Ten new short stories by Illinois and Midwestern writers are featured in the 2012 edition of Downstate Story, Peoria's only literary magazine. For the first time Downstate Story has been published only on the Web at www.downstatestory.com.

The stories include one from East Peorian Susan Duke.

Ten new short stories by Illinois and Midwestern writers are featured in the 2012 edition of Downstate Story, Peoria's only literary magazine. For the first time Downstate Story has been published only on the Web at www.downstatestory.com The writers in this issue are Pepper Bauer of Mapleton; Don Axt of Peoria; Susan Duke of East Peoria; Elaine Fowler Palencia of Champaign; Jim Courter of Macomb; Kent McDaniel of Chicago; Terry Cobb of Harris, Missouri; Gary Hoffman of Okeehobee, Fla.; Bonnie McCune of Denver, Colo.; and Stefani Christova of Longmont, Colo. Published by Downstate Story Inc., an Illinois not-for-profit corporation, 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. For this edition, readers are asked for donations to help defray publishing costs on the Web. Downstate Story’s new Facebook page can be accessed at www.Facebook.com/downstatestory