A novel is achieved with hard work, the short story with inspiration.

Isabel Allende   

San Diego Decameron Project

The San Diego Public Library, San Diego Writers Ink, Write Out Loud, and the La Jolla Historical Society invite San Diego County authors to submit stories for the San Diego Decameron Project. This project is inspired by a book written shortly after the Black Death overtook Florence in 1348, and is a collection of novellas structured as a frame story by Italian author Giovanni Boccaccio (1313-1375).  The book contains 100 stories told by a group of seven young women and three young men sheltering in a secluded villa. They fled Florence to quarantine themselves for two weeks from the pandemic that ravaged Europe between 1347-1351. To pass the evenings each member of the party tells a story each night, except for one day a week for chores and one for religious observance, resulting in ten nights of stories over the course of two weeks. 

During the COVID Pandemic of 2020, new Decameron projects have emerged all over the country. Most notably, the New York Times Magazine tapped 29 authors to write works of new fiction to "help us unpack and understand this moment".

The San Diego Decameron Project seeks 100 stories from within our local community, based loosely around the theme of the current pandemic. In 2021, selected authors will have their stories posted on one of the collaborating organizations websites. The 10 most compelling stories will be read by Write Out Loud actors and presented virtually and/or in person.

Eligible story submissions complied with these guidelines:

  • Eligibility limited to authors that reside in San Diego County only
  • No previously published work
  • One fiction or non-fiction work per author.
  • Manuscript not to exceed 1000 words 
  • All submissions were due by November 1, 2020 at 11:59 pm.

The San Diego Decameron Project uses a blind submission process and will be judged by representatives from each of the sponsoring organizations. Judges and organizations will only be notified of the author's name after their submission is chosen. Please email Rachael@WriteOutLoudsd.com with any questions.

Thanks to all authors who submitted!
The assessment period will last through January 2021.  
ALL authors who submitted will receive an email with the results.