The Keepthings

Genres Published: 
Creative Nonfiction
Representative Authors: 
Alice Elliott Dark, Ann Napolitano, Hannah Tinti, Patrick Ryan, John Biguenet, George Singleton, Michelle Herman, Carol Smith, Jennie Shortridge, Laura Spence-Ash, Matthew Lansburgh, Shannon Sanders, Natalie Serber, Jason Ockert, Sally Koslow, Ann Aspell, Erin McGraw, Teri Youmans
Reading Period: 
Jan 1 to Dec 31
Response Time: 
Less than 3 months
Charges Reading Fee: 
Accepts Unsolicited Submissions: 
Accepts Simultaneous Submissions: 
No payment
Issues per Year: 
A new story is posted roughly every week.
Issue Price: 
Subscription Price: 
1,000 to 2,500

Editorial Focus

The Keepthings is a digital storytelling project that collects stories of the physical items people hang onto in order to remember loved ones who've died. Essentially, they're love stories told through objects. Though small in size—600 words max—the stories are deeply moving and impactful. They vary widely in subject and tone, from funny and wry to matter-of-fact to resonantly sad. Contributors range from acclaimed novelists and short-story writers to complete non-writers who happen to have a moving story to tell. 

Tips From the Editor

The object you write about need not be fancy; ditto for the person associated with the object. What matters is that you include the kind of rich and telling detail that brings your person and your story to life. The best way to get a sense of what makes a compelling Keepthings story is to follow us on Instagram (@thekeepthings) or Facebook (The Keepthings) and read the stories for yourself. Complete submission guidelines are available at Be sure to follow our photo guidelines when submitting. 

Contact Information

Deborah Way, editor, founder
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Last updated: Sep 07, 2022