Michigan State University

Short Édition Story Machines


People printing a story from dispenserMSU Libraries purchased four Short Edition machines in 2019 from Short Edition, an international publisher that offers free on-demand printing of thousands of short stories and poems. The program was launched in Grenoble, France in 2015. Interest in the technology grew in the United States after Francis Ford Coppola installed a dispenser in his San Francisco café.

The machines offer users a choice of one-minute, three-minute, or five-minute stories printed on paper a bit wider than a typical receipt. Each roll of paper is FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified and can print between 350-450 stories. The machine uses thermal printing. No ink or cartridges are used.

Four machines are located throughout the MSU community and managed by MSU Libraries. These machines were the first installations in Michigan and are located at the MSU Main Library, the East Lansing Public Library, the MSU Broad Art Lab, and the Capital Region International Airport.

MSU Libraries Short Edition offers an innovative publishing venue for writers. We welcome submissions and will consider all work for inclusion in MSU Libraries machines. Work that is accepted will also be considered for national and international publication through Short Edition machines located throughout the world. Please read our submission guidelines before sending us your stories or poems.

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