1888 publishes contemporary novellas through The Plaza Literary Prize, an annual anthology of international short stories titled The Cost of Paper, and community essays supporting our Why We Write project.


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Why We Write

When the task of writing grows inevitably arduous—and seemingly thankless—we must remember why we started. Inspired by George Orwell’s 1946 essay “Why I Write,” this introspective project highlights our motives for writing. Share your story and join the conversation. Live events are produced throughout the diverse cities of Orange County and feature author readings from curated essay submissions.

  • Why We Write: Roadshow – June

      We’re excited to announce our spotlight speakers for our final special Why We Write: Roadsho...

  • Heidi Turner

    Scene: doctor’s office. I am twelve, turning thirteen. The doctor is in her fifties. I put down the boo...

  • Ryan Gattis

    At the back of my student council class, at Coronado High School, in 1996, he tapped me on the shoulder. ...

The Cost of Paper

The Cost of Paper is an annual publication dedicated to short fiction. It is a unique anthology of international narrative prose sold only for the cost of paper in your hand—or, completely free at Featuring cover artwork by Konstantin Datz.

The Plaza Literary Prize

The Plaza Literary Prize is a national novella competition. We believe a great story is never defined by its length and welcome all genres and themes with compelling characters and evocative moments. We’re looking for our generation’s Hemingway, Oates, or Steinbeck. The City of Orange, California was incorporated on April 6, 1888. The center of the town became known as the Plaza, which has become a symbol of the community and a catalyst for storytelling.