College Community to Provide Content to Philadelphia READS for “Reading is Love” Campaign  

Release Date: Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Want a chance to be a published author? Chestnut Hill College is partnering with local non-profit Philadelphia READS to help provide online and mobile content for parents to read to their children on the go. Published stories will receive $100, and will be featured on the Philadelphia READS Web site and Facebook.
The “Reading is Love Project” social media initiative will provide free children’s stories to Philadelphia families to promote and increase a love of reading.
All members of the College community are encouraged to submit a story for consideration in the project. Philadelphia READS seeks stories that are meant to be read aloud and are appealing to young children, which can include repetitive language, universal topics, humor, development of plot and characters, and unique rhyming.
Guidelines for submitting:  

  • Stories may not exceed 300-500 words in length.
  • Stories should be geared to children ages 0-3 or 3-6.
  • Retellings of classic stories or unique stories are accepted.
  • Stories do not need to be illustrated.
  • Submissions are open to members of the Chestnut Hill College Community (Students, Staff, Faculty, and Alumni) only.


Philadelphia READS will own the rights to use the story commercially, and authors must be willing to allow revisions to fit digital format. Authors may use selected stories in their portfolio, but not in any promotional way. Philadelphia READS will contact individuals of stories selected. Please send all submissions to with “Reading is Love Submission” in the subject line.
Philadelphia READS is a collaborative effort with the School District of Philadelphia and Free Library that works with individuals, schools, community and faith-based organizations and businesses to provide mentors, resources and advocacy for in-school, after school and summer programs. It is an initiative of the Office of the Mayor and an independent, non-profit affiliate of the Greater Philadelphia Urban Affairs Coalition. Together these partners and Philadelphia READS help to strengthen the literacy skills of Philadelphia's youngest and neediest school children.