Monday, March 1, 2021
March 1, 2021

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The Columbian wants to read your story

By , Columbian Arts & Features Reporter

Happy New Year, everybody!

Got any new stories for our tell-it-yourself storytelling column?

“Everybody Has a Story” has come a long way since we began it in late 2007. We’ve rarely missed a week of printing Columbian readers’ real-life tales since then, and on holidays we’ve been known to print a bunch at once. The astonishing tally, as of now, appears to be nearly 700 true stories supplied by you, our readers.

And, as befits a new year, we’re just getting started. Let’s make the new year a great one with a great new batch of stories.

What kinds of stories? That’s mostly up to you. We’ve featured formative childhood events and late-life lessons; career and military adventures; solo and family trips; tragic losses; hilarious happenings. Serious or silly, big or small, way back when or just yesterday — we’ll consider it all. (And we’re looking forward to some sweet ‘will-you-marry-me?’ stories  for a special Valentine’s Day compilation about marriage proposals on Feb. 14.)

Just keep the usual guidelines in mind, please:

• Your story must be true.

• It must be no longer than 1,000 words. Shorter is better. No epics here.

• It must be a coherent tale — not an editorial, how-to manual, scientific explainer or declaration of personal faith. Is it one solid story, with a beginning, middle and ending? (“Once upon a time, this happened and then this happened and it all ended like this.”)

• Focus on your personal experience. What were you seeing, hearing, thinking, feeling?

• Expect a little kindly editing.

Send your stories to or P.O. Box 180, Vancouver WA, 98666. Call “Everybody Has an Editor” Scott Hewitt, 360-735-4525, with questions