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Share a true tale with readers

By , Columbian staff writer, and
The Columbian
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In recent months, we’ve gotten to know a diverse cast of characters in this Sunday space: Cold War messenger, self-sacrificing dog lover, hot-tubbing UFO watcher, grateful crash survivor. Even a paddle-less canoe paddler navigating an Alaskan river.

Each one taught us a little something about life. Maybe it was serious, even profound. Or maybe it was just a good chuckle.

Either way, we’re hungry for more of those life lessons and chuckles. “Everybody Has a Story,” the weekly Columbian feature that lets readers write their own true tales, is eager to consider your contribution. Just keep in mind the following guidelines as you write.

  • 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, declaration of faith or patchwork of anecdotes. Is it one solid story, with a beginning, middle and ending?
  • Focus on your personal experience. What were you seeing, hearing, thinking, feeling?
  • Expect a little kindly editing.

Send your stories to “Everybody Has an Editor” Scott Hewitt at neighbors@columbian.com, or at P.O. Box 180, Vancouver WA 98666, and you’ll be hearing from us.

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