The spring weather has arrived and is here to stay, which usually means that it is well past the time when U.S. 1 issues the call for regional writers and poets to submit their previously unpublished work for the annual Summer Fiction issue in July.

But this year has been like none we have seen before, so we are doing things differently: we hope to continue publishing a small selection of short stories or poems on a weekly basis. The first entry is a poetic reflection on the contrast between the desperate scenes COVID-19 has brought and the ever-hopeful symbols of spring.

The Summer Fiction issue has traditionally been a break from U.S. 1’s standard fare of events coverage and discussion of cultural happenings. While the events that dot the summer calendar have been canceled, postponed, or are waiting in limbo, fiction carries on and offers a sure creative outlet in a time when much else is uncertain.

To participate, submit your previously unpublished short story, play, or poem as soon as possible. Each writer is limited to two stories and five poems. Work will be considered for publication on a rolling basis. Please submit work by e-mail to Authors retain all rights.

Preference will be given to central New Jersey writers whose work addresses a theme or place relevant to the greater Princeton business community. Submissions from children are not encouraged.

Please be sure to include a brief biographical summary with your submission, along with your name, address, and daytime phone number.

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