We at U.S. 1 continue to solicit short stories and poems from our readers for our July 27 Summer Fiction issue. Several dozen have already submitted work — well in advance of our June 17 deadline.

Along with the submissions have come some questions, which we will repeat here in case they are shared by others. Do you accept plays? Yes, but they better be short. What’s the word limit for a “short” story? We discourage submissions much longer than 2,000 words but we have been know to make some exceptions (and also to suggest some cuts to bring the piece into a length that will fit our available space).

Do you accept non-fiction? Usually not, but sometimes we have printed non-fiction essays in our Op Ed section.

Can a school kid submit work? Sure, but we are unlikely to publish it. We are trying to make this issue a showcase for readers in the central New Jersey business community. To that end, when you submit your biography along with your literary work, please tell us what, if any, connection you have to that community. As always, we look forward to our summer reading.

#b#To the Editor: Womanspace’s Role#/b#

Womanspace is extremely grateful to the sponsors and guests who attended the 17th annual award dinner on May 12 to support the work of Womanspace, serving survivors of domestic and sexual violence in Mercer County. The award is named in honor of Princeton Borough’s mayor, Barbara Boggs Sigmund, who served the community two decades ago and who counted among her achievements founding Womanspace with the mission to assure the right of every family in our area to live in a safe and peaceful home.

The Barbara Boggs Sigmund award this year recognized an acclaimed artist and writer, Faith Ringgold, who fulfills Womanspace’s goal to honor women who inspire us to greatness. Princeton residents and nationally recognized leaders in Rutgers University’s arts programs, Judith Brodsky and Ferris Olin, recounted Ms. Ringgold’s 50-year record of achievements in the arts and her life-long commitment to women through art, teaching, and service.

Nationally and internationally known as a painter, writer of children’s books and especially as a creator of story quilts, Ms. Ringgold has a long record of commitment to seeking recognition for women’s contributions to the arts and more broadly for social justice in our society. Ms. Ringgold’s renowned work can be seen on the third floor children’s section of the Princeton Public Library, where the mosaic mural from her Caldecott Award book, “Tar Beach,” has brought joy to both children and adults.

The attendance at the dinner and the many ways that individuals, volunteers, organizations, and businesses contribute allow the agency to grow to meet the needs of individuals struggling with domestic and/or sexual violence in our area — individuals who are found in all walks-of-life and parts of our communities. Please visit www.womanspace.org to learn more.

Jigna Rao and Ingrid Reed

Co-chairs, Womanspace Barbara Boggs Sigmund Award Event Committee

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