The Keepthings

Genres Published: 
Creative Nonfiction
Representative Authors: 
Ann Napolitano, Catherine Newman, Alice Elliott Dark, Hannah Tinti, Patrick Ryan, Shannon Sanders, Daisy Florin, John Biguenet, Laura Spence-Ash, George Singleton, Michelle Herman, Matthew Lansburgh, Natalie Serber, Carol Smith, Jennie Shortridge, 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: 
5,000 to 10,000

Editorial Focus

The Keepthings is a digital memoir project that collects stories of lost loved ones, inspired by the things they left behind. 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 relationship with them to life. The best way to get a sense of what makes a compelling Keepthings story is to subscribe to The Keepthings on Substack or follow us on Instagram (@thekeepthings) and read the stories for yourself. Complete submission guidelines are available at Be sure to follow the photo guidelines when submitting. 

Contact Information

Deborah Way, editor, founder
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Last updated: Oct 24, 2023