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Portfolio is a showcase for quality essays related to Western Pennsylvania, up to 750 words in length about concrete experiences rather than opinions. Send submissions fitting the following topics by email to page2@post-gazette.com; or write to Portfolio, Post-Gazette, 34 Blvd. of the Allies, Pittsburgh, PA 15222.

Back to School: Convey your most memorable educational experience, good or bad, from anytime between kindergarten and college.

Steelers Nation: If our favorite football team has created a bond among relatives, friends or strangers in a unique way, let us know.

Storytelling: Reminisce about something meaningful — an event, a location, an experience, a job, etc. — with a Pittsburgh-area connection.

Biography: If a deceased person lived an interesting life worth others reading about, describe how.

Raves: Sing the praises of some present-day local setting or activity you believe others should know about.

Animal Tales: Describe an interesting relationship with a pet or an unusual encounter with others in the animal kingdom.

Out-of-Towners: We’re eager to hear non-Pittsburghers’ impressions of the city, positive or otherwise.

Local Dispatch: A catch-all category in which we’ll showcase good writing connected to Western Pennsylvania.

Random Acts of Kindness: Tell us the good deeds you’ve seen strangers do, either for you or others.

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