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“Exactly!” They Said…

A Festival of Short Stories by California Writers Brought Straight to the Stage


Festival Dates: November 1-7

Location: Z Below, 470 Florida St., San Francisco and other locations to be announced.

Tickets on sale soon!

Word for Word’s First-Ever Short Story Contest

Having transformed short stories verbatim to the stage for the past 25 years, Word for Word now wants to extend this singular experience to writers throughout California. The selected short stories reflect many points of view, from a rich diversity of California’s writers. Festival activities will include a writers salon featuring Greg Sarris (Grand Avenue, Watermelon Nights, How A Mountain was Made) and Amy Tan ("The Bonesetter's Daughter", "The Joy Luck Club") and other activities. The festival will culminate in staged readings of five jury selected short stories by adults and six jury selected stories by teens, performed in Word for Word’s signature Off the Page style.

Stand with the bear! Be a literary champion and support California writers by sponsoring or partnering with “Exactly!” They Said…

Sponsorship / Partner benefits available.
Contact Vanessa Flores at vflores@zspace.org or at 415. 659.8134 to learn more.

Winners, Adult Section:

Michael Alenyikov, "Arithmetic"
Kim Addonizio, "Cancer Poems"
Anita Cabrera, "The 14 Mission"
Lindsey Crittenden "The Ruins"
Katherine Lieban, "Blue Ruin"

Winners, Teen Section:

Kenzo Fukuda, "Middle School Advice"
Tess Horton, "Atop the SaltbackMountain"
Sofi Orkin, "Here's a Theory Darling"
Stella Pfahler, "The Magnolia Man"
Charlotte Pocock, "Matter of the Heart and Mind"
Maya Reihanian, "Cancer"