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Share your true-life tale with readers

Looking forward to new stories in the new year.

By , Columbian staff writer

Happy New Year! Got any new (or old) stories?

The Columbian’s “Everybody Has a Story” column, our forum for DIY, true-life tales, is hungry for contributions. Let’s start the New Year off right, with a slew of new reader stories.

What sorts of stories? Whether it’s serious or silly, whether it happened years ago or just this morning, we like it all. In recent months we’ve revisited kindergarten misunderstandings, gotten serious about an unexpected new pet, survived a Columbia River windstorm and even visited the horrors of a postwar refugee camp.

Just remember the following guidelines:

  • Your story must be true.
  • No longer than 1,000 words. Shorter is better in this tight space.
  • Is it one solid story, with a plot that moves from beginning to ending? (“Once upon a time, this happened, 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.