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Tales of the City: We want to share your Austin stories

Eric Webb,Sharon Chapman
Beautiful, isn't it? Send us your stories of life in Austin. [JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN]

We love a good story. That's why the American-Statesman's reporters are in this game, you know? There's a thrill to meeting people and bringing their tales to readers like you.

But, we've gotta say: There's just something special about getting to tell your own story.

From the apostle Paul to Sloane Crosley, humans have been writing down their version of events for a hot minute. In 2006, the Statesman launched Tales of the City, a series of personal essays about Austin and the people who live here. (Our editorial predecessors were obviously Armistead Maupin fans.) In the first installment of the series, beloved Statesman reporter Ben Wear shared his fanatical love of Austin High School football. The last installment, recounting an unexpected pedicab detour to a downtown gay bar, was published almost 5 years ago.

This week, we're bringing Tales of the City back. To kick things off, local literary hero Sarah Bird brings us her tale of the allergy apocalypse. Now, it's your turn. We want to hear tales of Austin from the people who bring the city to life every day. Submit your original essay of 1,000 words or less to for consideration by our editors. Selected submissions will appear both on and in the pages of our print edition.

Pick up the pen. Boot up the laptop. You've got some writing to do.