Artwork by Sarah Look, 2020 Summer Intern and Co-Editor of The String.

Side Street Studio Arts presents The String, a free monthly publication showcasing work inspired by and in response to the world around us. The String aims to create a platform for the voices of those who are marginalized, silenced, and underrepresented in the world of literature and visual art. 


DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION is the FINAL FRIDAY OF THE MONTH. We are now welcoming work of many kinds, including: essays, fiction and non-fiction stories, interviews, printmaking, drawings, poetry, and humor. 


We ask that all work and submissions be recent, and made by those within the Fox Valley area. You may submit your info and works below. You will be notified asap if you are to be included in this month's issue of The String.

The String will be released every First Friday of the month and will be available at many Elgin establishments, including downtown retail shops, restaurants, bars, and at our MADE retail art storefront located at 13 S. Spring Street. For questions please email us at


This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency, a state agency.

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