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The San Diego Public Library, Write Out Loud, the La Jolla Historical Society, and San Diego Writers, INK invite San Diego County authors to submit previously unpublished fiction or nonfiction narratives for the San Diego Decameron Project.
The San Diego Decameron Project is inspired by Giovanni Boccaccio's The Decameron, written shortly after the Black Death hit Florence, Italy in 1348, which takes place during that time of plague. In the story, 10 young Florentines, seven women and three men retreat into self-isolation for two weeks in a villa in the hills and pass the time by telling stories, one each per day except for one day a week for chores and one for religious observance resulting in 100 stories.
During the Covid-19 Pandemic of 2020, New Decameron projects have been popping up all over the country. Most notably, the New York Times Magazine tapped 29 authors to write works of new fiction to "help us unpack and understand this moment."
The San Diego Decameron Project attempts to find 100 stories from within our local community, based loosely around the theme of the current pandemic. Winners of the San Diego Decameron Project will have their stories posted on one of the above participant sites. The top most compelling stories will be read by Write Out Loud actors and presented virtually and/or in person in 2021.
Please read the rules and guidelines below for more details regarding the submissions process.
  • Eligibility is limited to authors that reside in San Diego County only
  • No previously published work may be submitted
  • We are accepting only (1) fiction or non-fiction work per author. No poetry submissions
  • Manuscript must be single spaced and not exceed 1000 words
  • Pages must be numbered, and the manuscript title must appear on every page Please use 12 pt. standard fonts (Arial, Calibri, Georgia, etc.). No PDFs, JPEGS or other file types
  • Please do not include your name anywhere in the text of your submission
  • All submissions are due by November 1, 2020 at 11:59 pm. The first 500 entries will be judged
  • Genre, tone, and subject are entirely up to you - the only content requirement is that your story be based loosely around the theme of the current pandemic
The San Diego Decameron Project uses a blind submission process and will be judged by representatives from each of the sponsoring organizations. Judges and organizations will only be notified of the author's name after their submission is chosen. Therefore, when the form asks you to submit your entry, please DO NOT include your name anywhere in the text. There is an additional area on the form for your name and bio. Please email Rachael@WriteOutLoudsd.com for any questions.
A list of related resources including books and web links is available.
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