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).
* International Writers button – stories are in Spanish 

Submissions are closed.

Congratulations to the finalists who are now published authors!

Susannah Nokovic Winters Simpson

Carmen Frech Oliveri

Rita Vetterlein

Monica Griffith

Andrea Martin

Lenny DellaRocca

Stacie M. Kiner

Dr. Marlene MD

Isabella Rowan

Gillian Cieri

Sherry Berlin

Sharon Citrin Goldstein

Elena Zabala

Sergio Santa Cruz

Richard The Lonelyhearted

Susan M. Klarich, PhD

Lori Danuff McKean

David Spielberg

Delta Nagele

Carol White

Joseph Russo

Anne Ramsey


Every family and community have 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 and the Dreyfoos School of the Arts Creative Writing Program, want to honor those traditions by inviting local writers living in Palm Beach County 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 
  • Only ONE work may be submitted per author
  • 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 Palm Beach County
  • One submission per person

All works need to be new, original, unpublished works.  

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. 

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