Principal Foundation harnesses the power of storytelling

Principal® Foundation, a global nonprofit committed to helping people and communities build financially secure futures, is launching Money Chronicles: A Story Initiative, using the power of storytelling to help destigmatize and encourage conversations about money and personal finances. The initiative is kicking off with a national short story writing contest that invites people to share imaginative and meaningful short stories that reflect lived experiences with money.

They have also placed a Short Story Dispenser in the Library’s South County Regional branch:

Our Short Story Dispensers are stand alone kiosks delivering fiction to the public, while breathing new life into the art of storytelling. They are a creative & innovative way to boost reading for fun, encourage creative idleness and improve waiting experience.

The Dispensers are connecting readers across countries and cultures by publishing contemporary short stories, free of charge, at the push of a button (1min, 3min, 5min reading times, by audience or language)

The guidelines for submitting a story are below. For more details, visit their website here.

  • Stories can be submitted online until August 31, 11:59pm at
  • Entering the contest is free, and 30 finalists will be selected by an esteemed panel of literary authors.
  • Finalists will receive $250 and have their stories distributed through Principal Foundation’s network of story dispensers including the one at South County Regional Library.
  • Stories from the finalists will also be considered for publication in Short Edition’s global network of more than 300 story dispensers located around the world.
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