Short Story

In 2017, Downtown West Palm Beach welcomed the first Short Story Dispenser© in the state of Florida, making West Palm Beach the second U.S. city to install a Short Story Dispenser.  

Short Story Dispensers are stand-alone kiosks delivering fiction to the public, while breathing new life into the art of storytelling. 

Stories are available in 1-minute, 3-minute and 5-minute lengths, and are a creative & innovative way to boost reading for fun while sipping your morning coffee or enjoying lunch. 

Visit at the following locations: *Salento Coffee Shop (407 Clematis Street), Johan’s Joe Swedish Restaurant (401 S. Dixie Highway, Suite 3) and the DDA office (300 Clematis Street, Suite 200).
* 3-minute button – stories are in Spanish 

January 23, 2023 – March 5, 2023 

Every family and community has their own unique story and traditions, and everyone should have the opportunity to tell those stories.  

The West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority and West Palm Beach Arts & Entertainment District, in partnership with The Cream Literary Alliance, want to honor those traditions by inviting local writers living in West Palm Beach to submit their family stories and traditions in our “Tell Your Story” Challenge for the opportunity to be published in our Short Story Dispensers! 


  • Submit short stories, creative nonfiction, and/or poems 
  • No longer than 8,000 characters, spacing included 
  • Length must be 1-, 3-, or 5-minutes (read aloud) 
  • Writers must be 18 or older to enter and live in West Palm Beach within the following zip codes: 33401, 33405, 33406, 33407, 33409, 33411, 33412, 33417.

All works need to be new, original, unpublished works.  

Submissions open Monday, January 23 at 8 a.m. and close on Sunday, March 5 at 11:59 p.m.

Click Here To Submit

A committee consisting of board members of The Cream Literary, students from the Dreyfoos School of the Arts Creative Writing Program, and professional writers will judge qualified submissions. Selected stories will be contacted by email and publicly announced on Friday, April 14. 

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