Downstate Story releases 2019 edition

Peoria’s only literary magazine for fiction, Downstate Story, just released its 2019 edition. It is now published only on the web at

Writers in this issue include:

Loren Logsdon of Eureka, IL; Marie Anderson of Western Springs, IL; Duke of East Peoria, IL; Connie Cook Smith of Canton, IL.; Pepper Bauer of Mapleton, IL; Grazina Smith and Jessica Gorogianis, both of Chicago, IL.; Audrey Carli of Iron River, MI.; Arlene Shovald of Salida, CO.; and Ralph Hayes of Grand Rapids, MI.

The magazine is published by Downstate Story, Inc., an Illinois not-for-profit corporation. Publisher Elaine Hopkins said the annual publication aims to present original fiction by Illinois writers and writers with ties to Illinois and the Midwest as a quality alternative to today’s mass-market publishing.

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