BEACH BADGE is your entrée to the salt-covered, sand-clogged magic, mayhem, and mystery of the New Jersey Shore, as told by those who have lived it. From blistering August sands to the unshakably damp gauze of a winter sky, BEACH BADGE collects the experience of local and benny alike in the form of personal stories, essays, and other artwork about or inspired by life at the shore.
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BEACH BADGE has better things to do between midnight and 6:00 a.m. than sleep on sand.
BEACH BADGE stays between the flags, but also swims after Labor Day.
BEACH BADGE feeds the wildlife.
BEACH BADGE is always in-season.
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Eight-Stone Press, publisher of the award-winning SMILE, HON, YOU’RE IN BALTIMORE! series, is seeking submissions for the next issue of BEACH BADGE, a zine devoted to stories centered on or inspired by the New Jersey Shore. Locals and bennies alike are invited to submit their creative nonfiction of 250 – 2,000 words, including personal writing, and essays, as well as photography and other shore-related artwork. Topics may include, but are not limited to:
- Personal anecdotes (humorous and/or harrowing)
- Childhood memories
- Things that aren’t there anymore
- Nights (or days) you would prefer to forget
- Area history
- The environment
All contributors whose work has been accepted for publication will receive byline/artist credit as well as two copies of the issue in which their work appears. To submit work, or for more information, email