The modern college campus is a much more complex place than what news reports and movie depictions might have us believe. Each year’s class of students brings a new element to the college experience and has new stories to share.

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A new Narratively series will feature untold stories from college campuses across the country: the true, little-known slice-of-life stories that reveal what the university experience is really like. Narratively’s “Campus Chronicles” series seeks editorial submissions from currently enrolled undergraduates. Stories can be in text, video, audio, photo essays, or any other medium. Narratively will publish the five best submissions in our digital publication in early 2014. The selected contributors will receive a byline and payment for their pieces.

Launched in September 2012, Narratively is a platform devoted to original, in-depth and untold stories. Recently listed at number six on TIME magazine’s “ 50 Best Websites of 2013 ,” Narratively explores one theme per week and publishes just one story a day—an approach we call “slow storytelling.” Narratively’s distinguished roster of editors, writers, filmmakers, photographers and illustrators have worked regularly for top publications like “The New York Times,” “The New Yorker,” “GQ,” “CNN,” “Washington Post,” “NPR” and “The Atlantic.”

Narratively’s commitment to sharing unique human interest stories have recently included pieces such as:

This Ain’t the Hamptons In a place known for celebrity soirees and sprawling estates, getting up close and personal with the year-rounders who have called East Hampton home for generations.
Righting the Campus A seventy-eight-year-old conservative thinker challenges the left wing’s dominant grip on American universities.
Just Like Clockwork Master horologist John Metcalfe takes us inside his “hospital for clocks,” a precisely-tuned world where time never stops.
Legends Never Die Two decades after a low-budget film turned Washington Square skaters into international celebrities, the kids from “Kids” struggle with lost lives, distant friendships, and the fine art of growing up.

“Campus Chronicles” submissions are due Monday, November 25 . Send completed works to info@narrative.ly with the subject line “Campus Chronicles Submission.” Please send text submissions (1,000 to 5,000 words) as Word documents. Multimedia submissions may be sent as links to private pages on Vimeo, YouTube or SoundCloud. For photo essay submissions, include a summary of your project along with a few sample photos.

Submissions will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Selected contributors will be notified by early January 2014.


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