Beaufort, South Carolina, opened its heart to the authors and readers of the short story genre. Tim Johnston, editor of the Short Story America Journaland the SSA Anthology, did a sensational job organizing this first annual event. A full day of readings and a full day of workshops gave participants an opportunity to indulge their passion for the creative. A cocktail party to launch for Volume II of the anthology was held at the Old Bay Marketplace Loft. The third floor loft of the Marketplace opened onto an outdoor patio, allowing a scenic view of the city and waterfront. Authors were not only able to meet with colleagues but with readers—those wonderful individuals we strive to entertain with our stories. Gwen and Scott Myers opened their antebellum home for a tour and shared information about the history of the people who inhabited the house and the town. Next year’s Short Story America Festival will be September 26-29, 2013. Hope to see you there.