Local_institution

Local Institutions Contest

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Deadline: May 30, 2009 12:00p PT

Prizes

  • Writing Writing Editor's Choice 1: $250 contract
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  • Writing Writing Editor's Choice 3: $250 contract
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Archived Introduction

No matter where you go on the globe, you are sure to find beloved spots that transcend their function and capture the spirit of the local culture. These are the people's places--they spring up organically and are embraced by a loyal following that tends to span generations and all walks of life. Food is often a central part of the experience: a dumpling house in Taipei, an all-night chocolatería in Madrid, a strudel cafe in Vienna, an oyster shack in the Florida panhandle... But other kinds of places can also achieve "local institution" status: a lingerie store in Paris, a hand-painted pottery workshop in Mexico, a dancehall in Texas, an ocean-water pool in Australia...

Creative Manifesto

  • Only original work.
  • Writers: Use concrete details — easy on the adjectives.
  • Photographers and writers: Zoom in — with your writing and your camera.
  • Not just places — experiences.
  • All edits must be before the deadline: May 30, 2009
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