 words and authors should include a brief bio (30 words or less). Cover designs should be 4.5 inches by 6.5 inches with a 0.25-inch bleed, submitted as a PDF (300 DPI).

Both writers and artists can send up to three submissions. The final product will be first printed on or before March 1 on Harvard Book Store’s revamped, updated Espresso Book Machine. An in-store launch party will take place March 7, when more copies will be printed live in front of visitors. Pretty cool.

Find out more at harvard.com, and also check out the 2010 book.