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ZIP-Code Stories Looks For Your Writing

Author Daphne Kalotay has lived in Brookline since the early 1990s, so it’s natural that the town seeped into her work. Her story “Sunshine Cleaners” isn’t about Brookline per se, she said, it’s about her community.

“Sunshine Cleaners” and 02446 (one of Brookline’s ZIP codes) kick off a new literary series, appropriately named ZIP-Code Stories. It’s a collaboration between WBUR’s Radio Boston and The Drum, Boston’s audio literary magazine. It’s our effort to gather your stories about your neighborhoods.

Read Daphne Kalotay’s “Sunshine Cleaners” (PDF)

Listen to Daphne Kalotay read “Sunshine Cleaners” at The Drum

Each month, we’ll pick four ZIP codes and ask you to write a short story (500 words) that takes place in one of them. Together, WBUR and The Drum will pick the best story from each ZIP code.

Learn more about how to submit your stories at our Zip-Code Stories FAQ page.

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